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of Orcas Island

Weekly E-Newsletter

June 19, 2022
Second Sunday after Pentecost

Proper 7
What is a Demon?
In this week's gospel, Jesus heals a man possessed by a legion of demons.  With our modern sensibilities, we may read this story and imagine this man suffers from a mental illness, not demonic possession.  If we read it that way, we need to be careful not to miss the point that this story has good news for us in it, whether we consider ourselves suffering from a mental illness or not.  Christ heals this person and he is restored to health, to his right mind.  
I am certainly not always in my right mind--who among us is?  Lots of forces can throw us off the balance beam.  Maybe it's a mental health problem, maybe it's a challenging person in your life, maybe you just woke up on the wrong side of the bed.  Or maybe the forces that want to destroy love  -- which we can clearly observe around us, whatever name we give them -- find their ways into our minds and take root there.  We might experience this as a habitual pattern of negative thinking or an ugly message we routinely say to ourselves.  So much junk can float around in our heads!  The good news is that we can always call on Jesus to clean us out, to remove what doesn't belong, so that we can live peacefully in the knowledge and love of God.  
~Fr. Hugh
Worship at Emmanuel
With the recent surge in Covid-19 cases, we are requesting that all attendees wear a mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status.  If you prefer the safest option from a health standpoint, click a button below to join us for worship in real time on Sunday morning, or view a recording of the service later at your leisure.  You can follow the service more closely with a copy of the the bulletin by clicking the button beneath each service link.  If you would like to have communion at home, please contact Fr. Hugh at 360.301.8283.
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Prayer and Study Gatherings During the Week
Thursdays via Zoom
Fridays in Person

Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. Noon Prayer and Lectio Divina practice with the Gospel of the upcoming Sunday.

Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. Spiritual Book Club The Art of Comforting by Val Walker.  Val Walker is a rehabilitation therapist who believes that the truest comfort comes from those close to us -- family, friends, acquaintances -- and that we can learn techniques that increase the effectiveness of our own personal skills and experiences, to be most loving in the comfort of others who are in distress. The book is available at Darvills.  

Fridays at 12:15 p.m. in person Centering Prayer in the church; gather for 20 minutes of silent meditation.

Fridays at 1:00 p.m. Burning Questions Study Group in person in Benson Hall studying the Introductory Wisdom School with Cynthia Bourgeault
We use the same Zoom link for all virtual meetings.
Click on the Zoom logo below at the day and time scheduled to get connected:
Upcoming Events

Our next hike is Saturday June 18 at 2:00 PM. Please mark your calendar. We will meet again at the Lagoon parking lot by Cascade Lake.

Joyce Burghardt Memorial
Saturday, July 16 at 1 pm

The Burghardt family invites all parishioners and anyone who knew Joyce to attend a memorial at Emmanuel with singing to be followed by a festive reception in the Parish Hall.


Music at Emmanuel
Our summer lunchtime concerts return this July and August.
The concerts begin promptly at noon and last for 30 minutes. 
The concerts are free.
Donations are gratefully received and go towards sending Orcas music students to summer music camps.
You are welcome to picnic on the lawn afterwards.

July 13th:  Martin Lund
July 20th:  Carl Burger and Tow Away Zone
July 27 th:  Jeffry Steele
August 3rd:  Sharon Abreu
August 10th:  Turtleback Brass
August 17th:  Tre Voci

Join Seraj in Palestine this fall
Galen and Birch Burghardt are going on the Seraj Palestine trip from October 16-26. There are spaces remaining for several Emmanuel parishioners to join them. 
Our Seraj team in Ramallah has organized an amazing itinerary, which will allow people to meet people and do things that most pilgrim tours would not.
Full details are here. You may contact Galen with any questions.

A Gift of Love and Hope:
  Estate Planning and Legacy Giving Event with Bishop Rickel

Save the Date
Wednesday October 26, 2022 in the afternoon

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend!  More details will be coming. 

And in the meantime, here's another resource, in case you don't curently have a will :

The Diocese of Olympia partners with FreeWill to ensure members of our community feel supported in completing this important task for the future.  FreeWill is a trusted online platform that can help you write your legal will in 20 minutes or less at zero personal cost. While you create your will, you’ll have the opportunity to plan for your assets, dictate funeral wishes, and even make a bequest to ministries and other causes you care about.
Simply click on this link, enter your email and follow the instructions.
Ministry Opportunities

Welcome Berto back on August 14

We will have a festive celebration of Berto's eighth anniversary at Emmanuel and his return from sabbatical after the 10 AM service on Sunday August 14. Please contact Nancy Reas or Anthony Terndrup if you are willing to help. Many hands make light work. 

Agape Team

Many thanks for supplying meals for the Dingmans!
You may pickup your clean serving dishes in the church office. 
To learn more about the Agape Team, please contact Fr. Hugh

Healing Ministry

After two years without the possibility of having the service of healing prayers offered by parishioners to those coming forward during Communion, we would like to ask for volunteers to please let the office and Fr. Hugh know of your desire to serve in this capacity.
Become a Saturday Docent
In pre-pandemic summers, we would open the church on Saturdays and have a parishioner (or two) serve as docents to introduce Emmanuel to visitors and answer any questions. If you served previously and feel called again to serve or if you are interested in this ministry, please sign up in the parish office or contact Karen in the church office or Fr. Hugh.
Housing Need for our Custodian, Tim Webster
The house that he is renting is being sold and he will need to vacate before the end of August.  He will consider a 2-bedroom house (prefers a 3 bedroom) to rent. He will consider housesitting for the long term.  
We want to keep Tim on island and as our custodian. Please let Tim or Kathi or Bill know if you have any leads.

