Episcopal Church of the Redeemer May 2016
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Episcopal Church of the Redeemer

May 2016 Newsletter

To seek God’s will in all that we do
To worship God as a Eucharistic community
To nurture one another in all stages of life
To go into the community to serve
To invite others to join us

Episcopal Church of the Redeemer
241 SE Second Street
Pendleton, OR 97801

Church office hours are:
Tuesday        10:00AM – 2:00PM
Wednesday   10:00PM – 3:00PM
Closed for Noon Eucharist

Thursday       10:00AM – 2:00PM
If office door is locked, please knock

  • Sundays: Worship, 9am
  • Wednesdays: Eucharist, Noon
  • Tuesdays: Big Book Study, 1-3pm, Rhodes Hall
  • Tuesdays: Weight Watchers 5-6pm, Crysler Hall
  • Everyday: NA Meeting, 10:30am, Rhodes Hall
  • Everyday: AA Meeting, Noon, Rhodes Hall
  • Second Tuesdays: Finance Committee Meeting, Noon, Prodigal Son
  • Third Tuesdays: Monthly Vestry Meeting, 6:30pm, Elizabeth Room
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Come Holy Spirit!

Dear Ones,

May brings the season of Easter to a close. We have the sixth Sunday after Easter, then we celebrate the Ascension, and then the season of Pentecost begins.

We know that Pentecost is considered to be the birthday of the church, since that is when the disciples, filled with the Holy Spirit, burst out into the crowd and proclaimed the Good News of God dwelling among us. What the season of Pentecost gives us is the time to practice what we have been learning and hearing throughout the church year.

During the first part of the year, from Advent through the Easter season, we learn of the highlights of Jesus’ life – his birth, his ministry, his death, his resurrection, and his ascension. We have been given all the fodder for our own ministries, and the tools to do those ministries. What the long season of Pentecost offers is the space to live out the commission of our Lord to work with him in God’s garden.

We have heard how we are invited to be partners with God to bring about God’s kingdom on earth. Now we get to begin that partnership. Some of us might feel hesitant about this, feeling that we don’t know enough or aren’t mature enough Christians to do this work.
Fear not! The beauty of the church year is that it repeats the cycle every year. If we feel that we aren’t adept enough at expressing God’s love for all creation and all people, no worries! We get to hear that message again and again, each year.

So go forth and practice what we’ve learned. It’s practice, not perfection, even though ‘practice makes perfect’…

Peace and grace,

AUGUST 4-7, 2016

We are excited to announce that this year's presenter for our annual
Adult Education Weekend at Ascension School will be Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori! Scientist and theologian, pastor and bishop, Katharine Jefferts Schori will guide us as we explore what it means to think about the earth as our neighbor, and how we are called to be stewards of the earth.

Adult Education is a time for adults to join our guest speakers for presentations, lively conversations, reflection and rest all in our beautiful setting in the foothills of the Wallowa Mountains.

Lodging at Kimsey Commons (all rooms double occupancy) – $400
Barton House (2-3 beds / room) – $350
Cabin ( per person) – no linens provided – $265
RV Hook-ups (per person) -$235
Off Site Lodging – $190

Register online at:

Mark your calendars for summer fun in Cove!!!
Ascension School 2016 Camp Schedule

All Things Bright and Beautiful

Discovery Camp (Preschool – 2nd grade): July 5th – 7th
Beginner’s Camp (3rd – 5th grade): July 10th – 15th
Combined Camp (4th – 6th grade): July 24th – 29th
Junior High Camp (7th – 9th grade): July 17th – 23rd
Senior High Camp (10th – 12th grade): June 25th – July 2nd
Adult Camp w/ Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori:  August 4th – 7th
Register for Camps online at:
Camp Scholarship Applications are available at the Church office or in the entry to Crysler Hall. 

