A Newsletter for Members and Friends 
Tacoma, Washington: Friday, August 31, 2018

Readings:  Deuteronomy 4:1-2; 6-9; Psalm 15; James 1:17-27; Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
The texts can be found on The Lectionary Page
Sermon:  The Rev. Samuel Torvend
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
COMPLINE AT CHRIST CHURCH – THE SECOND SUNDAY OF THE MONTH: SEPTEMBER 9, 7:00 p.m. in the Church. Compline, the church’s ancient night prayer, is a short meditative service that gently concludes the day with prayer, hymns, chant and silence. This is the first of three opportunities this fall to experience Compline at Christ Church on second Sundays; the next two are October 14 and November 11. Come dwell in the beauty and peace of this prayer office. A great way to introduce a friend to Christ Church.
Those in any kind of need, especially: Kathleen B; Lesley O; MaryAnn; Julie B; Rosemary R; Brian Sanford; Lucas Bride and Family; Michael; Presiding Bishop Michael Curry; John and Charli; Roger C; Don S.; Edie; Alice T.; Jan; Ann S.; Kristin L; Dominic.
Those who have died: Jane Sprague; Ronald Arnatt; Ken Mayfield; Donald Charles Flagg; Roberta Sweeny, and all who grieve for them.
For all in need: 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 all affected by wildfires and extreme weather.
Diocesan Prayer Cycle: Holy Spirit, Battle Ground; St. Matthew, Castle Rock.
Anglican Prayer Cycle: Anglican Church of South America; The Most Revd Gregory James Venables, Presiding Bishop of the Anglican Church of South America and Bishop of Argentina.
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.          

MOTHER CAMPBELL IS AWAY SUNDAY, spending the weekend with her son Jamie.

GATHERING SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 The program year begins as we re-gather after summer vacations and travels. The choir returns to the 10:30 liturgy, Sunday School begins, and following the 10:30 liturgy, the Vestry hosts a special Welcome Back Brunch in Wells Hall.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW FOR THE WOMEN'S LUNCH - Saturday, October 6, in Wells Hall from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. for coffee/tea. A delicious lunch with vegetarian choices will begin at noon. After lunch, State Senator Jeanie Darneille, a long-time member of our church, will lead a program about women and politics. A clipboard for reservations will be on a table in the narthex beginning September 16.  If you plan to bring a guest, please help us with a head count by indicating her name and e-mail address. 

PARISH ADMINISTRATOR SEARCH – The position description is posted on our website and on various employment sites. Resumes are coming in and interviews will begin this week.
SHANNON FARLEY PROMOTED TO OFFICE MANAGER – I’m happy to announce that Shannon Farley, Christ Church Secretary/Receptionist for nearly five years, has been promoted to Office Manager. This is in recognition of the reality that she has, on her own initiative and with great competence, actually been managing office operations for some time. We are incredibly fortunate to have Shannon on our staff – her loyalty and commitment to the parish, her intelligence and remarkable skills, her engaging personality and sense of humor (not to mention her love of cats – there, I’ve mentioned it!), are a true gift to us. Please join me in congratulating our Shannon.
          The position of Office Manager replaces the position of Secretary/Receptionist and is for the same number of hours per week. It is equal in time and pay to the position of Parish Administrator. Both Job Descriptions will be adjusted to reflect this. From a parishioner point of view, this should not affect which person you would contact (Office Manager or Parish Administrator) depending on what assistance you need from the office. – Mother Janet
IN THE ABSENCE OF A PARISH ADMINISTRATOR – Please use the email of former administrator Sarah Hays ( for requests related to addition of meetings and events to the parish calendar, requests for space use, buildings and grounds, etc.
THE ENVELOPE GAME! – NEW TOTAL: Even though the game is over, stray envelopes keep coming in! As of today, our summer fun(d)raising game has raised $5,660! Any more stray envelopes can still be returned in the collection plates on Sunday, or brought or mailed to the office. Thanks to all who participated!
PROGRESS ON CHURCH ENTRYWAY GLASS PANELS – We have accepted a bid for replacement of the vandalized glass wall panels. The supplier will need to make final measurements for manufacturing specifications, which will require removal and replacement of the protective boards. Then new glass panels will be made and installed. We don’t know yet how long this entire process will take, but will update this information as soon as we do know.
RESTORATION OF CHURCH BUILDING EXTERIOR WALLS – The work to repair the cracks in the exterior walls and to seal the walls against further weather damage is under contract and will happen this fall, start date yet to be confirmed by the contractor.

MINISTRY OF THE WEEK – THE FACILITIES COMMITTEE -- We give thanks this week for the ministry of our Facilities Committee, which, along with the Junior Warden and Parish Administrator, manages the maintenance, repair and improvement of our buildings and campus. The committee organizes parishioners for hands-on projects and identifies providers for projects requiring professional expertise. For major projects, the group engages consultants as needed, directs development of the scope of work, submission of bids, selection of contractors, and the project timeline. The two projects above, glass wall replacement and exterior concrete repair, are just two examples of the incredibly important ministry of this group. The group meets several times a year according to need; members advance individual projects between meetings. If you’re interested in learning more, contact Joe Conklin at 



CHRIST CHURCH 101 – Sunday, after the 10:30 liturgy to 12:15 p.m. in the church. Newcomers and long-timers are invited to gather at the eagle lectern for an open discussion of any question you have regarding our worship, formation, and service. 

