A Newsletter for Members and Friends 
Tacoma, Washington: Friday, November 16, 2018

Pledge campaign brochures and pledge forms 
were mailed to everyone on the parish mailing list. 
They are also available in the chapel and church entryway. 

Readings: Daniel 12:1-3; Psalm 16; Hebrews 10:11-14, 19-25; Mark 13:1-8
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
Christ Church Information
Links to Diocesan News and Informational Resources
2019 ALTAR FLOWER SIGN UP – The sign-up calendar for donating altar flowers in 2019 is posted in the church entryway. Please sign up for your favorite dates soon.
CHRIST CHURCH THANKSGIVING DAY EUCHARIST – Thursday, November 22 at 10:00 a.m. in the church, followed by a brief reception in the Church entryway. At this liturgy, it’s our custom, as part of the offering, to give wine to be used throughout the year at the Eucharist: Christian Brothers Ruby Port.

Annual Interfaith Celebration of Gratitude at Thanksgiving –  Tuesday, November 20, 7:00 p.m. at First Christian Church, 602 North Orchard Street, Tacoma. For more than a quarter of a century this annual service has brought together people of many faith and spiritual traditions, including Bahá'í, Buddhist, The Center for Spiritual Living, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Native American, Sufi, Unitarian Universalist and others. A reception and fellowship time follows the service. For more information call (253) 426-1506 or email
ADVENT READINGS AND CAROLS  - The Second Sunday of Advent, Dec. 9 at 5 p.m. 
For more about this service of readings from scripture, prayer, song, and reflection on the season and the readings, see Music Notes under Our Life Celebrating the Arts, below.
Those in need, especially: Eunice; Laureen; Ed and Joanne Davis; Kevin; 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; Tom Potter; Richard Polmanteer, brother of Michael Polmanteer; Paul Allen; and all who grieve for them. The victims of the shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue; Maurice Stallard and Vicki Lee Jones, shot and killed in Kentucky
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 missing and exploited children and the National
Center for Missing and Exploited Children. For all affected by California wildfires, especially the people of Paradise, CA, and for fire fighters and rescue workers.
Diocesan Prayer Cycle: Trinity, Everett; St, Philip, Marysville; St. Hilda-St. Patrick, Edmonds.
Anglican Prayer Cycle: Bermuda (Extra Provincial to Canterbury) Bermuda – (Bermuda) The Rt. Revd Nicholas Dill.
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.         

THE FALL PLEDGE CAMPAIGN FOR 2019 – Fall Campaign booklets and pledge forms are available in chapel and church entryways and in the Wells Hall literature rack. This Sunday is our Pledge Ingathering. If you’ve not yet pledged, please take some time to discern what you will commit to support our life and ministry in the coming year, fill out your pledge form, and return it to the collection plate or mail it to the parish office. If you can’t complete your pledge by this Sunday, please try to get it in as soon as you can. The 2019 budget is being developed and it’s important for that process to know what income we can expect.
 Thanks to all who have pledged so far to support our shared life and ministry in 2019.
GOAL: $ 350,000.00
INSTALLATION OF CHURCH ENTRYWAY GLASS PANELS – As of Wednesday, we expect the new glass door to have been installed by Friday the 16th. Please continue to pray for Ashley who has a second competency hearing toward the end of November.
RESTORATION OF CHURCH BUILDING EXTERIOR WALLS – Work continues Monday through Thursday, 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Completion is expected toward the end of November because some of the cracks have proved to be deeper than originally thought. That discovery confirms the Vestry’s decision to deal with this problem right away.

MINISTRY OF THE WEEK – SUNDAY SCHOOL  – We give thanks this week for the ministry of our Sunday School students and teachers who support one another’s growth in the Christian faith and life through a variety of activities and opportunities for learning and service.  


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, Father Torvend will offer highlights of this gospel and its distinctive portrait of Jesus, women, the Spirit, the practice of prayer, and music.

