A Newsletter for Members and Friends 
Tacoma, Washington: Friday, October 12, 2018

Readings: Amos 5:6-7, 10-15; Psalm 90:12-17; Hebrews 4:12-16; Mark 10:17-31
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 Sermon


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
Links to Diocesan News and Informational Resources
COMPLINE – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14, 7:00 p.m. in the ChurchCompline, the church’s ancient night prayer, is a short service that gently concludes the day with prayer, hymns, chant and silence. A great way to introduce a friend to Christ Church. Compline will be offered again on the second Sunday of November (the 11th).

ALL FAITHFUL DEPARTED/ALL SOULS’ COMMEMORATION, WEDNESDAY EUCHARIST, OCTOBER 31 at 12:00 Noon. We observe All Souls’ Day at the Wednesday Eucharist closest to November 2, its calendar date. The liturgy is in the Columbarium, which is entered through the chapel doors. All interred in the Columbarium are remembered in the Prayers of the Assembly at this liturgy.
ALL SAINTS’ SUNDAY (November 4 this year) is the great feast day celebrating the designated saints of the Church. It also begins our month of remembrance of the beloved saints in our own lives. Please send names of loved ones who have died to be remembered in the Prayers of the Assembly on All Saints’ Sunday to  
Names must be submitted by noon Monday, October 29.
ALTARS OF REMEMBRANCE will appear in the chapel and church on October 28, the Sunday before All Saints’ Sunday, and remain until the Feast of Christ the King (Sunday, November 25). Starting on the 29th and throughout November, all are invited to add pictures or other mementos of those who have died, creating sacred spaces that gather our beloved dead into our celebrations of the Eucharist. On Christ the King (Sunday, November 25), we include all commemorated at the Altars of Remembrance in our prayers.
HIGH TEA WITH DEATH – SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2-4:30 p.m., in the Library.
See Adult Formation announcements for information about this opportunity to share experiences of loss.
Those in need, especially: Kristin B, healing from a heart transplant; Ashley Christine; Michael P.; MaryLynn and Tim E.; Terry E.; Alice T.; Jan; Ann S.; Kristin L; Dominic.
Those who have died: The donor of the heart received by Kristin B; Barbara Kadden; Susanne Derksma; and all who grieve for them.
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 Indonesians suffering from the earthquake and tsunami. The people of the Florida panhandle and all in the path of hurricane Michael. 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 worldwide cooperation in reversing global warming and climate change.
Diocesan Prayer Cycle: St. Benedict, Lacey; St. Mark, Montesano.
Anglican Prayer Cycle: The Most Revd Daniel Sarfo, Primate and Metropolitan, CPWA, Archbishop of the Internal province of Ghana and Bishop of Kumasi.
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.                   

MOTHER CAMPBELL IS IN PORTLAND ON SUNDAY – to attend the release party of her son’s band’s first CD. She will return in time for Sunday’s Compline.
UPDATE ON CHURCH ENTRYWAY GLASS PANELS – Replacements for the broken glass panels and door should be installed by the end of the month. Once all invoices and all insurance reimbursements for these repairs have been received, we’ll provide an accounting of the actual financial cost to us of the vandalism. Please pray for help and healing for Ashley, the woman who did this damage.
WORK UNDERWAY ON CHURCH BUILDING EXTERIOR WALLS – The restoration work continues Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. and should be complete around the end of October, depending on weather and any additional “discoveries” not identified in the project study. What are those little red things sticking out of the cracks? They are injection points being used to infuse the cement with a repairing compound.

MINISTRY OF THE WEEK – USHERS – We give thanks this week for the ministry of our ushers, who serve at the 10:30 Sunday liturgy, for the liturgies of high Holy days, weddings and funerals, and for special music events. Ushers welcome parishioners and visitors, hand out worship bulletins or programs, help newcomers find their way into the worship space and to open seats. During liturgies, ushers manage the collection of our monetary offerings, and organize the procession of bread, wine and money to the altar. They count attendance for the record keeping required by the Episcopal Church and for our own information. Ushers are also ready to help in case of emergencies or if someone has special needs. Their ministry is essential to the comfort and safety of all as we worship or enjoy a recital or concert. Ushers serve on teams in regular rotation for Sunday liturgies, and as able when requested for special services or events. Interested in the ministry of usher? Contact Len Johnson at
PARISH ADMINISTRATOR SEARCH – We will have an announcement in the coming week and look forward to a new administrator beginning on Monday, October 22.

