A Summer Solstice Soiree

A Summer Solstice Soiree

A Prideful Celebration of our Community’s Soul & Service!

A joint fundraising and community building event to benefit Operation Nightwatch & St. Stephen’s Parish Partnership programs.

EXCITING DETAILS SOON COMING SOON!

**SAVE THE DATE**

The Great Vigil of Easter

This collaborative video of The Great Vigil of Easter will go live on April 11 at 7:00 p.m. Join us here on our website or over on Facebook to watch with others from around the diocese.

Click here for the service bulletin.

Note: the Scripture from Genesis in The Story of Creation is read by the Spiritual Care Team from Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital, Portland. While most of us are practicing social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19, these chaplains are called to come physically and emotionally close to patients, families, and health care workers affected by sickness, death, and grief. Their proximity to each other and to the hospital bed acknowledges this complicated aspect of their ministry even as they read us this story of life. Please keep them and all our health care workers and first responders in your prayers.

Musical performances used by permission OneLicense #A-721746

Diocesan Palm Sunday Service and Procession

Though we will be a dispersed community this Holy Week, you are invited to a diocesan processional with fellow Episcopalians!

It’s easy to participate:

  1. Find a tree branch, fern frond, or whatever leafy thing you have handy
  2. As an individual or household, make a short video waving your leafy thing and saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest.”
  3. Click here to upload your video by Thursday, April 2 for inclusion in a diocesan video that will be shared on Palm Sunday on the diocesan website and Facebook page.

The Skin of Our Teeth

By the Rev. Lawrence Crumb, vicar of St. Andrew’s, Cottage Grove

The American playwright Thornton Wilder, best known for the high-school favorite “Our Town,” also wrote a play called “The Skin of Our Teeth.” Written during World War II, each act takes place just before some great catastrophe (the Ice Age, the Flood, a long-lasting war) that threatens to destroy the human race and civilization as it was known.

I once attended an outdoor performance in Wisconsin, where summer weather is unpredictable. In the scene before the Flood, one character said, “It’s starting to rain,” and it really did. Fortunately, it was just a brief sprinkle, and the performance continued.

The message of the play is that no matter the disaster, the human race has always survived, if only “by the skin of our teeth.” That is a good message for the people of our nation and of the world as we face the coronavirus.

There is often a light moment in tragedy, and it came for me as I listened to Sylvia Poggioli reporting on conditions in Italy. When she mentioned the Papa Giovanni hospital, I thought, “That’s a cute name for a hospital.”

Then I realized that “Papa Giovanni” is Italian for Pope John. I well remember Pope John XXIII, who was elected in October 1958, just after I had entered seminary, and died in June 1963, just before the end of my first year in parish ministry. He summoned the Second Vatican Council, which continued under his successor, Paul VI, and also taught us how to face death, saying just before his own death, “My bags are packed.”

Holy Week and Easter will be very different, as we watch the services of other churches on the internet and read them, or parts of them, from the Prayer Book at home. One way or another, we can reaffirm our belief in the risen Christ and experience the joy of Easter.

Wilder’s message of the survival of the human race has its spiritual counterpart in the life of the Church, which has survived persecution, natural disasters, and competition from other schools of thought and ways of life.

I was taught in seminary that the Church is not infallible, but it is indefectible – that is, it will never completely die out. We have Jesus’ promise that “the gates of hell will not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18) and that he will be “with [us] always, even unto the end of the world.” (28:20)

2020 Vestry/BAC & Treasurers Workshop (St. Luke’s, Grants Pass)

This workshop is cancelled due to COVID-19 precautions and will be rescheduled.

This workshop for congregational leaders such as vestry/BAC members, wardens, clergy and treasurers will be offered four times at different locations in 2020. There will be breakout sessions that focus on resources of interest to each group. There will be discussions on roles and responsibilities for church governance, Parochial Report preparation, audit program/procedures, and liability insurance questions, contact information for assistance, as well as information on the many online and cost-free resources.

The 2020 workshop dates are:

  • February 8, St. Thomas, Eugene
  • March 7, St. James, Tigard
  • March 28, St. Luke’s, Grants Pass
  • April 18, St. Catherine’s, Manzanita

The workshop will run from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. There is no charge for attendance and lunch and beverages will be provided. Please indicate any dietary needs on the registration form. Registration will open in January 2020.

We are very excited about this opportunity to share information with our churches and their hard-working treasurers, finance people, wardens and BACs/vestries!

Questions? Contact the Rev. Canon Carol W. Sedlacek, Canon for Christian & Leadership Formation, carols@diocese-oregon.org.

Congregational Vitality Workshop 2020

This workshop is cancelled and will be rescheduled. If you were registered to participate, please contact Diocesan Consultant Linda Jackson at 503-970-8393 or email linda.paxchristi@gmail.com.

The Diocesan Consultants will be presenting a Congregational Vitality Workshop on Saturday, March 14 at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Eugene.

