Adult Education Topic for May 6th: Immortality: A Gift or Curse? Using some of the text from “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” as a basis for our discussion, we will examine the many aspects of immortality and ownership of cells, and the prospects for how this reality may provide benefits and/or consequences for the future. Come join the provocative conversation.
Updated St. John's Bookmark. An updated St. John's bookmark is included with the service bulletins this Sunday. The front, with our Mission and Vision, remains the same. The back side provides the 2012 Vestry Focus Areas and Vestry contacts. Watch for it!
Welcome our newest building user! The Vestry is pleased to announce that Higher Ground Outreach, a fellowship group led by Steve and Marilyn Doss, will begin meeting in the West Wing Conference Room this Sunday, May 6th.
A Prayer for a Time of Transition:
Almighty God, we pray that the power of Christ’s love may be present in our lives as we, the people of St. John the Evangelist, enter a time of prayerful discernment and transition to new leadership. May the Holy Spirit illumine the hearts and minds of those who have the responsibility to lead us as we prepare to build on the vision that is before us. Let not the prospect of change be an occasion for fear and confusion, but rather a time to build trust and increase understanding that Christ’s love may be made known between us and among us that your will may be done. Amen.
The Recovery Commission of the Diocese of Oregon will sponsor a workshop on May 12th from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the parish hall at Christ Church Episcopal Parish in Lake Oswego. This is an opportunity to deepen your spirituality as you look at your addictions. Is also is a welcoming and safe place to explore your “attachments” or addictions that might be troubling you. For those of you who wish to look at the 12 steps of recovery from a Christian standpoint, we will bring new perspectives on steps 10, 11 and 12. Step 10 is the way all of us should examine our lives on a daily basis looking for where we missed the mark. In step 11, we are seeking insight through prayer and meditation and we will offer a variety of resources to help us deepen this step. In step 12, we carry the message to those who are still suffering. There is not any cost for this workshop and lunch is provided. To register, mail or phone Patty Burke: Pattyburke@aol.com or 503-860-9006.
Providence Hospice will present Seven Strategies: Coping with the Recent Death of a Loved One, a free, one-hour seminar open to those who have been bereaved in the past year. It will be offered at Providence Milwaukie Hospital, 10150 SE 32nd Ave. on Monday, May 21, from 1-2 p.m. in the Mother Gamelin Room. It will be offered at several other sites as well; check the poster in the Parish Hall for those dates and locales. For more information or to register contact Anne Kister at 503-215-4636 orAnne.Kister@providence.org.
Sowing the Seeds of Happiness Saturday, May 19th 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at St. Aidan’s, Gresham.
Presented by Cammie Bella*
Neuroscience and experiential research have shown that some of us are by nature "happier" and more resilient than others. This workshop will provide some foundational information on our "equation" for happiness but will focus mainly on the intentional choices we make to boost our happiness. "Happiness" in this sense is not defined as the "ha-ha" feeling of perpetual optimism, but rather a sense of deep peace and contentment, despite external circumstances. We will explore tools to find ourselves in a "peaceful stance" more and more of the time.
Fee: $20: payable in advance or on the day of event; make checks out to Life Compass Series and mail to Peter (below) Pre-registration advised so we have enough hand-outs.
For more information & to register, contact: Peter Fritsch, email@example.com or 1-541-228-4167; 901 Diamond St. Springfield, OR 97477.
*Cammie is a retired Family Nurse Practitioner and leads retreats & classes on a variety of topics.
She is a Lay Eucharistic Minister, a Spiritual Director, and a Licensed Lay Preacher @ the Church
of the Good Samaritan in Corvallis, OR.
Sunday, May 20, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Oregon Episcopal Cursillo invites all Oregon and Southwest Washington Cursillistas, past, present, and future, and everyone else, to a Grand Ultreya Gathering and Potluck, to be held at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, 8818 SW Miley Road in Wilsonville. There will be singing, praying, rejoicing, eating, and time to connect with others. Bring food to share. Contactoregoncursillo@gmail.com for more information.
Summer Seminar 2012: Living Together
June 11th-13th, with a free evening lecture open to the public on Tuesday, June 12th.
Jonathan Wilson-Hargrove, one of the leading voices in the New Monastic movement, is our keynote speaker as we come together as an intentional community asking the ancient question: “what do you seek?”
In an age of fragmentation and isolation, a grassroots movement has begun that seeks to put Christians in touch with the rhythms of community life we find expressed in scripture and tradition. In the Pacific Northwest, we’re experiencing a rich revival of intentional living in community – much of it grounded in a rich spirituality that unites ancient wisdom with contemporary concerns. Come experience what it means to live together, to structure our lives in relationship to a community of prayer and practice that forms us in the image of the one who created us.
$50 ($25 for students/clergy), online registration at www.center-for-spiritual-development.org.
Serving at the 8:00 o'clock Service
The Very Rev. Anthony C. Thurston, Celebrant & Preacher
The Rev. Pat Morris-Rader, Deacon
Jolene Morishita, Eucharistic Minister · Ford Morishita & Jan Childs, Lectors
Serving at the 10:00 o'clock Service
The Very Rev. Anthony C. Thurston, Celebrant & Preacher
The Rev. Stephen Denny, Deacon
Michelle Horgen, Director of Music
Juanita Chambers & Mary Dettmann, Eucharistic Ministers
Elizabeth Van Drimmelen, Melissa Northway & Katie Downs, Acolytes
Barbara Bullard, Mary Dettmann & Rob Long, Lectors
Linda Kidd & Megan Kidd, Ushers
The Rev. Pat Morris-Rader & Betty Denny, Healing Team