CHRIST CHURCH WEEKLY A Newsletter for Members and Friends Tacoma, Washington: Friday, September 7, 2018
THIS SUNDAY, THE SIXTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST, SEPTEMBER 9 Readings: Isaiah 35:4-7a; Psalm 146; James 2:1-10, 14-17; Mark 7:24-37
The texts can be found on The Lectionary Page http://www.lectionarypage.net Sermon: The Rev. Janet Campbell Every Sunday: 8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II
10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II
12:00 p.m. Fellowship Hour
Sermons preached at Christ Church are posted on our website www.christchurchtacoma.org and can be accessed from the Worship page and by clicking this link on the homepage: SundaySermon IN THIS ISSUE:
Our Life of Worship and Prayer
Our Life in Community
Our Life of Formation and Study
Our Life of Service and Advocacy
Our Life Celebrating the Arts
This Week at Christ Church
Links to Diocesan News and Informational Resources
OUR LIFE OF WORSHIP AND PRAYER
COMPLINE SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 7:00 p.m. in the Church– Compline, the church’s ancient night prayer, is a short meditative service that gently concludes the day with prayer, hymns, chant and silence. A great way to introduce a friend to Christ Church. Compline will be offered again on the second Sunday of October (the 14th) and the second Sunday of November (the 11th).
THIS WEEK OUR PRAYERS ARE ASKED FOR: Those in any kind of need, especially: Kevin, Ethan, Natasha, Lindsay, and Leslie;
Mary Catherine Potts; Kathleen B; Lesley O; MaryAnn; Julie B; Rosemary R; Brian Sanford; Lucas Bride and Family; Michael; Presiding Bishop Michael Curry; John and Charli; Roger C; Don S.; Edie; Alice T.; Jan; Ann S.; Kristin L; Dominic. Those who have died: David Potts; Jane Sprague; Ronald Arnatt; Ken Mayfield; Donald Charles Flagg; Roberta Sweeny, and all who grieve for them. For all in need: Children caught in sex-trafficking: may they be found and recover; refugees and migrants, especially separated families. For all working to resist bigotry, racism and violence. For all serving in the military. For all affected by gun violence, for effective gun control policies. For all affected by wildfires, storms and extreme weather. Diocesan Prayer Cycle: St. James, Cathlamet; St. Luke/San Lucas, Vancouver. Anglican Prayer Cycle: The Province of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan; The Most Revd Daniel Deng Bul Yak, Archbishop of the Province of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Bishop of Juba. To request prayers in the Prayers of the Assembly, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org If you are submitting a name other than your own, please ask permission from that person first. You must send the full name of the person in order for us to manage the prayer list, but first names only will be in the list of those in need. Last names will be included in the list of those who have died. Names stay on the list for one month unless renewed with Shannon.
OUR LIFE IN COMMUNITY
80TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION -Saturday September 22, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Open House in Wells Hall. Fred and Diane Langton invite you to join them in celebrating Fred's 80th birthday. There will be food, fun and lots of stories and photos.
THE WOMEN'S LUNCH – October 6, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Wells Hall combines delightful food, warm fellowship, and an interesting program on women, faith and politics. Next Sunday, please sign the clipboard at the church entryway so we can set a place for you.
CONGRATULATIONS! NEW ENVELOPE GAME TOTAL – $5,696.00! Well done all and thank you for making our summer fundraising game a terrific success. What did you feel about the game? Please send your thoughts to Stewardship Team member Dixie Coggins at email@example.com
UPDATE ON CHURCH ENTRYWAY GLASS PANELS – Final measurements for manufacturing specifications for new glass panels have been completed. It will take a month or so for the panels to be made, shipped, and installed by our local contractor Sound Glass. A significant portion of the cost of the panels is covered by our insurance.
UPDATE ON RESTORATION OF CHURCH BUILDING EXTERIOR WALLS – This week the contractor completed a final walk-through before beginning work to repair the cracks in the exterior walls and seal the walls against further weather damage. The start date for the work should be soon.
MINISTRY OF THE WEEK – THE FINANCE COMMITTEE – We give thanks this week for the ministry of our Finance Committee, which helps monitor the financial status of the parish, prepares the annual budget for the Vestry’s review and approval, provides financial advice to the Vestry, organizes the yearly business practices review required by the church, and directs the work of the Sunday offering counters. This behind-the-scenes ministry is essential to our careful stewardship of all that God has entrusted to us at Christ Church. The group meets monthly. Interested in learning more? Like to work with numbers? Contact Mother Campbell: firstname.lastname@example.org
PARISH ADMINISTRATOR SEARCH – Interviews are being scheduled.
