A Newsletter for Members and Friends 
Tacoma, Washington: Friday, April 5, 2019
April 7, 2019

Readings: Isaiah 43:16-21; Psalm 126; Philippians 3:4b-14; John 12:1-8
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 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


BILL GILL FUNERAL – Wednesday, April 10, 2:00 p.m. followed by a reception in Wells Hall. Join us to give thanks for Bill's life, to commend him to God's eternal care, and to proclaim our confidence that "neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  (Romans 8:38-39)
STATIONS OF THE CROSS - Friday April 12, 6:00 p.m., Church – Walk the Stations of the Cross in community in this ancient Christian devotion, a spiritual pilgrimage contemplating the Passion of Christ. The Stations are a series of fourteen images on the walls of the church, fourteen moments in Jesus’ journey from his condemnation by Pilate to his crucifixion and death. We walk from station to station, stopping at each for a short scripture passage, reflection and prayer. Each station invites us to share in Jesus’ sufferings and to awareness of his suffering today in the poor, the persecuted, the vulnerable among us.

Members and Friends of our Community: Teruko Smith; Kyle McCullough; Fred B; Leslie; Kevin B; Ethan; Natasha; Lindsay; Julie; Charles; Lisa; Rosemary R; Delia; Suzanne; Kevin M; Ashley-Christine; Michael; Terry; Jan; Ann S; Kristin L; Dominic. 
Those who have died: Mitzi Rosell; Stephen Sattler; Melva Elmore; Frederick Hokanson; Nam Le; Lucille Carter
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 those who died in the Ethiopian Air crash. For the people of Venezuela. For the people of Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi affected by Cyclone Idai. For the Muslim community of Christchurch, New Zealand and all who were killed in the mosque shootings. For all suffering from flooding in the Midwest.
Diocesan Prayer Cycle: St. Matthew/San Mateo, Auburn; Good Shepherd, Federal Way; St. Elizabeth, Burien.
Anglican Prayer Cycle: The Church of Ireland; The Most Revd Richard Lionel Clarke -Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland and Metropolitan.
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 Spring Women's Lunch – Saturday, May 4 in Wells Hall, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Come when doors open and sign in, choose your seat, and enjoy a beverage while greeting old friends and making new ones. Lunch will begin at noon with a Taco salad buffet and homemade pie prepared by Caroline Huckaby and team. Following lunch will be a special program Walking a "Fine Line":  Creating Sanctuary Banners, a talk with visuals presented by Ron Fields, Emeritus Professor of Art at University of Puget Sound and long-time member of Christ Church. A sign-up sheet for reservations is on the glass table in the church entryway. Guests are welcome but need a reservation. If you want to bring a guest, please indicate the guest’s name and email address to save a spot. You may also RSVP to Nancy Knudsen at Donations for the Rector's Discretionary Fund, which assists people in need in our parish and neighborhood communities, should be placed in the envelope provided on each table and will be ever-so-gratefully received.
ADDITIONAL BISHOP’S “WALK AGAIN” Saturday, May 4 at St. John’s, Olympia,
114 20th Ave SE from 9:00 a.m. – noon. Gather with Bishop Rickel and members of our diocese for a time of discernment about the direction and future of our diocese. For more information on the bishop’s “Walk Again” gatherings, check the diocesan website at For those unable to attend any Walk Again, a survey will be provided in the near future.
DEADLINE FOR LITURGICAL BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS MOVED TO TUESDAYS AT NOON – To allow more time to prepare, proof, and print the Sunday bulletin we have moved the deadline for announcements from Wednesday noon to Tuesday noon. Announcements that miss the deadline will be included the following week if still germane.
OFFICE STAFF ARRANGEMENTS – In the absence of a Parish Administrator, we have invited Ms. Mary Smiley to serve as temporary Secretary/Receptionist. (Mary is already one of our Sunday nursery attendants.) Office Manager Shannon Farley’s hours will expand, at her discretion, to allow her to cover essential Parish Administrator functions. Mary will handle Secretary/Receptionist duties during office open hours (Tuesday-Friday, 10-2) under Shannon’s direction. This interim arrangement will allow us to function efficiently and effectively, giving us time to move through Holy Week, the 50 Days of Easter and our 50th Anniversary events in early June – before we engage in a search for a new Parish Administrator.
SAVE THE DATES: 50th Anniversary Celebration OF OUR CHURCH BUILDING: A Leap of Faith – Past, Present, Future!
Saturday, June 1 Church tours, hors d’oeuvres in the church entryway, followed by a festive         dinner in Wells Hall.
Sunday, June 2 Church tours following the 10:30 liturgy.
Sunday, June 9 The Day of Pentecost One liturgy at 10:30. The Bishop presides at our           celebration of the dedication of the church building. Baptisms, Confirmations, Receptions and Reaffirmation of Baptism, Holy Eucharist. Festive brunch follows.   
50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION – A LEAP OF FAITH – PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE – WE NEED YOUR INPUT! With the 50th anniversary of the Christ Church building this year just a couple of months away, we would like to hear from you. We're gathering input that may be included in our celebration publication. Let us know your thoughts on any or all of the questions on the handout distributed in church last week and this Sunday, or send your answers to Thank you! - The 50th Anniversary Celebration Committee
DONATE TO “CLIMB FOR CLEAN AIR” THROUGH THE MINISTRY OF KARLA KEELEAN – In July, parishioner Karla Keelean will climb Mount Rainier with the non-profit organization Climb for Clean Air to raise funds for the American Lung Association for research, lobbying for policy change and support for those combating lung disease. A gift of $100 will go a long way toward helping her reach her goal of $5,000. Your tax-deductible contribution to the American Lung Association will not only secure Karla’s place on the team, but most importantly, it will help those struggling to breathe easier. To donate, go to: and click on the Donate button at top right, enter Karla’s name (Karla Keelean) to the fields. On the “Donate to a Participant or Team” page scroll down to see her name in “Search Results,” click on her name to go to her webpage. Once there, just click on the “Donation Now” button. 
MINISTRY OF THE WEEK – USHERS – We give thanks this week for the ministry of our ushers, who serve at the 10:30 Sunday liturgy, for the liturgies of high Holy days, weddings and funerals, and for special music events. Ushers welcome parishioners and visitors, hand out worship bulletins or programs, help newcomers find their way into the worship space and to open seats. During liturgies, ushers manage the collection of our monetary offerings, and organize the procession of bread, wine and money to the altar. They count attendance for the record keeping required by the Episcopal Church and for our own information. Ushers are also ready to help in case of emergencies or if someone has special needs. Their ministry is essential to the comfort and safety of all as we worship or enjoy a recital or concert. Ushers serve on teams in regular rotation for Sunday liturgies, and as able when requested for special services or events. Interested in the ministry of usher? Contact Len Johnson at
To see the many ways to learn and serve at Christ Church go to        


