August 2, 2020 | Parish Post

Repose of the Souls…

Contacting the Families

Our congregation has lost two members this past week. 

You may send cards of condolence to the families at the addresses below.

The family of Jean E. Gray 
Erick Gray & Jill Giuliani
PO Box 6025
Bellevue, WA 98008
The family of Joanne B. Miller 
Joy & Jack Marshall
7529 Zircon Dr. SW
Lakewood, WA 98498

Semi-Annual Giving Statements

Semi-Annual Giving Statements have been mailed this week. Please review yours for accuracy. If you have any questions, please contact the Bookkeeper, Debbie Langlow at 253-588-6621 or email her at finance@stmaryslw.org Please leave a detailed message so she can investigate the matter and return your call.


St. Mary’s Applies…Grant Opportunity

A “Pop Up” grant opportunity is being offered by the Diocese of Olympia. An application is being made for updated equipment to film, edit, and produce our worship services. The soundboard and mixer will allow the choir and praise band to produce a higher quality of sound for each service. The upgraded technology will also allow us to hold virtual services for baptisms, memorial, and committal services.


Reentry Task Force

The Reentry Task Force continues to meet and evaluate the COVID 19 status of the Pierce County and the impact to our building use.  Capital Heating & Cooling has been through the building to evaluate our HVAC system. There are several options to consider regarding the air circulation, filtering system and ventilation. This information is being reviewed and submitted to the Vestry with recommendations.


Entry Procedures

A Reminder – Entry Procedures must be followed by those who need to access the building. This might include staff, those participating in pre-recording worship, or someone coming to see Rev. Marian. Upon entering, you are required to wear a mask, complete the questionnaire, take, and record your temperature… Please follow the established guidelines upon entering the building for your health and of those around you.


Contemplative Chapel and Prayer Groups

Contemplative Chapel and Prayer Groups Returns this week…Schedule Changes Beginning in August, Thursday Contemplative Prayer will return to its former schedule of the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month beginning with August 13 and August 27, 2020. We’ll continue to meet at 11 AM. If you have questions, please contact Rev. Paul Rietmann at 253-565-7459 or prietmann@comcast.net


Office Closure

The Church office will be closed from Sunday, August 16 through August 31, 2020. The staff is taking a well-deserved vacation during this time. You are encouraged to watch services at St. Mark’s Cathedral, St. John’s-Olympia, or the National Cathedral in DC or a congregation of your choice.


Wit and Wisdom

The best thing to do is hold on to each other.

It’s okay to be a self-made man, just don’t consider the job finished too soon.

To be in your children’s memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today.


Celebration – Honoring

Donna Payne-Snyder in celebration of the birthday of her daughter, Amanda.


Foreseeable Future – Weekly Parish Calendar

Access to Worship, Bulletin, Coffee Hour Made Easy

For all weekly events you can find the Zoom links and additional information by visiting this link:

  • Sunday worship can be viewed on the website along with the bulletin. Visit the homepage at www.stmaryslw.org.
  • Coffee Hour – Each Sunday at noon you can join in the fun with online Coffee Hour. Smile and wave to everyone and say hello your friends and neighbors. Bring your own coffee and goodies!
  • Bible Study
    • Resuming this fall,  Rev. Dr. Bill Hardwick will be leading an online Bible Study for both men and women via Zoom. Watch for information about Bible Study and the content in September.
  • Zoom Contemplative Prayer Chapel.
    • Tuesday evenings, 7:00 – 7:30 pm. “Be still and know that I am God.”  Psalm 46:10. To sign up for this new prayer group please contact Paul Rietmann at prietmann@comcast.net
  • Contemplative Prayer happens the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month beginning with August 13 and August 27, 2020, 11:00 AM – 12:00 Noon via Zoom.
  • Book Group
    • The Second Mountain by David Brooks – Join the group via Zoom on Friday, July 31 at 10:00 AM.

Visit the Foreseeable FutureWeekly Parish Calendar for more information!


Online GIVE Works

Now it’s easier than ever to manage your pledge payments without writing a check. GIVE is our new online giving platform that is available on the church website. Visit www.stmaryslw.org at the top left of the home page you’ll see a large green button. There is a 3% processing fee for each transaction. Please consider including that amount in your donation to cover the cost of processing.


Help Desk Remains Open

We have the cure for this condition called IT Frustration…

If you are having connectivity problems, need technical help or have questions forward to parishoffice@stmaryslw.org.

We’ll have one of our help desk volunteers contact you.