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Novem ber 2010

Emmanuel Episcopal Parish Newsletter

Parish Newsletter

Where to Find It: Blessed by Emmanuel


Rector’s Ruminations


Change of Heart


Blessing of the Animals


Samish Clambake


Labyrinth Update


Coming Up


For the Bible Tells Me So 12 Henri Nouwen


Blessed by Emmanuel

“Be Nice or Leave”


Further Reflections on Belonging and Giving

Non-Dual Seeing


In the last newsletter, parishioners were asked why they go to church. For this November issue, two questions were asked: 1. how have you been blessed by Emmanuel and 2. why it is important to give to Emmanuel through time, talent and treasure? Below are some anonymous answers gathered at coffee hours and some longer responses by several identifiable parishioners. The singing sends me…..everybody singing. I get to church and it feels like getting home. It’s a very friendly place. The offerings can be used to help others. It is important to me to have a community of faith and to be with other people for whom their faith is important. It isn’t just about the same belief, but about being with others on a faith journey. It is a place to connect in terms of the spiritual life. Not only does Emmanuel provide a sanctuary; it serves as an outreach to the local and broader community. I like the atmosphere of worship; it contributes to feeling God’s presence. I like the music…..there is wealth in the words. We give so this life can continue in this community. In this day and age it is important for the church to offer true light, and it is important to reach out, especially in this community. Emmanuel is an extended, island family. Back in the old days 6 of us were a set of serious singers, serving in the choir and encouraging the kids choir. A favorite memory was singing the Hallelujah chorus. Continued on page 8

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Rector’s Ruminations November 2010 In my column last month I recounted some of the highlights of our ministry at Emmanuel over the past year. A few of you were interested and also appreciative of the fact that we support a good many non-profit charitable and philanthropic organizations that serve the common good on Orcas Island. We actually exceeded our 10% tithe of pledged income this year in supporting these various agencies. I thought it might be helpful to provide the rationale that guides the Outreach Committee’s work, headed by John Prince, in making gifts to the organizations we support. Much of the credit for the rationale and criteria goes to Fritz Kraetzer, last year’s Outreach Chair, in developing guidelines for making gifts. We decided that we should focus our outreach on the elderly, children’s education, the environment and organizations that address immediate and basic human need. Last year and this year, there was and is a fairly even distribution of gifts in these four areas. I also provide support, as needed, from my Rector’s Discretionary Fund, individuals experiencing crisis or need, as well as special needs for certain non-profits on Orcas and the Northwest. Having recently been asked to serve on the Board of the Orcas Island Community Foundation, I discovered that there was very little knowledge or coordination in terms of how the churches support our charitable organizations and, from the standpoint of the churches, how the O.I.C.F. supports and makes grants to some of the same organizations. In convening the Orcas Island Council of Churches, the opportunity to coordinate our efforts has helped both the O.I.C.F. and the Council of Churches in making gifts and grants in a coordinated way. When I first came to Orcas Island three and a half years ago, I was struck by the sheer number of charitable and philanthropic organizations here, especially on a per capita basis. It was gratifying to learn about the many persons and dollars that have been an important part of this community’s commitment to serve the common good. In short, this is a very caring and generous community. What confused me at first, however, was what these various organizations do and how they administer their programs. To that end, I am asking the various charitable organizations that we support to come and tell us about their programs. Actually, we have already had reports and presentations of this type over the past year, e.g. The Noramise Project, The Salish Sea organization and the Orcas Animal Protection Society. To state the obvious, 10% of your pledge to Emmanuel serves as outreach to these important groups that address human need on Orcas Island, not to mention the countless hours many of you have given in support of them as volunteers. During the next several months, we shall be hearing from the various groups that we support to share information about their particular organization so that all of us will be better informed as to what we are supporting. Following brief presentations in church, representatives of the various groups will be available at coffee hour to answer questions and provide more information in an informal setting. Finally, in thanking you for your generosity and support of Emmanuel Parish as we wrap up our Every Member Canvass, know that such support makes good on our promise and continues our heritage as the village church on Orcas, concerned with the well-being of all members of this very special place that we call home. In Christ, +Craig

