A Newsletter for Members and Friends 

Tacoma, Washington 
Friday in the Seventh Week after Pentecost
July 24, 2020

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.

continue in many ways, including online gatherings. 

In this Issue 

Worship and Prayer
Formation and Study
Service and Advocacy in Community and World
Celebrating the Arts

Sustaining and Building Community in this Time of Pandemic
Christ Church Calendar: Parish Events This Coming Week

Christ Church Prayer List
Christ Church Information
Links to Diocesan News ands Informational Resources
HOUSEHOLD WORSHIP RESOURCE FOR THIS SUNDAY THE EIGHTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST: Find this Sunday's Household Worship booklet on our website here.

CHRIST CHURCH ONLINE RECORDED VIDEO WORSHIP FOR SUNDAYS - The service includes readings, a short homily or reflection on the readings, prayers of the assembly and pre-recorded hymns and organ music. Each Sunday's video will be available from 6 p.m. Saturday evening until the following Saturday evening, when a new video for the next Sunday will be posted. 

"We now look forward to our 'church time' each week and thank our program staff and all the wonderful readers and choir members who are so generously giving their time for us.  We even forwarded it to a friend at his request." 
- Sue and Bert Stibbe 
(Photo: Teresa Gutierrez)

WEDNESDAYS - CONVERSATION AND COMPLINE: 7:00 - 8:15 p.m. (by Zoom) Gather 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.

TUESDAYS - LECTIO DIVINA 7:30 a.m. (by Zoom) and
THURSDAYS - MORNING PRAYER 7:30 a.m. (by Zoom)  Start the day with prayer by Zoom. Tuesday mornings for Lectio Divina, quiet reflection on one scripture passage; Thursday mornings for Morning Prayer, the beautiful Anglican prayer tradition. Interested in participating in one or both of these prayer experiences?
Contact Rod Blackburn:

SECOND MONDAYS, FOURTH THURSDAYS - TAIZÉ PRAYER 7:00 p.m. (by Zoom) Join a small ecumenical group of Roman Catholics and Episcopalians for Taizé Prayer every second Monday and fourth Thursday of the month. Email Dotti Krist-Sterbick to receive a Zoom invitation and link:

MONASTERY OF THE HEART - Mary in Monastic and Christian Spirituality - Thursday, August 13, 7:00 p.m. by Zoom - Friends and members of Christ Church are invited to this discussion of the role of Mary in monastic and Christian spirituality as we approach the Feast of St. Mary the Virgin on August 15. Participants will receive a handout prior to the discussion. If interested in joining this Zoom gathering, email Fr Torvend at no later than Sunday, August 8.

THE MONTHLY READING GROUP - Sunday, July 26, 6:30 p.m. via Zoom to discuss Daring Greatly by Brené Brown. Everyone interested is welcome. Questions? Contact Don Johnson at

MONDAY BIBLE STUDY - on hiatus during the pandemic.


SUNDAY SCHOOL - on hiatus during the pandemic.
ASSOCIATED MINISTRIES (AM) RENTAL ASSISTANCE TO HOUSEHOLDS WHOSE INCOME HAS BEEN AFFECTED BY THE COVID-19 CRISIS - If you can't pay your rent due to the pandemic, AM offers help through their Community Resource Connection Center (CRCC). Apply online at OR
Call the CRCC at 253-383-3056, ext. 128 to schedule a telephone appointment and you will be contacted within 48 hours to discuss your situation OR Come in and see the receptionist to schedule a phone appointment (office hours 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 901 South 13th Street, Tacoma).

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. 

NOURISH FOOD BANKS URGENTLY NEED VOLUNTEERS - Nourish Pierce County urgently needs volunteers to box and distribute groceries to clients at several locations. Volunteers must be 17 years or older and able to bend, lift and carry at least 25 pounds. For more information or questions or to sign up, email If you're not able to join in activities outside your home, you can also help by sending a financial donation to support the work of Nourish Food Banks.

If you do engage in service outside your home, please exercise great care, wear a mask, carry hand sanitizer, wash hands frequently where possible, and maintain at least 6 feet physical distancing from others not of your household. 

THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH OF NAVAJOLAND NEEDS OUR HELP TO SERVE PEOPLE IN NEED - COVID-19 is creating great hardship on the reservation. Resources are limited and the needs are great. Many people must go 20 or more miles for food, other necessities and medical treatment. Many homes don’t have running water, making hand-washing difficult. The Church provides food, water and support to seniors and others who live by themselves, as well as online worship for those with internet access), worship packets for home use with a daily meditation and prayers. Our contributions will help to support that ministry.
Make out your check to the Diocese of Navajoland with COVID-19 in the "memo" line and mail to: The Rev. Leon and Madeline Sampson, P.O. Box 618, 1 Kit Carson Drive, Fort Defiance, AZ, 86504.

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. Your donation supports both local healthcare workers and local restaurants.  
TO DONATE: visit and select a restaurant. Every $25 sends three meals to healthcare workers.

VIDEO ORGAN RECITAL - Mark Brombaugh, Co-Director of Music Ministries, plays a video organ recital with colorful music by Buxtehude, Scheidemann and Bach. This is a great way to enjoy the sounds of our Christ Church Brombaugh organ while worship services and recitals are suspended. Go to 
You can click on Play All at the upper left and hear the entire recital without interruption, or choose from the individual pieces on the right.

