#BeTheDifference for Veterans in November


November 11 is Veterans Day, so we’re focusing on veteran and military mental health for the entire month of November. Twenty veterans die by suicide each day. Thirty percent of active duty and reserve military personnel deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan have a mental health problem requiring treatment, yet only half of those people in need receive any treatment at all. Mental Health First Aid for Veterans is making a difference for veterans, military members and their families across the country. Here’s how you can #BeTheDifference for veterans in November.

  • Read up! We’re blogging about veteran and military mental health all month long. Stay up-to-date on all our #BeTheDifference blogs and share them with your networks.

  • Join our chat. On Tues., November 21, from 2-3 p.m. ET, we’re talking with Ted Bonar—a National Trainer for Mental Health First Aid, clinician and expert on working with military members, veterans and their families—during our #BeTheDifference Twitter Chat! Don’t miss out.

  • Check out this infographic on veterans' mental health and share it on your social media channels.

  • Have you made an impact with Mental Health First Aid for Veterans? We want to hear your story! Email EricaH@TheNationalCouncil.org to share your story for a chance to be featured on the blog.

Learn more about Mental Health First Aid for Veterans and look for more ways to get involved throughout the month. Thank you for supporting healthier, happier, safer communities for all with Mental Health First Aid.

Episcopal Convention in Vancouver, WA

The 107th Convention of the Diocese of Olympia met Oct 27 & 28 in Vancouver, WA.  Fr. Ed, delegates Mike Akin, Mary Michael Garlichs, Mark Caldwell and Gretchen O'Connor, Delegates-at-Large Jan Akin, Nancy Zabel and Collie Liska attended. 

Take a look at the recent newsletter with videos and news about your Diocese.  Click here for the Convention News

Here are links to some of the presentations during our sessions:
Bishop Rickel's Convention address
Convention Eucharist Sermon
Intercultural Ministry presentation
Ongoing Facilities maintenance
A New vision for the Diocese of Olympia

Check out our Facebook page for photos!

Immigrant Stories of Olympia

CIELO and Immigrant Stories of Olympia with Charo Garcia de Portaro from St John's Olympia

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
7:30 PM - 8:45 pm
Olympia Timberland Library 

Charo Garcia de Portaro will share her own story of immigration to the Olympia community and talk about her work with CIELO Programs. CIELO, Integral Latino Educational Center of Olympia, promotes community, self-sufficiency and leadership of Latin@s and other underserved people in the South Puget Sound area with educational and mental health services, and social and cultural activities. This program is co-sponsored by the Hispanic Roundtable of South Sound. Spanish interpretation will be available. 

A New Vicar!


Dear St. Benedict’s Community, 

I’m writing you with great joy as I officially announce the end of our process to call a new vicar! I give great thanks to our Search Committee members who worked tirelessly through two rounds of searching to find the right person to be the spiritual leader for our next chapter. And it’s with greater delight that I tell you that I didn’t even have to dial long distance to “make the call,” as the candidate brought to the Bishop’s Committee was our own Father Ed Lovelady. 

I know we’ll be hearing from Father Ed about his discernment process and why he put himself forth for our consideration. But I can tell you that it started after last Holy Week when he was moved by the Holy Spirit to continue his ministry with us if it were God’s will. As for the rest of the story, you’ll have to hear from Father Ed… 

We have much to celebrate! In the coming weeks, our liturgy will celebrate and thank the work of the Search Committee and will recognize Father Ed’s transition from interim vicar to a permanent position. Please join me in thanking our fellow congregants for their work and in welcoming Father Ed and Debbie truly home among us. 