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Change of Heart I was enjoying a cookie at the Sunflower the other day – an “after the Rector’s Forum” ritual for some of us. I don’t remember what prompted it, but since we were all women that day, except Craig, we were led to recall what it was like for women in the church, say forty years ago: we were only beginning to be allowed to assist at the altar as worship leaders or lectors or acolytes, vestry was unlikely, ordination rare. And remember the hats and gloves? But the times were changing……..The rector of my parish then was a fine gentleman, nearing retirement, loved and admired well beyond the parish. He was also a bachelor, a little rigid about some things, always careful to point out what was theologically correct and what was not – especially that women anywhere near the altar was not theologically correct. I had a little fun the other day at his expense, imitating him saying that women would not serve as worship leaders “as long as he was rector of the parish.” Surprisingly, I didn’t resent it forty years ago, though I might now – it was just what was, and I loved him anyway. Yes, those were times of change, as all times are, really. The issues are different today, but no less keenly felt, and times do change. Think how we welcome Nancy Tiederman to our altar, look forward to her visit. When someone has held a position so publicly and so vehemently as my rector held his, it is humbling, even embarrassing, to admit a change of heart. I am sure it was true of this particular man. So, having had my moment of fun a few weeks ago, I now want to give him his due. He had a change of heart!! I don’t know how that change took place, but I know it was difficult because when he decided to allow a woman to be chalice bearer, he couldn’t ask her himself – he called on his assistant to do the asking. And the really poignant thing about it was that the occasion was so public, it was Christmas Eve and the church was packed! I decided to tell this little story after reading a selection from Frederick Buechner who said: “Maybe nothing is more important than that we keep track, you and I, of these stories of who we are and where we have come from and the people we have met along the way, because it is precisely through these stories that God makes himself known to each of us.” This little story about a change of heart reminds me that transformation is the whole point! And I recall the words about the early days of Saul in I Samuel: “God gave him a new heart”. I sometimes think of this rector of long ago when I make my way down the altar rail with the chalice. He taught me many things and I keep a picture of him on my desk. Rectors, pastors, are key people in our lives! Who doesn’t remember former rectors? What will I remember about Craig? Joining us for cookies after Forum with two broken arms! Sweet moment!! But I am sure that won’t be the only thing! Remembering Paul Langpaap, Trinity Parish, Seattle, with love! Submitted by Catherine Clemens

