CHRIST CHURCH WEEKLY A Newsletter for Members and Friends
Friday, January 8, 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 our Nation
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 OUR NATION
Following the armed insurrection in our nation's capital on Wednesday and in the uncertainty of the remaining days leading to the inauguration of a new administration, let us pray for our nation.
Oh God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your son. Look now with compassion on the entire human family; and particularly this part of the family in the United States, our elected leaders and all in our nation’s capital; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love and preserve us in peace; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the Human Family, The Book of Common Prayer, p. 815, adapted
NEW THIS WEEK For details see the section indicated for each entry.
MINISTRY LEADER 2020 ANNUAL REPORTS due this Thursday, January 14, to Parish Administrator Shannon Farley: email@example.com
In the section "Formation and Study, Children's Formation" - 2021 Sunday School Dates
In the section "Service and Advocacy" - Christ Church Little Free Food Pantry - how and what supplies to donate
In the section "Parish Community Notes" - All Parish Coffee Hour this Sunday, January 10 - Notice of Parish Annual Meeting
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 6:00 p.m. Saturday evening. See all Christ Church Video Worship Services on our YouTube channel:
Christ Church Tacoma https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqcx7zVPOU_lHVBZ9fQhkPw
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.
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:firstname.lastname@example.org
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 MONDAY January 11. For the Zoom link, email Dotti Krist-Sterbick: email@example.com
FORMATION AND STUDY
WINTER/EARLY-SPRING ADULT FORMATION ON ZOOM - Watch this space for announcements of upcoming classes, foundation courses, and other offerings.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 linkplease email Children's Formation Leader Christi McCarren: email@example.com. Sunday School Dates: January 10, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or
Barbara Williams: email@example.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.
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. - JANUARY 10: THIS SUNDAY, The Baptism of Christ, the SECOND Sunday, 11:00 a.m. Zoom link will arrive in your in-box bright and early Sunday morning. - FEBRUARY 14: Christ Church Annual Meeting, the SECOND Sunday, 11:00 a.m. -MARCH 7: the FIRST Sunday, 11:00 a.m.
CELEBRATING THE ARTS
VIEW CHRIST CHURCH ARCHIVE VIDEO MUSIC RECORDINGS on our YouTube channels:
THIRD FRIDAYS AT NOON CONCERTS - suspended during the pandemic
CHRIST CHURCH CALENDAR: PARISH EVENTS THIS COMING WEEK
The First Sunday after The Epiphany: The Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ
Sunday, January 10 - Christ Church Recorded Worship - with renewal of Baptismal Vows
Link available on our website homepage from 6:00 p.m. Saturday evening
- 9:00 a.m. Sunday School Zoom - 4:00 p.m. Liturgical Visual Arts Group Zoom - Household Worship Resource for Epiphany 1: The Baptism of Christ Available on our website when posted.
Monday January 11
9:00 a.m. Morning Prayer (by Zoom)
7:00 p.m. Taizé Prayer Zoom Tuesday, January 12
7:30 a.m. Lectio Divina (by Zoom)
11:00 a.m. Vestry Leadership Team Zoom Meeting
6:00 p.m. Finance Committee Zoom Meeting Wednesday, January 13
7:00 p.m. Conversation & Compline Zoom Gathering with Mother Campbell Thursday, January 14
7:30 a.m. Morning Prayer (by Zoom)
10:30 a.m. Program Staff Zoom Meeting
7:00 p.m. Choir Zoom Gathering
The Second Sunday after The Epiphany January 17 - Christ Church Recorded Worship
Link available on our website homepage from 6:00 p.m. Saturday evening
- Household Worship Resource for Epiphany 2 Available on our website when posted.
CHRIST CHURCH PRAYER LIST
Members and Friends of our Community Sandy and Ed (friends of Fred Langton); Bryce (son of Mary Smiley); The Cunningham family; Megan and Gracey; Tom and Corey; Dixie and Truman; Florence Sandler; Milana and Doug; Dennis, Liz, their daughter Greta and grandson Jack; 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); Josef Cunningham For President-elect Biden, Vice President-elect Harris and all those newly-elected or appointed to public service. For peace in state capitals and our nation's capital in these days of governmental transition. For the African American community and communities of color everywhere in this time of anguish and protest. That 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 spirit of cooperation in stopping 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 affected by wildfires, especially those who have suffered great losses. For all working to eliminate bigotry, racism and violence. For all serving in the military. Diocesan Prayer Cycle St. Dunstan’s, Shoreline; Christ Church, Seattle Anglican Prayer Cycle The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia To request prayer e-mail firstname.lastname@example.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
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.
In a pastoral emergency(a serious diagnosis, an accident, hospitalization, a death) please contact Mother Campbell as soon as you can: email@example.com
Parish Help Team Errands run, groceries, meals provided, medication pickup, etc. contact Deacon Gen Grewell: firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com
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.
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
The Rev. Janet Campbell, Priest in Charge firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com working from home during the pandemic
The Rev. Robert Carver, Priest Associate
The Rev. Bill Tudor, Priest Associate
The Ven. Archdeacon Gen Grewell, firstname.lastname@example.org working from home
The Rev. Deacon Donna Arellano, email@example.com, working from home
The Rev. Kathryn Nichols and Dr. Mark Brombaugh, Co-Directors of Music Ministries, firstname.lastname@example.org from home and in the church building
Mr. David Dahl, Director of Music Ministries Emeritus
Ms. Shannon Farley, Parish Coordinator, working mostly from home email@example.com • 253-383-1569 ext 18
Ms. Mary Smiley, Secretary/Receptionist, working mostly from home firstname.lastname@example.org • 253-383-1569 ext 10
Mr. Tim Williams, Sexton, on-site, managing the buildings and security email@example.com • 253-310-5178
Ms. Karen Jeffery, Lead Nursery Attendant nursery closed during the pandemic
Ms. Mary Smiley, Nursery Assistant