A New Book is Chosen


Our next book will be The Same Sky: a Novel  by Amanda Eyre Ward. 

This book is available from both Barnes & Noble & Amazon.com.  Amazon has it available in Kindle, Audiobook, paperback and hardcover formats – the paperback is $11.85. 

There are also (as of today) 2 copies available at the Lacey branch of Timberland Library.

We expect to finish up our current book next Wednesday, so the expected start date for The Same Sky should be Wednesday June 19th.

Please join us on Wednesdays at 11am in the Parish Hall. All are welcome.

Vacation Time

Vacation time     
It’s the end of the academic year, the weather is warming up, and sometimes dry, it’s vacation time!  We continue our normal worship schedule during the summer months with a quiet said service at 8 am and congregational hymns and service music at 10:30 am.  During the summer months we will have an occasional adult discussion topic at 9:15 am (watch the bulletin and E-News for details).  Our outreach ministries such as the Community dinner and Food Bank continue as does the jail ministry and pastoral care.
I will be on vacation from Jun 12 to Jul 8; traveling to Texas, Louisiana, and Tennessee to visit family and friends.  We haven’t seen some of our grandkids in almost 3 years so it will be a fun road trip. 
We have Sunday supply priests for each Sunday; The Rev. Jerry Shigaki, The Rev. Robert Williams, and The Rev. Don Maddux.  Worship and church business will continue as usual.  For administrative and building use issues, contact Larry in the church office; for pastoral care, contact the church office, Mary Michael Garlichs, or Trish Shaw; Contact the Wardens, Paul Seabert or Gretchen O’Connor for any other church business or issues.
It will not be a quiet summer; we have some exciting things scheduled to take us into the fall season – so don’t miss too much church or you might miss something important.  On Sunday, Aug 11th, we’ll take the next step to becoming a parish with a parish organizational meeting.  It will be at 9:15 am in the Nave and be organized similar to an annual meeting.  At this meeting we will formally organize ourselves as a parish, and pending approval of diocesan convention in November, make the permanent change in status.
Children’s Day Camp for kids kindergarten through 5th grade happens Aug 12 – 16 at St. Benedict’s.  This is a joint ministry with our sister churches in Olympia and is open to the community.  See the details in the bulletin or E-News and talk to Jan Akin or Caroline Madden for more information.  There are plenty of opportunities for you to get involved in this ministry and have some fun and learning with some great kids.
I wish you a blessed start to your summer.  If you’re traveling, be safe; and whatever you’re up to – enjoy the fullness of God’s grace and love.
Blessings,  Fr. Ed

Update on our petition to become a parish (Parish Organization Meeting on August 11th at 9:15 am)

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Word from the diocese is that our petition to become a parish is moving along with support from our bishop and other diocesan leaders.  The petition goes before the diocesan standing committee and with their approval we will file a resolution to present to diocesan convention on Nov 8 & 9, 2019.

We will have a Parish Organization Meeting on August 11th at 9:15 am; meeting in the Nave and following the format of an Annual Meeting.  This meeting is to affirm and document that we have clergy and lay leaders elected to the positions required by church canons and that they will continue to serve in those roles with new titles (rector, vestry) and under the canons governing a parish.  You will be asked to vote to affirm our leadership and that we intend to take our place in the diocese as a Parish.

This is a formal and canonical meeting, with the minutes and other documents to be provided to the diocese.  We hope all active members of St. Benedict's will participate - mark your calendar!

To Member or not to Member?


“Official” membership in St. Benedict’s mission is when we have your birth date and baptism date entered in our mission records. If you consider St. Benedict’s your ‘church home’ we invite you to become an ‘official’ member by completing a Membership Information form, found in the literature rack in the main hallway or HERE. Canonical membership is required to serve in mission leadership and liturgical ministries.