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The Blessing of the Animals and the Feast of St. Francis: A Reflection by Margaret Payne Without fail, when my little dog Tucker hears the sound of my belt buckle jangling in my jeans as I lift them from their wooden peg in the bathroom, he erupts in joy, for the sound of that buckle almost always means adventure. In he rushes to twist his small body in supplication for going. As often as not, his hope is rewarded: “You can come too!” But on the occasion of Sunday mornings, my response does not encourage: “You have to stay,” a near death-sentence that causes him to droop and retreat under the ottoman in the living room, not sulking exactly, but sad beyond sad. But today is the Feast of St. Francis and the Blessing of the Animals at Emmanuel Episcopal Parish! And all morning, I have been excited to tell Tucker, “You can come too!” Ecstatic at his inclusion, he attends my every step as I dress for church, leaping two paces before or after, not to lose sight of me, and thereby, of hope. Up and down the stairs we bounce as I retrieve sweater, shoes, coat. On the porch, he knows to keep still while I link his leash to his collar, but once bridled, he takes off like a 13-pound Percheron, dragging me behind. I am training him to stop this tugging, using a quick jerk on the leash and a “stay by me,” but, otherwise, our attitudes are about the same—WE ARE GOING SOMEWHERE!--although I don’t feel the need to mark our progress by peeing on every bush and post along the way. When we arrive at the church, I tie Tucker to one of the posts on the porch outside the Parish Hall. Inside, I find a chair near a window, from which I can observe him until it is time for the blessing, near the end of the service. In the ten minutes before the service begins, I watch Tucker, tail wagging, greet other dogs as they arrive—two Border Collies and an aging Basset, Poodles both small and large, an Irish Setter, a terrier, and several hounds of indistinct parentage. I watch in awe as an enormous Great Dane-- Dakota, former mayor of Eastsound-- actually ENTERS the hall, to drop her considerable weight upon a bed prepared for her by her owner in the back of the hall. Later still, two bottle-fed kittens, wrapped in blue baby blankets, and too young to know about dogs, enter the hall in the arms of their adoptive family. I am thrilled to have four-legged guests join us for worship, by the standing-room-only human crowd in the Hall, and by the anticipation of a service focused on animals. I look to see what hymns we will sing, favorites all--“All Things Bright and Beautiful,” St. Francis’s “Praise to God“ (“All creatures of our God and King, lift up your voices, let us sing…”), “This Is My Father’s World.” The service will be wonderful! The only difficult moment comes during the litany of Psalm 148, in which, after dogs and cats, rabbits, hamsters, and guinea pigs, goldfish, guppies and swimming creatures, robins, wrens, and singing birds, horses, cows, and sheep, lizards, snakes and creeping things, we are asked to praise raccoons, squirrels and deer. I hear a few groans, some muffled laughter, at the mention of these last three, bane of the farmers and gardeners among us. In an early history of Orcas Island, orchardist James Francis Tulloch begins Chapter 5 with the statement, “The deer were a great pest,” and goes on to describe an ongoing war with them, including “every possible device to get rid of them… setting guns, setting stakes, still hunting and fire hunting.” More than a century later, the conflict wages unabated, albeit with less violent and more expensive “devices,” including cougar urine and elaborate fences. But not to fret, during the confession, we admit our sorrow for harming animals, and in the absolution, we are called to honor and protect them. During the “temporary cease-fire” of the Feast of St Francis, deer will consume our cabbages and raccoons dismember our chickens and shred what little corn ripened during this record-setting cool summer with God-granted impunity. “Holy chaos!” my friend Cheryl Danskin describes the blessing of the animals, as two-by-two with their owners, dogs on leashes and cats in carriers line up on the porch and enter the hall to be blessed by Bishop Craig and take a “meal” of an animal biscuit. Goldfish and canaries are represented by photographs, surely a safer route to blessing. A significant number of wolves and lambs are already feeding together in the Parish Hall; we don’t want to push our luck. ***************** I did not immediately bond with Tucker, an adopted Poodle-Maltese mix my mother found for me. My childhood dog, against which I have measured every other dog, was an Australian Shepherd, a vigilant protector who accompanied me everywhere I rode on my bicycle, but otherwise stood silent sentry outside the house. Tucker, by contrast, is much more continued on page 5

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Continued from page 4 needy; he is under my feet wherever I go, including the bathroom! It was my 28-year-old son, Forrest, who lives with me when he is working on the island, who taught me to love Tucker. Their bond was immediate and intense. Forrest kept Tucker with him 24/7—taking him to work as a “job dog,” stuffing him in his backpack when he rode his bike around town (“Tucker’s a chick magnet, Mom!”), and finally, inviting him to bed (and under the sheets!) each night. Tucker has been surfing on the Washington coast, snowboarding on Mt. Baker; he even crossed Cascade Lake on a paddle board. And he has the pictures to prove it! In early August, when Forrest left to snowboard in Chile, Tucker became my dog, so, following my son’s example, I decided to step up and, as Stephen Stills sings, “Love the One You’re With.” In a lovely book about relationships-- One Soul, One Love, One Heart, author and Buddhist practitioner John E. Welshons describes tools for overcoming the “Five Hindrances” to enlightenment, and, therefore, to happiness. The hindrances are Lust and Greed, Hatred and Ill Will, Agitation, Sloth and Torpor, Doubt (note their similarity to the seven “cardinal sins” that separate us from God and each other), and Welshon’s tools include the following: “Take Some Guidance from Your Pet… Observing the loving wisdom and present-moment consciousness of dogs, for instance, can be extremely useful. Dogs instinctively live and love in the moment. They don’t hold grudges. They don’t carry resentment. They just want to experience love and have fun!” *************** After church, Tucker and I don’t immediately return home. Instead, we turn east, toward Crescent Beach. We love this strand of wave-wracked, wind- battered, shell-littered rock and sand in every circumstance-weather fair and foul; tides high and low; at dawn, at dusk, midday. But we especially love Crescent Beach in storm, when wind and rain pummel our bodies and batter the doors to our hearts. Tucker’s joy is to chase gulls. My purpose is more bent, not prayer, exactly, but near enough, as I search the beach for shells for my garden paths. Passers-by may have noticed us--a little white dog, ears flying, running along the tide line, while, further up the beach, a small woman steps then stoops, steps and stoops, intent on gathering. This Sunday morning, fresh from praising the wonders of the natural world, I lift my eyes to contemplate the magnificent rocks and trees and skies and seas of Orcas Island. I am particularly mindful of Bishop Craig’s homily of an hour ago, in which he described that in Genesis, the first assignment God gave to Adam, even before he created Eve, was to work in and care for the garden and to name every living creature in it. On the occasion of the Feast of St. Francis, we are reminded that those first tasks are essential tasks, perhaps now more than ever.

