A Newsletter for Members and Friends 
Tacoma, Washington: Friday, November 9, 2018
Readings: I Kings 17:8-16; Psalm 146; Hebrews 9:24-28; Mark 12:38-44
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
2019 ALTAR FLOWER SIGN UP – The sign-up calendar for donating altar flowers in 2019 is posted in the church entryway. Please sign up for your favorite dates soon.
ALTARS OF REMEMBRANCE – chapel and church. Throughout November, all are invited to add pictures or other mementos of those who have died, creating sacred spaces that gather our beloved dead into our celebrations of the Eucharist. On Christ the King (Sunday, November 25 this year), we include all commemorated at the Altars of Remembrance in our prayers.

CHRIST CHURCH THANKSGIVING DAY EUCHARIST – Thursday, November 22 at 10:00 a.m. in the church, followed by a brief reception in the Church entryway. At this liturgy, it’s our custom, as part of the offering, to give wine to be used throughout the year at the Eucharist: Christian Brothers Ruby Port.

Annual Interfaith Celebration of Gratitude at Thanksgiving –  Tuesday, November 20, 7:00 p.m. at First Christian Church, 602 North Orchard Street, Tacoma. For more than a quarter of a century this annual service has brought together people of many faith and spiritual traditions, including Bahá'í, Buddhist, The Center for Spiritual Living, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Native American, Sufi, Unitarian Universalist and others. A reception and fellowship time follows the service. For more information call (253) 426-1506 or email
ADVENT READINGS AND CAROLS  - The Second Sunday of Advent, Dec. 9 at 5 p.m. 
For more about this service of readings, prayer, song, and reflection on the season and readings, see Music Notes under Our Life Celebrating the Arts, below.
Those in need, especially: Eunice; Laureen; Ed and Joanne Davis; Leslie; Kevin; Lindsay; Ethan; Natasha; Kristin B, healing from a heart transplant; Ashley Christine; Michael P.; MaryLynn and Tim E.; Terry E.; Alice T.; Jan; Ann S.; Kristin L; Dominic. Safety for those working on our building.
Those who have died: Father Thomas Keating; Tom Potter; Jamal Kashoggi; Richard Polmanteer, brother of Michael Polmanteer; Paul Allen; The donor of the heart received by Kristin B; Barbara Kadden; and all who grieve for them. The victims of the shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue; Maurice Stallard and Vicki Lee Jones, shot and killed in Kentucky
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 missing and exploited children and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Diocesan Prayer Cycle: St. Augustine-in-the-Woods, Freeland; St. Aiden, Camano Island.
Anglican Prayer Cycle: Iglesia Episcopal de Cuba; The Rt Revd Griselda Delgado Del Carpio Suffragan Bishop of Cuba – (Cuba) The Rt Revd Ulises Prendes.
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.


THE FALL PLEDGE CAMPAIGN FOR 2019 – Fall Campaign booklets and pledge forms were mailed last week. You can also find them in chapel and church entryways and in the Wells Hall literature rack. Please take some time to discern what you will commit to support our life and ministry in the coming year, fill out your pledge form, and return it to the collection plate or mail it to the office by Sunday, November 18.
50th Anniversary of our CHURCH BUILDING: Leap of Faith - Past, Present, Future - The calendar of events for the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the dedication of our Church Building in 2019 is gradually coming together. Please save these dates:  
- Saturday, June 1
Gala Celebration Dinner.  
- Sunday, June 2 – Sunday, June 9 
Tours of the Church Building, times to be announced.
 - Sunday, June 9, The Day of Pentecost – Bishop’s Visitation – Bishop Greg Rickel will be with us at the 10:30 liturgy for his official visitation and to celebrate with us our extraordinary church building. The liturgy will be followed by a festive celebration brunch.
Other special offerings for the anniversary year are being planned, including a visit on Sunday, June 30 from the summer session of the Royal School of Church Music to offer with us a Sung Mass at the 10:30 liturgy.  
“Celebrating the Leap of Faith made 50 years ago and envisioning the Leap of Faith that will anchor the Christ Episcopal Church Parish, Tacoma over the next 50 years.”

INSTALLATION OF CHURCH ENTRYWAY GLASS PANELS – The new glass panels are being installed and, depending on circumstances, the installation may or may not be complete by the time you read this notice. Please continue to pray for help and healing for Ashley King, the woman who did this damage. Ashley is now in custody following an arrest for violating her terms of release, and a competency hearing is scheduled.

COMPLETION DATE FOR CHURCH BUILDING EXTERIOR WALLS – The restoration work continues Monday through Thursday, 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Completion is now expected toward the end of November because some of the cracks have proved to be deeper than originally thought. That discovery confirms the Vestry’s decision to deal with this problem right away.

MINISTRY OF THE WEEK – FOOD BANK MINISTRY – We give thanks this week for all who contribute to our weekly collection of food and other requested items for the Nourish Food Bank, and we give thanks especially for those who collect our offerings and transport them to the food bank all year round.



