CHRIST CHURCH WEEKLY A Newsletter for Members and Friends
Friday in the Sixth Week of Easter, May 22, 2020
CHRIST CHURCH OPERATIONS DURING THE PANDEMIC
ALL GATHERINGS AT CHRIST CHURCH, INCLUDING FOR WORSHIP, ARE SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
ALL BUILDINGS ARE CLOSED: DO NOT USE YOUR KEY TO ENTER CHURCH, WELLS HALL OR TRINITY HOUSE.
PARISH OFFICE IS CLOSED TO ALL VISITORS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
OFFICE STAFF CAN BE REACHED BY EMAIL TUESDAY - FRIDAY 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
CLERGY AND PROGRAM STAFF CAN BE REACHED BY EMAIL
Mother Janet Campbell, Priest in Charge: email@example.com
Father Samuel Torvend, Associate Priest for Adult Formation: firstname.lastname@example.org
Archdeacon Gen Grewell: email@example.com
Co-Directors of Music Ministries Kathryn Nichols and Mark Brombaugh:
IN THIS ISSUE
Sustaining and Building Community
Christ Church Conversation and Compline New: Christ Church Connections
Christ Church Calendar: Events This Week
Our Life of Worship and Prayer
Our Life of Formation and Study
Keeping a Eucharistic Fast
Adult Formation Spring Foundations Course:
Three Fascinating Medieval Women
Our Life of Service and Advocacy Service organizations Need Help
Bethlehem Family Shelter
Emergency Food Network
Meals for Healthcare Heros
Our Life Celebrating the Arts
Interview with Organ Builder (of our organ) John Brombaugh
Hear Christ Church Music and Singing
Christ Church Information Links to Diocesan News and Informational Resources
SUSTAINING AND BUILDING COMMUNITY
IN THIS TIME OF PANDEMIC
CHRIST CHURCH COMMUNITY RESOURCES:
GO TO THE PARISH WEBSITE: christchurchtacoma.org
+ Click on Household Resources for Worship and Formation where you will find:
- Mother Janet's Letters to the parish
- Household Worship guides for Sundays and Feast Days
- Household Adult Formation Materials
- Christ Church choir, hymn and organ recordings
Mother Campbell and Father Torvend are available for individual pastoral conversation by email, phone or Zoom. Contact them by email to set up a time:
In a pastoral emergency (a serious diagnosis, an accident, hospitalization, a death) please contact Mother Campbell as soon as you can. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will respond as soon as possible.
Parish Practical Help Team: Need errands run, groceries, meals provided, medication pickup, etc.? contact Deacon Gen Grewell: email@example.com (email preferred) or call her cell phone 360-280-5593
Parish Telephone Check-in Team: Team members check in periodically with every parishioner, using the new 2020 Parish Contact Directory. We want to know how you are doing and if you have needs with which we can help. Like to talk on the phone? New callers are welcome, contact Deacon Gen, as above.
Parish Pen Pal Team: Team members write regularly to parishioners without internet and personal telephone service. Like to join? Contact Deacon Gen, as above.
Our Ministry Continues + The buildings are cared for by Sexton Tim Williams
+ Office staff Shannon Farley and Mary Smiley continue to work from home
+ Mother Campbell, Father Torvend, Mark Brombaugh, Kathryn Nichols and Deacon Gen Grewell continue to work from home
+ Weekly Worship Resources are created and posted on the church website
+ Weekly Adult Formation Resources are created and posted on the parish website and Facebook page
+ Parish ministry teams meet by Zoom and continue to serve as able
+ Zoom gatherings are held for members and friends of the parish
+ Coordination of volunteers to assist members with errands continues
+ Formation for those to be baptized, received, or renewing Holy Baptism continues
+ Marriage counseling continues
+ Pastoral visits continue via telephone, email, and FaceTime or Zoom
+ Ways to help and serve others are listed in this Weekly under Our Life of Service and Advocacy
+ Coordination with the Diocese of Olympia, Washington State, City of Tacoma offices and public health officials continues
The Financial Challenge of this time
Giving declines when we are not meeting weekly for worship. Please keep your pledge and other regular giving current as you are able. If you have the capacity, this is the time to make a special gift to Christ Church. Use these ways to give to the ongoing work of Christ Church:
+ Online giving at christchurchtacoma.org
- Click on Give at the homepage
- Click on Give to Christ Church through Tithe.ly
- Follow the instructions and use either a credit card or bank transfer
- Questions? Contact Mark Brombuagh at firstname.lastname@example.org
+ Mail your weekly or monthly check 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.