Dan Renfroe,
Vicar’s Warden

Fr. Ed's Response to the call as Vicar

I am honored and humbled to accept your call as permanent Vicar.  I want to congratulate the search committee for their dedication to their task.  Please take the time to offer your personal thanks to them.  We will recognize and give thanks for their work in worship soon.
It may surprise you that I was a candidate for the position, especially since you’ve heard me say many times that I was not interested in the permanent job.  I believed that myself, until Holy Week and Easter.  After that time with you during our most holy and busy season, I (and my wife agreed) decided that I ought to “toss my hat in the ring.” With Bishop Greg’s approval, I became one of the three candidates approved by +Greg for consideration.  I’d like to say that my decision was guided by God’s Holy Spirit, but I don’t want to claim that kind of “inside information.” I do trust that the Holy Spirit will be with me, with you, and with us as we move forward, responding to God’s call to be “The hands of Christ in the heart of Lacey.”
My job description and time commitment remain much the same, other than the “Interim” in my job title going away.  I believe we have developed a good relationship and look forward to continuing the work we have begun and dealing with the “when the new vicar comes” issues.  Our finances are strong. We are moving forward in developing a stewardship team to guide our stewardship ministry for the fall and into the new year.  Children's ministries are going strong for the fall season.  Our musicians and “drop-in” choir provide great musical leadership for worship.  We continue to see new faces in worship and fellowship and have added some new members over the summer months.  Our many ministries continue with strong leadership and good participation. 
I continue to be available for pastoral care whenever it is needed and will keep regular office hours on Wednesday mornings and am often at the church on Saturday mornings.  My primary contact is my cell phone: 360.870.1649 or email: vicar@sbechurch.org
I am thankful for the opportunity to continue in ministry with you and I look forward to our celebration of new ministry with our bishop in the near future.
In our time together over the past 15 months we have grown to know each other, but If you are interested, you can find a short biography and my resume online through these links
BIOGRAPHY                 RESUME
Blessings,  Fr. Ed


St Benedict hosted the Faith Action Network (FAN) Gathering on Sept 24.

FAN is a statewide network of advocating faith communities. Their advocacy to the legislature, to Congress, and to local government is on behalf of the poor and vulnerable.  At the national level, they call to action around such issues as cuts in Medicaid, food stamps, education. Within Washington State, FAN tracks legislative actions on human trafficking, gun safety, mental health, criminal justice reform, and economic and environmental justice.
At the recent gathering, we heard what other faith communities are doing in the realm of advocacy and outreach.  FAN’s work is possible through building relationships in faith communities for more effective impact on public policy issues which affect those without power and voice. www.fanwa.org
Attending from SBC were Jody Keys, Fran Frodsham, Jeff Zahir, Peggy Carmichael, Judy Lindsay, and Kathy Baros Friedt.  SBC is asked to consider joining the Faith Action Network. In particular there are two initiatives, one on reducing carbon emissions and the other on reforming police standards and accountability (I940.) . In casting the net of educating the populace about these policies, church leadership is encouraged to make these petitions available for signature within the facility. 

Faith over Fear: Standing with our Muslim Neighbors Oct. 26

Faith over Fear: Standing with our Muslim Neighbors

Oct. 26 Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Olympia

Each year the Islamophobia industry spends over $30 million dollars to make people afraid of Islam and American Muslims. The websites, YouTube videos, books, white papers, lobbying, and media stars of the Islamophobia industry turn the hearts and minds of people against one another, paving the way for a more divided, fearful future. We don’t have to live in that future. Together we can build a future based on our shared values and vision for America!

We cordially invite faith leaders from all churches, mosques, synagogues and temples as well as civic, education and community leaders to join Aneelah Afzali (MAPS-AMEN) and Pastor Terry Kyllo (Neighbors in Faith) for an overview of the Islamophobia industry, the threat it poses to our nation and civil liberties, and what we can do about it together. This event will include time for Q & A and interaction with faith, political and education leaders in your area.

Aneelah Afzali, Esq. is Executive Director of the American Muslim Empowerment Network (AMEN), a new initiative of the Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS). She is also on the governing board of the Faith Action Network. Aneelah graduated from the University of Oregon Honors College, and was named a Chayes International Service Fellow at Harvard Law School.

The Rev. Terry Kyllo is a pastor serving The Catacomb Churches, a Lutheran and Episcopal congregation of house churches throughout northwest Washington. He serves as the director of Neighbors in Faith an interfaith effort to recognize Muslims as neighbors and partners in building a more peaceful world.

MAPS-AMEN (American Muslim Empowerment Network), Neighbors in Faith, The Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign, Faith Action Network, Council on American-Islamic Relations WA, Church Council of Greater Seattle, The Episcopal Diocese of Olympia, The Northwest Washington Synod of the ELCA, The Southwestern Washington Synod of the ELCA & Pacific Northwest District of the United Church of Christ