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CHRIST CHURCH WEEKLY
A Newsletter for Members and Friends 

Tacoma, Washington 
Friday in the Last Week after Pentecost
November 27, 2020

 
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 in a Time of Pandemic
Fall Pledge Campaign Update
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 IN A TIME OF PANDEMIC
 
O Healer of the Nations, we pray to you as the novel coronavirus pandemic increases around the world and in our own nation and neighborhoods. Give your people willingness to accept the limitations that this time places upon us, that we may slow the spread and keep ourselves and one another safe. Give us courage to persevere in faith, assured of your presence with us. Soothe the sick, comfort the dying, have compassion on the grieving, protect health care workers, give wisdom to our leaders and public health officials, and strengthen all who are working for effective treatments and vaccines. Inspire us to serve our neighbors in need by supporting food banks, homeless shelters, animal rescues, and all organizations working to help the many who are vulnerable and at risk. This we pray in Jesus' Name. Amen.
ANNUAL FALL PLEDGE CAMPAIGN
"Every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of their treasure what is new and what is old." [Matthew 13:52]
Being Church in a Time of Pandemic

PLEDGE UPDATE AS OF FRIDAY, November 27
75 pledges totaling $345,195 


Thank you for your commitment to the life and ministry of Christ Church.

We'll report pledging for another two weeks.

If you haven't pledged yet, please do so now.
Of course, you can pledge anytime 
but we'd like to include your pledge in this report. 


Our financial support is needed to sustain our life and ministry in 2021,
all the way through this pandemic to the other side!

How to pledge: 
Mail - send in the pledge card that came with the pledge packet you received by mail. If you didn't receive a pledge packet or have lost yours, email Shannon Farley to request another: shannon@christchurchtacoma.org
Email - email your pledge to Shannon at the address just above.
Website - go to the Fall Pledge Campaign page and make your pledge there. Making your pledge online doesn't mean you have to pay your pledge online.  
NEW THIS WEEK

For details see the section indicated for each entry.
 
In the section "Worship and Prayer"
SPECIAL ADVENT TAIZÉ PRAYER - This Monday, November 30 at 7:00 p.m.   

In the section "Formation and Study"
ADVENT QUIET MORNING Saturday December 5 - Deadline for registering is THIS Sunday, November 29, email to Fr. Torvend samuel@christchurchtacoma.org

KEEPING CHRISTMAS WITH A DISPLACED HOLY FAMILY
Thursday, December 17, at 7:00 p.m. (by Zoom).
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 6:00 p.m. Saturday evening.
  
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: The First Sunday of Advent

See all Christ Church Video Worship Services on our YouTube channel:
Christ Church Tacoma
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqcx7zVPOU_lHVBZ9fQhkPw


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 Divina: rodblackburn@rodblackburn.com


SECOND MONDAYS, FOURTH THURSDAYS - TAIZÉ PRAYER 7:00 p.m. (by Zoom)
Join this small ecumenical group for Taizé Prayer every second Monday and fourth Thursday of the month. 

This Monday, November 30 at 7:00 p.m. Special Advent Taize Prayer   
For the Zoom link, email Dotti Krist-Sterbick: dkrist.sterbick@gmail.com

FIRST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH (occasionally the second) ALL-PARISH ZOOM COFFEE HOURS. SAVE THE DATES:
Advent 2, Sunday, December 6, 11:00 a.m.
The Feast of the Baptism of Christ, The SECOND Sunday, January 10, 11:00 a.m.
FORMATION AND STUDY
ADULT FORMATION
 
AN ADVENT QUIET MORNING WITH JOHN THE BAPTIST
Saturday, December 5, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (by Zoom).

What could we possibly gain from spending a morning with someone who wore camel hair and dined on locusts and wild honey? Intriguing, yes? Join us as we consider the gifts this prophet offers as we enter into the beloved season of Advent, an oasis from the hubbub of secular noise and commercialism.
Register by Sunday, November 29, with an email to Fr. Torvend at samuel@christchurchtacoma.org
Image: John the Baptist, el greco, 1600-1605, Museu de Belles Arts de Valencia, Valencia, Spain.  
 
