A Newsletter for Members and Friends 
Tacoma, Washington: Friday, October 5, 2018

Readings: Genesis 2:18-24; Psalm 8; Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12; Mark 10:2-16
The texts can be found on The Lectionary Page
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 and can be accessed from the Worship page and by clicking this link on the homepage: Sunday Sermon


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
COMPLINE – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14, 7:00 p.m. in the ChurchCompline, the church’s ancient night 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 again on the second Sunday of November (the 11th).
Those in any kind of need, especially: Ashley Christine; Michael P.; MaryLynn and Tim E.; Terry E.; Alice T.; Jan; Ann S.; Kristin L; Dominic.
Those who have died: Susanne Derksma; and all who grieve for her.
For all in need: Victims of sex-trafficking; refugees and migrants, especially separated families. Indonesians suffering from the earthquake and tsunami; 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. Andrew, Aberdeen; St. Luke, Elma; St. Germain, Hoodsport
Anglican Prayer Cycle: The Episcopal Church; The Most Revd Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop.
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.                        

FALL WOMEN'S LUNCH - Saturday, October 6, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Wells Hall.  Doors open at 11:30 with beverages available, lunch begins at 12:00 noon and the program begins at 1:00 p.m.  Come enjoy delightful food with vegetarian choices and a talk by parishioner and State Senator Jeannie Darneille on "Women, Faith, and Politics." Donations will be gratefully received to cover expenses, and any additional amount will go into the Rector's Discretionary Fund. Save your spot by sending an email to before the event, or simply come on by without a reservation - it isn't too late to attend and enjoy the program and hospitality.
SAINT FRANCIS DAY BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7, 4:00 p.m. in the courtyard. All animals large and small, including children’s stuffed companions, are welcome at our Saint Francis Day celebration in the courtyard (or in Wells Hall in case of rain). Bring photos of animals unable to attend. In gratitude for God’s gift of Creation, we’ll offer prayers of thanksgiving and healing for all of creation and blessings for every animal. Treats for humans (ice cream) and pets add to the fun. Invite your friends and neighbors; this is a great way to introduce them to Christ Church. As part of our celebration, we collect donations for the Tacoma Humane Society: canned and dry dog and cat food, new or gently used towels, and new or gently used collars and leashes for cats and dogs of all ages and sizes.

UPDATE ON CHURCH ENTRYWAY GLASS PANELS – Replacements for the broken glass panels and door hould be installed by the end of the month. Once all invoices and all insurance reimbursements for these repairs have been received, we’ll provide an accounting of the actual financial cost to us of the vandalism. Please pray for help and healing for Ashley, the woman who did this damage.
WORK UNDERWAY ON CHURCH BUILDING EXTERIOR WALLS – The restoration work will be ongoing Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. and should be complete around the end of October month, depending on weather, any additional “discoveries” not identified in the project study.

MINISTRY OF THE WEEK – LITURGICAL VISUAL ARTS – We give thanks this week for the ministry of our Liturgical Visual Arts group, who plan, create and care for the decorations and adornments that enhance our liturgical observance of the seasons of the church year. November’s Altars of Remembrance, Advent’s Jesse Tree and Advent wreath, the larger-than-life Three Kings puppets who visit on Epiphany, Lent’s Crown of Thorns, Easter’s great Gospel pages, Pentecost’s mobile of flames, seasonal pulpit hangings – these are just some of their creations. Meetings happen in parishioners’ homes 4 to 6 times a year to plan projects and enjoy a meal together, and as needed in church or chapel to work on projects. If you’re interested in learning more, contact Jean Tudor at 
PARISH ADMINISTRATOR SEARCH – Interviews are ongoing and we hope to have someone in place by mid-October. The fall is always a busy time in the office and we ask for your patience since we are shorthanded. Once a new administrator begins we’ll catch up!

DONATIONS TO THE CHRIST CHURCH LIBRARY - Much good work in purging the library of out-of-date books has been accomplished by Susan Manning and Bert Stibbe. New books needed for Adult Formation have been added. While we are grateful for donations of books, to maintain the balance and usefulness of the collection and make the most of our limited shelf space, we have established the following donations policy: If you wish to donate books, please do not bring them to the parish office. Instead, prepare a list of the books with title, author's name, publisher, and date of publication and email it to Susan Manning at She’ll forward your list to the rest of the Library Committee. The Committee will let you know which books on your list would be helpful additions to the library. Any books left at the church which have not gone through this selection process cannot be stored at the church and will not be kept.



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.

