CHRIST CHURCH WEEKLY A Newsletter for Members and Friends
Friday in the Third Week after the Epiphany
January 29, 2021
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 for Safety for our Nation and Leaders
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 FOR SAFETY FOR OUR NATION AND LEADERS
God of love and peace, watch over our nation in these troubled days. Calm the anger of those who would do harm; restrain extremists planning violent uprisings; give courage to those in our national capital and state capitals charged with keeping the peace; protect our President, Joseph, and Vice President, Kamala, and in the days to come give them, the members of their administration and the Congress wisdom in leading our nation toward a new era of justice and peace, through Jesus Christ our Lord, the light of the world and the prince of peace. Amen.
NEW THIS WEEK READ MORE - For details, links, etc. see the section indicated for each entry.
SPECIAL 2021 BUDGET MEETING AND DISCUSSION "Navigating toward Sustainability." Tomorrow, Saturday January 30, 10:00 a.m. by Zoom
PowerPoint presentation, discussion, questions and answers.
A Zoom invitation will be sent to Parish Members this (Friday) afternoon,
along with a link to the PowerPoint slides for those who wish to see them
before tomorrow's meeting.
If you have not received an invitation by this evening and wish to attend,
please email Mother Janet firstname.lastname@example.org
IMPORTANT This special budget meeting takes the place of any discussion of or questions
about the 2021 Budget at the Annual Meeting on Sunday, February 14.
In the section "Parish Community Notes" - Notice of Parish Annual Meeting - CHECK FOR NEW INFORMATION EACH WEEK
In the section "Celebrating the Arts, The Visual Arts" DEADLINE for Submissions for the Lenten Exhibition "The Cross in my Life" on our Website Gallery is this coming week.
WORSHIP AND PRAYER
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 Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m.
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.
Image: Casting out the Unclean Spirit, Gospel Book illumination, 11th century.
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 Divinarodblackburn@rodblackburn.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.
For the Zoom link, email Dotti Krist-Sterbick email@example.com
FORMATION AND STUDY
A TRIP TO NORTH AFRICA! - Tuesdays, February 2 and 9, 7:00 p.m. (by Zoom) Join Fr. Torvend on a virtual field trip to three sites in North Africa. We'll explore three amazing baptismal fonts and the fascinating spiritualities they express. And we'll do this prior to the beginning of Lent: that period of time in which we focus on the renewal of baptism. If you can only join us for one or two sessions, no problem. If you didn't attend the first session you can still register for the
rest by email to Fr. Torvendsamuel@christchurchtacoma.org Image: The Clupea baptismal font, 6th century, Kélibia, Tunisia
LENT QUIET MORNING - Saturday, February 20, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon on Zoom.
Come away to this oasis of quiet reflection as we enter the holy season of Lent. The Quiet Morning begins with prayer, three short presentations, and time between each presentation for silent prayer, meditation, writing, or taking a quiet walk. The morning ends promptly at or before 12:00 Noon. Please register no later than Sunday, February 14 with an email to Fr. Torvendsamuel@christchurchtacoma.org
EXPLORE! Thursdays, February 25, March 4, 11, 18, and 25 at 7:00 p.m. (by Zoom)
EXPLORE welcomes people who seek Holy Baptism, Confirmation or Reception in the Episcopal Church, or Reaffirmation of their Baptism. We explore what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ in the Episcopal form of Christian faith and life. Register by email to Fr. Torvend firstname.lastname@example.org later than Wednesday, February 17. Include your home address, please - participants will be sent a booklet to guide our discussions.
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: email@example.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. Upcoming Sunday School Dates: February 7 (Early Mardi Gras!)
February, 21; March 7, 21; April 4, 18; May 2, 16; June 13
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 UPDATE Our Little Free Pantry has been in operation for two months. Based on the consumption of items, our pantry is helping meet the needs of our local community. We are seeing items being added to the pantry by parishioners and by folks in our neighborhood as we hoped. Much thanks to Barbara Williams and Hank Davis who served as pantry managers since its installation, checking on the need for resupply, acquiring supplies, and refilling as needed. Jim Limerick is now taking on the pantry manager role. Thanks Jim! Non-perishable foods only: Bottles of water; Pouches or boxes of juice; Individual tubs of fruits, vegetables; Tab-top cans of pastas, meats, fruits, vegetables; Peanut butter, Nutella.
For pets, Tab-top canned dog and cat food
If the pantry is quite full when you arrive, put in as many supplies as will fit and save the rest for a return visit.
PARISH COMMUNITY NOTES
NOTICE OF CHRIST CHURCH ANNUAL MEETING
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 11:00 a.m. by Zoom
Watch your inbox for Annual Meeting information to come: The week of January 31, you'll receive a link to the Supplemental Special Rules of Order for a Virtual Annual Meeting. A must read: They explain how the meeting will be conducted! The week of February 7, you'll receive a link to the 2020 Annual Report. A must read: Wow! What a year! Saturday, February 13, you'll receive the Zoom link for the meeting. Sunday, February 14, plan to watch the video worship at 10:00 a.m. and come to the meeting at 11:00.
