CHRIST CHURCH WEEKLY A Newsletter for Members and Friends Tacoma, Washington: Friday, December 7, 2018
A LETTER TO OUR COMMUNITY FROM DON STOVER
Dear Christ Church friends,
I would like to update you on my present condition. Everyone has been remarkable with cards, prayers, and wishes during my previous illness. And I would like you all to know how greatly it has been appreciated.
Now time narrows for additional kindnesses. I’ve come to the end of this tough adventure, and plans have been made to utilize hospice care to manage the rest of my journey.
Being part of the Christ Church community has been a rich and inspiring privilege of faith, friendship, and fun. Worshipping with you all has fortified me with great hope as I look ahead. Thank you all. Don
From Mother Janet: I visited Don Thursday evening in the hospital, when he gave me this letter. He is in good spirits, ready for his move to hospice, and full of anticipation for what lies ahead. He has loved this life but he is ready to let it go and is looking forward to what comes next. While this news is immensely sad for us, we can be glad for Don – he is full of peace and joy at the thought of finally seeing the Christ whom he has loved and served all his life. At this time, the greatest gifts we can give Don are our prayers for a gentle journey from this world and the space to prepare for that journey. If any would like to write him a note, please bring it on Sunday and I will be glad to take it to him. Let us rejoice that when Don moved to Tacoma from San Francisco, he found a loving home among us at Christ Church from which to depart for his eternal home among the saints in light. Blessings to you all, Mother Janet
CHRISTMAS AT CHRIST CHURCH
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
THIS SUNDAY, THE SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT, December 9
Readings: Malachi 3:1-4; Canticle of Zechariah (Luke 1: 68-79)Philippians 1:3-11;
Luke 3:1-6 The texts can be found on The Lectionary Page http://www.lectionarypage.net 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 www.christchurchtacoma.org and can be accessed from the Worship page and by clicking this link on the homepage: SundaySermons IN THIS ISSUE:
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
OUR LIFE OF WORSHIP AND PRAYER
ADVENT READINGS AND CAROLS - The Second Sunday of Advent, December 9, at 5 p.m. See Music Notes below for more information.
COMPLINE – The second Sunday of the month: January, February and March, 5:00 p.m.
THIS WEEK OUR PRAYERS ARE ASKED FOR: Members of our Community: Leslie; Kevin; 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: Father Thomas Keating, President George H.W. Bush. For the U.N. Climate Conference meeting in Poland. 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. Paul, Bellingham; Christ Church, Blaine. Anglican Prayer Cycle: Falkland Islands (Extra-Provincial to Canterbury); Falkland Islands (Parish of) – (Canterbury, Falklands) The Rt. Revd Timothy Thornton. To request prayers in the Prayers of the Assembly, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
OUR LIFE IN COMMUNITY
FALL PLEDGE CAMPAIGN REPORT: Thanks to all who have pledged so far to support our shared life and ministry in 2019. TOTAL PLEDGES RECEIVED AS OF DECEMBER 3: 72 TOTAL AMOUNT PLEDGED: $ 281,932 GOAL: $ 350,000.00 – We are well on our way. If you intend to pledge, please do so soon.
Questions about the practice of pledging? Feel free to connect with Mother Campbell or Brianne Knudson, Chair of the Stewardship Team. 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. It all happens because of us. The Finance Committee and Vestry must complete the 2019 budget this month. Your timely pledge will make this work of our fellow parishioners so much easier for them. Thank you!
CHURCH ENTRYWAY GLASS PANEL WORK COMPLETE - Locks on the courtyard-facing K Street doors should be installed by the time you read this. When final invoices arrive, we’ll be able to provide information on the cost of the damage and insurance reimbursements. RESTORATION OF CHURCH BUILDING EXTERIOR WALLS – Work continues Monday through Thursday, 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and is very close to completion.
MINISTRY OF THE WEEK – COUNTERS – We give thanks this week for the ministry of our Counters, who work in teams of two to count the monetary contributions received in the Sunday liturgy and during the preceding week. They record donor information needed for the parish database and prepare and deposit the total in the bank. This quiet, important, behind-the-scenes ministry happens each Sunday in the parish office following the 10:30 liturgy. Teams serve about once a month. If you’re interested in this way of serving our community, contact Mother Campbell: email@example.com
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 LLRines123@gmail.com.
OUR LIFE OF FORMATION AND STUDY
Christ Church 101 - Sunday, December 2 - 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.
No Room in the Inn? - Sundays, December 9 and 16, 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in the Library.
As we prepare to celebrate the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, we are mindful of his homeless status at birth and throughout much of his life. Join us as we discuss the causes of homelessness in Tacoma and Pierce County. Led by Father Torvend on December 9 and by Michael Yoder, Executive Director of Associated Ministries, on December 16, speaking about Homeless No More, AM’s initiative to end family homelessness in the city and county.
EXPLORE – Sunday, December 16, 9:45 a.m. in the Library – This conversation led by Father Torvend is for you – if you are unfamiliar with the Episcopal form of Christianity and would like to know more about our distinctive spirituality; if you have been affiliated with another Christian communion but wonder what it might mean to become an Episcopalian; if you are thinking about entering into Christian faith and life through Holy Baptism or were baptized in another Christian community and would like to be received or confirmed in the Episcopal Church. Join Father Torvend for this opportunity to discuss opportunities for adult faith formation and learn about the adult formation schedule for Winter and Spring 2019.
