The Gospel in Community: StC’s Annual Report for the 2019 Year

Our Annual Meeting was held on Sunday, January 26th. You can find a pdf of our annual report for 2019 by clicking the link below: The Gospel in Community: Worship, Formation, Ministry MissionThe 2019 Annual Report & Mission Proposal

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Women’s Retreat : Discovering Prayer Styles

How does personality style influence prayer style? This is a one day women’s retreat on Saturday, Feb. 29th, 9:30am – 2:30 pm. Please RSVP by Friday Feb. 28th.

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Scam Alert!

We’ve seen notices like the one I’ll quote below from both our bishops now and it’s just a matter of time before someone tries it from some other clergy you might know…

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Annual Meeting, Sunday, Jan. 26th

Our Annual Meeting is coming on Sunday, Januaryt 26th following an abrieviated 10:30am service.

More than just business, this meeting celebrates God’s work in us and through us during the previous year and shares what ministries are planning to accomplish (by God’s grace!) this coming year. We’ll also elect our leadership and approve our budget.

All members are asked to attend and vote.* This is an open meeting and all are welcome. We look forward to spending this time with you.

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Christmas Eve at St. Christopher’s

You, your family, friends, & neighbors are cordially invited to celebrate Christmas at St. Christopher’s Community Church…

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A Blue Christmas Service – Dec 18, 7pm

Not everyone’s holiday is “Holly & Jolly.” Sometimes we feel more blue than red & green. Join us St. Christopher’s and Steamboat Island Church on Wed, Dec. 18th at 7pm for a service that recognizes Jesus was born into a world that was in the midst of turmoil and distress, and longing for a Savior who would speak peace and comfort the people (Isaiah 40:1).

We’ll be worshiping at St. Christopher’s located at 7902 Steamboat Island Rd. NW, Olympia, WA. Everyone is welcome.

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Bishop Rickel’s Advent Message

Our Episcopal Bishop, Greg Rickel, sends greetings and offers these thoughts during the Advent season, the four weeks of preparation leading up to Christmas.

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Giving Thanks: A Reflection from Bishop Jaech

As we enter the month of November, I find myself thinking about the act of giving thanks and the gifts that come to us when we do so.

Giving thanks is connected to the grateful realization that we are not here in the world on our own. Our daily existence can sometimes feel like an exhausting marathon where our survival is all up to us. We can quickly begin to feel lonely and overwhelmed when it seems that we are traveling through life alone. When we pray thank you, we are opening our eyes and hearts again to the blessed truth that God walks with us in every part of our journey. We are never alone; God’s strength and grace are always moving through us and with us.

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Border Belongings: A Photographic Essay

Photographic Essay: Border Belongings The public is invited to an art show at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church: 1515 Harrison Ave. NW; Olympia, WA, in their Gathering Space – noon to 4pm on Saturday, 30 Nov. and Sunday, 1 December. With permission of the artist, copies of photographs by Thomas Kiefer, from his collection “El Sueño …

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Oct. 4th: Blessing of Animals Celebrating St. Francis Day

We will be blessing animals as part of our celebration this Friday, 3pm-5pm at Companion Cove Pet, Feed, & Garden store on Sexton Drive. Bring your animal-neighbor whether furry, hairy, or scaled, four-footed, two-footed, or no-footed!

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Sadness, Anger, Grief: Bishop Rickel Responds to the Shootings in El Paso and Dayton

Dear Ones, Yesterday, I was just about to blog some reflections on the Camino after being off the trail and home, and that will come… but it seemed so trivial when I received the word of yet another mass shooting in our country. I completely understand why the Mayor of El Paso felt the need …

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Blueberry Bash, August 18, 2019, Noon-4pm

Benefiting Community Lifeline Social
Services and Shelter
– Free Live Entertainment featuring bluegrass band “Runaway Train”
– Our famous homemade Pies
– Brats and Burgers
– Blueberry Milkshakes
– Bingo and Raffle
– Lots of games and activities for kids including face painting and a bouncy house.

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Finding a church to call home

A recent college graduate finds that how a congregation practices hospitality — encouraging true, deep human interaction — is more compelling than good preaching, music or other criteria.

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Your Open Hands Foodbank Garden

If you haven’t stopped by the Open Hands Food Bank Garden at St. Christopher’s lately, I urge you to have a look. Open the gate and inside you’ll find fresh produce springing up. The terraced planting beds are full of tomato plants, snow peas, numerous squash plants, even some corn, various herbs and a very …

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GNA Asks Local Businesses to Sponsor Food Drives in Support of TC Foodbank & St. Christopher’s

The following announcement comes from the Griffin Neirghborhood Association who is part of a local initiative to have regular, ongoing, rotating collections for the Thurston County Foodbank at Steamboat Island businesses. “We are once again encouraged, grateful, and impressed by Steamboat Island’s commitment to ‘love thy neighbor.’ Truly this is a wonderful community to belong …

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A Call to Discipleship

In this invitation, Eaton unites with the Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church; the Most Rev. Fred Hiltz, primate, Anglican Church of Canada; and the Rev. Susan C. Johnson, national bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada.

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Blueberry Bash to Feature Bluegrass Band, “Runaway Train”

We’re excited to be hosting another Blueberry Bash on the 3rd Sunday of August (Aug. 18 this year) from noon to 4pm. What’s more, we’re thrilled that local Bluegrass band, Runaway Train, will be joining us and bringing “Bluegrass with an attitude.”

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Overcoming Self-Doubt:

5 ways to get beyond imposter syndrome By Kristen Glass Perez. Thanks to WomenOfTheELCA.org. Reposting from https://www.boldcafe.org/5-ways-to-get-beyond-imposters-syndrome/ Recently, I received a request from a friend who is an expert in her professional field. She wanted to share that she was quoted in a national publication via social media, but felt awkward posting it herself. She …

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Easter Baskets Galore!

This Easter St. Christopher’s partnered with St. John’s Episcopal (Olympia) and St. Benedict’s Episcopal (Lacey) to create Easter baskets for those who might not otherwise be receiving one this year. Over 100 baskets were created and donated. Baskets contained not only sweet treats but clothes, toys, and craft items. The baskets were delivered to the …

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Holy Week and Easter at St. Christopher’s

Holy Week and Easter worship opportunities are as follows:

Maundy Thursday – 6pm
Good Friday – 10:30am, 1pm, 7pm
Easter Vigil at St. John’s – 7:30pm
Easter – 8am & 10:30am with brunch at 9am and Egg Hunt at noon.

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