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Bishop Rickel introduces book for Lenten Reading

In his video remembering Martin Luther King, Bishop Rickel introduced his choice of a book for reading during Lent 2015 and invited members of the diocese to join him in conversation; this portion of the video is excerpted below with the text version available as well.  

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Diocesan group heads to El Salvador for consecration & installation

A delegation of 10 members from our Diocese are headed to El Salvador to attend the consecration and installation of the Rev. David Alvarado who will become the second resident bishop in the history of the Anglican Episcopal Church of El Salvador on Saturday, January 31. Prior to the episcopacy of retiring bishop Martin Barahona the church was a member of Province 9 of the Episcopal Church and had either a missionary bishop or a bishop-in-charge. Your prayers are asked for the delegation as they travel; for retiring bishop, Martin Barahona; and for the new bishop and the people of El Salvador. The delegation will be posting to Facebook (Diocese of El Salvador Diocese of Olympia Companerismo) and on its El Salvador Journey blogRead more »

The Super Bowl Challenge is ON!

Bishop Greg Rickel and Bishop Alan M. Gates, Diocese of Massachusetts, have laid down Super Bowl Challenge 2015, to each other and to their respective dioceses. The challenge is to see who can donate the most to Episcopal Relief & Development before the Super Bowl kickoff on February 1. In making the announcement, Rickel said, "As we sit down once more with friends and family to watch the Super Bowl and another Seahawks win, we cannot forget those around the world who are not nearly as fortunate as us, and who do not have the luxury of spending such time." Read more »

Board of Directors announces decision on divestment from fossil fuel in the Diocesan Investment Fund

The January meeting of the diocesan Board of Directors was dedicated to the issue of divestment from fossil fuels in the James F. Hodges Diocesan Investment Fund (DIF). Read more »

More Than Altar Flowers: Workshop in Liturgical Design

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2015

Time: 10:00am

Dates: 
Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 10:00am - 2:00pm
Location: 
St. John, Kirkland

Join us as we discover how the Sunday flowers can be so much more than pretty decorations. This workshop will explore how to translate liturgical themes from the lectionary into visual metaphors. With a particular emphasis on native plants and found materials, the workshop will include practical skills in floral design with both demonstration and hands-on components.
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Journey to the Holy Land 2015

Follow Bishop Rickel and 9 others from the Diocese of Olympia on their journey to the Holy Land. In his first blog post, Rickel notes, "We all, 28 of us total, and 10 of us from Olympia, arrived safely and on time on January 12th. We began our pilgrimage in and around the coast of the Sea of Galilee. We are in our last night here before moving to Bethlehem tomorrow. Read more »

Better Together - A Workshop Day for Formation Leaders

Date: Saturday, February 28, 2015

Time: 9:00am

Dates: 
Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 9:00am - 3:30pm
Cost: 
$25
Location: 
Saint Andrew's, Tacoma

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The Faith Formation Hub is pleased to announce that registration is open for Better Together, a workshop day designed to equip, connect and inspire church leaders and teams in their ministry with children and youth. Event features keynote speaker the Rev. Matt Marino, formerly the Canon for Youth and Young Adults in the Diocese of Arizona and of Young Life in Arizona, and blogger at The Gospel Side. There will be workshop sessions in the morning and afternoon with a variety of topics of interest to formation leaders.

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Disaster 101 for Congregations

Date: Saturday, February 21, 2015

Time: 9:00am

Dates: 
Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 9:00am - 2:00pm
Location: 
St. John, Kirkland

The next Disaster 101 for Congregations, a 5-hour workshop on parish/mission disaster preparedness planning, will be hosted by St. John’s Church, Kirkland, on Saturday, February 21, from 9 am to 2 pm. Instructors include diocesan disaster coordinators Dave Baylor and The Rev. Patty Baker, with support from the U.S. Disaster Program of Episcopal Relief & Development. Find out more »

The Heart of Wholeness: A Healing & Teaching Weekend

Date: Friday, February 6, 2015

Time: 7:00pm

Dates: 
Friday, February 6, 2015 - 7:00pm - Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 5:00pm
Location: 
Church of the Good Shepherd, Vancouver

The theme of this diocesan-wide annual event, Friday-Saturday, February 6-7, sponosred by the Order of St. Luke (OSL) is Surrending to Abba's Love with keynote speaker, the Rev. John Rice, national Order of St. Luke vice president. Pre-registration is recommended for lunch reservations;$20 or $30 at the door. Find out more at www.goodshepherdvancouver.org.

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Around the Diocese

St Dunstan's is looking for a volunteer Chef that has experience feeding large groups for their Tuesday Community Dinner Program.

 

St. Mark's Cathedral hosts the Byrd Ensemble in a Tribute Concert to Musical Icons Peter Hallock and John Tavener; Saturday, January 31, 7:30pm.

 

St. Mark's Cathedral, offers a series of training, using the Community
of Hope model, for those serving in pastoral care ministries
; Saturdays,
January 31, February 28, March 28, 9am-3pm. $35 to defray costs.

 

St. Matthew, Browns Point/Tacoma, hosts Dr. Deirdre Good, discussing "Jesus meekness and other quiet virtues." Saturday, January 31, 5:30pm; includes soup supper. Good will also preach at both services Sunday morning.

 

Christ Episcopal Church, Tacoma, hosts a performance of J. S. Bach - The Art of Fugue on Friday, February 6, 7:30pm. Music by Dana Robinson and Charlotte Mattax Moersch. All are invited.

 

Trinity Parish, Seattle, hosts Linda Melsted and friends in a concert of Baroque favorites for violin, oboe, recorder, and harpsichord. Saturday, Feb. 7, 7:30.

 

All are invited to attend Emmanuel, Orcas Island, on Sunday, February 8, 10:00am, as Bishop Greg Rickel, leads in a Celebration of New Ministry of the Rev. José Roberto Gándara-Perea, Berto.

 

St. Stephen's, Seattle hosts a Jazz Evensong. The Evening Canticles are newly composed by John Vreeland. Reception to follow. Sunday February 8, at 5pm.

 

St. Thomas, Medina hosts a Centering Prayer Retreat on Saturday, February 14, 9am-3pm. 

 

Join Seattle Pro Musica for New Sounds Northwest, an outreach performance at Church of the Redeemer, Kenmore; on Sunday, February 15, $5 for students, $10 for seniors, and $15 general admission.

 

Working for Peace in Israel and Palestine lectures. Nitsan Joy Gordan, an Israeli peace activist, will speak on her 20-year grass roots efforts to create peace between Arabs and Jews.  Hear about life in the Middle East, Nitsan's work, and her views on the future for her troubled land. Weekend of February 20, 21, 22. Suggested lecture donation $10; luncheon cost $35.

 

Epiphany Parish, Seattle, will host a Taizé service, Wednesday, February 25, 7:30pm. Join us for a quiet service of meditation, reflection, silence, readings, and music.

 

 

Position Opening: Shop Associate. The Cathedral Shop seeks two Shop Associates who will further its ministry of hospitality and serving others. Applicants will possess retail experience, especially as a buyer of wholesale gift and jewelry items. Part time positions, each approximately 20-24 hours per week.