A Newsletter for Members and Friends 
Tacoma, Washington: Friday, February 15, 2019
Rescheduled for Sunday, February 24 following the liturgy,
Wells Hall

One liturgy on this day at 10:30 A.M. in the church
The Christ Church Annual Meeting, originally scheduled for Sunday, February 10 and postponed because of snow, ice and extreme cold, is rescheduled for Sunday, February 24 and 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. Enjoy a light lunch and conversation.
There will be no 8 a.m. Eucharist on Annual Meeting Sunday so that we may all worship together and attend the meeting.
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.
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 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.
FEBRUARY 17, 2019
Readings: Jeremiah 17:5-10; Psalm 1; I Corinthians 15:12-20; Luke 6:17-26
The texts can be found on The Lectionary Page

Sermon: The Rev. Benjamin Stewart
Every Sunday: 
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II
10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II
12:00 p.m. Fellowship Hour
Jeremiah 17:5-10; Psalm 1; I Corinthians 15:12-20; Luke 6:17-26
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 Sunday, March 10, 7:00 p.m. In the 30-minute service of Compline, we join that great cloud of witnesses who since ancient times have turned to God in an evening liturgy built around psalms, scripture, prayer, hymns and canticles, thanksgiving for light, and quiet reflection. Emerging from its origins in the Jewish temple and monastic life, this practice of faith at Christ Church is designed to have meaning in today’s world. Join us in the candlelit church as we sing of peace and hope at the close of the day. 
for the birth of Josephine Joanne (JoJo) Keelean to Allison and Karla Keelean.
Members and Friends of our Community: Leslie, Ethan, Natasha, Kevin, Lindsay, Julie.
Suzanne; Ashley-Christine; Michael; Terry; Jan; Ann S; Kristin L; Dominic. 
Those who have died: Jim Mulligan; Maurine Malster Ruggles; Tanner Jackson; Isaiah Bermeo; Isabell "Toby" LeBlanc; Ida “Sweet Lorraine” Johnson.
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 affected by the government shutdown and for a resolution to the stalemate. For the people of Venezuela. For all affected by snow and cold.
Diocesan Prayer Cycle: Saint Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle; St. Paul, Seattle
Anglican Prayer Cycle: The Church of the Province of Central Africa; The Most Revd Albert Chama - Archbishop of Central Africa & Bishop of Northern Zambia
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.

WELCOME TO THE NEWEST MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITY, DICK AND CAROL GREGORY – who have transferred their membership to Christ Church from St. Barnabas, Bainbridge Island. Welcome, Dick and Carol!

SHARE A MEAL WITH THE NEWEST PARENTS IN OUR COMMUNITY - Josephine Joanne (JoJo) Keelean was born Tuesday morning, January 29 to Allison and Karla Keelean. Would you like to help Allison and Karla as they navigate the highs and lows of being new parents? One gift you can give is to sign up to bring them a meal on a website called Meal Train!  It's easy!  Go to: Once signed up, you’ll be able to click on the Keelean Family. There you will find dates on which you can deliver a meal, and all the instructions related to doing that!

CHANGE IN THE SEXTON POSITION – For some years, our buildings and grounds have been cared for by a sexton, a cleaning service, and a yard care service. We’ve recently realized that these functions can be consolidated in one full-time position, achieving both greater efficiency and considerable economic savings while maintaining a high level of care for our campus. The position is being advertised on our website, the diocesan website, Indeed, and Craig’s list. We hope to move to this new mode of operation by April. Before posting the ad, Administrator Darlene Coleman met with current part-time Sexton Tim Williams to explain our need to make this change, share the ad with him, and let him know that if he is interested in the full-time position he is welcome to apply. If you know of anyone who might be interested, please suggest they look at the ad on our website. Do note that by Christ Church policy members of the parish are not eligible to serve as employees.
MINISTRY OF THE WEEK – OUR SUPPORT STAFF: Sexton Tim Williams, Parish Administrator Darlene Coleman and Office Manager Shannon Farley, who helped get us through last week’s extraordinary days of snow, ice and cold: from keeping our members informed on a daily basis as conditions changed and decisions needed to be communicated to monitoring the buildings and clearing away as much of the relentlessly falling snow as possible. Their commitment to their work and our community is extraordinary.


LITURGY DAY CONFERENCE Troubled Waters or River of Life? Christian Worship and Care for Earth’s Waters - Saturday, February 16, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Church, Trinity Chapel, Wells Halls, and the Library. (Registration begins at 8:30 in church entryway) This conference invites participants to consider the ethical commitments that flow from our baptismal promise to “cherish the wondrous works of God and protect the beauty of all creation.” As federal rollbacks on environmental protections continue and as climate change drastically affects the waters of the Puget Sound region, this conference offers ways in which Christians can sing, pray, and advocate for the waters that bring life. Online registration, schedule, and speakers at

