It’s been an amazing week at St. David’s: our building is full of life, and we keep getting wonderful folk asking to be part of our extended family community, or wanting to express their community connections in new ways. It has me thinking a lot about what it means to be the member of a community like ours.
Church membership is definitely not what it used to be, and I’m so grateful to be part of a community with such expansive opportunities to reframe who we are and what we do. To that end, the vestry has a couple of questions for all of you, as we revise and bring into the twenty-first century our parish by-laws. You can answer them simply by emailing me, or on our Facebook page, or on the white board in the parish hall this Sunday. Here they are:
- What do you think it means to be a member of a congregation like St. David’s? What does it mean to be a member of the St. David’s Community?
- What do you think is the “object and purpose” of a place like St. David’s? To proclaim the gospel? To worship Jesus? To build community? To propagate the faith and doctrine of the Episcopal Church? To serve the neighborhood? All of the above?
On a related note, I also spent some time preparing for our first “Faith & Story” offering, the one-night-only “What kind of Anglican are you?” class. I hope it’ll be fun. I hope I’ll see lots of you there. (See below for details)
Rain Gardens are HERE: This Sat, Sept 22nd, 9-2 and next Sun, Sept 30, 12-3
Get on your boots and help create beautiful rain gardens full of native plants. There is a task for everyone, so bring the family and invite your neighbors! Bring your own shovel and contact Michael Welsh to sign-up: firstname.lastname@example.org or 503.740.2495
The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 20: This Sunday, September 23, 10am
The bulletin is back! Always know what’s happening on Sunday by reading them in advance here.
Directory Update this Sunday: We’re doing a final update of our community database. Find your name on Sunday and let us know we’ve got it all. Won’t be there Sunday? Email us.
Sunday School Parent Potluck: This Monday, September 24, 6-8
Come learn more about our children’s ministries opportunities this year and bring some tasty food to share in the Parish Hall.
Gift Cards Needed! We have pledged to support our Covenant of Hope family in every way we can, and we have a great opportunity. Eight-year-old Corinna and six-year-old Aidyn are preparing to start school after the long transition from homelessness into their new home in Troutdale, and we would like to participate by sending their mom, Annika, some gift cards to purchase school supplies and some new clothes. (Think: Target, Walmart, Fred Meyer.) Next time you’re out shopping, consider picking up a gift card, enclosing it in a note to Annika, Corinna, and Aidyn, and dropping it by the church office. We’ll take care of the rest. Thanks for your generosity!
What kind of an Anglican are YOU? Wednesday, October 3, 7-8:30 pm in the Grace Room. Have you ever wondered what it means to be an Episcopalian? Has anyone ever asked you “What does your church believe?” This will be a fun and informative evening for newcomers and lifelong Episcopalians alike. Bring a friend! Let Sara know, so she knows how many delicious chocolate chip oatmeal cookies to make!
Baptism, anyone? The Feast of All Saints, which we will celebrate on November 4, is one of the four major baptismal feasts of the church year. If you or someone you know would like to learn more about baptism, contact Sara.
It’s not too early to think about Thanksgiving: Consider joining our community potluck this year! All are invited, so bring the family, your neighbors, and friends. Mark your calendars now, details coming soon…
History Room Update: Many thanks to Jennie Brown and Nan Williams for the wonderful brunch last Sunday! If you weren’t able to be at the brunch but would like to learn more about the History Room, contact Jennie at 503-246-1824. There are opportunities to make a huge difference for a small donation of your time (say, 45 minutes a month?) or your treasure. Never seen the History Room? Come by for a tour any time during regular office hours or after church on a Sunday.
Got music? The choir is always looking for musical, enthusiastic, and otherwise interested voices to enliven our worship services. Rehearsals are now on Sundays from 9:20-9:50 in the Music Room and on the 2nd Thursday of every month from 6-9. If you have any questions, contact Dan.
Thanks to the office helpers this week: Jean Baker, Deidre Baker, Carolynn Rudy, Peggy Speirs, Pat Thayer! Doesn’t it look like they’re having fun in the photo above? Contact the office to join in the fun!
Got a name tag? If you do, start wearing it! We have had loads of guests this summer and expect more leading into the fall. Can’t find yours or never had one? Let the office know.