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THIRD SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY


Click here for 1/24/2021 Worship Bulletin

Christ Episcopal Church, 382 Boblett St., Blaine, WA USA
www.christchurchblaine.org

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.
BEST WISHES FOR A BRIGHT FUTURE
A Message from the Interim Clergy Team

Dear Friends,

Writer A.A. Milne wrote, “How lucky I am to have had something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”  Revs. Terry, Jo, and I are experiencing something like that right now. 

When in the late summer of 2019, we were each contacted by the diocese to ask if we would be willing to serve on a clergy team at Christ Church, Blaine, while the search for a new vicar went on there, we each said an emphatic, “Yes!”  It would be lovely, not only to work with the good people in Blaine, but also to work with each other again. 

The three of us held distinctly different places on a clergy team in the Komo Kulshan Cluster in Skagit County for several years.  Rev. Jo was the pastor to the Iglesia Reurreccion congregation; Pastor Terry held the lead Missioner spot for the cluster, and I was the new kid on the block as I transitioned between lay person and clergy during my discernment and later seminary years. During those years we served five different congregations often offering two services on a Sunday morning.  (Ask us about driving in an alb!)

So, to be able to serve together, once again, has been such a blessing, and we have all three felt very glad to get to know you, the members of the congregation of Christ Episcopal Church, and to spend time with you, talking, worshiping, and building the Kingdom of God. 

The transitions due to CoViD were a challenge, but, with you, we have found a way through them.  And now, you have the undeniably good news that your new vicar will be here in a matter of weeks.  More good news.

So, as we each complete our last Sundays with you, we’d like you to know that we think you have a bright future. Your ministries in the Blaine community (Loads of Love, Food Bank donations, Christmas and Thanksgiving Baskets, Coat Drive) all say so much about you – that you are the Body of Christ aware of the needs of your community and you are ready to serve those who are in need, just as the one whom we follow, Jesus of Nazareth did. We know that you will continue in that good work, and we wish you well in your future work together with Rev. Susan. 
 
Faithfully,
Your clergy team, 
The Rev. Jo Beecher, The Rev. Terry Kyllo, The Rev. Rilla Barrett

   

Image credit: Faith Fellowship Ministries of SNJ


VIRTUAL ANNUAL MEETING

Christ Episcopal Church Bishop's Committee has set the Annual Meeting date and time for Sunday, February 7th, 2021 at 11:30am. The entire congregation is encouraged to attend.

The Annual Meeting will be held virtually, via Zoom. We will vote on new Bishop's Committee members and delegates to Convention, review our 2020 budget and celebrate all that we accomplished in 2020.

If you are a ministry leader, please email your annual report to Susan Thomson by 1/29/21. 

HELP FOR HUNGRY NEIGHBORS

Please keep up your generous donations whether food or financial support. As has been reported, we are the only ones who give diapers, baby food, and formula so that type of contribution is always needed. Food donations as well as hygiene items and pet food are always in demand. If you leave donations on the back porch, that works well. Please let Mary Rebman know (360-319-8495). This is what we can do to help and heal our community.

In December, Christ Church Blaine donated 143 pounds of food to the Blaine Food Bank! Thank you to all who remember those in need in our community each month, and to Bruce Smith for delivering food donations each week and collecting our poundage receipts! Our total for the year 2020 was 1,845 pounds!

BISHOP'S COMMITTEE NEWS
To read the full minutes from the most recent Bishop's Committee meeting, click here.

MOMENTS OF GRATITUDE
The Christ Church Bishop's Committee takes a moment at the end of every meeting to express thanks. At the 1/17/21 meeting, we were grateful for:

  • April Thomson for compiling near 100 bulletins for Sundays and special worship occasions for the past 1.5 years. Thank you!
  • Jodith Allen, for volunteering to help with the bulletins until the arrival of our new Vicar in March.
  • Doug Dahl and Myra Ryneheart Corcorran, outgoing Bishop's Committee members, for their three years of service.
  • The Interim Clergy Team, Rev. Jo, Rev. Terry and Rev. Rilla, for their pastoral care and leadership of the parish while we searched for a new Vicar.
  • Employees of Puget Sound Energy, still working through the weekend to restore power all over our state after last week's windstorm. 

UPCOMING BIRTHDAYS

1/22 Emily Williams
1/29 Valerie Hamilton
1/29 Capella Massey
2/3 Caroline Hodgins
2/13 April Thomson
2/27 Mary Rebman
2/28 Jodith Allen

Don't see your name on this list?
Please
email Myra Ryneheart Corcorran to add your birthday and anniversary.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer
The Church of Bangladesh

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:
St. Stephen's, Seattle
St. Alban's, Edmonds

For peace and healing for...
All those ill with COVID-19 
Anthony
Camilo
Colleen
Kevin
Ferris, Tim and family
Health care providers
Jim & Jean
Katherine
Liz
Mike
Rick
Pete S.
Peter & Christen
St. Stephen's, Oak Harbor

For the repose of the soul of Jack Mitchell, and comfort for his family.

Please send your prayer requests to Jodith Allen, prayer list steward, at jodith@maritzia.com. Jodith updates our list and shares it with the prayer team for daily prayers by the prayer team.

ABOUT FAITH@HOME

Our faith is not just something we check in with on Sundays; our faith is how we live lives of meaning and purpose every day of the week, if we will learn to notice and respond to how God is moving.

But this awareness, like anything worthwhile, takes practice. Which is why a weekly discipleship practice of Reading, Reflecting, and Responding to scripture in the context of community is so important.

The devotions on the Faith@Home website have been written with this practice in mind. Use them with friends or family to help you deepen your experience of faith experience from Monday-Saturday.

Faith@Home is developed by Forward Movement and Forma.


TITHES & OFFERINGS

If you normally place your pledge in the offering plate on Sundays, please consider mailing it while worship services are cancelled to 382 Boblett St., Blaine, WA 98230. You may also click on the "Donate Now" button or this link to be connected to the secure giving page on our website. Thank you!

Please note that pledges may be modified or changed, especially if you are experiencing financial hardship during the pandemic. Email Susan Thomson, our pledge secretary, if you need to make any changes.

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PARISH MINISTRY AND LAY LEADER CONTACTS
BISHOP’S COMMITTEE
Doug Dahl, Senior Warden; Mary Rebman, People's 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
MINISTRY LEADERS
  • 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.
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