Reflection on the Annual Women’s Retreat
by Karen Forbes
One of the wonderful things in our faith journey is to go on retreat to listen more deeply to what God is communicating; to quiet your mind and life; and to relax and take a break from the busy-ness of every day. Time out.
This happens for the women of Epiphany usually the weekend after Mother’s Day each year. We journey over to Hood Canal to a wonderful retreat center owned by the Diocese. (The men do this also the weekend before Thanksgiving). I went on a couple of the first ones, and now go every year.
It always begins for me with a debate in my head as I am packing: I have so much to do and so many things on my list—can I really justify leaving this list for another day? Then I finish my packing and put it all in the car and go anyway.
Arriving at St Andrew’s, I took a deep breath and gazed on the beautiful gardens and the majestic log lodge with the water and Olympic Mountains behind it. I am always glad when I get there.
The program included a meditation, a silent period after Evening Prayer until Morning Prayer, and a program on Saturday. This year it was excellently facilitated by The Rev. Kate Wesch. First we all walked the labyrinth together. The Labyrinth is a “path” that is laid out for you with twists and turns and changing directions until you end up in the center; then you walk back out again—a bit like life! You just follow the path quietly or with a short phrase/prayer in mind. I recommend you give it a try if you have the opportunity. I always get an inspiration or an answer I have been looking for.
Kate’s program continued with a spirited discussion of the ideas in the book: An Altar in the World by Barbara Brown Taylor. Discussions with one or two others and as a group were thought provoking and inspiring and helped to take me deeper into the message.
After lunch we had two hours to hike, sleep, read, buy garden plants, or go for a massage at nearby Alderbrook Lodge. I took a great hike up behind the Lodge. We also had yoga and a wonderful prayer time with flags. We reconvened for tea with pinkies up! Another discussion time finished our formal program.
Supper is always celebrated with lots of laughter. We sat outside by a roaring fireplace for s’mores, more laughter, and a rousing singing session of campfire songs and anything else we could all sing!
A very fun time was had by all. We really enjoyed the range of ages and the mother/daughter pairs that joined us this year. Anyone is invited, so next May, consider inviting a friend who is not a member of Epiphany.
My list waited patiently for me, and I will set it aside again next May. The annual women’s retreat is something I won’t miss.
Know Someone Who’s Graduating?
On June 7, we would like to honor the folks who are graduating from high school or college. If one of your family members is graduating and will be attending church that day, would you let us know? Contact Diane Carlisle with the name, from where they are graduating, and what service they will attend. Thanks!
Wear Red and Share Some Cupcakes!
This coming Sunday, May 24, is Pentecost, the birthday of the Church! In keeping with tradition, we invite you to wear red to signify the coming of the Holy Spirit to the disciples as tongues of flame. You are also invited to bring a dozen red cupcakes to share at Coffee Hour after the 9:30 am service or at Social Hour after the 5 pm service.
Parish Prayer List
Click here to download this week’s prayer list.
The staff went through the prayer list last week; if we have removed anyone’s name in error, please contact the Parish Office, and we will put their name back on.
Sunday Lectionary Corner
May 24, 2015
Psalm 104:25–35, 37
John 15:26–27, 16:4b–15
Upcoming Events in the Life of Epiphany
This Week at Epiphany
May 25: Memorial Day Weekend
The parish office will close at noon today and will be closed on Monday the 25th all day for Memorial Day.
Events Down the Road
May 31: Trinity Sunday Service Schedule
9:30 am service in the Church – This will be our last service in the Church for a while. LCL will begin renovations in this building on June 1.
5:00 pm service in the Chapel – The evening service will take place in the Chapel until the Parish Hall is completed, we hope in the beginning of August.
Click here to download the infographic with the worship times and locations for the summer.
June 1: Church Closes for Renovation
Even though the Parish Hall will not be completed, our contractor, Lease Crutcher Lewis, will begin working on the Church on June 1, and the building will most likely be closed through November. Beginning on June 7 we will temporarily hold the morning service in the Epiphany School Gym. For a complete schedule of worship times and spaces throughout construction, click here.
June 4: Pilgrimage-in-Place – Plymouth Labyrinth
Walk the labyrinth at Plymouth UCC in downtown Seattle (1217 Sixth Ave). We’ll meet at Plymouth between 11 am and 11:30 am, walk the labyrinth, and then have lunch together at a nearby restaurant of the group’s choice. Contact Ann Lockhart if you’d like to participate. Read more about the Pilgrimage-in-Place here.
June 7: Pilgrimage-in-Place – Ignatian Prayer Exercises
Come learn about the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola on Sunday, June 7, at 5:15 pm in the Christie House Library. This event can count toward our parish’s pilgrimage miles for the summer. Read more about the Pilgrimage-in-Place here.
June 9: Calendar Meeting
At our regular staff meeting on Tuesday, June 9, at 11:15 am in the Christie House Library, we will be putting all the regular events of the 2015-2016 program year onto the master calendar. All parishioners are invited to join us to get a sense of what the next year will look like in the life of Epiphany. RSVP to Emily if you would like to attend.
June 14: Newcomers Reception
If you have recently started attending Epiphany and would like to get to know some parishioners, join the Rev. Kate Wesch and other parish leaders for an informal social hour after the 5 pm service on June 14 in the Memorial Garden. Appetizers and light refreshments will be served. Children are welcome. RSVP to the Parish Office.
May 30: Abbey Arts Presents CATHEDRALS X
The Fremont Abbey Arts Center is hosting 10 artists from local indie bands to sing acapella at St. Mark’s Cathedral on Saturday, May 3, at 8 pm. The concert is open seating and all ages. Read more and buy tickets here.
June 13: Silent Retreat Day at St. Anne’s House of Prayer
Situated in Queen Anne, St. Anne’s charming setting and quiet surroundings offer an ideal venue for personal days of reflection, guided seminars, times of prayer and spiritual direction. On the second Saturday of every month, they offer quiet days from 9 am to 4 pm. Refreshments and lunch are included for a suggested donation of $50. Contact the St. Anne Parish Office to register. St. Anne’s House of Prayer also offers spiritual direction and facilitated contemplative prayer. Visit their website for more info.