A Newsletter for Members and Friends 
Tacoma, Washington: Friday, January 25, 2019
THIS SUNDAY, January 27, 2019
Readings: Nehemiah 8:1-3,5-6, 8-10; Psalm 19; I Corinthians 12:12-31a; Luke 4:14-21
The texts can be found on The Lectionary Page
Sermon:  The Rev. Samuel Torvend
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 and can be accessed from the Worship page and by clicking this link on the homepage: Sunday Sermons

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
Christ Church Information
Links to Diocesan News and Informational Resources


COMPLINE – Compline, the church’s ancient nighttime prayer, is a short 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 on the second Sunday of February (the 10th), and March (the 10th) at 7:00 p.m.
Members and Friends of our Community: Leslie, Ethan, Natasha, Kevin, Lindsay, Julie.
Allison, Karla and Baby Girl Keelean; MaryLynn and Tim; Morgan Hill; Nakeesha; Charles; Lisa; Naomi; Suzanne; Ashley-Christine; Michael; Terry; Jan; Ann S; Kristin L; Dominic. 
Those who have died: Mary Oliver; Dick Moe; The Rev. Edna Travis
For all in need: For wise and compassionate leadership at the national, state and local level. For victims of sex-trafficking; 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 solutions for the crisis of homelessness. For worldwide cooperation in reversing global warming and climate change. For the suffering people and starving children of Yemen. For all recovering from California wildfires, especially the people of Paradise, CA, and for fire fighters and rescue workers. For all affected by the government shutdown and for a resolution of the stalemate.
Diocesan Prayer Cycle:  Ascension, Seattle; Epiphany, Seattle
Anglican Prayer Cycle: The Anglican Church of Burundi; The Most Revd Martin Blaise Nyaboho - Archbishop of Burundi & Bishop of Makamba.
To request prayers in the Prayers of the Assembly, e-mail 
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.         

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR DON STOVER – Tomorrow January 26, at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow in Wells Hall

                 (Don L. Stover, photo courtesy of Carolyn Modarelli, Don's sister)

ECUMENICAL CATHOLIC COMMUNITY (ECC) LEAVING – The small mission church of the ECC Church of the Good Shepherd, Olympia, that has been meeting for Eucharist on Sunday afternoons in our library will end its ministry as of today. Father Dave Gerardot, ECC priest, thanks us for our hospitality to the group. As he returns to ministry at the ECC Church of the Good Shepherd in Olympia, we wish him well.
TREASURER ELECTED – At its regular January meeting, the Vestry elected a Treasurer who will begin serving following the Annual Meeting. No name here, as we want to give the person time and space to make the transition to this ministry (and to entice you to come to the Annual Meeting to discover just who is this Mystery Treasurer.) We’re deeply grateful to this person for being willing to take on this important and demanding ministry after nearly a year without anyone serving in this capacity.
HOUSING NEEDED FOR THIRD FRIDAY’S GUEST ARTIST - Our Third Fridays at Noon recitalist for February 15 needs housing for two or three nights, February 12-14 (Wednesday and Thursday; possibly arriving Tuesday). No meals are required. Ryan is a talented and personable Canadian working now as organist at St. John's Lutheran Church in Sacramento, California. Please contact Mark Brombaugh ( if you could offer a place to stay or if you have questions. Access to public transportation to the church a strong plus! Thanks!

MINISTRY OF THE WEEK – EUCHARISTIC VISITORS – We give thanks this week for the ministry of our Eucharistic Visitors (EVs), parishioners who go out from the Sunday Eucharist with communion for members unable to attend. EVs are invited to serve in this ministry by the Priest-in-Charge of the parish. This is a sacramental ministry of the Church and requires licensing by the Bishop. EVs complete a Christ Church half-day workshop on the theology, pastoral and practical aspects of the ministry; Safeguarding God’s Children and God’s People training; and a background check. Through the ministry of our EVs, homebound or hospitalized members of our faith community are nourished by the Sacrament of Christ’s Body and Blood and united with us in the Eucharist even though they are unable to be with us at Church. Questions? Contact Mother Campbell:
Go to to see all the opportunities to serve at Christ Church.