THE LIBERATING MISSION OF JESUS: The Gospel of Saint Luke, Sundays, November 11 and 18, 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the Library.  On the First Sunday of Advent (December 2) Christ Church will join millions of Christians throughout the world as we begin to hear readings from the Gospel of Luke throughout the coming year. In these two classes, Father Torvend will offer highlights of this gospel and its distinctive portrait of Jesus, women, the Spirit, the practice of prayer, and music.
MONDAY BIBLE STUDY – 7:00 - 8:00 p.m., in the Library. St. Peter's letters of advice to Christians far away from Jerusalem on how to live as followers of Jesus Christ still resonate helpfully for us today. Join the discussion on Mondays in the Library. The more the merrier.

THE MONTHLY READING GROUP SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 6:30 p.m. at the home of Don and Wanda Johnson to discuss Buddhism without Beliefs: A Contemporary Guide to Awakening by Stephen Batchelor. This book will be a reference point for inter-faith dialogue with our guest, The Rev. Eido Frances Carney Roshi, founder and abbess of the Olympia Zen Center. All who are interested are welcome to attend. Questions? E-mail Don Johnson
THE RACIAL JUSTICE READING GROUP – will read Part V of Ibram X. Kendi's 
Stamped from the Beginning for its meeting at 7:00 p.m. on December 3, 2018. If you weren’t able to attend the two earlier discussions 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, readers and ushers.
November and December Sunday School Classroom dates: 11/18, 12/2 and 12/16.


BACKPACKS FOR IMMIGRANTS - Advocates for Immigrants in Detention greets immigrants emerging from the Detention Center five days a week and helps them on their way to family and friends across the country. One of the things Advocates does is furnish the immigrants with backpacks. Let's see if we can collect 100 backpacks in the next four weeks. Advocates for Immigrants uses 30-40 backpacks per week. Is this a challenge for Christ Church? Certainly. Can we do it? Of course. Check your attics and closets, Goodwill, Value Village and other stores. Inexpensive is fine. Good condition is important. For adults, please. Look for the display and collection place in the church entryway.
FINAL UNITED THANK OFFERING REPORT - Last Sunday's Ingathering amounted to $30.00 Added to last week’s $60.00 that brings the total to $1014.52! Thank you for your generosity, and for the world of good these gifts will make doing the work God intends us to do.

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 at 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.
Faith Action Network’s Annual Dinner, November 18, 4:30 – 8:00:  Renton Pavilion Event Center (233 Burnett Ave. S., Renton 98057).  To register, go to or call 206-625-9790.
Work to stop the incarceration and separation of families seeking asylum in the United States: space does not permit all the information to be printed here. The foreign policy of the United States has been militarized for decades, has been involved in meddling in Central American elections, and is in large part responsible for the violent conditions which spawned the current situation.  It is past time for us to be good neighbors. Handouts will be available on the Wells Hall stage and on the table in the chapel. 

FOOD BANK FOCUS FOR NOVEMBER – 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. November Focus: Canned tuna, chicken and turkey.



THIRD FRIDAYS AT NOON RECITAL, November 16, 2018 at 12:10 p.m.
Hear Organist Michael Kleinschmidt, Canon Musician at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, Seattle.  He will play music of J. S. Bach, Buxtehude, William Byrd, Michelangelo Rossi, and Jehan Alain. Invite your friends for an uplift in the middle of the day! Donations accepted at the door.

MUSIC AT 9TH AND STEWART -  Gethsemane Lutheran Church in downtown Seattle has announced an exciting new concert series which will support nonprofits working for the relief of immigrants, as well as families experiencing food and housing insecurity. Nonprofit beneficiaries are Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, The Hope Center, The Church Council of Greater Seattle, and Mary's Place.
On Sunday, November 18 at 4 p.m. Organist Mark Brombaugh, our Co-Director of Music Ministries, will play the first recital on their 29-stop, two-manual, Fritts Opus 6 organ. Mark will present a wide-ranging program featuring selections from the Lublin tablature of the Renaissance, plus works by Bruhns, Scheidemann, Bach, and Mendelssohn, and from 20th-century works by Hindemith and Emma Lou Diemer. Gethsemane Lutheran Church is conveniently accessible from I-5, exit 166, and by bus. Admission is $18 general; $10 seniors and students; free for those 12 and under. Tickets available at the door. To see the rest of series offerings, visit their website:  

ADVENT READINGS AND CAROLS with the Christ Church Choir, The Second Sunday of Advent, December 9, at 5:00 p.m. – Add your voice and heart to a festival of timeless hymns and scriptures, and hear a feast of choral music by C. Villiers Stanford, Malcolm Archer, William Mathias, and Craig Carnahan. Mother Campbell offers a reflection on the season and the readings. This is a great way to introduce others to the delights of Christ Church’s liturgical traditions. Consider those you know who would find this a rich experience and extend a warm invitation to attend with you.

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 coffee hour in Wells Hall
12:15 p.m.  The Liberating Mission of Jesus, Library
6:30 p.m.    Monthly Reading Group – Home of Don and Wanda Johnson
7:00 p.m.    Compline, Church

7:00 p.m.    Bible Study, Library
Wednesday, November 14
12:00 p.m.  Holy Eucharist, Chapel, followed by light lunch and fellowship, Library
4:00 p.m.    Vestry Leadership Team Meeting, Office
6:30 p.m.    Finance Committee Meeting, Office
Thursday, November 15
7:30 p.m.    Choir Rehearsal, Church
Friday, November 16
12:10 p.m.  Third Friday Concert, 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 – 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.  The Liberating Mission of Jesus, Library
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