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to the Episcopal Church in Western Washington.

We are over 31,000 people in more than 100 churches. We are building strong communities of faith. We are striving to be good stewards of all our resources: our time, our talents, our treasures and our Earth. We are deepening our relationships with people under 35, and with others: in the Holy Land, Latin America and all around the world.

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In the Spotlight

Remembering the Philadelphia Eleven

Bishop Greg Rickel invited two women clergy to join him for a conversation to remember and celebrate the Philadelphia Eleven, the first women ordained to the priesthood in the Episcopal Church, July 29, 1974. The Rev. Canon Janet Campbell, ordained 25 years, was in the first group of three women ordained in the Diocese of Long Island. The Rev. Sarah Monroe, at the time of filming, had been ordained as a priest for two months.

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Local Congregation provides update on Oso recovery

In a letter to members of the Diocese, the Rev. Janet Loyd from Church of the Transfiguration in Darrington, thanked all who donated to the relief and recovery efforts following the March Oso mudslide and provided an update on the progress toward recovery, saying, "Through our combined efforts, the Episcopal Church has dispersed approximately $35,000 to date, quiet donations from people and congregations. The generosity has helped so many people up and down Highway 530, especially in the community of Darrington, to move forward. Read more »

Parents and Youth Leaders - Seminar with Chap Clark

Date: Saturday, September 13, 2014

Time: 10:00am

Dates: 
Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Cost: 
15.00
Location: 
St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Medina

Join other parents, pastors, and youth ministry staff as we explore what it means to take seriously the spiritual formation of children and adolescents. Chap Clark, Fuller Professor of Youth, Family, and Culture will provide training and tools to help us understand the adolescent experience and more more faithfully journey with children and youth as they become followers of Jesus.

Two seminars will be offered: Find out more »

A Holy Waste of Time: A Young Adult Retreat

Date: Friday, September 5, 2014

Time: 6:00pm

Dates: 
Friday, September 5, 2014 - 6:00pm - Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 1:00pm
Cost: 
35.00
Location: 
St. Andrew's House in Union, WA

Enjoy a beautiful weekend on the Hood Canal: hiking, swimming, kayaking, relaxing, reading, watching the sunset...with other young adults and their friends in The Diocese of Olympia. Young Adults (18-35) will be gathering September 5-7, 2014 at St. Andrew's House, our beautiful retreat house on the Hood Canal. Find out more »

Fall Junior High Youth Conference (JYC)

Date: Friday, November 21, 2014

Time: 7:00pm

Dates: 
Friday, November 21, 2014 - 7:00pm - Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 12:00pm
Cost: 
35.00
Location: 
St. John's Church, Gig Harbor

Young people in grades 6-9 are invited to join us as we navigate the “turning-into-teenager years.”  With lots of community-building games and activities this is the place to find friends who will be with you through it all! Around 50 youth come together from all over Western Washington to share in small groups, fun, worship, and more. Friends welcome! Find out more »

Living Wi$ely, a Faith-based Personal Finance Workshop

Canon Chris HarrisIn a culture that teaches our net-worth is equal to our self-worth and that more stuff is the key to happiness, what in the world are we supposed to do in a recession? One place to start is to change our thinking. On Sept. 12 & 13, the diocesan Stewardship and Development Office will welcome Canon Chris Harris, Diocese of San Diego, and a former tax attorney, to present a course in faith-based thinking about money. Workshop will be held at St. Stephen's in Seattle.  Read more »

African American Committee Family BarBeQue

Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014

Time: 12:00pm

Dates: 
Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 12:00pm - 3:30pm
Location: 
Diocesan House

All are welcome. Meat and drinks provided; bring a salad, side dish or dessert to share. Tours of Diocesan House will be available. Répondez s'il vous plaît (RSVP) by September 19 to Roberta Newell 253-383-7279 or rnewell@post.com. Find out more »

High School Youth Conference (HYC)

Date: Friday, September 26, 2014

Time: 7:00pm

Dates: 
Friday, September 26, 2014 - 7:00pm - Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 12:00pm
Cost: 
35.00
Location: 
St. Andrew's Church, Port Angeles

Friends, faith, music, worship, games, workshops, conversation and just hanging out at the dance are all a part of this fantastic weekend for youth in grades 9-12. Come join the fun and meet people who, through Jesus Christ, see the goodness in all of us. Find out more »

Diocese of Olympia Position Opening: Canon for Finance & Property

The Episcopal Diocese of Olympia is currently seeking applicants (lay or ordained) for the fulltime position of Canon for Finance & Property. Reporting to the diocesan bishop, the Canon directs and manages the financial and property affairs of the diocese. This position oversees insurance needs, compliance with IRS and applicable federal, state and local regulations, and risk management assessment. The Canon serves as a resource to congregations and ministries within the diocese to insure that the congregations' fiscal matters follow accepted procedures and comply with applicable laws and regulations. This staff person collaborates with the Canon to the Ordinary and Board of Directors regarding work on diocesan loan programs, leases, major redevelopment projects, mission construction projects and deferred maintenance programs. Read more »

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Saint Mark’s Cathedral will observe an Octave of Prayer for Peace,
August 24- 31 in Thomsen Chapel. With special intention on these last
eight days of August, come to pray for peace in our world.

 

St. Andrew, Tacoma hosts a Celebration and Open House; Saturday, August 30, 1 pm to celebrate a new elevator and upgrades to "Open our Doors to All."

 

St. Paul, Seattle, Celebration of New Ministry with Deacon Stephen Crippen; Sunday, August 31, 10:15 am reception followed by 11:15 am Eucharist.

 

Church of the Resurrection, Bellevue, hosts its 3rd Annual Neighborhood Fair.
Bouncy house, face painting, magician, kids games; tasty cuisines and
Winegar's gourmet ice cream. Saturday, September 6, 10 am-4 pm.

 

Epiphany and Advocacy art exhibit at Saint Mark’s Cathedral; exhibit runs through September 7.

 

The Center at St. Andrew, Seattle, offers open registration for Fall Gentle Yoga. Daytime classes begin Sept. 8 and continue through November 19.

 

Grace Church, Bainbridge Island, presents Concerts at Grace Church featuring Saint Paul de Vence; Friday, September 12, 8 pm (no host bar and fundraising raffle at 6:30 pm).

 

All are invited to a community "Barn Raising” at St. Stephen, Oak Harbor, Saturday, September 13, 9 am-3 pm. Jobs for all skill levels. Lunch provided, please RSVP how many will attend and include what skills (if any) you will  bring.

 

St. Luke, Renton, hosts an inaugural English Fete featuring sales of traditional English foods, beers and sweets, classic English carnival games, and more; Saturday, Sept. 13, 11 am-4 pm; free.

 

St. Mark's Justice Ministry and the Mental Health Chaplaincy offer Understanding Trauma with Barbara Bennett, PhD; Saturday, September 13, 9 am-2 pm; St. Mark's Cathedral.

 

Church of the Good Shepherd, Federal Way, hosts Lobsterfest, Sept. 13, 5-7 pm. Full dinner $35 (whole lobster or BBQ ribs); fresh Maine lobsters available for "take out" pick-up, 3-5 pm; $30 per lobster. Order deadline Sept. 7.

 

The Writing Subcommittee of Arts at Saint Mark’s is offering two writing classes this fall - Intro to Creative Writing & Autobiography/Memoir: Writing your Life. Classes begin Sept. 14 - registration required.

 

Join a team from Saint Mark’s Cathedral at the 2014 Seattle AIDS Walk on Saturday, Sept. 27. Walkers from the wider diocese are invited to join the team.