MARTIN BUBER AND THE VISION OF DIALOGUE: What can Christians learn from a Jewish vision? SUNDAYS, OCTOBER 7, 14, AND 21, 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the Library. Martin Buber, a Jewish philosopher, continues to have a profound influence among Christians. In these three sessions, Don Johnson, our resident expert on Buber, will lead participants in an engaging discussion of Buber’s fascinating life, his thought on the relationship between God and humanity, and his understanding of Jesus.

MONDAY BIBLE STUDY – 7:00 - 8:00 p.m., this week in the chapel.  Study of the writings of the prophet Amos continues. He is a keen observer of the people of God and their failings. They remind us of today. Come join the conversation. You'll be on your way by 8 p.m.

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 by Martin Buber, on the relationship between Judaism and Christianity. Everyone interested is welcome to attend. Questions? E-mail Don Johnson

THE RACIAL JUSTICE READING GROUP – FALL BOOK Stamped From the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi, Parts III – V: at 7:00 p.m. on two evenings, Monday, October 29 and Monday, December 3. (No meeting in November). If you weren’t able to attend the discussion of Parts I and II but are interested in the book, please join us. Newcomers are always welcome to our ongoing engagement with the issue of racial justice. We meet at the home of Anne Avery and Jim Elliott.  Questions or for directions, email Anne:
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 and readers.
October and November Sunday School classroom dates:
10/14, 10/21, 11/4, 11/18


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.
          ACLU of Washington will offer a webinar on Tuesday, October 9, 7 – 8 p.m., on Ballot Measure I-940 (mitigation of deadly use of force by police), and how to get involved in promoting its passage.  To pre-register, go to
          Faith Action Network (FAN) has produced position statements about November’s ballot issues; copies are available on the Wells Hall stage and on the back table in the chapel.
          October’s Meaningful Movie: A Plastic Ocean. Thursday, October 25, 6:30 p.m. at the Grand Cinema (606 Fawcett Ave., Tacoma).  Free admission, with optional discussion following.  In the center of the Pacific Ocean gyre researchers found more plastic than plankton. This movie documents the newest science, showing how plastics, once they enter the oceans, break up into tiny particulates that enter the food chain, where they attract toxins like magnets, toxins that are stored in seafood’s fatty tissues and are eventually consumed by us.  Working solutions can be put into immediate effect.
          Save the Dates:
          Sunday, October 7, noon 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.  Location: Clover Park Technical College
          League of Women Voters Candidate Forums for each Pierce County Legislative District, October 3 through October 25.  Schedule handouts on Wells Hall stage and chapel back table.
          November 18, 4:30 – 8:00, Faith Action Network’s Annual Dinner: Renton Pavilion Event Center (233 Burnett Ave. S., Renton 98057).  To register, go to or call 206-625-9790. 
SEEKING CITIZEN VOLUNTEERS TO OBSERVE PIERCE COUNTY BALLOT PROCESSING - Training sessions Thursday October 11, 10:00 to noon and Friday October 12, 1:00 to 3:00. The Pierce County Auditor’s Office and the Pierce County League of Women Voters seek volunteers to serve as Independent Ballot Process Observers for the November 6th General Election. Processing starts when ballots first reach the Pierce County Election Center (October 23) and lasts through Final Certification of the Election (November 27). Volunteers receive training to make sure the Ballot Process (actually done by Auditor employees) is done correctly. Observers work in 3-4 hour shifts weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. They are asked to work at least one, and ideally 2, 3 or more, shifts during the 5-week Election Season between October 23 and November 27. You only need to attend one training session and you do not need to re-take the training if you were trained this summer. Trainings and Observing all take place in the Pierce County Election Office (2501 South 35th St. Suite C, in Tacoma) in the building next to the Pierce County Annex. You must live and be registered to vote in Pierce County to participate. This is a great volunteer opportunity for individuals with mobility challenges. The work area is walker, wheelchair and scooter-friendly. Most observer tasks can be done while seated. For questions contact Ginny Peterson To sign up, contact Sharon Wilhelm,
The UTO is an Episcopal-church-wide ministry that provides assistance to people in need around the world. Parishes distribute UTO “Blue Boxes” to members to keep at home and fill with coins and bills, offerings of thanksgiving for daily blessings small and large. Twice a year, the contents of the Blue Boxes are brought to church in the boxes or in UTO offering envelopes and put in the offering plate. Our gifts, along with those of thousands of others, will be turned into health clinics, food banks, schools, jeeps, farming equipment, seeds, tools, and a multitude of other ways to help. If you haven’t had a Blue Box, you can still participate by making an offering in the UTO envelope you will receive in the mail this week (also available in chapel and church entryways). Place your offerings of thanksgiving in this envelope and bring it to church next Sunday, the 14th. These monetary gifts of thanksgiving are sent into the world to do a world of good.

