The Messenger August 2017
Christy’s Corner: A Room with a View
Recently on my morning walk, a local asked me if I had seen the seagull’s nest. “They come back every year,” he said. “This year only one of the three eggs made it.” On my way back I swung by the place he had indicated and there was this fuzzy sea gull chick who had an amazing “room with a view,” but he clearly had outgrown his nest. On the top of a tall piling surrounded by water how do you have the courage to leave the only world you know to fly for the first time? This little chick stayed with me the rest of the day as I reflected on all of the ways we are asked to step out in faith each and every day.
The next morning, mama was on a near-by piling squawking and squawking and squawking! I got the feeling that she felt it was clearly time for the chick to leave the nest and she was beside herself at the inactivity! The chick seemed paralyzed by fear…the first step was a big one with a long ways to fall! I don’t see God squawking at us when we get too comfortable in our “nest”, but I do believe that God is very persistent at patiently loving us out of the nest and into the world. Almost always this is accompanied by some sense of fear and doubt, and feeling like we have a long, long ways to fall.
That little chick provides a wonderful metaphor for us to reflect on as we ponder all the different ways we are asked to step out in faith. Sometimes we’re asked to extend ourselves and attempt something new and almost always it is without knowing the outcome ahead of time. Our preschool expansion is a perfect example of that kind of faith. It’s scary and uncertain with no guarantees, and yet it seems as if God continues to encourage us to keep stepping forward. Many of our kids and grand-kids are looking to start something new this fall; middle school, high school, college, leaving home for the first time or starting a new job are all equally scary times of stepping out in faith.
At times we’re asked to step out to defend and come along side someone who is being bullied, teased or is in an abusive unsafe situation. As disciples of Jesus Christ we may be asked to be “truth bearers” when it would be so much easier to just laugh at the joke, go along with the crowd, and not speak up to defend our “neighbors” from injustices. I wonder, where in our lives are we “playing it safe” and staying in our “nest”? How might God be encouraging us to step out in faith in our families, in our own lives, in our communities and at Emmanuel?
We are called to love God with all of our heart, mind and soul and to love our neighbors as ourselves. I wonder, is it time to fly with new wings or in new directions? Amidst my wonderings, one thing I do know for sure, “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for and the conviction of things not yet seen.”(Hebrews 11:1) Faith allows us to step out into our world supported by God’s love in order to offer that same love to a world that desperately needs it.
“Now faith, hope and love remain, and the greatest of these is love” (I Cor. 13:13.)
Blessings to you and yours during this time of summer pondering!
Thank you to everyone who contributed to our summer reading list! We had such amazing feedback and response and appreciate all who took the time to respond and share.
“Lilac Girls” by Martha Hall Kelly
Contributed by Karen Pruhsmeier – distressing
Google Books review: Inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, this powerful debut novel reveals an incredible story of love, redemption, and terrible secrets that were hidden for decades.
“A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman
Contributed by Nancy Clark – Because I’m of Swedish descent, I was interested in this book because it’s set in Sweden. It isn’t explicitly religious but the happenings brought spiritual truths if you were inclined to “catch the message”.
Contributed by Myrle Ellingsen – Stubborn character who subtly works things out. Wikipedia summary: Ove is a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” However, behind the cranky exterior there is a story and sadness.
“The Blackhouse” by Peter May
Contributed by Jeff McKeown – Learning about an unusual culture in a fun, mysterious backdrop. Exciting.
Wikipedia summary: A suspense thriller, the action takes place mostly on the remote and weather-beaten Isle of Lewis off the coast of northern Scotland. The protagonist, Detective Inspector Finlay Macleod (known as Fin), a native of the island, is sent from his Edinburgh police station to investigate the murder of a man who, it transpires, was the bully at Fin’s school.
“A Great Reckoning” by Louise Penny
Contributed by Sally Jaeggli – It’s a mystery, but it’s also a redemption story. Google Books review: Former Chief Inspector Gamache has been hunting killers his entire career and as a new commander, he is given the chance to combat the corruption and brutality that has been rife throughout the force. But when a former colleague and professor of the S ret Academy is found murdered, with a mysterious map of Three Pines in his possession, Gamache has an even tougher task ahead of him.
