A Newsletter for Members and Friends 
Tacoma, Washington: Friday, August 24, 2018

Readings:  Joshua 24:1-2a; Psalm 34:15-22; Ephesians 6:10-20; John 6:56-69
The texts can be found on The Lectionary Page
Sermon:  The Rev. Janet Campbell
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


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Our Life Celebrating the Arts
This Week at Christ Church

by Noel Hagens, Christ Church Coordinator/Lead, Actions to Address Homelessness
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COMPLINE AT CHRIST CHURCH – Compline, the Church’s ancient nighttime prayer, will be offered at 7:00 p.m. on the Second Sunday of the month in September – November: September 9, October 14, November 11.
Those in any kind of need, especially: 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: 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: Diocesan Council; Board of Directors; The Standing Committee.
Anglican Prayer Cycle: Anglican Church of South Africa; The Most Revd Thabo Makgoba, Archbishop of Capetown and Primate of Southern Africa
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.   

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.

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.
IN THE ABSENCE OF A PARISH ADMINISTRATOR – Please use the email of former administrator Sarah Hays (sarah@christchurchtacoma) for requests related to addition of meetings and events to the parish calendar, requests for space use, buildings and grounds, etc.
PRESIDING BISHOP MICHAEL CURRY – continues to recover well from his surgery for prostate cancer. When any updates are issued, we’ll provide them.

THE ENVELOPE GAME! – Our summer fun(d)raising game has raised $5,511! The game is over, but envelopes not yet returned can still be returned in the collection plates on Sunday, or brought or mailed to the office. Thanks to all who participated!

MINISTRY OF THE WEEK – MONTHLY READING GROUP – We give thanks this week for the Ministry of the Monthly Reading Group, which gathers in the homes of parishioners to discuss books and (occasionally) films having to do with the Christian faith and life, social issues of concern, and other relevant topics chosen by the group. For more information, contact Don Johnson at

WOMEN'S LUNCH, Saturday, October 6, 11:30 - 2 p.m. in Wells Hall - Save the date for the next Women's Lunch for Christ Church women and their guests, a great way to introduce a friend to the warm and engaging community of women at Christ Church. After a delicious meal, we'll have the opportunity to enjoy conversation with Christ Church member State Senator Jeanie Darneille as she speaks on her "favorite topic": Women, Faith and Politics. Look for the sign-up clipboard on  the glass table in the church entryway beginning Gathering Sunday, September 16, and let us know you're planning to come, so we know how many to expect for lunch!  


CHRIST CHURCH 101 – Next Sunday, September 2, following the 10:30 liturgy to 12:15 p.m., in the church. Newcomers and long-timers are invited to gather at the eagle lectern in the church for an open discussion of any question you have regarding our worship, formation, and service – or anything that comes to mind.

THE MONTHLY READING GROUP will meet Sunday, September 2, at 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. This is a long book and we will discuss it 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, and October 8, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in 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 – 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the Library. The group is well into the study of Hosea. Come see what we are about in our totally non-threatening way of reading and thinking about the Biblical texts. You’ll be welcome.
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 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.
          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. Email:
THANKS to the singers in our Men’s Choir who grace today’s worship with their resonant sounds: Tom Bradford, Hank Davis, Jim Elliott, Bill Giddings, Dick Griffin, Van Hardison, Robert Hicker, Roger Iverson, Ed Jacobs, Ronn Johanson, Aaron Loudenback, Mike Menne, Andrew Moyer, Cliff Peterson, Greg Ripley, Reggie Spaulding, Zach Tanaid, and Nelson Williams. 
WOMEN’S CHOIR NEXT! 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. Speak directly with Kathryn or Mark, or
Sunday September 9, Women’s Choir, with rehearsal on Thursday Sept. 6, 7:30-9:00 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
12:30 p.m.  Vestry Meeting, Wells Hall

Monday, August 27     
7:00 p.m.    Bible Study, Library
Wednesday, August 29
12:00 p.m.  Holy Eucharist, Chapel, followed by light lunch and fellowship, Library

