St. James Episcopal Church
1134 Columbia St.
Cathlamet, WA 98612
Newsletter- October, 2018
Dear Friends in Christ,
It’s nice to be back from vacation, which was a real help in relieving some of the stress we have been undergoing this past year due to the fire at our house. We had some wonderful opportunities to visit some lovely places on God’s earth. I think both of us were struck at how often churches were featured on excursion lists. In Norway, for example, we were lucky enough to visit two “stave churches,” both of which dated from somewhere between 1100 and 1200. Built of wood by Norwegian ship builders, they use some of the same methods of construction as we see in Viking boats. Christianity in Norway was very new when they built those churches. Some of them have dragons carved on them, as a kind of token remembrance of the old gods.
A stone church in the Shetlands was a reminder that wood was scarce in some of those northern places, and people used whatever they had to create their churches. Same thing in the Faroe Islands, with an ancient stone church in a subarctic zone. We passed by a modern cathedral in Iceland, while Greenland had the ruins of an ancient Viking church at Hvalsey. In Quebec we visited St. Anne de Beaupre, the largest pilgrimage church in North America. As friends of ours years ago had told us about it, we were fortunate to find a tour going that way, as we had long wanted to see it. Very large and very beautiful.
Unfortunately we didn’t have time on any of the excursions to really visit in-depth. However, it was interesting to us how many times churches were featured on the excursions, and how different they all were. People used the materials available and the labor available to create local churches that reflected their time and their culture. There is a lovely poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins that ends:
For Christ plays in ten thousand places,
Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his
To the Father through the features of men’s faces.
Christ has indeed been in ten thousand places, inspiring people early and late to create churches that reflect their devotion. I’ve been fortunate enough to see just a few of those place, and reflect on the Christians whose languages I don’t even speak but who passed on their faith to generations after them.
In God’s love,
You are invited-
Like all journeys we have lost some fellow travelers and gained some new ones. One of the defining successes of our kind of church is our Monday morning prayer group (called a group reunion). Meeting every Monday at 8:30am, we start with a structured prayer and end with the business of our church. This usually take about an hour or so. We plan, forecast, problem solve and dream …. As we go forward we need to have a few more congregation members join our group, although anyone can join us at any time. We need more input, more ideas, more discussion and maybe add some dissenting opinions to the mix. Please take a minute to see if this meeting could be added to your busy day… even if only occasionally.
Sunday school 10 am … see you there..
Month/Yr October 2018
Date Altar/Serve Flowers Reader Host family Sunday School Music Celebrant/Preach
7 ****/Joan W Michael DonDena Christie Carol JoAnn/JoAnn
14 ****/Sally Cathy Potluck Christie Carol JoAnn/Gerry
21 ****/Joan W Lois George Christie Carol Fr. Richard
28 AMPrayer Sally Gerry Christie Carol Gerry/Michael
Don’t forget, Holiday Bazaar, Saturday, November 17- If you can volunteer or bake see Deb or Hannah…. And remember to SHOP… great artisan gifts
PLEASE REMEMBER THESE PEOPLE IN YOUR PRAYERS
Sally, eye problems
Mark, chronic headache healing
Rick, healing cancer
David – massive brain tumor.
Bob healing cancer
Chandal and family
Gerry, JoAnn, Christie and others healing from chemical allergies
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD SOMEONE…
Name of person Reason Person requesting How long to keep on the list
Let’s also pray for peace and for all of our men and women in the service at home or abroad, and for our veterans.
If you have added someone to the list above please let me know when they can be dropped from the list at my email- firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 7 – Pentecost 20
October 14 – Pentecost 21
October 21 – Pentecost 22
October 23 – Pentecost 23
St James Vestry Minutes
September 9, 2018
Those present: Joan, Terry, Cathy, Michael, Lois, Hannah, DonDena, JoAnn, Gerry, Maureen.
Gerry called the meeting to order at 11:15 am and led us in prayer.
There was no vestry meeting in August. Minutes of the July 8 vestry meeting were distributed via e-mail. There were no comments or corrections. Minutes were accepted as distributed.
Gerry presented the financial report. Hannah moved to accept the financial report as presented; JoAnn seconded the motion. Motion passed.
Repairs and garden maintenance – Gerry reported that Elochoman Valley Partners repaired the windows and porch. They also did some weeding, but the weeds are still growing and will need to be tackled again.
Training – Sally will present Safeguarding God’s People on October 21, after coffee hour. Note: Everyone who has a key to the church must take this training, which takes about three hours. The possibility of providing some sort of lunch will be discussed at our October vestry meeting. Another training will be scheduled later for those who are unable to attend on October 21.
Gerry’s ordination process – Gerry has a meeting scheduled with Bishop Greg on October 18 to discuss her postulancy.
Sunday school will begin next Sunday.
Convention will take place October 26-27. Michael will attend and will give a report in place of a sermon on October 28.
The meeting was adjourned at 11:30 am.