THE MONTHLY READING GROUP Sunday, September 2, 6:30 p.m. at the home of Sandy and Ronn Johanson to discuss Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard. Anyone interested is welcome to attend. Questions or for directions email Don Johnson at
THE RACIAL JUSTICE READING GROUP – FALL BOOK Stamped From the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi. We will discuss this long book over three evenings: Parts I and II on Monday, September 24 at 7 p.m.; the other three parts on Monday, October 29 and Monday, December 3.  (No meeting in November). Newcomers are welcome.  We meet at the home of Anne Avery and Jim Elliott.  Questions or for directions, email Anne at

September 24, October 1, October 8, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., Wells Hall. In this Fall Foundations Course, participants will discover a range of daily and weekly practices that shape a healthy and maturing Christian faith. Drawing on the 2,000-year treasure house of practices, we will come to understand why such practices ground us in God’s good earth and orient us toward love for our neighbors. Donations will be gladly accepted. Sign up at the glass table in the church entryway.

SUNDAY DISCUSSION: SERVICE IN THE WORLD - Sunday, September 30, 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in the Library. In Honduras with Robert Carver - In addition to serving as a priest, parishioner Robert Carver is a registered nurse and nursing instructor. Not only has he trained nurses in Honduras, he has also witnessed the violence that has driven thousands to seek asylum in the United States. Join us as Bob discusses his experience in Honduras.
MONDAY BIBLE STUDY – NO MEETING ON LABOR DAY, SEPTEMBER 3. We will meet next week, September 10, at 7:00 in the Library.
SUNDAY SCHOOL is on summer recess and resumes with registration on Gathering Sunday, September 16.


Christ Church is already taking actions against this huge problem, including housing homeless families in Wells Hall twice each year and the donations that we make to local organizations serving homeless persons. But there is more that we can do as individuals.  Please join the Community Service Leadership Team at a post-coffee hour discussion in the library on 
Sunday, September 9th, at 12:15 pm to hear about three opportunities to consider. One of the most intriguing of the three opportunities is participation in local Shared Housing Services (SHS). SHS staff will make a brief presentation. There will be time for questions and answers.  For more information, contact Noel Hagens at
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, Tacoma) 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 during coffee hour, and on the little table at the back of the chapel.
          Want to know why so many Central Americans are seeking asylum?  Attend a free conversation (and dinner) at St. Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle, on Wednesday, September 5, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm; conversation leader is Noah Bullock, Executive Director of Cristosal, an NGO working on violence-caused forced displacement.  RSVP to Arrange carpools with Fran Blair (  More details available at coffee hour.
          Participate in Global Climate Action Summit Day, Saturday, September 8: Events promoting a cleaner planet, jobs, and justice. At 9:00 a.m. there is a rally at the LNG (Liquid Natural Gas) refinery on the Tacoma tide flats. From 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., there is a rally and (short) march at Tollefson Plaza (1548 Commerce Street, Tacoma). From 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., there is an electric vehicle festival on Lafayette Street, Steilacoom (29 types of vehicles, electric bus rides, food, vendors, forums). Detailed handout available in chapel entryway and on the Wells Hall stage.
          League of Women Voters Ballot Issues Meetings: The League of Women Voters studies ballot issues and prepares neutral analyses for its members and the public. There will be three issues on the ballot in November; be sure to attend one of the five LWV meetings: get handout for dates, times, and locations around Pierce County, Saturday, September 8 through Saturday, September 15. LWV Candidate Forums will occur in October.
          Save the dates: Saturday, September 15, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., tidal marsh restoration work party, 1747 Port of Tacoma Road, Tacoma. Thursday, September 20, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Associated Ministries’ quarterly meeting to learn about, discuss, and take action on the crisis of homelessness. It will be held at Shiloh Baptist Church, 1211 South I Street, Tacoma.
FOOD BANK FOCUS FOR SEPTEMBER - 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. September Focus: Canned soup and dry soup mixes.


LOOKING FOR QUILTERS – The Liturgical Visual Arts Group is interested in learning who are the quilters in our community. We are considering a liturgical visual arts project that would include quilting. If you’re a quilter and are interested, please contact Dixie Coggins:

THE CHRIST CHURCH CHOIR IS ON SUMMER BREAK - New singers will be warmly welcomed into the choir in the fall. Rehearsals begin Thursday, September 13 at 7:30 p.m., and we sing again on September 16. Anyone considering joining is invited to have a conversation with the directors for more information about the nature of this commitment.
WOMEN’S CHOIR NEXT WEEK! Calling all treble voices.
If you can carry a tune and attend one rehearsal, this is for you:
Enjoy a fun choral experience and gain some new skills with no long-term commitment. 
Contact our music directors if you can sing with us so we can have music and seating organized. We’ll send you music and audio files of your parts for a bit of advance preparation so you can be comfortable. You must register in advance by Sept. 4, but earlier is better!
Speak directly with Kathryn or Mark, or Email:
Sunday September 9, Women’s Choir, with rehearsal on Thursday Sept. 6, 7:30-9 p.m.



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 on summer recess
until Gathering Sunday, September 16
10:30 a.m.  Holy Eucharist, Church, followed by coffee hour in Wells Hall
12:15 p.m.  Christ Church 101, Meet at the Eagle Lectern
6:30 p.m.    Monthly Reading Group, Johanson Home

Monday, September 3 – LABOR DAY – OFFICE CLOSED      
No Monday Bible Study Tonight
Tuesday, September 4
10:30 a.m.  Women’s Lunch Steering Group, Library
7:00 p.m.    Community Service Leadership Team Meeting, Library
Wednesday, September 5
12:00 p.m.  Holy Eucharist, Chapel, followed by light lunch and fellowship, Library
Thursday, September 6
7:30 p.m.    Women’s 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
10:30 – 11:15 a.m.  Sunday School on summer recess
until Gathering Sunday, September 16
10:30 a.m.  Holy Eucharist, Church, followed by coffee hour in Wells Hall
12:15 p.m.  Shared Housing Services Meeting, Library
7:00 p.m.    Compline, Church
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