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Welcome to St. Clare of Assisi Episcopal Church

St. Clare’s is a growing, inclusive, service oriented faith family.   We welcome  All (yes, we really mean all! Old, young, straight, LGBTQ, life time church goers, first timers, those who question…. ALL) who are trying to find meaning and purpose and fellowship in a world that often seems broken.

Strengthened by all this we are sent out into the world to love and serve others. May you find this a place of strength, solace, & hope in the blessing of our Creator, the Resurrection of Jesus the Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

The building is closed, but CHURCH IS OPEN!

St. Clare’s welcomes you to Zoom Church.  At the present time, our worship services are Morning Prayer at 10:00 a.m Sundays and Compline at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays. 

While we are unable to gather in person at this time, it is good to come together online to hear God’s Word and offer our prayers. You will need to download the Zoom app on your device (computer, tablet, or phone.) E-mail us at admin@stclareschurch.org  to be put on the list to get the link and service bulletin each week so you can participate.

Want to check us out ahead of time?  Videos of past services can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC41uFuxxYqNUKe9pe_fxHBQ/

Link to Patty’s sermons is here: On-Line Worship Archive

Do you need a prayer?

Send your confidential message to revpattyb@stclareschurch.org .   We will be happy to pray for you and yours.   

St. Clare's Youth

Remote learning,  no sports, can’t get together with friends, no movies or parties……. Life is especially tough for children and youth right now.  How do our youth build relationships and live with meaning and purpose in a socially distanced world?  How do the cornerstones of our faith,  scripture, tradition and reason apply in 2020?

To find out more , click here: 

Reaching Out To the Snoqualmie Valley

Sundries Closet

Next Distribution Day: Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Special Focus in December will be warm socks, hat, gloves and scarves.   We are accepting Donations now!

One of the ministries of St. Clare’s Episcopal Church is to sponsor the Sundries Closet for the Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank.  We accept donations of necessary paper products such as toilet paper, paper towels, disinfectant wipes etc., personal care items such as feminine products, incontinence products, tooth paste, body soap, shampoo etc.,  and cleaning supplies.   Any financial donations will be used for the purchase of these items for distribution at the food bank.  If you would like to find out more information or would like to donate, please contact our coordinator, Cindy Remick.

Farm to Family Ministry:

The Farm to Family Ministry has been a merciful and rewarding experience for all involved.  The funding which made this program possible was provided through the CARES Act.  That funding that paid farmers  has now been exhausted.  If Congress passes a new stimulus package which includes a renewal of this funding, we will be most anxious to participate again.

To find out more about this ministry, check out the video interview that Reverend Patty and Dr. Lisa Ozaeta did with Episcopal Relief and Development about how St. Clare’s is helping to fill  this important need in the Snoqualmie Valley.

 

Lura Steele talks with the Rev. Patty Baker and Dr. Lisa Ozaeta about how a small church made a big impact.

Reaching Out Beyond the Snoqualmie Valley

As we have moved to on-line worship, we have been overjoyed to welcome guests from Maine; Indianapolis, Indiana; Caldwell, Idaho; Vancouver, Washington;  Newberg, Oregon;  Silverdale, Washington;  Midland and Ypsilanti, Michigan; Dover and Bellaire, Ohio; New York, New York; Boston, Massachusetts, Oakland, California; Fort Worth, Texas; Norman, Oklahoma;  and the city of Seattle.   We welcome old friends and new friends from where ever you are able to worship.  If you would like to join us for services or have a prayer request, please contact the Reverend Patty Baker at: revpattyb@stclareschurch.org to receive an invite to our Zoom Services (see Worship at Home, below) 

Knitting Ministry

It’s more than knitting!  We knit,  crochet, and quilt prayer shawls (to wrap yourself in) and lapghans (to drape over your legs,)  and make teddy bears to comfort people suffering from illness or trauma.  We are approaching 200 prayer shawls and lapghans which have been sent throughout the United States, Switzerland, Germany, and Australia.   We also make winter  hats and scarves which are distributed at the Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank and Winter Shelter. 

This opportunity is open to anyone, not just members of St. Clare’s.  Want to learn to knit?  We can arrange zoom lessons.  If you would like to participate in our knitters ministry or know of someone in need, e-mail us at admin@stclareschurch.org

Pop-Up Donor Site: Snoqualmie City Hall Oct. 28- November 12

Appointments are required and can be made here or calling  
1-800-398-7888    To make your appointment for a pop-up center, visit BloodworksNW.org or call 800-398-7888. Have a question? Email us. For more information regarding blood donation during COVID-19, visit bloodworksnw.org/coronavirus.  