DONATIONS TO THE CHRIST CHURCH LIBRARY - Much good work in purging the library of out-of-date books has been accomplished by Susan Manning and Bert Stibbe. New books needed for Adult Formation have been added. While we are grateful for donations of books, to maintain the balance and usefulness of the collection and make the most of our limited shelf space, we have established the following donations policy: If you wish to donate books, please do not bring them to the parish office. Instead, prepare a list of the books with title, author's name, publisher, and date of publication and email it to Susan Manning at She’ll forward your list to the rest of the Library Committee. The Committee will let you know which books on your list would be helpful additions to the library. Any books left at the church which have not gone through this selection process cannot be stored at the church and will not be kept.

Kevin McClure, a new member this year of Christ Church, asked that I share this message from him to our community – Mother Campbell
 “To Priest Janet, associate priest and the Congregation of Christ Church.
            I want to thank you all for accepting me into your Church. I thank God and His Son, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit for all the Blessing they have given me and every one who Believes in them. I pray everyday that all people will know of the wonders and Blessing He gives us everyday and always has and will.
            Tho I am now in ‘End of Life Care’ I want the people to Rejoice in the life I’ve had and the Glorious life I will have when my time here ends. I do not ask for pity or sorrow but a celebration of the life I will have when I join my God and his son, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit in Heaven.
            So, Please, Rejoice in my final journey and in the Welcoming of my new home in Heaven. Amen.
          Thank you for your Love and Support.  I Pray for all of you and in the Belief we all share in our God and Savior, Jesus Christ.
            Thank you and God Bless!
            Kevin McClure”



MARTIN BUBER AND THE VISION OF DIALOGUE: What can Christians learn from a Jewish vision? SUNDAYS, OCTOBER 14, AND 21, 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the Library. Martin Buber, a Jewish philosopher, continues to have a profound influence among Christians. In these three sessions, Don Johnson, our resident expert on Buber, will lead participants in an engaging discussion of Buber’s fascinating life, his thought on the relationship between God and humanity, and his understanding of Jesus.

MONDAY BIBLE STUDY – 7:00 - 8:00 p.m., in the Library. The study of Amos is over and the group now turns to the New Testament, and will spend time with the Letters of Peter. Quite a change, quite the challenge. Enjoy an hour of interesting conversation with this congenial group.     

THE MONTHLY READING GROUP SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21, 6:30 p.m. at the home of Don and Wanda Johnson to discuss the book Two Types of Faith by Martin Buber, on the relationship between Judaism and Christianity. Everyone interested is welcome to attend. Questions? E-mail Don Johnson

THE RACIAL JUSTICE READING GROUP – FALL BOOK Stamped From the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi, Parts III – V: at 7:00 p.m. on two evenings, Monday, October 29 and Monday, December 3. (No meeting in November). If you weren’t able to attend the discussion of Parts I and II but are interested in the book, please join us. Newcomers are always welcome to our ongoing engagement with the issue of racial justice. We meet at the home of Anne Avery and Jim Elliott.  Questions or for directions, email Anne:
HIGH TEA WITH DEATH – SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2-4:30 p.m., in the Library.
Amelia Carroll, Christ Church expert in loss, grief, and death, will lead this confidential and compassionate conversation that invites participants to share their experiences of loss. For many who have participated in this gathering, it has been a life-giving experience of support and comfort. Sign up at the glass table in the church entryway in October. It is not a requirement, but if you are able to offer a donation to cover printing and food costs, it will be greatly appreciated.

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 and readers.
October and November classroom dates: 10/14, 10/21, 11/4, 11/18


