11th Annual Spring Plant Sale

11th Annual Spring Plant Sale

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Support Our Youth at the 11th Annual Spring Plant Sale!
Orders are due Sunday, March 21.
Pick up your plants on Saturday, May 1.

The youth group is holding their annual fundraiser for their summer mission trips. Plans for this summer are currently on hold pending COVID restrictions. Last year the earnings were used to purchase school supplies for 120 children in the Skagit Valley where the youth have served in past years.

We are again partnering with Star Lake Greenhouse in Auburn, selling beautiful garden plants and hanging baskets. 50% of the sales will go to support our mission trips!

You can download the CATALOG HERE to pick out the plants you want to order. Please read the INSTRUCTIONAL LETTER, and then download the ORDER FORM HERE, Please fill out the order form and email it to Shelli Dennis (see address in the instructional letter). Checks should be sent directly to the church.

Thank you for supporting our youth!

February Town Hall Prayer

February Town Hall Prayer

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Let this be our prayer for the world…
Let the rain come and wash away
the ancient grudges, the bitter hatreds
Let the rain held and nurtured over generations.
Let the rain wash away the memory
of the hurt, the neglect.
Then let the sun come out and
fill the sky with rainbows.
Let the warmth of the sun heal us
wherever we are broken.
Let it burn away the fog so that
we can see each other clearly.
So that we can see beyond labels,
beyond accents, gender or skin color.
Let the warmth and brightness
of the sun melt our selfishness.
So that we can share the joys and
feel the sorrows of our neighbors.
And let the light of the sun
be so strong that we will see all
people as our neighbors.
Let the earth, nourished by rain,
bring forth flowers
to surround us with beauty.
And let the mountains teach our hearts
to reach upward to heaven.
Amen.

Rabbi Harold Kushner

COVID-19 Update

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Dear Members,

As many of you already know, the entire Church Building and the Thrift Shop are closed until further notice, due to the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak. There will be no services or meetings in the church building. We’re closely following guidance from the diocese, King County Public Health, and the Washington Department of Health, and we look forward to re-opening the building as soon as it is prudent to do so.

In a special meeting of the Vestry this week, they approved our ability to proceed with an application for the Payroll Protection Plan through US Bank. This is a federal stimulus package through the CARES Act approved by Congress. These loans convert to a grant if the reason for the loan is followed (75% of the money must be used to restore staff salaries). The amount that can be requested includes 2.5% of a month’s payroll expense and includes medical coverage. While applications for these grants which are on a first come first serve basis are now open, our Bank has not yet opened applications for nonprofits. With this Vestry approval we can apply as soon as it is open to us.

I am so grateful for all of the hard work of many members who have engaged in helping with our Virtual Services. Maundy Thursday, Stations of the Cross, and Good Friday are complete and posted and Easter services will be posted shortly.

I also want to thank Claire Webbeking and Robert Graham for their work with our youth and their support of our Diocesan Youth Programs. A shout out to all of you who helped our youth with the plant sale.

You have all stepped up with your generosity of giving and we are in a good financial place at this time. All of our bills were paid. I have been cautioned to be less enthusiastic about the possibility of restoring staff salaries so I will tone down that optimism. I am aware that our Bishop has extended the closure of our buildings through May 4 to comply with the Governor’s actions.

Pray for those members of our community who work in the healthcare field, as first responders, and as grocery employees. Pray for our children and their parents who are trying to navigate the closure of schools and those of our congregation who have been furloughed, laid off or otherwise had their employment altered.

We serve a mighty God and in him we put our trust.

In Christ,

Marda+

1 Peter 1:21 “Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.”

Psalm 18:2 “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”

Be encouraged by the word of God.

Profile Committee Appointed

Profile Committee Appointed

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On June 11, the Vestry appointed seven people to serve on a Profile Committee as we begin the process of calling a new rector: Shauna Backus (chair), Mary Feltrup, Andrea Feist, Ed Leonard, Conrad Lee, Dave Hoffmann, and Davindia Steele. Many thanks to all for participating in this process!

The job of the Profile Committee is to collect information about the congregation and write a new church profile. This work will include updating the church history and neighborhood description from the previous profile. Also, the Profile Committee will conduct a survey to measure changes in St. Margaret’s membership and priorities since the previous rector search. Once the profile is complete, the Bishop’s office will review it for use in the new rector search.

The Bishop’s office has asked Paula Franck to act as a consultant and guide our parish through the search process. The wardens are working with closely with her, and she will meet with the Profile Committee to explain the steps to discern the parish’s future direction. We look forward to including your thoughts for the future of St. Margaret’s in our new church profile.