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We are over 31,000 people in more than 100 churches. We are building strong communities of faith. We are striving to be good stewards of all our resources: our time, our talents, our treasures and our Earth. We are deepening our relationships with people under 35, and with others: in the Holy Land, Latin America and all around the world.

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Living a Giving Life

Bishop Greg Rickel delivers a timely and powerful message to each of us about stewardship as the way of Christian life. The text of the video is available here.

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Bishop's United Against Gun Violence issues briefing paper

Bishop's United Against Gun Violence is a voluntary network of over 50 active and retired bishops of The Episcopal Church; Bishop Greg Rickel is a member of this network. Initially formed in the wake of the August 2012 shootings at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek Wisconsin and the December 2012 school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, Bishops United explores means of reducing the appalling levels of gun violence in our society and advocates policies and legislation that save lives. Read more »

Join a trip to El Salvador for the installation of their new bishop

The people of the Diocese of El Salvador have elected a new bishop, the Rev. Juan David Alvarado. Alvarado, who will succeed Bishop Martín Barahona, will be installed on Saturday, January 31 amid much anticipated excitement. Our diocesan Committee for the Relationship with El Salvador is planning a trip to include the installation and many of the activities with the people and culture of El Salvador. You are invited to join this trip.  Read more »

Fall Junior High Youth Conference (JYC)

Date: Friday, November 21, 2014

Time: 7:00pm

Dates: 
Friday, November 21, 2014 - 7:00pm - Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 12:00pm
Cost: 
35.00
Location: 
St. John's Church, Gig Harbor

Young people in grades 6-9 are invited to join us as we navigate the “turning-into-teenager years.”  With lots of community-building games and activities this is the place to find friends who will be with you through it all! Around 50 youth come together from all over Western Washington to share in small groups, fun, worship, and more. Friends welcome! The theme this fall is: "Super Heros." Register here: https://www.ecww.org/civicrm/event/info?id=205&reset=1. Find out more »

Mental Illness/Mental Health Task Force established

A group of concerned individuals in the Diocese of Olympia has come together to form a diocesan Mental Illness/Mental Health Task Force. Their goal is to create awareness about mental health challenges and identify resources to support those who are struggling, as well as those who are caregivers, family members, clergy, and congregation members. A first step is to identify, through a survey, what strengths and resources parishes and missions around the diocese have in place, as well as to discover challenges faced. Read more »

Pastoral Update from Bishop Greg Rickel on the Marysville Shooting; resources for talking with youth

Bishop Rickel issued the following pastoral update:O God our heavenly Father, you have blessed us and given us dominion over all the earth: Increase our reverence before the mystery of life; and give us new insight into your purposes for the human race, and new wisdom and determination in making provision for its future in accordance with your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Yesterday, once again, one of the major issues of our time came not close to home, it came home. As I said following Sandy Hook, Seattle Pacific, and the other shootings we have endured, I so pray we do not get used to this; I fear we are reaching that point as the list is getting longer. Yes, there are many angles on this issue, but this one cannot be avoided: Guns in our society, the ease of access, especially in the hands of our children, are a serious issue for us as a country.  Read more »

Special Thanksgiving Day Eucharist.

Date: Thursday, November 27, 2014

Time: 10:00am

Dates: 
Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 10:00am
Location: 
St. Mark's Cathedral

The Diocese of Olympia invites you all to a celebration of the Holy Eucharist at Saint Mark’s Cathedral on Thanksgiving Day, November 27, at 10am. This is a feast day of the church, and what better way to give thanks for the blessings of our lives than to join together in worship. Put the turkey in the oven before bringing your family to your cathedral, then continue with the family feast, football, or whatever traditions you enjoy on this special day. [More] Find out more »

Promised Land or Land of Promise?

