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Emmanuel Episcopal Parish Newsletter

July 2009

Parish Newsletter

Emmanuel Episc opal Paris h of Orcas Is land ~ D ioc ese of O lymp ia ~

Rector’s Ruminations Summer Chapels

Where to Find It: From the Rector


Prayer Requests


Brown Bag Concerts




“Ordinary Time”


Market Day


Labyrinth News




Online Update


Recommended Reading


Food Bank



As I was preparing a brief “Welcome from the Rector” greeting for our parish website, I was mindful of the fact that we are a somewhat unique parish church. The uniqueness I refer to has to do with the composition of our membership, specifically, it strikes me that we have three congregations within our parish family. Year-round residents comprise the first group and make up the majority of our membership. A second group consists of those persons who have second or first home here but spend extended periods of time in another part of the country or world. The third group is made up of visitors who come to Orcas primarily in the summer to enjoy the beauty and various activities offered on our island. We are especially aware of this uniqueness each Sunday morning when we welcome members back who have been away and welcome visitors who are not residents. Such uniqueness presents us with opportunities and challenges for our ministry as a “village church.” On the one hand our ministry continues throughout the year with, for and by “year rounders.” Many of you in this group along with the second group exercise an important ministry of hospitality, evangelism and pastoral care to those who comprise the third group, visitors and vacationers. In noting this uniqueness and opportunity for ministry, I recall my experience with “summer chapels” of the Episcopal Church in various parts of the country. My first experience of a summer chapel was when I was Bishop of South Dakota. Liz and I along with our children spent two to three weeks over the course of seven summers where I served as chaplain to the Church of the Atonement in Fish Creek, Door County, Wisconsin. Members of this summer chapel took great pride in the fact that the church had no running water or electricity! Moving eastward, my experience continued, while President of General Seminary and St. Paul’s School, in serving two beautiful summer chapels on the coast of Maine over the course of 13 summers – All Saints by-the-Sea on Southport Island and later St. Anne’s Chapel, Kennebunkport, Maine. Each of these summer chapels was different in terms of size, geographic make-up and the breadth of ministry offered. What was common to all three was how important such summer chaplaincy was in welcoming persons from other parish families and visitors from around the country and the world and in providing a holy space and place for those who had no church affiliation but were seeking a relationship with God. I found such summer chaplaincy, “a “busman’s holiday” of sorts, both meaningful and inspirational. The opportunity to connect with persons from around the globe and share ministry, albeit for a brief period, was most gratifying. Many wrote letters of appreciation noting how spiritually transforming and renewing their time was as a part of that special ministry. Continued on page 2

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Rector’s Ru minati ons – continued…. . I share these reflections with you because we are at the beginning of the most intense period of our “summer season” from the 4th of July weekend through September when I am told the population of Orcas Island almost triples given the influx of summer visitors. As such we are a “summer chapel” in many ways for those who visit here and we are in a position to offer, what is done so well at Emmanuel year round - an increased and intentional ministry of hospitality, pastoral care, outreach and evangelism to and with our summer visitors. Warmly welcoming, serving as a church that might well serve as a bridge in finding a church family when visitors return home, helping in the case of an emergency and inviting visitors to be a part of other church and community activities are but a few ways that we love God and God’s creation and our neighbor (visitors) as ourselves. And who knows, perhaps in welcoming the stranger in our midst, we entertain angels unaware… In Christ, +Craig Prayer Requests Rose Ann Dolan, Aaron, Adele Gay, Katie & Stuart Evans, John, John Michael, Melia & Chris, Kim Adams, Jan Wells, Paul Weaver, Rainy Whitney, Christine Lauren, Frank Ward, the Mount Calvary Monastery, Frank Daniels, Pat Gifford, Hugh, Mark & Sharon, Gary Watson, Sonny, Lynn Sauter, Craig, Lynda & Megan Sanders, Louise Sasan, Chuck Owen, John Baker, Ruth Miller, Bonnie Bowles, Eva & Wayne North, Gavin Hughes & family, Carl, Erv Harlacher, Tom Baxter & family, Matt & Nichole, Stacey McCarty, Doug, Lois Baney.

