A Newsletter for Members and Friends 
Tacoma, Washington: Friday, December 21, 2018

Monday, December 24 - Christmas Eve

             4:00 p.m.
Family Eucharist with Carols and Organ Music
           10:30 p.m.
Festive Choral Eucharist with Carols and Anthems
with the Christ Church Choir and Organ

Tuesday, December 25 - Christmas Day
10:30 a.m. Sung Eucharist with Carols and Organ Music

December 30 - The First Sunday of Christmas
No 8:00 a.m. service
10:30 a.m. Christmas Readings and Carols with Eucharist,
Carols for Assembly, and Organ Music


Readings: Micah 5:2-5a; Psalm 80:1-7; Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-55
The texts can be found on The Lectionary Page
Sermon:  The Rev. Janet Campbell
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


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

ADVENT 4 IS NOT THE SAME AS CHRISTMAS EVE – This year, Christmas Eve is Monday, just the day after the Fourth Sunday of Advent! How can this be?
          Christmas Eve is a feast with a “fixed calendar date” and always falls on the 24th of December, no matter what day of the week that is. However, the Sundays of Advent are arrived at by counting back four Sundays from Christmas Eve, except when December 24th itself is a Sunday.   
          Last year we had the shortest Advent possible, when the Fourth Sunday of Advent was the morning of December 24 with the Christmas Eve Feast beginning as the sun went down that afternoon. When Christmas Eve is on a Saturday, there are six days between Advent 4 and the Christmas feast, the longest Advent possible.
          This year, Advent is one day longer than last year, but only one day! Do note that what we celebrate on the Fourth Sunday of Advent leads up to but is not what we celebrate on Christmas Eve and Day, Monday the 24th and Tuesday the 25th, the Feast of the Incarnation of Jesus Christ. Don’t miss Christmas by thinking you’ve already done it on Advent 4!

COMPLINE – The second Sunday of the month: January, February and March, 7:00 p.m.

Members of our Community: Lisa P; Jean T.; Leslie; Kevin A; Lindsay; Ethan; Natasha; Marcus; Kevin M; Ashley Christine; Michael P.; Terry E.; Alice T.; Jan; Ann S.; Kristin L; Dominic. Safety for those working on our building.
Those who have died: Don Stover; Yolanda Martin
For all in need: For wise and compassionate leadership at the national, state and local level. 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 all recovering from California wildfires, especially the people of Paradise, CA, and for fire fighters and rescue workers. 
Diocesan Prayer Cycle: St. Stephen, Oak Harbor; Grace Church, Lopez Island.
Anglican Prayer Cycle: Kubwa – (Abuja, Nigeria) The Rt. Revd Duke Akamisoko.
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.          

CHRISTMAS GREENING OF THE CHURCH – Immediately following the 10:30 liturgy. The whole community is invited to join in the fun of adorning the church for our Christmas celebrations. Coffee, tea, juice and refreshments will be available in the church entryway – bring them into the church and help with the decorating, enjoy Christmas music on the piano with Tom Clark, or have fun chatting and watching the transformation of the worship space.
MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR DON STOVER - Saturday, January 26, at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow in Wells Hall.
                             (Don L. Stover, photo courtesy of Carolyn Modarelli, Don's sister)

Many thanks to all who have pledged so far to support our shared life and ministry in 2019.
          TOTAL AMOUNT PLEDGED: $ 316,976
          (For 2018 there were 95 pledges received for a total of $ 316,604)
          2019 GOAL: $350,000.00
The Fall Pledge Brochure, available in the chapel and church entryways and Wells Hall, shows the rich and varied life and ministry made possible by our pledges.

