Rector’s Notes & Office News

Rector’s Notes & Office News

Legacy Writing Workshop

What is Legacy Writing? Legacy Writing is the opportunity to tell your story, impart your values, life lessons and wisdom. It is also the opportunity to share your love and blessings with family and future generations. Your life has meaning and value. You have a legacy worth leaving future generations. Learn ways to document your unique legacy.

No previous writing experience is necessary. Legacy Writing is writing from the heart, and however you choose to write your legacy is the right way for you. Join a Legacy Writing Circle and acknowledge and share the power of your life and reflections on your experiences. The sessions will be led and guided by Mary Myers, MEd, St. Michael’s parishioner and Spiritual Companion/Director and Certified Legacy Writing Facilitator.

Introduction to Legacy Writing will be four weekly sessions by Zoom, with the dates and times to be determined. For further information and to register, please email Mary.

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Epiphany 2021: A Call to Prayer from Presiding Bishop Curry

On this day of the Feast of the Epiphany, Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry invited Episcopalians and people of faith to turn and pray on behalf of our nation: Today is January the 6th, 2021. It is the Feast of the Epiphany. And on this particular day at this particular moment, even as our nation’s capital is being endangered and assaulted, we pray that the Lord Jesus Christ, we pray that God, in his Way of Love, might prevail in all of our hearts. Please watch Bishop Curry’s remarks here.

On January 8, Bishop Curry followed those remarks up with further discussion of the events of January 6:  Word to the Church: Who shall we be? Read and watch those remarks here.

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Advocacy Action News

Oregon’s statewide eviction and foreclosure moratorium has been one of the most successful remedies for communities bearing the brunt of the pandemic, according to a recent op-ed printed in The Oregonian. It was written by leaders of the Oregon Food Bank, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO) and the Oregon Law Center.

Now Oregon must take action to prevent a new wave of mass displacement and homelessness as we enter the coldest months of winter. The state’s eviction moratorium is set to expire on December 31, just as federal food assistance may end for tens of thousands of Oregonians and as we grapple with a new wave of COVID-prompted closures and shutdowns.

You can read the full op-ed here. Then contact your state legislators, either by phone or email, and ask them to: 1) hold an emergency session of the state legislature in December; and 2) extend the eviction moratorium at least until the end of the school year.

Thank you for your enthusiastic support of advocacy actions in the past, including letter- and petition-signing events held in the Gallery. During the shutdown, we need to take this new approach in order to continue to advocate for important issues.

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As we adjust to this new normal, please know that we’re doing everything we can to stay connected with all of you.

  • The church office is closed at least through April. With very few exceptions, only staff is allowed to enter the building.
  • We will monitor the office voice mails as much as possible, so please leave us a message if that’s the best way for you to communicate: 503/284-7141. You may continue to email Gloria with general information or to ask a question.
  • The clergy are available through texts or calls on their personal cell phones. If it’s not an urgent matter, please email them: ChrisJames and Matthew DavidBeto is temporarily out of the country for an urgent family situation but will return as soon as possible.
  • If you wish to mail in a donation or communicate with a staff member by note or letter, we are picking up the mail on a regular basis. Our bookkeeper continues to count all donations and make deposits weekly. 
  • The home page of the website (which is where you probably found this page) is the best place to see the calendar of what’s happening now, to watch live-streams and to check the video archive.