Help Ukraine through 
Episcopal Relief & Development

ERD continues to work with Anglican and ecumenical partners to provide aid to people displaced by the crisis in Ukraine.  Donations to the Ukraine Crisis Response fund will help meet critical needs created by this crisis. 


2022 Health Care District Survey
Your opinion matters!
Survey closes June 21
Your Orcas Island Health Care District (OIHCD) is working on a strategic plan to build the health care system that the island needs and wants. If you are an Orcas resident, we need your input on the survey to develop plans and a budget for what you think we need. The survey takes about 15 minutes.  Please complete it online at: You can pick up (and return) a paper copy of the survey at: OI Library, Ray’s Pharmacy, The Food Bank and Orcas Community Resource Center. Thank you!  
        Tom Eversole, OIHCD Superintendent
360.317.3545 or

Encuesta del Distrito de Atención Médica 2022
¡Tu opinion importa!
La encuesta cierra el 21 de junio

Su Distrito de Atención Médica de la Isla Orcas (OIHCD) está trabajando en un plan estratégico para construir el sistema de atención médica que la isla necesita y desea. Si usted es residente de Orcas, necesitamos su opinión en esta encuesta para desarrollar planes y un presupuesto para lo que usted cree que necesitamos. La encuesta dura más o menos 15 minutos. Por favor complete la encuesta en línea en:  Puede recoger (y devolver) una copia imprimida de la encuesta en: La Biblioteca de OI, Ray's Pharmacy, El Banco de Comida y Centro de Recursos Comunitarios de Orcas. ¡Gracias!            
Tom Eversole, Superintendente de OIHCD
360.317.3545 o

Happy News from the Tucker Family

Effie writes: Calder had his first follow-up with the neurosurgery team at Seattle Children’s today (6/15). They said his brain is looking the way they want it to at the moment, so they’re keeping his shunt adjusted just the way it is. He even slept through his MRI, which was amazing!

Louise writes: Cailin just graduated from Orcas Island High School last Saturday. Whew! It’s been an eventful few weeks! We continue to be grateful for the love and prayers of our Emmanuel family. ❤️


Father/Mother God, when our souls fill with heaviness, we put our trust in you. We pray for the sick, the injured, the anxious, the grieving, the depressed, the confused, the despairing, the angry, and the fearful. Relieve their strife and worry.  Be especially with friends and family we now name (long pause), including those on our parish prayer list.… Challen…
Judy & Doug… Lindalena & Jim… Ingrid… Stephen…
Jon… the Class family… Luka… Becky… Sara… Evelyn…
Lorinda… Zach… Effie, Stephen, and Calder… Margaret…
Lisa… Fred… Elyse… Jan… Steve & Nancy… Carl… the Cook family… Bill… Audrey… and those for whom no one
prays; may they be comforted by your Holy Spirit.

Let us pray for those celebrating birthdays this week:O God, our times are in your hand: Look with favor, we pray, on your servants Lynn Baker (6/14), Sally Elliman (6/15), Tammy Myers (6/15), Marilyn Parman (6/15) as they begin another year. Grant that they may grow in wisdom and grace, and strengthen their trust in your goodness all
the days of their lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Let us pray for those celebrating anniversaries this week:Grant, O God, in your compassion, that Jim & Lindalena
Dingman (6/12) and Tom & Diane Keller-Batter (6/14),
having taken each other in marriage, and affirming again
the covenant which they have made, may grow in
forgiveness, loyalty, and love; and come at last to the eternal
joys which you have promised through Jesus Christ our
Lord. Amen.

Readings for next Sunday
June 26

Third Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 8
1 Kings 19:15-16,19-21
Psalm 16
Galatians 5:1,13-25
Luke 9:51-62
Ongoing Announcements

Altar Flower Donations in 2022
Flowers in our holy worship spaces are a beautiful gift to God and those who attend services at Emmanuel as well as those being honored or remembered. Want to contribute?  You can now sign-up to donate the altar flowers in memory or in prayer of a loved one for a specific Sunday starting in 2022. We thank Vicki Clancy for organizing this and the flower guild for ensuring beautiful arrangements on the altar. You can sign-up using the "flower binder" located in the narthex of the Church. The payment envelopes and donation box are also there.
For those attending Church virtually, you can contact the parish office via email to provide the information needed and make arrangements for your donation online here.
Fr. Berto is on sabbatical until August 14
He will return to Emmanuel on August 14th, the 8thanniversary of the beginning of our ministry together. 
We believe God works in the lives of those who love him. We trust that in this sabbatical time, God will be at work in Berto’s life, and the lives of Hugh and all of us the people of Emmanuel, using all things for the good of this community. We entrust Berto to God's care, for God's good works, and rich blessings. With joy, we will remember Berto in our hearts for these three months, praying that God will refresh you in body, renew you in mind, and refill your heart with the depths of God's love for you. AMEN.
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