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

by Noel Hagens
Christ Church Coordinator/Lead
Actions to Address Homelessness
        Our congregation is currently active in addressing the issue of homelessness in our community in several ways. Our weekly collection of food and other necessities that are brought forward to the altar during the offertory and then delivered to area food banks is one example. Another is our twice-yearly hosting of participants in Catholic Community Services Family Housing Network Program that serves people making the transition to permanent affordable housing. We also provide funding to Habitat for Humanity- Tacoma/Pierce County, which focuses on increasing affordable housing for families in our area.
But There is More We Could Be Doing
        With that in mind, the Christ Church Community Service Leadership Team (CSLT), with vestry support, has decided to initiate publicity about Shared Housing Services. Shared Housing Services came to our attention via our participation in the Associated Ministries Quarterly Meetings focused on homelessness. I have offered to coordinate Christ Church’s actions that are focused on addressing homelessness.
        As the next step the following description of Shared Housing Services is provided. On Sunday, September 9 during the coffee hour following the 10:30 a.m. service, there will be a meeting in the church library with representatives from Shared Housing Services to provide additional information and respond to questions about their program.
About Shared Housing Services
        Shared Housing Services is a 501c3 nonprofit organization located in Tacoma, Washington. Its mission is “connecting people and fostering independence through innovative and affordable housing, because everyone needs a place to call home.”
        The organization was founded in 1991 with the launch of its signature “Adult Homesharing Program”. Currently, it has 12 units of housing and has initiated a “Transitional Family Housing Program.”
        At the end of 2012, it established, in partnership with the REACH Center (Resources for Education and Career Help), a “Host Home” Program to address the needs of unaccompanied homeless youth and young adults.
        All of these programs provide for basic human needs and promote self-sufficiency for some of the most vulnerable in our community. Shared Housing Services aims to:
        1) reduce and prevent homelessness by providing low-income individuals and families with safe, stable, affordable housing,
        2) find innovative ways, tailored to each individual, to address homelessness,
        3) reduce dependence on public funds by providing low-cost housing alternatives, and
        4) help struggling families and individuals, including youth, by connecting them to vital community resources.
What Is Homesharing?
        It’s is a simple idea available to many: A home provider offers accommodation to a home seeker in exchange for an agreed level of support in the form of financial exchange, assistance with household tasks, or simple companionship.
        The local community is also a beneficiary of Homesharing. Shared living makes efficient use of existing housing stock, helps preserve the fabric of the neighborhood and, in certain cases, helps lessen the need for costly chore/care services and long term institutional care.
        Home providers might be senior citizens, persons with disabilities, working professionals, those at-risk of homelessness, single parents, or simply persons wishing to share their life and home with others. For these people, home sharing offers companionship, affordable housing, security, mutual support and much more.
        Rising health and housing costs, and longer lives account for home sharing’s recent popularity. Many emotional and physical benefits derive from home sharing’s friendship and engagement. Those who home share can split household chores, feel safer with companionship, and can grow older at home without feeling isolated.
        Shared Housing Services’ “Adult Homesharing” program offers a more secure alternative compared to other roommate options. Its staff is trained to carefully screen each program applicant through interviewing, background checks, and personal references.
So, How Do You Know That Homesharing Is Right For You?
        Homesharing is a safe option for all ages. Young people have been homesharing for years. Today, more and more middle-aged and older adults are discovering that homesharing suits their needs as well. 
        Homesharing makes use of existing housing whether it is a single-family dwelling, apartment, or a mobile home.
        Adaptable and flexible, homesharing allows those involved to shape their own arrangements. Home providers set their own price and expectations for home seekers who in turn offer unique situations and rich experience. Each arrangement may be as structured or as loose, and may extend as long as the individual participants wish.
        Homesharing is a way to secure (or continue in) adequate housing at a reasonable cost while maintaining privacy, independence, and self-determination. 
        Homesharing can prevent the too-early institutionalization of the elderly by providing needed services for the elderly home provider. The home seeker may provide services, or the home provider may use the additional income to afford required services.  Homesharing is not only an option for older persons or persons of low-income; it is an option for many who can benefit from mutually-shared expenses and communal living.
        What are the benefits of sharing your home?
  • Income from renting an extra bedroom.
  • Mutually shared living expenses.
  • Help around the house.
  • Help in the yard.
  • Companionship
  • Safety of having someone in the house at night.
  • Help with running errands.
       What are the average rents?
        Although financial arrangements are negotiated between home providers and seekers based on their individual needs and the nature of the arrangements, some rents average $400 - $500 per month (includes utilities). However, several factors allow for free rent or rental reduction, such as: trading of services for rent, caregiving, etc.
        How do I apply?  What is the process?
        - Complete the Shared Housing Services Application. Shared Housing Services completes a background check on all applicants. Cost: Home seeker $20 for background check; Home provider $20 includes background check and site visit. 
        - Based on the information on your application and from your conversation with a Shared Housing Services case manager, first names and phone numbers are shared for home providers and home seekers to connect. If both parties enjoy their phone conversation, both parties typically meet at the Shared Housing Services office, a coffee shop or for lunch. It takes both parties to want to be roommates. Shared Housing Services does not place people in homes. They give a referral for a Homesharing match. 
        - Shared Housing Services also recommends a trial period (week-end, week, month), which is a good way for both parties to become acquainted and to test compatibility.
Learn More About Shared Housing on Sunday, September 9
        I invite you to put the September 9 meeting on your calendar, come to the library, and join us to learn more about this innovative way to make a positive difference on the issue of homelessness.
- Noel Hagens

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