CHRIST CHURCH WEEKLY A Newsletter for Members and Friends
Friday in the First Week of Christmas
The Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus
January 1st, 2020
Best wishes for a healing New Year of blessing and peace
CHRIST CHURCH IS ALIVE AND WELL DURING THE PANDEMIC Our buildings are closed until further notice for the safety of all,
but Christ Church is a people, not a building, and we are not closed.
WORSHIP, PRAYER, LEARNING, FELLOWSHIP and SERVICE
continue in many ways, including online gatherings.
In this Issue
A Prayer in a Time of Pandemic
New this Week
Worship and Prayer
Formation and Study
Service and Advocacy in Community and World
Parish Community Notes
Celebrating the Arts
Christ Church Calendar: Parish Events This Coming Week
Christ Church Prayer List
Sustaining and Building Community in this Time of Pandemic
Christ Church Information
Links to Diocesan News and Informational Resources
A PRAYER IN A TIME OF PANDEMIC
O Healer of the Nations, we pray to you as the novel coronavirus pandemic increases around the world and in our own nation and neighborhoods. Give your people willingness to accept the limitations that this time places upon us, that we may slow the spread and keep ourselves and one another safe. Give us courage to persevere in faith, assured of your presence with us. Soothe the sick, comfort the dying, have compassion on the grieving, protect health care workers, give wisdom to our leaders and public health officials, and strengthen all who are working for effective treatments and vaccines. Inspire us to serve our neighbors in need by supporting food banks, homeless shelters, animal rescues, and all organizations working to help the many who are vulnerable and at risk. This we pray in Jesus' Name. Amen.
NEW THIS WEEK For details see the section indicated for each entry.
In the section "Service and Advocacy" - Christ Church Little Free Food Pantry - how you can participate. - Zoom Seminar on Pandemic-related Mental Health Issues: this Tuesday, January 5, 5:30-6:30.Parishioner Ginny Peterson serves on the seminar panel.
WORSHIP AND PRAYER
CHRIST CHURCH SUNDAY VIDEO AND HOUSEHOLD WORSHIP
returns Sunday, January 10 Our suggestion for The Second Sunday after Christmas Day, January 3
Saint Mark's Cathedral, 2020 A Service of Lessons and Carols for the Season of Epiphany https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-EIoqTAQ64
Resuming next week
CHRIST CHURCH ONLINE RECORDED VIDEO SUNDAY WORSHIP Readings of the Sunday, short homily or reflection, prayers of the assembly, hymns and organ music. Each new Sunday's video link is posted on our website homepage beginning 6:00 p.m. Saturday evening.
HOUSEHOLD WORSHIP RESOURCE BOOKLET FOR SUNDAYS - Introductory reflection by Fr. Torvend, the Gospel with a written meditation from a variety of sources, prayers, images, links to recorded music, and a Table Prayer for the week. Available on our website here.
CHRIST CHURCH WEEKDAY WORSHIP & PRAYER
WEDNESDAYS - CONVERSATION AND COMPLINE: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. (by Zoom) A word to all from Mother Janet, small group conversation in breakout rooms, regathering for Compline, the church's nighttime prayer. Watch your inbox for the Conversation and Compline Zoom link each Wednesday.
MORNING PRAYER (by Zoom) Mondays 9:00 a.m. & Thursdays 7:30 a.m.(25-30 minutes)
Prayers, psalms, canticles and scriptures from the Episcopal Church's Book of Common Prayer and Enriching Our Worship. Participants share in reading the passages aloud. Each service begins and ends with a recorded musical offering. The short service is a peaceful and centering way to start the day.
LECTIO DIVINA (meditative reflection on a passage of scripture) (by Zoom)
Tuesdays 7:30 a.m.(25-30 minutes)
Participants listen to a passage (usually of Scripture) several times, engaging deeply with the text as its meaning unfolds and evolves with each reading. Those who wish briefly share their "take-aways" from the passage with each other. For Zoom link to Morning Prayer or Lectio Divina:email@example.com
SECOND MONDAYS, FOURTH THURSDAYS - TAIZÉ PRAYER 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. (by Zoom) Join this small ecumenical group for Taizé Prayer every second Monday and fourth Thursday of the month.
FORMATION AND STUDY
WINTER/EARLY-SPRING ADULT FORMATION ON ZOOM - Watch this space for announcements of upcoming classes, foundation courses, and other offerings.
THE MONTHLY READING GROUP - Sunday, January 31, 6:30 p.m. (by Zoom). We will discuss Marilynne Robinson’s new book - Jack: A Novel. All who are interested are welcome. If you have questions and for the Zoom link, contact Don Johnson: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUNDAY SCHOOL AT HOME ON ZOOM - Sunday School for ages 3-11 (Preschool-5th Grade) meets every other Sunday for 40 minutes. Children gather together on Zoom for prayer, a story, and time for projects and sharing. Materials needed are sent to children for each session. For questions, to register, and for the Zoom linkplease email Children's Formation Leader Christi McCarren: email@example.com. First 2021 Sunday School: January 10
SERVICE AND ADVOCACY
IN COMMUNITY AND WORLD
SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES IN THIS TIME OF PANDEMIC Even while sheltering at home, we can continue to serve the community around us by helping organizations helping others: Food Banks, Homeless Shelters, Blood Banks, Animal Shelters. Donations and volunteers for various tasks (such as fostering a homeless pet in your home) are needed. Contact any service provider first by phone or website for guidance on the best ways to help and donate.
