June 21 | Parish Post

From the Rev. Marian Stinson

Loving God, Holy One,
Your desire is for our wholeness and well-being.
We hold in tenderness and prayer the collective suffering of our world at this
time. We grieve precious lives lost and vulnerable lives threatened.
We ache for ourselves and our neighbors, standing before an uncertain future.
We pray: May love, not fear, go viral.

Inspire our leaders to discern and choose wisely, aligned with the common
good.

Help us to practice social distancing and reveal to us new and creative ways
to come together in spirit and in solidarity.
Call us to profound trust in your faithful presence,
You, the God who does not abandon, You, the Holy One,
breathing within us,
breathing among us,
breathing around us
in our beautiful yet wounded world.

– Sisters of IHM, Scranton, Pennsylvania


Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day to all who provide care for two and four-legged.


Exploring MysticismStudy Group

Join this study group each Friday at 10 am with Rev. Dr. Bill Hardwick and Assistant Pastor, Rev. Jessie McKenzie for a fascinating learning opportunity featuring a new mystic each week.


College of Congregational Development (CCD) Virtual Conference for All Interested

We cannot have our weeklong College for Congregational Development session this summer, however we are pleased to offer a two day virtual conference. This virtual conference will run from 10am to 2pm on Wednesday June 24th and Thursday June 25th. We will use a combination of zoom and individual/congregation reflection time to look at four pieces of College material with particular discussion toward how to use each tool within the context of the upheaval of pandemic, economic crisis, and the struggle for racial justice. This workshop is designed to be useful for congregational teams, individual congregational leaders, and to be both accessible to folks who have never attended an in-person CCD session as well as an opportunity for those who have to deepen their thinking and capacity to use these tools. We are offering this free of charge – to register click below. Registration deadline is Friday June 19th and is open to all.

Please let Matt Koski know if you have any questions:

Matt Koski | Resource Coordinator | Diocese of Olympia | mkoski@ecww.org | 206.325.4200 x2015


CS Lewis, the Man, His message and Virtual Tour Events – Register now

While we find ourselves at home and unable to travel, St. Paul’s parishioner and CS Lewis scholar Kim Gilnett extends the invitation to join him on the following virtual pilgrimages:

  • CS Lewis, the Man and His Message – June 14th 3:00pm
    This first class will focus on Lewis’ life and how his conversion changed his view of human beings. Click here to register.
  • CS Lewis’ Oxford, a Virtual Tour – June 28th 3:00pm
    This second class will be a virtual tour of CS Lewis Oxford with over 160 photographs. Click here to register.

Space is limited, so register today! Note that each date has a separate registration link.


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
  • Wednesdays – Finding Faith in the Midst of Pandemic continues Wednesday at 10 am via Zoom.
  • Contemplative Prayer continues Thursday at 11 am via Zoom.
  • Exploring MysticismJoin this study group each Friday at 10 am with Rev. Dr. Bill Hardwick and Assistant Pastor, Rev. Jessie McKenzie for a fascinating learning opportunity featuring a new mystic each week.
  • Book Group
    • The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd

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.


Honoring our High School Grads – With the Bishop

It’s been gratifying to see all the different ways you are honoring the seniors in your midst!  These are such challenging and unpredictable times, it feels like the more we can remind our graduates that they are cherished by their extended church family, the better.

In that vein, Bishop Rickel is looking forward to honoring your High School Seniors at “Launch,” Saturday, June 20 at 11:00 a.m.  This is a virtual event that will include words of wisdom and insight, live music, a customized slideshow, and a family activity. We will keep it light and fast-moving and involve the seniors in all facets of the service.

Please forward this invitation to participate to the H.S. seniors in your congregation and add it to your e-news/bulletin; we will let you know when someone from your church registers.  If you and others would like to join the ceremony — whether or not you have a senior participating — you are very welcome!  Register here with a “general admission” ticket. Thank you for your all of your support 

For more information contact Valerie Reinke, Canon Missioner for Faith Formation: 35 & UnderEpiscopal Diocese of Olympia, 206-325-4200 x3504 or vreinke@ecww.org


The Gratitude Project Continues – Support South Sound Reading Foundation

Continue to support our St. Mary’s 2020 Gratitude Project! 

Even though our church building is currently closed, we would like to resume our Gratitude Project with our June gifts of books for children and teens. By donating these items, we help them avoid the ‘Summer Slide’ of losing reading skills during the summer. Please consider joining us in this worthwhile project.