ALL-PARISH BUDGET PREVIEW MEETING- Saturday January 30 10:00 a.m. by Zoom - for all members, to review the budget before the Annual Meeting. This is your time for learning about our financial situation, to discuss and to ask questions. A Zoom link will be sent Friday evening, January 29. NOTE:Due to the webinar format of the Virtual Annual Meeting, it won't be possible to have budget questions and discussion at the Annual Meeting.
NOMINEES FOR 4-MEMBER VESTRY CLASS OF 2024-
Gordon Craig, Teresa Gutierrez, Lee MacClellan, Christi McCarren
ALTERNATE DELEGATES TO DIOCESAN CONVENTION-At the Annual Meeting, we elect 2 alternate delegates for 2021 who become the delegates in 2022. If you would like to be an alternate or have questions about the position, please contact Nominating Committee Chair Linda Johnson: email@example.com (2021 Delegates are Carol Gregory and Caroline Huckaby.)
ALL-PARISHZOOM MARDI GRASShrove Tuesday, February 16, 7:00 p.m. SAVE THE DATE! - WACKY HAT CONTEST; "CHAT" ALLELUIA SCROLL; BYOP (pancakes). It won't be the same but it will be a fun fling before Ash Wednesday. More information to come. Start working on your Wacky Hat - Zoom is the perfect medium for it! Image: The Official Hat of the Archdeacon of Olympia and Christ Church Deacon, Gen Grewell
Photo: Carol Kutsch
FIRST or SECOND SUNDAY OF THE MONTH 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. - FEBRUARY 14: Christ Church Annual Meeting, the SECOND Sunday, 11:00 a.m. -MARCH 7: the FIRST Sunday, 11:00 a.m.
Watch your inbox for Annual Meeting information to come: How to attend, Revised Rules of Order for a Virtual Annual Meeting including voting procedures, the 2020 Annual Report. Save the date, plan to watch the video worship at 10:00 a.m. and come to the meeting at 11:00.
CELEBRATING THE ARTS
WEBSITE GALLERY EXHIBITION OF CROSSES FOR LENT -
The Liturgical Visual Arts Group invites you to participate in their Lenten exhibition of "The Cross in My Life" by submitting a photo of the cross or crucifixes in your home that are part of your devotional life. Please send photos to Mother Campbell: firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday February 8. Please include the "provenance" (what you know about the origin) of your cross - where it came from, the materials, the artist if you know, the date it was made. Our gallery will be available on our website for contemplation during Lent. Image: Crucifix, Holland, wood and glass, n.d.
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
The Fourth Sunday after The Epiphany January 31
- Christ Church Recorded Video Worship
Link available on our website homepage from 6:00 p.m. Saturday evening
6:30 p.m. Monthly Reading Group Zoom Gathering
- Household Worship Resource for Epiphany 4
Available on our website when posted.
Monday February 1
9:00 a.m. Morning Prayer (by Zoom) Tuesday, February 2
7:30 a.m. Lectio Divina (by Zoom)
11:00 a.m. Vestry Leadership Team Zoom Meeting
7:00 p.m. A Trip to North Africa! - Adult Formation Zoom Gathering Wednesday, February 3
7:00 p.m. Conversation & Compline Zoom Gathering with Mother Campbell Thursday, February 4
7:30 a.m. Morning Prayer (by Zoom)
10:30 a.m. Program Staff Zoom Meeting
7:00 p.m. Choir Zoom Gathering
The Fifth Sunday after The Epiphany February 7
- Christ Church Recorded Video Worship
Link available on our website homepage from 6:00 p.m. Saturday evening
9:00 a.m. Sunday School Zoom (early) Mardi Gras
- Household Worship Resource for Epiphany 5
Available on our website when posted.
CHRIST CHURCH PRAYER LIST
Members and Friends of our Community Mike; Greg Wright and Angela Morgan; Alyssa (daughter of Hank Davis); Dashawna and Michael (friends of James Standley); Bryce (son of Mary Smiley); Megan and Gracey; Tom and Corey; Dixie and Truman; Florence Sandler; Milana and Doug; 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 In Thanksgiving for the 50th Annniversary of Ordination of the Rev. Joseph Hickey-Tiernan; the birth of Wesley James Barry (grandchild of Angela Morgan) with prayers for his thriving, and for his parents Natalie and Michael and sister Rosie. Those who have died Dr. Paul W. Schultz; Tommy LaSorda; Henry (Hank) Aaron; Elodie Vandervert; Deacon Jean Carmichael For President Biden, Vice President Harris and all those newly-elected or appointed to public service. For a spirit of respect and cooperation in our governmental processes and a commitment to serving the needy among us. For the African American community and communities of color. May 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 united effort to stop 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 working to eliminate bigotry, racism and violence. For all serving in the military. Diocesan Prayer Cycle St. David Emmanuel, Shoreline Anglican Prayer Cycle The Church of Bangladesh To request prayer e-mail email@example.com. 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.
Journaling: Meditating, Writing, Sharing - After taking time off during the holidays, the Christ Church Connections journaling group has resumed (reZoomed) meeting. Join us to share your thoughts, meditations and creative insights via Zoom on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 6:00 p.m., just prior to evening Conversation & Compline. To sign up and begin receiving Zoom invitations to the group, please contact facilitator Dennis Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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