Welcome Guest Preacher Dr. Tripp Fuller
Dr. Tripp Fuller is an American theologian, minister, professor, and broadcaster. He is the founder and host of Homebrewed Christianity, one of the most downloaded theology programs in podcasting. He is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Theology and Science at the University of Edinburgh.
Born in North Carolina, Fuller earned his B.A. at Campbell University, his M. Div. at Wake Forest University, and his Ph.D. in Philosophy and Religion from Claremont Graduate University. Tripp is a husband to Alecia, father to Elgin & Khora, a Baptist minister, avid Laker fan, competitive home brewer, & a theology nerd.
Founded in March of 2008, Homebrewed Christianity is among the most popular podcasts in theology. Episodes generally feature an extended interview with a theologian, philosopher, or scholar, and many prominent figures have appeared on the show including Richard Rohr. His latest book is Divine Self-Investment: An Open and Relational Constructive Christology, published in August 2020.
On April 2, the Chapel will be open for parishioners to either walk the Stations of Cross or the Labyrinth or simply pray in the sacred space. We will have a total of eleven-30-minute time slots for individuals or family units beginning at 11:00 am. (11:00 am, 11:35 am, 12:10 pm, 12:45 pm, 1:20 pm, 1:55 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:05 pm, 3:40 pm, 4:15 pm, 4:50 pm) We will have 5-minute disinfecting breaks throughout the afternoon.
The Stations of the Cross (or The Way of the Cross) is a prayerful devotion that recalls the series of events leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion and burial. In the early centuries of the Christian faith, pilgrims to Jerusalem often visited the places connected to the final hours of Jesus’ earthly life. Over time, Christians unable to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem developed the practice of recalling those events using images and “stations” to imitate the Jerusalem pilgrimage and to meditate on the final hours and events of Jesus’ life.
If you are interested in scheduling a time, please email
the church office at:
Or phone (707) 442-1797 and provide your name,
email, phone, and number participating.
To ensure the health and safety of all, attendees agree to the following:
• Wear a face mask at all times (bring your own, limited stock available at church should you forget mask).
• Stay a minimum of 6 feet away from people outside your immediate household, at all times.
• Avoid all physical contact (no handshakes, hugs, etc.)
• Do not attend if symptomatic (fever, cough, chills, tiredness).
• Follow the directions of our trained clergy, lay leaders, volunteers
• Abide by any signs posted as to where to enter the chapel or church campus.
• Be willing to give contact information to ushers (to be used in the event of a positive case occurring)
If you would like to donate as a memorial or thank offering during for the Easter services, please print the form in your Sunday Worship Booklet, complete and mail to:
Christ Episcopal Church
Attn: Katherine Clague
PO Box 861
Eureka, CA 95502-0861
Or drop the form by the church office; Tues, Wed, or Fri between the hours of 9 am-1 pm on or before Tuesday, March 23 to be printed in worship booklets for The Great Vigil and Easter Sunday.
Checks should be written to Christ Church and in the memo field write: Easter Flowers.
If mailed, please put to the attention of Katherine Clague
to avoid delay in receipt and listing.
REGATHERING TASK FORCE UPDATES
The Regathering Task Force met on Tuesday, March 9 and reviewed the progress made toward regathering safely. We discussed plans to begin some limited activities over the next two months in anticipation of regathering more fully.
Currently, Humboldt County’s rates of confirmed COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have dropped and stabilized enough that we currently are in the Red Tier. Although the state wants to return us to the more-restrictive Purple Tier of public health regulations, the county staff has indicated they will protest the decision allowing us to remain in the Red Tier for at least the coming weeks.
The Task Force was glad to hear that many parishioners have been able to receive their first and second vaccinations. As vaccines become more readily available, we hope everyone will take advantage of getting the shot(s).
