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Writer-in-Residence, Summer 2013 

Saint David of Wales Episcopal Church in Portland, Oregon is an inclusive, multi-generational community that honors spiritual growth, mutual support, questioning, and celebration.  During the summer of 2013, a building-wide project, funded by a Lilly Endowment grant, will engage members, seekers, building partners and the community in exploring the connection between faith and story.

The Writer-in-Residence for the Faith and Story Program at St. David of Wales will join its existing Artist-in-Residence and Cooperative Teaching Musicians to facilitate this creative story-telling program, which is open to members of the congregation and the community at large.

During this period, the Writer-in-Residence will provide approximately 90 on-site combined hours, including an initial workshop spanning two partial days during a mutually agreed upon weekend in May.  This will be followed by ten weekly 90-minute onsite workshops over the summer and culminate in a public reading at a date to be determined in the fall.  The Writer-in-Residence will be prepared to submit by the end of March a description of the program he or she plans to offer, to be used to promote the class/program to the congregation and public.

writerThe Writer-in-Residence may work with youth through adult populations across genres, but with an emphasis on personal narrative, imagery, memoir, reflection and/or spiritual expression.  Additional activities may include phone or Email consultation with participants and planners.  It is preferred, though not required, that the Writer-in-Residence familiarize her/himself with the St. David community by attending occasional worship/prayer services, coffee hours, meetings and/or building partner activities.

The Writer-in-Residence will be selected for his or her writing qualifications as well as proven ability as an educator.  Resume and application shall include writing samples, teaching history, and references.

Stipend: $2,700, payable one-half ($1,350) upon signed agreement and the remaining $1,350 at the conclusion of the residency reading in the fall.

Application details follow:  Application deadline Friday, March 1, 2013.

Note: you can download this application here: Writer in Res JD and app

WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE APPLICATION

St. David of Wales Episcopal Church, Portland, Oregon

Thank you for your interest in the Faith and Story Writer-in-Residence position at St. David of Wales.  Please complete all aspects of this application and return it no later than March 1, 2013.

Emails must include APPLICATION and your NAME in the subject line: office@saintdavidpdx.org

Postal address:2800 SE Harrison St., Portland OR 97214.

YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION

Name:

Email:

Phone:

Address:

EDUCATION

Please list all post-secondary education, including name of institution(s), major or field of concentration, dates attended, and degrees granted.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Outline your history in teaching adults; please give details, institutions, dates, and a sentence or two reflecting what you learned in each of these experiences.

WRITING SAMPLES

Provide two to three representative samples of your own work, including at least one personal account in any written genre.  We suggest no more than about 500 words for each sample.

YOUR FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF THIS PROJECT?

Let us know in a few paragraphs (no more than a page) what interests you in this project as described.  What’s intriguing?  Off-putting?  What questions do you have?  Why would you be the best possible Faith and Story writer for us?

NEXT STEPS

You will receive an Email confirming receipt of your application; feel free to Email if you don’t hear from us within a week.  Applicants considered as candidates will be invited to an in-person interview, most likely on a Sunday afternoon in March.  We anticipate our final decision will be made by the end of March 2013.

eNotes: September 20-26

The Word
from Sara

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:

  1. 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?
  1. 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?

Let us know!

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)

This Week
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:  michael.s.welch@gmail.com 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.

JOIN Book Group: This Thursday, 11 – 12, Grace Room
The book group with good coffee and a mission.. one of our many exciting collaborations with the New City Initiative!

Looking Ahead
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…

Parish News
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.

eNotes: September 13-19, 2012

The Word
from Sara
Welcome to September! There are lots of wondrous things going on around here….The Living School is open for business and so Dan and I are surrounded by the sounds of happy, engaged children. Be sure to check out the Grace Room next time you’re in the building. We have hired Emily Jameson as our new Children’s Ministries Coordinator. Anyone who knows Emily knows what a wealth of energy and grace she brings to all that she undertakes; it is a special blessing to have her join our staff. I am looking forward to our Faith & Story offerings this fall on Wednesday evenings. Please join us, for the Peace Mass at 6 pm, for classes beginning October 3 at 7 pm, or just spend the whole evening with us! If you have any questions about any of these classes or anything else, please contact me. In the meantime, I wish you blessings and peace during these beautiful days and always.

This Week
The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 19: This Sunday, September 2, 10am
The bulletin is back! Always know what’s happening on Sunday by reading them in advance here.

History Room Brunch: Sunday, September 16, 11:15
Come have a tasty brunch and explore ways you might help the ongoing project to preserve, share, and celebrate our parish history and present. As always, many hands make light work, and this is particularly light work for people who value our church’s rich heritage.

Directory Update this Sunday: We’re doing a quick and thorough update of our community database. Find you name on Sunday and let us know we’ve got it all. Won’t be there Sunday? Email us.

Looking Ahead
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!

Rain Gardens are coming: Sat, Sept 22nd, 9-2 and 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! Contact Michael Welsh to sign-up:  michael.s.welch@gmail.com or 503.740.2495

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.

Parish News
Parishioner Jim Pecore is staying at his sister Carol’s home while receiving treatment for melanoma. Consider sending a card to 4676 Oakridge Road, Lake Oswego OR 97035. Jim is also happy to have visitors but has limited energy. If you’d like to call or visit, please contact Sara for more information.

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.

eNotes: August 23-29, 2012

The Word

from Sara

This has truly been a glorious summer and it is so so so great to be back in Portland and back in the office with only a tiny bit of travel next week to the Wild Goose Festival, from which I’ll joyfully return in time for church on Sunday.