Sunday, February 10, 12:00 noon, Wells Hall.
One liturgy on this day at 10:30 A.M. in the church

The Annual Meeting of Christ Church will convene immediately following the 10:30 liturgy. The meeting is an opportunity to celebrate our life and ministry of the past year; thank ministry groups and retiring officers; share hopes for 2019 and beyond, elect new Vestry members who will help lead us toward those hopes and elect new alternate delegates to represent us at Diocesan Convention. All are invited and encouraged to attend.
Eligible to vote are baptized persons 16 years of age or older who are regular attenders at worship and regular contributors to the life of the parish financially and/or in ministry. 
Childcare is provided for those too young to vote.
There will be no 8 a.m. Eucharist on Annual Meeting Sunday so that we may all worship together and attend the meeting.
The Nominating Committee for Vestry candidates is made up of the members rotating off this year: Holly Joseph, Winfield Giddings, Carlyle Jacinto, and Pam Vidan. If you are interested in serving on the Vestry please let them know. If you would like to nominate someone, please first ask that person if they are willing to serve before submitting their name to the Nominating Committee.
Vestry Qualifications and Responsibilities at Christ Church
The Vestry is the legal governing board of the parish, working in collaboration with the Priest in Charge. Vestry members serve three-year terms and are elected by the congregation at the Annual Meeting of the parish. Christ Church’s Vestry has 12 members serving in classes of 4. Each year 4 members reach the end of their terms and rotate off and 4 new members are elected to replace them. This system provides for both continuity and variety in leadership.
Vestry candidates should:
Demonstrate a commitment to following Christ and living the gospel; 
Be baptized Christians, and be confirmed in the Episcopal Church (or be willing to be confirmed in the Episcopal Church);
Be regular attenders at the parish’s worship;
Give generously of what God has entrusted to them to the financial well-being of the parish;
Participate in a variety of aspects of the community’s life and be knowledgeable about our programs and ministries;
Be known to be fair, to interact well with others, and to be willing to listen to and be respectful of a variety of points of view.
Have the ability both to express their own perspective and to seek the common good beyond personal interest;
Have an enthusiasm, vitality, and positive attitude toward this ministry.
The ministry of Vestry Member
Vestry ministry involves service as a leader, demonstrating care for the congregation and its ministry, keeping the vision established by the parish and its leadership in mind in Vestry conversations, staying informed and communicative about parish life and ministry, supporting and enabling others to grow and serve at their highest spiritual potential, having an authentic desire to grow as a person of faith and a leader. Vestry members join with other members in attending to the parish's fiscal health and abundance. Members attend and participate in monthly Vestry meetings, the Parish Annual Meeting, and one or two Saturday Vestry retreats annually.


EXPLORE CLASS - EXPLORE is open to people who are considering becoming Christian, interested in knowing more about the Episcopal form of Christian faith and life, seeking confirmation or reception in the Episcopal Church if already baptized, or wanting to reaffirm their faith. The class continues Sunday, in the Green Room following the 10:30 liturgy. In the recent past, we have welcomed people from Lutheran, Methodist, Mormon, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic and no religious traditions. People who were baptized in the Episcopal Church have participated in EXPLORE in preparation for confirmation, the mature affirmation of our baptismal faith in the presence of a Bishop. For those who wish to be baptized and/or to join the Episcopal Church through confirmation or reception, the Explore Classes are a required experience. If you have any questions, please contact Fr. Torvend at

MONDAY BIBLE STUDY – 7:00 p.m. in the library. This week prepares us for the readings of the Fourth Sunday of Epiphany (February 3). Come join us in a lively discussion. 

THE MONTHLY READING GROUP Sunday, February 24 at 6:30 p.m. – meeting at the home of Sandy and Ronn Johanson to discuss the The Gospel of Mary of Magdala. Everyone interested is welcome to attend. If you have questions or want an e-packet of materials, including the text of the Gospel, for this discussion please e-mail Don Johnson at . 

Sunday School 10:30 a.m.  – 11:15 a.m. for Preschool - Grade 5 – meets in the Wells Hall classroom two Sundays a month. Children gather in the church entryway and go to Wells Hall with their teachers, returning at the time of communion. On the other Sundays of the month, children participate with their family members in the entire worship service in the church as part of their formation in the Christian faith and life, including training and opportunities to serve in the liturgy as acolytes, readers and ushers.
February and March Sunday School Classroom dates: 2/3, 2/17 and 3/3, 3/17.


FOOD BANK FOCUS FOR FEBRUARY – 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. February Focus: We continue to construct a mountain of toilet paper in the church entryway.

