A Newsletter for Members and Friends 
Tacoma, Washington: Friday, September 21, 2018
Readings:  Jeremiah 11:18-20; Psalm 54; James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a; Mark 9:30-37
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 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 November (the 11th).
Christ Church members Truman and Dixie Coggins, being confirmed this Sunday during the Bishop’s visitation to Saint Matthew’s, Brown’s Point;
Those in any kind of need, especially: Michael P.; MaryLynn and Tim E.; Terry E.; Kevin, Ethan, Natasha, Lindsay, and Leslie; Mary Catherine Potts; Kathleen B; Roger C; Don S.; Edie; Alice T.; Jan; Ann S.; Kristin L; Dominic.
Those who have died: Susanne Derksma; David Potts; Ronald Arnatt; Ken Mayfield; 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: All Saints, Vancouver; St. Anne, Washougal.
Anglican Prayer Cycle: The Anglican Church of Tanzania; The Most Revd Jacob Erasto Chimeledya, Archbishop of Tanzania, and Bishop of Mpwapwa.
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.                      

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. 

NEW (AGAIN!) ENVELOPE GAME TOTAL – $5,793.00! We have more than exceeded our goal. 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

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 will begin at noon. Enjoy conversation and delightful food with vegetarian choices. The program begins at 1:00 a.m. with parishioner and State Senator Jeannie Darneille, who will talk about "WOMEN, FAITH, and POLITICS."  Reservations can be made by signing the list on the glass table in the church entryway or by sending an email to If you plan to bring a guest, just add her name along with yours. Donations will be most gratefully received not only to cover expenses, but also to add any additional amount to the Rector's Discretionary Fund.
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.

          I have been reading the Vestry Minutes from the years preceding and up to the construction of our church building. My appreciation of the huge leap-of-faith that the parish accepted and celebrated has grown with each reading. I have gathered statistics from that time period in an attempt to compare the leap-of-faith made in the 1966 to 1969 period to today. A ballpark number would be for the 2018 Christ Church parish to agree to tear down the existing sanctuary, select an avant-garde architect and pay for a new $4.9 million sanctuary! It should also be mentioned that the 1960’s – 1970’s the parish also purchased and installed the Brombaugh organ subsequent to the completion of the Sanctuary. 
          I had an epiphany during our Tuesday Vestry meeting after a presentation by Dixie Coggins and Christi McCarren. I think that we should adopt the following theme for our 50th Anniversary Celebration next year:
          “Celebration of the Leap-of-Faith made 50 years ago and envisioning the Leap-of-Faith that will anchor Christ Episcopal Church, Tacoma over the next 50 years.”
          For you word smiths out there, this is your opportunity to express your thoughts and comments. Looking forward to your contributions.  Tim Chen

UPDATE ON CHURCH ENTRYWAY GLASS PANELS – The replacements for the panels broken in the July incident are being manufactured and should be installed by mid-October. Manufacturing of the door panel and the K Street corner wall panels broken on September 14 will begin this week with installation expected by mid-October. Once all invoices and all insurance reimbursements for these two repairs have been received, we’ll provide an accounting of the actual financial cost to us of the vandalism.
Work should begin on or around this Monday, September 24, and should take about a month, depending on weather, any additional “discoveries” not identified in the project study, and the number of times work must be suspended during church activities or for the installation of the glass entryway walls.
MINISTRY OF THE WEEK – MONDAY BIBLE STUDY – We give thanks this week for the ministry of Monday Bible Study. This small group meets in the library Monday evenings from 7 – 8 p.m. for an informal conversational exploration of scripture.  All are welcome to take part; no special knowledge needed. Drop in anytime. Each week the focus of the discussion (one of the books of the Bible, or a particular section or topic) is listed in the Adult Formation section of the Sunday bulletin and Weekly e-newsletter. If you have questions or are interested in learning more about the group, contact Father Bill Tudor:
PARISH ADMINISTRATOR SEARCH – Interviews are ongoing. We have some strong candidates and 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!

PRESIDING BISHOP MICHAEL CURRY BACK TO WORK – We give thanks that the Presiding Bishop has recovered well from his surgery for prostate cancer and has returned to work.


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 24 at 7:00 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

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 - 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.

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. in the Library. Amos keeps the heat on those idlers who lie on their ivory beds - symbols of indolence - who care only for themselves, and care nothing for the poor. Come see how Amos speaks out God’s word. Plenty to learn from Amos for our own time. Join us for great conversation!

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
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.
September and October Sunday School classroom dates: 9/23, 10/14, 10/21.
Our curriculum is Weaving God’s Promises, a comprehensive, three-year children’s formation program developed by and for the Episcopal Church. For an overview of the curriculum, see our website


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 be Making 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 Thursday, September 27 at 6:30 pm. Optional discussion follows.
          Save the Dates:
          Wednesday, October 3, Sierra Club
and others host a “Folly of Frack” play and environmental justice discussion at Evergreen State College, Lyceum Hall, 1210 – 6th Avenue, Tacoma, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. RSVP to:  
          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.
          League of Women Voters Candidate Forums for each Pierce County Legislative District, October 3 through October 25.  Schedule handouts available on Wells Hall stage and chapel back table.
League of Women Voters Candidate Forums will occur in October.
RACISM AND SOCIAL JUSTICE CONFERENCE – SEPTEMBER 27-29, University of Puget Sound (UPS) campus. For educators and those among us concerned about racism and social justice: 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:
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.


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 - 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.

THE CHRIST CHURCH CHOIR - New singers in every section may join now at the beginning of the season. Anyone considering choir 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:

FAQS (Frequently Asked Questions)
THIS WEEK: HOW CAN I GIVE TO CHRIST CHURCH? – If you would like to make a financial pledge to support the life and ministry of Christ Church, pledge cards are available in chapel and church entryways and can be filled out at any time of the year and returned in the Sunday collection plate or by mail to the parish office. If you would like to make a special financial gift or a gift in kind, please speak with Mother Campbell about it. We are grateful for the generous support of parishioners, friends and visitors. 


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
Monday, September 24
6:30 p.m.    Body and Soul: Engaging Core Spiritual Practices, Wells Hall
7:00 p.m.    Bible Study, Library
7:00 p.m.    Racial Justice Reading Group, Avery/Elliott Home
Tuesday, September 25
Community Service Leadership Team Meeting CANCELLED
Wednesday, September 26
12:00 p.m.  Holy Eucharist, Chapel, followed by light lunch and fellowship, Library
Thursday, September 27
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 a.m.  Holy Eucharist, Church, followed by coffee hour in Wells Hall
12:15 p.m.  Service in the World: In Honduras with Robert Carver, Library
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