This is the season for one of my favorite activities: scheming and dreaming. This week’s ideas? A three- or four-week “Bible 101” for brand new Christians and for all you cradle Episcopalians who don’t know your beatitudes from your begats. (I know, that refers to another class of people, but you can relate, right?) And a similar short course on the Episcopal Church: Henry and Elizabeth, smells and bells, sanctuary candles and Advent wreaths, Prayer Book and Hymnal.

 

This Week
Breakfast with Neysa! This Sunday, August 26, 8:45
Bring the whole family over for a simple continental breakfast in the Parish Hall and a chance to chat with Rev. Neysa Ellgren, the diocesan Canon for Congregational Development.

The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 16: This Sunday, August 26, 10am
The bulletin is back! Always know what’s happening on Sunday by reading them in advance here.

Looking Ahead
Book Group: Next Thursday, August 30. 11 – 12
The book group with good coffee and a mission.. one of our many exciting collaborations with the New City Initiative!

Wild Goose West is coming! Next weekend, August 31-September 2
Day passes now available if you want to bring the family for a taste of this exciting project!

Sacred Garden Dedication: Next Sunday, September 2
Have you seen our SE corner garden lately? We owe a big thank you to CityRepair’s Village Building Convergence team and Eagle Scout Christopher Luchini, his family, and his troop for transforming this area into a sacred garden this summer. We’ll celebrate with prayer and outdoor coffee hour.

History Room Brunch: Sunday, September 16, 11:15
Come have a tasty brunch and explore ways you might help the ongoing project to preserve, share, and celebrate our parish history and present. All are welcome, but do sign-up in advance starting this Sunday.

 

Parish News
Parishioner Jim Pecore is staying at his sister Carol’s home while receiving treatment for melanoma. Consider sending a card to 4676 Oakridge Road, Lake Oswego OR 97035. Jim is also happy to have visitors but has limited energy. If you’d like to call or visit, please contact Sara for more information.

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.

Covenant of Hope update: Annika and her children are settled in at their apartment and doing well; they went to the zoo last week and are looking forward to the start of a new school term.
The family is still in need of:

  • a dresser or chest of drawers
  • cards to let them know we’re thinking of them (please check with the church office or Linda Goertz for the address)
  • prayers

eNotes: August 16-22, 2012

The Word
Have you been missing your Sunday routine this summer? We’ve been missing you, too! Did you know that we post the test of the sermon on our blog? Want to play catch-up? Here are some recent sermons we heard:

This Week
The Living School Yard Sale: This Saturday, August 18, 8-3
Come over to pickup something special for a school-aged child in your life and support our newest building partner at the same time.

The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 15: This Sunday, August 19, 10am
Holy Eucharist and Godly Play

The paper bulletin returns! Click the link to check it out. What do you think? Have a suggestion, comment, or thought? Feel free to send a message to the office (Office@SaintDavidPDX.org or 503.232.8461) or just scribble an idea down on the bulletin itself this Sunday and leave it under the door as we tweak its look and layout for a few weeks.

Kitchen Share SE Grand Opening: This Tuesday, August 21, 5-8pm
Welcome our new building partner at their official opening celebration on the front lawn. I heard there is a fresh ice cream making demo.. yum!

Looking Ahead
Canon Neysa Ellgren Visits: Next Sunday, August 26
Don’t miss this opportunity to visit with the diocesan Canon for Congregational
Development! All are invited to a continental breakfast with Neysa in the Grace
Room at 8:45.

Wild Goose West: August 31-September 2
Day passes now available if you want to bring the family for a taste of this exciting project!

Sacred Garden Dedication: Sunday, September 2
Have you seen our SE corner garden lately? We owe a big thank you to CityRepair’s Village Building Convergence team and Eagle Scout Christopher Luchini, his family, and his troop for transforming this area into a sacred garden this summer. We’ll celebrate with prayer and outdoor coffee hour.

History Room Brunch: Sunday, September 16, 11:15
Come have a tasty brunch and explore ways you might help the ongoing project to preserve, share, and celebrate our parish history and present. All are welcome, but do sign-up in advance starting this Sunday.

Parish News
The results are in! Checkout the full results if you haven’t already.

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.

eNotes: August 9-15, 2012

The Word
Building Partners join our community in a variety of ways. We don’t advertise vacancies, but, instead, rely on word of mouth of and a good dose of Spirit to bring our building to life throughout the week. Recently, we met with some members from The Living School, a small Reggio and Spanish K-6 one-room style school, who had lost their space and much of their enrollment in the Spring. Read what happens next…

This Week
Portland Fiddle Camp Final Concert: This Friday, August 10, 2:30pm
It has been a blast hosting this 3rd annual summer camp for young fiddlers from as far away as Idaho! Come hear their final presentation in the Parish Hall.

The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 14: This Sunday, August 12, 10am
Holy Eucharist and Godly Play

What Work Is: This Wednesday, August 15, 7 pm
What do you do? What do you love? How is God calling you? This year’s “summer experiment” is a conversation about our life’s work, whatever that may be.

Looking Ahead
The Living School Yard Sale: Saturday, August 18
Yes, that storage unit in the parking lot belongs to our new building partner, but it’s full of things they don’t need and are going to sell! Have some stuff in your garage that you would like to donate to their sale? Let them know! They would love to make this yard sale a fun shared event.

Kitchen Share SE Grand Opening: Tuesday, August 21, 5-8pm
Welcome our new building partner at their official opening celebration on the front lawn. I heard there is a fresh ice cream making demo.. yum!

Parish News
The results are in! Thanks very much for all of your input on our Summer Questionnaire. It was  a huge success: we received 45 responses! Of course, our door is always open for comments and suggestions from the community, this information is extremely helpful as we prepare for the fall. Check out the full results!

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.