A Newsletter for Members and Friends 
Tacoma, Washington: Friday, September 14, 2018
Readings:  Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 116:1-8; James 3:1-12; Mark 8:27-38
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 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 meditative 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).
WORSHIP MINISTER TRAININGSATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon, in the church. A training/refresher workshop for Eucharistic Ministers (EMs) and Acolytes. All interested in learning what we do to serve our community in worship are welcome to attend. If you are interested in becoming a Eucharistic Minister, please contact Mother Campbell before the training as our diocese requires the permission of the parish priest for serving as an EM. For questions or to register contact Robert Hicker (EMs) or Caroline Huckaby (Acolytes) at

Christ Church members Truman and Dixie Coggins, preparing for Confirmation on September 23 during the Bishop’s visitation to Saint Matthew’s, Brown’s Point;
Those in any kind of need, especially: Terry E.; Kevin, Ethan, Natasha, Lindsay, and Leslie; Mary Catherine Potts; Kathleen B; Lesley O; Roger C; Don S.; Edie; Alice T.; Jan; Ann S.; Kristin L; Dominic.
Those who have died: Susanne Derksma; David Potts; Jane Sprague; Ronald Arnatt; Ken Mayfield; and all who grieve for them.
For all in need: Children caught in sex-trafficking: may they be found and recover; 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 all affected by wildfires, storms and extreme weather.
Diocesan Prayer Cycle: Good Shepherd, Vancouver; St. Luke/San Lucas, Vancouver.
Anglican Prayer Cycle: The Province of the Episcopal Church of Sudan; The Most Revd Ezekiel Kumir Kondo, Archbishop of the Province of Sudan and Bishop of Khartoum.
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.                        

80TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION - SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 22, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Open House in Wells Hall. Fred and Diane Langton invite you to join them in celebrating Fred's 80th birthday. There will be food, fun and lots of stories and photos. 

FALL WOMEN’S LUNCH - SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Wells Hall. "Women, Faith, and Politics" is the title of parishioner and State Senator Jeannie Darneille's presentation at the Fall Women's Lunch. Doors will open with beverages available at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch at noon and the program at 1:00.  Share conversation and delightful food with vegetarian choices. Donations will be gratefully received not only to cover expenses but also to add any additional amount to the Rector's Discretionary Fund. The reservations list is now available on the glass table in the church entryway. If you plan to bring a guest, just add her name along with yours.

SAINT FRANCIS DAY BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7, 4:00 p.m. in the courtyard. All animals large and small, including children’s stuffed companions, are welcome at our Saint Francis Day celebration in the courtyard (or in Wells Hall in case of rain). Bring photos of animals unable to attend. In gratitude for God’s gift of Creation, we’ll offer prayers of thanksgiving and healing for all of creation and blessings for every animal. Treats for humans (ice cream) and pets add to the fun. Invite your friends and neighbors; this is a great way to introduce them to Christ Church. As part of our celebration, we collect donations for the Tacoma Humane Society: 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.

UPDATE ON CHURCH ENTRYWAY GLASS PANELS – Final measurements for manufacturing specifications for new glass panels have been completed. It will take a month or so for the panels to be made, shipped, and installed by our local contractor Sound Glass.
Work is scheduled to begin on or around September 24, and will take about a month, depending on weather, any additional “discoveries” not identified in the project study, and the number of times work must be suspended during church activities or for the installation of the glass entryway walls.
MINISTRY OF THE WEEK – ACOLYTES – We give thanks this week for the ministry of our acolytes, important members of the liturgical team which leads us in our worship on Sundays at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. Before the liturgy begins, acolytes organize and set out the books and bulletins needed by the liturgical team and light the altar candles. At the 10:30 liturgy, they lead our processions, carrying the cross and the candles that honor it and light its way. They help to prepare the altar-table for the celebration of the Eucharist and stand ready during communion to assist with refills of the chalices or any other need. Adults, youth and children 8 and older are welcome to serve as acolytes, after attending a training session about the ministry and the liturgical practices of Christ Church. For more information, contact Head of Acolytes Caroline Huckaby at
PARISH ADMINISTRATOR SEARCH – Interviews are ongoing. The fall is always a busy time in the office and we ask for your patience since we are shorthanded. Once a new administrator begins, we’ll catch up!



THE RACIAL JUSTICE READING GROUP – FALL BOOK Stamped From the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi. We will discuss this long book over three evenings: Parts I and II on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 at 7:00 p.m.; the other three parts on Monday, October 29 and Monday, December 3.  (No meeting in November). Newcomers are welcome.  We meet at the home of Anne Avery and Jim Elliott.  Questions or for directions, email Anne at

SEPTEMBER 24, OCTOBER 1, OCTOBER 8, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., Wells Hall. In this Fall Foundations Course, participants will discover a range of daily and weekly practices that shape a healthy and maturing Christian faith. Drawing on the 2,000-year treasure house of practices, we will come to understand why such practices ground us in God’s good earth and orient us toward love for our neighbors. Donations will be gladly accepted. Sign up at the glass table in the church entryway.