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” by JK Rowling
Contributed by Shannon Durkee – Because I enjoy fantasy stories.
Wikipedia summary: Major themes in the novel are death and living in a corrupted society, and critics have compared them to Christian allegories. Generally well-received, the book won the 2008 Colorado Blue Spruce Book Award, and the American Library Association named it a “Best Book for Young Adults”.
“Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy” by Ann Lamott
Contributed by Shannon Durkee – One of my favorite authors. The title is compelling.
Google Books review: Lamott weaves a fascinating personal journey of mercy, challenging readers to
allow mercy to impact their personal lives. In the first chapter, she states, “Hallelujah that in spite of it
all, there is love, there is singing, nature, laughing, and mercy.”
“Drug Dealer, M.D.” by Anna Lembke
Contributed by Shannon Durkee – I have heard Ms. Lembke speak and appreciate her no nonsense style. Google Books review: In Drug Dealer, MD, Dr. Anna Lembke uncovers the unseen forces driving opioidmaddiction nationwide. Combining case studies from her own practice with vital statistics drawn from public policy, cultural anthropology, and neuroscience, she explores the complex relationship between doctors and patients, the science of addiction, and the barriers to successfully addressing drug dependence and addiction.
“Salt to the Sea” by Ruta Sepetys
Contributed by Sheryl Gerety – 2016 category YA: four teenagers/young adults in flight from the Russian military invasion of eastern Germany and Poland at the end of WWII. Countries of origin are different for each character and vary among the Baltic States. In order to stay ahead of the Russian invasion (by plane and infantry/cavalry) as well as evading the scrutiny of identity papers by German military lend high levels of uncertainty to their travels without food on foot through a war torn landscape. Sepetys has done thorough research, the climax depends on an actual event (no spoiler alerts here). Young adults through seniors would enjoy the pace, the characters and the light shed on an event of European history US educated readers will not likely be familiar with.
Out of Office
Kerri will be on vacation with her family (first time for some of them to ever see the ocean!) August 4th-August 10th. We will continue to have regular office hours except for Tues, August 8th when it will be closed.
Regular office hours are Tuesday-Friday 9:00 AM -1:00 PM.
No Wednesday Services During August
Due to Christy’s vacation August 14th-28th and the summer travel plans of others, there will be no Wednesday services in August. On September 6th, services will resume with Holy Eucharist at 6:30 AM and a Healing Service with Eucharist at 12:00 PM.
Christy on Vacation in August
The Rev. Rich Landrith will cover both services for Christy on Sunday Aug. 21st and 28th and cover any emergency pastoral concerns while she is away on vacation. Rich and his wife Marcia have recently retired and are currently enjoying exploring our country in their motor home. Christy and Rich met each other while in the Diocese of Olympia and later served together in the Diocese of Eastern Oregon. Most recently, Rich served as the pastor in both the Presbyterian and the Episcopal Church in Lakeview, Oregon where he grew up. Please extend a warm Emmanuel welcome to Rich and Marcia.
We would love to share what you did this summer in our September newsletter. Please send us pictures of your summer adventures and a short summary of where you went, who you met, and why it was important to you.
Episcopal Bishop of Oregon Fund Grant Awarded to our Preschool! $25,000 Year 1 – $15,000 Year 2 – $5,000 Year 3
We are so grateful to have this grant to support the ministry of our expanding preschool and grateful to all of you who helped in big and small ways to make it possible.
Saturday, August 5 – Convocation Picnic 11:00 AM
St. John’s in Bandon
Please join us for the Convocation Picnic! The BBQ will be provided so please bring a side dish to share. Please sign up in the church entryway, as St. John’s needs a head count.
