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Quarterly Diocesan News: Corrected

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This last December, we celebrated with the faithful community of Christ Our Hope Anglican Church, located in Olympia, Washington with the consecration service of their new church building. Christ Our Hope (formally New Hope of Lacey, Washington) is located only blocks away from the state capital buildings and campus.

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The faithful community has various ministries and outreach, including a prison ministry and another ministry that meets the practical needs of the homeless, displaced, and transient communities called Street Angels; which provides care packages that contain toiletries, nourishment, and encouragement. The street angels go out into the community after evening prayer on Wednesdays to distribute the care packages.

Christ Our Hope Anglican Church is located at 802 Jefferson St SE Olympia, WA 98501. Click here to visit their website, and click here to visit their social media page on Facebook. The clergy of Christ Our Hope include Fr. John Allen, and Deacon Jeramy Jensen. Worship services are 10 AM Sundays and evening prayer at 6:30 PM on Wednesdays.

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Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

I often refer to Cascadia as a missionary diocese as we continue to plant more churches and encourage our people and clergy to reach others for Christ. As we continue to grow, I am also prayerfully mindful of how we will care for and minister to our diocese, clergy and, laity. Providentially, growth and care have been provided for in the wonderful news that St. Charles in Poulsbo, Washington has purchased and are moving into a new church home. The location is a 10-minute drive from our home, and so they have generously and graciously offered to give me an office and to host diocesan ministry events. The Diocesan Council and I have unanimously accepted this invitation and agreed to make St. Charles our Diocesan Cathedral. Moving from my basement home office to this beautiful church building will give me more opportunities to host retreats, offer training programs for groups like deacons and lay catechists, and host special services for our diocesan family.

I had the joy of joining Fr. Michael Boone and St. Charles in signing a Letter of Agreement during the Sunday Services on January 20th. In the missionary spirit of our Anglican mission in the Pacific Northwest, St. Charles will provide this space and support to our diocese without charge and beginning in the 2020 budget we will give some funding towards a share of utilities and maintenance. Holy Trinity Edmonds will continue to host our annual Diocesan Synods due to their larger facility and warm hospitality offered by Canon Ryan Brotherton and the generous people there. Fr. Michael recently shared the following with his congregation concerning what a cathedral means to the parish and diocese:

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A cathedral is a parish church that hosts a Bishop. Cathedra is a Latin word that means “seat” so quite literally there is a chair in the cathedral reserved for the Bishop. Traditionally a cathedral also serves an administrative hub, an educational center, and the central house of worship for all the congregations in a diocese while also functioning as a parish and serving the local community. A cathedral serves many roles, and by following the example of our Lord Jesus Christ, who served others rather than seeking to be served, I know that St. Charles will admirably fulfill all of them.

You have already heard that we will host Bishop Kevin’s office and serve as a platform for his ministry. You will certainly see him more often, which is a great blessing. This move means we will also be expanding opportunities for Christian formation with adults and children. […]

This move, from Poulsbo to Central Kitsap, from parish to cathedral, from a temporary waystation into a permanent home with a large bell tower and greater visibility means that we will have more guests and visitors, and we may experience some growing pains; this is to be expected. We cannot know all that God has in store, but I hope we will look forward to these changes and see them as opportunities for the Gospel to be proclaimed and for Jesus Christ to be glorified; this is our calling as the Church.

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this is our calling as the Church. In all these things, we must keep our eyes focused on Christ, the one who has led us safely to this point, and who promises to be with us always. In this season, I am finding great comfort in the words of Isaiah 43:19: “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?” Let us see the new thing that God is doing in and through St. Charles and give him all the glory.

Peace,

Mike +

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And so it is my joy to invite you all to the consecration of the new building as St. Charles Cathedral of the Diocese of Cascadia on Saturday, March 2nd at 12 PM. The address is 7625 Central Valley Road NE, Bremerton, Washington. I hope many of our clergy will come and join the procession and worship service in white vestments. I will begin keeping office days on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays each week with more details to follow.

Yours in Christ,

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Please save these dates and check the diocese website in the coming weeks for updates and online registration. Both retreats will be held at the Cascades Camp and Conference Center, located in Yelm, WA.

 

If you have some news or want to share something important happening in your community or ministry, send a message to enews.editor@cascadiadiocese.org, or complete the ‘contact us’ form on the diocese website share it with us through the diocese Facebook page.