October, 2019
In this edition:
Worship this weekend
Formation: Short Stories by Jesus
An invitation: Loaves & Fishes
Champagne Mustard
Family Promise Donations
91st Annual Christmas Faire and Bazaar
Creation Care
From the Senior Warden
Upcoming Parish Events
Worship this weekend

October 18-20 , is the Diocesan Convention in Pasco. Our Sunday 8am service will be Morning Prayer (without communion). The Middle School and High School Youth Groups will not meet. There will not be Children’s Chapel during the 10:30am service. The Saturday 5:30pm and Sunday 10:30am services will be Holy Eucharist, Rite II, as usual. Please keep in your prayers our delegates and clergy as they engage in the work of the Diocese.
Short Stories by Jesus

Adult Formation continues in the Guild Rooms on Sundays from 9:15-10:15. Over the course of this program year, we will continue our exploration of the theme “Faith, Hope, and Love,” an exploration of the beliefs, practices, and resources of our Episcopal and Anglican heritage as we walk in the Way of Love. We just enjoyed a few weeks exploring stories from Genesis and Exodus, and asking ourselves the following questions: what does this passage tell us about God? What does it tell us about human beings? What does it tell us about the relationship between God and humanity?
 
Beginning this Sunday, we will spend some time exploring the New Testament, using the diocesan-wide formation program following the work of Amy-Jill Levine in Short Stories by Jesus. Levine is a Jewish scholar of the New Testament, and her work will help us explore some of Jesus’ most well-known parables in the light of their original audience to better understand how we might interpret them today. If you’d like to read ahead, the specific passages we will be working with are the following:
  • October 27: Luke 15:4-32
  • November 3: Luke 10: 25-37
  • November 10: Matthew 13:45-46; Matthew 19:16-30
  • November 17: Mark 4:30-32; Matthew 13:31-32; Luke 13:18-19
  • December 1: Matthew 20:1-16
  • December 8: Luke 18: 1-8
 
Join us most Sundays at 9:15 in the Guild Rooms for coffee and Christian formation and we explore Scripture and our relationship to it! All are welcome!
An invitation: Loaves & Fishes
discussing the future of wheat and wild salmon in the Inland Northwest

Join the Spokane faith community on October 22 at 7 pm at the Cathedral to hear from local farmers, commercial fishermen, Northwest tribal members, and faith leaders about the challenges facing our region's wild fish, Native people, and food producers.

Today, all runs of Columbia-Snake Basin wild salmon and steelhead are listed as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Sport, commercial, and tribal fisheries have either been shut down completely or seriously curtailed.

Loaves & Fishes seeks to inspire dialogue and action guided by the moral obligation to restore wild salmon in order to honor tribal treaty rights and to seek solutions that allow all river stakeholders to prosper.

Join us to learn more and share your vision for a future for the Inland Northwest that works for everyone. Cosponsored by Earth Ministry and Save Our Wild Salmon, please RSVP to jessica@earthministry.org .
Champagne Mustard is Coming!
 
The Altar Guild is happy to announce that we will be offering Champagne Mustard at this year’s Bazaar. 
 
If you are planning on ordering more than 6 jars, we will accept your pre-order so your mustard can be set aside. We will accept pre-orders until November 3. The cost is $7.00 per jar.
 
Altar Guild members will be in the Great Hall following the 1030 service on October 20, 27 and November 3. You can fill out your preorder form at that time, or, you can leave your completed form in the Altar Guild mailbox in the hallway by the Ellis Conference Center.
 
You pay for your mustard when you pick it up. We can accept cash, check or credit card payment with the Square….or you can pick it up at the Bazaar on November 9 and pay at that time. Please pick up your order by November 9.
 
Thank you for your support, and for your love of Champagne Mustard!
Family Promise Donations
Thank you everyone for your kindness and generosity while we gathered supplies for our Family Promise guests. We received many, many useful personal care items as well as toys, games, and books. We are in good shape for our upcoming rotation, as well as future sessions at the Cathedral.
 
Your thoughtfulness is much appreciated!
91st Annual Christmas Faire and Bazaar

Come to the Cathedral on November 9 from 9 to 2 to enjoy the 91st annual Christmas Faire and Bazaar! You will find h omemade cookies & breads, candy, Champagne mustard, jams, jellies, relishes, & lemon curd. Plus, handcrafted Christmas ornaments, lavender bath items & sachets, candles, gifts for all ages. White Elephant vintage bargains. Raffles! and gently used Christmas items from The Windfall thrift store.

