A Newsletter for Members and Friends 
Tacoma, Washington: Friday, June 7, 2019


KNITTING GROUP - in the Library.
Join us for fun and fellowship - knitting group open to all, Friday afternoons at 2:00 p.m.- 3:30 in the library. For information contact Pat Chen at



          Easter is the great feast of the Christian year, beginning with the Easter Vigil and extending through today, the Day of Pentecost. Easter is more than one glorious day; it is fifty glorious days—a luxurious length of time for feasting, celebrating, rejoicing in the resurrection of Christ and our participation in his risen life through our baptism.
          The Day of Pentecost, the 50th day of Easter and the 10th day after the Feast of the Ascension of the risen Christ, commemorates that day when the promised Holy Spirit first descended upon the gathered apostles as tongues of flame, filling them with the fire of the Gospel and sending them into the world to proclaim it far and wide, even to the ends of the earth. Pentecost is one of the Church’s five appointed days for the celebration of baptisms (the others being The Baptism of our Lord, The Great Vigil of Easter, All Saints’ Sunday, and on the occasion of the Bishop’s Visitation).
          The Liturgical Visual Arts Group’s tongues of flame mobile announces the day immediately as one enters. The liturgical color of vestments and other hangings is red, the color of the Holy Spirit, and members of the assembly often wear red as well.
          On the day of Pentecost, we are delighted to welcome our Bishop Greg Rickel, Archdeacon Gen Grewell, and representatives of diocesan governing bodies: Wadell Brent, Board of Directors; Charla Conner, Standing Committee; and Christ Church member Amelia Carroll, Diocesan Council.
          Across the course of 2-3 years, the Bishop visits every parish and mission in the diocese to celebrate Eucharist and the Rites of Initiation with the community, enjoy a time of fellowship and good food, meet with the Vestry and clergy, and gain an overall sense of the mission and ministry and well-being of the parish. Members of the governing bodies visit with him and accompany him throughout the day’s activities.
          As chief pastor of the diocese, the Bishop is the head of every congregation and presides and preaches in the liturgy whenever present. The Deacon traveling with the Bishop performs the liturgical ministry of a deacon: assisting with the presider book, proclaiming the Gospel, preparing the Altar for the Eucharistic Prayer, and assisting with the distribution of Communion. Parishioner Robert Hicker is serving as the Bishop’s Chaplain, escorting the Bishop and assisting him throughout the liturgy with mitre, crozier and whatever the Bishop may need.
          Sunday, the Bishop and our guests join us in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Dedication of this church building, this splendid house for the worshiping body of Christ. A bold choice for its time, the building incarnates the principles of the mid-20th century’s liturgical renewal movement, principles that would shape the development of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer, with its focus on Baptism, Eucharist, and the full engagement of the worshiping assembly in the liturgical action.

Episcopal Visitation: Baptisms, Confirmations; Receptions,
Reaffirmations and Celebration
of the 50th Anniversary of the
Christ Church Building

JUNE 9, 2019

Readings: Acts 2:1-21; Psalm 104:25-35, 37; Romans 8:14-17;John 14:8-17, 25-27
The texts can be found on The Lectionary Page

The Right Rev. Gregory Rickel, Bishop of Olympia

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

In This Issue:
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


Members and Friends of our Community: Elin; Caden; Megan; Alice; Randy; Joanne Chemin and her family; Angela N and her family; Leslie; Lindsay; Kevin; Ethan; Natasha; Dan; Florence; Bill Martyn; Linda Donato; Ashley-Christine; Michael and Mary Kay; Jan; Ann S; Kristin L; Dominic. 
Those who have died: Gerald Heyn; Ryan Hughes; Don Cameron; Joanne Berg; Janice Thatcher; George Cruz; Emily Chemin; Jean Vanier, founder of L’Arche.
For all in need: 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 the people of Sri Lanka, Libya and Venezuela. For all affected by tornados and flooding in the Midwest.
Diocesan Prayer Cycle: St. Barnabas, Bainbridge Island; St. John, Gig Harbor
Anglican Prayer Cycle: Pray for the Church of the Province of Myanmar (Burma); The Most Revd Stephen Than Myint Oo - Archbishop of Myanmar and Bishop of Yangon
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 used in the list of those who have died.


