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.

For Sunday worship, please follow the live stream at either St. Mark’s Cathedral or the National Cathedral. Follow these links: St. Mark’s or National Cathedral.

Download Here the Prayers of the People written by our Prayer Team. Please read these prayers every day at noon or 5 pm so that we can pray together as a community.

Members of the clergy and vestry will be calling to check in on you so don’t hesitate to call one of us if you need something.

Please remember to send in your financial commitments either through the mail or through online giving linked HERE. This is a time when our rental income is not coming in and we still have financial obligations to meet. I do want you to understand that if we end up reducing our staff compensation or eliminate staff positions, those staff will not qualify for unemployment benefits as churches do not contribute to unemployment.

It is important to find activities for our children and teens and Washington State University has an extension to help us do just that.

https://extension.wsu.edu/king/learning-links-4-h-and-more/

Remember to do something you love to do, communicate with your family and friends and stay focused on the positive.

Please know that I pray for you daily and am only a phone call away (253-243-4567).

In Christ,

Marda+

A Special Prayer:
Lord we don’t know how to pray in this unusual circumstance that we are in; we have no experience for times such as this when we are asked to stay home and can’t go to school. Remind us to trust one another and stay connected. Show us the miracle of love in little things and to appreciate the people who love and care for us as well as those who serve us. Make us mindful of the needs of others and encourage us to be willing to share of our abundance: the abundance of things, of our hope and faith. Let us share kind words and our patience. Let us strive to be more than we ever believed we could be. Help us to reflect you in all that we say and do. Let your love and peace flow through us to those around us so we might become their courage and their hope in you.
Amen!

10th Annual Spring Plant Sale

10th Annual Spring Plant Sale

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The youth group is holding their annual fundraiser for their summer mission trips. Both Middle School and High School youth will again serve in the Skagit Valley. High School youth may also attend Episcopal Youth Event (EYE20) in Washington, D.C.

To raise money for our trips we are again partnering with Star Lake Greenhouse in Auburn, selling beautiful garden plants. 50% of the sales will go to support our mission trips!

If you are interested in purchasing plants, please review the CATALOG, read the INSTRUCTIONAL LETTER, complete THIS ORDER FORM and return it with payment by Sunday, March 22. Your plants will be available for pick up at St. Margaret’s on Saturday, May 2.

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School

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St. Margaret’s Church invites you to join us for Vacation Bible School, July 20-24!

All children from preschool through 6th grade are welcome. Preschoolers and Kindergartners attend until noon, older children stay for afternoon electives until 2:25 p.m.

The earlier you register, the more you save, so make sure to get your forms in as soon as possible.

Download a registration form here!

Women’s Outing and Travel Group

Women’s Outing and Travel Group

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On Sunday March 1st we will head to the Henry and Sandra Friedman Holocaust Center for Humanity in Seattle.  We’ll leave St. M’s at 12:30 pm and return sometime in the afternoon.  Suggested admission cost is $10 for adults and $5 for seniors.  Sign up on the sheet in the Narthex or email Pam Nordquist at psnordo@gmail.com or Pam Griffith at dpecg@comcast.net if you’re interested in going.

On Saturday March 7th from 10:00 to 11:30 am, there will be a “Tea Discovery” class (an introduction to tea) at Experience Tea in Issaquah.  Interested women should sign up for the class directly on Experience Tea’s website; please also sign up on the sheet in the Narthex so attendees can see who is going, arrange carpooling, etc.

On Sunday March 22nd, we will head to Salish Lodge for brunch. Reservations for this event are closed, but let Pam Nordquist know if you would like to be on a waitlist in case someone cancels.

The dates for the Pt. Townsend/Ft. Worden overnight have been changed to June 22nd – 24th.   There is no signup deadline; accommodations will reserved as signups occur (for Ft. Worden officer housing, a minimum of four people is needed per house in order to be economically feasible). One house (for six people) has already been reserved, and there is still housing available for those wishing to join in. Questions? See the info sheet in the Narthex or contact one of the Pams.

Future events include visits to Seattle’s Kubota Garden (April 9th), Pasado’s Safe Haven (April 18th), and the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island (May 1st).  See the wall in the Narthex for more information on these events.

Update from the Profile Committee

Update from the Profile Committee

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We have completed the Church Assessment Tool (CAT) survey and wrapped up our “Conversations at St. Margaret’s: A call for our future” gatherings.  We are now distilling the findings, developing the Profile’s key themes and beginning our work in writing the Profile.  We anticipate that in January-February we will complete this process and obtain feedback from the Vestry.  In early March (goal): Vestry will approve the completed Profile.
Thank you to everyone who provided us with your insights into the community that is St. Margaret’s!
The Profile Committee