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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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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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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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Bishop Jaech’s Response to Hanukkah Stabbing

30 December 2019

Dear Friends,

“A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and
refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.” Matthew 2:18

This past Saturday, which in the Christian calendar was the Day of the Slaughter of the Holy Innocents, a man forced his way into a Jewish rabbi’s home in Monsey, New York, as he was
celebrating Hanukah with his community, and the intruder began stabbing people. The next day, a man entered a Christian church in Texas with a shot gun and opened fire on the worshippers, killing one and critically wounding another, before he himself was killed by the church’s security team….

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Online Pledge Form

2020 Pledge Card (Online) Welcome to our online Pledge Form. A pledge is used to give a promise of future giving, often in a recurring pattern (e.g. monthly gift). A pledge is an act of faith, a trust in God’s future provision, and a statement of gratitude for all that God provides. In addition, pledging …

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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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Updates from Chaplains on the Harbor: Homeless Plaintiffs Reach Settlement in Lawsuit Against the City of Aberdeen

Early this year, a group of plaintiffs who lived along the Chehalis River filed a lawsuit as the city of Aberdeen announced its intentions to sweep and bulldoze their camps. Today, the city is settling with those plaintiffs. In the time since this lawsuit has been filed, it has become harder to survive as a homeless person in Aberdeen; you cannot rest on the sidewalks during the day, you cannot legally pitch a tent in most places, and public opposition around the issue has led to an increase in vigilante violence.

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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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Bishop Greg on the Santa Clarita HS Shooting

I am deeply saddened by news of the shooting this morning at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, CA that has claimed the lives of two teenagers and injured three more. As is often the case in the immediate aftermath of such horrific events, we know very little about the shooter’s motivations and more details will doubtless be revealed in the coming days and weeks. And as is often the case, we will hear the usual litany of outrage and anger from our leaders, the same offering of thoughts and prayers for the victims and their families…

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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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New Female Compline Choir at St. Mark’s, Seattle

For 63 years its been men who have made up the Compline Choir at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle. But now, something has changed!

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ELCA Churchwide Assembly 2019 Concludes – Here’s a summary…

CHICAGO (Aug. 14, 2019) — Gathering under the theme “We are church,” voting members of the 2019 Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) made a number of key decisions to further the mission and ministry of this church. The assembly, the chief legislative authority of the church, met Aug. 5-10 at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee. Read more here about what was decided…

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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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