The Bishop White Prayer Book Society
It is probably a rare thing to be told that your parish might be eligible for a gift – a gift that is actually useful and which is backed up by a promise that has been kept since 1833. It was in that year Bishop William White founded the Prayer Book Society which today bears his name. Through the years the Bishop White Prayer Book Society has made possible the provision of Prayer Books and Hymnals (and their supplements) to parishes and missions that could not afford them. Our website has more information about the application process. Can we be of help to your parish?
Episcopal Retirement Communities Seeks Additional Board Members
The Episcopal Retirement Communities would like to expand its Board of Directors to add individuals with new talents and gifts. As you are probably aware, the general population is ageing. By some account 10,000 people a day are retiring, creating a need for senior housing that is destined to grow. This segment of our society is facing a housing affordability challenges. The median annual household income of seniors is less than $35,000 (married $65,000). The vast majority have less than $75,000 in addition to Social Security, excluding home equity, to fund retirement. At $5,000 to $6,000 a month for independent living in for profit facilities it is not hard to imagine the potential concerns of seniors without extended family support.
ERC operates two communities, one in Port Angeles, an assisted living and one in Bremerton, a senior independent living. We are the only assisted living in Port Angeles that accepts tenants who must rely on government assistance. It is ERC’s goal to expand by building additional communities as opportunities present themselves. Another building is on the drawing boards now in Tacoma, an initiative brought to the ERC by All Saints Church, Tacoma. As proposed the building would provide 50+ new affordable senior apartments on unused church land, and new facilities the congregations could access as well. It has been over 20 years since the last connunity was built.
In expanding the Board, the ERC would like to attract two to four more individuals that may also have knowledge or experience in marketing, fund raising, senior housing or real estate, legal experience. The ERC asks for your help to locate individuals in your communities whom you could recommend and are willing to consider this opportunity. Being an active Episcopalian is not a prerequisite.
2017 Missional Voices National Gathering
Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, VA | April 21-22 | $99 Registration (includes meals)
The 2017 Missional Voices National Gathering brings together church leaders, seminarians, church planters, entrepreneurs, artists, and everyday innovators to discuss innovative ministries and missional communities both within and outside of the traditional church context. Andy Doyle and Becca Stevens keynote the 2017 gathering, with additional talks by Nancy Frausto, Tim & Kirsten Baer, and Tamara Plummer. The weekend also includes panel discussions featuring theologians, diocesan missioners, and parish clergy. Missional Voices is a weekend of thinking, planning, and dreaming about the future ministry in The Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion. It is a place where dynamic incubation of new ideas is the norm – not the exception – and where people doing uncommon ministry find support and encouragement. Register today and join the conversation!
ECW Annual Meeting
All Saints, Pasadena | February 24-25 | $125 Registration
The Rev. Becca Stevens is many things…an author, speaker, social entrepreneur, founder and President of Thistle Farms, the largest social enterprise in the US run by survivors. She has been featured in the New York Times, on ABC World News, NPR, PBS, and CNN. In 2011, the White House named Becca a “Champion of Change” for her work against domestic violence. Recently, she was featured in the PBS documentary, “A Path Appears,” named Humanitarian of the Year by the Small Business Council of America as well as the TJ Martell Foundation, inducted into the Tennessee Women’s Hall of Fame and was conferred an honorary doctorate by Sewanee: The University of the South. Becca will offer her workshops on Saturday at the morning and afternoon sessions, and participants can choose a second workshop to attend.
Friday evening’s dinner speakers include Lisa Towle, National ECW President, and Margaret Nolde of Girl’s Friendly Society. Saturday Workshops include Rev. Nathan Biornstad’s Prayer Writing Workshop and Cathy Salser of A Window Between Worlds Healing Touchstones Art Project. Registration fee includes Dinner on Friday and Lunch on Saturday, catered by Gooden Delicious.
Redeemer, Kenmore has 26 pews for reuse and recycling.They provide seating for approximately 270 parishioners. The pews, made of solid oak and oak veneer, have kneelers and book racks, as well as black vinyl cushion seats. Half of the pews are 13 feet long, others are 18 feet long, and two are nearly 16 feet long. The pews are expected be available the first week of March.
A donation is welcome, but pick them up and haul them away for free. For details contact Bill McGlinn, Junior Warden, at 425-486-5993 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Northwest Community Bail Fund
Being unable to post bail before trial can leave people with a tough choice – plead guilty to a crime they may not have committed, or stay in jail for weeks or months. Both choices impact their job, their shelter/housing, and even custody of children.
The Northwest Community Bail Fund has a mission to provide cash bail for people who are unable to pay due to poverty and who are charged with misdemeanor crimes in King County with a total bail set at less than or equal to $1500. This allows them to get out of jail during their trial period and defend themselves from a position of freedom. We are modeling the ministry on other bail funds that are currently in existence, namely the Bronx Freedom Fund and the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund.
Ways to get involved:
- Community Partner (provide reminders court dates and arrange transportation)
- Volunteer Coordinator
- Manage social media
- Advocacy work on bail reform
- www.saintmarks.org – “Give” link in upper right corner and enter amount on the line for Northwest Community Bail Fund
- Check made out to St. Mark’s Cathedral with Northwest Community Bail Fund on memo line
- Provide community service projects for people being released from jail
Priory Spiritual Center
The Priory Spiritual Center in Lacey has just announced their schedule of programs for December and January, including Advent Waiting, Mandala Exploration, and a Beginner’s Silent Retreat. The Priory offers retreats, spiritual direction, and workshops; fees are charged for their programs.