Our COVID-19 Financial Task Force (Christi McCarren, Rod Blackburn and Gordon Craig) continues, as authorized by the Vestry, to explore financial concerns and challenges created by the Covid-19 emergency.
Forward Day by Day - If you used to get a copy of Forward Day by Day at church, contact Parish Coordinator Shannon Farley firstname.lastname@example.org to have one mailed to you. You can also go to the Forward Movement website to read the day's meditation and participate in a discussion by posting a comment. You'll also find other resources for reflection and prayer.
Online Gatherings: Easy-to-use Zoom offers free 45-minute online meetings for computer, tablet and smartphone users. See and chat with Christ Church friends from your home. Go to Zoom.com to set up your free account. Follow the Zoom recommendations to ensure the security of your meeting.
2020 Parish Contact Directory: If you don't have a directory, contact Parish Coordinator Shannon Farley to receive one by email. If you aren't yet in the directory, let Shannon know. We will provide directory additions and updates monthly by email. email@example.com
CHRIST CHURCH CONVERSATION AND COMPLINE:
WEDNESDAY EVENING PARISH ZOOM GATHERINGS
7:00 - 8:15 p.m.
Join Mother Janet, Father Samuel, Deacon Gen, and Co-Directors of Music Ministries Kathryn and Mark on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom for an opening word to all from Mother Janet followed by about 45 minutes of small group conversation in breakout rooms. Then we regather for Compline, the Church's nighttime prayer. Watch for the Zoom invitation and link to CONVERSATION AND COMPLINE in your inbox each Wednesday morning.
CHRIST CHURCH CONNECTIONS Interested in Joining an Interest Group?
Your Vestry would like to offer some new ways to connect within our Christ Church Community. This is an invitation for you to join one of the groups below by contacting the person listed via email. Each group will convene virtually and decide how best to gather (Zoom, Email, Facebook). The hope is that new relationships will grow, exchanging fellowship, interests, worship, ideas.
The office staff (Mary Smiley and me, Shannon Farley) and Sexton Tim Williams would like to express our most sincere thanks to everyone who has sent messages to us the last several weeks. Your voicemails, emails, cards and letters have been uplifting and encouraging. We first tried responding to all of these messages individually, and then realized the task would be too large! During this time, we have been committed to keeping things operating as smoothly and seamlessly as possible, and we are humbled and grateful to be a part of this community. It is our pleasure to continue to serve you, and we look forward to the day when we will see you again, and greet you with smiles. Be well, and please know that we thank you for making our days brighter.
With our wishes for your peace and wellness,
Monday, May 25 - Memorial Day Observed
10:00 a.m. Program Staff Zoom Meeting Tuesday, May 26
11:00 a.m. Vestry Leadership Team Zoom Meeting
7:00 p.m. Adult Formation Spring Foundations Course Zoom Meeting Wednesday, May 27
7:00 p.m. Conversation & Compline Zoom Gathering with Mother Campbell
CONVERSATION AND COMPLINE: Wednesday Evenings 7:00 - 8:15 p.m. - Gather by Zoom with parish members and staff for a word to all from Mother Janet, small group conversation in breakout rooms, ending with regathering for Compline, the church's nighttime prayer. Watch your inbox for the Conversation and Compline Invitation and Zoom Log-in link each Wednesday.
LITANY FOR ALL AFFECTED BY THE CORONAVIRUS on our website here.
SERMONS preached at Christ Church are posted on our website christchurchtacoma.org and can be accessed from the Worship page or by clicking this link on the homepage: SundaySermons. Sermon posting will resume when liturgies resume.
