A Newsletter for Members and Friends 
Tacoma, Washington: Friday, July 26, 2019
JULY 28, 2019

Readings: Genesis 18:20-32; Psalm 138; Colossians 2:6-15; Luke 11:1-13
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

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
Christ Church Information
Links to Diocesan News and Informational Resources


Members and Friends of our Community: Max; Maggie; Eldan; Jim; Rosemary R; Leslie; Kevin; Ethan; Natasha; Lindsay; Julie; Elin; Angela N and her family; Bill Martyn; Linda Donato; Ashley-Christine; Michael and Mary Kay; Jan; Ann S; Kristin L; Dominic. 
Those who have died: Eleanor Rich; Dawn Sparks
For all in need: For victims of sex-trafficking; for refugees and migrants, especially separated families. For all working to eliminate 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 people of Hong Kong, Yemen, Libya,Venezuela, Puerto Rico. For all affected by extreme weather.
Diocesan Prayer Cycle: Episcopal Mission to Seafarers; Refugee Resettlement Office; Center for Spiritual Development
Anglican Prayer Cycle: Pray for the Scottish Episcopal Church; The Most Revd Mark Strange - Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church & Bishop of Moray, Ross & Caithness
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 used in the list of those who have died.


THE FAMILY WE ARE HELPING IS IN THEIR NEW HOME – As of Friday afternoon the 26th, Christ Church volunteers will have helped the family with the last stage of their move out of the house and into their new apartment. They are so grateful for all we’ve done for them. You’ll hear from them about that as soon as they get settled. Through your generosity with money and muscle, they have a fresh start on life and are full of joy and hope for their future.

GOODBYE FROM THE KEELEANS - Allison, Karla and Josephine would like to thank Christ Church for the overwhelming love, hospitality and prayers over the last two years. As excited as we are to begin another chapter in Michigan, we are sad to leave this community and will miss our Christ Church family. Love and blessing to you all, The Keeleans.

VESTRY NOMINATES STEVE KIETA for reception as a priest in the Episcopal Church –
Steve, a priest of the Roman Catholic Church, was received into the Episcopal Church some three years ago. For a little over a year, a Discernment Committee of Christ Church parishioners and a member of another parish (Saint Andrew’s, Tacoma) has been meeting with Steve to discern with him if he is called to function as a priest in the Episcopal Church.
          The Committee recently concluded its work with a recommendation to the Vestry that Steve be nominated for postulancy. At a special Vestry meeting Thursday night, the Vestry enthusiastically concurred.
          Steve’s discernment process now moves to the diocesan level. Next steps include his application for postulancy to the Bishop and Commission on Ministry, the Vestry’s report of its vote and a letter of recommendation from Mother Campbell.
          Both the Roman Catholic and Episcopal Churches understand ordination as effecting a permanent change in one’s being (just as we understand baptism), so Steve has been and is already a priest. This discernment process is not about “making him a priest” (as the Book of Common Prayer puts it)– that has already happened. It’s about receiving him as a priest in the Episcopal Church. Father Torvend went through much the same process several years ago, having begun his life as a priest in the Roman Catholic Church.
          Steve remains with us as a member of Christ Church as he continues in his process. Congratulations to Steve and Kathleen! Please keep them in your prayers for this next stage of discernment.
50TH ANNIVERSARY BOOKS WILL ARRIVE NEXT WEEK – The books will be available for those who ordered them on Sundays beginning July 28 – in the chapel after the 8:00 a.m. liturgy and in Wells Hall after the 10:30 a.m. liturgy. The price is $31.00. Please pay by check or bring exact change. The discretionary fund has some copies available for those whose budget won’t quite stretch to accommodate $31.00 for a book. Please see Mother Janet.
GIVING STATEMENTS AVAILABLE – Giving Statements through the second quarter of the year are available in the chapel and on the glass table in the church entryway this Sunday. After that they will be mailed. Save postage – pick up your copy!
UPDATE ON ASHLEY CHRISTINE K. – The troubled woman who broke most of our entryway glass walls last summer was released from jail on her own recognizance last Monday, July 15. Apparently she’s now deemed competent to stand trial, as a trial is set for Wednesday, August 14, with a pre-trial conference on Thursday, July 25th. Conditions of her release include having no contact with Christ Church, including staying off Christ Church property. Should Ashley fail to appear for either the pre-trial conference or trial, she will be subject to re-arrest. We don’t know any more details at this time. Please continue your prayers for her.
BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS WORK THIS WEEK AND NEXT– Facilities Committee Chair Joe Conklin has announced the following: Point and Tuck work on Wells Hall began Monday, July 22 and will last for about two weeks. During this time the Multicare parking lot entrance to Wells Hall (nearest the kitchen) will be refurbished – with new steps and porch and restoration of the doors.
On Monday, July 29, the courtyard concrete slabs will be leveled by the Slabjack Company.
A new exterior door for the Chapel sacristy is being fabricated and will be installed when completed. Questions? Contact Joe at
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 is needed. The discussion focuses on the readings assigned for the following Sunday’s worship. What those readings are can be found in the Eucharistic Lectionary section of the Book of Common Prayer or online at the Episcopal Church’s Lectionary Page:  If you have questions or are interested in learning more about the group, contact Doug Dahlgren:
To see the many ways to learn and serve at Christ Church go to



