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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. A compressed version of this video is also available. For more information on this program, contact the Rev. Eric Stelle, rector@stjohnsgigharbor.org. 

Liturgical Arts St. John Gig Harbor

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High School Youth Conference (HYC)

Date: Friday, September 26, 2014

Time: 7:00pm

Friday, September 26, 2014 - 7:00pm - Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 12:00pm
St. Andrew's Church, Port Angeles

The Fall HYC is almost here. The registration deadline is Sunday, Sept. 21, midnight! Friends, faith, music, worship, games, workshops, conversation and just hanging out at the dance are all a part of this fantastic weekend for youth in grades 9-12. Find out more »

African American Committee Family BarBeQue

Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014

Time: 12:00pm

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 12:00pm - 3:30pm
Diocesan House

All are welcome. Meat and drinks provided; bring a salad, side dish or dessert to share. Tours of Diocesan House will be available. Répondez s'il vous plaît (RSVP) by September 19 to Roberta Newell 253-383-7279 or rnewell@post.com. Find out 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 »

Faith Communities turn out to support Lummi journey

The cornerstone of northwest Native American art, the totem pole, became a cross-cultural rallying point last Friday as a large crowd welcomed the 19-foot totem to Saint Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle. The event marked the halfway point of a 2,500-mile bi-national journey by members of the Lummi Nation to demonstrate the strength and diversity of opposition to a proposal by Gateway Pacific Terminals that would locate North America’s largest coal terminal at Xwe’chi’eXen, the Lummi name for Cherry Point, near Bellingham.

The Seattle event featured remarks by Bishop Greg Rickel and a welcome by Ken Workman of the Duwamish Tribe in Lushootseed, the language of the Salish people. All in attendance were invited to join in blessing the 19-foot western red cedar totem pole. Read more »

MDG Grants process opened

MDG Grants are available for work related to the fulfillment of Millennium Development Goals by congregations. These grants are to help supplement the work of congregations engaged in global mission work. Applications are considered on a rolling basis and will be awarded before the end of 2014. Please fill out the application form and send to the MDG Grants committee at the email address indicated. If you have questions, please call the Rev. Read more »

The Episcopal Bookstore owners announce retirement

In late August, John and Nancy Marshall, owners of The Episcopal Bookstore, announced that "after 22 years serving Episcopalians and other spiritually-minded people" it was time to retire and being a new chapter in their lives. They also expressed the hope that someone might step forward as new owners so that the bookstore would remain open and in the Diocese of Olympia.
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Martin’s journey to the White House

Across the alley from our church [St. Andrew, Seattle], the four members of the Martínez family to whom the church has given shelter for the past twelve months will be moving on by the end of October. Their sponsor, Compass Housing Alliance, has provided excellent logistical and counseling support. The parents, Martín and Natividad, have both been thoroughly immersed in training and English language courses to equip them for the next phase of their lives. Read more »

Oso Mudslide - five months later

Oso MudslideIn a letter to members of the Diocese, the Rev. Janet Loyd from Church of the Transfiguration in Darrington, thanked all who donated to the relief and recovery efforts following the March Oso mudslide and provided an update on the progress toward recovery, saying, "Through our combined efforts, the Episcopal Church has dispersed approximately $35,000 to date, quiet donations from people and congregations. Read more »

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Around the Diocese

Epiphany Parish of Seattle, offers its first Taize Service of the year celebrating Hildegard of Bingen, 1098-1179; Wednesday, Sept. 17, 7:30 pm.


Christ Church, Tacoma, presents Sharon Porter Shull, organist, performing this month’s Third Fridays at Noon recital; Friday, Sept. 19, 12:10 pm. Donation at the door.


Epiphany Parish of Seattle offers An Interior Pilgrimage in Community, a discernment group for those pondering or in the midst of life transitions such as job change, marriage, retirement, new baby or move; Sundays, 5:15 pm, Sept. 21 through November 2.


Join a team from Saint Mark’s Cathedral at the 2014 Seattle AIDS Walk on Saturday, Sept. 27. Walkers from the wider diocese are invited to join the team. 


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