Christ Church Happenings - February 19, 2020 Christ Episcopal Church
382 Boblett St., Blaine, WA USA
Christ Episcopal Church is an affirming and inclusive Christian community. Our members and leaders strive through love, worship and service to welcome all people just as God created them. No matter where you are on your journey of faith, our welcome knows no boundaries of age, race, ethnicity, culture, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, or economic condition. We believe that God delights in the diversity of creation and so do we.
Join us for Holy Eucharist, Sundays @ 10:00 am.
PASS THE SYRUP...
IT'S (almost) SHROVE TUESDAY
Celebrated the day before Ash Wednesday, Shrove Tuesday is the final day before the 40-day period of Lent begins. This year Shrove Tuesday falls on February 25, and we will celebrate at Christ Episcopal Church in Blaine at 5:30pm with eggs, pancakes, syrup, ham and all the trimmings. All are welcome to join us for feasting and fellowship next Tuesday night in Gibbs Hall.
Shrove Tuesday's name comes from the Germanic-Old English word “shrive,” meaning absolve, and it is the last day of the liturgical season historically known as Shrovetide. Because it comes directly before Lent, a season of fasting and penitence, this was the day that Christians would go to be “shriven” by their confessor.
Shrove Tuesday also became a day for pre-fasting indulgence. In particular, the need to use up rich ingredients such as butter, milk, sugar and eggs before Lent gave rise to the tradition of eating pancakes on this day.
For Episcopal and Anglican churches across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, Shrove Tuesday means gathering for a pancake supper. Many churches host dinners or luncheons, serving pancakes usually with a range of toppings, fruit and sides like bacon or sausages.
There are even historical references to a “pancake bell” in English towns being rung around 11am on this day to signal that it was time to get frying.
Other countries across the globe celebrate with different dishes.
In Spain, the day is named día de la tortilla, or “omelette day,” and the traditional food is an omelette made with sausage or pork fat. In Madeira, Portugal and Hawaii, malasadas —doughnut-like, sugar-coated confections — are eaten.
In Iceland, people traditionally gorge on salted meat and peas (pictured at left) on the day illustratively called Sprengidagur (“Bursting Day”). Green pea soup and a whipped-cream-filled pastry are the orders of the day in Finland and Estonia.
Louisiana famously celebrates Mardi Gras (French for “Fat Tuesday”) on this day, a carnival that includes a giant parade through the city. Other countries, including Brazil, Belgium, the Cayman Islands, France, Russia and Ukraine, hold Mardi Gras celebrations with carnivals and festivals. Adapted from The Anglican Journal (2/12/18) by Myra Ryneheart Corcorran. Photo credits: allrecipes.com, twitter.com
If you see a full parking lot this Saturday...here's why! Christ Episcopal Church is sharing space with St. Paul's Episcopal Church for their annual Vestry Retreat this Saturday, February 22nd from 9am-3pm. Myra Ryneheart Corcorran will be on site all day to host the event. If you have work in and around the church this weekend, please plan to visit before or after the retreat.CHRIST CHURCH CALENDAR
2/25 Shrove Tuesday (5:30pm)
2/26 Ash Wednesday (5:30pm) Holy Eucharist With Imposition of Ashes
2/26-4/4 Season of Lent
4/5 Palm Sunday
4/9 Maundy Thursday (5:30pm)
4/10 Good Friday (12:00noon)
4/12 Easter Sunday, Easter Egg Hunt
LOADS OF LOVE
This vital ministry of Christ Church Blaine provides quarters, detergent and refreshments at The Washhouse on 3rd Street on the first and third Mondays from 5-7:30pm. To learn more, or volunteer to help, contact Susan Thomson.
LOADS OF THANKS
Dear Christ Church Family,
I’m not very good with words. I get tongue tied when trying to speak in front of people. So I’m going to try and put down my thoughts and feelings in a note.
The love and generosity you all have shown to April and me through my time in the hospital and since is overwhelming. At first I was uncomfortable because neither of us is good at asking for or receiving help. But after sitting with this for a couple of weeks (and taking fewer pain pills) I have been shown that our church family is kind hearted, caring, sensitive, compassionate, always willing to help others in need. This is something I have always known on one level, but when on the receiving end of this love it is breathtaking and humbling.
