July 5 | Parish Post

From the Rev. Jessie Mckenzie

Some of us have been reading Philip Yancey’s “What’s So Amazing About Grace?” for a book group discussion.  I am happy to explore grace.  It is one of my favorite topics.  So even if the book was written over twenty years ago, and I have major theological disagreements with some of the author’s positions, I am happy to settle in and be reminded how much and how unconditionally God loves us.  Grace is God’s unearned, unmerited, unconditional favor towards us.  I thought to share my favorite verse on grace with you, and found I have a bunch of them.  The one I finally settled on does not even use the word!  It is Romans 8: 38-39.  “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.”  

Beloved, hold on to this.  In the midst of uncertainty and change, you can count on God holding onto you and loving you.


Pledging and Nourish Food Bank Support – Thank you!

Pledging and Food Bank Support continues, and we thank you so much. Your generous support of Nourish Food Bank through the Clergy Discretionary Fund is so vital to our neighbors in need. Your monthly pledge is more important than ever, allowing St. Mary’s to pay bills and provide virtual programing that keeps us all connected.


Saying Goodbye – Members Make Cross Country Moves

Saying Goodbye and wishing them God’s grace, safety, and peace as they journey into the next chapter of life:

Carter Taylor-has relocated to Rock Hill, South Carolina to be near her family and friends. This quaint community is just across state line from Charlotte, North Carolina. Carter purchased a lovely brick home in a 55 Plus community. She plans to volunteer at Winthrop University or the American Red Cross.

 John, Shelby & John Michael Forbes have moved to Casper, Wyoming. They have purchased a farm and will be raising Alpacas. Casper is part of what is referred to as the Big Sky country, home to world-class outdoor recreational opportunities, vibrant downtown, and friendly locals.


Donate Life Saving Blood

As many of you know, blood donations are down region-wide while the need is still very much with us. Cascade Regional Blood Services has regular opportunities to give at one of their bloodmobiles at Big Lots in Lakewood, Safeway in University Place, and at their location in Tacoma. 

 If this is something you can do, you can make an appointment online at CRBS.net or call 877-24-blood (877-242-5663).  This is one way many of us can give back to our community.  Please give if you are able.


Wednesday Social Time…Grab a Beverage and Mingle

Join us Wednesday evenings at 5 pm for Social Time. What better day than the mid-week hump day for a favorite beverage and socializing.

Rev. Dr. Bill and Rev. Marian are our hosts. Pets are welcome.

No mask or social distancing required!


Blue Jeans Thursdays – Gardeners Still Needed

The church grounds are in constant need of attention to weeding, trimming, and raking. If you would like to volunteer to work with others on Thursday mornings from 9 am to Noon, we would love to have you join the gardeners.

Masks and social distancing required.

To learn more or to sign up call Donna Pelkey at 253-588-7880 or email donnapelkey@centurylink.net.


Wit and Wisdom

Freedom is not the right to do as we please, but the opportunity to do what is right.

The American flag is a symbol of national freedom. The cross is a symbol of eternal freedom


Remembrances – Celebrations

Donna Payne-Snyder, in loving memory of the birthday of Donald Payne.


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!
  • Tuesdays – Bible Study The Rev. Dr. Bill Hardwick will lead this study group for men and women beginning at 10 am via Zoom. Readings the weeks following Easter are available via the Lectionary Page.
  • 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 continues Thursday at 11 am via Zoom.
  • Mysticism: A study of the classic mystics and their relevance for our times. Friday mornings at 10 AM we will continue Faith Formation with Rev. Dr. Bill Hardwick.
    • July 17-Thomas Merton
    • July 24-Julian of Norwich
  • Book Group
    • What’s So Amazing About Grace?  by Philip Yancey

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.