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Dear St. Christopher’s and Friends,
A number of you have asked similar question or very good questions, all of which deserve an answer. Here is what I’ve heard…
Q: Is St. Christopher’s closed or will it be closing?
A: No. Our building is closed to the public and Washingtonians have strict measures in place about gatherings, but many things are taking place online and off. The outdoor worship spaces remain open for you to use individually – the Labyrinth, the Stations of the Cross, and the Columbarium. The Open Hands foodbank garden is still slated to go on. And we are adding more and more online worship, fellowship, and learning opportunities.
Q: Will there be another Eucharist online? How does online Eucharist work?
A: Yes. We are pre-recording a Eucharist and posting it Saturday night/Sunday morning each week. We post it on Facebook at facebook.com/stchristopherolympia and we post links to the video on our website’s front page – www.StChristopherOlympia.org .
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Southwestern Washington Synod E-News Week of November 26, 2023 News and Updates ELCA Church Council appoints Michael Burk as presiding bishop por tempore while Bishop Eaton takes leave of absence, starting November 17th. READ MORE ELCA Racial Justice Blog on Honoring Indigenous Peoples and Alaska Natives in November Read the blog from ELCA World Hunger Reflections on the Israel – Hamas Conflict HERE Read the Newsletter HERE Upcoming Events December and beyond “What Child Is This?” Readings * Prayers * Reflections Saturday, December 2, 2023 9 am – 10:30 am in the Sanctuary at Mountain View Lutheran Church, 3505- 122nd […]
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D. Scott Stoner, LMFT Holly Hughes Stoner, LMFT November 3, 2023 Kindness is Your Superpower On a recent walk, we came across a sign that said, “Kindness is your superpower.” The message was quite timely. If you ever doubt the power of kindness, you can quickly become reassured of the difference it makes by trying it. Make an effort to say a kind word to someone today. You might call someone who could use a kind word, send an email, or text to someone who could use some encouragement. Or you could make a meal for a friend, help a […]
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From Bishop Skelton Resources and Prayers for Peace in the Holy Land October 16, 2023 Greetings, People of the Diocese of Olympia, Like me, you have probably been watching and listening in horror as the events in Israel and Gaza continue to unfold. The stories coming out of Israel are both heartbreaking and traumatizing to us, but especially to Jewish communities around the world that fear anew for their safety and future. At the same time, the scenes emerging from Gaza of innocent civilians attempting to flee or unable to flee are unbearable. In the midst of all of this, I […]