May 24 | Parish Post

A Note from The Rev. Jessie McKenzie…Because God Cares for You

When I preach it is almost always from the gospel text.  The Hebrew Scripture or Epistle often get some time, but generally to support the meaning of what Jesus is teaching.  Today I find myself drawn to the last couple of chapters from 1 Peter, where we get the Epistle readings for this Sunday.  Peter addresses suffering and anxiety—topics that have become common in our society today.

Peter does need to be kept in context.  He writes, “Rejoice insofar as you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, so that you may also be glad and shout for joy when his glory is revealed.”  In no way does this mean that God wants us all to suffer.  The chapter begins with “Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh.”  It is a reminder that Jesus shared in all that it means to be human.  Remember that when you do find yourself in a struggle, as were Peter’s readers, you are not alone in it.   

The good stuff comes at the end of the Epistle.  Speaking of the “mighty hand of God” Peter writes, “Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.”  What do we do with our anxiety?  Leave it at the foot of the cross.  And when it finds us again, take it back there—knowing God cares for you.

Two of my favorite lines from this passage are “Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour. Resist him, steadfast in your faith, for you know that your brothers and sisters in all the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering.”  I love the idea of the devil personified.  Then my anxiety can be fear of something tangible rather than a generalized what has happened to the world?  I thought the devil was a red guy with horns and a tail.  Now we have a roaring lion.  Hmm.  Where does this fit into my fears?  As I write this I am making a list, still mental, of my fears.  Make a list of your own fears…….to be continued next week.


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.
  • Book of Common Prayer Class Friday at 10 am via Zoom.
    • May 29 The Historical Documents
  • *NEW* Book Group Reads – Starting June 5
    • 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.


Nourish Pierce County – Featured in The New York Times

With your help, we have made it through the first 2 months of this crisis. We have changed our service model to a drive-thru, boxed service distribution, sent the majority of our volunteers’ home to stay safe, and welcomed over 50 WA State National Guard members into the Nourish family. Nourish is able to continue serving the community because of your generosity – be it time, talent or treasure.

Today, I’d like to share with you a photo essay from our friends at the New York Times featuring Nourish Pierce County. Please take the time to view it and feel a sense of pride in the fact that you are making a difference in the lives of people you may never meet.

We still have a long way to go. With your continued support, Nourish will be here for everyone who needs food…because everyone deserves to eat. Be well and stay safe. 

– Sue Potter, Chief Executive


Fraud Alert

It has come to our attention that parishioners are receiving emails from Rev. Marian Stinson asking for financial assistance in the form of gift cards or wiring money. This is not how St. Mary’s handles asking for donations of any kind.

Our approach to requesting assistance is to provide information about an organization or cause and ask for your support through the Parish Post or the Sunday announcement sheet found in the bulletin. Currently our main focus has been the Nourish Food Bank. We have asked for your support in sending checks designated for the Clergy Discretionary Fund. In turn, a check is sent to the food bank bi-monthly to support the feeding program.

When you receive an email asking for something that does not feel right, it probably is fraudulent. Look at the email address, it is really from the person it’s claiming to be? Does it look funny- with letters, numbers, symbols? Does the message read like it was written by someone your know?This is someone “Phishing” for your personal information.

Be St. Mary’s strong – you should never open these types of emails or respond. The best course of action is to report it to the office and delete it.

If you believe you have been a victim of a scam or know someone who has, report it to the police and to AARP Fraud Line. The AARP call center is staffed with trained volunteers to speak with you, listen, and document the situation. They work closely with the Attorney Generals office and local police divisions to stop crime. In some cases, they have been able to recover funds lost. Below is the link for more information on this topic.

Scam Phone Calls-Many of you may have received calls from anywhere in the U.S. or Internationally requesting you to call back. The caller may be threatening you with money owed or that your social security is in jeopardy. These types of calls are bogus. The best thing is not to answer any call that is coming from a number you do not recognize. If you are not sure, allow the call to go to voice mail and then check it. This screening process allows you to return the call if it is legitimate. Otherwise delete and block it from your call list.


St. Mary’s Book Group reads The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd

The book group will meet with Rev. Marian Stinson On Friday, June 5th at 10:00 am to discuss this incredible read…

An extraordinary story set in the first century about a woman who finds her voice and her destiny, from the celebrated number one New York Times bestselling author of The Secret Life of Bees and The Invention of Wings.

In her mesmerizing fourth work of fiction, Sue Monk Kidd takes an audacious approach to history
and brings her acclaimed narrative gifts to imagine the story of a young woman named Ana. Raised in a wealthy family with ties to the ruler of Galilee, she is rebellious and ambitious, with a brilliant mind and a daring spirit. She engages in furtive scholarly pursuits and writes narratives about neglected and silenced women. Ana is expected to marry an older widower, a prospect that horrifies her. An encounter with eighteen-year-old Jesus changes everything.

Grounded in meticulous research and written with a reverential approach to Jesus’s life that focuses on his humanity, The Book of Longings is an inspiring, unforgettable account of one woman’s bold struggle to realize the passion and potential inside her, while living in a time, place and culture devised to silence her. It is a triumph of storytelling both timely and timeless, from a masterful writer at the height of her powers.

Available at Amazon: Kindle $14.99, Hardcover $16.80 and paperback $16.89


Exercising with Mary Jean-New video workout featured weekly!

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.


Virtual Prayer & Share – Save the Date!

We are missing you all! 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 looking at virtual options. In the meantime – Save the Date!

  • Date: Saturday, June 27th
  • Social Zoom: 9:30am, Begin P&S: 10:00am.
  • We expect to break out into separate “rooms” for Grouping. Details to follow!

Wit and Wisdom

Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are “good” is like expecting the bull not to charge you because you are a vegetarian.

Love is not what you say. Love is what you do.


Easter Remembrances

Bruce & Nancy Mc Donald in thanksgiving for birthday of their grandson, Angus.


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.