Spe akin g of An ge ls…. Last Sunday we welcomed Denise Thomasin Babcock as a new member into the Emmanuel Parish family. Denise has lived on Orcas for 12 years, coming from Michigan where she was raised in the Christian Reformed Church. She has three children, Chris, Logan, and Emalyne. During the 10:00 worship service, both Logan, 7yrs., and Emalyne, 5yrs, were baptized into God’s family. The Babcocks have been coming to Emmanuel for about a year. Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!

Brown B ag Con certs - 2009 There is a great lineup of music for the 2009 Season. Go to the church website for samples of music from some of the artists who will be joining us this year! July 1 July 8 July 15 July 22 July 29 Aug. 5 Aug. 12 Aug. 19 Aug. 26

Marianne Lewis, organist Orcatrazz Martin Lund Five Bells Brass Quintet Olga Symphony Cello Quartet Bodalo Trio Sharon Abreu Brasso Dolce & Friends

Remember: All concerts begin at noon on Wednesdays throughout July and August. Come early, as seating is limited. The concerts are free, although donations are welcome. Plan to bring a bag lunch and eat on the lawn (weather permitting) following the concert.

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God’ s B e lo ved The journey for Logan and Emalyne Babcock as Christians and as God’s Beloved, formally th began June 28 during the 10:00 worship service. Baptized by Bishop Craig and surrounded with promises of support by the Emmanuel family, they are off and running on a journey with and to God. The rest of us are also off to mentoring and sharing the way with them as well as with the already-baptized children and youth of our parish. As the children shared in a fun pre-baptism get together last Friday, the occasion of baptism is the day our personal ministry begins. We will watch now how the Spirit calls Logan and Emalyne to share their gifts and service to the world. They will need reminding, help and encouragement for their journey in Christ. No one can be a Christian alone. We at Emmanuel are the community and the resources for all our children and their families as they grow in faith. What story, activity, song, or encouragement would you like to offer……one time, many times, so the children know they belong and are accompanied by kindred hearts. The possibilities are many, but one very simple, easy thing to do is to learn the names of the newly baptized and congratulate them. They are Logan and Emalyne, a.k.a. God’s Beloved, the one name we all share. Cheryl Hunnicutt Danskin

On line Ne wsle tter The new website offers us new opportunities to more fully live into Emmanuel’s commitment to the Genesis Covenant. The online publication of this newsletter is one such opportunity, allowing us to reduce our use of paper, ink and the energy that goes into its printing, preparation, delivery and even eventual recycling. It is an attempt to reduce our carbon footprint. As with anything new, there are varied responses. Some have expressed favor for the new online format. Some have expressed preference for the familiar paper copy. We have, however, been successful in our goal of reducing resources used. Simply by reducing the number of printed copies sent out each month from the previous 220 to the current 20, we will save approximately $450 in postage and at least $160 in supplies each year. We also save many hours of office staff time in preparing the newsletter for mailing and eliminate using the equivalent of 1-2 reams of 81/2” x11” paper every month. The newsletter is presented online as a PDF file, which allows for easy enlargement of the print onscreen. If you have trouble reading the newsletter onscreen, increasing the print size may help. For those still preferring to read a paper copy, you may, of course, print your newsletter on your printer at home. One suggestion is to look through the online version for those pages that really interest you and print only those pages. Consider printing on used paper you may have around the house that is already headed for recycling and printing in black and white. This saves you paper as well as your color ink cartridge. Give it a try and see how it works for you. Of course, for those who do not have access to a computer, we still want the newsletter to find its way to you! Limited paper copies of the newsletter will still be available for pick up at the church.