THIS WEEK OUR PRAYERS ARE ASKED FOR: Members and Friends of our Community: Ruth; MaryLynn; Elin; Larry; Barbara and Hank; Michael and Mary Kay Preparing for Baptism: James Tedrick and his sponsor Kevin Montgomery Those who have died:Thelma (Mother of Tom Clark);David Boe, Carl Kirchner Sr (Father of Carl Kirchner); Naomi Wusstig (Sister of Lourdes Wusstig) For all in need: For all affected by the novel coronavirus: for those treating the sick and those seeking to discover its cause and stop its spread. For all who risk their health to care for others by keeping essential businesses and resources open. For our Governor and his staff. For Dr. Anthony Fauci. For our Bishop and his staff. For solutions for the crisis of homelessness. For progress in reversing global warming. For all affected by storms, flooding, wildfires and earthquakes. For all working to eliminate bigotry, racism and violence. For all serving in the military. Diocesan Prayer Cycle: St. Luke Memorial, Tacoma; St. Matthew, Tacoma Anglican Prayer Cycle: (Saint Augustine / Anglican Communion Sunday) Pray for all members of the Anglican Communion around the world. For the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby, and all primates and bishops. For members of the Anglican Consultative Council. For the Secretary General, The Most Revd Dr Josiah Idowu-Fearon. For the staff at the Anglican Communion Office in London and the UN offices in Geneva and New York
To request prayers in the prayers of the assembly e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 used in the list of those who have died. Names remain on the list for four weeks, unless renewed by the one who submitted them.
OUR LIFE OF FORMATION AND STUDY
KEEPING A EUCHARISTIC FAST - This is not the first time in history that plague or pandemic have kept Christians from gathering for Eucharist. It is the first time Christians have been able to watch live-streamed Eucharists. Is there such a thing as "virtual communion?" Why is Christ Church keeping a Eucharistic Fast? Read Fr. Torvend's article on our website here.
SPRING FOUNDATIONS COURSE: THREE FASCINATING MEDIEVAL WOMEN
NEED A BREAK FROM PANDEMIC NEWS? - Join us for a discussion of three fascinating medieval women who upset the world in which they lived by calling for a compassionate Christianity and the reform of society. In this Spring Foundations Course, we will hear from Hildegard of Bingen, Mechthild of Magdeburg, and Julian of Norwich – three mystics whose visions prompted them to express their experience of the flowing light of God in this world – and in our world today. Should you want to join our online Zoom conversation, please send an email to Fr. Torvend at email@example.com by Saturday, May 23. He needs to hear from you in order to send you biographies and excerpts from the writings of Julian of Norwich and to add you to the Zoom log-in invitation list.
We will meet via Zoom on Tuesday, May 26, at 7:00 p.m.
MONTHLY READING GROUP - The Christ Church Monthly Reading Group will meet via Zoom at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 31, to discuss Fr. Torvend's book, Flowing Water, Uncommon Birth: Christian Baptism in a Post-Christian Culture. In his published review of the book, Bishop Rickel notes that "there is no more misunderstood facet of our sacramental life today than baptism. In this fine book, Torvend helps the re-formation of our baptismal identity, one that is absolutely vital for Christians."
Fr. Torvend will be present for the Zoom discussion of Flowing Water. If you want to participate in the discussion, purchase the book for $9.99 from Augsburg Fortress at https://www.augsburgfortress.org/store/productgroup/691/Flowing-Water-Uncommon-Birth. The ISBN is 978-0-8066-7063-8. Fr. Torvend urges you to purchase the book from Augsburg rather than Amazon due to its poor treatment of dock and warehouse workers before and during the pandemic.
If you plan to join the discussion, please contact Don John firstname.lastname@example.org so that you can be registered for the Zoom conversation on May 31.
MONDAY BIBLE STUDY - Contact Doug Dahlgren (email@example.com) to see if the group is planning to meet by phone or internet.
SUNDAY SCHOOL is suspended until further notice.
OUR LIFE OF SERVICE AND ADVOCACY
IN COMMUNITY AND WORLD
SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES IN THIS TIME OF PANDEMIC Even with the Governor's stay at home order, there are many ways we can continue to serve the community around us by assisting 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.