Bring your donations to St. Mary’s on Monday (June 22) and Tuesday (June 23) and Thursday (June 25) from 9:00am to noon. We’ll meet you at the door to receive your gifts.  We’ll also place a “Books for Kids” box by the front door for donations at other times.

If you would prefer to support with a money donation or an online book gift from their wishlists, read below.  Thank you!

South Sound Reading Foundation is asking for help to continue their programming by donating your gently used books!  Your donations will be cleaned and given back to our community through one of their SSRF programs.  

They are accepting all children’s books, from baby books to teen novels.  Donations will be accepted throughout June. Help them reach their 20,000-book goal by June 30th!

Don’t have books to donate but still want to support SSRF? Consider buying a book from one of their wish lists or make a monetary donation.

Wish lists:
*Browsers Book Shop (Olympia)
https://www.browsersolympia.com/wishlist/130

*Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/368Y1C96QBGOU/ref=cm_sw_su_w

*Usborne:
https://t3636.myubam.com/wishlist/f5ea6127-672-4541-b4c8-abc801131be1

SSRF is an affiliate of the Children’s Reading Foundation and is located at 305 College Street NE, Lacey, WA 98516.

Get Off the Couch – Exercising with Mary Jean!

Get off the couch, get out and walk, click on the videos and workout with our own Mary Jean Fischer. As a Fitness Director for GenCare Lifestyle at Point Ruston. Mary Jean works with people post-surgery recovering from joint replacement, those with arthritis and other conditions that require one on one personal training. Let’s join the fun and live Happy, Healthy and Holistic.

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Virtual Prayer & Share – Save the Date!

We still can’t meet in person and may not be able to do so for a while.  We decided it was time to try something different so we are going to meet via Zoom. You can zoom on a smartphone, tablet, or computer.

First – It is a good idea to test your setup even if you have joined zoom meetings before. If using a phone or tablet you need to install the app for your particular device. Checkout the appropriate store for the Zoom app. On a computer the action of testing will download the app automatically.

This link zoom test will let you test Zoom. If you have issues please contact Becca database@olycursillo.org

We expect to break out into separate “rooms” for Grouping. Details to follow!

  • Date: Saturday, June 27th
  • Social Zoom: 9:30am

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. The information will also include a link to create an item on your calendar to help you remember!

PLEASE! This meeting is for our community only so please do not share the link. There have been horrible people zoom bombing meetings. If you know someone who is not receiving The Colors ask them to contact president@olycursillo.org or database@olycursillo.org

The agenda will be similar to in-person meetings with prayer, sharing, clergy response, and grouping via breakout rooms. We look forward to seeing you even if we can’t give you an in-person hug!


Washington Correction Center Needs Clothing

Washington Correction Center for Women have a clothing closet that the women visit prior to releasing. With the Rapid Release of offenders that the governor ordered and the regular scheduled releasing offenders they have gone through some very popular sizes within our stock of clothing.  They are now running low on a few items and sizes.

 I am reaching out to our volunteer base to see if you may have these items in a donation pile to head to Goodwill?  If you do would you consider donating them to us instead?

 They are still locked down so Janice Zimmerman, Community Partnership Program Coordinator will need to coordinate drop off days and times to accept these donations. So please email her at jmzimmerman@DOC1.WA.GOV so they can determine if the items you have are needed and start the process for getting these items approved and scheduled for drop off.

Here are the items they are needing.  Please only donate these items as they do not have a lot of space for storage. For more information contact Roberta Newell at 253-753-5958.

  • Tennis shoes: Men & Women (all sizes)
  • Casual Sandals/Flip flops (all sizes)
  • Jeans: Men (size 36 -40) & Women (sizes 6-14)
  • Sweatpants or thick Leggings (Black or White ONLY): Men & Women all sizes
  • Sweatshirts (Black or White Only): Men & Women all sizes
  • Windbreakers/lightweight jackets – all sizes
  • Clothing for plus size individuals (shirts & pants)
  • Any coats size XL+

Wit and Wisdom

Highly Contagious: Love and Kindness

He’s got the whole world in his hands!

Thank God you’re not perfect, or you’d have nothing left to do.


Remembrances & Celebrations

Bruce & Nancy McDonald in thanksgiving for the birthday of their grandson, Alexander.

Bruce & Nancy McDonald in celebration of their wedding anniversary.


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.