Social Justice:
An Excerpt from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s Word to the Church

“Our long-term commitment to racial justice and reconciliation is embedded in our identity as baptized followers of Jesus. We will still be doing it when the news cameras are long gone.”… Opening and changing hearts does not happen overnight. The Christian race is not a sprint; it is a marathon. Our prayers and our work for justice, healing and truth-telling must be unceasing. Let us recommit ourselves to following in the footsteps of Jesus, the way that leads to healing, justice and love.”

The full text can be found here: https://episcopalchurch.org/posts/publicaffairs/presiding-bishop-currys-word-church-when-cameras-are-gone-we-will-still-be-0

On-Line Resources to Enhance Your Worship at Home

With all of us spending much more time at home than is our habit we might be looking for new ways to structure our prayer time.   Below is a short list of links of on-line resources to serve as a starting point for structuring your daily practice.

Episcopal Book of Common Prayer:  Downloadable PDF of the Book of Common Prayer: https://episcopalchurch.org/book-common-prayer

Lectionary on Line: Specific readings for specific days.  Included is a link to the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) Daily Readings.  There are links here to sermons and Bible Study Tools: https://www.lectionarypage.net/

St. Marks Live Stream ( Eucharist and archives including Evensong service) The videos are in arrears.  Videos showing people in the congregation were filmed prior to the temporary closure of our churches.   https://saintmarks.org/worship/live-stream/

Compline Choir at St. Mark’s Cathedral: This is an explanation of what this beautiful service is along with the service itself.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJ2HQagOGkA  If you go onto You Tube and search for Episcopal Compline, you can find several recordings from all of the world.

The Episcopal Church and Racial Reconciliation: https://episcopalchurch.org/racial-reconciliation  

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry: Concerning Covid-19: https://episcopalchurch.org/concerning-covid19

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry: Habits of Grace:  As we learn how to adjust our lives given the reality of the coronavirus and the request to do our part to slow its spread by practicing social distancing, I invite you to join me each week to take a moment to cultivate a ‘habit of grace.’ A new meditation will be posted on Mondays through May   https://episcopalchurch.org/habits-of-grace?bbeml=tp-kZu-uZr-i0SdHnj_R20rnA.j-CspRqzctEi0QSRAcDHMSA.rnTKEe0xHpUa3rA8McVhw8A.lvGRJP1oU_0iA475w8wOgPQ

Website for the National Cathedral in Washington, DC https://cathedral.org/

 

Worship at St. Clare's

Due to the Coronavirus, all worship services at St. Clare’s will be held via streaming services until further notice.

What’s it like to worship at St. Clare’s?

People often say it is relaxed, but reverent. We gather, we sing, we listen, we pray, and we share in a holy meal. When we’re done, we go out into the world to do the work God has given us to do.

We celebrate Holy Communion almost every Sunday and all are welcome at the table. While it is generally understood that a person be baptized in order to receive the bread and wine, we do not check credentials at the door. This may be the very meal you have hungered for all your life! If that’s the case, please know you are welcome.

On the first Sunday of the month we offer healing prayers with anointing. And on the last Sunday of each month we all worship in a multi-generational style that teaches us that all of us together are the body of Christ.

Occasionally instead of hearing a sermon, we explore the Gospel by engaging in acts of service to the greater community. We have prepared meals for our local Winter Shelter and Food Bank’s Soup Kitchen, made hanging flower baskets for our neighbors, and assembled Blessing Bags for our homeless neighbors and school backpacks for Snoqualmie Valley students in need.

As an Episcopal Church, we are known by our liturgy or our style of worship. We stand up, we sit down, and we come forward to the altar because the bodies God gave us are meant to move as we worship. We follow a set of readings that take us through almost all the scriptures in a three-year cycle. We also laugh and sometimes weep, knowing God shares in our joys and our sorrows. Our worship takes us through the Christian year seasonally beginning with Advent and moving on to Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Holy Week, Easter, Pentecost, and the season of Ordinary Time.

To Learn More about what we believe as Episcopalians and how we live out our faith in the world,  check out our What We Believe Page. 

What We Believe
Who We Are
Who You Are
Mission and Serve
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