|From the Vicar
A huge thanks to all of you who made Visitation Sunday a special and beautiful day. Thank you for your prayers and support for Dalia as she was confirmed. Thank you for your presence at the service on Sunday, at the forum with Bishop Hanley and at the luncheon at NCRD hosted by the Quintana family.
A personal highlight, for me, was watching Dalia arrive with her family and â€œpadrinos.â€ She wore a beautiful dress with an embroidered image of the Virgin of Guadalupe, and answered all of Bishop Hanleyâ€™s questions with grace and confidence. Go Dalia!
Our other children and youth are growing up as well! I loved watching IvÃ¡n, wearing a suit, and sitting very attentively next to his dad for the entire service. And Marco Antonio wearing a little suit as well! Just as joyful was visiting with Alejandro Quintana, who will be graduating this summer with a Business / Oregon Transfer Degree from Southwestern Oregon College in Coos Bay. Heâ€™s planning on continuing for a four year degree and will be attending Western Oregon University in Monmouth. Go Alejandro!
Special celebrations happen because we come together with all our gifts. Thanks to:
It was a beautiful day. Thank you for making it happen!
- Dorene Dunlap and Crog Stokke, our musicians, for integrating the music of our morning and evening services into a beautiful offering
- Our choir for a beautiful anthem and solid vocal support for our hymns
- Kay Stotz and Marisol Quintana who served as our lectors. Marisol read our Spanish reading and did a masterful job of leading us in a bilingual litany
- Ann Fontaine, who arranged flowers and served as the Bishopâ€™s chaplain
- Janet Lease who did her usual wonderful job as Eucharistic Minister
- Tom and Carol Jones who picked Crog up
- Bill and Ginny Larson for lots of prep on Saturday
- Karen Sarnaker for overseeing assembly of our bulletins
- Carol Jones and Becky Berg who cleaned the church last week
- All of you who brought snacks to share
- All who stayed for the Bishopâ€™s forum. Bishop Michael always enjoys an opportunity to be in direct dialogue with each congregation. Your presence makes it happen.
- All who contributed towards the offering for the Bishopâ€™s discretionary fund (we collected about $476, if youâ€™d like to add to that so we can make it an even $500, just add your gift to the plate next Sunday and label your check â€œBishopâ€™s offering)
- Ushers, altar guild, and every single welcoming and smiling presence.
More photos here.
What is Happening at our Book Studies?
Prayer Study Group
Am I blessed to be a part of this Prayer Study? Absolutely.
We came together as a small group to study prayer, this most private of acts. In the sharing, however, something happened. The extraordinary openness and generosity of the group revealed to me more about prayer and the love of community than the book alone could. The book is the vehicle by which I came to discover the power of prayer.
The power of the prayers of this community support me, encourage me, and give me strength to "pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.
This wonderful, awesome experience changed me and touched me. Isn't that what Lent is about? However, no haloes on my head, I am still very much a work in progress.
Menâ€™s Lenten Study Group
The Menâ€™s Group is challenged with a review of each of the 7 Lenten weeksâ€™ three church service readings. This is presented to us in â€œLent 2016 â€“ The Gift of New Creationâ€ by Episcopal priest Thomas L. Ehrich. The author wants to reflect on the Lent seasonâ€™s readings by taking a trip across the United States. He writes as he travels reflecting on how his journey relates to passages in the Bible. Old Testament first, next Letters of Paul, and then Luke and John in the New Testament. I was and am marveled how well it is presented. He gives us comparisons on how we in the past and up to today appear to be repeating the same mistakes to God and other people as people did in Biblical times. There are 4 of us in the group. We each come from different backgrounds and we can each react on different questions as asked by the author. The answers from each of us are sometimes quite different and on many occasions it gives me something new to think about. How I more correctly act in the future may need to be addressed with a slight adjustment. Group discussions on religious issues can be very rewarding and helpful for personal development. I am looking forward to the last 4 weeks of the study and my interaction with the other 3 members.
**It is not too late to join the groups. Just show up, enjoy some soup and bread - and share with others in either group. 5 PM on Wednesdays.
Honor or Remember Loved Ones
With Easter Flowers
Sign up to sponsor Easter flowers. The Flower Guild is planning for Easter. Donations for altar flowers and Easter lilies can be made in remembrance or honor of your family and friends. $20 suggested donation.
We will also be holding a workshop on making crosses out of palms on the Saturday before Palm Sunday, March 19. If you know how come and help those who do not. After Easter Mary Rogness will teach us about flower arranging. Learn more about using flowers in your home and in church.
Classical Guitar Concert March 20 at 4 PM
In a new and exciting collaboration, guitarists Adam del Monte and Mak Grgic team up for a fresh and spontaneous duo, with their program â€œLa Buena Vidaâ€, taking you on a journey through Latin American and Spanish landscapes. Brand new arrangements of Guastavino, Granados, Albeniz, traditional Argentinian Tangos and original flamenco compositions by Adam del Monte, cast a renewed spirit into the world of the guitar duo expressed through two dynamic artists, each with their own voice. More on the artists here.
Sharon Stewart's Potato Chip Cookies
Many who attended Sunday's Forum with the Bishop asked for this:
1 pound of butter
1 cup sugar
3 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped potato chips (just smash them in the bag)
Cream butter, sugar, add vanilla, Slowly blend in flour. Gently mix in chips. Drop by teaspoon on cookie sheet, lightly flatten with fork
Bake at 300Âº for 14-18 minutes (lightly browned around edges. Cool on paper towel and sprinkle with powdered sugar. About 70 cookies.