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Bishop's Address to 2014 Convention

2014 Convention address by Bishop Greg Rickel. A text version is also available here.

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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 »

Celebration of New Ministry

Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Time: 7:00pm

Dates: 
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 7:00pm
Location: 
St. Philip, Marysville

The people of St. Philip’s invite everyone to join us for our Celebration of New Ministry and Our Mutual Baptismal Ministry on December 10, 2014 with a Soup Supper at 6:00 PM and Holy Eucharist at 7:00 PM. The Right Rev. Greg Rickel, Bishop of the Diocese of Olympia, Presiding. Find out more »

Convention 2014 Wrap-Up

Convention 2014 head tableSo that All might See Jesus, was the theme for the 2014 Diocesan Convention held November 7-8. The altar, table designs, and head table backdrop were crafted from recycled mattress components from Spring Back Mattress Recycling NW, a division of the Northwest Furniture Bank; Spring Back principally employs men who have recently been released from the prison system, providing them not only with work, but with job skills and dignity. The backdrop supports the convention theme and, when seen from different angles, reflects versions of the face of Jesus. Read more »

Episcopal Relief & Development 75th Anniversary Celebration!

It’s time to celebrate! YOUR international aid organization, Episcopal Relief & Development, is celebrating 75 years of healing a hurting world and our diocese is joining the party with our 75th Anniversary Campaign. As unveiled at out recent Diocesan Convention, the 75th Anniversary Campaign is part celebration, part awareness-raising, and part fundraising.     Read more »

Resurreccion 2014 summer day camp video

Celebrate the 2014 Resurreccion Summer Day Camp in this just-released video by Luke Holtgeerts "Resurreccion 2014." The Summer Day Camp was held July 21-August 15 at St. Paul's/Resurrección in Mount Vernon for for multi-cultural bi-lingual children of low-income families in the Skagit Valley. Instruction in math and language arts was emphasized with enrichment in Environmental Science and the Arts in a context that built leadership skills, mutual respect and community involvement. Read more »

O Holy Night: A Gospel Christmas Concert Series

Join us for O Holy Night: A Gospel Christmas Concert series featuring world renowned Pastor Wright and the Total Experience Gospel Choir of Seatle. Tickets are available from Brown Paper Tickets (search: O Holy Night). Discounted group rates available. Ticket sales help support the Choir, as well as the Diocese of Olympia's Richard Younge Clergy of Color Fund.
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Diocesan Canon for Finance & Property appointed

Bishop Rickel has announced the appointment of Lee Humason as our new diocesan Canon for Finance and Property. Lee takes over for Chris Smith-Clark following her retirement this past September. As the Canon for Finance and Property, Lee's responsibilities include the financial leadership and property managerial oversight for our diocese. Read more »

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 »

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Around the Diocese

St. John the Baptist, West Seattle, hosts Thanksgiving Eve Worship & Pie; Wednesday, November 26, 7 pm. Bishop Greg Rickel will preach.

 

St. Mark's Cathedral hosts the Byrd Ensemble performing a A Baroque Christmas: Bach & Brass, carol arrangements by German masters and readings by actor Nurmi Husa. Saturday, November 29, 7:30 pm; tickets required.

 

St James, Kent, presents Waiting in Starlight on Advent 1, November 30 at 5 pm. Begin your advent with this special alternative worship service centered around worship stations and contemporary music. Eucharist will be offered.

 

St. Dunstan, Shoreline, offers Holiday Season & Working through Bereavement with Br. John Ryan, O.C.P., pastoral associate. Saturdays, November 29-January 3; 10 am-12 pm.

 

Saint Mark’s Cathedral presents The Great O Antiphons, an annual service of lessons and carols with music, banners, candles and incense. Sunday, November 30, 7 pm Cathedral Nave; all are invited to this special service at the beginning of Advent.

 

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.

 

St. Andrew, Seattle, offers Resting in Sacred Sound, a contemplative song workshop; Mondays, December 1, 8, & 15, 7:00-8:20 pm.

 

Christ Church, Puyallup, Santa's Seconds Sale, Saturday, December 6, 10 am-3 pm. New and gently used items suitable for gifting.

 

St. Peter, Seattle, presents a Multicultural Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair; Saturday, December 6, 10 am-3 pm. Multicultural/ethnic goods,  Japanese sweets, sushi, plate lunch, and more; free children's craft activity. 

 

Christ Church, Tacoma, presents Advent Lessons & Carols; Sunday, December 7, 5:00 pm. Donation at the door.

 

St. Hilda St. Patrick, Edmonds, offers a Day of Quiet Meditation when all are invited to join together and share our common humanity; Saturday, December 13, 9 am-3 pm. A light lunch will be served; RSVP required.

 

Pregnant with  the Holy - An Advent Quiet Morning; sponsored by Saint Mark’s Cathedral and by the The Center at Saint Andrew, Seattle. Saturday, December 13, 9 am-12 pm at St. Andrew's. Advanced sign up  appreciated.

 

St. Michael, Issaquah, presents a Sing & Play Along Messiah; Sunday, December 14, 2:30 pm; join the choir or orchestra, or just come and listen. Instrumentalists bring own instruments and music stands.

 

Saint Mark’s Cathedral offers a Blue Christmas service; Thursday, December 18, 7 pm in Thomsen Chapel. For many, this is a complicated season. All are invited to join this transforming Eucharist that honors our sense of loss and grief and helps us enter into the holidays more.

 

 

St. Margaret, Bellevue, has a set of Schulmerich Handbells (three octaves (C4 - C7) for sale; price is $5,000.  Please email Sonja Lindberg.

 

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.