FATHER TORVEND’S NEW BOOK AVAILABLE – If you are interested in purchasing  Fr. Torvend's book, Still Hungry at the Feast: Eucharistic Justice in the Midst of Affliction, we have a few copies for sale. You can purchase the book for $20.00 in cash in the office.
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, or wanting to reaffirm their faith. The class concludes on Sunday, April 7, 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 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
MONDAY BIBLE STUDY 7:00 p.m. in the library. – April 8 prepares us for the readings of Palm Sunday, April 14. Come join us in a lively discussion.
Christ Church 101 - Sunday, April 7 and May 5, Church, following the 10:30 liturgy.

SERVICE IN THE WORLD Assistance for Immigrants in Detention – Father Bill Tudor Sunday, May 5, from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in the Library. Throughout this year we highlight members of the parish who live out our eucharistic commitment to serve others “with gladness and singleness of heart.” Father Tudor will discuss his work with AID-NW, assisting persons in detention at the Northwest Detention Center on the Tacoma Tide flats.
HIGH TEA WITH DEATH – Saturday, May 11, 2:00 – 4:30 p.m., Library - Amelia Carroll, Christ Church expert in loss, grief, and death, will lead this confidential and compassionate conversation that invites participants to share their experiences of loss. For many who have participated in this gathering, it has been a life-giving experience of support and comfort. Sign up at the glass table in the church entryway/narthex in April.
EATING AND DRINKING OUR WAY THROUGH THE GOSPEL OF LUKE - Join us on three WEDNESDAY evenings, May 8, 15, and 22 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. in Wells Hall for this edible and potable Easter feast as we explore the surprising revelations found in Robert Karris’ book, Eating Your Way through the Gospel of Luke. More than any other gospel, Luke narrates many stories of Jesus and his disciples at table. We ask, Why so many meals? We will be eating and drinking the breads, cheeses, and wines of the Mediterranean (with a non-alcoholic beverage also provided). The book can be purchased online (and will be available in the church office for purchase as the date nears.) NOTE THAT THE DAY HAS BEEN CHANGED FROM TUESDAY TO WEDNESDAY!
THE MONTHLY READING GROUP – Sunday, April 14, 6:30 p.m. – meeting at the home of Don and Wanda Johnson to discuss The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt. Everyone interested is welcome to attend. If you have questions or for directions, please 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, including training and opportunities to serve in the liturgy as acolytes, readers and ushers. April and May Classroom dates: 4/7, 5/12, 5/19.


