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CHRIST CHURCH WEEKLY
A Newsletter for Members and Friends 

Tacoma, Washington 
Friday in the Second Week after the Epiphany
January 22, 2021
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 for Safety for our Nation and Leaders
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 FOR SAFETY FOR OUR NATION
AND LEADERS
 
God of love and peace, watch over our nation in these troubled days. Calm the anger of those who would do harm; restrain extremists planning violent uprisings; give courage to those in our national capital and state capitals charged with keeping the peace; protect our President, Joseph, and Vice President, Kamala, and in the days to come give them, the members of their administration and the Congress wisdom in leading our nation toward a new era of justice and peace, through Jesus Christ our Lord, the light of the world and the prince of peace. Amen.
NEW THIS WEEK
READ MORE - For details, links, etc. see the section indicated for each entry.

In the section "Formation and Study, Adult Formation" 
- Virtual Field Trip to North Africa with Fr. Torvend!
DEADLINE TO REGISTER: THIS SUNDAY, JANUARY 24.


Explore! for people seeking Holy Baptism, Confirmation, Reception in the Episcopal Church, or Reaffirmation of their Baptism.

In the section "Parish Community Notes"
- Notice of Parish Annual Meeting - CHECK FOR NEW INFORMATION EACH WEEK
- Zoom Mardi Gras Shrove Tuesday February 16
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 Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m. 

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: "Fishers of People," artist unknown

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

CHRIST CHURCH WEEKDAY WORSHIP & PRAYER

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 - 8:00 p.m. (by Zoom) Join this small ecumenical group for Taizé Prayer every second Monday and fourth Thursday of the month.  
This Thursday, January 28. For the Zoom link, email Dotti Krist-Sterbick: 
dkrist.sterbick@gmail.com
FORMATION AND STUDY
ADULT FORMATION
 
A TRIP TO NORTH AFRICA! - Tuesdays, January 26, February 2 and 9, 7:00 p.m. (by Zoom) Join Fr. Torvend on a virtual field trip to three sites in North Africa. We'll explore three amazing baptismal fonts and the fascinating spiritualities they express. And we'll do this prior to the beginning of Lent: that period of time in which we focus on the renewal of baptism. If you can only join us for one or two sessions, no problem. 
Register by email to Fr.Torvend: samuel@christchurchtacoma.org 
no later than Sunday, January 24. 
Image: The 6th century Baptistery of Demna, Tunisia


EXPLORE! Thursdays, February 25, March 4, 11, 18, and 25 at 7:00 p.m. (by Zoom)
EXPLORE welcomes people who seek Holy Baptism, Confirmation or Reception in the Episcopal Church, or Reaffirmation of their Baptism. We explore what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ in the Episcopal form of Christian faith and life. Register by email to Fr. Torvend at samuel@christchurchtacoma.org no later than Wednesday, February 17. Include your home address, please - participants will be sent a booklet to guide our discussions. 


THE MONTHLY READING GROUP - Sunday, January 31, 6:30 p.m. (by Zoom). We will discuss Marilynne Robinson’s new book - Jack: A Novel. All who are interested are welcome. 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 40 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
Upcoming Sunday School Dates: January 24; February 7, 21; March 7, 21; April 4, 18; May 2, 16; June 13
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.

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.

CHRIST CHURCH LITTLE FREE FOOD PANTRY - 
on the K Street side of our campus. Here's what to donate:
Non-perishable foods only
Bottles of water
Pouches or boxes of juice
Individual tubs of fruits, vegetables
Tab-top cans of pastas, meats, fruits, vegetables
Peanut butter, Nutella
For pets, Tab-top canned dog and cat food
If the pantry is quite full when you arrive, put in as many supplies as will fit and save the rest for a return visit. Questions?
Contact Len Johnson: lljbrownspt@gmail.com or 
Barbara Williams: barbaradaviswilliams@gmail.com

PARISH COMMUNITY NOTES
NOTICE OF CHRIST CHURCH ANNUAL MEETING
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 11:00 a.m.

by Zoom
 
Watch your inbox for Annual Meeting information to come: How to attend, Revised Rules of Order for a Virtual Annual Meeting including voting procedures, the 2020 Annual Report. Save the date, plan to watch the video worship at 10:00 a.m. and come to the meeting at 11:00. 
 
ALL-PARISH BUDGET PREVIEW MEETING Saturday January 30 10:00 a.m. by Zoom - for all parishioners, to review the budget before the Annual Meeting. This is your time for learning about our financial situation, to discuss and to ask questions. A Zoom link will be sent Friday evening, January 29. NOTE: Due to the webinar format of the Virtual Annual Meeting, it won't be possible to have budget questions and discussion at the Annual Meeting. 

NOMINEES FOR 4-MEMBER VESTRY CLASS OF 2024 - 
Gordon Craig, Teresa Gutierrez, Lee MacClellan, Christi McCarren 


ALTERNATE DELEGATES TO DIOCESAN CONVENTION - At the Annual Meeting, we elect 2 alternate delegates for 2021 who become the delegates in 2022. If you would like to be an alternate or have questions about the position, please contact Nominating Committee Chair Linda Johnson: lljbrownspt@gmail.com (2021 Delegates are Carol Gregory and Caroline Huckaby.)
 