KEEPING CHRISTMAS WITH A DISPLACED HOLY FAMILY -
Thursday, December 17, at 7:00 p.m. (by Zoom).
If we pay attention, the biblical stories are taking place right in front of us but perhaps in ways we don’t expect. Participants in this Advent gathering will consider some of the surprising ways in which the Holy Family continues to show up in our world and our neighborhoods. Join us as we hold the Bible in one hand and the daily news in the other.
Register by Sunday, December 13, with an email to Fr. Torvend at samuel@christchurchtacoma.org


THE MONTHLY READING GROUP - Sunday, November 29, 6:30 p.m. (by Zoom) We are trying something new: a poetry exchange. If you want to participate, you can send one or two poems to Sandy Johanson at srjohanson@harbornet.com by November 20. She'll collect and send all the poems to contributors. Whether you send poems or not, all are welcome to zoom in to the reading and discussion. If you have questions and for the Zoom link, contact Don Johnson: weddjohnson@msn.com.
 
CHILDREN’S FORMATION

SUNDAY SCHOOL AT HOME ON ZOOM - Sunday School for ages 3-11 (Preschool-5th Grade) meets every other Sunday for 30 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 link please email Children's Formation Leader Christi McCarren: christi.mccarren@multicare.org
2020 Sunday School dates: Nov. 29; Dec. 13, 20
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. 

ASSOCIATED MINISTRIES' COMMUNITY MEETING TO ADDRESS HOMELESSNESS (on Zoom) Thursday, December 10, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. - Wondering how your congregation can impact the lives of those experiencing homelessness? Learn from experts at our next Community Quarterly Meeting on Thursday, Dec. 10, from 5:00-6:00 pm via Zoom. This is a free event but registration is required (click here). If you have questions please contact Sandy Windley at sandyw@associatedministries.org .

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.

LITTLE FREE FOOD PANTRY AT CHRIST CHURCH - Our Community Service 
Leadership Team (CSLT) has made and installed a Little Free Food Pantry in the grass verge along the K Street side of our campus. Although the CSLT did much preparatory consultation with other places with Free Pantries, there will still be a learning curve for how best to manage it in our particular location and circumstances. The pantry is monitored and supplied by CSLT members on a daily basis. We now begin a four-week trial period during which any glitches will be identified and addressed. Once the trial period is over, there will be an announcement in the Weekly letting you know how you can make contribute to this ministry with gifts of food or by taking a turn monitoring the pantry. Thanks to the CSLT for taking on this ministry and for the beautifully designed and constructed Little Free Food Pantry.  


LIFE FOOD PACKS - HOME MADE! - Do you miss having Life Food Packs to share with hungry people you encounter? The Community Service Leadership Team has a way for you to make food packs in your home to distribute to people in need. And there is much need in this time of growing food insecurity. If you're interested, please contact Jim Limerick (445jrl@gmail.com), Bill Tudor (wetudor@comcast.net), or Len Johnson (lljbrownspt@gmail.com) of the Community Service Leadership Team (CSLT). They'll e-mail you a list of Life Food Pack items to purchase on your next grocery run and a one-page list of Tacoma/Pierce County Resources for people experiencing homelessness to print and include in the packs.
PARISH COMMUNITY NOTES

THANK YOU FROM MILANA McCLEAD - Milana reports that there are still "tons of meals" scheduled for her and Doug, and they have all they will need for some time. Thank you from both of them for your generosity and the deliciousness of your cooking! 
CELEBRATING THE ARTS
THE VISUAL ARTS
 