Service Presider Eucharistic Minister Lector

May 8
Rite II Rev. Charlotte Wells Ann Marie Hardin Sheldon Delph
May 15 Rite I Rev. Charlotte Wells David Silva Mary Finney
May 22 Rite I Rev. Charlotte Wells Dale Hilding Dale Hilding
May 29 Rite II Rev. Charlotte Wells Larry Weeden David Silva
June 5 Rite II Rev. Charlotte Wells Jan Stewart Dave Keeler
From Our Treasurer, Dianne Barnes
The Narthex Doors Replacement Project has been completed.  They look beautiful!  Many people were involved to make this happen, and a report could be written on said involvement. 

For a moment, though, let’s look at this through the treasurer’s eyes:  The project bid was $3,500, but about $3,580 was actually paid out due to problems encountered with hanging the finished doors.  

How did Redeemer pay the cost?  Several parishioners stepped up by contributing a total of $2,400 beyond their pledges when Harriet Isom asked for contributions specifically toward replacing the doors. The balance was provided by using all of the money in both Casey Thompson and Dick Jones’ memorial funds; Casey was the artist who hand crafted the copper depictions on the doors.  In addition some of Jack Sweek’s memorial fund was added and an unused balance from a 2015 special offering was repurposed by Vestry towards the doors. 

Two other items of note:
  • Pledges through April were at 94.8% for the year to date, and plate donations were at 119.8% for the year to date. Thank you. Let’s keep up this rate of giving because as you probably remember at the annual meeting in January we voted to accept a deficit budget for 2016. As we continue to run a yearly and monthly deficit; please endeavor to stay current on your giving.
  • Our building and grounds expense line item for April was 125% over budget. That is, we budgeted $2000 for this year (same as last year) but have already paid out $4500 on much needed repairs such as repainting both of the rectory porches and steps, the outside ramp to Crysler Hall, and window frames on the outside of the office. Fortunately, due to the generosity of Mary Johns’ bequest, we have the funds needed for major building maintenance.
Dianne Barnes, Treasurer
"Redeemer is a sanctuary where we can replenish ourselves and make the transfer to our everyday lives."  

Our definition of Stewardship is a "personal passion for kindness and caring, expressed in the giving of time, talent and treasure, in gratitude for the blessings we receive from God"

Reverend Charlotte's sermons and the ordination sermon from Bishop Bell on Charlotte's Consecration as Redeemer's Rector seem to flow together in the first phase of our definition "personal passion for kindness and caring".    Charlotte+ always makes the connection between our time in Church and our ability to take the kindness and caring into the "outside" world.    Redeemer is a sanctuary where we can replenish ourselves and make the transfer to our everyday lives.   
Bishop Bell pointed out the constant process of transformation in our lives and the individual journeys we all have.   All of us are growing and changing as dictated by our experiences.      How we transform our lives with faith in God is the foundation.
We are all members of the Stewardship Committee in Redeemer.   Thank you!!! Thank you !!!!   Thank you!!!!!    We are moving forward with vision and resolve mixed with happiness and laughter. 
David Nelson   Stewardship Committee
Follow the line of the Cascade mountain range in Oregon north to south, and you have the western boundary of the Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Oregon. From there, the 69,000-square-mile diocese is bounded by Washington state to the north with a small detour to include Klickitat County, Washington, by Idaho to the east, and Nevada and California to the south.

Rugged and wide open, with mountains and rangeland, high desert and pine forests, fruit orchards and wheat ranches, eastern Oregon lends its own character to the people who live there. The total population of the 18 Oregon counties and one Washington county that compose the diocese is about 552,000. There are more than 2,600 Episcopalians in the diocese’s 22 parishes. Diocesan headquarters are located at Ascension School Camp and Conference Center, in Cove, Oregon – the heart of the diocese.

Created as a missionary district in 1907, EDEO became a diocese in 1970. But the Episcopal presence in eastern Oregon dates to the late 1800s. One circuit riding priest, the Rev. Reuben D. Nevius, especially left his mark. Nevius, also a botanist, worked in eastern Oregon from 1873 to 1879. He designed and built churches, small architectural gems that still serve congregations. Among them: Ascension Chapel, Cove; St. Stephen’s, Baker City; St. James, Milton-Freewater; St. Thomas, Canyon City; and the Diocesan Chapel in The Dalles.

