Welcome to Faith Episcopal Church – Poulsbo, Washington
P.O. Box 1362
Poulsbo, WA 98370, or
November 17, 2020
Well, here we are, eleven months into a year none of us could have predicted. The past nine months have been extraordinarily challenging for us all, maybe not in the same ways, entirely, but each and every one of us has been touched somehow by the coronavirus. Our children are attending school from the dining room table while our spouses may be working from the guestroom; we are having to come up with new ways to entertain ourselves, as many of our favorite past times, like professional sports, travel, and even going to the movies, have been unavailable to us in the ways they once were. We have lost loved ones, to the virus certainly, but also to all the many diseases, disorders, and accidents that have always plagued us. Then, to add insult to an already-injurious year, we haven’t been able to worship the way we love to—next to one another, with full-on communion, jostling and hugging, singing at the tops of our lungs, giggling, weeping, rejoicing, and praying. Oh, how I miss that. Oh, how I miss your hugs and placing bread in your hands and blessing your heads.
Godly Play via Zoom
Children of Faith Color Pages
Advent will soon be upon us as we all prepare for Christmas and the arrival of baby Jesus. To the left is a link to a printable coloring book to color during Advent. My hope is that the children of Faith color these pages are and share their art work with us on our Sunday Zoom calls. We’d love to see the artwork from children both young and old! If you need a printed copy of the pages mailed to you just let me know. Wishing everyone a joyous and happy Advent!
Kay Rawlings, Senior Warden
Upcoming at Faith This Week
Our first week of Advent has been graced with clear skies and the winter sun, and for this I am most grateful. If we were dealing with rising numbers of COVID cases, over-burdened medical facilities, illness and death in the family, as well as the wet dreariness that is so often with us the first week of December, we might lose hope entirely. Instead, we have been blessed with warmth and light which feel like a tangible reminder of the promise of God’s kingdom inbreaking in our world. Yes, the rain and the darkness will surely return, but for now, in this moment, let us rejoice in this grace.
Sunday Worship 9:30 am
The Second Sunday of Advent—the Church’s New Year
Sacred Ground Questionnaire
The Book Group's target date for starting Sacred Ground is Wednesday November 11th. The group will be meeting on Zoom for 10 weeks but we will be taking Thanksgiving and Christmas week off. As a group we may decide to take an additional week off but we anticipate meeting through February 3rd.
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.
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.