Faith and Spiritual Life: Good Works

Monroe church donates $352, food to food bank

The Church of Our Saviour Episcopal in Monroe recently donated $352 and eight large boxes of groceries to the Sultan Food Bank.

The donations and food were collected during the church’s annual fundraiser at the Gold Bar Family Grocer. Jacki Zugeber, facilities manager for the Sultan Food Bank, said the food bank serves the upper Sky Valley area from Sultan to Skykomish and provides help for 2,400 people monthly.

The volunteer organization needs drivers to drive its van to stores and facilities to pick up regular donations.

The Sultan Food Bank is at 703 First St., Sultan. Hours are 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and 9:30 a.m. to noon Friday. For more information, call 360-793-0654.

Bothell funeral home honors clergy with pizza

In recognition of Clergy Appreciation Month, Dale Amundsen, community relations coordinator at Evergreen Washelli in Bothell, recently hosted a pastors’ pizza party for 25 ministers, chaplains and church staff from the Bothell area.

Rev. Gerald “Jerry” Montgomery of Lakewood was the featured speaker. Montgomery is director of The Workplace Institute and the chaplain for the Boeing Fire Department. He shared his “10 commandments,” offering tips for ministers on how to take care of themselves.

Most ministers are good at taking care of others but do a poor job of taking care of themselves, Montgomery said. Included in his commandments were “thou shalt slow down to smell the roses” and “thou shalt have some fun along the way.”

Evergreen Washelli hosts a clergy appreciation event each October.

“It’s one way we support the people who support our neighbors in tough times,” Amundsen said.

Church sends holiday treats to soldiers

Volunteers at Trinity Episcopal Church in Everett recently packed six boxes filled with candy, gum, pocket tissues, socks, travel games, puzzle books, playing cards and Christmas CDs and DVDs to send to soldiers for Operation Christmas Spirit.

Operation Christmas Spirit was created in 1998 to help young people who are serving in the armed forces during Christmas, which can often be a difficult time for those who cannot be home with family.

The volunteers also packed six large boxes with more than 2,350 pocket prayer shawls. The shawls are made by women from 16 Episcopal churches from Blaine to Portland, Ore., including St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Sequim; Trinity Episcopal Church, Everett; Christ the King Lutheran Church, Snohomish; and Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Everett.

Volunteers included Marie Bond, Rev. Wayne Bond (ret.), Kevin Mack, Glen Atwood and Linda Emerson.

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