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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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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 »

Together we accomplish more than we can on our own: St. Stephen's Barn Raising

While Barn Raisings were a common occurrence in rural North America in the 18th and 19th centuries, they are not so prevalent now. What’s good for the community is often secondary to what’s good for the individual. However, it’s different in the Body of Christ. The diocesan family came to a Barn Raising held at St. Read more »

Celebration Workshop: 75th Anniversary of Episcopal Relief & Development

Date: Saturday, October 25, 2014

Time: 10:00am

Dates: 
Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 10:00am - 2:00pm
Location: 
St. Columba, Kent

Joy Shigaki, director of advancement for Episcopal Relief & Development (ERD), will be our guest speaker as the Diocese of Olympia prepares to celebrate this international aid milestone over the next 75 weeks. All churches in the Diocese of Olympia are encouraged to send ERD representatives, deacons, clergy, outreach committee members, wardens, or anyone willing to help guide this celebration in your congregation. Find out more »

Civil Discourse in America: Finding Common Ground for the Greater Good.

Political, interfaith and education leaders will offer provocative insights and views during the discussion on Civil Discourse in America: Finding Common Ground for the Greater Good on October 22. Produced by The Episcopal Church, the 90-minute live webcast will originate from historic Christ Church, Philadelphia (Diocese of Pennsylvania), the birthplace of the Episcopal Church and the home of our country’s beginnings. In partnership with the Diocese of Pennsylvania, Civil Discourse in America will begin at 2 pm Eastern (11 am Pacific). Read more »

Great resources on the TV Eucharist website

The diocesan-sponsored TV Eucharist program's webpage has been updated. Here you can fin a list of which congregations are scheduled for upcoming Sundays, read the story behind this unique 41-year old ministry, view (and print out) the service used, help support this vital ministry, as well as find out what is required to participate in a taping. Read more »

Liturgical Arts at St. John Gig Harbor

Join Bishop Rickel as he talks with members of the Liturgical Arts Team, Del Hansen, Mary Shepard, & Timmie Parker; rector, Eric Stelle; and congregation members, Janet Knight, Pamela Raney, Lauretta & Russell White. Read more »

Resources for Earthquake Awareness and Preparedness

In recognition of September as National Preparedness Month, and recalling the 6.1 magnitude earthquake that struck Napa and the surrounding communities in the upper San Francisco Bay area just three weeks ago, it’s more than timely to remind everyone of best practices to follow when the earth shakes, and to re-visit some helpful resources. Read more »

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Around the Diocese

Grace Church, Bainbridge Island, and St. Peter, Seattle, sponsor a joint Fall Retreat Day; Tuesday, Sept. 30, at Grace Church. Entering the final few months of Ordinary Time, is a good time to pause and reflect.

 

The Center at St. Andrew, Seattle, presents The Enneagram as a Tool for Christian Transformation with Fr. William Meninger; Tuesday, Sept. 30, 7-9 pm, and Wednesday, October 1, 9am-1pm. Registration fee.

 

St. Stephen, Seattle, seeks a K-12 Missioner: Director to Children, Family and Youth Ministries. Application deadline October 1.

 

St. Stephen, Oak Harbor, invites all the people of the diocese to a Service of Thanksgivings and New Beginnings; Thursday, October 2, 7 pm.  Bishop Rickel, presiding. Reception to follow.

 

St. Matthew, Browns Point/Tacoma hosts Mental Health First Aid, an 8-hour training on how to help someone who is experiencing a mental health crisis. Saturday, October 4, 8 am-5 pm; $25 covers materials, bring brown bag lunch.

 

The Byrd Ensemble offers a program of Spanish Renaissance: Marian & Funeral motets; Saturday, October 4, 7:30 pm, at St. Mark's Cathedral. Suggested donation, $20.

 

Trinity, Seattle, Early Music Guild Northwest Showcase presents Living with the 'Great Mortality': Music Inspired by the Plague; Tuesday, October 7, 7:30 pm.

 

The Center at St. Andrew, Seattle, offers two classes beginning October 8, 7-8:30 pm; classes run for six weeks. "Faithful Citizen" explores global issues affecting faith. "The Power of Anger and the Skillfulness of Love" will provide insight into relationships.

 

Trinity, Seattle, presents the Opus 7 Vocal Ensemble with All Northwest; Saturday, October 11, 8 pm.

 

St. Augustine's in-the-Woods, Freeland, and Integrity-Whidbey Island, host a costumed Halloween Party; Sunday, October 12, 5 pm.

 

The Visual Arts Ministry of Arts at Saint Mark’s presents: I Have a Name, Sunday, Sept. 14-Sunday, Oct. 12.

 

St. Andrew, Seattle, hosts its annual Celtic Fling Cultural Festival celebrating the British Isles; Saturday, October 18, 9 am-5 pm; free.

 

Trinity, Seattle, presents the Ave Women's Choir performing Requiem of Tomas Luis Victoria; Friday, October 24, 7:30 pm.

 

Trinity, Seattle, presents Trio Seattle offering "Passion and Romanticism, the music of Mendelssohn, Schoenfield, and Piazolla"; Sunday, October 26, 3 pm.

 

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