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The Bishop’s Leadership Conference: Size to Size, Strength to Strength

The Bishop’s Leadership Conference: Size to Size, Strength to Strength

God meets us where we are, using our specific gifts and talents for a divine purpose within our current circumstances. However, we’re also called to grow out of our comfort zones. October 1-5, the Diocese of Olympia’s Office of the Bishop is pleased to present “Size to Size, Strength to Strength” – a conference that explores what it means to be faithful, healthy, and effective in your church’s current, local context and help you discern if God is calling your

What Size is My Church: The Bishop’s Leadership Conference 2018

What Size is My Church: The Bishop’s Leadership Conference 2018

Are you having trouble figuring out which days to come to the Bishop’s Leadership Conference? You can use this guide to help discern the size of your congregation. Why is it hard to tell about size? The definition for size categories that we are using for this conference are based on a combination of Average Sunday Attendance (ASA) and organizational behaviors. This is different from your congregation’s “grade,” which is based on other factors like budget and number of pledging

Diocesan Altar Guild Offers Vestments and Much More to Local Congregations

Diocesan Altar Guild Offers Vestments and Much More to Local Congregations

Is your parish missing liturgical vestments that seem too costly to replace? We may have what you need at a very low, second-hand price – or maybe free! Have you wondered if a certain item, or style would work? We do loans of 1-24 months, with allowances for special situations. We have many excess chasubles which are available free – one per parish or institute. Check out our A – Z List of Resources & Supplies on the Diocesan Website. You

St. Andrew, Seattle: Diet for a Holy Planet

St. Andrew, Seattle: Diet for a Holy Planet

From Margo Rogers at St. Andrew, Seattle: In autumn we celebrate harvest, homecoming, and the feasts of St. Francis and our patron St. Andrew. God’s abundant gifts of food, friends, and family are gathered at Thanksgiving tables. Fall is the perfect season to think about food. We must eat to live. When food is plentiful, we also eat to nourish community and celebrate life. In the last century our diet and our food system have changed dramatically, in ways that

Welcoming Members of the Seattle Service Corps!

Welcoming Members of the Seattle Service Corps!

The Diocese of Olympia is pleased to welcome six new faces to the Seattle Service Corps! We kicked things off on Tuesday, September 18, with a welcome dinner and tour of Diocesan House with Bishop Rickel! This year’s members of the Seattle Service Corps are Guy Crumpler from the United Kingdom (Mission to Seafarers), Tony Noyes from Oregon (Mission to Seafarers), Rosa Gibson from Virginia (Friends of the Children), Nicole Silvernale from Renton (Kids 4 Peace and Saint Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle), Sarah

Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral presents Immigration Reform in Washington State with Attorney General Bob Ferguson

Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral presents Immigration Reform in Washington State with Attorney General Bob Ferguson

Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, with a long history of involvement in immigration and refugee resettlement, presents Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who will share his thoughts on the current state of immigration both locally and nationally. The event, on Wednesday, October 17, 7:00–8:30pm, includes a follow-up panel discussion moderated by The Right Rev. Greg Rickel, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia, with Marcos Martinez, Executive Director of Casa Latina; Estela Ortega, Executive Director of El Centro de la Raza; and

The Way of Love: WORSHIP

The Way of Love: WORSHIP

From Sue Tait, Diocesan Librarian: The Way of Love : Practices for Jesus-Centered Life     This material helps individuals, groups and congregations move more deeply into our lives as the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement.   “Early in his ministry, Jesus of Nazareth was surrounded by crowds. He turned and asked, “What do you seek?” (John 1:38).  Many of us seek love, freedom, abundant life and we seek Jesus.  In this third posting of resources for the Way of

The 2018 Bishop’s Preaching Award

The 2018 Bishop’s Preaching Award

Any sermon, lay or clergy, preached in any congregation in the Diocese of Olympia from the First Sunday of Advent, 2017 (December 3, 2017) through September 2, 2018,  is eligible for consideration. The winner will be announced at the 2018 Diocesan Convention and will be awarded $1,000. Sermons must be submitted by email to mkoski@ecww.org with the preacher’s name and contact information in the email and with the sermon attached as a Word or PDF file. The Propers used for

ECW Distinguished Women: Connie Forsberg

ECW Distinguished Women: Connie Forsberg

  The Episcopal Churchwomen (ECW) Triennial was held early July, in conjunction with General Convention in Austin, Texas. At the Distinguished Women luncheon, Connie Forsberg from St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Edmonds was recognized for her service in her community and church family. She has led the ECW organization at St. Alban as it has evolved with the changing needs of its members. Connie’s work with organizing and fundraising many events keeps the St. Alban’s community involved and informed. She

Summer Camp at Resurrección

Summer Camp at Resurrección

From Valerie Reinke, Canon for Faith Formation – 35 and Under: Church Collaboration Brings Summer Camp Experience to the Children of Farmworkers After months of collaborative planning and with support from a Bishop’s Initiative Grant, La Iglesia Episcopal de la Resurrección in Mt. Vernon welcomed nearly 70 children of farmworkers for a robust week of summer day camp. Baudelina Paz, who coordinates Children’s Ministry at Resurrección and is in the discernment process for ordination to the priesthood, says that without

The Way of Love: PRAY

The Way of Love: PRAY

From Sue Tait, Diocesan Librarian: The Way of Love: Practices for a Jesus-Centered Life     This material helps individuals, groups and congregations move more deeply our lives as the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement.   “Early in his ministry, Jesus of Nazareth was surrounded by crowds. He turned and asked, “What do you seek?” (John 1:38).  Many of us seek love, freedom, abundant life and we seek Jesus.  In this third posting of resources for the Way of Love we

Youth Participation at Diocesan Convention

Youth Participation at Diocesan Convention

The youth of the diocese have a special opportunity to serve in several roles at the yearly Diocesan Convention, October 26-27th. This year it is at the DoubleTree by Hilton at the Seattle Airport. It isn’t too early to be thinking about and talking to your youth about these opportunities. Let Denise Brumbaugh, our Youth Ministry Coordinator, know if you have any interested youth. Since many regions hold regional meetings in early fall, it’s good to know which youth are interested