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Ordin ary Time – An ythi ng B ut Or din ary The period of time in the Church Year between Pentecost and Advent is known as Ordinary Time – that long green season – where the Sundays are numbered (as in ordinal) – thus the fifth Sunday after Pentecost, etc. But the season is anything but ordinary if we should happen to think of it in the other sense of the word, common. It contains: Two Principal Feast Days Trinity Sunday All Saints Day Other Major Feasts Transfiguration St. John the Baptist Holy Cross Nine Apostles: Barnabas Peter, Paul, James, Bartholomew, Matthew, Simon, Jude, Andrew (except when November 30 occurs in Advent) St. Luke the Evangelist St. James of Jerusalem, Martyr St. Mary Magdalene St. Mary the Virgin St. Michael and All Angels Christ the King Two National Holidays: Independence Day Thanksgiving Day Since these do not all fall on Sunday, it is a good time to be reminded that the pattern of the Church Year is our way of sanctifying time and that, somewhere, even if not here, someone is praying, marking, and celebrating each of these parts of our history. It is the way we pattern our faith journey so that the past is always part of the present, and that whatever we are now includes everything that went before. For me, no one says it better than Wendell Berry: “The past is present also, and this is a part of the greater mystery we call eternity. Even the unknown past is present in us, its silence as persistent as a ringing in the ears. When I stand on the ground of Port William (in our case, Emmanuel Church), I am standing on the strata of history that go down through the known past into the unknown. I work my way down, or not so much down as within, into the interior of the present, until finally I come to that beginning in which all things, the world and the light itself, at a word welled up into being out of their absence. And nothing is here that we do not know about it. It is always the first morning of Creation and always last day, always the now that is in time and the Now that is not, that has filled me the with reminders of Itself.” * As Episcopalians, and therefore part of a great liturgical tradition, pattern is paramount. The great pattern of Creation is established in Genesis: night and day, the weeks, the seasons. Our worship reflects that pattern – Morning and Evening Prayer, our Sabbath worship, the seasons of the Church Year. And our liturgies all have their own patterns. And all these patterns have as their goal to move us along from our lesser selves to our higher selves – finding God’s way in the midst of the struggles of life. Patterns are purposeful, patterns are guides, patterns connect the past to the present – and Ordinary Time is part of the greater pattern of the Church Year. * Pray Without Ceasing, Fidelity, Wendell Berry Submitted by: Catherine Clemens

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St Agne s - Gui ld Mar ket Day - July 25, 20 09 Dear Members and Friends of St. Agnes Guild, Market Day approaches, Saturday, July 25th. You should at this point have some items set aside for the sale and be thinking of other items you are ready to donate. I have found that once I am rid of those things I’ve been holding on to, for whatever reason, it is a great relief. The Bake Sale needs goodies, pies and jams, etc. The tea needs sandwiches and goodies. The everything-goes, “Treasures and Stuff”, needs items I can lift. We also need jewelry and white elephants (pink will do too). So start to get ready for Market Day! I plan to be in Benson Hall receiving your donations 11am-1pm Mondays and Thursdays from July 6th through the 23rd. I could use help, so if you have time, Jean Weir and I will be sorting and pricing during those times and whatever work we are doing, we plan to have fun. Market Day is one of the times during the year we see many friends and neighbors so please help us keep this tradition going. - Marguerite Olson (376-2220) “Labyrinths are powerful blueprints that order chaos, offer a path of prayer, heal deep wounds, serve as a place of solace, and transform human consciousness, individually and in community.”

Tempor ary Labyrin th o n the Law n Now open 24/7 for the Summer th

Thanks to all who helped make the June 7 “Labyrinth on the Lawn” a great experience for everyone! The crew laid out the temporary lime labyrinth on the lawn between the church and Parish Hall. The Garden Gang had just been in to help make everything look beautiful. Even the weather cooperated! The walk was open to the community and was very well attended.

The Rev. Lauren Artress.

The labyrinth committee offers the labyrinth experience to the entire Orcas community. It serves as an ecumenical bridge connecting all faiths, cultures and beliefs to the One great God, to the Unity and Oneness of our universe. Please visit the church website to see pictures of the labyrinth being used.

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July 2009 C alen dar Sun day


Tue sd ay

Wedn es day 1 10:00 AM Garden Gang

Thurs day 2 12:00 Rector’s Forum

Frid ay 3

Sat ur day 4 9:30 AM Centering Prayer

9 11am-1pm Market Day Donations Accepted


11 9:30 AM Centering Prayer


18 8:30 AM Kenyan Cooking Class

12:00 Brown Bag Concert July Birthdays: 2 Cheryl Danskin 8 Thomas Wendland 8 Christian Heisinger 10 Ed Benshoof 13 Scott Heisinger 14 Kathryn Cale Hansen 19 David Evans 17 Fran Pritchett 21 Jan Reid 25 Virginia Jensen 26 Noel Jeffrey 26 Victoria Parker 27 Tom Murdock 30 Jan Koltun Titus

