ST. BEDE EPISCOPAL CHURCH
1609 Elm St. Forest Grove, OR
We strive to know Christ more deeply and to bring others to his redeeming love and grace.
Meet and greet our new vicar, The Rev. Marlene Mutchler, and her family after our January 7 Sunday service. A reception will follow the service to get acquainted with Marlene and her family.
Three short weeks later, Marlene takes the helm of St. Bede Episcopal Church. To help her to that end, I have appointed a four person transition team to advise her, inform her and encourage her to the life, culture and administration of our church. The Diocese’s recommends this. Our team is composed of Bonnie Shumaker, Grant Davis, Jan Potter and Katie Countryman; the four cover many important facets of our church based on their past and current positions. These positions include church administration, hospitality, the Altar Guild, Stitchery, women’s fellowship, the Brotherhood of St. Andrew and Outreach to name a few. From the team she will be able to glean our long history and evolution to who we are today.
I thank those who have accepted this charge to shepherd Marlene’s transition to Vicar of St. Bede Episcopal Church.
St. Bede Episcopal Church forms and strengthens Christians in the Anglican tradition. Through liturgy, daily prayer, and ministries, we serve each other and the world. We strive to know Christ more deeply and to bring others to his redeeming love and grace. All that we do is to the Glory of God the Holy Trinity.
St. Bede Church developed this mission statement to reflect who Christ is calling the congregation to be as members of his Church.
Worship is our top priority. We gather together each Sunday as a community to celebrate the Eucharist, and in smaller groups for Morning and Evening Prayer services. Our altar guild is dedicated, our organist and choir are faithful, and our readers and Eucharistic ministers exercise their ministry with reverence. Our Pastoral Care activities assure that all members of our congregation are cared for. Through our Outreach Programs we seek to serve the needs of those in the communities where we live. Finally, we offer Fellowship by welcoming newcomers, practicing hospitality, and offering opportunities for participation in the life of St. Bede.
Our Mission is “We strive to know Christ more deeply and bring others to his redeeming grace”
St. Bede is a prayerful community offering opportunity for community prayer and study. These opportunities are not only on Sunday morning, but at various times throughout the week. With variety ranging from small group prayer, contemplative prayer, evening prayer and weekday Eucharist and bible study. The Sunday Adult Forum, offered before Eucharist, provides an opportunity for growth in our knowledge of Christ. The children are schooled in the principles of the faith in our small Sunday School.
Outreach is strong with committed members serving at the Inclement Weather shelter. William Temple House West Food Closet, Family Promise shelter for homeless families, the backpack program, providing weekend nourishment for children of need; Summer lunch program, providing lunches to children. St. Bede’s Relay for Life Team annually raises over $10,000 for the American Cancer Society. A Quilt and Prayer Shawl Ministry incorporates non-members as well as members in an outreach ministry to the elderly.
Hospitality is a keystone to the mission of St. Bede. Members are excited to welcome visitors and incorporate new members into their community. Following the Sunday service, visitors are welcome to share in the hospitality, good company and homemade treats of coffee hour. Coordinated through the Hospitality Committee, there are over 20 members who participate in this welcoming ministry.
Members of St. Bede are very good at fellowship, caring for themselves and reaching out to others. St. Bede Church is a family church that cares about the growth and health of all its members. You will find hard workers who take seriously the responsibility to provide a place of worship, learning and caring in the Forest Grove community. The people of St. Bede know how to live, play and work well together for the betterment of the whole and for the spread of the Gospel.