Enjoy orange rolls and coffee mid-morning, and homemade soups, rolls, and pie for lunch. Take your photo with St Nicholas! Child care and child craft area available.
 
Time for some Christmas shopping! Free admission.  
The Episcopal Church affirms a commitment to creation care . Creation care ministries seek to heal, defend, and work toward justice for all God's creation and to respect the kinship and connection of all that God created through education, advocacy, and action . In support of these ministries we share resources each month.
 
Creation Care and the Episcopal Church
Episcopal Relief and Development Priorities: Climate
 
Episcopal Relief and Development is an international relief and development agency and a compassionate response to human suffering on behalf of the Episcopal Church. Their work to heal a hurting world is guided by the principles of compassion, dignity and generosity. ERD has identified three priorities for their work: women, children, and climate. To address the effects of climate change, ERD is working in key areas to respond to disasters around the world. You can learn more about their work on climate, and make a contribution, through their website.
From the Senior Warden
by John Wallingford

Why a person comes to church can have many reasons, all true. As we move toward our pledge campaign I am reflecting on some of the reasons I come. I do like listening to the sermons; I like the way the preaching causes me to think about faith in a slightly different way. We heard about the 10 lepers who were healed after following Jesus’ instruction to show themselves to the priests, a midrash on the story of Elisha in Kings. Only the Samaritan turned back to praise God, worship and give thanks. Made me wonder how the priests would have received the healed lepers. Surely the Elisha healing would have popped into their heads; Elisha’s leper like our Samaritan was from outside of Israel, and both healings make the point that there is no God other than the God of Israel. We are a living testimony to our Jewish siblings when we give our praise and thanksgivings to the same God they love. I come to church to worship that One God. I come to pray. I need that time to still my thoughts and remember the persons I know who fit in the litany; the ones who are in trouble, sorrow, need, sickness, or adversity. I know bishops and priests carry every moment the burden of sorrows and joys of hundreds of souls, our souls, and they need our prayers. So, too, those who have died and those aggrieved by the loss of their loved ones. I need to join my voice in prayer for those who care for the Earth. For our leaders. For peace.
 
When we started the Greeters program it gave me an excuse to say hello to folks I hadn’t met. Some have been around a long time and some were new. Arlen shared his realization of how important St John’s is for those who come to pray for loved ones in hospital. There are many visitors who come to this Spokane landmark! Our effort to be welcoming is a special calling for us because of where we are. Our Cathedral proclaims sanctity and power. It is not for myself alone that I come to church, it is for others- fellow parishioners, colleagues in the workings of this place, and visitors- just as well. This congregation is collected in the ministry of welcome: to community, to faith, and peace the house of God.
 
As I have met people in this congregation, more and more I come to church to see them. Getting ready for church I start thinking about who I might see that morning. And I miss the ones I don’t see. I come to church to share in adult formation discussion; to plan outreach; to sleep over so folks in Family Promise can rest in safety, to hear hymns echo through the week. Because I’ve come to understand being in church as the Way to know what Jesus was talking about, and to practice with this congregation in living that Way. St John’s speaks to every part of my life all at once, all the time. God has blessed St John’s abundantly. I come to church filled with thankfulness for a chance to pass the blessing on.
Upcoming Parish Events

October 13-19 : St John's hosts Family Promise

October 22: Loaves & Fishes at 7 pm in the Great Hall, RSVP here

October 27: after the 10:30 service, acolyte training. This is for all children, youth, and adults interested in serving as acolytes. Pizza provided after the training.

October 27: Yoga in the Cathedral at 3 pm. One hour class for all experience levels; bring a mat if you have one. Free will offering.

November 1-November 2 : for youth grades 7-12, Confirmation Retreat . This is for those wishing to be confirmed, those already confirmed and seeking deeper understanding, and parents or adult guardians of our youth. Email for more info

November 3 : 3 pm, a concert Grant Us Peace: Honoring Our Veterans. Pieces celebrate our Land of Liberty with songs of Americana. With the Spokane Kantorei Choir, Festival Singers, Collegium Orchestra; Timothy Westerhaus, conductor. Tickets available .

November 9, in the Great Hall from 9 am – 2 pm,  91 st Annual Christmas Faire & Bazaar

And looking a bit further ahead...
November 24, noon, Parish Thanksgiving Dinner

December 1, 3 pm, Handel’s Messiah ( tickets available)

December 8, 4 pm, Lessons and Carols
Do you have an item that you’d like to see included in the November edition?
Contact the interim editor, Katherine Karr-Cornejo, prior to November 12.