CONGRATULATIONS TO MARY HANNEMAN on the publication of her book Becoming Nisei, Japanese American Urban Lives in Pre-War Tacoma, co-authored with Lisa M. Hoffman. Based on more than forty interviews, Becoming Nisei shares stories of growing up in Japanese American Tacoma before the incarceration, and counteracts the structural forgetting and erasure of prewar histories in both Tacoma and many other urban settings after World War II.  


ALL-PARISH ZOOM MARDI GRAS 
Shrove Tuesday, February 16, 7:00 p.m. SAVE THE DATE! - WACKY HAT CONTEST; "CHAT" ALLELUIA SCROLL; BYOP (pancakes). It won't be the same but it will be a fun fling before Ash Wednesday. More information to come. Start working on your Wacky Hat - Zoom is the perfect medium for it! 

2020's Wackiest Hat - "Creations by Ciara"
Photo: Carol Kutsch


FIRST or SECOND SUNDAY OF THE MONTH ALL-PARISH ZOOM COFFEE HOURS. SAVE THE DATES:
We send a special coffee hour link Sunday Morning. Enjoy our Video Worship (link arriving at 6 p.m. Saturday night) and then click on the coffee hour link at 10:55 Sunday morning to enjoy community and conversation. 
- FEBRUARY 14: Christ Church Annual Meeting, the SECOND Sunday, 11:00 a.m. 
- MARCH 7: the FIRST Sunday, 11:00 a.m.
Watch your inbox for Annual Meeting information to come: How to attend, Revised Rules of Order for a Virtual Annual Meeting including voting procedures, the 2020 Annual Report. Save the date, plan to watch the video worship at 10:00 a.m. and come to the meeting at 11:00.
CELEBRATING THE ARTS
VISUAL ARTS
 
WEBSITE GALLERY EXHIBITION OF CROSSES FOR LENT -
The Liturgical Visual Arts Group invites you to participate in their Lent exhibition of "The Cross in My Life" by submitting a photo of the cross or crucifixes in your home that are part of your devotional life. Please send photos to Mother Campbell: janet@christchurchtacoma.org by Monday February 1. Please include the "provenance" (what you know about the origin) of your cross - where it came from, the materials, the artist if you know, the date it was made. Our gallery will be available for contemplation during Lent. Image: Hobo Cross, "160 Matchsticks," n.d. 


                              MUSIC

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

The Third Sunday after The Epiphany January 24
- Christ Church Recorded Worship
        Link available on our website homepage from 6:00 p.m. Saturday evening
9:00 a.m. Sunday School Zoom Gathering

- Household Worship Resource for Epiphany 3
         Available on our website when posted.

Monday January 25 
9:00 a.m. Morning Prayer (by Zoom)
Tuesday, January 26
7:30 a.m. Lectio Divina (by Zoom) 
11:00 a.m. Vestry Leadership Team Zoom Meeting
7:00 p.m. 
A Trip to North Africa! - Adult Formation Zoom Gathering
7:00 p.m. Community Service Leadership Team Zoom Meeting 
Wednesday, January 27
7:00 p.m. Conversation & Compline Zoom Gathering with Mother Campbell
Thursday, January 28
7:30 a.m. Morning Prayer (by Zoom)
10:30 a.m. Program Staff Zoom Meeting
7:00 p.m. Choir Zoom Gathering
7:00 p.m. 
Taizé Prayer (by Zoom)

The Fourth Sunday after The Epiphany January 31
- Christ Church Recorded Worship
        Link available on our website homepage from 6:00 p.m. Saturday evening
6:30 p.m. Monthly Reading Group Zoom Gathering

- Household Worship Resource for Epiphany 4
         Available on our website when posted.
CHRIST CHURCH PRAYER LIST 

Members and Friends of our Community Alyssa (daughter of Hank Davis); Dashawna and Michael (friends of James Standley)Bryce (son of Mary Smiley); Megan and Gracey; Tom and Corey; Dixie and Truman; Florence Sandler; Milana and Doug; Barb Fox; The Rev. Connie Carlson; Kris and Dominic; Jim Pierson (brother of Vikke); James Standley
Preparing for Baptism James Tedrick and his sponsor Kevin Montgomery
Those who have died Elodie Vandervert; Deacon Jean Carmichael; Maryleen (sister of Kelly Sanford); Tommy LaSorda 
For President Biden, Vice President Harris and all those newly-elected or appointed to public service. For a spirit of respect and cooperation in our governmental processes and a commitment to serving the needy among us.  
For the African American community and communities of color. May 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 and those working toward treatments and prevention. For people in prisons and detention centers, where Covid-19 infection is rife, and for their families. For a united effort to stop 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 our Bishop and his staff. For solutions for the crisis of homelessness. For progress in reversing global warming. For all working to eliminate bigotry, racism and violence. For all serving in the military. 

Diocesan Prayer Cycle St. David Emmanuel, Shoreline
Anglican Prayer Cycle Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil

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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