LOCAL FOOD BANKS NEED OUR HELP - There is unprecedented need for food among our neighbors due to the economic impact of the pandemic. Food Banks are stretched to the limit. Can you make a contribution to Emergency Food Network (which distributes food to food banks), or to Nourish Food Banks of Pierce County? Click on the links to donate.
CHRIST CHURCH LITTLE FREE FOOD PANTRY - Our Little Free Pantry has been in operation along the K Street side of our campus for close to a month, helping to meet the needs of hungry and homeless people in our community. Many thanks to Ed Lansing for constructing and installing our pantry and to Barbara Williams and Hank Davis for managing the pantry during the startup period. Some of you have asked how you can become involved. The main way is to donate supplies. Just about all non-perishable items are fine, the more nourishing the better! Suggestions include canned meats, fruits, and vegetables with tab-open tops, peanut butter and nutella, pouches of fruit and vegetable juice, bottled water. For pets, canned food with tab-open tops. Put the supplies directly into the pantry at your convenience. If the pantry is quite full when you arrive, we hope you'll put in as many supplies as will fit and save the rest for a return visit.
Questions about our pantry? Contact Len Johnson at: firstname.lastname@example.org or
Barbara Williams at: email@example.com
PANDEMIC-RELATED MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES ZOOM SEMINAR - Tues, January 5, 5:30-6:30. Mental health issues have been identified as the "hidden fourth wave" of the COVID-19 pandemic. What is the current state of mental health support and legislation in Washington State? What resources are available to help now and post-pandemic? What do school mental health issues look like during pandemic closures? Keynote speaker: State Senator Manga Dhingra, 45th District, Redmond. Christ Church parishioner Ginny Peterson, former president of Pierce County National Alliance on Mental Illness, is one of four panelists. Presented by the Washington State Delta Kappa Gamma Society International for Leading Women Educators. To register for this free event, use this link. When you register, a link to the seminar will be sent to you; a reminder email will arrive Monday.
PARISH COMMUNITY NOTES
FIRST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH (occasionally the second) ALL-PARISH ZOOM COFFEE HOURS. SAVE THE DATES: We send a special coffee hour link Sunday Morning. Enjoy our Video Worship (link arriving at 6 p.m. Saturday night) and then click on the coffee hour link at 10:55 Sunday morning to enjoy community and conversation. - The Baptism of Christ, the SECOND Sunday, January 10, 11:00 a.m. - Christ Church Annual Meeting, the SECOND Sunday, February 14 Time to be announced.
CELEBRATING THE ARTS
THE VISUAL ARTS
CHRISTMAS CRECHE WEBSITE GALLERY DISPLAY on our website through January 6 here.
VIEW CHRIST CHURCH ARCHIVE VIDEO MUSIC RECORDINGS on our YouTube channels:
THIRD FRIDAYS AT NOON CONCERTS - suspended during the pandemic
CHRIST CHURCH CALENDAR: PARISH EVENTS THIS COMING WEEK
There will be no Worship Video or Household Worship Resources for Sunday, January 3, The Second Sunday after Christmas Day, so that our staff may have a short Christmas break. We suggest: The Second Sunday after Christmas Day, January 3
Saint Mark's Cathedral, 2020 A Service of Lessons and Carols for the Season of Epiphany https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-EIoqTAQ64
Monday January 4
9:00 a.m. Morning Prayer (by Zoom) Tuesday, January 5
7:30 a.m. Lectio Divina (by Zoom) Wednesday, January 6
7:00 p.m. Conversation & Compline Zoom Gathering with Mother Campbell Thursday, January 7
7:30 a.m. Morning Prayer (by Zoom)
10:30 a.m. Program Staff Zoom Meeting
7:00 p.m. Choir Zoom Gathering
The First Sunday after The Epiphany: The Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ
Sunday, January 10 - Christ Church Recorded Worship - with renewal of Baptismal Vows
Link available on our website homepage from 6:00 p.m. Saturday evening
- 9:00 a.m. Sunday School Zoom
- Christ Church Household Worship Resource - with renewal of Baptismal Vows Available on our website when posted. - 4:00 p.m. Liturgical Visual Arts Group Zoom
CHRIST CHURCH PRAYER LIST
Members and Friends of our Community Sandy and Ed (friends of Fred Langton); Bryce (son of Mary Smiley); The Cunningham family; Megan and Gracey; Tom and Corey; Dixie and Truman; Florence Sandler; Milana and Doug; Dennis, Liz, their daughter Greta and grandson Jack; Barb Fox; The Rev. Connie Carlson; Kris and Dominic; Jim Pierson (brother of Vikke); James Standley Preparing for Baptism James Tedrick and his sponsor Kevin Montgomery Those who have died Elodie Vandervert; Deacon Jean Carmichael; Maryleen (sister of Kelly Sanford); Josef Cunningham; Randy Hedgebeth; Delores Hayes (mother of Liz Johnson) For President-elect Biden and all those newly-elected or appointed to public service For the African American community and communities of color everywhere in this time of anguish and protest. That God's spirit will spread abroad healing in our land, give our leaders the wisdom and courage to confront and root out American racism, and teach and lead each one of us in the path of witness and reconciliation. For all in need For all affected by the novel coronavirus: for those treating the sick and those working toward treatments and prevention. For people in prisons and detention centers, where Covid-19 infection is rife, and for their families. For a spirit of cooperation in stopping the current rise in infections. For all who risk their health to care for others by keeping essential businesses and resources open. For all who have lost jobs or businesses. For our Governor and his staff. For our Bishop and his staff. For solutions for the crisis of homelessness. For progress in reversing global warming. For all affected by wildfires, especially those who have suffered great losses. For all working to eliminate bigotry, racism and violence. For peace in the streets of our cities. For all serving in the military. Diocesan Prayer Cycle Redeemer, Kenmore Anglican Prayer Cycle The Episcopal / Anglican Province of Alexandria To request prayer e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. If you're 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. Names remain on the list for four weeks, unless renewed by the one who submitted them.