FAMILY HOUSING NETWORK ON HOLD – We and other faith communities that have partnered with Catholic Community Services (CCS) as host shelters for families experiencing homelessness have been informed that CCS has temporarily suspended the shelter program.  Operations are on hold until further notice while they work to address a number of issues, including low shelter census, lack of consistently scheduled host sites, lack of referrals (from the county), and staff transitions. This suspension means that Christ Church’s week in January is (in all likelihood) cancelled. CCS is convening key partners and funders to look at program design, systems issues and service strategies to consider the best path forward to serve the needs of families experiencing homelessness. They want us to know how much they appreciate the support that the Family Housing Network program receives from the community, especially from us and other participating host sites and many volunteers. They hope to be able to fully utilize our contributions and goodwill to continue this important mission in the future. If we learn more, we’ll be sure to inform you. Our thanks to the many Christ Church volunteers who have organized our twice-yearly participation and all who have been hosts for our guests. 

FOOD BANK FOCUS FOR OCTOBER – As part of our observance of the October Feast of St. Francis, we offer support to the Tacoma/Pierce County Humane Society with donations of canned and dry dog and cat food, new or gently used towels, and new or gently used collars and leashes for cats and dogs of all ages and sizes. What the Humane Society does not use will be distributed through their Pet Pantry program to other animal shelters and pet-friendly homeless shelters throughout Tacoma. Leave your gift in the baskets in the church entryway. If you wish to donate in other ways you may visit their website at

ART PIECE “THE GATHERING” – Carolyn Huckaby (fabric installation: back wall of the worship space). Artist’s Statement: “This piece was created with recycled cloth and supplies first used on Christ Church’s Creation Sunday in 2011. The piece represents the sunlight, mountains, forests, fields and seas. Together as the community of Christ Church we love and celebrate the great Northwest and the beauty that it brings to us even in our own backyards. I wanted to share my vision of the Northwest with my hanging “The Gathering.” Thank you to Pam, Judith, Jean, Bessie, and Winfield for helping me with my creation.” Caroline Huckaby


THIRD FRIDAYS AT NOON RECITAL, October 19, 2018 at 12:10 p.m. – Hear Organist Jonathan Wohlers, Director of Music at Trinity Lutheran Church, Parkland, WA. He will play radiant 17th-century toccatas, fugues and dances by Muffat, Louis Couperin, Roberday, Scheidt, and Buxtehude. Invite your friends for an uplift in the middle of the day! Donations accepted at the door.
FAQS (Frequently Asked Questions)
All members of Christ Church are welcome to attend Vestry meetings, the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 in Wells Hall. Meetings are always listed on the Christ Church calendar in the Bulletin, Weekly and on the website. Once the minutes of the preceding meeting have been approved by the Vestry, they are made available in the Vestry Minutes binder on the shelf to the left of the office door and can be read in the library. In addition to Vestry actions, the minutes include monthly financials and reports from the Senior Warden, Junior Warden, Finance Committee, various ministry groups and the Priest in Charge.

Saint Francis 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 a.m.  Holy Eucharist, Church, followed by coffee hour in Wells Hall
12:15 p.m.  Martin Buber and the Wisdom of Dialogue, Library
4:00 p.m.    Blessing of the Animals/Ice Cream Social, Courtyard (Wells Hall in case of rain)
7:00 p.m.    Esoterics Concert, Church

6:30 p.m.    Body and Soul: Engaging Core Spiritual Practices, Wells Hall
7:00 p.m.    Bible Study, IN THE CHAPEL THIS WEEK
Wednesday, October 10
12:00 p.m.  Holy Eucharist, Chapel, followed by light lunch and fellowship, Library
4:00 p.m.    Leadership Team Meeting, Library
6:30 p.m.    Finance Committee Meeting, Library
Thursday, October 11
7:30 p.m.    Choir Rehearsal, Church
Saturday, October 13
10:00 a.m.  Regional Pre-Convention Gathering, Wells Hall

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: classroom
10:30 a.m.  Holy Eucharist, Church, followed by coffee hour in Wells Hall
12:15 p.m.  Martin Buber and the Wisdom of Dialogue, Library
7:00 p.m.    Compline, Church 
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