SHANNON FARLEY PROMOTED TO OFFICE MANAGER – I’m happy to announce that Shannon Farley, Christ Church Secretary/Receptionist for nearly five years, has been promoted to Office Manager. This is in recognition of the reality that she has, on her own initiative and with great competence, actually been managing office operations for some time. We are incredibly fortunate to have Shannon on our staff – her loyalty and commitment to the parish, her intelligence and remarkable skills, her engaging personality and sense of humor (not to mention her love of cats – there, I’ve mentioned it!), are a true gift to us. Please join me in congratulating our Shannon.
The position of Office Manager replaces the position of Secretary/Receptionist and is for the same number of hours per week. It is equal in time and pay to the position of Parish Administrator. Both Job Descriptions will be adjusted to reflect this. From a parishioner point of view, this should not affect which person you would contact (Office Manager or Parish Administrator) depending on what assistance you need from the office. – Mother Janet
IN THE ABSENCE OF A PARISH ADMINISTRATOR – Please use the email of former administrator Sarah Hays (sarah@christchurchtacoma) for requests related to addition of meetings and events to the parish calendar, requests for space use, buildings and grounds, etc.
OUR LIFE OF FORMATION AND STUDY
THE RACIAL JUSTICE READING GROUP – FALL BOOK Stamped From the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi. We will discuss this long book over three evenings: Parts I and II on Monday, September 24at 7 p.m.; the other three parts on Monday, October 29 and Monday, December 3. (No meeting in November). Newcomers are welcome. We meet at the home of Anne Avery and Jim Elliott. Questions or for directions, email Anne at email@example.com.
BODY AND SOUL: ENGAGING CORE SPIRITUAL PRACTICES - Mondays, September 24, October 1, October 8, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., Wells Hall. In this Fall Foundations Course, participants will discover a range of daily and weekly practices that shape a healthy and maturing Christian faith. Drawing on the 2,000-year treasure house of practices, we will come to understand why such practices ground us in God’s good earth and orient us toward love for our neighbors. Donations will be gladly accepted. Sign up at the glass table in the church entryway.
SUNDAY DISCUSSION: SERVICE IN THE WORLD - Sunday, September 30, 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in the Library. In Honduras with Robert Carver - In addition to serving as a priest, parishioner Robert Carver is a registered nurse and nursing instructor. Not only has he trained nurses in Honduras, he has also witnessed the violence that has driven thousands to seek asylum in the United States. Join us as Bob discusses his experience in Honduras.
MONDAY BIBLE STUDY – 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. in the Library. An informal look at scripture with a congenial and welcoming group, now studying the writings of Amos and his fight for the Lord.
THE MONTHLY READING GROUP –Sunday, October 21, 6:30 p.m. at the home of Don and Wanda Johnson to discuss the book Two Types of Faith on the relationship between Judaism and Christianity by Martin Buber. Everyone interested is welcome to attend. Questions? E-mail Don Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org
SUNDAY SCHOOL is on summer recess and resumes with registration on Gathering Sunday, September 16.
OUR LIFE OF SERVICE AND ADVOCACY IN COMMUNITY
HOMELESSNESS IN PIERCE COUNTY—LEARN ABOUT SHARED HOUSING – AND OTHER WAYS TO BE PART OF THE SOLUTION – today, 12:15 p.m. in the Library. Christ Church is already taking actions against this huge problem, including housing homeless families in Wells Hall twice each year and the donations that we make to local organizations serving homeless persons. But there is more that we can do as individuals. Please join the Community Service Leadership Team at a post-coffee hour discussion in the library today to hear about three opportunities to consider. One of the most intriguing of the three opportunities is participation in local Shared Housing Services (SHS). SHS staff will make a brief presentation. There will be time for questions and answers. For more information, contact Noel Hagens at email@example.com
SOCIAL JUSTICE ADVOCACY OPPORTUNITIES – Check out the display on the Wells Hall stage during coffee hour. Find information about rallies to attend, issues to write your Congress-people about, meaningful movies to attend, and more. Daily noise-making continues outside the Northwest Detention Center (1632 East J Street, Tacoma) at both 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. to let those incarcerated know that people know and care about them. Printed directions are available on the Wells Hall stage during coffee hour, and on the little table at the back of the chapel. September’s Meaningful Movie will beMaking a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA, which tells the stories of how guns, and the billions of dollars made from them, affect the lives of everyday Americans. Free showing at the Grand Cinema (606 Fawcett Avenue, Tacoma) on September 27 at 6:30 pm. Optional discussion follows. League of Women Voters Ballot Issues Meetings: The League of Women Voters studies ballot issues and prepares neutral analyses for its members and the public. There will be three issues on the ballot in November; be sure to attend one of the five LWV meetings: get handout for dates, times, and locations around Pierce County, Saturday,September 8 through Saturday, September 15. LWV Candidate Forums will occur in October. Save the dates: Saturday, September 15, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., tidal marsh restoration work party, 1747 Port of Tacoma Road, Tacoma. Thursday, September 20, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Associated Ministries’ quarterly meeting to learn about, discuss, and take action on the crisis of homelessness at Shiloh Baptist Church, 1211 South I Street, Tacoma. Sunday, October 7, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Associated Ministries will hold a family-friendly scavenger hunt to help participants better understand the realities of homelessness in our community.