BETHLEHEM FAMILY SHELTER at Bethlehem Baptist Church From shelter staff and Christ church member Angela Moore: "Thank you so much to my wonderful church community for giving and donating as much as you guys have to Bethlehem Baptist shelter through MDC (Metropolitan Development Council Tacoma and Pierce County). We truly appreciate it. The donations are just amazing and the shelter guests are so thankful! You guys are supernatural and amazing and I am so thankful for everything that you have all done!! And so is everyone at the shelter!" Donations are still needed and welcome: gently used clothing: men's and women's all sizes, socks and shoes; underwear; children's all sizes, underwear, socks and shoes; blankets; arts and crafts materials, games, puzzles, DVD movies, especially for children; books, feminine products, Depends all sizes, Pull-ups, diapers size 3 and up. Donations can be dropped off during Angela's shift (4 p.m. to midnight, Monday through Friday), Bethlehem Family shelter at Bethlehem Baptist Church 4818 East Portland Avenue, Tacoma.
EMERGENCY FOOD NETWORK - is kicking off Hunger Awareness Month with the 40th annual Hunger Walk! Our congregation has been a faithful participant in this important community event for many years! Our support is more urgent than ever as food banks are experiencing a massive increase in those seeking help due to the economic impact of the coronavirus.
Due to the Stay Home order from the Governor, this year's Hunger Walk is a virtual event. Our Community Service Leadership Team invites you to join this year’s event by making a donation through our Christ Episcopal Church Tacoma virtual team. DONATIONS CAN BE MADE THROUGH SUNDAY MAY 31 at: Hunger Walk and 5K Website Select Donation
Select Team Fundraiser
Select Christ Episcopal Tacoma
Emergency Food Network provides 14 million pounds of healthy, nutritious food annually to 80+ food pantries, meal sites, and shelters for distribution to families and individuals in need. There are 1.3 million visits to food pantries and meal sites in Pierce County each year; 54% of these visits are children and seniors! These numbers have vastly increased since the arrival of the coronavirus. Through the Emergency Food Network, we can make sure these hungry families and individuals receive the nutritious food they need to stay healthy.
For every $1 donated, EFN provides 5 meals for our neighbors in need! A BIG THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR SUPPORT!
TO DATE WE HAVE RAISED OVER $1000 FOR OUR CHRIST CHURCH TEAM!
Questions? Please contact Linda Johnson at 253-802-6824 or firstname.lastname@example.org
HERO MEALS - help provide meals for healthcare workers - Hero Meals, a program of the Downtown Tacoma Partnership and neighborhood restaurants, provides meals for healthcare workers during the coronavirus pandemic. Join in supporting our local frontline healthcare heros and our local restaurants. TO DONATE: visit downtowntacomapartnership.com/hero-meals and select a restaurant.
Every $25 sends three meals to healthcare workers.
OUR LIFE CELEBRATING THE ARTS
AN INTERVIEW WITH ORGAN BUILDER JOHN BROMBAUGH - For a fun read, with an exquisite bit of music played by Mark Brombaugh on our organ's remarkable Praestant stop (8' principal), check out a recent article on John Brombaugh, builder of the Christ Church pipe organ: Rediscovering Historic Organbuilding Techniques in the journal Vox Humana for a good understanding of our particular instrument and a glimpse into why John became a seminal figure on the American organ building scene with pioneering influence on the construction of historically-informed organs. See superb photos of some of the organs which have shaped his craft and concepts. Visit the journal, Vox Humana:http://voxhumanajournal.com/brombaugh2020.html
THIRD FRIDAYS AT NOON CONCERTS - suspended until further notice. Please check our website for the latest updates.
CHRIST CHURCH INFORMATION
To subscribe to the Christ Church Weekly e-newsletter, fill out the Welcome Card in the pew back or contact the office at the address below. 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 OFFICE OPEN 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. Ms. Cynthia Anthony, Ms. Ciara Aylsworth, Mr. Eddie Bang, Ms. Susan Beer,
Mr. Rodney Blackburn, Mr. Tim Chen, Ms. Mary Hanneman, Mr. Robert Hicker,
Ms. Nancy Gow Knudsen, Ms.Vikke Pierson. Ex officio, non-voting: Winfield Giddings, Treasurer; Mary Smiley, Vestry Clerk