Welcome to Faith Episcopal Church – Poulsbo, Washington
St. Francis Day Service Cancelled
I have made the difficult decision to cancel Saturday’s St. Francis Day service. I was looking forward to seeing you all, as well as your critters, in person but circumstances have changed, and I don’t think meeting in person is the best course of action.
Upcoming at Faith This Week
I am looking forward to worshipping with you again in person on Saturday, October 3rd. Depending on the weather, we will be holding our service either in the parish hall, or outside and it will begin at 2:00 in the afternoon. It is vital that you RSVP if you are going to attend. This will be required for every service we hold on the church property for the foreseeable future.
Please use this link to RSVP: Remember to bring your animal companions for a blessing and join us for St. Francis’s Day.
Painting is underway on our church buildings and necessary repairs have been identified in the process. Jackson Foster, Frank Toth, and Bob Kernaghan have been working to replace the pillars leading into the parish hall, as well as the office window. Additionally, there is the possibility we will need to make repairs on the roof of the sanctuary. All this to say, we will have to attend to maintenance items that have been neglected for too long. Even as we are filled with gratitude for having a church home, we have inherited buildings that weren’t kept up as they should have been, and I expect capital improvements/building maintenance to figure in this year’s financial drive.
In the meantime, we will look forward to the day we can worship together in the sanctuary once more. I give thanks for everyone whose faithfulness in contributing to Faith has allowed us to stay the course; to see to repairs to our organ as well as our buildings, and look with anticipation to our future together.
Guide us, O God, through these difficult ways; help us to think straight, to love more generously, to live more nobly; give us the courage to take greater risks in the name of great things, as we strive to be the worthy servants of thy Son Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Sunday Worship 9:30 am
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
Memorial Garden Sculptures
Jackson Foster continues to craft beautiful artwork for us. Our memorial garden is populated with stations of the cross, and plans are underway to make that place a spot of respite and contemplation for everyone.
Singers Without Borders presents Push That River On
Singers Without Borders presents Push That River On by Tom James
Diocese Guide for Gatherings In Person
To the Good People of God in the Diocese of Olympia,
We live in interesting times. That might be one of the greatest understatements I have heard lately, but no doubt it is true. These have been especially interesting days for the church. We have learned a lot. We still have lots to learn. We have gained perspective on things we often took for granted, and we have learned of things that are not that important after all. In the face of all of this, we still have each other, and most importantly, an amazing God who loves us all and wishes only the best for us. I put my hope in those two things right now – each of you and our God.
This document (A Guide to Gathering in Person: The Diocese of Olympia’s Phased-In Plan for Resuming In-Person Worship and Activities) has been worked on by our diocesan staff, with review by others in the diocese with expertise in these areas. It is loosely but carefully mirrored off of the four-phase plan offered by our governor this past week. It is offered to all of you as a roadmap to what our future might look like in the days ahead as we phase-in our return to face-to-face encounters. I think it is very safe to say, this will not be fast. As our governor has said so well, this will not be like turning on a light switch, but more like slowly turning the dial – and the turning will be going on for a while. It also might be two turns forward and then one back. This is new for all of us. I am blessed to be walking through it with all of you.
Bishop Rickel’s 10 Rules for Respect
I every Letter of Agreement Bishop Rickel has with congregations, and now with the Diocese of Olympia he has asked that the “10 Rules for Respect” spelled out below be made part of the agreement. He first saw these in an article by Church of the Nazarene pastor Charles Christian. He believes that they are quite helpful in framing our communication and life together.
He vows to do his best to follow them and invites you to do the same. We will all fail, but through gentle challenge and loving encouragement these can become a foundation for healthy communication for us all.
Faith’s Bishop’s Committee also uses this model as a rule for how we conduct our business and are in relationship with one another.