The Rt. Rev. Patrick Bell, who was ordained Bishop Diocesan in April, 2016, is the diocese’s eighth bishop.

Eighth Bishop of the Diocese of Eastern Oregon

Patrick W. Bell was elected the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Oregon on December 12, 2015, on the first ballot and was consecrated on April 16, 2016, in Bend, Oregon. Upon consecration Bell became the 1,092nd Bishop consecrated for the Episcopal Church. His primary residence will be in Coeur d’Alene, and he will commute to Oregon to work as the Bishop on a part-time basis.

Bell was born and raised in the northern Palouse region of Washington. Raised as an Episcopalian, Bell became a Pentecostal minister and professor before returning to the Episcopal Church. After completing additional seminary studies he was ordained to the priesthood in 1989 by Bishop Rustin Kimsey and began work at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Ontario, Oregon. In 2002 Bell was named the rector of St. Luke’s in Coeur d’Alene. Bell is married to TinaMarie Bell, and has five children and eight grandchildren.

Junior Warden's Report
  • Bruce Barnes showed me the inner door leading to the organ pipes room. Hinges were attached to small door, but were not attached to door jam. Clint Kapica and I fixed the hinges, and now the door swings and locks correctly; work was done Monday, 4th April.
  • Frank Cupp showed me the Elizabeth Room windows regarding reglazing need.
C&H Glass came and will get me suggestions / cost to do the work.
  • Mark Temple finished with the Narthex inner doors Saturday, 16th April and has been paid.
  • A Sharp Painters finished painting Wednesday, 20th April and has been paid.
  • The illumination light in the stairs leading to the basement off SE 2nd was installed Thursday, 28th April by Gordon’s Electric.
  • DO NOT FORGET - - all this belongs to all of us! So, be aware of care of our properties and report any concerns to Rev. Charlotte, Stephanie Timm or myself.

Bill Taylor


Inspiration from Charlotte+

The Offering Of The New Law, The One Oblation Once Offered

Once I thought to sit so high
In the Palace of the sky;
Now, I thank God for His Grace,
If I may fill the lowest place.

Once I thought to scale so soon
Heights above the changing moon;
Now, I thank God for delay—
To-day, it yet is called to-day.

While I stumble, halt and blind,
Lo! He waiteth to be kind;
Bless me soon, or bless me slow,
Except He bless, I let not go.

Once for earth I laid my plan,
Once I leaned on strength of man,
When my hope was swept aside,
I stayed my broken heart on pride:

Broken reed hath pierced my hand;
Fell my house I built on sand;
Roofless, wounded, maimed by sin,
Fightings without and fears within:

Yet, a tree, He feeds my root;
Yet, a branch, He prunes for fruit;
Yet, a sheep, these eves and morns,
He seeks for me among the thorns.

With Thine Image stamped of old,
Find Thy coin more choice than gold;
Known to Thee by name, recall
To Thee Thy home-sick prodigal.

Sacrifice and Offering
None there is that I can bring,
None, save what is Thine alone:
I bring Thee, Lord, but of Thine Own—

Broken Body, Blood Outpoured,
These I bring, my God, my Lord;
Wine of Life, and Living Bread,
With these for me Thy Board is spread.

--Christina Rossetti

Special note from Patty Ewing-Broker:

Flowers adorning our sanctuary this year at Easter were given by the following individuals:
Pat Terjeson, Flossie and Dave Keeler, Dotty and Cliff Judy,
Muff and Richard Combs, Alice and David Nelson, and Jill and Jon Scanlon.
Altar Guild

