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Mission to Seafarers Annual Benefit Luncheon

Date: Saturday, August 23, 2014

Time: 11:00am

Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 11:00am - 2:00pm

The Mission to Seafarers (MTS) and its Board of Directors cordially invite you to our Annual Benefit Luncheon, hosted by the Princess Cruises Community Foundation aboard the Star Princess at Pier 91, Smith Cove Cruise Terminal. Saturday, August 23, 2014. Minimum requested donation per person is $100; pre-registration is required. All proceeds benefit The Mission to Seafarers.

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Nina Boe, YASC missionary - My work in Brazil

Hello from Rio! Now that things have calmed down a little, I can write a bit about the last few weeks, and my first month back in Brazil – because, amazingly enough, it’s already been a month! So what’s been happening? What am I doing, after all?

[Nina Boe is a member of St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in West Seattle. This is her second year of mission work in Brazil with the Episcopal Young Adult Service Corps (YASC), a program of the Episcopal Church for young adults ages 21-30 to spend a year in international service. Her first year was in the Anglican Diocese of Sao Paulo. You can read more at her blog, or check out this video.]

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Andrea McMillin appointed Canon to the Ordinary in the Diocese of Northern California

The Office of the Bishop [Diocese of Northern California] has announced that the Rev. Andrea McMillin will be joining its staff as the new Canon to the Ordinary beginning September 1, 2014.

"This is a wonderful day for Andrea McMillin and a sad one for me and the Diocese of Olympia," said Bishop Greg Rickel. "Still I rejoice that this puts her in a place to utilize her remarkable skills with which she has graced us these past years."  Read more »

Church Property Dispute Comes to a Graceful End as Covenant Agreement Concludes

Episcopal diocese, departing Anglican parishes reach agreement with no court action. The Episcopal Diocese of Olympia and two Anglican churches that left the Episcopal Church in 2004 have reached an amicable settlement that returns all property to the diocese while making it possible for all parties to continue with their ministries.

St. Charles Church, Poulsbo and Grace by the Sea, Oak Harbor disassociated from the Episcopal Church in 2004 and placed themselves under the authority of an Anglican bishop in Brazil.
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Vancouver parish breaks ground on major building project

St. Luke, Vancouver, the original congregation of the Oregon Territories has broken ground on a $500,000 renovation project. The project expands the Nave and enlarges the choir loft to accommodate the growing number of singers, now at nearly 30, as well as adding a second ADA restroom. It will also provide indoor access leading from the Nave to parish hall and access to the basement for those using wheelchairs, walkers and other devices. Read more »

Pentecost Photo Contest Winners

It was a tight vote, but we have a winner. Congratulations to Karen Connelly for her ribbon depiction of Pentecost. Head over to our Facebook page to see her work.

Honorable mention goes to Suzi Robertson for Good Samaritan, Sammamish, on Pentecost Sunday. Read more »

2014 Vacation Bible School

Are you looking for something for the kids to do over summer? Find a Vacation Bible School nearby.

Is your church running a Vacation Bible School? Let us know by emailing details to SocialMedia@ecww.org and we'll list it.

Money at the Apostles' Feet: Building a Budget

We know very little about how the early church funded itself. We know that the apostles had a common purse and that Jesus sent the apostles to get food from a village which, presumably, had to be paid for. We know that Barnabas sold a field and gave the proceeds to the apostles, in contrast to Ananias and Sapphira who kept funds from the apostles (and met a dreadful end). We know that Paul spent money on travel across the Empire and brought funds back to the apostles in Jerusalem. And we know that deacons gave money to the poor and bought food for widows and orphans. Clearly, the church in its earliest days needed money to accomplish its mission. Read more »

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St. Mark's Cathedral announces a Visual Arts ministry exhibit - Sanctuary Art Center: art as an agent for healing. The Sanctuary Art Center is a multi-faceted art studio for homeless and street involved youth. The exhibit runs through August 18.


St. Paul, Seattle, offers a celebration of the Feast of St. Benedict of Nursia; Thursday, July 10, 7 p.m. A festive reception will follow the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.


Christ Church, Tacoma, presents Joseph Adam, organist, performing this month’s Third Fridays at Noon recital on the renowned Brombaugh pipe organ. Friday, July 18, 12:10 pm; donation at the door.


Christ Church, Tacoma, presents the 33-voice Choral Union Tour Ensemble from Pacific Lutheran University previewing its program for a summer tour to Italy, with music from the Renaissance to the present day. Friday, July 18, 7:30 pm; freewill offering.


St. Columba, Kent, Celebration of Mutual Ministry with the Rev. Alissa Newton; Tuesday, August 19, 7 pm.