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) at both 9:00 a.m. and at 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 in the chapel entryway.                                                                               
Work to stop the incarceration and separation of families seeking asylum in the United States: handouts will be available on the Wells Hall stage and on the chapel table.
Environmental Lobby Day: Tuesday, January 29 in Olympia, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.  The Environmental Priorities Coalition, made up of many environmental advocacy groups, will guide this event starting at United Churches (110 East 11th Avenue, Olympia 98501) for briefings, then moving to elected officials’ offices for conversations about this year’s four priorities: 100% clean electricity, orca emergency response, oil spill prevention, and reducing plastic pollution. Additional information in Wells Hall and Chapel entryway. Contact Fran Blair for carpool arrangements at: 
The Progress House Association, with state funding, is opening a Clubhouse in Pierce County. At a Clubhouse, people with mental illnesses aren’t patients or clients – they're members, working together toward wholeness and reconnecting with their families and communities. Over 300 Clubhouses worldwide are communities that heal and empower people who would otherwise be isolated, offering opportunities to use talents and skills they already have or learn new ones.  An informational meeting will be held at the Moore Branch of the Tacoma Public Library on Tuesday, February 5 from 5:30-7pm.
Looking to the Future:  several lobby days in Olympia; first, Faith Action Network, Thursday, February 14; several bills are coming up that focus on the six areas FAN supports this year (Creating a Biennial Budget that Protects the Poor and Vulnerable; Restoring Justice in our Criminal Justice System; Ensuring Housing for All; Caring for Creation; Protecting Immigrant Families & Civil Rights; Ensuring Healthcare and Mental Health for All).  Second, League of Women Voters, Thursday, February 21 (details soon).  Third, Housing and Homeless Advocacy, Thursday, February 28 (details soon).  If you care about these issues and do not already have a personal relationship with your state legislators, this is an excellent way to start -ask Jeannie Darneille, State Senator and Member of Christ Church!


Ryan Enright, organist, plays music by José de Torres y Vergara, J. S. Bach, Alexandre Pierre François Boëly, Jerry Mueller, Robert Frederick Jones, and an improvisation on a submitted theme. Mr. Enright is organist at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sacramento, California. Join us for 40 minutes of delightful music! Donation at the door.
THE EPIPHANY HANGING – As the revelation of God in Christ expands throughout the season of Epiphany, ribbons of silver and gold hanging in our worship space reflect the growing light of Christ. The hanging is the work of the Liturgical Visual Arts group, whose ministry enhances our worship throughout the seasons of the church year.

NEW BANNERS – In 1969, to celebrate the worship space in the new church building, the Reverend Ralph Carskadden, Associate Priest, designed the six banners that hang high on the west wall. For half a century, the banners have been integral to the entire compositional fabric of our worship space. The collage materials of the banners, however, are now exhibiting the inevitable deterioration anticipated from the outset. At the 40th anniversary celebration of the building, Ralph remarked that he was surprised the banners were still on the wall! To commemorate this year’s 50th anniversary of our building, a team from the Liturgical Visual Arts Group is preparing a new set of banners to honor the legacy of Father Carskadden, with the hope of restoring to that wall the joy of color, symbolism, and celebration of the originals. The new banners will reflect design elements already familiar in the pulpit (ambo) hangings and will incorporate the seasonal colors of the liturgy with symbolic elements drawn from tradition and, more specifically, our Anglican heritage. While we won’t know the condition of the original banners until we take them down, the Liturgical Arts Group hopes they might be cleaned, repaired, and hung either in Wells Hall or in the church sacristy hallway. More information as the project progresses.

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
Sunday School: children and teachers attend the worship service.
10:30 a.m.   Holy Eucharist, Church, followed by Coffee Hour in Wells Hall.
12:15 p.m.   EXPLORE Class, Green Room
Monday, January 28
7:00 p.m.     Bible Study, Library
Wednesday, January 30
12:00 p.m.   Holy Eucharist, Chapel, followed by light lunch and fellowship, Library
Thursday, January 31
7:30 p.m.     Choir Rehearsal, Church
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 Coffee Hour in Wells Hall.
         Christ Church 101 – Meet at the Eagle Lectern after the liturgy.
Mail:  310 N. K Street, Tacoma, WA 98403                   
Phone:  253-383-1569 
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Office Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Closed Mondays.
(In inclement weather, the office is closed when Tacoma Schools are closed)

Holly Joseph, Senior Warden; Don Ellis, Junior Warden
Cynthia Anthony, Eddie Bang, Tim Chen, Winfield Giddings,
Caroline Huckaby,  Carlyle Jacinto, Linda Johnson, Brianne Knudson,
Matt Lonsdale, Pam Vidan

The Rev. Janet Campbell, Priest in Charge
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Usual office hours Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday; email for an appointment.
The Rev. Samuel Torvend, Associate Priest for Adult Formation
The Rev. Robert Carver, Priest Associate; The Rev. Bill Tudor, Priest Associate    
The Rev. Kathryn Nichols and Dr. Mark Brombaugh, Co-Directors of Music Ministries,   
Mr. David Dahl, Director of Music Ministries Emeritus
Ms. Darlene Coleman, Parish Administrator
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Ms. Shannon Farley, Office Manager
253-383-1569 x10
Mr. Tim Williams, Sexton 
Ms. Emily Verdonk, Accountant
Thursdays:10:00 – 12:30
Ms. Karen Jeffery, Lead Nursery Attendant;
Ms. Mary Smiley, Nursery Assistant                                           
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