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Getting to Know Each Other

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Parishioner Judy Tingley is interviewing parishioners and helping them to share a bit of their stories with us. This is the first in her series of stories – look forward to more of them in the future. Thanks, Judy, for helping us get to know each other a bit better!


Say Hi to:

Dale Walker & Brian Oldham

Several years ago, Brian Oldham and his wife Dale Walker made a pilgrimage to Ireland, searching through the clover for their ancestries. Along the path they met up with Celtic Spirituality — and were enchanted. READ MORE HERE




Cathy Nickum

Long ago though not far away, Cathy Nickum worked for the Bainbridge Review and lived on a boat in Eagle Harbor.  A degree from U-dub in journalism led her to this first newspaper job. She was twenty-eight, single, and a general assignment reporter and photographer for three years. One of her early feature stories was an interview with Father Gowen, the first rector of St. Barnabas.  READ MORE HERE



Charles Helming MD – A Music and Medical Man

Charlie was introduced to choral singing when his medical school roommate persuaded him to join the choir of the chapel at Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. During his third year of medical school Charlie met Janice, a nurse working at Presbyterian, and at the end of medical school they were married. After medical school Janice and Charlie moved to Boston, where Charlie spent two years as an intern and surgical resident at Beth Israel Hospital. During this time son Timothy was born. READ MORE HERE



Sue Rhodes

Sue Rhodes was born in Vancouver British Columbia. Sue came across the border to the US when she was one month old, but didn’t become an American citizen, an experience she found deeply moving, until she was 50. Sue grew up in Bellevue, attended St. Thomas, Medina (Rev. Karen’s former church), and spent a year in Germany between high school and university on a church sponsored exchange program. READ MORE HERE



Princie & Bob Falkenhagen

Princie and Bob moved to Bainbridge Island three years ago after living 45 years in the same house in Connecticut; a colonial house on six acres. Bob had a John Deere tractor and thoroughly enjoyed mowing those six acres! The magnet for their move from their ideal life in the East to the West was three children and eight grandchildren, ages from four to sixteen. They also were ready to retire; a good time to be closer to their family, all of whom live on the West Coast. READ MORE HERE


Joe Salter

Joe comes from a family full of Episcopal clergy but he somehow managed to avoid becoming a priest himself. His father was a priest and was rector of St. John’s Olympia and Christ Church Puyallup when Joe was growing up. His grandfather was a priest. His mother’s older sister married a priest; Joe’s uncle later became a bishop. And two of Joe’s cousins are priests and one of them also became a bishop. READ MORE HERE



Helene & Steve Schmitz

Helene and Steve Schmitz regularly attend the eight o’clock Holy Eucharist Rite I service at St. Barnabas. As many of our congregation attends the 10:00 service, perhaps you haven’t seen or talked with them. Here’s an opportunity to know them better! And since these two adventurers are often off on exotic journeys, we were fortunate to catch them here this summer and have them as our “Getting to Know Each Other” featured parishioners for August’s St. Barnabas newsletter. READ MORE HERE