A Newsletter for Members and Friends 
Tacoma, Washington: Friday, June 21, 2019

Knitting Group, Friday, June 21,  2:00 p.m. Library

Third Fridays at noon concert, Friday, June 21,  in the church


Tacoma Early Music Concert. Saturday, June 22, 7:30 p.m. in the Church

JUNE 23, 2019

Readings: Isaiah 65:1-9; Psalm 22:18-27; Galatians 3:23-29; Luke 8:26-36
The texts can be found on The Lectionary Page

Sermon: The Rev. Samuel Torvend
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: Kelly and Tomas; Elin; Caden; Kyle McCullough; Megan; Alice T; Randy; Angela N and her family;  Bill Martyn; Linda Donato; Ashley-Christine; Michael and Mary Kay; Jan; Ann S; Kristin L; Dominic. 
Those who have died: Robyn Clayton; Deacon Mary Moon; Fr. Tim Nakayama; Loretta Chivers; Gerald Heyn; Ryan Hughes
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. Paul, Port Townsend; St. Luke, Sequim; St. Antony of Egypt, Silverdale
Anglican Prayer Cycle: Pray for the united Church of North India; The Most Revd Dr Prem Chand Singh - Moderator of CNI & Bishop of Jabalpur
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.


MOTHER CAMPBELL ON VACATION – through Saturday, June 29.
For pastoral emergencies: During parish office hours please contact Parish Coordinator Shannon. Outside of office hours and on weekends please send an email to Mother Campbell’s address and someone will respond as soon as possible.
TACOMA PRIDE FESTIVAL - If you would like to volunteer to help at the Episcopal Church informational booth at Tacoma Pride on Saturday, July 13, please be in touch with Jim Limerick or Robert Hicker  There will be 3 other local Episcopal parishes joining us this year at Pride.  It is a great opportunity to share about the Episcopal Church’s embrace of the LGBTQ community, our advocacy for social justice for all, and our own welcoming and affirming parish life. 
SACRED GROUNDS WORKSHOP INPUT – If you weren’t able to attend the workshop or have had more thoughts since the workshop, forms are available on the bulletin board in the church entryway – between the two display boards of Landscape Architect Roxanne Hamilton’s survey of the grounds as they now exist. Fill out a form and put it in the holder for “Completed Forms” or send it to the parish office. We’ll collect forms through Sunday, July 9, and forward them to Roxanne for inclusion in her summary report to us.
“A LEAP OF FAITH” -- 50TH ANNIVERSARY BOOK – Final copies of the book are available on the tables in the chapel and church entryways for review. To order your own copy, fill out an order sheet and put it in the collection plate or send it to the church office. The deadline for ordering is Monday, July 8. Books will arrive about two weeks following that date, at which time payment will be due.
The cost of the book is quite high – to receive the best possible discount, we will order all copies together. Per-copy cost will also be offset by an amount provided for that purpose in our operating budget; the offset will depend on how many orders we receive. We can’t say definitely what the final cost will be before we order, but we estimate a range of $35-$45. We will also order two copies for the library and Mother Campbell will have some available for those for whom the final price is too high.
RECTOR’S DISCRETIONARY FUND HELPS A FAMILY FACING HOMELESSNESS – This month we’ve been assisting a deserving family in trouble – a mother and her three daughters (two teenagers and a 7-year old) and a baby due in early July. The husband abandoned them, emptying the joint bank account and running up almost $10,000 in debt on two joint credit cards. A court case for child support is pending, but moving sluggishly.
          In the meantime, the family has received an eviction notice because the mother can’t afford the rent of their large house. Her pregnancy is fragile; doctors have ordered her to stop working until the baby is born. Because of the indebtedness (the fault of the husband) her credit rating is poor and landlords have not been willing to offer her a lease.
          This courageous woman has made every possible effort to use the social services available but has repeatedly run up against the Catch-22 in this system – in order to get help to avoid becoming homeless, she and her children must first become homeless, because Pierce County Coordinated Entry can only offer assistance to those who are already homeless. She has been unable to find a shelter that will take her large family and was facing living in her car.
         The good news is that the discretionary fund received a loan from a member of our community to pay off this woman’s debts. She is still awaiting word about expedited help from a housing group to find a less-expensive home, with deposit and first month’s rent covered, so that she and her girls would not become homeless after all.
        The discretionary fund now needs your help - a significant infusion of gifts in order to repay the loan from our member, who has said that whatever is not repaid will be that person’s contribution to our help for this family. Mother Janet is on vacation but if you are considering a donation and have questions or concerns, please email her at
MINISTRY OF THE WEEK – INTERCESSORS – We give thanks this week for the ministry of those who lead us in prayer for the church and the world during our Sunday liturgies. They bring to their ministry a heart for those in need, a strong personal prayer life,
and an ability to pray the community’s prayers aloud with understanding and clarity. The prayers at the 10:30 liturgy include a sung bidding and response, led either by the Intercessor or by a member of the choir with a similar voice. If you are interested in serving in this ministry, contact coordinator Steve Kieta at
To see the many ways to learn and serve at Christ Church go to