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Clambake Norwest Style


On Saturday, the 23 of October, the Samish Tribe held a clambake for their tribal members. Bishop Craig, as well as Nancy Ayer and myself from the Labyrinth Committee, were invited as guests. Having never attended a clambake, I looked forward to the experience. Bishop Craig, being in the mid-west, could not attend. It was up to Nancy and I to do all the eating. The word feast certainly comes to mind. Our Samish friends know how to feast and they know how to make guests comfortable, simply by treating us as if we belonged there. As the blessing was being sung, two men pulled back the blankets that covered the shellfish cooking in a sand pit on the beach. Never have I seen so many mussels, clams, and oysters in one place, and never have they tasted so good. It did not stop there, we had crab and, of course, salmon cooked on sticks over an alder fire. It was a privilege to attend and to witness the Tribe coming together. Many members were local; others traveled some distance to reunite with their family. From all walks of life they came, remembering who they are and honoring the memory of their ancestors. Soon, representatives from the Samish Tribe will come to us and bless the land where the permanent labyrinth will stand, and it will be our turn to be welcoming hosts. Heidi Hudlet

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Report From the Labyrinth Committee Following a very detailed soil-depth testing done by archaeologist Steve Kenady, the permanent labyrinth plans, so carefully drawn up by architect and vestry member, Harlan Pedersen, were approved at the October 20 vestry meeting. The paving stones (Pennsylvania blue stone to match the columbarium) have been ordered and should arrive at stonemason, Steve Cohan’s yard in approximately two weeks. Steve will be cutting each stone at his studio and then transporting them to the site. Carl Buttke will be working on the detailed measurements and drawings of the center rose and will consult with Harlan on this. Harlan is overseeing the construction process. Robin Kucklick, landscape architect, will also be involved in the project. The project is expected to commence in the later half of November. In line with ancient practices, the Community Labyrinth at Emmanuel will be a sacred site built upon a former sacred site (that of Native Americans). It is tradition among tribal members that the land be blessed prior to construction. Bishop Craig has invited Samish tribal representatives to bless the Emmanuel green on Sunday, November 14. This small and low-key blessing will follow the 10:00 service. (This service is totally separate from the large completion blessing planned for May.) Frank Loudin has completed a beautiful initial rendering of our Emmanuel/Community Labyrinth. His final piece will be finished in a few months. This incredible work of art – Frank’s gift to Emmanuel – will be unveiled at the completion ceremony in May. Frank has also given us the rights to print note cards from his original. The Labyrinth Committee plans to have his painting photographed and proof ready for this future money-making project. Current community outreach fund raising efforts continue.

Excerpts from letters received by the Labyrinth Committee: “We are pleased to be part of the labyrinth community at Emmanuel. Here is our path Paver check. Our best to our friends on Orcas.” “Dear Friends, Thank you for a nice letter and invitation. My wife and I traveled to Ashland, OR for 20 plus years to view the O.S. festival. There is a lovely church – much like Emmanuel. They have a labyrinth nearby. One of the joys was walking this before church service. The plan for Emmanuel is reminiscent and very pleasing. Emmanuel Parish has always and continues to have a fond place in my heart and thoughts. My thoughts and concern are at ease to see the continuity and the loving concern for Emmanuel. Many thanks.