5 9:00 am service C. Anderson

6 11am-1pm Market Day Donations Accepted


12:00 Brown Bag Concert

12:00 Rector’s Forum 12:00 Labyrinth Committee Meeting

12 8:00 and 10:00 am services C. Anderson

13 11am-1pm Market Day Donations Accepted


19 8:00 and 10:00 am services C. Anderson

20 11am-1pm Market Day Donations Accepted


8:00 and 10:00 am services Nancy Tiederman


22 10:00 AM Garden Gang 12:00 Brown Bag Concert

5:00 pm Third Sunday potluck


15 10:00 AM Garden Gang 12:00 Brown Bag Concert

July Anniversaries: 21 George & Ingrid Karnikis 21 Steve & Nancy Malott 25 Carl & Marianne Lewis 27 Wilton & Cecilia Schwanke

8 10:00 AM Garden Gang


29 10:00 AM Garden Gang 12:00 Brown Bag Concert

16 11am-1pm Market Day Donations Accepted 12:00 Rector’s Forum

23 11am-1pm Market Day Donations Accepted

9:30 AM Centering Prayer


10 AM -2 PM St. Agnes Guild Market Day

12:00 Rector’s Forum


25 9:30 AM Centering Prayer


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2009 . Vestr y Mem bers

Online Tools

Worship Survey Over 60 of you voiced your opinions in the Worship Survey. The worship committee will be looking at the results and share them with the congregation soon. And stay tuned to see who won the prize!

Cent ering Pr ayer T ools Be sure to try out the new tool for centering prayer found on the church website. The online aid allows you to time your centering prayer sessions without the tick of a clock or timer in the background. Each session is started and finished with the sound of gentle chimes. Tell a friend! It’s easy to use and offers choices of 5, 20 and 30 minute sessions.

Fritz Kraetzer 376-2373 Beth Lorenzen 376-7444 Thomas Wendland 376-5623 Jan Cleveland 376-2709 Chris Kenady 376-5303 Marguerite Olson 376-2220 Scott Heisinger 376-6788 Scott Jones 376-5799 Darleen Kent 376-2508 Jan Titus 376-3394 Beth Jurgensen 376-4565 Bob Cook 376-5028

Service Participants’ S chedule The schedule for worship service participants is now online. You can check anytime to see when you are serving next and in what capacity. The link is at the bottom of any page on the church website.

Message Boards Have you tried out the message boards yet? This is another great tool that is easy to use. Ever wonder if there is someone to rideshare to an event with? Curious what your fellow parishioner thinks about a particular issue or topic? You can start a conversation….or join one already in progress. Try it out! Ask a question….make a proposal….see what happens.

Parish Facility In for mation The Parish Hall, Benson Room, and the Church are used by a wide variety of people throughout the week. The Parish Hall has become a very popular place to gather and summer is the busiest time for Emmanuel’s facilities. Did you know that you can now get all the information you need for reserving and renting space online? If you or someone you know is interested in using Emmanuel’s space for an event, you may now read about what is required right on the website. You can submit a request form online to the secretaries, and even download the necessary form to send in to the office. Take a look….. and pass it on!

Paris h Administr ators : Karen Blinn Noel Jeffrey

Coor dinat or, Yout h & Interg ener atio nal Min istr y : Cheryl Hunnicutt Danskin

Organ ist & Cho ir Dire ctor Marianne Lewis

Rector : Bishop Craig B. Anderson

Re comm ende d Re adin g Emmanuel Episcopal Parish of Orcas Island

EMMANUEL EPISCOPAL CHURCH Phone: 360.376.2352 E-Mail:

Recommended reading passed on from some of our parishioners: Fidelity, Wendell Berry Bill Moyers on Democracy, a collection of speeches by Bill Moyers God and Empire, John Dominic Crossan Wisdom for the Aging: Practical Advice for Living the Best Years of Your Life Right Now by Malcolm Boyd

Suppo rtin g the Foo d B ank Emmanuel Episcopal Church has donated $500 towards the purchase of fresh produce for the Orcas Island food bank from Morningstar Farm, owned and operated by Mimi Anderson and Steve Diepenbrock. The food bank is currently housed at Orcas Island Community Church. The first delivery of 30 bags of lettuce was made in mid-June and deliveries will continue to arrive weekly during the summer. If you are interested in supporting the food bank, please contact Emmanuel Parish or Morningstar Farm to keep fresh food coming in this time of economic need.

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