Dear St Gabriel’s friends and family,
I am excited to announce that on Sunday, October 31st we will return to in-person worship at our 8:00 and 10:00 am services. The Wednesday 9:30 am Healing service will start in person on November 3rd. Church school and youth group activities are still in the planning stage. The Zoom option for worship will remain as part of our way to continue to connect with each other near and far.

Sunday, October 31st will be a day of great joy and celebration when we are together again. We will celebrate All Saints Day, and following the 10:00 am service SOUP FOR THE SAINTS will be served for all who want to participate. We will have chili, a chicken, and a vegetarian soup option available, along with bread and brownies. You are welcome to share the meal at the church or take it “to go”.

We will culminate our Stewardship Campaign on this day as we present and bless the pledge cards offered by the members of the congregation. If you have not returned your pledge card, we ask that you do so or be sure to bring it on October 31st. It is important to remember that as the congregation is in a time of transition, your financial support is essential. Expenses for the calling of a new Rector will increase the fiscal need in the new year. Please prayerfully discern your monetary gift to St Gabriel the Archangel parish.

I look forward to seeing you in person (and perhaps on Zoom) on October 31st.

The Covid protocols remain in effect with the expectation that attendees will be vaccinated. Please adhere to the following guidelines presented by Bishop Akiyama’s Pastoral Guidance For Safer Worship:
+Masks are required for indoor gatherings, and beginning August 27, masks are required for outdoor gatherings where distance cannot be kept between households.
+Continue to provide masks to visitors and members who arrive without one.
+Wash your hands thoroughly and often. Continue to provide hand sanitizer to visitors and staff throughout your building.
+Reduce the number of individuals gathering for in-person worship or consider online services.
+Clergy should wear a mask while preaching and celebrating the Eucharist. Lectors, cantors, and all participants in liturgy should be masked.
+Congregational singing is not advised. However, if your congregation does choose to sing, all should remain masked. Cantors, soloists, and choirs should be masked and maintain distance from each other and the congregation.
+Communion should be received in one kind only. Clergy should remind congregations that receiving Communion in one kind constitutes full Communion. (we will continue to use our wine/wafer combination until the supply is gone and then offer consecrated bread only)
+Exchanging The Peace should be done from a distance rather than in the form of a hug or handshake.

~Canon Linda

“For surely, I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope” Jeremiah 29:11

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The gardens around St. Gabriel are beautiful throughout the year, but—oh—-autumn! We are grateful for the many hands that tend our grounds and Community Garden so we can bask in God’s glory surrounding our church.

Welcome to our Community Garden

Wood pile in fallen leaeves

Crabapple branch with fruit and berries

The last intact glorious sunflower head

 

Autumn blooms in the circle garden

There are still tomatoes left to ripen

St. Gabriel loves St. Francis and this year on Sunday October 3rd we have family and pet-friendly worship services wrapped around the love and care of animals and all creation. At 8:00 and 10:00 am we are offering online Zoom animal blessings, a video featuring the pets of St. Gabriel presented by Gabriel’s Friends, our animal ministry, young readers using a child-friendly version of the lectionary, and an unforgettable sermon with a costumed drama based on the miracle of St. Francis and the wolf.

Make sure you have your children join the service with you- in their treasure bags there is a St. Francis activity sheet with stickers they can work on as they watch and listen. If your family misses the live service, remember our services are available by the Monday after here on our website and our YouTube channel.

We will also offer an in-person pet blessing after the 10:00 am service from 11:15 am-12:00 pm. Load your darling animals into the car and drive up through the church’s upper circle parking lot. We will bless your pets while you stay masked and in the car. You don’t have to mask your pets! 😉 We hope to see you there!

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With the Covid-19 crisis resulting in church going exclusively online we have seen our reliance on electronic communication grow, particularly concerning our e-blasts, meeting on Zoom, our church website, and our weekly newsletter The Messenger. Now that some members have discovered the convenience and belonging that being online can bring, we realize that our online presence will be an ongoing part of St. Gabriel, even after we resume being able to meet and worship in person. Hence, the renewed importance of a renewed Communications Ministry.

The ministry will be concerned with anything that “communicates” including:

  • How to create a strong, inclusive hybrid between online and in-person worship;
  • Creating an editorial policy for The Messenger and website guest blogs;
  • Standardizing our church “advertising” language including in The Messenger, on our Facebook and Instagram social media accounts and our website, and our church signage inside and outside;
  • The most effective ways to communicate between church leadership and the congregation;
  • Updating photo permissions from church members;
  • Communicating St. Gabriel events and news with the Diocese of Oregon.

Would you like to join this ministry? Please contact Page Clothier at page@stgabrielpdx.org.

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YES- we know we all miss seeing each other in person, but to protect those we love we are resuming church school online over Zoom for now. We will continue to monitor the situation and meet in person finally when it feels like the safe thing to do to keep everyone healthy. We will continually assess the situation, specifically on October 31st.

St. Gabriel church school is for kids preschool up, depending on our students’ interest. Our younger students will need some support from grownups, and the older students can serve as mentors to the younger ones. Our lessons are created by teachers and based on the lectionary readings for the day, usually the Gospel. We play a fun online game or have a participatory art activity based on what we have learned. There are always two SAFE church trained teachers online with students and grownups are welcome too. Note that we have a fresh new Zoom link to join in. Get it in the password protected area at the bottom of this page, in The Messenger emailed newsletter, in our weekly e-blast, or by calling our office at 503-645-0744 during office hours.

Participating students should have had a “treasure bag,” delivered to their front porch this week full of church school supplies, Extended Advent materials, and some fun extras. Each student should have their own bag, along with one Advent bag per family. If you would like your child to receive a bag and try out online church school, let us know here.