Thank you all for the prayers, the food, the visits, covering my commitments in the church, and the money that helped allow April to stay in Seattle and care for me during my unexpected 23 days in the hospital. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
2/3 Caroline Hodgins
2/13 April Thomson
2/27 Mary Rebman
2/28 Jodith Allen
February 23, 2020
First Lesson + Psalm: April Thomson
Second Lesson: Jodith Allen
Prayers: Gwynne Fowler-Briggs
Chalicists: Myra R. Corcorran / Peter Corcorran
Ushers: Jeane Austin / Leslie Mason
Altar Guild: Leslie Mason
Acolyte: Myra Ryneheart Corcorran Coffee Hour: Green
March 1, 2020
First Lesson + Psalm: Carl Bradley
Second Lesson: Jeane Austin
Prayers: Gwynne Fowler-Briggs
Chalicists: Jodith Allen / Pete Corcorran
Ushers: Jeane Austin / Myra Ryneheart Corcorran
Altar Guild: Mary Rebman
Acolyte: Mary Rebman Coffee Hour: Blue
VICAR TRANSITION NEWS - CALL COMMITTEE FORMING
A Call Committee is being formed as we wait in hope for a candidate for Vicar for our congregation. The Committee will be responsible for reviewing candidates' materials, meeting with the candidates, and strict confidentiality is required. 5-7 members are needed, and we have some suggested guidelines from the Canon to the Ordinary regarding Committee makeup. Nominations will be considered by the Bishop's Committee. If you would like to nominate someone or volunteer for this Committee, please contact Doug Dahl.
Christ Church's position has been posted on the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia's job listings, so we are making progress!
Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a priest for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen (BCP, p. 818, Prayer 13).
OTHER COMMUNITY WORSHIP AND LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
IN WHATCOM COUNTY & THE DIOCESE OF OLYMPIA
3/7 BETTER TOGETHER 2020. Looking for inspiration and fresh ideas as you plan your congregation’s faith formation program for 2020? Seeking creative solutions to address your program’s time and financial limitations? Or are you in need of some time for connection and collaboration with other faith formation colleagues? Join the Diocese of Olympia March 7 at St. Margaret, Bellevue for Better Together, a day-long conference for church staff, clergy, volunteers, and anyone who works in their congregation’s faith formation! The conference includes an inspiring keynote address from faith formation guru Sharon Ely Pearson, 12 distinct workshops from four different tracks, opportunities for regional networking with other faith formation colleagues, and time for worship as a community of formation leaders in the Diocese of Olympia! So register today and go back to your congregations, inspired, refreshed, with some new ideas and some new connections, ready to take on your faith formation journey in 2020!Registration includes continental breakfast and lunch.Childcare is available for $10 per child for the entire day. Please pack snacks and a lunch for your child. Register here: https://ecww.org/event/better-together-2020/.
4/27-4/28 BISHOP'S LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE, Port Townsend. The Diocese of Olympia’s Office of the Bishop is pleased to bring back “The Bishop’s Leadership Conference: Size to Size, Strength to Strength” – a conference that explores what it means to be faithful, healthy, and effective in your church’s current, local context and help you discern if God is calling your congregation to grow in new ways. Over the course of the week, each church will attend two days of the conference. The first day, connect and network with other churches of similar size to share and discover strengths specific to your congregational size. On the second day, learn more about how growth would look by joining the next congregational size up! More details and registration info will be coming soon, so mark your calendars! Visit with last year's attendees...Myra Ryneheart Corcorran or Doug Dahl...if you have any questions about the conference.
6/21-6/27, COLLEGE FOR CONGREGATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, Federal Way. The College is a comprehensive training program that seeks to nurture and develop congregational development practitioners from within existing parish lay and clergy leadership. The program draws on a) organization development theory and practice, b) congregational development theory and practice, c) theory and practice related to healthy, responsive leadership and ) current and traditional understandings of Anglican/Episcopal ethos, culture, spirituality and ways of being the church today. The training consists of readings, presentations, experiential exercises, application activities, and back-home projects and will be offered in two formats:
Four 2-day sessions for each of two consecutive years, or
Two seven-day intensive sessions over two consecutive summers.
For more information, visit www.cdcollege.org or visit with previous year's attendees...Myra Ryneheart Corcorran or April Thomson...if you have any questions about the conference.
10/23-10/24 DIOCESAN CONVENTION, Seatac, WA. The Diocesan Convention is held annually for clergy and lay delegates to conduct diocesan business. This includes electing individuals to offices and deputations, admitting worshiping communities as missions or parishes, and voting on resolutions. The bishop also gives an annual address. Visit with previous year's attendees...Jodith Allen, Mary Rebman, or April Thomson...if you have any questions about the convention.
Doug Dahl, Senior Warden; Mary Rebman, Junior Warden;Jodith Allen, Gary Little, Sexton Pro Tem; Eileen Richardson, Secretary; Myra Ryneheart Corcorran; Jim Savidge, Sexton Emeritus; Bruce Smith, Peter Smith,April Thomson STAFF
Carl Bradley, Organist
Mary Rebman, Housekeeping
Eileen Richardson, Treasurer
Susan Thomson, Bookkeeper and Guitarist/Choir Leader
Altar Guild: Mary Rebman
Children’s Giving Garden: Wendy Kunst-Massey
Choir/Music Committee: Susan Thomson
Crafters: Eileen Richardson, Caroline Hodgins
Garden Team: Brooke Finley
Hospitality: Jeane Austin, Leslie Mason
Outreach: Susan Thomson
Prayer Team: Myra Ryneheart Corcorran
Ushers: Jeanne Austin
Want to get more involved?See our list of contacts/ministry leaders if you feel called to help in a particular area of worship or parish life. We’ll be happy to answer your questions, and we welcome your help.