A Newsletter for Members and Friends 
Tacoma, Washington: Friday, October 19, 2018

Readings: Isaiah 53:4-12; Psalm 91:9-16; Hebrews 5:1-10; Mark 10:35-45
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, NOVEMBER 11, 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 return in January.

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 and grief.
Those in need, especially: Ed and Joanne Davis; Leslie; Kevin; Lindsay; Ethan; Natasha; 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. Safety for those working on our building.
Those who have died: Paul Allen; The donor of the heart received by Kristin B; Barbara Kadden; 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 affected by 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. For missing and exploited children and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Diocesan Prayer Cycle: Chaplains on the Harbor, Westport; St. Christopher, Olympia.
Anglican Prayer Cycle: The Church in Wales; The Most Revd John Davies, Archbishop of Wales and Bishop of Swansea and Brecon.
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.          

UPDATE ON CHURCH ENTRYWAY GLASS PANELS – Replacements for the broken glass panels and door are still being manufactured. Once the work is complete, we’ll provide an accounting of the actual financial cost to us of the vandalism. Please pray for help and healing for Ashley King, the woman who did this damage. The latest information about Ashley is that she failed to make her court appointment last week and there is now a warrant for her arrest.
WORK UNDERWAY ON CHURCH BUILDING EXTERIOR WALLS – The restoration work continues apace Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m., and should be complete around the end of October.

NEW PARISH ADMINISTRATOR DARLENE COLEMAN – We welcome Darlene Coleman to our staff as Parish Administrator. She begins her work this Monday. Darlene has served as Parish Administrator of Fircrest Presbyterian Church and Christ Episcopal Church in Puyallup. She also has extensive experience in property management of apartment complexes. We look forward to the many gifts she brings to her ministry with us.

THE FALL PLEDGE CAMPAIGN to support our life and ministry in 2019 begins next Sunday, October 28Watch for your pledge packet in the mail.
MINISTRY OF THE WEEK – THE CHRIST CHURCH CHOIR – We give thanks this week for the ministry of our Choir and Co-Directors of Music Ministries Kathryn Nichols and Mark Brombaugh. Our all-volunteer choir is made up of parishioners who enjoy learning music, singing together, and offering their musical gifts at the 10:30 liturgy. They support our congregational singing and enhance our worship with anthems and other choral pieces. Kathryn and Mark teach, direct and accompany the choir and plan the year’s liturgical music. They are always happy to have a conversation with those who may be interested in singing in the choir. Contact them at



MARTIN BUBER AND THE VISION OF DIALOGUE: What can Christians learn from a Jewish vision? SUNDAY OCTOBER 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. Peter's letters to the church far away from the Holy Land are good solid reading and filled with plenty to think about. Join us through this Petrine journey, and 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. Many who have participated in this gathering have found it a life-giving experience of support and comfort. Sign up at the glass table in the church entryway. 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.

CHRIST CHURCH 101 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4, after the 10:30 liturgy to 12:15 p.m., in the church. Gather at the eagle lectern in the church for conversation about our worship, formation, and service commitments or anything that comes to mind.

THE LIBERATING MISSION OF JESUS: The Gospel of Saint Luke, Sundays, November 11 and 18, 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the Library.  On the First Sunday of Advent (December 2) Christ Church will join millions of Christians throughout the world as we begin to hear readings from the Gospel of Luke throughout the coming year. In these two classes, Fr. Torvend will offer highlights of this gospel and its distinctive portrait of Jesus, women, the Spirit, the practice of prayer, and music.
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: 10/21, 11/4, 11/18


UNITED THANK OFFERING REPORT - Last Sunday's Ingathering amounted to a fine $749.52. These funds come from offerings of thanks to God that we save in our homes for several months. The proceeds go to help in countless ways throughout the world. There is still time for your contribution before the Christ Church UTO gifts are forwarded to begin God's work in the world. Extra envelopes are available in the narthex and chapel entryway.
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:
          League of Women Voters Candidate Forums for each Pierce County Legislative District, through October 25. Schedule handouts are on the 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. 

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.

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

Monday, October 22
7:00 p.m.    Bible Study, Library
Tuesday, October 23
7:00p.m.     Community Service Leadership Team Meeting, Library
Wednesday, October 24
12:00 p.m.  Holy Eucharist, Chapel, followed by light lunch and fellowship, Library
Thursday, October 25
7:30 p.m.    Choir Rehearsal, 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
Sunday School: children and teachers attend the worship service.
10:30 a.m.  Holy Eucharist, Church, followed by coffee hour in Wells Hall
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