At the event, Vicar George McDonnell said “My heart is quite full today. Thank you for the well wishes, the lovely gathering in-between our two Eucharists, the presence of so many members of the church, it was a wonderful time.”

There were several events in the faith community sponsored by Interfaith Works in November. One of the best attended celebrations has always been the interfaith works Thanksgiving celebration which was held on the November 22nd. The event was held at the United Churches of Olympia near the Capitol where Interfaith Works recently moved their offices.

A report out regarding the Stewardship campaign reports that 49 pledges have been received to date for a total of $160,000. This information will help determine the 2016 budget levels. Antonio reported out on behalf of the Finance Committee, acknowledging that in 2015 SBC benefited from the last of some carry over monies from 2014; we had two instances where personal stocks were sold and donated to SBC; and we were able to draw down on some assessment credits from the Diocese. Those revenue cushions do not exist for 2016. The pledge amounts are down.

Connecting, learning, singing, laughing, supporting... We have a group of delegates and guests from St. Benedict attending this year's convention in Lynnwood, WA. Collie and Martha Liska, Patti Ruby, Spencer Daniels, Dave Kindle, Nancy Zabel, Jan and Mike Akin, Michael McAdams, and Paul Seabert. There were interesting workshops on refugees of the Syrian war, anti-racism, environment, peace and reconciliation, communication, and many more. There are presentations and exhibits about Diocesan ministries, missions and projects around our diocese.

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry inspires us. Jesus said, Follow me and I will help you change the world from the nightmare it often is, into the dream that God intends.

We welcome everyone to our Christmas and Epiphany services. Christmas Eve will be at 7:00 p.m.
Christmas Day at 8:00 a.m.
We will remember the Epiphany on Sunday, January 3 at both 8 & 10:30
We'll see you in church.

Our church hosts a dinner and satellite food bank on the 3rd Saturday of every month. Help with cooking, greeting, chatting and clean up is always appreciated. Join us for dinner. For more information contact Spencer Daniels

Discernment Small Group slated for Nov. 8 is cancelled. Nov. 15 and Dec. 6 are still on.
SBC and most of our members have done a fair amount of discernment over the last many months. This has included: the Church Assessment Tool, followed by a congregation meeting with a consultant to understand the resulting data; sermons and presentations by other congregations to examine other church models;

There are several good articles about alternative models that will be of interest to our congregation.

Recalibrating Expectations for Clergy by the Rev. Nathan E. Kirkpatrick,
Alternative Pastoral Models by C. Jeff Woods and
Creative Ministry with Fewer Resources by David L. Odom.

Dec 1
Tue 6:30pm

Give yourself the gift of quiet reflection during Advent with:
A Two-Hour a Week Retreat With God

Tuesday evenings: December 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd
St. John's Episcopal Church 114 20th Ave. SE Olympia, WA


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