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Blessed by Emmanuel…..continued from page 1 Emmanuel makes me feel like home….a place where we are welcomed by people and get to welcome others. It helps me feel closer to God and is important to give for the people coming after us. I am blessed to have friends and see growth happen. We give to keep things going, to build, to reach out. Emmanuel is a place to experience God and participate in loving the world, which is really the purpose of the church. As a community of faith we belong to each other, but we exist for the benefit of those beyond the doors. It is the sense of community that is a blessing; just to know the support is there if I choose to accept it. I don’t know if God is real, but the people are and I come to see the smiles and the faces. Giving is important; we have a moral obligation to do so. To a child: What makes you happy about Emmanuel? “It’s a pretty church.” I enjoy the wonderful people I’ve met at Emmanuel. A sense of community is what bonds people. They can share joys and concerns. To make the “guts” of the church work, you have to serve. You give where you do best-- you give your gifts. The community is what builds the church. The church is “it,” and we have to make it work. I feel blessed that I can come and worship. The friends I’ve made in church are very supportive. I’m impressed with Emmanuel’s outreach; this church reaches out to the community in so many ways. The spirit is here in our church. In order for me to feel truly part of a community, I need a role in the community. It is not enough to simply worship on Sunday. I began to feel a part of Emmanuel when I found a ministry in which to use my gifts, and using those gifts for God’s great purposes of peace and love and justice brings significant fulfillment.

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Blessed by Emmanuel…..continued from page 8

Luann Pamatian 1. I have been blessed by meeting such wonderful people of all generations I would probably not have had a chance to meet otherwise. 2. As a worship leader (who struggles in the questions) and a lector, I get a chance to bring the holy words to our congregation, how humbling. 3. I am inspired by all the faces of Emmanuel. We are so diverse, we want to make this world and our island a better place, and we all have different ideas on how to do that. We are all God's children learning how to play together!

Jan Titus What Emmanuel Means to Me The words “the blessed company of all faithful people” characterizes Emmanuel for me, and the best way to describe it seems to be without naming names, as everybody has these attributes and shows them to somebody, whether inside or outside the church family. The individuals—kind and loving as well as faithful—include the priest and his wife who comforted me in a time of personal tragedy, the doctor and his wife who came to San Francisco for my first wedding when my own parents were unable to make it, the retired academic who suggested that I go to the University of Hawaii for graduate work after my mother died, and the entire parish who made my second wedding so joyful. More recently, our outreach to hungry folks and such programs as the centering prayer and EFM have enhanced my life and, one can only hope, those of many others. All this but begins to describe my feelings about Emmanuel, which is enlivening the 21st century with intelligence, warmth and zest! PS: I love my extended family.

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Jenny Hovelman Emmanuel has been my parish for over 21 years, which is how long we've been on Orcas. I was attracted to the beautiful white church the first time I drove into Eastsound, and was happy to find out that it was an Episcopal Church since that was my church of choice. My family and I were greeted warmly by the parishioners and it made me feel very much at home right from the beginning. The church Sunday school had a place for my three older children and I was invited to participate as an aid. My infant son accompanied me and was always welcomed by everyone. Some outreach volunteers visited us around the holidays that first year when we were trying to get our feet on the ground, and delivered the makings for a turkey dinner before Thanksgiving, and Christmas gifts for the children before Christmas. I'll never forget those kindnesses given. Now our children are grown and gone and I am enjoying going to church as much as ever. I love the liturgy of the Eucharistic service and find peace within while following the prayers, listening to the readings and sermons, and being in the company of others while worshiping. I also enjoy participating in the St. Agnes Guild, taking a turn at coffee hour, helping out at Market Day, etc... and the people are so accepting and friendly! It inspires me to remember to be that way too.

“All of the places of our lives are sanctuaries; some of them just happen to have steeples and all of the people in our lives are saints; it is just that some of them have day jobs and most will never have feast days named for them.” - Robert Benson in Between Dreaming and Coming True

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Upcoming Events & Opportunities Remembering Our Dead The Feast of All Saints is the particular time in the church year when we remember those who have died. November 1st is the calendar date which falls on a Monday this year, therefore All Saints will be celebrated Sunday, November 7th. If you would like a special remembrance for someone dear to you who has died in the last year, you may submit the name to the office by th November 4 . Names of the departed will be read out loud during the worship services.

Food Bank Donations The first Sunday of the month is the newly designated Sunday to bring your offering of nourishment for the Food Bank. th Donations will be received on Sunday, November 7 . Pick up an offering bag or dig out the one that may be lost in your closet and bring the goods to help feed our neighbors. Place your donations in the box located at the church entrance.