Patty Ewing-Broker, Directress
May 2016

Church of the Redeemer's sanctuary lamp has made a few visits to other areas of the church over the last 60 days. 
A sanctuary lamp is usually suspended from the ceiling by a chain close  to the altar area. Modern santuary lamps used in Christan worship spaces are linked more directly to the Roman Catholic practice (beginning in the 12th century) of burning a light in front of the reserved sacrament (consecrated bread and wine left after a communion service), to signify the honor and present of Christ in the elements of bread and wine.
The church sanctuary lamp was purchased by Beverly Pahl as a gift to the church.  Recently the lamp was taken down so it could be polished, however, the chain portion that allows for it to be raised and lowered proved to be a difficult undertaking.   To the best of the Altar Guild’s ability the cleaning was undertaken, with great care, not to damage the functionality of the chains and movement of the pulley system.   The sanctuary lamp was always close to the tabernacle (a box traditionally recessed into the wall behind or to the side of the altar to house the reserved sacrament).  The lamp was moved to the Jackson Chapel following the Maundy Thursday worship.  Currently the lamp holds a position directly in front of the tabernacle.
The lamp will be going back to its original hanging location – once we find a ladder tall enough to reach the ceiling.
The annual Altar Guild Barbeque is being hosted by Chuck and Jean Johnston on June 9th, at 5:00 pm.  Altar Guild members, past, present and future are encouraged to attend. 

If you are interested in joining the Altar Guild please feel free to discuss this wonderful ministry with any of the members (they are always busy working behind the scenes).


Pew Aerobics is the specialty exercise of The Episcopal Church...

...and it’s something we get to do every Sunday! While many churches have a posture or way of listening to God’s Word or to sing, we Episcopalians have several.

Sing: We stand to sing. It allows us to take a good, deep breath for support so that we can make a joyful noise to the Lord. Breathing deeply helps us to be loud! Standing to sing helps to keep our bodies involved in what we are doing, and helps us to stay awake. If you are unable to stand, it’s ok – you can sing out while you are seated.

Listen: We sit to listen. This helps our bodies to relax and not to fidget. We sit to hear the Word of God, and to hear the Sermon, and the Announcements as well. Sitting also lets us use our laps as a desk if we need to take notes on what we are hearing – some people like to take notes on the Scriptures or on what the priest says about the Scriptures. Some people cannot sit for very long because of medical reasons, and for them it is perfectly appropriate to move to the back of the church to stand so that they are not blocking the view of others.

Pray:   We kneel or stand to pray. While many people prefer to kneel when they pray, whether it is because kneeling and closing their eyes helps them to concentrate or because they feel it shows respect to God, many different churches and religions stand when they pray. Just as some men stand when a woman comes into a room or someone might stand on a bus or train to let an elderly or disabled person sit, standing is also a sign of respect. Many people stand to pray out of respect for God, and some people cannot kneel due to injury or surgery. Standing and kneeling are both appropriate postures for prayer. One thing, however, we do not do unless we must is sit during prayer.
The Episcopal Church has always stressed that we are people who live in bodies, and therefore all of our bodies must be as involved as our minds and souls in worship. Just as we have beautiful music for our ears, beautiful windows for our eyes, incense and flowers for us to smell, bread and wine to touch and taste, we have movement in our pews for our whole bodies. So join in the Pew Aerobics and celebrate the fact that God gave us bodies to live in.


Presiding Bishop Michael Curry calls for prayer for Ecuador

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] 
Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry has called for prayers for the people and Dioceses of Ecuador following a devastating earthquake on April 16.

Two dioceses of the Episcopal Church are located in Ecuador:

A magnitude-7.8 earthquake hit the South American country on Saturday, April 16.  News reports indicate the death toll is over 200 people with 2,500 injured.

The following is the message Presiding Bishop Curry sent to the bishops and people:

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Please know that your brothers and sisters throughout the Episcopal Church are praying for you. We will be with you during this time and in the days ahead. You are not alone. May the love of God embrace and strength you.

Your brother in Christ,

+Michael B. Curry
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church

Mis estimados hermanos y hermanas en Cristo:

Sea de su conocimiento que sus hermanos y hermanas en toda la Iglesia Episcopal están orando por ustedes. Estaremos con ustedes en este tiempo y en los días que han de venir. Ustedes no están solos. Que el amor de Dios los abrace y los fortalezca.

Su hermano en Cristo,

+Michael B. Curry
Obispo Presidente y Primado
La Iglesia Episcopal