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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

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 10:00am - 2:00pm
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

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


St. Andrew, Tacoma, offers its 7th Annual Celtic Faire Weekend, Saturday-Sunday, October 25-26. Saturday, 10 am-4 pm free. Sunday: 3:30 pm free Celtic Spirituality seminar; 5 pm Scottish Dinner (ticket required).


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


St. John, Kirkland, offers a L'opera de Saint-Jean Concert and Dinner; Sunday, October 26, 4:00pm. Free will offering event; reservations required.


St. Augustine's in-the-Woods, Freeland, hosts a Book Signing Event, Sunday, October 26, 3-5 pm. The Rev. Mary E. Green will discuss and sign copies of her new book Eyes to See: The Redemptive Purpose of Icons.


St. Dunstan, Shoreline, offers A Time to Share Memories with Br. John
Ryan; Tuesday, October 28, 7 pm, after a free community dinner.


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.


The Gallery at Grace, Bainbridge Island, hosts a photography exhibit Home is a Pattern Within Us October 5 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.