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AT AHAT - AHAT (Affordable Housing and Treatment) is seeking volunteers to spend time with our residents. Do you have a few extra hours in your week? We need you! Volunteers’ responsibilities vary, depending on the time of day as well as the health of the residents living at the house. Opportunities vary from cooking, landscaping, or just companionship. As a Companion, you will assist our Activities Coordinator by leading and participating in recreational activities with residents. Activities such as games, crafts, parties, movies, field trips. For more information please contact the Volunteers Coordinator, Roseanna Singleton by email:
 FOOD BANK FOCUS FOR APRIL – 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. April Focus: Peanut butter and jelly. May include almond and cashew butter, as well as jam and other fruit preserves.
CHECK OUT THE DISPLAY on the Wells Hall stage during coffee hour for information about rallies to attend, issues to write your Congress-people about, meaningful movies to attend, and more.
ASSOCIATED MINISTRIES’ “KEEPING DREAMS ALIVE” LUNCH, Wednesday, April 10   This annual event celebrates the past year’s accomplishments and volunteers.  It will be held at Temple Beth El (5975 South 12th Street, Tacoma) from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm.  The event is free, but please RSVP to
HEDRICK SMITH, “WINNING BACK OUR DEMOCRACY” Friday, April 12, 6:30 pm: This free event features Pulitzer-Prize-winning author and former NY Times Reporter; it will be at Bates Technical College, Central Campus (2320 South 19th Street, Tacoma). Please RSVP at 206-948-8309.
PROMISE TO PROTECT/350 SEATTLE is partnering with indigenous leaders to offer trainings for mass action to stop fossil fuel projects like the Tacoma Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) facility and the Keystone XL pipeline; choose either Saturday, April 27, or Sunday April 28 (both in Seattle) 9:00 am – 6:30 pm.  Register at
The Episcopal Church is one of the many partners of the Poor People’s Campaign, which opposes new natural gas pipelines as their attendant compression stations spew toxic pollutants into the air of (mostly poor) communities.
WALKING & WITNESSING FOR IMMIGRANT FAMILIES, April 29 – May 11: Join our Roman Catholic neighbors from across Western Washington in a prayerful walk showing solidarity with immigrant families.  The walk will conclude with a Mass at the Northwest Detention Center on May 11. More information in handouts.


Watch this section for upcoming music events.

8:00 a.m.    Holy Eucharist, Chapel
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.  Discussion of A Watered Garden, Library
          Christ Church 101 after the Liturgy – Meet at the Eagle Lectern
Monday, April 8
7:00 p.m.    Bible Study, Library
Tuesday, April 9
6:30 p.m.    Vestry Meeting, Wells Hall – RESCHEDULED FROM HOLY WEEK
Wednesday, April 10
2:00 p.m.    Funeral for Bill Gill, Church, followed by a reception in Wells Hall
6:30 p.m.    Finance Committee Meeting, Office
Thursday, April 11
7:30 p.m.    Choir Rehearsal, Church
Friday, April 12
2:00 p.m.    Knitting Group, Library
6:00 p.m.    Stations of the Cross, Church
Saturday, April 13
11:00 a.m.  Maundy Thursday liturgical rehearsal, Church
1:00 p.m.    Palm Sunday 10:30 Passion rehearsal, Church

Sunday, April 14 PALM SUNDAY
8:00 a.m.    Holy Eucharist, begins in Wells Hall with procession to Chapel
Sunday School: children and teachers attend the 10:30 worship service.
10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist, begins in Wells Hall with procession to 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)

Wardens       Brianne Knudson, Senior Warden; Don Ellis, Junior Warden
Members       Cynthia Anthony, Eddie Bang, Susan Beer, Rodney Blackburn, Tim Chen, Caroline Huckaby, Dennis Johnson, Linda Johnson, Matt Lonsdale, Vikke Pierson
Ex-Oficio, non-voting: Winfield Giddings, Treasurer; Vestry Clerk (open)
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 (interim),
Parish Administrator (open):use email or leave a message
at 253-383-1569 ext 12
Ms. Shannon Farley, Office Manager 253-383-1569 ext 10
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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