Introduction to the all the photos. These photos were picked by me, Pastor Jami Fecher from among the photos we had on hand. We do not have photos from all 20 years. Most of the photos we have were taken when Kari Reiten was acting as parish administrator. She was careful to document our main events. The descriptions of the photos are told from the faulty memory of Pastor Fecher.
This is a letter I sent to several officials regarding SHARE:
I am writing to encourage you help SHARE continue to do their mission of keeping homeless people together, sheltered and safe. It is well known they provide the largest number of beds for the lowest cost in King County. Although they certainly provide social services SHARE is not a social service agency, but a self-help group of homeless and formerly homeless persons dedicated to supporting persons experiencing homelessness.
Our congregation has benefitted greatly from SHARE in the ten years we have hosted an indoor shelter at our church. Although SHARE has an entirely different mission from ours they have helped us steward the resource of our property so that we can more fully do the ministry that is our main mission. SHARE makes it possible for us and many other host churches to participate in aiding persons we otherwise would not have the means to aid. In addition, the persons of SHARE have taught our congregation how to be more respectful to those whose life situation is radically different from ours. The lesson was not pleasant for us to learn, but SHARE taught us by remaining true to their own values and priorities while encouraging us to clarify and remain true to ours. They did it with a humble, patient, tenacity which we sometimes mistook for obstinance, not realizing the obstacles with which they were already coping.
From my viewpoint the social good SHARE provides King County far outweighs whatever criticisms might be rightly made of SHARE (since none of us are above criticism or beyond improvement). SHARE is transparent in its goals and remains steadfast to them. In light of the crisis of the sheer numbers of our people in King County experiencing homeless right now, today, I encourage you to use your influence to immediately clear the way for SHARE to get the relatively small funding it needs to do the job to which it is dedicated, to which it has remained faithful for more than 20 years and which has proved already to be a profound success.
Pastor Jami Fecher
Gift of Grace Lutheran Church
2102 N 40th street
Seattle, WA 98103
MAUNDY THURSDAY 7 PM
Our celebration calls to mind Jesus’ Last Supper with His disciples. We will move through the main parts of that “night in which He was betrayed,” including; Holy Communion, foot washing and the stripping of the altar, which leads us into the austerity of Good Friday.
GOOD FRIDAY 7 PM
A sparse and somber worship, including the reading of the Passion of Jesus, the great Bidding Prayer of the Church and the Adoration of the Cross.
Our celebration of Christ’s Resurrection begins with Easter Brunch at 9, provided by Grace Gospel Chapel. Worship is at 10:30. It blends ancient rites of the Church with current cultural expressions of who we are & who we shall be by God’s grace. Following worship, about 11:40 is GraceFeast Sunday dinner, a continuation of the Easter brunch.
You are invited, this Sunday, March 20th, from 5-7PM to a ‘Pulled Pork Picnic’ in the Gift of Grace basement, hosted by the ‘Power of We’. ‘Power of We’ is a youth service group made up of ten local kids ages 12-14 years old who will be helping prepare and serve the meal in conjunction with Matthew, a talented chef that has been cooking outrageously delicious meals in people’s kitchens for special dinner parties and gatherings. There will also be live music performed by some of the kids. Matthew is part of the Facing Homelessness community (www.facinghomelessness.org). Please come and enjoy yourself for this FREE community gathering and get a chance to sample Matthew’s chef skills!
St Marks invites you to a Hymn Festival at Saint Mark’s on Friday night, February 5, at 7:30. A great Hymn Festival needs lots of enthusiastic singers of all ages and abilities.
Thanks to underwriting by a generous donor, this event will be free.
William Porter will be our guest organist. He improvises music on the organ with astonishing skill and imagination, and his hymn-playing inspires robust singing. Mr Porter’s appearance is part of St Mark’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of their Flentrop pipe organ.
Parking at Saint Mark’s is free!
A blessed Epiphany to you. Here’s a brief Epiphany Bible lesson.
Throughout the Old Testament Israel lived in the hope that despite their oppression, despite having been forcibly removed from their homes and scattered all over the known world, not ONLY would God their Savior gather them back together, but God would SHINE from them like a great light, so that even their oppressors would flock to them to learn the ways of their righteous God who takes the part of the poor and saves the oppressed. This is the Biblical meaning of justice.
Fast forward to the New Testament. The coming of the Magi (the so called three kings) to visit the Baby Jesus stands as the beginning of God’s Light drawing all nations to Israel (I’m certainly not talking about the political nation, Israel, but about the people God created and gathered, who worship and obey God). In Jesus, those who were not Jews, those who were not part of the people who endured centuries of oppression in order to worship and obey their Savior God, in Jesus even the Gentiles are gathered to worship the God of the Bible. This is a major theme of the New Testament, exemplified by Paul’s words:
“There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise. ” (Galatians 3:28)
The God of the Bible who shines forth from Jesus is the foundation of all justice, acceptance, inclusion, and all welcome of the stranger, and the “other”, even to the point of G loving the enemies of God and forgiving sinners their sins. This is the Epiphany in Jesus Christ and the reason we remember the magi coming to worship the baby in the manger.
Peace and power to you from Christ,
Pastor Jami Fecher
Please join us for Christmas Eve Candlelight Services, Thursday, December 24 at 7:30pm!