MONDAY BIBLE STUDY 7:00 p.m. in the library – July 29 prepares us for the readings of Pentecost 8, August 4. Come join us in a lively discussion.

THE MONTHLY READING GROUP - will meet Sunday, August 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Jim Treyens and Jane Maynard to discuss the second half of The Great Transformation: The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions by Karen Armstrong. Questions? Email Don Johnson at

Sunday School 10:30 a.m.  – 11:15 a.m. for Preschool - Grade 5
Sunday School Classes are on summer break. From September through May, Sunday School classes meet 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 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.  


FOOD BANK FOCUS FOR JULY: Spaghetti, mac & cheese, boxed pasta - 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. 
MEANINGFUL MOVIE, DAMMED TO EXTINCTION – Friday, July 26, 6:30 p.m. at the Center for Spiritual Living, 206 North J Street, Tacoma. This documentary features the life’s work of whale researcher Ken Balcomb and the beloved Puget Sound Southern Resident Orca, of which only 76 remain. Admission is free, but donations are gladly accepted. Optional facilitated discussion follows on what orcas need and what we can do together to get it done!
“The Detention Lottery”Saturday, July 27, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Peace Lutheran Church, 2106 South Cushman Avenue, Tacoma. An immersive theater experience set in the Detention Center Court, sponsored by AIDNW (Advocates for Immigrants in Detention Northwest) and Peace Lutheran Church. Learn about how immigration laws are enforced and about court processes and proceedings. Immigration lawyers will be there to answer questions. The performance is geared for age 12 and up. Free admission with donations to support AIDNW. A food truck featuring Cajun Food will be on site from 12:00 noon - 4:00 p.m, $10.00 per plate, part of which will also support AIDNW. Call (253) 572-9659 for more information. RSVP to so we know how many people to plan for.
PRIMARY ELECTION - Be sure to return your ballot by Tuesday, August 6!  The earlier the better, as ballot-processing takes time. Only races in which there are more than two candidates will appear on your ballot. (Since the two candidates with the most votes in each race advance to the General Election, when there are only two candidates in a race, both automatically advance.)
ART STORM FOR CLIMATE ACTION – Saturday, August 3, 11:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m., 311 Puyallup Avenue, Tacoma.  350 Tacoma (, part of an international grassroots movement to press for “a safe climate and a better future,” offers an opportunity to brainstorm powerful ways we can use art to express dissent and activate the hearts and minds of others while getting plugged in for the September 20 Climate Walkout (see below) and the week of action around the Salish Sea.
FIFTH ANNUAL EARTH GAY TACOMA, Saturday, August 10, 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon,   Gog-le-hi-te Wetlands Park, 1402 Lincoln Avenue, Tacoma (by the Puyallup River, on the Tideflats). Washington Environmental Council, Port of Tacoma, Rainbow Center and several other organizations invite volunteers to join in restoring a vital habitat for birds, salmon and other wildlife by removing invasive species in preparation for fall planting/restoration of flowering native perennials. More details and maps on the Wells Hall stage at coffee hour. RSVP (there will be food) either to  or the event website:
PLAN AHEAD, PUT SEPTEMBER 20 CLIMATE WALKOUT ON YOUR CALENDAR- There is a global call for action on climate for September 20-27, originated by youth worried about their future and the lack of meaningful response by adults, politicians, and governments. Addressing the climate crisis urgently and at the scale necessary will take a massive uprising of people to demand action and interrupt business as usual. More information to follow.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY HOUSE-RAISING – Saturday, August 17, 10:30 a.m. at
9303 20th Ave Ct E, Midland. This February, Christ Church was chosen as one of Habitat for Humanity’s honored donors and given a 2x4 wall stud for members to sign as a treasure to be built into a home, visible to the homeowners. Many of us signed it at our Annual Meeting. The Wall of Hope, including the stud, will be raised in a ceremony at the new Habitat home of Yuri and Yelena. Doug Dahlgren will represent us, and all are invited to attend. Our donations to Habitat are made through our Community Service Leadership Team, which administers the funds we commit to organizations serving the community and world – this year 5% of our operating budget – on its way to 10%, a tithe, increasing by a half percent each year.
DACA RENEWAL FEES FUND DONATIONS: The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has allowed hundreds of thousands of undocumented young people across the country to live with dignity. Each DACA recipient must pay $495 every two years to renew that status; many struggle to meet that expense, and even a momentary lapse in a DACA renewal puts a young person in danger of being deported. United We Dream has created a renewal fund for young immigrants who need assistance; every dollar raised will go directly toward helping young persons in financial need, enabling them to get the identification documents they need to hold a job or attend college. To donate, go to  



