Northwest Mission District
February 7, 2004


Prayers, laughter and applause were the sounds emanating from the Northwest District gathering at St. Paul's, Sparks on Saturday, February 7, 2004. Participation, information and instruction were the activities of the more than 70 people in attendance from the seven parishes in the district Coventry Cross, St. John's, St. Patrick's, St. Paul's, St. Stephen's, St. Peter's and Trinity.

Following the opening prayer by Bishop Katharine, attendees introduced themselves by sharing a spiritual New Year's resolution they had made.


Blessing of the oils and the renewal of baptism and ordination vows
Trinity, Reno
Monday, April 5 at 7 pm

District confirmation
Saturday, June 5 at 10:30 am

TEC (Teens Encounter Christ)
Trinity, Reno
April 20-23.

Training-the-trainers for Sexual Abuse Prevention
San Francisco, May 21-22

Sexual Abuse Prevention Workshops:
St. Peter's, Carson City - March 13
In the counselor training at Galilee in June

School of Theology three-year course begins Trinity, Reno
March 9;

Dr. Marcus Borg Lectures and Sermons
St. Peter's Carson City

April 2-4
Reservations and Information

A six-week study class begins February 12;

Youth groups are heading to
San Francisco June 17-22
Portland, Oregon in July;

Only four spaces remain for
Rev. Britt Olson's pilgrimage to England

A prayer bead workshop is available at Galilee
March 20

Galilee Foundation's SECOND Wines of the Bible is upcoming on February 22 in Carson City.

IDM African dinner
St. Paul's, Sparks
February 28
Fundraiser for for the Medical Clinic in Kenya
opening this June 5
and for a proposed water development project in Rabando.

Assistance needed for the successful five-year old
Kid's Klub at
St. Paul's, Sparks

The UTO Spring in-gathering will be May 23.

Contacting our Nevada US Senators was asked to support the TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families)"Snoweflake" campaign
To fund CHILD CARE assistance.

Facilitator Rev. Dave Mussatti (St. Patrick's, Incline Village) punctuated the proceedings with humorous stories. On a more serious note, he gave a brief update on Galilee and asked that applications for a camp director and counselors for Galilee summer sessions be submitted post haste.

The Rev. Jim Edwards, (Trinity) gave an erudite presentation on biblical passages alledgedly related to homosexuality,entitled Sodom, Scripture and Sacrament using overhead projection.

Bishop Katharine clarified that only if a parish chose to bless same-sex unions, must it develop a policy on that, but such a policy is otherwise not required.

Next Mission District meeting will be May 15, tentatively at St. Stephen's, Reno

The 2005 Diocesan Convention will be hosted by St. Paul's, Sparks October 7-9

Rev. Britt Olson asked a blessing before the luscious luncheon served by St. Paul's parishioners.

Report by Betty Ihfe
Photography by Gene Carse
Design by Jon Davidson

(Details will be available in the meeting minutes.)