CHRISTMAS CRECHE WEBSITE GALLERY DISPLAY -           The Liturgical Visual Arts Group invites you to participate in a curated exhibition of favorite household creches (nativity scenes) - a visual community celebration of Christmas. The exhibition will be shown on our website from Christmas Eve through the 12 Days of Christmas. You're invited to submit a photo of your special creche to Mother Janet by Monday, December 7. Make sure your creche is well lit and in focus! We can't guarantee that we'll be able to fit all the submissions in the display, but we'll try. We're hoping for a wonderful array of creches from a variety of cultures.
This week's example: Poland, courtesy of Teresa Gutierrez

MUSIC
 
VIDEO ORGAN RECITAL - Mark Brombaugh, Co-Director of Music Ministries, plays a video organ recital with colorful music by Buxtehude, Scheidemann and Bach. Go to https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7wgttIT6zNF1XP1KHJUvnpqcjjazh3gZ 
Click on Play All at the upper left to hear the entire recital without interruption, or choose from the individual pieces on the right.


VIEW CHRIST CHURCH ARCHIVE VIDEO MUSIC RECORDINGS on our YouTube channels:

For Video Organ Music: Christ Church Tacoma Organ 
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCibqF3bJCSe2fnhmAVkwRuQ

 
For Video Choral Music: Christ Church Tacoma Music 
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFSPPW2I5W_5C1m3ev3e9OA
 
A Collection of Christ Church Archive Video Recordings: 
https://christchurchtacoma.org/christ-church-choir-and-organ-recordings/

THIRD FRIDAYS AT NOON CONCERTS - suspended during the pandemic 
CHRIST CHURCH CALENDAR: PARISH EVENTS THIS COMING WEEK
 
Sunday, November 29 The First Sunday of Advent
Christ Church Recorded Worship 
Link available on our website homepage from 6:00 p.m. Saturday evening
9:00 a.m. Sunday School (by Zoom)


Christ Church Household Worship Resource for The First Sunday of Advent
Available on our website when posted.


Monday, November 30
9:00 a.m. Morning Prayer (by Zoom)
7:00 p.m. Taizé Prayer (Rescheduled from Thanksgiving evening)
Tuesday, December 1
7:30 a.m. Lectio Divina (by Zoom) 
11:00 a.m. Vestry Leadership Team Zoom Meeting
Wednesday, December 2
7:00 p.m. Conversation & Compline Zoom Gathering with Mother Campbell
Thursday, December 3
7:30 a.m. Morning Prayer (by Zoom)
10:30 a.m. Program Staff Zoom Meeting
7:00 p.m. Choir Zoom Gathering
Saturday, December 5
10:00a.m. An Advent Quiet Morning with John the Baptist - Zoom Gathering


Sunday, December 6 The Second Sunday of Advent
Christ Church Recorded Worship 
Link available on our website homepage from 6:00 p.m. Saturday evening


Christ Church Household Worship Resource for The Second Sunday of Advent
Available on our website when posted.
CHRIST CHURCH PRAYER LIST 

Members and Friends of our Community Florence Sandler; Milana and Doug; Dennis, Liz, their daughter Greta and grandson Jack; Barb Fox; Kris and Dominic; Jim Pierson (brother of Vikke); James Standley
Preparing for Baptism James Tedrick and his sponsor Kevin Montgomery
Those who have died Delores Hayes (mother of Liz Johnson); Jim Oberg; John L. Heyn (brother of Amelia Carroll); Sir Sean Connery
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, working toward treatments and 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 wildfires, especially those who have suffered great losses. For all working to eliminate bigotry, racism and violence. For peace in the streets of our cities. For all serving in the military. 

Diocesan Prayer Cycle St. John, Snohomish
Anglican Prayer Cycle Pray for the Lusitanian Church (Extra-Provincial to the Archbishop of Canterbury); The Rt Revd Jorge Pina Cabral - Bishop of the Lusitanian Church

To request prayer e-mail mary@christchurchtacoma.org. 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
 
INTEREST GROUPS
 
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.

