Rector Message, Youth Mission, Sale Results, Issy Meals, Sing-a-long, July Walk & More

Message to the Parish from Father Steve:



Dear people of God,


As many of you know, The Rt. Rev. Michael Curry, bishop diocesan of North Carolina, was elected as the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church by the House of Bishops in a landslide vote on Saturday, June 27. I know of +Michael's ministry and leadership through his association with the Diocese of Chicago and through colleagues who serve under his direction as bishop, and am encouraged about the future of our church by his election. In introductory materials presented by the four candidates for the position, +Michael wrote the following, which I share with you here.


"I pray for a Church passionately committed to making disciples who follow in the way of Jesus of Nazareth in the Episcopal tradition and who in so doing participate in the realization of the dream of God for this world. A church like that will really be a house of prayer for all people. The face of a church like that will reflect the faces of all the peoples of our lands in all our wondrous God-given variety. A church like that will be truly catholic. A church like that will bear witness by its very life to the unconquerable love of God we know in Jesus. That church will proclaim the word of God with power, evangelize as much by listening as by sharing, embody hospitality with authenticity, serve, witness and prophesy deliverance in our local and global societies” The discipleship of a church like that will truly follow the way of Jesus of Nazareth and make a transformative difference in this world. That’s the church I pray for."          +Michael


I, too, pray for a church like that, and for those things to be at work not only in the national church, but in our parish, as well. May God grant it, and may we be open to its accomplishment in us.


Peace, Fr. Steve+


Youth Mission to Lapwai, Idaho, July 5 -10

On Sunday, July, 5th, our youth missioners and their sponsors will be commissioned at the 9am service, and leave shortly afterwards on their 2015 trip. You can do two things to support them: 1. Pray for them daily. A description of each day’s spiritual focus will be distributed on Sunday. 2. Write a note of encouragement and support to each of our youth. Bring notes and cards on Sunday and place in the collection basket in the Narthex. Youth participants are Dan Bradley, Connor Ehlers, Claire Flynn, Andrew Leinweber, Amanda O’Brien and Naomi O’Neil. Sponsors are Sharron Leinweber, Tom Ehlers and Cathy Strohl.


The youth will serve the Nez Perce tribe located in Lapwai, Idaho. Lapwai (Land of the Butterflies), is the capital city for the Nez Perce tribe. A very kind and welcoming community two hours south of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, the tribe is known for raising Appaloosa horses. Combined with the areas incredibly colorful rolling farm land and rivers, the youth will experience beautiful and scenic surroundings. Throughout the U.S. the General Allotment Act of 1887 gave every tribal family a plot of land, with the remaining land sold to Caucasian families looking to settle in the West. Many states have since returned the land back to the tribes; Idaho is one of the few states that has not, so the Nez Perce Reservation remains a diverse population.


Our group will serve by facilitating and loving kids through a Kids Club program (bible lessons, games, reading, and crafts), and home improvement and painting projects. We will be flexible in service to support the community in ways they see valuable. In the evenings the youth and leaders will experience worship in a local church, go to the Wolf Education & Research Center to learn more about the Nez Perce tribe, visit the Ancient Nez Perce Petroglyphs and attend a community cookout.


Rummage Sale Huge Success:

Thanks to everyone who staffed, donated, shopped and cleaned up for last weekend’s rummage sale. People who saw items during the sale have returned to purchase them early in the week, bringing the income to over $1,800. Please express your gratitude to Katy O’Brien, Mari O’Neil and the Stamper family for many hours spent organizing, working and cleaning up.


Issaquah Meals, Saturday, July 11th, 5 pm:

Steve Angelo still needs a few volunteers to help with food for Issaquah Meals. Contact him at .


Thanks, Audit Volunteers!

Kudos to Mark Johnson and Kathy Huckabay for volunteering to audit the 2014 financial records over the next few weeks. They will verify the accuracy of parish books/records, as well as quality controls we have in place in order to insure open and transparent financial accountability.


Hymnal Sing-a-longs - Wednesday Nights at the Church, 7:00pm

Starts July 8 for everyone from 7-8 pm. Familiarize yourself with Sunday worship music.


Hit the Trail: Sunday, July 19, 2015 - 2:00 pm start

Take a walk in nature with friends and family from Good Samaritan! Our July trail walk will be Hazel Wolf Wetlands in Sammamish. The one-mile Main Trail is an easy there-and-back walk along the west side of the wetlands. The trail loop, called Ann's Trail, around the wetland area does not allow dogs to wander due to the local wildlife. Dogs on leash are welcome. The walk is appropriate for children and those with limited mobility, as this is another fairly easy forest trail. Make sure you bring a bottle of water and sunscreen. It's hot out there, and the wetlands trail is occasionally humid.


We will meet at the trailhead parking area on 248th Avenue SE. This is a turn-in loop next to the street, rather than a true parking lot, and space is limited. However, parking on nearby side-streets intersection 248th Avenue SE is also possible. The parking area for the trail is on the east side of 248th Avenue SE. It does not have a posted street address, but is located just north of the intersection between 248th Avenue SE and SE 13th Place, and just south of the point where 248th Avenue SE becomes SE Windsor Boulevard. For more information on the location and driving directions, go to: This trailhead enters the wetlands area near its southwest corner. Do not go to the second trailhead located south of Main Drive. More information and directions: Banner Dedication


Plaques Receiving Names Now until August 30th:

Dedicate (in honor or memory of) yourself, your family or a loved one for the beautiful Saints banners hanging in the back of the nave. We will hang the plaques on Kick Off Sunday, September 13th. Signups in the Narthex. Suggested donation for each dedication is $50. Questions?


Good Samaritan Prayer Requests

Every week we pray for one another, family, friends, neighbors and those we do not know in the Prayers of the People. Want someone included in the prayers? Contact or (425) 868-2123. Names will remain in the prayer cycle for two weeks, but you are welcome to renew requests as needed.


Annual Choir Retreat - Saturday, Aug. 22 from 10:00 am - Evening

Join a fun filled day of swimming, shuffleboard, yard games, food and fellowship...and yes...singing! Learn music for the first 4 weeks of Fall. New choir members welcome to try us out. No need to read music or see yourself as a soloist. Choir is a team sport. Considering singing? Andrea Brown, for details.


Pastoral Care Information

If you or any person in the parish has a pastoral emergency or is admitted to the hospital, please text or call Fr. Steve at 214.557.7771. Please make sure to leave enough detail in your message or text so Fr. Steve will know how to respond. If anyone in the parish is unable to receive Holy Communion at a Sunday worship service because of illness or other indisposition, and wishes to receive a visit with the Administration of Communion, please let Fr. Steve or Brenda Nolan know so that arrangements can be made.


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