Notice from the Diocese of Oregon
Making sure our congregations are safe places for people to work, worship, teach, learn, and serve is of primary importance to the leadership of the Diocese of Oregon and our churches. The initial way we do this is to require what is commonly referred to as a “background check.” We require those checks for the following lay employees and lay volunteers:
• All paid staff
• All volunteers who work with children and youth
• Volunteers who have pastoral relationships such as spiritual directors, Stephen ministers, and Lay Eucharistic
• Church treasurers
We have contracted with Praesidium, Inc. to provide this service. If you have further questions, please refer to your local background check administrator Kerri Coldren.
If you fall into one of the categories listed above and have not yet provided Kerri with your Name and Email address, please contact her as soon as possible at the church office by either calling (541) 269- 5829 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The individuals who provided their information at the End of the Year BBQ have been sent links via email to complete this process so if you haven’t received an email, please double check your spam folder. Not comfortable using a computer? Don’t have email? No problem! Just get ahold of Kerri, and we will set up a time to help you.
Episcopal Relief and Development
“Go with the people. Live with them. Learn from them. Love them. Start with what they have. Build on what they know. But with the best leaders, when the work is done, the task accomplished, the people will say, ‘We have done this ourselves’.”
— Lao Tsu, Chinese Philosopher, 700 B.C.
Episcopal Relief & Development works with Church partners and other local organizations to save lives and transforms communities worldwide. We rebuild after disasters and empower people to create lasting solutions that fight poverty, hunger and disease. Working in close to 40 countries, our programs impact the lives of approximately 3 million people around the world.
Our mandate is taken from Jesus’ words found in Matthew 25. All of Episcopal Relief & Development’s international development programs seek to mobilize local resources and expertise toward sustainable, community-led programs that address poverty, hunger and disease. In our disaster response and recovery work, we seek to build resilience and reduce risk at every stage.
More information can be found at their website: http://www.episcopalrelief.org/
***Friendly Reminder: Newsletter Deadline is August 24 for the September Messenger.***
I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. John 8:12
Please come to John and Teri Whitty’s house for a garden party and meeting with Basic Rights Oregon that will focus on transgender issues.
It will be Saturday, August 5, from 2 PM to 4 PM at 1815 Cypress Drive (turn in at the AAA, bear right to the top of the hill, and go up the driveway in the SW corner – gray house with a brick wall). Basic Rights Oregon is about love and respect for all, and we at Emmanuel welcome all of God’s children as we walk the walk and follow the message of Jesus.
Preschool Expansion Update: Still hoping and praying for a Sept. 11th opening!
We are excited that our older preschool class has 14 children out of a possible 16 classroom size registered for the fall and our younger class has 8 out of 10 slots filled. Those two classes are the same as they have been in the past. We are hard at work attempting to get our program certified so that we can have our younger class include those children who have already turned 2. In addition, we hope to add a 1-3 year old full time class in the nursery downstairs from 7:30 AM -4:30 PM. These are things that we can do immediately with a minimal amount of building changes while we wait to figure out how to best utilize our upstairs. We currently have a date for the certification site visit in early September, which would allow us to open our new class on September 11th.
Please keep this project in your prayers so that we can use our extra space to help meet a critical need in our community and that we can do so with boldness, vision and generosity! Do you have questions, or a desire to get involved? Contact Hannah, Kerri or Christy.
Your Preschool Team welcomes new teacher’s assistant, Nadine Trabold.
Nadine Trapold moved to Coos County with her husband and two sons in 2006. For the last seven years she has taught knitting at the Lighthouse School, mostly to first graders. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, all forms of fiber art and building with cob. Joining EECC to provide quality care in an enriched educational environment reflects her values and is the perfect step back into a working world because she loves learning through the fresh eyes of children.
Wednesday, August 23 – Gloria Dei Lutheran Church Senior Nutrition, Sustainable Meal and Activity Program 11 AM – 2 PM
The events will be held the fourth Wednesday of each month at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and run from 11 AM – 2 PM, with light exercise such as chair yoga at 11 AM, lunch at noon, and music, games, and social time after lunch until 2 PM. If you know of a senior who would benefit from this event or are able to help provide transportation for homebound seniors, please let Kerri know. Thank you!