SUSTAINING AND BUILDING COMMUNITY
IN THIS TIME OF PANDEMIC
Join any of the groups below by emailing the person listed. Each group convenes virtually (Zoom, Email, Facebook, etc). Enjoy new relationships, fellowship, interests, worship, ideas.
In a pastoral emergency(a serious diagnosis, an accident, hospitalization, a death) please contact Mother Campbell as soon as you can: email@example.com
Parish Help Team Errands run, groceries, meals provided, medication pickup, etc. contact Deacon Gen Grewell: firstname.lastname@example.org (email preferred) or call her cell phone 360-280-5593 Parish Pen Pal and Telephone Team Team members call parishioners without internet service and write regularly to parishioners without internet and personal telephone service. Like to join? Contact Deacon Gen, as above.
THE FINANCIAL CHALLENGE OF THIS TIME
Use these ways to give to the ongoing mission and ministry of Christ Church:
+ Online giving at christchurchtacoma.org
+ Mail your weekly or monthly pledge to the parish office
+ We understand hardships. Please let us know if you are unable to meet your pledge. Contact Shannon Farley email@example.com
As always, thank you for your generosity and support of our common life and ministry.
CHRIST CHURCH INFORMATION DURING THE PANDEMIC
To submit an announcement for the Weekly e-newsletter, send an electronic copy to Parish Coordinator Shannon Farley by TUESDAY NOON. Announcements may be edited for content or length.
NO ON-SITE OFFICE HOURS DURING THE PANDEMIC Office Staff Shannon Farley and Mary Smiley are working from home and are in the office only for necessary business operations. They are available by email (see below) 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Tuesday-Friday.
VESTRY Mr. Dennis Johnson, Senior Warden, Ms. Linda Johnson, Junior Warden. Class of 2021: Ms. Cynthia Anthony, Mr. Eddie Bang, Mr. Tim Chen, Ms. Linda Johnson
Class of 2022: Ms. Susan Beer, Mr. Rod Blackburn, Mr. Dennis Johnson, Ms. Vikke Pierson
Class of 2023: Ms. Ciara Aylsworth, Ms. Mary Hanneman, Mr. Robert Hicker,
Ms. Nancy Gow Knudsen Ex officio, non-voting: Winfield Giddings, Treasurer; Shannon Farley, Vestry Clerk
The Rev. Janet Campbell, Priest in Charge firstname.lastname@example.org Working from home during the pandemic;
Happy to meet with you by Zoom or telephone; please email to set up a time.
The Rev. Samuel Torvend, Associate Priest for Adult Formation email@example.com working from home during the pandemic
The Rev. Robert Carver, Priest Associate
The Rev. Bill Tudor, Priest Associate
The Ven. Archdeacon Gen Grewell, firstname.lastname@example.org working from home
The Rev. Deacon Donna Arellano, email@example.com, working from home
The Rev. Kathryn Nichols and Dr. Mark Brombaugh, Co-Directors of Music Ministries, firstname.lastname@example.org from home and in the church building
Mr. David Dahl, Director of Music Ministries Emeritus
Ms. Shannon Farley, Parish Coordinator, working mostly from home email@example.com • 253-383-1569 ext 18
Ms. Mary Smiley, Secretary/Receptionist, working mostly from home firstname.lastname@example.org • 253-383-1569 ext 10
Mr. Tim Williams, Sexton, on-site, managing the buildings and security email@example.com • 253-310-5178
Ms. Karen Jeffery, Lead Nursery Attendant nursery closed during the pandemic
Ms. Mary Smiley, Nursery Assistant