Welcome to Faith Episcopal Church – Poulsbo, Washington
Due to the COVID-19 Faith has suspended public meetings. Please join us here for future "virtual" gatherings.
Easter Sunday, April 12 at 9:30 a.m. virtual Worship Service
Join us in our virtual Worship Service
Maundy Thursday with Vicar Laura
Morning Prayer with Vicar Laura
Sunday Worship (April 5, 2020)
Easter Sunday - Click here for lectionary readings
Holy Week Observance:
Easter Sunday at Home:
Here is a possibility for how to celebrate Easter Sunday at home:
Click here for the Easter Sunday liturgy
Upcoming at Faith This Week
| "Tell the daughter of Zion,
Look, your king is coming to you,
humble, and mounted on a donkey,
and on a colt, the foal of a donkey." Matthew 21:1-11
Thank you all for showing up Sunday for our Zoom prayer service! I can’t tell you what a balm it was for my heart to see your faces. If you didn’t make it Sunday, I hope you’ll consider joining us. You can come in your pajamas, you can sip coffee, you don’t even have to be “seen” if you don’t want to. It is just so good lay eyes on one another. Granted, meeting online feels peculiar and we still have some kinks to work out, but for now, it is a blessing and I am thankful.
I have no idea when we’ll get back to our old ideas of “normal”; we are in new territory and about as far from normal as we’re liable to be.
This abnormality is even more acute as we approach Holy Week.
Bishop Rickel Cancels All Gatherings
Dear Faithful People,
Yesterday, in a Zoom meeting with the clergy of the diocese, Bishop Rickel declared he was canceling all gatherings at churches in western Washington for two weeks. This means there will be no services, no meetings, no gatherings; the church will be shut down.
This decision was a painstaking one on his part and came after continued consultation with the Center for Disease Control, the recommendations of State Government, and intentional discernment. The risks to our communities right now are too high for us not to do our part. If we continue to hold services, people will continue to attend, and this virus will have even more opportunities to spread. We all have a tendency to believe the risk we take is ours alone, and we are only putting ourselves in danger by attending functions. The truth is, this virus is nimble and spreads quickly and easily. It is much more contagious than the flu and the risk we take by gathering is that we unintentionally carry the virus to others whose bodies might be compromised and can’t fight off the illness. Medical facilities are already becoming overburdened and the United States is only in the beginning stages of this outbreak.
Please read the following from Bishop Rickel, and know I will never use an email to ask you for money. Please be careful friends, and call me if you are uncertain about a request. –Laura
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.
Pastoral Letter from Bishop Rickel
Faith Family Fun Day Photos!
Photos of our first Annual Faith Family Fun Day are now available!
This was a great opportunity for us to get to know one another and everyone who uses the church facilities. Most importantly, plenty of time for us to visit and enjoy our community. We look forward to seeing you at our 2nd Annual Family Fun Day in 2019!