Cookies and Socks


Jail Ministry

It is time for the Cookies & Socks drive. 

We need you to bake Chocolate Chip Cookies by the dozens. Put them in a ziplock bag, bring them to Church and put them in the Freezer (located in the reception hall by the library).

Next to the Freezer will be Three Large Totes to place the White Socks. The last day for collection is Friday December 21st. The Cookies & Socks will be delivered for Christmas to The County Jails from here to the Southern Washington border. Included will be a gospel message of love and grace. Thank you, Matt Fisher.

16 Days of Activism


Once again, NOW - Thurston County is participating in this exciting event hosted by Zonta!

NOW - Thurston County's event is on December 8th, at Safeplace from 1pm to 3:30pm, with Special Guest Speaker Gilda Yazzie!

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence in the World of Work

Our Chapter is participating in the 16 Days of Activism Campaign called by Zonta of South Puget Sound, running from November 25th to December 10th 2018. This year, their theme is further refined as activism against gender-based violence in the world of work. We are excited to let you know we have plans to bring NOW's National Vice-President Gilda Yazzie here to speak on Saturday December 8th and in the culminating event at the Capitol in December 10th!

This year's 16 Days of Activism goals are:

* Educate – inform the public about GBV is and its social, economic, and political impacts

* Engage – facilitate opportunities for individuals to participate in a dialogue about GBV by featuring speakers and events throughout the 16 Days (Nov 25 – Dec 10)

* Empower – offer tools and resources about GBV in order to promote an equal, just, and safe society – locally and globally 

Venue for event is the Columbia Room, unless otherwise noted.*

Columbia Room is located in the Legislative Building, 1st Floor.


At the recent IFW meeting several activities of interest were highlighted. Put these events on your calendars! 

·         Oct 16, 7:00-8:30 pm, Temple Beth Hatfiloh, Monthly Interfaith Works meeting.  Meg Martin, IFW Shelter Director,  will be presenting overview of current homeless services and new plans underway. Interested SBC members are invited to join Kathy at this meeting so you can hear first hand.  Let Kathy know!

·         Oct 28, 2:00- 3:00.  Mills and Mills. All Souls Day Service. There are persons who have died in Thurston Co over the last yr. whose remains were never claimed by family or friends. What a sad and lonely commentary. Come let us give them moments of prayer and respect.

·         Oct. 27, 10:00-3:00. The United Churches of Olympia and Evergreen Christian Community (ECC) are organizing and promoting a Community Workshop on Tiny Houses and Faith Communities in Olympia. How can tiny houses be a part of housing the homeless? At ECC. Contact Peter Cook at to register.

·         Nov. 18, 3:00- 4:00. First United Methodist Church. 34th Annual INTERFAITH Thanksgiving Celebration. Storytelling. Music. Prayer. Drama. Join the interfaith community in sharing traditions of thanks. Light refreshments after the program. SBC will be called upon to join in the celebration, provide snacks, participate in the community!


The SBC website and the Social Justice link provide access to the newsletter,  Interfaith Connection, for more detail and articles. Note an interesting update,  after one year in operation, from the Community Care Center.  On a side note, we hope SBC will consider providing support to the CCC during Lent as we did last year!! There was an amazing sharing of our abundance!       [Kathy Baros Friedt, SBC representative to IFW.]

Pear Blossom Place: How we can support the children in the center

Don’t wait for Christmas! 

Each time we make a delivery to the family shelter—Pear Blossom Place --- they express their appreciation of SBC’s steady offerings!  We will keep the basket on the foyer ongoing.  But I recently asked how we could specifically support the children in the shelter.  There are twenty! Mostly babies to 9. Here is the updated request!

“Needs for our kiddos at shelter... new socks and underwear are always needed. As we approach colder weather we need warm hats, gloves, scarves for adults and kiddos. Books are always needed to restock our bookshelves. 

We always need toys at shelter. We prefer non character based ones (so we try to avoid Disney/Cartoon characters etc) whenever possible. We have a play kitchen that probably always needs a bit of replenishing, larger blocks (rather than small legos), games, small child puzzles (the ones that have max 12 pieces-- wooden ones last much longer than the cardboard type). Dolls, doll clothing. Infant/toddler toys that don't require batteries are good- the worst is when the batteries die! 

Thank you and sending love!!”    Questions?

Sunday School 2018-2019

Dear Parents/Grandparents/Guardians of St. Benedict’s Church Youth,

Welcome to our new school year! We are excited to let you know that Sunday School will resume September 16, 2018.  We will continue with the same format this year with Sunday School taking place during the 10:30 a.m. service from approximately 10:45 – 11:20. We will gather together just before the First Reading begins during the service and teachers will lead students to the classroom. Our teachers this year are Caroline Madden, Johannah Renfroe and Carla Whiting teaching the elementary and middle school students, ages 4-12 twice per month.  Older children are welcome to join in as teachers, if they like! 

Sunday School, Ages 4-12

This year we will use Seasons of the Spirit, a lectionary-based curriculum design for a multi-age group.  We will also engage the youth in a year-long activity to “Build a Church” where they will help us build and decorate a church structure in the Sunday School room.  Various lessons throughout the year will integrate our building to the Scripture in a truly fun and memorable way!

Acolyte Program

For the Sundays when the children will not gather for Sunday School, they are invited to participate as acolytes and serve on the altar with Father Ed and the other ministers.  Please contact Fr. Ed and Paul Conroy for more details.

Youth Bible Study

At this point, Youth Bible Study will not meet on Sunday morning this year; however, if your child has interest, please let Johannah Renfroe know so she can continue to monitor and gauge the needs among our youth.

As always, parents are welcome to join any class and participate.  We will also open the classrooms to any member of the congregation who would like to lead a lesson and who has completed the Safeguarding God’s Children training. If you have an idea or need the training, please speak to Johannah Renfroe.

If you have any questions about the plan for the 2018-2019 school year, please email Johannah Renfroe at

For God’s Kids,

Johannah Renfroe, Caroline Madden & Carla Whiting

A full schedule can be found in the Sunday School tab on the home page.

Being part of the Diocese of Olympia Legal Defense Fund

Members of St Benedict’s have joined St. John’s and others in the community to actively support immigrant rights in various ways.  Twice a month the Strengthening Sanctuary group meets at St. Johns, and several of us from these two churches are active members of the group

The Diocese has had a Legal Defense fund which was established by Bishop Rickel earlier this year. It has been available to any congregation in the Diocese.  In fact several months ago, at the request of Strengthening Sanctuary, R.C. advocated for financial assistance from the Diocese Legal Defense Fund for an undocumented woman’s rent and some legal expenses. Recently Bishop Rickel called for additional donations, as the fund has become dangerously low. Over this last year, St. John’s has donated $2500 from their outreach funds. Social Justice from SBC will be asking for $500 to be provided to the Diocesan Legal Defense fund at the Tri-Parish Picnic. The Bishop has asked us to put forward our individual donations at the picnic and during September to be applied as replenishment of the diocesan Legal Defense Fund. In the memo line of your checks, put “Legal Defense Fund.” For more information about this effort or Strengthening Sanctuary, contact Kathy at Or 360-943-6139