Service in the World - Sunday, November 25 Advocacy for children: Pat Chen - 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in the Library. Pat Chen is a volunteer with CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children. CASA responds to the nearly 700,000 children in the U.S. who experience abuse or neglect each year. Join us to hear Pat discuss her work with CASA. There will be time for conversation and questions.
Advent Quiet Morning: Welcoming the Compassion and Justice of Christ - Saturday, December 1, 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon, Trinity Chapel, the Library, and the Church. This quiet morning offers an oasis of peace and quiet in the midst of much holiday noise. Beginning with Holy Eucharist at 9:00 a.m., three short presentations, inspired by Advent’s famous O Antiphons, will follow, each presentation leading into a time for quiet prayer, reflection, writing in one’s journal, walking, or simply sitting in the chapel or church. Fr. Torvend will lead this quiet morning. Sign up at glass table in the church entryway/narthex.
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.
MONDAY BIBLE STUDY – 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. in the Library. The group is reading some controversial material in the First Epistle of Peter. Come help sort it out on Mondays in the Library. The more the merrier.

THE RACIAL JUSTICE READING GROUP – will read Part V of Ibram X. Kendi's 
Stamped from the Beginning for its meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, December 3, 2018. If you weren’t able to attend the two earlier discussions 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:

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

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: 12/2, 12/16 and 1/6, 1/20.


BACKPACKS FOR IMMIGRANTS - 2 down, 98 to go! Advocates for Immigrants in Detention greets immigrants emerging from the Detention Center five days a week and helps them on their way to family and friends across the country. One of the things Advocates does is furnish the immigrants with backpacks. Let's see if we can collect 100 backpacks in the next three weeks. Advocates for Immigrants gives away 30-40 backpacks per week. Is this a challenge for Christ Church? Certainly. Can we do it? Of course. Check your attics and closets, Goodwill, Value Village and other stores. Inexpensive is fine. Good condition is important. For adults, please. Look for the display and collection place in the church entryway.
AFFORDABLE HOUSING Assistance TACOMA (AHAT) WILL Host Coffee Hour – Sunday, December 2, 2018 - As a way of saying thank you to Christ Church for 30 years of ongoing generosity, care and compassion for those living with HIV/AIDS, AHAT will provide treats for coffee hour on Sunday, December 2, the Sunday closest to World AIDS Day, December 1. World AIDS Day originated at the 1988 World Summit of Ministers of Health on Programs for AIDS Prevention. Every year since then, United Nations agencies, governments and civic society join together to campaign around specific themes related to AIDS. AHAT Board members will be present to greet you and answer questions.  Please join us as we celebrate with you 30 years of ongoing work and support addressing concerns of HIV/AIDS. 
CHRIST CHURCH RECEIVES HUMANITARIAN AWARD FOR OUR WORK WITH AFFORDABLE HOUSING TACOMA – The International Imperial Court System, an organization dedicated to charitable work and advocacy for the LGBTQ community, has honored Christ Church with the Jose Julio Sarria Civil Rights Award. Jose Sarria, a gay man and the founder of the Imperial Court System, was a leader in the gay and lesbian struggle for civil rights that began in the 1960’s. When the AIDS crisis emerged and people with AIDS were shunned by their families, refused treatment by doctors and hospitals, rejected by churches, and even refused burial by funeral homes, Christ Church was instrumental in the founding of AHAT – Three Cedars House, a residence for persons living with HIV/AIDS. The award was presented Saturday November 10 at the annual Imperial Court System Ball and announced in Church last Sunday. The plaque will hang in the church entryway; you can see it at this Sunday’s coffee hour at the Social Justice Advocacy display on the Wells Hall Stage.
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.
Faith Action Network’s Annual Dinner, November 18, 4:30 – 8:00:  Renton Pavilion Event Center (233 Burnett Ave. S., Renton 98057).  To register, go to or call 206-625-9790.
Work to stop the incarceration and separation of families seeking asylum in the United States: space does not permit all the information to be printed here. The foreign policy of the United States has been militarized for decades, has been involved in meddling in Central American elections, and is in large part responsible for the violent conditions which spawned the current situation.  It is past time for us to be good neighbors. Handouts will be available on the Wells Hall stage and on the table in the chapel. 