The Episcopal Bishop's Committee Israel/Palestine offers the following document and reflection:

Over the many years of ongoing conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, most of the attention has been on times of intense military conflict. Very little attention has been paid to the lives of ordinary people during and between periods of combat. Nor to the peace-making efforts of the Christian Church and non-governmental agencies that work quietly behind the scenes to bring about justice and an end to violence. Read more »

A “Day of Caring” at Church of the Holy Cross, Redmond, Food Bank Farm

The Food Bank Farm harvest will set records this year, topping the 98,000 lbs harvested in 2013. This year’s harvest includes some carrots, beets, and potatoes, but mostly acorn squash – rows and rows of acorn squash. “The estimate for 2014 is 130,000 pounds from eight acres,” said Ed Allen, one of the dozen volunteers from Church of the Holy Cross, Redmond, present to check in and shepherd the harvesters. “We estimate that at over 600 thousand servings.” Read more »

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Around the Diocese

Christ Church, Seattle, plans a Celebration of Ministry at which Bishop Rickel will install the Reverend Shelly Fayette as rector; Saturday, November 1, 12 pm. Reception to follow.

 

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Seattle, offers a Celebration for Dia de Muertos at St Paul, Seattle (Queen Anne); Saturday November 1,5 pm. Music by Oaxacan band La Banda Gozona, and a sand painting from the same artists that will install a sand painting at Seattle Art Museum and Tacoma Art Museum.

 

St. John, Kirkland, hosts a Holiday Bazaar & Treasure Sale; Saturday, November 1, 9:30am-3:30pm & Sunday, November 2, 11am-3pm. Enjoy handmade craft items, baked goods, specialty foods, smoothies provided by our youth, books and treasures.

 

St. James Players, Kent, present Neil Simon’s comedy “Fools” on November 1-2 (Fridays/Saturdays at 7 pm, Sundays at 1 pm). Tickets $15.

 

Trinity Parish, Seattle offers "Salve Regina" with the Sine Nomine Choir; Sunday, November 2, 3 pm.

 

Trinity Parish, Seattle hosts the EMG Northwest Showcase presentation of "Intimate Baroque"; Tuesday, November 4, 7:30 pm.

 

Trinity Parish, Seattle offer The All Souls Memorial Organ Concert by Les Martin, music director at Sandpoint UMC and faculty member at SPU; Friday, November 7, 7:30 pm.

 

ECW of St. John, Snohomish, hosts its 3rd Annual Holiday Gift and Bake Sale; Saturday November 8, 9:30am-4:00pm.

 

Trinity Parish, Seattle, presents the New Baroque Orchestra concert
featuring Torelli's Christmas concerto and Bach's Jesu Joy of Man's
Desiring; Sunday, November 16, 3 pm.

 

Christ Church, Tacoma presents this month's Third Fridays at Noon recital with Melissa Fontaine, soprano, and Una Hwang, pianist; Friday, November 21, 12:10 pm.

 

St. Margaret, Bellevue, offers an Advent time of quiet; Saturday, November 22, 9:15 am-3:00 pm at the Sisters of Saint Joseph Peace & Spirituality Center on the shore on Lake Washington.

 

At Trinity Parish,
Seattle, the Seattle Bach Choir presents "Evolution" -- a program of
monumental sacred choral music from across the centuries; Sunday,
November 23, 2:30 pm lecture; 3 pm concert.

 

Of the Spirit current exhibit at Saint Mark’s Cathedral through Sunday, November 24, includes work by: Deborah Brown, oil & watercolor paintings; Barbara I. Chapman, acrylic paintings; John Gibson, oil painting; Jonathan Hanneman, photography; Robert E. Hayden, sculpture; and Nan Nalder, mixed media collage.

 

The Gallery at Grace, Bainbridge Island, hosts a photography exhibit Home is a Pattern Within Us through the end of November. Gallery hours T-F 9-2 and by appointment.

 

 

Position Open: Acting Thrift Shop Store Manager. St. Margaret, Bellevue, seeks applicants for this full-time position.

 

St. Aidan, Camano Island, seeks a 1/4 time Organist to play Sunday mornings and other special occasions. Pay commensurate with experience and length of commute.

 

St. Hugh of Lincoln, Allyn, seeks a part time Administrator with a mid-November start. Contact Sunny Cotey.