MONDAY BIBLE STUDY – 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. in the Library. The group is nearing the end of studying The First Letter of Peter. It has been a lyrical journey, with its ups and downs and provocative conversations. Join the group in the library on Mondays.
THE MONTHLY READING GROUP – will meet at the home of Florence Sandler at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 16, to discuss The Origin of Satan by Elaine Pagels. All who are interested are welcome to attend. Questions? E-mail Don Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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. December and January Sunday School Classroom dates: 12/16 and 1/6, 1/20.
OUR LIFE OF SERVICE AND ADVOCACY IN COMMUNITY
THE SUCCESSFUL BACKPACK CAMPAIGN - Gratitude abounds for the many, many Christ Church folks who donated a total of 71 backpacks in these last three weeks. They will be used by AIDNW (Advocates for Immigrants in Detention - Northwest) for immigrants who are released from the detention center in the Tacoma tide flats. The packs will replace the plastic bags issued to them to hold their possessions as they are released. Congratulations! You have contributed two weeks' worth of backpacks, something to rejoice about. Doing the Lord's work comes in surprising forms.
LIFE FOOD PACK CHALLENGE - Lots of hearty folks helped last Sunday to assemble 250+ food packs. The biggest amount ever! 200 of those packs will be offered to worshippers next Sunday following the Advent Service of Readings and Carols, to carry with them to give to people in need wherever they may see them. Thanks so very much to all the helping hands, who helped and helped and helped.
MAKING YOUR OWN FOOD PACK- Sometimes folks run out of food packs, or know people who might be interested in learning the art of food packing making. It's easy. Here are the ingredients. 1. A quart-sized plastic zip. 2. A can of nutritious food which has a flip-top lid. 3. A plastic spoon. 4. A small sized juice box. 5. A nutrition bar. 6. A band aid. 7. A wet towelette. If you have problems fitting the can and other materials into the quart bag, try turning the can on its side. Enjoy the process, take pleasure in showing others how to do this, and be thankful in helping someone who is hungry.
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: HOW WE CAN HELP - Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with the Episcopal Dioceses of Los Angeles and Northern California as they coordinate with local congregations to provide emergency support to those affected by the wildfires in Northern and Southern California. Please continue to pray for the individuals and families affected by the wildfires as well as the firefighters, first-responders and clean-up crews. Donations to the US Disaster Fund will help those affected by these devastating fires. To donate, please visit https://www.episcopalrelief.org/us-disaster-fund-page
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. Submit a letter opposing changes in the “public charge” requirements for people/immigrants using government services: explanation and information handout in chapel and on stage. Deadline for submission is December 10, 2018. Monday, December 10, is Human Rights Day: Numerous nonviolent direct action events nation-wide are planned for that day, including one involving more than 200 faith leaders at the border in San Diego, California. Between then and December 18, International Migrants Day, many communities will host solidarity events to stand with the migrant caravans and all who seek refuge around the world. Thursday, December 13, from 5 – 7 p.m., Associated Ministries will hold its quarterly meeting on ending homelessness at Shiloh Baptist Church, 1211 South I Street. December’s Meaningful Movie is The Brainwashing of My Dad, a filmmaker’s examination of the right-wing media through the lens of her father, whose immersion in it radicalized him and rocked the foundation of their family. Free showing at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, December 20, at the Center for Spiritual Living, 207 North J Street; facilitated discussion (optional) follows.
OUR LIFE CELEBRATING THE ARTS
THE VISUAL ARTS
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.
ADVENT READINGS AND CAROLS with the Christ Church Choir, Sunday December 9 at 5 p.m. - Enjoy this festival of timeless hymns and scriptures, with a banquet of choral music by C. Villiers Stanford, Malcolm Archer, William Mathias, and Craig Carnahan and splendid organ music by Dieterich Buxtehude, Marcel Dupré and Wayne Wold. Experience the story of God’s presence in human life, deepening your own understanding of God’s love and redemption. Mother Campbell will offer a reflection on the season. At the conclusion of the service, Food Packs will be distributed to those attending to offer to people in need. Invite your friends to attend with you!
Reminder: There is no Third Friday Noon Organ Concert in December. Next Concert is on January 18 with Wyatt Smith and Natalie Ham, Organ and Flute
THIS WEEK AT CHRIST CHURCH
Sunday, December 9 THE SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT
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 hour in Wells Hall
12:15 p.m. No Room in the Inn?, Library
5:00 p.m. Advent Readings and Carols, Church
Monday, December 10
7:00 p.m. Bible Study, Library Wednesday, December 12
9:00 a.m. Vestry Leadership Team Meeting, off campus
12:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist, Chapel, followed by light lunch and fellowship, Library
6:30 p.m. Finance Committee Meeting, Office Thursday, December 13
7:30 p.m. Choir Rehearsal, Church
Sunday, December 16 THE THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Chapel
9:45 a.m. Explore, Library
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. No Room in the Inn?, Library
6:30 p.m. Monthly Reading Group, Sandler Home