- Secular Book Club Cynthia Anthony canthiabus@gmail.com
- Golf Linda Johnson lljbrownspt@gmail.com (on hiatus until spring)
 - Journaling: Meditating, Writing, Sharing Dennis Johnson                                         dennisjohnson@harbornet.com
- Knitting / Needlework Pat Chen pat@tichenassociates.com
- Script Reading Susan Beer susantbeer@gmail.com

STAY IN TOUCH
 
Parish Website christchurchtacoma.org
Links to Recorded Video Worship, Household Worship Resources, Online Prayer and Meditation, Adult Formation Online Classes and Materials, Opportunities for Service and Advocacy during the Pandemic, Ways to Connect with Others
Parish Facebook Page facebook.com/christchurchtacoma 

Christ Church on YouTube
- Video Worship services: Christ Church Tacoma
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqcx7zVPOU_lHVBZ9fQhkPw
- Video Organ Music: Christ Church Tacoma Organ
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCibqF3bJCSe2fnhmAVkwRuQ
- Video Choral Music: Christ Church Tacoma Music
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFSPPW2I5W_5C1m3ev3e9OA
 

Fall-Winter 2020-21 Parish Contact Directory - To receive a copy or to add or update personal information please contact Parish Coordinator Shannon Farley (shannon@christchurchtacoma.org). 
 
NEED HELP?
 
Individual pastoral conversation with Mother Campbell or Father Torvend by email, phone or Zoom. Contact them by email to set up a time:
janet@christchurchtacoma.org   samuel@christchurchtacoma.org


In a pastoral emergency (a serious diagnosis, an accident, hospitalization, a death) please contact Mother Campbell as soon as you can: janet@christchurchtacoma.org 

Parish Help Team Errands run, groceries, meals provided, medication pickup, etc. contact Deacon Gen Grewell: ggrewell@ecww.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 shannon@christchurchtacoma.org 

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.
 
CONTACT US
Mail                310 North K Street, Tacoma, WA 98403 
Phone             253-383-1569 FAX: 253-383-1583
E-mail            info@christchurchtacoma.org
Website          christchurchtacoma.org                                         
Facebook        facebook.com/christchurchtacoma
 
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
 
STAFF          
The Rev. Janet Campbell, Priest in Charge janet@christchurchtacoma.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
            samuel@christchurchtacoma.org working from home during the pandemic
The Rev. Robert Carver, Priest Associate
The Rev. Bill Tudor, Priest Associate
The Ven. Archdeacon Gen Grewell, ggrewell@ecww.org working from home
The Rev. Deacon Donna Arellano, donna@christchurchtacoma.org, working from home
The Rev. Kathryn Nichols and Dr. Mark Brombaugh, Co-Directors of Music Ministries,                          music@christchurchtacoma.org working from home and in the church building
Mr. David Dahl, Director of Music Ministries Emeritus
Ms. Shannon Farley, Parish Coordinator, working mostly from home
             shannon@christchurchtacoma.org • 253-383-1569 ext 18
Ms. Mary Smiley, Secretary/Receptionist, working mostly from home
            mary@christchurchtacoma.org • 253-383-1569 ext 10
Mr. Tim Williams, Sexton, on-site, managing the buildings and security
            tim@christchurchtacoma.org • 253-310-5178 
Ms. Karen Jeffery, Lead Nursery Attendant nursery closed during the pandemic
Ms. Mary Smiley, Nursery Assistant
LINKS TO DIOCESAN NEWS AND INFORMATIONAL RESOURCES:
Episcopal News Service (ENS): https://www.episcopalnewsservice.org/ -- digital newspaper delivered to your inbox with news stories, responses to social and political events, and links to posts from various Episcopal bishops and leaders and from the broader church.
Episcopal Church on Facebook: www.facebook.com/episcopal-news-service-260131260715544/
The Diocese of Olympia: www.ecww.org The Diocesan website.
Bishop Rickel’s Blog: www.bishoprickel.com

 
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