A WONDERFUL LEGACY – We are grateful to Bill Gill who so generously supported Christ Church for so many years with his gifts of enthusiasm, wisdom, energy, prayer, and pledges. Even after his death, Bill’s support for the life and ministry of our community continues through two generous bequests, one to the general operating funds of the parish and one to the Dahl fund. We give thanks for Bill’s gifts and the example of his forward-looking stewardship!
INVITATION TO FRAN BLAIR’S 80TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION - Saturday, June 15, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m., in Wells Hall.  Sweets and light eats provided.  Please RSVP by June 10th to Fran's niece Lynn Hill at 406-291-1494 or
MINISTRY OF THE WEEK – THE CHRIST CHURCH CHOIR – We give thanks this week for the ministry of our Choir and Co-Directors of Music Ministries Kathryn Nichols and Mark Brombaugh. Our all-volunteer choir is made up of parishioners who enjoy learning music, singing together, and offering their musical gifts at the 10:30 liturgy. They support our congregational singing, enhance our worship with anthems and other choral pieces, and offer a service of Advent Readings and Carols and a Lenten Evensong each year. Choir season concludes today and resumes in September. Contact: 
To see the many ways to learn and serve at Christ Church go to




MONDAY BIBLE STUDY 7:00 p.m. in the library – June 10 prepares us for the readings of Trinity Sunday, June 16. Come join us in a lively discussion.
THE MONTHLY READING GROUP – will not meet in May or June. We will next meet  Sunday, July 7, 6:30 p.m. at the home of Doug Dahlgren and Milana McLead to discuss The Great Transformation: The Beginning of our Religious Traditions by Karen Armstrong. Questions? e-mail Don Johnson
Sunday School 10:30 a.m.  – 11:15 a.m. for Preschool - Grade 5
Sunday School is on summer break. From September through May, Sunday School 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.  


FOOD BANK FOCUS FOR JUNE: Canned fruit and vegetables: 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.
UNITED THANK OFFERING (UTO) REPORT - The UTO is an Episcopal-church-wide ministry that provides assistance to people in need around the world. Parishes distribute UTO “Blue Boxes” to members to keep at home and fill with coins and bills, offerings of thanksgiving for daily blessings small and large. Twice a year, the contents of the Blue Boxes are brought to church in the boxes or in UTO offering envelopes and put in the offering plate. Our gifts, along with those of thousands of others, will be turned into health clinics, food banks, schools, jeeps, farming equipment, seeds, tools, translations of God’s Word into local languages, and a multitude of other ways to help. If you haven’t had a Blue Box, you can still participate by making an offering in the UTO envelope you will have received in the mail (also available in chapel and church entryways).
On our first Ingathering Sunday, June 2, a total of $444.47 was received. The opportunity to give continues: watch for updates in the Sundays ahead.

ASSOCIATED MINISTRIES NEEDS YOU! PROJECT HOMELESS CONNECT, Friday, June 14, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Volunteers are needed in a variety of ways at this event which offers medical, dental, mental health services, haircuts, lunch, and respect to people living in their cars or on the streets.  Puyallup Nazarene Church, 1026 – 7th Avenue SW, Puyallup.  For more information, contact  To register as a volunteer, go to:
POINT DEFIANCE BEACH CLEANUP, Saturday, June 15, 9 a.m. – noon, gather at Point Defiance Marina, 5912 N. Waterfront Drive, Tacoma to join other volunteers and make a difference in the health and cleanliness of our beach.  Rain or shine!  For more information, go to:
PAINT TACOMA/PIERCE COUNTY BEAUTIFUL provides free exterior house painting for low-income homeowners; teams of painters work at their own schedule throughout the summer. Ask Fran Blair about forming a Christ Church team ( To join another team, or for more information, contact Sean Lewis at 253-383-3056, ext. 127 or
PIERCE COUNTY ELECTION OBSERVER TRAINING: The Pierce County Auditor’s Office and the League of Women Voters seek volunteers to serve as Ballot Process Observers for the upcoming 2019 – 2020 elections.  Choose one of the training times offered: Tuesday, June 25, 6 – 8 p.m. or Friday, June 28, 10 a.m. – noon.  You must be registered to vote in Pierce County to participate. To sign up, contact or text her at 253-224-6652, or contact
ASSOCIATED MINISTRIES QUARTERLY MEETING ON HOMELESSNESS, Thursday, June 20, 5 to 7 p.m., to learn about, discuss, and take action on the crisis of homelessness at Oasis of Hope Center, 1937 South G Street, Tacoma.  RSVP to
EARTH MINISTRY, SIERRA CLUB, AND THE PUYALLUP TRIBE will host the Lummi Nation’s Totem Pole Journey Wednesday, June 20, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., at 4224 Marine View Drive, Tacoma, to call for the release of the orca Tokitae (captured off Whidbey Island in 1970 and now at the Miami Seaquarium) and pray for abundant salmon, healthy orcas, and thriving communities.

FAITH ACTION NETWORK’s Seattle Spring Summit, Sunday, June 23, 2 – 4 p.m., at Saint Mark’s Cathedral, 1245 10th Avenue East, Seattle. The gathering will cover the successes of the past year and go through a process to determine which issues to focus on during the upcoming year.



