November 2017 - Chili Cookoff and Trivia Contest.

Fundraiser for the 2018 spring womens' retreat scholarship fund. Contact Teresa Flodin if you are interested in attending this weekend retreat.

2017 St. Paul's Church Picnic at Squalicum Creek park

Nearly 150 people attended St. Paul's annual Holy Eucharist and Picnic in the Park last weekend. It was the first year the event was held at Squalicum Creek Park in the Columbia Neighborhood. Squalicum Creek Park was unanimously declared a preferred venue for its proximity to the church, accessibility, and the location of the playground.

Special thanks to the St. Paul's Ushers and Lindsay Knight for purchasing and transporting supplies and food to the site, and to Lee Cunningham for his assistance with sound.

A beautiful day of Christian fellowship with a surprise marriage proposal at the end! Ron Nalewajek  and Wendy Patriquin from Vancouver, Canada. 

Ron says: "Last September, we declared our first DATE in St Paul's in the same way. Who knows,  maybe we can get married there too!!! The church has a very special place in our hearts."

 

Ordination of Todd Foster at the Cathedral: June 21, 2016

I have no words adequate to the expression of the gratitude I feel toward each of you! What a wonderful, supportive community I continue to enjoy in St. Paul’s! Thank you for making the love of Christ very plain to me in your many efforts and much time given to this event (which itself is only the culmination of many other experiences we’ve had together the past several years!).
— Rev. Todd Foster

Ordination Celebration

By The Rev. Jonathan Weldon

Last night at St. Mark's in Seattle the Episcopal Church in Western Washington gained three new priests to serve the Church: Alice W. Bower, Nancy Ross, and Todd Foster.

St. Paul's was well represented at St. Mark's Cathedral in Seattle.  I don't have an exact count, but we estimated 50 people. Pat Weitnauer and Kate Brigham organized van transportation, and Kate and her husband Steve Brigham piloted two 15-passenger vans full of people there and back.

Ron Weitnauer, our webmaster, was there with his camera.  Laurie Parrish brought a car loaded with cookies provided by St. Paul's parishioners, thanks to St. Anne's Guild. Rocky and Kristi Champagne served as Eucharistic Ministers, Raynell Wurtz and Laurie as acolytes. Teresa Flodin carried the diocesan banner in the procession. Aviva Foster read the first lesson. Becky Foster and Aviva and Elisha assisted Todd when it came time to don the vestments of a priest. Sharon and I had the privilege of being among those who presented Todd to the bishop, along with representatives of St Paul's, Mt. Vernon and Epiphany, Seattle, where Todd now serves as a priest on staff.

After the service was over we got pretty much the whole gang of St. Paul's people together for a photograph with Fr. Foster. Also present in the photo was The Rev. Michael Carroccino, who was ordained three years ago from St. Paul's and now serves as priest-in-charge of St. John the Baptist Church in West Seattle.

The liturgy itself was movingly and sensitively led by our bishop, with wonderful pauses for silent prayer and great hymns and spiritual songs. A holy space and time was created in that place.

I was able to stop and savor the way in which God has blessed and is blessing St. Paul's with faithful people pursuing their relationship with Christ in prayer, worship, learning, and service to the world. The raising up of clergy is something that happens in congregations where the Body of Christ is healthy.  That's St. Paul's.

In the midst of last night's liturgy we all renewed our baptismal vows. That's so important. The basic commitment of a clergy person is to their baptismal vows. All else is founded upon that commitment.   As a sign of that, the ordinands and the bishop conducted the rite of asperges, sprinkling all of us liberally with water.

Please say a prayer for Todd and Alice and Nancy when you read this. And remember your baptismal vows which make you a member of Jesus Christ, and be thankful.

Children's Advent Pageant 2015

What a production! This was the largest pageant in recent memory. The costumes were seriously cute, and here is strong evidence that there were actual Angels involved:

Blessing of the Animals

I greeted the people (and the humans) and led the liturgy.

And we blessed the people, from the smallest of them (a guppy).

and the most unwilling of them (Owen's little dog).

to the Largest of them.

And it was good.

 

Pastor Lee Cunningham