Thanksgiving Dinner The Second Annual Thanksgiving Dinner will be held at Emmanuel Parish on Thanksgiving Day, November 25. Karen Blinn and Jan Cleveland will again chair the event and provide the roasted turkeys. Sign up to bring your favorite Thanksgiving dish and join the fellowship. Dinner will begin around 2 p.m. Bring your family and friends.

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In anticipation of Advent, there will be a Get Ready for the Season of Waiting on Nov. 21 during the coffee hour. Create a wreath, design a card, help make cookies and find some resources to prepare for the celebration of God’s coming. th,

Sunday, Nov. 28 5:00 pm., a first Sunday in Advent supper will be held in the parish hall with a concluding compline. th Sign ups begin Nov. 7 in the church office. Make your reservations early as space is limited. Food donations will be taken at the door as you are able.

Nativity Scenes in the Parish Hall Do you have a creche ... or several ... or many? Last year Emmanuel Parish was treated to an amazing display of nativity scenes from around the world. Millie Vaccarella generously set up nearly 100 nativity scenes in the Parish Hall during the Advent season. Millie is unable to bring her collection this year, however, we would like to share the opportunity with parishioners. If you have one or more nativity scenes you would like to display, please bring them to the church on Sunday, December 12 or call the church office to schedule a time to set up. For more information, contact Marguerite Olson (2220) or Karen Blinn (6579).

2011 Calendars Last call for 2011 calendars to send to the Seamen's Institute. Please have all of your unwanted calendars to the church office by Sunday, November 14. Thank you. Carol Tully

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‘For the Bible Tells Me So’ Recent news has been full of coverage regarding: · · ·

teen suicides linked to the bullying of homosexual youth the “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” policy of the military the ongoing tension in the Episcopal/Anglican Communion around the issues of homosexuality

In response to the increasing fear and violence spread often through the hateful rhetoric of churches themselves, the Rector’s Forum is hosting a special DVD showing entitled, ‘For the Bible Tells Me So’. You are invited to come watch and join the th discussion in either of two showings. Thursday, Nov. 18 , noon or Friday, Nov. 19th, 5:00 pm in the parish hall. The Seattle Times had this to say about the production: "Does God really condemn loving homosexual relationships? Is the chasm separating Christianity from gays and lesbians too wide to cross? Is the Bible an excuse to hate? These questions and more are answered in this awardwinning documentary, which brilliantly reconciles homosexuality and Biblical scripture – and reveals that religious antigay bias is based almost solely upon a misinterpretation of the Bible. Through the experiences of five very normal, Christian, American families – including those of former House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt and Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson – we discover how people of faith handle the realization of having a gay child or family member. Offering healing, clarity and understanding to anyone caught in the crosshairs of scripture and sexual identity, this landmark film “boldly takes on a loaded topic and examines it both intellectually and emotionally; the result may well leave you blinking away a few tears.” (Seattle Times)

Nurtured by Short Prayers - Henri Nouwen ….building a little nest in myself… In the context of our verbose culture it is significant to hear the Desert Fathers discouraging us from using too many words: ”Abba Macarius was asked ‘How should one pray?’ The old man said, ‘There is no need at all to make long discourses’ it is enough to stretch out one’s hand and say: ”Lord, as you will, and as you know, have mercy.” And if the conflict grows fiercer say: “Lord, help.” . . . Single words of their very nature tend to concentrate the mind. . .The quiet repetition of a single word can help us to descend with the mind into the Heart . . . can help us to concentrate, to move to the center, to create an inner stillness and thus to listen to the voice of God . . . Such a simple, easily repeated prayer can slowly empty out our crowded interior life and create the quiet space where we can dwell with God. It can be like a ladder along which we can descend into the heart and ascend to God . . .This way of simple prayer, when we are faithful to it and practice it at regular times, slowly leads us to an experience of rest and opens us to God’s active presence. Moreover, we can take this prayer with us into a very busy day. When, for instance, we have spent twenty minutes in the early morning sitting in the presence of God with the words “The Lord is my Shepherd,” they may slowly build a little nest for themselves in our heart and stay there for the rest of our busy day. Psalm 23: The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; he leadeth me beside the still water. He restoreth my soul; he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me; thy rod and they staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Submitted by Susan Jones

