St. James Episcopal Church
1134 Columbia St.
Cathlamet, WA 98612
Newsletter- September, 2017
Dear Friends in Christ,
I’m downstairs in our house that’s built into the hill, where the temperature always stays cool. Lucky us, as it’s 94 degrees outside. We don’t normally see much of this kind of weather in the Pacific Northwest, any more than Houston, Texas sees several feet of rain in a couple of days. It’s easy to lapse into warnings about climate change, and we certainly should be careful about our interactions with the planet. But in looking at the Houston situation, I recall a time not so long ago that we here in Wahkiakum County also went through severe flooding. It took several days before we got help, and several of the churches banded together in order to coordinate assistance.
And it’s on assistance that I want to focus. What can we do to help our neighbors in Texas? Lest you think that you don’t have neighbors in Texas, remember Jesus’ response to the lawyer’s question, “Who is my neighbor?” He told the story of the Good Samaritan. Our neighbor is the stranger in need. And I must tell you that many of you know someone in Texas, Larry Reese, who, with his wife Pat, were generous supporters of the St. James Family Center. Pat died several years ago, but Larry lives in Rockport, Texas. Yes, the same Rockport that is in all the news programs as a scene of devastation. I have not been able to reach him, but will keep trying, and ask for your prayers at this time, for him and for the rest of the folks in Rockport.
Additionally, if you are willing to help your neighbor, may I suggest donating to the Red Cross, or Episcopal Relief and Development, P.O. Box 7058, Merrifield, VA 22116-7058, specifying that your check is for Texas flood relief. We all have the opportunity to be Good Samaritans. Episcopal Relief and Development was a Godsend to St. James and Wahkiakum County when we were flooded. We now have a chance to pay back and help those in real need and continue God’s work in the world. Thank you for considering this request.
In God’s love, Irene+
RESPONDING TO HURRICANE HARVEY
Episcopal Relief & Development invites you to join us in prayer and support for communities affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Episcopal Relief & Development is working with dioceses in the hurricane’s path to best support responses and address needs as more information becomes available. Local churches and partners are assessing damage, confirming the safety of members and others in their communities and using available facilities and resources to respond to immediate concerns.
Your contribution to the Hurricane Harvey Response Fund helps Episcopal Relief & Development support Church and other local partners as they provide critical emergency assistance.
To help care for those affected by this crisis, please fill out the coupon below and mail it in with your check or credit card information. You can also contribute online at episcopalrelief.org/hurricane-harvey-response.
Thank you for your compassion and prayers. With your partnership, we are healing a hurting world.
A word from the Most Reverend Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church
Long ago the prophet Malachi taught that we are all children of God by virtue of our creation by the same God. “Have we not all one father? Has not one God created us?” he asked (2:10). Jesus taught the same thing when he told a story about a Good Samaritan. We are indeed all the children of God. And if we are all God’s children, then we are all brothers and sisters.
As you know, our brothers and sisters in Texas now need our help. Our support of Episcopal Relief and Development is a tangible, practical, effective and reliable way to do that, not just in the short term, but for the long haul. Thank you for whatever you can do for together we are the human family of God.
Enclosed is my gift to the Hurricane Harvey Fund to assist those who are in need.
o $50 o $100 o $250 o $500 o $1,000 o $2,500 o $5,000 o Other $______
Please make checks payable to Episcopal Relief & Development.Mail to P.O. Box 7058 Merrifield VA 22116-7058.
|Address||Account number Expiration date|
|City, State, Zip||Name on card|
|Your email address||Signature|
|Name of your church City||All gifts are tax-deductible.|
We could use another Sunday School Teacher backup; Music backup and if anyone is interested the newsletter editor job …. We could use a volunteer to coordinate pastoral care- keep track of prayer list and send out prayer requests. Any questions see Gerry
Sunday School will Start Sunday, October 8
Sunday school will start October 8
Month/Yr ___September 2017
Date Altar Flowers Reader Host Sunday Music Celebrant/ Preach
Guild Family School
|24||Maureen||Sally||JoAnn||School Starts October 8||Carol||JoAnn|
PLEASE REMEMBER THESE PEOPLE IN YOUR PRAYERS
Cheree successful life changes
Sally, eye problems
Mark, chronic headache healing
Bill healing breathing problems
Jill and Carmoreau healing and strength
David – massive brain tumor.
Bob healing cancer
Chandal a new home
Russ & Sally healing
Cathy healing Chemo and radiation
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- email@example.com.
September 3 – Pentecost 13
September 10 – Pentecost 14
September 17 – Pentecost 15
September 24 – Pentecost 16
No Vestry meeting, church picnic