St. Elizabeth receives a grant from Les Dames d’Escoffier (Seattle)

Thanks to a grant from Les Dames d’Escoffier (Seattle), we have a fence surrounding what will become our community garden. The grant is part of Les Dames’ “Green Tables” initiative, an international effort to support projects and programs created to educate and encourage experiences with growing and preparing nutritious food.

We will be working in partnership with the teachers, parents and children of Neighborhood House, currently serving families in South King County from our building.

The next step will come from a grant and participation from King Conservation District, who will be providing stock tanks to serve as raised beds, wood chips, soil and other materials and support. We should be planting before long. We are grateful for the help and look forward to the first harvest!

A Conversation on Advent and Christmas


I recently caught up with some dear friends, Jeff Salzman and Corey deVos, and a podcast of our conversation on Advent and Christmas is now up at Jeff’s site, The Daily Evolver. Check it out below. Enjoy and may all the blessings of this holy season be yours.

With love and light in Christ, Fr. John

St. Elizabeth in the B-Town Blog

“Despite the sign, Burien’s St. Elizabeth Episcopal Church is NOT ‘For Sale’,” reads the headline in the December 5, 2017 Burien Blog.

“We are not!” said Fr. John Forman. “In fact, we are growing and doing quite well.”
The signs are actually “For Lease” signs that indicate that the church is trying to lease a hall in the part of the building behind the church proper.

Tony Hettler of John L. Scott told The B-Town Blog that the church is looking to lease 4,500 square feet of parish hall space.

“We are still offering Sunday Masses at 10 a.m. and will be doing so for many years to come!” Forman added. “We have moved the signs in the hopes of avoiding any further confusion. Come see us sometime!”

St. Elizabeth’s was built in 1955-56 by the Seattle architecture firm Durham Anderson and Freed, who used glue-laminated arches to create a dramatic form for a low, $100,000 price. The 51,000 sq. ft. building can accommodate a flock of 400. A low brick wall is curved around the outside of the sanctuary.

Reprinted from the B-Town Blog. Find the story with pictures here >>

St. Elizabeth, Burien, Welcomes Neighborhood House

Children at Neighborhood House
Big smiles light the faces of Neighborhood House children

Since 1906, Neighborhood House has been serving diverse communities in Seattle and King County. Partnering with individuals and families, Neighborhood House works to build community and achieve their goals for health, education and self-sufficiency through culturally and linguistically relevant services. Their two newly renovated classrooms at St. Elizabeth offer full day, center-based care to 16 low-income toddlers as part of the responsive environment for diverse and multilingual families and build family partnerships through parent engagement in the program planning. To learn more about their work, visit

Neighborhood House has invited St. Elizabeth to come and see the new spaces they have created for little ones on August 20th after church. Please come and help us welcome them to the building!

We are an open-hearted, openminded community where people find healing, friendship, acceptance, and opportunities to discover and give their gifts to the world.