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“Be Nice, or Leave” Early visitors to Orcas Island were often as impressed by the lack of saloons, and the related mischief usually pertaining to these establishments, as they were by the pastoral beauty of the island. Friday Harbor and San Juan Island had a deserved reputation for wild, drunken behavior frequently culminating in gunfire and violence, while Eastsound and Orcas Island enjoyed a genteel air remarkable for the times. In 1883, when word got around that someone had purchased a lot and was engaged in clearing the land for construction of a saloon on the shores of Eastsound, the forces of temperance and righteousness were soon gathered in opposition. Confronted with religion, in the person of Elder Sidney Gray of the Episcopal Church, and temperance, in the person of Sarah Jane Fry, wife of the local Justice of the Peace, the erstwhile saloonkeeper soon got the idea that the future was not as bright as he had hoped. He returned the lot to Charles Shattuck, the seller, and decamped for more welcoming shores.

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2010-20 11 Vestry M emb ers Kate Hansen Harlan Pedersen John Prince Jan Reid Jan Cleveland Chris Kenady Marguerite Olson Scott Heisinger Scott Jones Darleen Kent Jan Titus Bob Cook

Flushed with victory, Elder Gray successfully convinced Charles Shattuck that the cleared lot, on which a foundation had been built for the saloon, was better-suited to a house of worship. Visitors to Eastsound today can see the fruit of his victory in the Episcopal Church, still standing on the land, and on the foundation, intended for Orcas Island’s first saloon. Orcas Islanders were as rugged and individualistic as any other early settlers in these parts, but shared values for farming, self-reliance, family life and religion all contributed to a loose-knit community with a common viewpoint. Hard work, independent effort and being ‘neighborly’ was expected, appreciated and respected; rude, drunken behavior was unacceptable, and offenders were quickly acquainted with that fact. Until the latter portion of the late century, Orcas Island never did have licensed premises for the consumption of alcohol. Churches and community clubs, fraternal organizations, sports, dances and picnics on Mt. Constitution offered sufficient entertainment to counter the wilder attractions of Friday Harbor. While not the official island slogan, by any means, a small sign which can be seen today on the wall of the Lower Tavern in Eastsound offers insight into the community values of Orcas Island: in large, clear letters it reads “Be Nice, Or Leave.” Tom Welch - posted on October 23, 2010 by Orcas Museum Contributed by Nancy Ayer

Paris h Administr ators : Karen Blinn Noel Jeffrey

Sexton : Luann Pamatian

Coor dinat or, Fam ily & Interg ener atio n al M in istr y : Cheryl Hunnicutt Danskin

Organ ist & Choir Dir ect or: Marianne Lewis

Rector : Bishop Craig B. Anderson

Emmanuel Episcopal Church PO Box 8 Eastsound, WA 98245

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Non-Dual Seeing NE WSLETT ER ITE MS It’s a community effort! Please submit your newsletter contributions in a Word .doc or .docx file to Karen Blinn via email. (Since you would type it anyway, submitting electronically saves the office staff from needing to retype – Thanks!) Your photos of Parish Events are appreciated! Photos are gratefully accepted and may be submitted electronically to Karen as well, preferably in .JPG file formats. Please note that the deadline for submissions to Emmanuel’s th Newsletter is 12 Noon on the 25 of every month.

Hugh of St. Victor (1078-1141) and Richard of St. Victor (1123-1173) wrote that humanity was given three sets of eyes, each building on the previous one. The first eye was the eye of the flesh (thought or sight), the second was the eye of reason (meditation or reflection), and the third eye was the eye of true understanding (contemplation). I cannot emphasize strongly enough that the separation and loss of these three necessary eyes is at the basis of much of the short-sightedness and religious crises of the Western world. Lacking such wisdom, it is very difficult for churches, governments, and leaders to move beyond ego, the desire for control, and public posturing. Everything divides into oppositions such as liberal vs. conservative, with vested interests pulling against one another. Truth is no longer possible at this level of conversation. Even theology becomes more a quest for power than a search for God and Mystery. The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See Contributed by Nancy Ayer

Richard Rohr

Emmanuel November 2010 Newsletter  

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