THANKS TO GUEST ORGANIST THOMAS CLARK who provides musical leadership while Co-Directors of Music Ministries Mark Brombaugh and Kathryn Nichols are on vacation.

THE CHRIST CHURCH CHOIR is on summer break. New singers will be warmly welcomed into the choir in the fall. Rehearsals begin Thursday, September 12 at 7:30 p.m., and we sing again on September 15. Anyone considering joining is invited to have a conversation with Kathryn Nichols for more information about the nature of this commitment to liturgical ministry. Email:
LOVE TO SING? CONSIDER A CHORAL ADVENTURE - At the end of the summer, we will enjoy two Sundays with special choir participation at the 10:30 a.m. service, open to all who can carry a tune and attend one rehearsal.
Schedule: Treble Voices, Sunday August 25, rehearsal on Thursday Aug. 22, 7:30-9 p.m.
           Low Voices, Sunday September 8, rehearsal on Thursday Sept. 5, 7:30-9 p.m.
Advance registration is necessary by Aug. 20 for treble voices, Sept. 3 for low voices. This is a fun way to have a rich choral experience, gain some new skills with no long-term commitment, and enrich our worship life.  Contact Kathryn Nichols if you can sing with us so we can have music and seating organized:

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 is on summer break
10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Church, followed by coffee hour in Wells Hall
Monday, July 29
7:00 p.m.    Bible Study, Library
Wednesday, July 31
12:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist, Chapel, followed by light lunch and fellowship, Library
Friday, August 2
2:00 p.m.    Knitting Group, Library

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 is on summer break
10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Church, followed by coffee hour in Wells Hall
Mail:  310 N. K Street, Tacoma, WA 98403                   
Phone:  253-383-1569 FAX: 253-383-1583
Christ Church on Facebook:
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)

Brianne Knudson, Senior Warden; Don Ellis, Junior Warden
Cynthia Anthony, Eddie Bang, Susan Beer,
Rodney Blackburn, Tim Chen, Caroline Huckaby,
Dennis Johnson, Linda Johnson, Matt Lonsdale,
Vikke Pierson
Ex-Officio, non-voting: Winfield Giddings, Treasurer;
Interim Vestry Clerk Mary Smiley

The Rev. Janet Campbell, Priest in Charge
253-383-1569 ext 11
Usual office hours Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday; please 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. Mary Smiley, Secretary/Receptionist 383-1569 x 10
Ms. Shannon Farley, Parish Coordinator 383-1569 x 18
Mr. Tim Williams, Sexton 253-310-5178 
Ms. Emily Verdonk, Accountant 
Thursdays:10:00 – 12:30
Ms. Karen Jeffery, Lead Nursery Attendant; Ms. Mary Smiley, Nursery Assistant

To report a pastoral emergency (a serious diagnosis, an accident, hospitalization, a death) please contact Mother Campbell as soon as possible. During office hours, call the office. If the emergency occurs after 2:00 p.m. on a weekday, or on a weekend or holiday, email Mother Campbell and she will respond as soon as possible.
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