This school year we will be providing additional support for preschool-age children who have a hard time using Zoom, and will have weekly suggestions for ways for parents to prepare them ahead of time to play the games and participate. Families will have access to the written lesson here so you can prepare younger students or present it to your child yourself if you’d prefer.

We hope to see you online- we will reassess the online vs. in-person situation constantly, specifically on October 31st but maybe earlier. See you online!

Our Church Building Must Close Again, But St. Gabriel Is Still Open

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Greetings friends of St. Gabriel Church,

As of Thursday, August 19, all worship services at St. Gabriel will return to Zoom only. Until that time, we will not have in-sanctuary worship. We will reassess this decision on October 31.

The current reality is that the Delta variant presents a growing danger to our community and that anyone who becomes seriously ill may face a health system that is unable to care for them. From the beginning of this pandemic, St. Gabriel has placed safety first.

Since March of last year, our spiritual community has weathered this storm with determination, love and the grace of the Holy Spirit. Let us continue to do so, by caring for each other and worshiping safely until this COVID wave is behind us. Then we can all celebrate together in-person once again.

If you need a Zoom link to attend one of our worship services, go to the password-protected link at the bottom right and enter the password, or if you don’t know the password, please contact our church office during office hours at 503-645-0744 or stgabe@stgabrielonline.org, or you can try messenger@stgabrielonline.org.

~Canon Linda Potter, Interim Rector     ~Rod MacDow, Sr. Warden

Be with us, Holy Spirit;
nothing can separate us from your love.
Be with us as of old,
fill us with your power,
direct all our thoughts to your goodness.
Be present, Holy Spirit;
bring faith and healing and peace.

~New Zealand Prayer Book

We are happy to invite the people of our beloved St. Gabriel Episcopal Church community and prospective rectors to finally be able to pore over this beautiful booklet, our Church Profile.

This will be one of our greatest tools to attract a new rector and assist our Search Committee in their important work. This online document also serves to show us who we are, what we value, and what our future could be. You may be surprised with the questionnaire results- the Profile Committee was! Know that we had very high participation in the questionnaire- way above average for other churches’ profiles. Everything you see represented in our Profile Booklet was based on the results of the questionnaire, with traditions and historical info researched from church records, interviews with former and current St. Gabriel clergy and long-time members, and information gathered from St. Gabriel’s current Ministry Heads. It’s fascinating and a wonderful portrait and record of us!

Church members please check your email for the special edition of The Messenger containing information about the presentations of the Profile to the congregation on Sunday, August 22nd after both services. If you are a member of the public and would like more information, please contact our church office at 503-645-0744 or  by email.


The Profile Booklet is available to view in a PDF document by clicking here:
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1bbMaHlC3MPFroFOgoSFNaPVHULrFgTXU?usp=sharing


“…acting out of an abundance of caution for everyone is the most loving thing we can do.”

As you’ve no doubt heard, the Delta variant of the Corona virus is spreading through Oregon. Governor Brown has put a statewide mask mandate back in place for indoor spaces. In response, St. Gabriel has made the difficult decision to cancel or postpone all in-person indoor meetings and gatherings except for sanctuary worship, until the current wave of cases is behind us, effective immediately Friday, August 13, 2021.

This is painful – we’ve only just begun to hold events at the church – but from the very first day of this pandemic, we’ve adhered to the primary goal of safety first for all who come here. On October 1, 2021 we will reassess this policy – we all want to reopen again as soon as it is safe.

Our Sunday and Wednesday worship services will continue both in the sanctuary and on Zoom. Everyone will be masked and social distancing will be strongly encouraged. Besides worship, all indoor planned activities at the church will be cancelled or held on Zoom.  Postponed are the return to in-person church school, youth group, and a staffed nursery until further notice, although we will offer online church school again starting on Sunday, September 12th at 9:30 am until further notice.

For all of us, these setbacks are disappointing and acting out of an abundance of caution for everyone is the most loving thing we can do. With God’s help and love to sustain us and the community’s support for one another, we will make it through.



For information about getting vaccinated including where to get one in Oregon, please go to https://govstatus.egov.com/find-covid-19-vaccine .
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The St. Gabriel community celebrated Independence Day and the glory of God by having an outdoor and online Eucharist followed by a picnic on Sunday, July 4th. What a wonderful way to celebrate together in every sense of the word!

We held our first in-person service in over a year, and on Pentecost, no less!

The 10am service was a hybrid of in-person and Zoom, with a screen set up so that folks in the church could see the folks online, and extra cameras so that the folks on Zoom could see everything going on in the sanctuary. It was an absolutely glorious combination of the new and the old. Drive-up Eucharist was also offered so that everyone could come to the Lord’s table, whether they had experienced the service online or in person. Thank you to everyone who helped make our first hybrid service a success!

Our Profile Booklet is Nearly Finished

Although it’s been a little quiet, not to worry! St. Gabriel’s Profile Committee has still been hard at work wrapping up the Profile Booklet to use in our rector search. In this digital age, our “booklet” is actually an online document rather than a printed one. The finished version will be ready to present to the vestry and clergy the first week of June, and then it will go to the diocese and the bishop for approval. After that it will be presented to the congregation and released for consideration to new rector candidates. The Search Committee that actually looks for and considers candidates is formed and ready to start meeting to continue the next step towards finding our new rector.

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Our New Church Website Design is Nearly Finished Too!

Our website is being simultaneously redesigned at the same time our Profile Booklet is being created. Our goal is to have it ready by the end of May so that when our rector candidates look at our website, it looks fresh and current and is easy to navigate. When it is live, we will let you know in The Messenger so you can take a look. Going forward we hope you will visit often for current events, news, and contact information.

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