RECORDINGS OF CHOIR, HYMNS AND ORGAN AT CHRIST CHURCH - To hear recorded music of our Christ Church organ and choir, visit our website:  

THIRD FRIDAYS AT NOON CONCERTS - suspended until further notice. Please check our website for the latest updates.

- Links to Recorded Video Worship, Household Worship Resources, Online Prayer and Meditation, Adult Formation Online Classes and Materials, Opportunities for Service and Advocacy, Opportunities to Connect with Others

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: 

Parish Help Team: Errands run, groceries, meals provided, medication pickup, etc. contact Deacon Gen Grewell: (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 both internet and personal telephone service.  Like to join? Contact Deacon Gen, as above.

2020 Parish Contact Directory: Contact Parish Coordinator Shannon Farley to receive one by email:

Interest Groups - Join any of the groups below by emailing the person listed. Each group convenes virtually and decides how best to gather (Zoom, Email, Facebook). Enjoy new relationships, fellowship, interests, worship, ideas:
Secular Book Club Cynthia Anthony
Fellowship – Virtual Coffee Hour Mary Hanneman
Gardening – Tips, Trades, Troubleshooting Vikke Pierson
Golf Linda Johnson
Jigsaw Puzzle Enthusiasts Brianne Knudson
Journaling – Meditating, Writing and Sharing Dennis Johnson
Knitting / Needlework Pat Chen
Morning / Evening Prayer / Lectio Divina Rod Blackburn
Script Reading Susan Beer
Sewing Fabric Face Masks Liz Johnson

The Financial Challenge of this time
Please keep your pledge and other regular giving current as you are able. 
If you can, this is the time to make a special gift to Christ Church.
Use these ways to give to the ongoing mission and ministry of Christ Church:
+ Online giving at
+ 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 

As always, thank you for your generosity and support of our common life and ministry.
Christ Church recorded Worship for Pentecost 8
Link available on our website homepage from 6:00 p.m. Saturday evening

Christ Church Household Worship Resource for Pentecost 8
on our website here when posted.
6:30 p.m. Monthly Reading Group (by Zoom)

Monday, July 27
10:00 a.m. Program Staff Zoom Meeting
Tuesday, July 28
7:30 a.m. Lectio Divina (by Zoom)
11:00 a.m. Leadership Team Zoom Meeting
7:00 p.m. Community Service Leadership Team Meeting (by Zoom)
Wednesday, July 29
7:00 p.m. Conversation & Compline Zoom Gathering with Mother Campbell
Thursday, July 30
7:30 a.m. Morning Prayer (by Zoom)
7:00 p.m. Choir Zoom Meeting

Christ Church recorded Worship for Pentecost 9
Link available on our website homepage from 6:00 p.m. Saturday evening

Christ Church Household Worship Resource for Pentecost 9
on our website here when posted.

Members and Friends of our Community: Dennis, Liz, their daughter Greta and grandson Jack; Angela Anderson (niece of Jim and Vikke Pierson): Liza Occotta and family (friends of Mary Smiley); Janice Stamey; Rosemary Rhea (recovery from surgery on her leg); Barb Fox (recovery from a stroke); Dick Gregory (recovery from a fall); Gary Grewell (recovery from hip replacement); Lee MacClellan (healing from surgery); Karen Standley (sister of James); Jim Elliott (recovery from knee replacement); Jim Pierson (brother of Vikke); Charles Mellinger and his sister Lisa; James Standley and his children; Ian Michael McClellan (brother of Savannah)
Preparing for Baptism: James Tedrick and his sponsor Kevin Montgomery
Those who have died: Robert Stannard Jones; The Rev. Eugene (Gene) Wiegman; The Rev. John Allen; Rayshard Brooks; Manuel Ellis; George Floyd; Ahmaud Arbery; Breonna Taylor
For the African American community and communities of color everywhere in this time of anguish and protest. That 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, seeking to discover its cause and working toward prevention. For a spirit of cooperation in stopping 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 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: Earth Ministry; Underhill House, Seattle; Center for Spiritual Development.
Anglican Prayer Cycle: For the team responsible for preparing the Lambeth Conference, which was due to be taking place now as they consider the implications of its postponement in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
To request prayer: 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. Names remain on the list for four weeks, unless renewed by the one who submitted them.
+ 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 Videos and 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

To subscribe to the Christ Church Weekly e-newsletter, 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.
Mail                310 North K Street, Tacoma, WA 98403 
Phone             253-383-1569 FAX: 253-383-1583
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.


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
The Rev. Janet Campbell, Priest in Charge
            No in-office hours 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
The Rev. Robert Carver, Priest Associate;
The Rev. Bill Tudor, Priest Associate
The Ven. Gen Grewell, Deacon 
The Rev. Kathryn Nichols and Dr. Mark Brombaugh, Co-Directors of Music Ministries,                
Mr. David Dahl, Director of Music Ministries Emeritus
Ms. Shannon Farley, Parish Coordinator
    • 253-383-1569 ext 18
Ms. Mary Smiley, Secretary/Receptionist
   • 253-383-1569 ext 10
Mr. Tim Williams, Sexton
   • 253-310-5178 
Ms. Karen Jeffery, Lead Nursery Attendant
Ms. Mary Smiley, Nursery Assistant
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