The Task Force recommended that lay readers be given the option to return to the church to read at the lectern on Sunday mornings. The chapel will also be open on Good Friday for private devotions from 11:00 am to 4:50 pm. This will allow eleven individuals or family units to spend 30-minutes walking either the Stations of the Cross or the Labyrinth or simply praying in the sacred space. Pre-registration will be required, and more information is in this email update (see Chapel Open on Good Friday). We are also planning to offer a Holy Saturday Sacred Saunter at Deacon Anne Pierson’s home on Saturday April 3 at 11 AM, if the COVID numbers remain low.
The Task Force would also like to hear from those who have previously served as ushers and those who would like to serve on our Usher Team. We will need a dedicated group of people to help with tasks when we regather (checking people in, ensuring social distance, etc.). We also want to provide training for our ushers. If you have an interest in either continuing in the role of usher or wish to be an usher, please email the church office at email@example.com. The formation of this new usher team will be essential for us to safely regather.
The Task Force has also given its support to the purchase of an electric fogger machine, a portable disinfectant atomizer spray duster. This fogger machine is designed for hotel use to “dust” upholstered and hard surfaces with disinfectant mist. This will be a handy tool in our arsenal to combat the virus.
The Task Force discussed the strong possibility of offering an 8 o’clock style Holy Eucharist service in the Chapel of Our Merciful Saviour beginning on Pentecost Sunday (May 23, 2021) at 8 am while continuing to live-stream our 10:30 am service.The Task Force also explored the strong possibility of offering Sacred Saunter Outdoor Eucharists at Deacon Anne’s home in June and July (June 5, 19, July 3, 17). The Task Force is reviewing the latest industry guidance for Places of Worship. We also are looking to the Bishop’s Office to provide guidance to regather the parishes in the diocese.
As you can imagine, everything is changing rapidly, and the future looks positive. Remember, we will look to our Regathering Covenant and do everything possible to keep one another safe as we continue to glorify God, follow Jesus Christ, and serve all people through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Josie Marie Angeli Toy
(1960 - 2021)
Dear Friends in Christ,
It is with profound soundness and heartache that I inform you of the sudden and unexpected death of our beloved sister in Christ, Josie Toy. I will always miss her kindness, creativity, and intelligence, as well as her knowledge and appreciation of the divine feminine, Jewish mysticism, martial arts, and so much more. Perhaps most of all, I will miss her beautiful singing voice. We were tremendously blessed to have her sing in the Christ Church Eureka choir, a group that felt like family to her. Now her joy-filled voice has joined the ranks of the heavenly choir.
I invite you to light a candle for her today and offer the following prayers:
Gracious God, we pray to you for Josie whom we love, but see no longer: Grant her your peace; let light perpetual shine upon her; and, in your loving wisdom and almighty power, work in her the good purpose of your perfect will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace and rise in glory. Amen.
Please keep her sisters, Amanda and Jennifer, in your prayers and send them your sympathy and love.
"…for I was hungry and you gave me food,
I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, …I was naked and you gave me clothing."
During Lent, donations of new socks will again be collected at Christ Church. Adult socks will be given to Betty Chinn’s ministry to the homeless and children’s socks to The Forgotten Initiative ministry supporting foster children in our community. There's plenty of room in the Sock Box for more socks .... and we have more boxes!
Betty Chinn has also requested warm hats and basic toiletry items for those staying at the Nightly Emergency Winter Shelter in the next few weeks.
Please bring women’s or men’s adult socks, all sizes and children’s socks, hats, and toiletry items to the church during office hours (Tues, Wed, Fri 9-1) by Palm Sunday, March 28. The collection box will be located directly opposite the church office door on the entrance by the vesting room. If the weather is bad, you might be directed to Lewis Hall.
Betty Kwan Chinn Center delivering warm clothes and a whole lot of yarn with knitting needles. It was most welcomed!
In this issue of the Chronicle:
Homebrewing our Christianity in the Episcopal Church
Lent - Lent has never been one of my favorite liturgical seasons ...
Banish Whiskers - Outreach Opportunity for the Eureka Rescue Mission