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.
          Faith Action Network (FAN) has produced position statements about November’s ballot issues; copies are available on the Wells Hall stage and on the back table in the chapel.
            Earth Ministry has sent out materials in support of voting for Initiative 1631, which will charge a fee on the state’s biggest polluters and invest in clean energy, clean air, clean water, and strong communities.  Copies are available on the Wells hall stage and on the small table at the back of the chapel.  
          October’s Meaningful Movie: A Plastic Ocean. Thursday, October 25, 6:30 p.m. at the Grand Cinema (606 Fawcett Ave., Tacoma).  Free admission, with optional discussion following.  In the center of the Pacific Ocean gyre researchers found more plastic than plankton. This movie documents the newest science, showing how plastics, once they enter the oceans, break up into tiny particulates that enter the food chain, where they attract toxins like magnets, toxins that are stored in seafood’s fatty tissues and are eventually consumed by us.  Working solutions can be put into immediate effect.
Save the Dates:
          October 17 (Wednesday), 7:00 – 8:30, Attorney General Bob Ferguson at St. Mark’s Cathedral: The Washington State Attorney General will speak about the current state of immigration both locally and nationally, as well as how we as citizens and people of faith can continue our involvement. His remarks will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Bishop Rickel, with Marcos Martinez, Executive Director of Casa Latina; Estela Ortega, Executive Director of El Centro de la Raza; and Michael Ramos, Executive Director of The Church Council of Greater Seattle. This event is free and open to the public.
          League of Women Voters Candidate Forums for each Pierce County Legislative District, October 3 -October 25.  Schedule handouts on Wells Hall stage and chapel back table.
          Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA), which has the power to deny or approve the last major permit for Puget Sound Energy’s proposed liquid natural gas (LNG) project, is holding a public hearing on the afternoon and evening (1:00 – 9:00 p.m.) of Tuesday, October 30, on the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement which PSCAA ordered. To attend the hearing, submit a public comment, or canvas or staff a phone bank for I-1631, contact: info@350  On their webpage, there is also a place to sign a petition to stand in solidarity with the Puyallup nation in opposing this violation of their treaty rights.  The October Newsletter of 350 Seattle has ten pages of environmental actions you can take.
          November 18, 4:30 – 8:00, Faith Action Network’s Annual Dinner: Renton Pavilion Event Center (233 Burnett Ave. S., Renton 98057).  To register, go to or call 206-625-9790. 
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, 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 receive in the mail this week (also available in chapel and church entryways). Place your offerings of thanksgiving in this envelope and bring it to church next Sunday, the 14th. These monetary gifts of thanksgiving are sent into the world to do a world of good.

FOOD BANK FOCUS FOR OCTOBER – As part of our observance of the October Feast of St. Francis, we offer support to the Tacoma/Pierce County Humane Society with donations of canned and dry dog and cat food, new or gently used towels, and new or gently used collars and leashes for cats and dogs of all ages and sizes. What the Humane Society does not use will be distributed through their Pet Pantry program to other animal shelters and pet-friendly homeless shelters throughout Tacoma. Leave your gift in the baskets in the church entryway. If you wish to donate in other ways you may visit their website at


ART PIECE “THE GATHERING” – Carolyn Huckaby (fabric installation: back wall of the worship space). Artist’s Statement: “This piece was created with recycled cloth and supplies first used on Christ Church’s Creation Sunday in 2011. The piece represents the sunlight, mountains, forests, fields and seas. Together as the community of Christ Church we love and celebrate the great Northwest and the beauty that it brings to us even in our own backyards. I wanted to share my vision of the Northwest with my hanging “The Gathering.” Thank you to Pam, Judith, Jean, Bessie, and Winfield for helping me with my creation.” Caroline Huckaby


THIRD FRIDAYS AT NOON RECITAL, October 19, 2018 at 12:10 p.m. – Hear Organist Jonathan Wohlers, Director of Music at Trinity Lutheran Church, Parkland, WA. He will play radiant 17th-century toccatas, fugues and dances by Muffat, Louis Couperin, Roberday, Scheidt, and Buxtehude. Invite your friends for an uplift in the middle of the day! Donations accepted at the door.

FAQS (Frequently Asked Questions)
THIS WEEK:  HOW CAN I FIND OUT WHAT THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH IS SAYING IN THESE CHALLENGING TIMES? – Stay informed on what leaders and members of the Episcopal Church are saying with these resources:
Episcopal News Service: -- electronic 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:
The Diocese of Olympia: – The Diocesan website.
Bishop Rickel’s Blog:

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: classroom
10:30 a.m.  Holy Eucharist, Church, followed by coffee hour in Wells Hall
12:15 p.m.  Martin Buber and the Wisdom of Dialogue, Library
7:00 p.m.    Compline, Church        

Monday, October 15
7:00 p.m.    Bible Study, Library
Tuesday, October 16
6:30 p.m.    Vestry Meeting, Wells Hall
Wednesday, October 17
12:00 p.m.  Holy Eucharist, Chapel, followed by light lunch and fellowship, Library
Thursday, October 18
7:30 p.m.    Choir Rehearsal, Church
Friday, October 19
12:10 p.m.  Third Friday Concert, Church
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: classroom
10:30 a.m.  Holy Eucharist, Church, followed by coffee hour in Wells Hall
12:15 p.m.  Martin Buber and the Wisdom of Dialogue, Library
4:00 p.m.    Liturgical Visual Arts Meeting, Campbell Home
6:30 p.m.    Monthly Reading Group, Don Johnson Home
Episcopal News Service: -- electronic 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: The Diocese of Olympia: The Diocesan website. Bishop Rickel’s Blog:

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