RECTOR’S DISCRETIONARY FUND RUNNING LOW – The fund is made up of donations from parishioners and is for the use of the rector (or priest in charge in our case) to assist people in need, mainly members of our own community, with expenses such as rent, utilities, food, and medications. Thank to those who contributed last week. If you can help, please write a check to Christ Church, noting “Rector’s Discretionary Fund” on the memo line.
COST OF CHURCH ENTRYWAY GLASS PANEL REPAIR – Total charge for the glass work: $42,538.04. Insurance reimbursed $27,284.93 (all except a deductible of $5,000 per incident). Cost to us was therefore $ 15,000.00 plus $215.11 for installation of a new lock.
MULTICARE EXTENDS THEIR TENANCY IN TRINITY HOUSE – We are glad to share the very good news that Multicare has renewed their rental of the Trinity House second floor office space for another five years. The new lease begins next year after the conclusion of the initial two year lease. The five-year renewal is a welcome extension of a happy landlord-tenant relationship and an important source of income for Christ Church. 
MINISTRY OF THE WEEK – THE FACILITIES COMMITTEE -- We give thanks this week for the ministry of our Facilities Committee, which, along with the Junior Warden and Parish Administrator, manages the maintenance, repair and improvement of our buildings and campus. The committee organizes parishioners for hands-on projects and identifies providers for projects requiring professional expertise. For major projects, the group engages consultants as needed, directs development of the scope of work, submission of bids, selection of contractors, and the project timeline. The group meets several times a year according to need; members advance individual projects between meetings. If you’re interested in learning more, contact Joe Conklin at
93rd ANNUAL EPISCOPAL CHURCHWOMEN’S EPIPHANY LUNCH – Saturday, January 5, 2019, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., at St. John’s, Gig Harbor. The Holy Eucharist, followed by lunch with Epiphany cake, and a program including genealogist Claudia Breland. Seating is limited; so please RSVP by December 31 to Linda Rines at



MONDAY BIBLE STUDY – The group will not meet on December 24 or December 31. The sessions will continue after the holidays. 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the library.
Christ Church 101 - Sunday, January 6, 2019 after the 10:30 liturgy to 12:15 p.m.,
in the church. Gather at the eagle lectern for conversation about our worship, formation, and service – or anything that comes to mind.

THE MONTHLY READING GROUP will meet at the home of Barbara Williams and Hank Davis at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 20, to discuss The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels. Everyone who is interested is welcome to attend. Questions? Contact Don Johnson at

RACIAL JUSTICE READING GROUP MOVES ON - Motivated by its reading over the last eighteen months, the Racial Justice Reading Group has decided to disband in favor of action. Some members are already involved in efforts to further social justice. The group’s reading has made clear the ways in which governmental and business actions over several centuries have repeatedly and broadly disenfranchised people of color whether they be Afro-American, Asian, Hispanic or Native American as well as LGBT and non-binary persons, women, Jews, Muslims, and other people of faith who are not Christian. White privilege is real and costly to those who don’t have it. As Christians everyone has a responsibility to benefit all God’s children. RJRG was always a small group. Changing this will take all of us. We encourage you to join us in this effort.
Sunday School 10:30 a.m.  – 11:15 a.m. for Preschool - Grade 5 – 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.
January and February Sunday School Classroom dates: 1/6, 1/20 and 2/3, 2/17.


FOOD BANK FOCUS FOR DECEMBER – 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. December Focus: Toothbrushes and toothpaste.

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES: CHRIST CHURCH DONATION – The Community Service Leadership Team (CSLT) has recommended and the Vestry has just approved a grant of $2,000 from the CSLT budget to Episcopal Relief & Development (ERD) for wildfire relief. ERD is partnering with the Episcopal Dioceses of Los Angeles and Northern California as they coordinate with local congregations to provide emergency support to people affected by the wildfires in Northern and Southern California. Individuals can also contribute through the ERD “US Disaster Fund.” To donate, please visit and please continue to pray for the individuals and families affected by the wildfires as well as the firefighters, first-responders and clean-up crews.

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) at both 9:00 a.m. and at 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.
          Work to stop the incarceration and separation of families seeking asylum in the United States: handouts will be available on the Wells Hall stage and on the chapel table.          