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, February 17, 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
Christ Church 101 Sunday, March 3, in the Church, following the 10:30 liturgy
Immediately after the 10:30 a.m. liturgy, newcomers and long-timers alike are welcome to gather in the pews by the eagle lectern and ask any question that comes to mind concerning our form of worship, formation, or service commitments – and just about anything else.
LENT QUIET MORNING: Being & Beauty & Love Saturday, March 9, from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon in Trinity Chapel Quiet spaces include the Chapel, Library, and Church - Beginning with Holy Eucharist, this quiet morning offers ample opportunity for silence and stillness. Three short meditations on the morning’s theme will be offered by noted writer and Christ Church member, Lynn Martin, from the roots of early Christian mysticism with readings from Hilary of Poitiers; Gregory Nazianzen; Dionysius the Areopagite; Gregory the Great; Gregory of Nyssa; St. Benedict of Nursia; Augustine of Hippo . . . along with poems from 20th century American poet Mary Oliver. Each meditation  is followed by time to pray, meditate, write, walk, or rest.
LENT COMMON READING A Watered Garden: Christian Worship and Earth’s Ecology - Sundays, March 10, 17, and 24, from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in the Library
This wonderful book written by Dr. Benjamin Stewart will serve as our common reading during Lent 2019. A Watered Garden can be purchased online or in the church office ($10 in cash, please).

MONDAY BIBLE STUDY – 7:00 p.m. in the library. This week prepares us for the readings of the Seventh Sunday of Epiphany (February 24th). 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: 2/17 and 3/3, 3/17.


Life Food Pack Assembly Line Sunday, February 17 - After the 10:30 service, during coffee hour in Wells Hall, we’ll put together a two hundred food packs. Join the assembly line. It's fun, fulfilling and takes very little time. The packs are loaded with nutritious food, which we can share with the hungry we all see around the city. Carry some packs in your car or in your backpack, ready to hand out to those in need.

Three Cedars WELCOME KIT MINISTRY - Each January Christ Church turns its attention to Three Cedars, the AHAT (Affordable Housing and Treatment) residence near the church that serves people with HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C who are in danger of homelessness. We provide new residents with Welcome Kits which include items such as blankets, tooth paste, razors, pillows, twin blankets, twin sheets, and more. You will see the full list on a poster in the church entryway. In the meantime, please choose any of the items listed here to get a jump on our challenge to provide 15 Kits. The campaign runs for three weeks, ending March 3.
Advocates for Immigrants in Detention NORTHWEST - December was a very active month for AID-NW. The office and temporary housing facility were moved to a new house in the Hilltop neighborhood. The Welcome Center RV hosted 123 released detainees from 24 different countries. The majority were from India, Mexico and China. Ten were granted asylum, 94 were released on bond and the rest were released with other immigration outcomes. The temporary housing facility provided temporary housing for 14 individuals from one day to several weeks depending upon individual circumstances. Volunteers visited with 21 detainees in the ICE Detention Center. Paperback books were gathered and donated for the use of those in detention. Christ Church supports this mission through financial contributions and the volunteer service of many parish members. This ministry represents one path through which Christ Church lives the commandment to assist the poor and needy.
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: Hot and cold breakfast cereals, instant oatmeal, breakfast granola.
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 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 and on the little table at the back of the chapel.
Work to stop the incarceration and separation of families seeking asylum in the United States: handouts will be available on the stage and on the chapel table.
Looking to the Future:  several lobby days in Olympia:
First, the League of Women Voters sponsors “Fix Democracy First” on Thursday, February 21, 9 am – 4 pm, in the Columbia Room of the Legislative Building at the Capitol: registrants will hear from legislators & guest speakers, get training from LWV lobbyists, meet with their legislators, have lunch & refreshments.  Register at
Second, 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 State Senator and Christ Church member Jeannie Darneille!          
Meaningful Movie for February: 15 to Life, on Friday, February 22 at 6:30 pm at the Center for Spiritual Living (206 North J Street, Tacoma). This film by Nadine Pequeneza questions whether sentencing a teenager to life without parole serves our society well; the United States is the only country in the world that routinely condemns children to die in prison – why?  Admission is free (donations accepted), and an optional facilitated discussion follows.
Bail Reform: At every Episcopal Church General Convention since 2015, the church body has voted to emphasize criminal justice reform as an essential step towards ending the American system of mass incarceration that disproportionately punishes people of color. Last fall, Trinity Church Wall Street joined a “mass bail-out” of certain detainees being held at city jails - mostly people jailed because they could not pay fines for parking or speeding tickets.  It happens in Pierce County, too. Might we follow Trinity’s example? For more information contact Fran Blair at

INTERFAITH WOMEN'S CONFERENCE - Friday, March 8, Rialto Theater, and  Saturday, March 9, Curtis Junior High School. The conference is being sponsored by Associated Ministries of Tacoma/Pierce County, and is designed for women of all faiths and spirituality to come together to energize their faith, strengthen their families, and find ways to serve meaningfully in our community. The website to register is:<>
The conference also includes a community event, "An Evening with Elizabeth Smart", which is being held at the Rialto Theater on Friday, March 8th at 7pm.  Tickets can be purchased through Tacoma Arts Live website, which is here:<>



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.

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.
12:15 p.m. EXPLORE, Green Room
7:00 p.m.    Bible Study, Library
Tuesday, February 19
10:30 a.m.  Women’s Lunch Steering Group, Library
6:30 p.m.    Vestry Meeting, Wells Hall
Wednesday, February 20
12:00 p.m.  Holy Eucharist, Chapel, followed by light lunch and fellowship, Library
Thursday, February 21
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
          Sunday School: children and teachers attend the worship service.
10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Church,
                   followed by the Annual Meeting in Wells Hall.
6:30 p.m.    Monthly Reading Group, Johanson Home
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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