Dear Friends,
We gathered around the fire pit as sunlight turned to cerulean blue, feeling nourished by Nyema’s “Soul food” home cooked dinner of cornbread, greens, baked chicken and carrots. We recalled the words of the gospel that Michael had just shared from John, when Jesus asks the people to sit down and receive the loaves and fishes in abundance. 
When we began planning a farm to table liturgical dinner, we had memories of last year at this time in September, when rain turned the West Seattle Stairway Walk into a puddle jumper. But for Heart of the Table, it was one of those last summer evenings that you want to savor every inch of – when there is equal part warmth to cool breeze and you begin to sense that fall is coming.

“When we look into the heart, May our eyes have the kindness And reverence of candlelight.”

Malcolm read these words from John O’Donohue’s To Bless the Space Between Us. We each held candles and recalled someone who brings light into our lives. The fire crackled through compostable plates tossed in from dinner. Anna tended the embers as we continued conversation and joined in one last song, a folksy bluegrass rendition of Amazing Grace with pops and snaps from Julia’s banjo. Just when we thought we were one and out, Jeff led us in another verse.

In the fading of summer comes the new beginnings of fall and a time of harvest. From Evensong and Tacos to Pop-Up Bilingual Night Prayer, we hope you will come and share in the abundance.
Emily Meeks
Recently Dean Steve Thomason shared that Luke Abdow has accepted the call to serve as the program director for the Seattle Service Corps and staff support lead for 20s/30s and will begin in early October. Read the announcement here. Welcome, Luke! 
Interested in attending or questions about any of the following? Email Emily at: [email protected] 
Evensong and Tacos

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2022, 4:30–7 P.M.

We'll gather in the nave to sing evening prayers together and shift to Leffler House for conversation and tacos with the Seattle Service Corps. RSVP encouraged but not required.
Sunday Stairway Walk

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23, 35:30 P.M., Trinity Parish on First Hill

Begin at Trinity with a brief background and tour from Dr. Lisa Graumlich, deacon-in-training. We'll then wind our way up and around to explore the architectural details of the waterfront and downtown, finishing back at Trinity with refreshments. Learn more here and register here.
Questioning Together + Compline:
A Special Liturgy Edition

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2022, 7:3010 P.M., Leffler Living Room 

Join for a conversation focused on questions about liturgy with Sacristan Michael Seewer and Fraser Reach. Dessert will be offered. Afterward, some may choose to go together to Compline.
Pop-Up Night Prayer: Bilingual Liturgy

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 7:308:30 P.M., Thomsen Chapel

Experience Night Prayer through a bilingual liturgy. 20s/30s parishioner Elizabeth Hawkins will be with us from El Salvador and will join Ross Pearson and Canon Eliacín Rosario-Cruz in leading us. After the liturgy, there will be an opportunity for light refreshments and conversation.
Game Night!

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 79 P.M., Leffler House

Bring your favorite game and a snack or appetizer to share. Betsy Heimburger will have a selection of games on hand, and you are invited to bring your favorite to share with the group, too. A light meal will be provided. 
And save the date:
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4, 5:307:30 P.M. 
A special 20s/30s discussion on Advent with The Rev. Linzi Stahlacker and Fraser Reach, with the option to attend the 7 p.m. Contemplative Eucharist together. 
*New* Centering Prayer Every Tuesday

TUESDAYS, 7 P.M., in the cathedral nave

Join for an hour of meditative prayer and discussion led by Phil Fox Rose. Learn more here.
Feast of St. Francis with the Blessing of the Animals

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 4:30 P.M., outdoors on the front lawn and labyrinth

Dogs, cats, bird, bunnies, ponies, chickens, and all creatures great and small are welcome for this blessing of the animals on the front lawn. Learn more here.
Intergenerational Taizé Experience

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9, 10:10-10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall

Gather between the services on Sunday morning, October 9, for an interactive, intergenerational forum with the leaders of Saint Mark's Taizé ministry. The next Taizé service will be Tuesday, November 8 at 7 p.m. in the cathedral nave. Any questions, contact Sacristan Michael Seewer: [email protected]
The Paradoxical Friendship of Grief and Joy

TWO WEDNESDAYS: OCTOBER 19 & 26, 6:45–8:15 P.M., in person in Bloedel Hall and online via Zoom. Optional community dinner at 6 p.m.

In this two-week series, Canon Jennifer King Daugherty will explore the paradoxical kinship of grief and joy and how the wisdom and grace we gain from either experience deepens our understanding of the other—and our relationship with God.
Check out a full list of weekday forum offerings here.
St. Luke’s Edible Hope Kitchen Fundraiser

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, at Lagunitas Brewery (1550 NW 49th St., Ballard); tickets $30, registration required

Support Edible Hope's history and celebrate the exciting future ahead. The EHK fundraiser will include guest speakers, delicious comfort food, and exciting raffle prizes. Tickets are a donation to Edible Hope and cover a meal.
Evolving Faith Conference

OCTOBER 1415, online only

Join the Diocese’s 20s/30s cohort to access an amazing array of speakers and workshops focused on cultivating love and hope in the wilderness, presented by the organization co-founded by the late Rachel Held Evans. Speakers for 2022 include: our Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry, Barbara Brown Taylor, Jeff Chu, Kate Bowler, Chanequa Walker-Barnes, Sarah Bessey, Brian D. McLaren, Winnie Varghese, and many more. Free. Learn more here. Questions? Email Valerie ([email protected]). 

THREE TUESDAYS IN NOVEMBER: NOVEMBER 1, 8, & 15, 7 P.M., online only

Join other 20s/30s in the Diocese of Olympia for this Zoom discussion series with guest speakers. Tuesday evenings, free. Registration coming soon. Interested or questions? Email Valerie ([email protected]). 
Support Hurricane Recovery Efforts by Episcopal Relief & Development

The Episcopal Relief and Development Fund works to provide assistance to those affected by hurricanes. Recently Hurricane Fiona made landfall in Puerto Rico and has significantly impacted the entire island while also impacting the Dominican Republic, Turks and Caicos, and the Bahamas. Dean Thomason has sent money from the Clergy Discretionary Fund to ERD to support the victims.  If you’d like to make an additional gift directly, please go to:
Julia Cooper shared The Fifth Season, a Hugo award-winning science fantasy novel by N. K. Jemisin:

“It took five months to get off the library list, but it has been worth the wait. It’s a fantasy dystopia and a really cool perspective about the power of the earth and plate tectonics. It’s a page turner, and I was really drawn into the narrator’s storytelling.”

The book is the first of a series in the Broken Earth Trilogy
20s/30s Backpacking Trip Slideshow
Mariners/Brave Game
Explore Bainbridge Day
Saint Mark’s Cathedral acknowledges that we gather on the traditional land of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People, who are still here, and we honor with gratitude the land itself and the life of all the Coast Salish Tribes. [Learn more]