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Quarterly Diocesan Newsletter

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He began His ministry by being hungry, yet He is the Bread of Life.

Jesus ended His earthly ministry by being thirsty, yet He is the Living Water.

Jesus was weary, yet He is our rest.

Jesus paid tribute, yet he is our King.

Jesus was accused of having a demon, yet He cast out demons.

Jesus wept, yet He wipes away our tears.

Jesus was sold for thirty pieces of silver, yet He redeemed the world.

Jesus was brought as a lamb to the slaughter, yet He is the Good Shepherd.

Jesus died, yet by His death He destroyed the power of death.

Dear friends in Christ,

Traveling through Lent and Holy Week, I read the Gospels as a remarkable love letter revealing how Jesus chose to suffer many afflictions, including death and seeming failure… all for us. Isaiah put it so beautifully, “and by His wounds, we are healed.”

Gregory in the 4th century writes how this juxtaposition opens our eyes to the great and sacrificial love our Lord has for us:

Moreover, because of what Jesus chose to do for us, we are invited to be a resurrection people walking each day with Him. We discover there is no need to fear the darkness, no need to choose other masters when things go wrong or when our hopes and dreams seem to slip through our fingers; this is because the Lord of love, the Lord of life, the Lord of all hopefulness is always with us.

Once again during Holy Week, we rediscover the resurrected Christ in our midst, through worship, Scripture prayer, and fellowship with the saints.  So then, like the women that first Easter morning, we go and tell others that they might know the risen Lord.

My Friends, because of what Jesus has done for us because Christ is Risen, we are a resurrection, people. So...

Let us Remember His Word,

Let us Rediscover Him in our Lives,

Let us go and tell others

so they may share in our joy!

I pray that such joy in the Lord will be yours this Easter. 

Love in Christ,

+Kevin

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Every weekday afternoon, since April of 2018, the fellowship hall of Grace by the Sea (GBTS) fills up with Whidbey Islands homeless. On average between 20 to 30 men and women, ranging in age from the early twenties to well, let’s say they’ve been around the block a few times, gather under the watchful eye of a GBTS parishioner to check in, get off the street and find a warm cot. We have even had the privilege of serving the occasional single mother, and also on rare occasions, whole families. GBTS serves as the ‘portal to the Haven.’ That means we serve as the gathering place for these guests, who will be

transported to another church and sheltered for the night. We have even had the privilege of serving the occasional single mother, and also on rare occasions, whole families. GBTS serves as the ‘portal to the Haven.’ That means we serve as the gathering place for these guests, who will be transported to another church and sheltered for the night.

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Here in Oak Harbor, The Whidbey Island Homeless Coalition partners with the churches to provide overnight shelter to this vulnerable segment of our community. The people of GBTS rallied to help meet this need when it was presented to us last year.

We have never had a problem filling the volunteer slots needed to open our doors, engage with our guests and lock up for the evening. Our people are anxious to help where they can. Deacon Diana Fedele, who coordinates the scheduling says, “I know that relationships between Grace folks and some Haven guests [the Haven is the name given to the overnight shelter] have resulted in good and healthy outcomes.

Our people have helped to prepare people for job interviews; we have assisted in the facilitation of a three-year-old homeless child’s registration for preschool, we have helped individuals with paperwork and court appointments, and generally promoting our guest's sense of self-worth and value. I am aware of several long-term relationships that have formed and remain solid.” God has even allowed us to disciple and baptized several homeless, enfolding them into our church family, and we continue to see God work in our midst through this unexpected, unplanned door of service. It is a ministry that I believe is pleasing to our blessed Savior.

Father Sam Murrell

 

Grace by the Sea is located at

540 SE Pioneer Way Oak Harbor, WA 98277

Services Times: 8 am & 10:30 am Sunday

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The parish of Christ the Redeemer in Kennewick were honored and blessed to have Bishop Kevin Allen and Stefanie on Palm Sunday this year. Bishop Kevin brought an excellent homely, received and renewed baptismal vows with his visit. A time of fellowship and food came after worship with many at a

local restaurant. We had a truly blessed Palm Sunday east of the Cascades!

- Father Art Moore

 

Christ the Redeemer is located at

17 South Union Street Kennewick, Washington

Services Time: 10 am Sunday

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This year’s retreats are fast approaching. Both retreats will be held at the Cascades Camp and Conference Center, located in Yelm, WA. Easily register online. Email communications@cascadiadiocese.org with any questions.

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Deacon Cavin Philbin, with St. Brendan's in Bellingham, Washington, was a part of a team with Five Talents that went to Myanmar, providing business training.

 
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On February 18th and 19th, a team from Five Talents engaged 55 church leaders from eight dioceses across Myanmar on Christian Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Finance/Record Keeping, and Business Development. The aim of the training was to envision church leaders and encourage savings

programs and microenterprise development in their communities. During the training, church leaders broke into small groups and explored different opportunities for business as mission within their dioceses. The leaders focused primarily on agricultural and cooperative businesses and developed models

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and plans for rice and coffee farming, yam production, soap making, organic fertilizer production, and more. The leaders are eager to take these lessons back to their communities and encourage local entrepreneurs and small scale farmers to stimulate business development. - From Five Talents Article

 

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