SAFEGUARDING GOD’S CHILDREN AND PEOPLE TRAINING AT CHRIST CHURCH - Saturday, July 20: Safeguarding God’s Children 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., and Safeguarding God’s People 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Wells Hall. Light breakfast snacks and coffee will be provided for the morning session, please bring a sack lunch for the afternoon session. The Safe Church program teaches participants how to identify and prevent sexual abuse within the church community.
The training is required by our Diocese, as follows.
Safeguarding God’s Children and Safeguarding God’s People is required for all canonically resident and licensed clergy.
Safeguarding God’s Children is required for all persons who have a key to the church facility, vestry and bishop’s committee members, church staff, and anyone who works with children in any capacity.
Safeguarding God’s People is required for all persons who have a key to the church facility, vestry and bishop committee members, church staff, and eucharistic visitors.
The trainings are engaging and well-worth your time. Any interested parishioners are encouraged to participate as well as those who are required to attend. Certificates of completion are valid for five years, after which renewal is required.
You must register for these trainings. RSVP to Mary Smiley:
MONDAY BIBLE STUDY 7:00 p.m. in the library – June 24 prepares us for the readings of Pentecost 3, June 30. Come join us in a lively discussion.
THE MONTHLY READING GROUP – will 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 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.
DONATE CLOTHING FOR HOMELESS YOUTH - Our Community Services Leadership Team is collecting clothing for homeless young men and women served by the Tacoma Young Adult Center. Bring donations of new and clean used clothing in good condition to coffee hour in Wells Hall on Sundays: new underwear, socks, shorts, pants, shirts, sweaters, hoodies, belts, shoes, sneakers, back packs and reusable cloth bags. Please bring clothes folded and in sturdy bags or boxes that are easy to carry. Most of the clients are male, with a smaller percentage of females. For more information contact Jim Limerick at
UNITED THANK OFFERING REPORT- A total of $823.80 offered and joins the churchwide UTO collection of gifts to serve people in need around the world. Thank you!
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 are seeking 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 .
FAITH ACTION NETWORK’S Seattle Spring Summit, Sunday, June 23, 2 – 4 p.m. will be held at Saint Mark’s Cathedral, 1245 10th Avenue East, Seattle.  The gathering will celebrate the successes of the past year and go through a process to determine what to focus on in the upcoming year.  RSVP to
or by phone 206-625-9790.
JUNE’S MEANINGFUL MOVIE, Friday, June 28, 6:30 p.m. at the Center for Spiritual Living, 206 North J Street, Tacoma.  “Resilience” chronicles a movement that is determined to fight back against the havoc that toxic stress wreaks on the brains and bodies of children.  Trailblazers in pediatrics, education, and social welfare are using cutting-edge science and field-tested therapies to protect children from the insidious effects of toxic stress – and the dark legacy of a childhood that no child would choose.  Admission is free (donations accepted), and optional facilitated discussion follows.


The Christ Church Choir is on summer break. New singers will be warmly welcomed into the choir in the fall. Rehearsals begin Thursday, September 12 at 7:30 p.m., and we sing again on September 15. Anyone considering joining is invited to have a conversation with Kathryn Nichols for more information about the nature of this commitment to liturgical ministry. Email:
THIRD FRIDAYS AT NOON CONCERT, June 21, 2019 at 12:10 p.m. - Dana Robinson, Associate Professor of Organ, University of Illinois, plays music by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Heinrich Scheidemann and Matthias Weckmann, and J. S. Bach’s Trio Sonata No. 1 and Toccata in F Major. 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 America (which will have been meeting all week at Pacific Lutheran University) will conclude their week by singing for our morning 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 U.S. 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 includesWilliam Mathias, “Missa brevis,” Jane Marshall, “He comes to us,” and Colin Mawby, “Ave verum.”Don’t miss this remarkable occasion at Christ Church!
At the end of the summer, we will enjoy two Sundays with special choir participation
at the 10:30 a.m. service, open to all who can carry a tune and attend one rehearsal.
Treble Voices, Sunday August 25, with rehearsal on Thursday Aug. 22, 7:30-9 p.m.
Low Voices, Sunday September 8, with rehearsal on Thursday Sept. 5, 7:30-9 p.m.
Advance registration is necessary by Aug. 20 for treble voices, Sept. 3 for low voices. This is a fun way to have a rich choral experience, gain some new skills with no long-term commitment, and enrich our worship life.  Contact Kathryn Nichols if you can sing with us so we can have music and seating organized.  Email:

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, followed by coffee hour in Wells Hall
Monday, June 24
7:00 p.m.    Bible Study, Library
Wednesday, June 26
12:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist, Chapel, followed by light lunch and fellowship, Library
Friday, June 29
2:00 p.m.    Knitting Group, 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.  
          Sunday School is on summer break
10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Church, followed by coffee hour in Wells Hall
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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