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The Desert Shall Rejoice and Blossom: The Seattle Service Corps

The Desert Shall Rejoice and Blossom: The Seattle Service Corps

From Adam Conley, Seattle Service Corps Director: When COVID-19 hit, the possibility that Seattle Service Corps (SSC) would not be able to host the 2020-2021 program year dimmed to a faint flicker. Certainly, every parish and ministry in the Diocese of Olympia continues to navigate the challenges of a profoundly altered reality. However, the prospect of gathering seven young adults under the same roof while four of the members provide direct services to the public in the middle of a

Securing Our Future: Saint Andrew’s House 2020 Appeal

Securing Our Future: Saint Andrew’s House 2020 Appeal

St. Andrew’s House began as a retreat center for the Diocese of Olympia in 1954, when the Lodge and its seven acres were given as a gift to the diocese by the Norton Clapp family, purchased from the Arthur Symons family, who had built the Lodge in 1928. Shortly thereafter, the Hawthorn Dent family donated the Cottage, below the Lodge on the Hood Canal, to Bishop Stephen Bayne as a place for his rest and recreation. Bishop Bayne then dedicated

Chaplains on the Harbor Receives Group Health Grant

Chaplains on the Harbor Receives Group Health Grant

The Diocese of Olympia is very excited to announce that Chaplains on the Harbor has just received a three-year grant from Group Health Foundation for $165,000 per year. Added to a previous three-year grant of $75,000 a year, this brings their three-year total to $720,000. The funding will be used to expand COH’s paid apprenticeship positions for people getting off the street, out of jail, and in recovery from addiction. Apprentices will work at Harbor Roots Farm, growing food to

Bishop Rickel’s 2020 Convention Address

Bishop Rickel’s 2020 Convention Address

The following address was presented virtually by Bishop Rickel at the 110th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia: Let us pray: Holy One, as we gather together, we thank you for this day and for adding it to our lives. We ask you to reset our agendas, and to know you, even in our physical separation, ever present at the center of our gathering. You assure us that where two or more gather in your name you are here,

2020 Convention Workshops

2020 Convention Workshops

Are you attending this year’s Diocesan Convention? Join us for this year’s virtual Convention Workshops on Friday, October 23. All workshops will be recorded and be made available in the weeks to come across our diocesan communications channels. You can find links to the workshops once you log in to the Diocesan Convention Chime platform under the “Schedule” Tab. Session One: 10:30-11:10am Session Two: 11:20am-12:00pm Session Three: 12:10-12:50pm Bishop’s Committee for Justice and Peace in the Holy Land Palestine 101:

Green Grants Available

Green Grants Available

Let’s continue to save water and energy in our churches and homes. The Bishop’s Committee for the Environment (BCE) is offering small green grants to support churches in this work. Perhaps replacing worn insulation around doors and windows would save energy, or drip irrigation would save water in a garden area. Green Grants will match church costs up to $750 for successful applicants. The mission of the BCE is to celebrate and heal creation by working together. The pandemic has

Bishop Rickel’s Stewardship Sermon – October 4, 2020

Bishop Rickel’s Stewardship Sermon – October 4, 2020

Bishop Rickel’s sermon on stewardship from October 4 is now available to view below. A written version of the sermon is also available below in English, Spanish, Arabic, Simplified Chinese, Dinka, Japanese, and Khmer. BISHOP RICKEL’S SERMON (ENGLISH) BISHOP RICKEL’S SERMON (SPANISH) BISHOP RICKEL’S SERMON (ARABIC) BISHOP RICKEL’S SERMON (SIMPLIFIED CHINESE) BISHOP RICKEL’S SERMON (DINKA) BISHOP RICKEL’S SERMON (JAPANESE) BISHOP RICKEL’S SERMON (KHMER) Bishop Rickel’s Stewardship Introduction is also available below for churches to use as part of their own

Sample Reopening Plans

Sample Reopening Plans

The following reopening plans from churches across the diocese are being made available as a resource for congregations seeking a starting point in developing their own reopening plans. St. Hugh of Lincoln, Allyn Christ Church, Anacortes Christ Church, Anacortes (Children’s Ministry) Grace, Bainbridge Island St. Barnabas, Bainbridge Island St. Barnabas, Bainbridge Island (Day School) Holy Spirit, Battle Ground Resurrection, Bellevue St. Margaret’s, Bellevue St. Paul’s, Bellingham St. Elizabeth’s, Burien Good Shepherd, Federal Way St. Germain’s, Hoodsport St. Columba’s, Kent St.