Upcoming at Faith This Week

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Hi Friends,

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 09 2020 APainting 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.

Blessings,

Vicar Laura+

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 Prayer Corner

We are saddened to report the death of Ted Aurand, Jim’s father.   Please keep the Aurands as well as the Maces in your prayers:

Almighty God, Father of mercies and giver of comfort; Deal graciously, we pray, with all who mourn; that, casting all their care on you, they may know the consolation of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Barb Fox 150x150Update on Barb Fox

Barb continues to recover slowly from her stroke.  She is not yet able to walk or, aside from a few words, talk; she is getting around in a wheelchair for now and improves daily. This recovery will take a long time, and the family is hopeful she will be able to maneuver with just a cane after a year’s hard work of physical therapy.  As you can imagine, this vibrant, active woman, is pretty frustrated.  Please consider sending Barb a card, if you’re so inclined, and continue in your prayers for her healing.

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Happenings At Faith

Sacred Grounds: 

Sacred GroundThe National Episcopal Church has created a 10 week program called ‘Sacred Ground’ which consists of readings and films to facilitate a dialogue on race. The program is grounded in faith and a Christian perspective. The films and readings are challenging and educational. I participated in the program over summer and was surprised at all the history others and myself were not aware of, even those of us who were history majors in school. The series is open to all but is especially designed to help white people talk with other white people.
       
If you are interested please look at the Sacred Ground website. There you will find a couple videos to watch and a more detailed description of the program: https://episcopalchurch.org/sacred-ground
 
The two primary books read during the 10 weeks are “Waking Up White” by Debby Irving and “Jesus and Disinherited” by Howard Thurman. Click here for the program's syllabus of readings and videos.
 
For a preview of some of the videos go here: https://episcopalchurch.org/sacred-ground/syllabus-preview
 

God Pandemic NT WrightJoin the Conversation!! 

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.

Bible Study PhotoBIBLE STUDY IS OFF TO A GREAT START!!  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 timeHere’s the Zoom link which will be good through October 20th.

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St Frances 500x500St. Francis Day Service.  Lord willing, we will be holding our next “in person” service on Saturday, October 3rd in celebration of St. Francis’ feast day.  With any luck, the weather will be fine, and we’ll be able to meet outside.  If need be, we will gather in the parish hall where we can easily be social distant, can open the glass doors for good ventilation, and protect one another as well as possible.  RSVP here and for more information click here.

Monday Morning Prayer

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.  Unfortunately, we are no longer able to broadcast it to our website, but you can always pray at home in the knowledge that I’m praying with you!  --Vicar Laura

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Bits & Pieces

New Immunization Policy.  In accordance with The Episcopal Church, the Diocese of Olympia has drafted a new policy regarding immunizations for employees as well as those who work with children.  The policy is in line with Washington State’s existing requirements.  We will be sending out more information regarding all the particulars (deadlines, etc.) as we receive them.

Stewardship Faith Generosity 300x319Thank 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

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This Sunday

Pentecost Season After

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 21 (the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost) are:

Exodus 17:1-7
Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16
Philippians 2:1-13
Matthew 21:23-32

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

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This Sunday’s Readings:

Exodus 17:1-7
Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16
Philippians 2:1-13
Matthew 21:23-32

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Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him." Matthew 21:23-32

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