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
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.
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.
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!
For peace and healing for...
All those ill with COVID-19
Ferris, Tim and family
Health care providers
Jim & Jean
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 email@example.com. Jodith updates our list and shares it with the prayer team for daily prayers by the prayer team.
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.
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.
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
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.