ABOUT THE ADVENT WREATH  - "Wreath making is one of the most ancient of crafts...Traditionally made from plants...such ancient symbols join us to our past and confirm our place in a centuries old tradition." (Elizabeth Jane Lloyd, The Enchanted Circles
          Francis X Weiser in Christian Feasts and Customs locates the origin of the Advent wreath with the Lutherans in East Germany, likely in the 16th century. As with other customs associated with Christianity, the Advent wreath assimilates local and seasonal folk traditions that help us understand the life and teachings of Jesus. 
          In northern Europe, like here in the Pacific Northwest, people lived with a more direct awareness of the shorter days and longer nights. Celebrations with fires and candlelight helped
to keep the darkness at bay until the light returned. It is easy to see how that naturally translates
into the observance of Advent. Candles and the evergreens were fashioned into a circle/wreath meant to symbolize God's unending love. The custom evolved into the use of 4 candles to count the weeks of Advent.
          Our wreath keeps with and expands the early practices. We add a 5th candle, the Christ candle, and the wreath is absorbed into Christmas. Jesus uses the things of nature in his teaching. We rely on them as well by using our winter foliage and branches. Fig branches are used as a particular reference to the Advent Gospel of Luke.
          The poet Wendell Berry says, "It gets darker, and darker, and darker, and then Jesus is born." As Advent unfolds in the direction of the Incarnation, the wreath will develop in parallel with our growing dependence on candlelight and our anticipation.  It will become brighter as well as increase in volume and texture until it blooms into Christmas.

NEW ADVENT VESTMENT AT THE 10:30 LITURGY – The new Advent blue chasuble (the vestment worn by the presider) and its accompanying stole was designed and made by parishioner Pat Chen. The shadings of blue on the stole from dark to light anticipate our movement through Advent toward our celebration of the new light that dawned upon the world with the birth of Jesus Christ.

THIRD FRIDAYS AT NOON CONCERT: January 18, 2019 at 12:10 p.m.
Hear Wyatt Smith, organist, and Natalie Ham, flautist, play music of Craig Phillips, Dan Locklair, Jan Bender, Camille Saint-Saens, and Theodore Dubois. Mr. Smith is a doctoral candidate in organ performance at the University of Washington, and is Associate Director of Music at Epiphany Episcopal Parish in Seattle. Join us for 40 minutes of delightful music! Donation at the door.

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: children and teachers attend the worship service.
10:30 a.m.  Holy Eucharist, Church, followed by Coffee, Tea, Refreshments, Christmas music on the piano, and Greening of the church – in the Church entryway and church (no coffee hour in Wells Hall.)
Monday, December 24 CHRISTMAS EVE
4:00 p.m.    Family Eucharist with Carols and Organ Music
10:30 p.m.  Festive Choral Eucharist with Carols and Anthems
Tuesday, December 25 CHRISTMAS DAY
10:30 a.m.  Sung Eucharist with Carols and Organ Music
Wednesday, December 26
12:00 p.m.  Holy Eucharist, Chapel, followed by light lunch and fellowship, Library
          No Eucharist at 8:00 a.m.
9:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Childcare for infants and toddlers in the Wells Hall nursery
          Sunday School: children and teachers attend the worship service.
10:30 a.m. Christmas Readings and Carols with Eucharist; coffee hour follows in Wells Hall.
Mail:  310 N. K Street, Tacoma, WA 98403                   
Phone:  253-383-1569 
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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)

Holly Joseph, Senior Warden; Don Ellis, Junior Warden
Cynthia Anthony, Eddie Bang, Tim Chen, Winfield Giddings,
Caroline Huckaby,  Carlyle Jacinto, Linda Johnson, Brianne Knudson,
Matt Lonsdale, Pam Vidan

The Rev. Janet Campbell, Priest in Charge
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Usual office hours Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday; 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. Darlene Coleman, Parish Administrator
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Ms. Shannon Farley, Office Manager
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Mr. Tim Williams, Sexton 
Ms. Emily Verdonk, Accountant
Thursdays:10:00 – 12:30
Ms. Karen Jeffery, Lead Nursery Attendant;
Ms. Mary Smiley, Nursery Assistant                                           
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