RACISM AND SOCIAL JUSTICE CONFERENCE – September 27-29, University of Puget Sound (UPS) campus. For educators and those concerned about racism and social justice among us: The UPS Race and Pedagogy Institute hosts its Fourth Quadrennial National Conference. Keynote speakers include:
- Brian Cladoosby, Chairman of the Swinomish Tribe and recognized national leader in Native American and broader communities;
- Jeff Chang, recently named the first Vice President of Narrative, Arts, and Culture at Race Forward, which has as its mission to build awareness, solutions and leadership for racial justice by generating transformative ideas, information and experiences;
- Valerie Jarrett, attorney and long-time advisor to President Barack Obama;
- Alicia Garza and Patrisse Cullors, two of the three founders of Black Lives Matter.
There will be Spotlight and Concurrent sessions covering a broad range of topics as well as several arts offerings. For more information wander around: https://www.pugetsound.edu/academics/academic-resources/race-pedagogy-institute/2018-race-pedagogy-national-conference/.
FOOD BANK FOCUS FOR SEPTEMBER - Christ Church offers year-round support to the Nourish Food Bank. In addition to each month’s focus, cans and boxes of all kinds of food are always welcome, including food for pets. Leave your gift in the baskets in the church entryway. September Focus: Canned soup and dry soup mixes.
OUR LIFE CELEBRATING THE ARTS
THANKS to the singers in our Women’s Choir who enhance our worship today with their gifts of music. This year’s participants are: Deb Armstrong, Anne Avery, Susan Beer, Roxy Giddings, Mary Hanneman, Patricia Hendrix, Heidi Irvin, Carlyle Jacinto, Satya Jaech, Brianne Knudsen, Meg Mansfield, Mary Marshall, Savannah McClellen, Milana McLead, Ruth Moore, and Barbara Williams.
THE CHRIST CHURCH CHOIR BEGINS REHEARSALS THIS WEEK!. New singers in all sections will be warmly welcomed to rehearsal on Thursday, September 13 at 7:30 p.m. We sing for worship on September 16. Anyone considering joining is invited to have a conversation with the directors for more information about the nature of this commitment. Speak directly with Kathryn or Mark, or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
THIRD FRIDAYS AT NOON RECITAL - September 21, 2018 at 12:10 p.m. Hear Organist Andrew Koch play works by Bernardo Storace, J. S. Bach, Brahms, and Toni Zahnbrecher. Mr. Koch is a doctoral student in organ performance at the University of Washington, and is Organist at St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church in Seattle. Invite your friends for an uplift in the middle of the day! Donations accepted at the door to support this series.
THIS WEEK AT CHRIST CHURCH
Sunday, September 9 THE SIXTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Chapel
9:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Childcare for infants and toddlers in the Wells Hall nursery
10:30 – 11:15 a.m. Sunday School on summer recess
until Gathering Sunday, September 16
10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Church, followed by coffee hour in Wells Hall
12:15 p.m. Shared Housing Services Meeting, Library
7:00 p.m. Compline, Church
Monday, September 10
7:00 p.m. Bible Study, Library Wednesday, September 12
12:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist, Chapel, followed by light lunch and fellowship, Library
4:00 p.m. Leadership Team Meeting, Office
6:30 p.m. Finance Committee Meeting, Office Thursday, September 13
7:30 p.m. Choir Rehearsal, Church
Sunday, September 16 THE SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST GATHERING SUNDAY
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Chapel
9:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Childcare for infants and toddlers in the Wells Hall nursery
10:30 – 11:15 a.m. Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Church, followed by Gathering Sunday Brunch in Wells Hal