Thanks to our Trumpet Players Zachary Lyman and Morris Northcutt, who enhance our celebration with their music on Sunday.
Zachary Lyman is Associate Professor of Trumpet and Music Theory at Pacific Lutheran University, where he teaches classroom music, directs the trumpet ensembles, coaches chamber music, and performs with the Lyric Brass Quintet. He performs regularly with Symphony Tacoma and the Mosaic Brass Quintet, and has been featured soloist with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra and many other groups throughout the Pacific Northwest and across the country.
Morris Northcutt is a Conn-Selmer Bach Trumpet Performing Artist and Clinician, and Global Music Award Winner 2018. He is currently the principal cornetist for the internationally recognized Tacoma Concert Band, as well as the lead trumpet player for legendary jazz saxophonist Pete Christlieb’s Tall and Small Big Band. In 2018 he was a featured soloist on a tour of Ireland and Scotland with the Tacoma Concert Band, and most recently completed a solo concert tour throughout Ireland.
THIRD FRIDAYS AT NOON CONCERT, June 21, 2019 at 12:10 p.m.
Dana Robinson, Associate Professor of Organ, University of Illinois, plays this month’s recital. Invite your friends to join you for 40 minutes of uplifting music! Donation at the door.
CHORAL EUCHARIST, Sunday, June 30, 10:30 a.m. - The choir of the Pacific Northwest Summer Course of RSCM in America (which will have been meeting all week at Pacific Lutheran University) will sing at the 10:30 liturgy Eucharist, as well as for Evensong at St. Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle in the afternoon. The group includes 40 youth (rising 4th-12th grades), 20 adults, and 3 organ scholars (age 25 and younger), and is directed this year by Bruce Neswick, Canon Musician at Trinity Cathedral, Portland, Oregon. RSCM in America is the US branch of the Royal School of Church Music, an international ecumenical organization dedicated to promoting effective and inspiring music-making in worship and in the wider community. It has been especially effective in supporting the structured training of choirs for children and youth around the world. Music for June 30 includes William Mathias, “Missa brevis,” Jane Marshall, “He comes to us,” and Colin Mawby, “Ave verum.” Don’t miss this remarkable occasion at Christ Church!


EGGS, BIRDS AND BANNERS -The new set of banners on the West Wall, installed for our celebration of the 50th anniversary of the church building, were designed by Ron Fields and constructed by Pat Chen, Dixie Coggins, Ron Fields, Deborah Hickey-Tiernan and Loi Le. The designs, incorporating traditional liturgical themes and colors, establish a cohesive relationship of visual elements with the ambo (pulpit) hangings – both sets, striking examples of liturgical Fabric Arts. Eggs and birds appear in growing profusion across the Great Fifty Days to discover and delight in, and in discovering and delighting, to notice fascinating details of this intriguing worship space. Wander and wonder though the space rejoicing in the bounty of Easter.


9:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Childcare for infants and toddlers in the Wells Hall nursery.  
          Sunday School is on summer break
10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Church, followed by a festive brunch with the Bishop, Wells Hall
                   The Vestry then meets with the Bishop and those who have travelled with him
                   to Christ Church.

Monday, June 10
7:00 p.m.    Bible Study, Library
Tuesday, June 11
11:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Vestry Leadership Team, Library
Wednesday, June 12
12:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist, Chapel, followed by light lunch and fellowship, Library
Friday, June 14
2:00 p.m.    Knitting Group, Library

Sunday, June 16 TRINITY SUNDAY
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.  
          Sunday School is on summer break
10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Church
Mail:  310 N. K Street, Tacoma, WA 98403                   
Phone:  253-383-1569 FAX: 253-383-1583
Christ Church on Facebook:
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)

Brianne Knudson, Senior Warden; Don Ellis, Junior Warden
Cynthia Anthony, Eddie Bang, Susan Beer,
Rodney Blackburn, Tim Chen, Caroline Huckaby,
Dennis Johnson, Linda Johnson, Matt Lonsdale,
Vikke Pierson
Ex-Officio, non-voting: Winfield Giddings, Treasurer;
Interim Vestry Clerk Mary Smiley

The Rev. Janet Campbell, Priest in Charge
253-383-1569 ext 11
Usual office hours Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday; please 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. Mary Smiley, Secretary/Receptionist 383-1569 x 10
Ms. Shannon Farley, Parish Coordinator 383-1569 x 18
Mr. Tim Williams, Sexton 253-310-5178 
Ms. Emily Verdonk, Accountant 
Thursdays:10:00 – 12:30
Ms. Karen Jeffery, Lead Nursery Attendant; Ms. Mary Smiley, Nursery Assistant

To report a pastoral emergency (a serious diagnosis, an accident, hospitalization, a death) please contact Mother Campbell as soon as possible. During office hours, call the office. If the emergency occurs after 2:00 p.m. on a weekday, or on a weekend or holiday, email Mother Campbell and she will respond as soon as possible.
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