St. James Presbyterian member and public health pediatrician Jennie McLaurin released “Designed to Heal: What the Body Shows Us about Healing Wounds, Repairing Relationships, and Restoring Community” this week! Pastor Seth read this fabulous book and wrote the following review. Pick up a copy at a local bookstore!  I remember some particularly gnarly cuts and…

Greetings in Christ our Lord, One of the central parts of our spiritual practice as Christians is the remembrance of the Lord’s Supper at the communion table. As Presbyterians, our tradition is to practice the Lord’s Supper every first Sunday of the month (and at some special services during the year). July 4, 2021, will…

Greetings, As we move closer to the proposed Washington Reopening date of June 30, I know there are many questions and curiosities about what it will mean for our church. Last week, I shared the final guidelines from our Reopening Task Force (read last week’s note here), which shed light on how we make our…

Good afternoon, Looking back to March 2020, there were many days when we hopefully looked ahead to when we could “reopen” the church. We talked about the celebration that would be, the joy of reconvening after such a challenging season. We spoke of it being something of a “resurrection Sunday,” a day specially marked out with…

A Message from the Church Reopening Task Force Let’s face it; some of us are feeling a little Zoom fatigue. It might have been necessary and even amusing in the early stages of the pandemic (“We can’t hear you; you’re on mute!”), but you may be itching for a touch of “normal” at this point….

“O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!” Greetings, I’m pleased to send you this note today to announce the newly updated guidance from the St. James Presbyterian Reopening Task Force regarding our in-person worship. Based on Washington State guidance released in late…

Christ’s peace be with you, We are nearing the end of the Lenten journey and approaching Holy Week in anticipation of the hope on the other side of death and lament. As we discovered last year, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the Lenten journey is all the more necessary to attend to and participate in…

Lenten greetings to you. If you’re like me, at this point, a couple of weeks into the season of Lent, you’re probably struggling to keep up whatever practice or abstention you planned on Ash Wednesday. That’s how habits work — they’re difficult to start and challenging to break once engrained. This year, we need to…

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