A Newsletter for Members and Friends 
Tacoma, Washington: Friday, February 1, 2019
THIS SUNDAY, February 3, 2019
Readings: Jeremiah 1:4-10; Psalm 71:1-6; I Corinthians 13:1-3; Luke 4:21-30
The texts can be found on The Lectionary Page
Sermon: Steve Kieta
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


COMPLINE SUNDAY FEBRUARY 10 - 7:00 p.m. Compline, the church’s ancient nighttime prayer, is a short service that gently concludes the day with prayer, hymns, chant and silence. A great way to introduce a friend to Christ Church. Compline will also be offered on the second Sunday of March (the 10th) at 7:00 p.m.
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.
MaryLynn and Tim; Morgan Hill; Nakeesha; Charles; Lisa; Naomi; Suzanne; Ashley-Christine; Michael; Terry; Jan; Ann S; Kristin L; Dominic. 
Those who have died: Ida “Sweet Lorraine” Johnson; Mary Oliver.
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 extreme cold.
Diocesan Prayer Cycle: Ascension, Seattle; Epiphany, Seattle
Anglican Prayer Cycle: The Anglican Church of Burundi; The Most Revd Martin Blaise Nyaboho - Archbishop of Burundi & Bishop of Makamba,
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 MEMBER OF OUR COMMUNITY - Josephine Joanne (JoJo) Keelean was born Tuesday morning, January 29, at 9:39 a.m. to Allison and Karla Keelean. Welcome JoJo and congratulations to your moms!

MINISTRY OF THE WEEK – THE FINANCE COMMITTEE – We give thanks this week for the ministry of our Finance Committee, which helps monitor the financial status of the parish, prepares the annual budget for the Vestry’s review and approval, provides financial advice to the Vestry, organizes the yearly business practices review required by the church, and directs the work of the Sunday offering counters. This behind-the-scenes ministry is essential to our careful stewardship of all that God has entrusted to us at Christ Church. The group meets monthly. Like to work with numbers? Contact Mother
To see all the opportunities to serve at Christ Church go to

Sunday, February 10, 12:00 noon, Wells Hall.
One liturgy on this day at 10:30 A.M. in the church

The Annual Meeting of Christ Church 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.
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.
There will be no 8 a.m. Eucharist on Annual Meeting Sunday so that we may all worship together and attend the meeting.
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 Qualifications and Responsibilities at Christ Church
The Vestry is the legal governing board of the parish, working in collaboration with the Priest in Charge. Vestry members serve three-year terms and are elected by the congregation at the Annual Meeting of the parish. Christ Church’s Vestry has 12 members serving in classes of 4. Each year 4 members reach the end of their terms and rotate off and 4 new members are elected to replace them. This system provides for both continuity and variety in leadership.
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.


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

MONDAY BIBLE STUDY – 7:00 p.m. in the library. This week prepares us for the readings of the Fifth Sunday of Epiphany (February 10th). 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: 2/3, 2/17 and 3/3, 3/17.


THREE CEDARS WELCOME KITS – Three Cedars, the house across the alley from Wells Hall, is part of Affordable Housing and Treatment (AHAT). Three Cedars provides safe housing and care for persons living with HIV/AIDs or Hepatitis C. Each year we help by providing Welcome Kits, with sheets, pillow cases, towels, toiletries and more. On Sunday February 10 we begin a three-week effort to provide twelve complete sets. This is the perfect day because it is also Annual Meeting Sunday, a great day to display our loving care for our neighbors. Watch next week for a list of items needed. There will be something that everyone can give, and everyone will be glad of this opportunity to show love for our neighbors.
LIFE FOOD PACK ASSEMBLY LINE Sunday, February 17 – Wells Hall. During coffee hour, join the assembly line to fill 200 zip-lock bags with a flip-top can of nutritious food, an energy bar, juice, and a few other items. Every Sunday at coffee hour, Food Packs are available on the Wells Hall stage – carry a couple in your car or backpack to share with people in need.  
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 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 in the chapel entryway.                                                                               
Work to stop the incarceration and separation of families seeking asylum in the United States: handouts available on the Wells Hall stage and on the chapel table.
The Progress House Association, with state funding, is opening a Clubhouse in Pierce County. At a Clubhouse, people with mental illnesses aren’t patients or clients – they're members, working together toward wholeness and reconnecting with their families and communities. 
Over 300 Clubhouses worldwide are communities that heal and empower people who would otherwise be isolated, offering opportunities to use talents and skills they already have or learn new ones.  An informational meeting will be held at the Moore Branch of the Tacoma Public Library on Tuesday, February 5 from 5:30-7pm.
Looking to the Future:  several lobby days in Olympia; First, Hunger Action Day, a lobbying effort by the Anti-Hunger & Nutrition Coalition (AHNC), occurs on Monday, February 11 (8:30 am – 3:30 pm); it gathers at United Churches of Olympia for background information on upcoming bills and for training in meeting effectively with your legislators.  To register, go to .
Second, Faith Action Network (FAN), Thursday, February14; several bills are coming up that focus on the six areas FAN supports this year (Creating a Biennial Budget that Protects the Poor and Vulnerable; Restoring Justice in our Criminal Justice System; Ensuring Housing for All; Caring for Creation; Protecting Immigrant Families & Civil Rights; Ensuring Healthcare and Mental Health for All).  To register, go to   
Third, 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
Fourth, 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 Jeannie Darneille, State Senator and Christ Church member!



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.

NEW BANNERS – In 1969, to celebrate the worship space in the new church building, the Reverend Ralph Carskadden, Associate Priest, designed the six banners that hang high on the west wall. For half a century, the banners have been integral to the entire compositional fabric of our worship space. The collage materials of the banners, however, are now exhibiting the inevitable deterioration anticipated from the outset. At the 40th anniversary celebration of the building, Ralph remarked that he was surprised the banners were still on the wall! To commemorate this year’s 50th anniversary of our building, a team from the Liturgical Visual Arts Group is preparing a new set of banners to honor the legacy of Father Carskadden, with the hope of restoring to that wall the joy of color, symbolism, and celebration of the originals. The new banners will reflect design elements already familiar in the pulpit (ambo) hangings and will incorporate the seasonal colors of the liturgy with symbolic elements drawn from tradition and, more specifically, our Anglican heritage. While we won’t know the condition of the original banners until we take them down, the Liturgical Arts Group hopes they might be cleaned, repaired, and hung either in Wells Hall or in the church sacristy hallway.
More information as the project progresses.

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.
                      Christ Church 101 – Meet at the Eagle Lectern after the liturgy.
Tuesday, February 4
7:00 p.m.  Bible Study, Library
Wednesday, February 5
12:00 p.m.  Holy Eucharist, Chapel, followed by light lunch and fellowship, Library
Thursday, February 6
7:30 p.m.   Choir Rehearsal, Church
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  
                   CHILDCARE 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
 7:00 p.m.  Compline, Church
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
253-383-1569 x11 
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
253-383-1569 x12
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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