SUNDAY DISCUSSION: SERVICE IN THE WORLD - SEPTEMBER 30, 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in the Library. In Honduras with Robert Carver - In addition to serving as a priest, parishioner Robert Carver is a registered nurse and nursing instructor. Not only has he trained nurses in Honduras, he has also witnessed the violence that has driven thousands to seek asylum in the United States. Join us as Bob discusses his experience in Honduras.

MARTIN BUBER AND THE VISION OF DIALOGUE: What can Christians learn from a Jewish vision? SUNDAYS, OCTOBER 7, 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. An informal look at scripture with a congenial and welcoming group. The prophet Amos is still the subject. How does he convey his straight-forward message? Gently? Subtly? Or? Come check it out!

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 on the relationship between Judaism and Christianity by Martin Buber. Everyone interested is welcome to attend. Questions? E-mail Don Johnson
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, 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.
September and October Sunday School classroom dates: 9/16 , 9/23, 10/14, 10/21. Our curriculum is Weaving God’s Promises, a comprehensive, three-year children’s formation program developed by and for the Episcopal Church. For an overview of the curriculum, see our website


HOPEFULNESS IN THE FACE OF HOMELESSNESS - The Community Service Leadership Team (CSLT) thanks Mark Merrill, Director of the Shared Housing Program in Pierce County, for his informative and positive presentation to a group of interested parishioners after church on September 9. The Shared Housing Program is one innovative option to provide a home for individuals who are homeless without the need to build more housing, and to allow the homeless individual to be a resource to the homeowner at the same time. For more information, contact Noel Hagens:
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.
           Salish Sea Day of Action/ National Estuaries Week: two events will take place on Saturday, September 15, both at Qwiqwelut salt marsh on the Blair Waterway in the Tacoma Tideflats: from 10 am to 1 pm, there will be a work party to improve soil in preparation for a big planting in October; from 2 pm to 4 pm, there will be a prayer vigil in support of our Salish Sea waters.  Sponsored by a coalition of ecological organizations.  RSVP
          September’s Meaningful Movie will be Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA, which tells the stories of how guns, and the billions of dollars made from them, affect the lives of everyday Americans. Free showing at the Grand Cinema (606 Fawcett Avenue, Tacoma) on September 27 at 6:30 pm. Optional discussion follows.
          Save the Dates:
          Thursday, September 20
, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Associated Ministries’ quarterly meeting to learn about, discuss, and take action on the crisis of homelessness at Shiloh Baptist Church, 1211 South I Street, Tacoma.
          Sunday, October 7, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Associated Ministries will hold a family-friendly scavenger hunt to help participants better understand the realities of homelessness in our community.
       League of Women Voters Ballot Issues Meetings: The League of Women Voters studies ballot issues and prepares neutral analyses for its members and the public.  There will be three issues on the ballot in November; be sure to attend one of the five LWV meetings; get handout for dates, times, and locations around Pierce County, September 8 – 15.  
       League of Women Voters Candidate Forums will occur in October.
RACISM AND SOCIAL JUSTICE CONFERENCE – SEPTEMBER 27-29, University of Puget Sound (UPS) campus. For educators and those concerned about racism and social justice among us: The UPS Race and Pedagogy Institute hosts its Fourth Quadrennial National Conference. Keynote speakers include: - Brian Cladoosby, Chairman of the Swinomish Tribe and recognized national leader in Native American and broader communities;  - Jeff Chang, recently named the first Vice President of Narrative, Arts, and Culture at Race Forward, which has as its mission to build awareness, solutions and leadership for racial justice by generating transformative ideas, information and experiences;  - Valerie Jarrett, attorney and long-time advisor to President Barack Obama; - Alicia Garza and Patrisse Cullors, two of the three founders of Black Lives Matter.  There will be Spotlight and Concurrent sessions covering a broad range of topics as well as several arts offerings.  For more information wander around:
FOOD BANK FOCUS FOR SEPTEMBER - 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. September Focus: Canned soup and dry soup mixes.



WELCOME BACK TO THE CHRIST CHURCH CHOIR - New singers in every section may join now at the beginning of the season. Anyone considering choir is invited to have a conversation with the directors for more information about the nature of this commitment.
Speak directly with Kathryn or Mark, or Email:

THIRD FRIDAYS AT NOON RECITAL - September 21, 2018 at 12:10 p.m. Hear Organist Andrew Koch play works by Bernardo Storace, J. S. Bach, Brahms, and Toni Zahnbrecher. Mr. Koch is a doctoral student in organ performance at the University of Washington, and is Organist at St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church in Seattle. Invite your friends for an uplift in the middle of the day! Donations accepted at the door to support this series.



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 Gathering Sunday Brunch in Wells Hall
Monday, September 17
7:00 p.m.    Bible Study, Library
Tuesday, September 18
6:30 p.m.    Vestry Meeting, Wells Hall
Wednesday, September 19
12:00 p.m.  Holy Eucharist, Chapel, followed by light lunch and fellowship, Library
Thursday, September 20
7:30 p.m.    Choir Rehearsal, Church
Friday, September 21
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
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