Upcoming at Faith This Week
What’s the old saying? We make plans and God laughs.? It certainly has seemed like that lately and one of the small, yet persistent annoyances, I’ve experienced in these times is our inability to plan and even reschedule with any kind of certainty. Everything, it seems, is delayed or subject to “virus time”. The organ repair was delayed due to reduced work force; we hired a company to clean our nave and they had to delay their work due to illness; even the painting of our church was subject to delays. If there is good news in all this, it is that also because of the virus and the restrictions placed on us, there is no rush to accomplish some things. Other things, however, we are not able to postpone, so we have to figure out how to accomplish them differently. One of these things is the Diocesan Convention. This year, it will be held completely virtually and, while in a typical year it would theoretically be possible to just show up and acquaint ourselves with the resolutions, etc., once we’ve arrived, this year is completely different.
This year, we will be using electronic platforms to engage in voting, debate, and workshops. The resolutions and nominations we will be voting on have been shared electronically, and we are due to receive our “unique identifier” to enable each delegate to log on and participate. The closing Eucharist will be livestreamed from St. Mark’s Cathedral. It is all going to be very different, and even though the diocese has been very good about issuing tutorials, there will undoubtedly be a few challenges to overcome. Gary James, Ellen Green, and I will be representing Faith at convention and I ask your prayers for us--for a relatively pain-free experience with technology, for wisdom and grace, and the ability to represent you with integrity.
Connie Aurand has been consolidating our Sunday Prayers and sending them out to the prayer chain. If you have a prayer request, please do remember to let Connie know. Also, if you join Vicar Laura for Facebook Morning Prayer, there is an opportunity to share your prayer requests in that space. Prayer remains one of the surest ways we commune with God. Please share your concerns, offer up prayer for others, and rest in God.
If you would like to send Barb Fox a card, her address is:
Harbour Pointe Sr. Living
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Mukilteo, Washington 98275
Happenings At Faith
Our Sacred Ground Program is almost ready to begin! Please take a moment to look at what the program entails here: Click Here.
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On November 1st, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will lead a National Prayer Service for Healing and Wholeness. It will be livestreamed from Washington National Cathedral, and here is the link: https://episcopalchurch.org/posts/publicaffairs/holding-hope-national-service-healing-and-wholeness
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The book group is currently reading God and the Pandemic by N. T. Wright. Gary and Laurie James host the weekly study via Zoom at 2:00 on Wednesdays and they also provide thoughtful questions to ponder. If you’re interested, do consider joining in—N.T. Wright’s book is available electronically and in hard copy. –V.L.
Our Diocesan Convention begins Saturday. We will be meeting via electronic platforms, given our current circumstances, and it will undoubtedly be an interesting time for us all. Your delegates, Gary James and Ellen Green, will be “in attendance” along with Vicar Laura. Please keep them as well as our diocese in prayer. And, if you’d like to find out more, follow this link:
THE VICAR’S BIBLE STUDY I hope you will consider joining us via Zoom as we look at the next Sunday’s readings. You do not need to have a lot of scriptural knowledge or exegetical skills to take part, just a curiosity about what God is saying to us in the holy texts. Our conversations often wander down unexpected paths as we dive into God’s word, and you never know what we’ll come away with after our time. Here’s the Zoom link which will be good through December 1st.
Topic: Bible Study
Time: Oct 20, 2020 10:00 AM 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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I will continue doing Morning Prayer live on Faith’s Facebook page. Join me M-W-F at 8:00 AM. I will continue this offering as long as it is of use. --Vicar Laura
A Pep Talk from Bishop Rickel
Bishop Rickel has been busy making videos for the Diocese of Olympia!! Please take a few minutes and watch this latest pep talk from our bishop—this far into the pandemic, God knows we can use all the encouragement we can get.
Thank you to everyone who has continued to honor their financial commitments! If your economic situation has changed as a result of the virus, please let me know. I may be able to help with a bill. On that note, the Diocese has set up an online payment option for each church in the diocese. No one is required to use it, but I put it out as another way to make a donation. Here’s the link: https://resources.ecww.org/give-parish/faith-poulsbo If you prefer, you can always mail in your checks to: Faith Episcopal Church at PO Box 1362; Poulsbo, 98370
The Season After Pentecost is the longest in the Church year. Each year, we have the option of choosing whether we will follow Track 1 or Track 2 for our Old Testament scripture reading. Track 1 is a semi-continuous telling of some of our Old Testament stories, and Track 2 is scripture that somehow ties in with the rest of the lection appointed for that Sunday. We have been alternating tracks at Faith, and this year, we are back to Track 1. So,
Our Readings for Proper 25 (the Twenty First Sunday after Pentecost) are:
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