FOOD BANK FOCUS FOR NOVEMBER – 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. November Focus: Canned tuna, chicken and turkey.



THIRD FRIDAYS AT NOON RECITAL, November 16, 2018 at 12:10 p.m.
Hear Organist Michael Kleinschmidt, Canon Musician at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, Seattle.  He will play music of J. S. Bach, Buxtehude, William Byrd, Michelangelo Rossi, and Jehan Alain. Invite your friends for an uplift in the middle of the day! Donations accepted at the door.

MUSIC AT 9TH AND STEWART -  Gethsemane Lutheran Church in downtown Seattle has announced an exciting new concert series which will support nonprofits working for the relief of immigrants, as well as families experiencing food and housing insecurity. Nonprofit beneficiaries are Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, The Hope Center, The Church Council of Greater Seattle, and Mary's Place.
On Sunday, November 18 at 4 p.m. Organist Mark Brombaugh, our Co-Director of Music Ministries, will play the first recital on their 29-stop, two-manual, Fritts Opus 6 organ. Mark will present a wide-ranging program featuring selections from the Lublin tablature of the Renaissance, plus works by Bruhns, Scheidemann, Bach, and Mendelssohn, and from 20th-century works by Hindemith and Emma Lou Diemer. Gethsemane Lutheran Church is conveniently accessible from I-5, exit 166, and by bus. Admission is $18 general; $10 seniors and students; free for those 12 and under. Tickets available at the door. To see the rest of series offerings, visit their website:  

ADVENT READINGS AND CAROLS with the Christ Church Choir, The Second Sunday of Advent, December 9, at 5:00 p.m. – Add your voice and heart to a festival of timeless hymns and scriptures, and hear a feast of choral music by C. Villiers Stanford, Malcolm Archer, William Mathias, and Craig Carnahan. Mother Campbell offers a reflection on the season and the readings. This is a great way to introduce others to the delights of Christ Church’s liturgical traditions. Consider those you know who would find this a rich experience and extend a warm invitation to attend with you.

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.  The Liberating Mission of Jesus, Library
Monday, November 19
7:00 p.m.    Bible Study, Library
Tuesday, November 20
6:30 p.m.    Vestry Meeting, Wells Hall
7:30 p.m.    Choir Rehearsal, Church
Wednesday, November 21
12:00 p.m.  Holy Eucharist, Chapel, followed by light lunch and fellowship, Library
10:00 a.m. Thanksgiving Eucharist, Church
Friday, November 23  PARISH OFFICE CLOSED


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.  Service in the World, Library
Mail:  310 N. K Street, Tacoma, WA 98403                   
Phone:  253-383-1569 
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Office Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Closed Mondays.
(In inclement weather, the office is closed when Tacoma Schools are closed)

Wardens       Holly Joseph, Senior Warden; Don Ellis, Junior Warden
Members       Cynthia Anthony, Eddie Bang, Tim Chen, Winfield Giddings,
                     Caroline Huckaby,  Carlyle Jacinto, Linda Johnson, Brianne Knudson,
                     Matt Lonsdale, Pam Vidan

The Rev. Janet Campbell, Priest in Charge
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Usual office hours Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday; email for an appointment.
The Rev. Samuel Torvend, Associate Priest for Adult Formation
The Rev. Robert Carver, Priest Associate; The Rev. Bill Tudor, Priest Associate    
The Rev. Kathryn Nichols and Dr. Mark Brombaugh, Co-Directors of Music Ministries,   
Mr. David Dahl, Director of Music Ministries Emeritus
Ms. Darlene Coleman, Parish Administrator
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Ms. Shannon Farley, Office Manager
253-383-1569 x10
Mr. Tim Williams, Sexton 
Ms. Emily Verdonk, Accountant
Thursdays:10:00 – 12:30
Ms. Karen Jeffery, Lead Nursery Attendant;
Ms. Mary Smiley, Nursery Assistant                                           
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