Sunday School Next Week - Oct 28

Great opportunity for your younger members to learn about God's love and care through time spent with adult leaders.  Sunday school begins at 10:30 in the Sunday School room, children and leaders go directly to Sunday School instead of into worship. They will join worship at The Peace.
Bring your children, grandchildren, friends and neighbors.  Every other Sunday at 10:30 am

Use this link for more information about our Sunday School and the Full Schedule


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?

"Come and see...Go and Tell" Cursillo weekend Oct. 19-21

Come and See… Go and Tell/Cursillo offers an experience of spiritual renewal. Guests will experience God’s unconditional love while deepening their understanding of Jesus’ teachings. Stories of faith presented on the weekend encourage living out our baptismal covenant in the world. Guest cost of $100 includes all retreat materials, all meals and snacks and 2 night’s lodging. The dates are October 19-21, 2018 at Dumas Bay Centre, Federal Way. For additional weekend information and an application, visit For further information contact Gretchen O’Connor,

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.