This workshop will be a great opportunity to address a specific challenge your congregation may be facing, using one of the models we will introduce during our time together. This workshop:

  • Lasts just seven hours
  • Is grounded in our Baptismal Covenants
  • Is deeply customized, thanks to the individual pre-event questionnaires participants filled out prior to the workshop
  • Is practical and focused on YOUR congregation
  • Includes selecting and beginning work on your chosen project during the workshop
  • Is not “one-and-done,” but includes guidance from your assigned consultant in two meetings following the workshop
  • Includes a follow-up gathering where each team will share their experiences and learning gained to-date from working on their project, and learn from the experience of other congregational teams

In these concrete ways, we hope to assist you and your congregation in living more and more fully into your baptismal mission to serve Christ in your community and in the world.

Each participation congregational team will be assigned a diocesan consultant, who will:

  • Be with you and your team during the Workshop
  • Meet with you and your team twice after the Workshop, to assist your team in completing and implementing the plan you will begin to create during the workshop
  • Join with you and your team for a follow-up conference

If you have other questions, please feel free to call Diocesan Consultant Linda Jackson at 503-970-8393 or email linda.paxchristi@gmail.com.

The registration deadline is Friday, March 6. To register, please complete and mail both the Registration Form and the Pre-Workshop Questionnaire (linked below) and mail with a $10 per person registration fee to:
Episcopal Diocese of Oregon
Attn: Congregational Vitality Workshop
11800 SW Military Lane
Portland, OR 97219

Click here for the March 2020 Congregational Vitality Workshop Registration.

Click here for the March 2020 Congregational Vitality Pre-Workshop Questionnaire.

Caring for Veterans Community Clergy Training Program

Many Veterans and their family members seek help for their problems from ministry leaders. The Community Clergy Training Program in Portland can help prepare you to support them.

As a ministry leader, you and your house of worship are an important contact point for Veterans in your community. Sometimes clergy and other ministry leaders are not aware of the Veterans in their congregation or how they might help a Veteran and their family following deployment. Other times, ministry leaders may recognize Veterans who are struggling in their return to civilian life, but not know how to support them.

The National Chaplain Service of the Department of Veterans Affairs and the VA Portland Health Care System Chaplain Service invite clergy, ministry leaders, and interested lay persons from across the spiritual and/or religious spectrum to attend a free interactive training in Portland.

This event will be held:
March 12, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
West Portland United Methodist Church
4729 SW Taylors Ferry Road, Portland, OR 97219

Please bring a sack lunch; or there are also several food options nearby.

Training topics will include:

• Identifying potential conflicts between civilian and military cultures.
• Identifying actions community clergy can take to assist military personnel and their families with a healthy adjustment to a civilian culture.
• Types of common military events that can cause adjustment problems for military personnel and the psychiatric and psychological responses that often follow.
• Identifying the relationship between spirituality and “meaning making.”
• The importance of Personal Narratives and Past, Present and Future Stories.
• Identifying pastoral responses and resources for clergy and their congregations.

Seating is limited for this FREE event, so please register ASAP by contacting Chaplain Christopher J. Boswell below. Registration closes March 10.

Sincerely,
CH. Christopher J. Boswell
Chaplain Christopher J. Boswell, M.Div.
Outpatient Mental Health Chaplain Fellow
Phone: 503-220-8262 ext. 58586 or 57021
Email: Christopher.Boswell@va.gov

Vestry/BAC & Treasurers Workshop (St. James, Tigard)

This workshop for congregational leaders such as vestry/BAC members, wardens, clergy and treasurers will be offered four times at different locations in 2020. There will be breakout sessions that focus on resources of interest to each group. There will be discussions on roles and responsibilities for church governance, Parochial Report preparation, audit program/procedures, and liability insurance questions, contact information for assistance, as well as information on the many online and cost-free resources.

The 2020 workshop dates are:

  • February 8, St. Thomas, Eugene
  • March 7, St. James, Tigard
  • March 28, St. Luke’s, Grants Pass
  • April 18, St. Catherine’s, Manzanita

The workshop will run from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. There is no charge for attendance and lunch and beverages will be provided. Please indicate any dietary needs on the registration form. Registration will open in January 2020.

We are very excited about this opportunity to share information with our churches and their hard-working treasurers, finance people, wardens and BACs/vestries!

Questions? Contact the Rev. Canon Carol W. Sedlacek, Canon for Christian & Leadership Formation, carols@diocese-oregon.org.

Registration

Shrove Tuesday Pancake and Ham Supper

Ash Wednesday, a Christian holy day of fasting and repentance marks the start of the 40-day Lenten period leading up to Easter. Blessed ashes are placed on worshipers’ foreheads as a sign of penitence at a noon service on February 26. Information will also be available for those interested in daily Bible reading as a Lenten devotion.

Before the start of Lent, Shrove Tuesday, February 25 — known in some countries as Mardi Gras (fat Tuesday) — St. Martin’s, Lebanon will offer a Pancake and Ham supper at 5:30 pm. Prepared by St. Martin’s Men’s Group, this is a chance to eat and be merry before the traditional fasting period of Lent.

A donation of $5 per person or $8 per family goes to St. Martin’s Discretionary Fund to help the needy in Lebanon.

Please RSVP by email to stmartinslebanon@gmail.com so we have enough food for all.