The Isenheim Altarpiece, c.1512 - c.1516 - Matthias Grünewald - WikiArt.org
The Isenheim Altarpiece is an altarpiece sculpted and painted by, respectively, the Germans Niclaus of Haguenau and Matthias Grünewald in 1512–1516. It is on display at the Unterlinden Museum at Colmar, Alsace, in France.
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.
PRESIDING BISHOP'S CHRISTMAS MESSAGE 2020
"Joy to the world! The Lord is come. In your hearts, in your homes,
in your lives, prepare him room."
Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry (pictured below) said in his Christmas Message 2020. Click on the image above to watch the video.
Perhaps like me, you’ve sung this hymn for years – in church, at home with your family, gathered with friends and neighbors. Perhaps you’ve sung it to yourself – in your car, on a walk, or quietly in the dark of night. Joy to the world!
While we may not feel joyful this year – as the pandemic of disease continues to bring sickness and death, when fear and mistrust – a darkness – threatens to overcome the light – we, as followers of Jesus Christ must bear joy to this aching world. We must shine light into the darkness. Joy to the world!
Like much in our lives, proclaiming joy is difficult work – also good and essential work – especially now. Though we mourn that which is lost in our lives, our families, and our communities – Joy to the world!
While we strive to pull up the twisted and thorny vines of hatred and bigotry and anger – Joy to the world!
Through streaming tears and gritted teeth – Joy to the world! – because God is breaking into our lives and into this world anew.
While this is a strange year, the ministry He gives us remains the same. We will prepare him room in our hearts by taking on the ministry Jesus demands of us: feed those who are hungry; welcome the stranger; clothe those who are naked; heal those who are sick; visit the prisoner. Love God. Love your neighbor. Sing joy into this old world. Prepare him room.
St. Luke writes of the first Christmas, “[Mary] gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” There, in the simplest bed, in the cool of the night, in a trough, in bands of cloth, lies the One for whom no room was made. And yet strangely, there lies the One whom not even the universe can contain.
Joy to the world! The Lord is come. In your hearts, in your homes, in your lives, prepare him room.
God love you; God bless you; and may God hold us all in those almighty hands of love.
Please Join us for our first on-line Backstage @ the Border concert and LOADS OF LOVE fund raiser. The Band! (Pictured at right, Peter Smith, Susan Thomson and Kelly Porter) will be singing and playing some of our favorite songs and Christmas carols. We hope you'll drop by and watch and make a donation to Loads of Love.
Loads of Love is still meeting basic needs during the Covid-19 pandemic on the first and third Mondays of the month, from 5-7:30 pm. We cover the cost of laundry at The WashHouse in Blaine, WA. Our little program seen an almost doubling amount of need for these services since the onset of the pandemic. Please donate if you can! Every little bit helps!
CONVENTION LINKS AVAILABLE
The 110th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia was held October 23-24, as we gathered virtually for workshops and worship, assembling remotely to do the work of the diocese. Peruse the Diocesan Convention webpage to see how we came together and connected as the Body of Christ.
PLEDGES DUE NOW Please mail your pledge cards to the church as soon as possible.
You may also email your pledge intention to email@example.com. Thank you! to those who have sent in their pledges already. We appreciate your faithful responses.
OPPORTUNITIES TO SHARE
Mary Helen Windell Outreach Committee Updates by Debbie Little
The COVID-19 Pandemic has changed many things about church but it does not change that we are the church. Christ Episcopal Church becomes the physical presence of Jesus Christ in the Blaine community we serve. We have many opportunities to be known. Ongoing is the Blaine Food Bank which is dependent on our offerings and grateful that we have been continuing to contribute from our abundance. Thank you to all who keep up this support. God Bless Us All
During the past few weeks, we've shared our financial gifts to help provide Thanksgiving meals and toys for children in our community. We invite you to help provide Christmas dinners this month:
LOADS OF LOVE CHRISTMAS FOOD BASKETS
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we are purchasing all the food at one time and putting together the boxes which will be distributed at Loads of Love on Monday, December 21. It is a full turkey dinner with all the trimmings and pies. Please send your donations to the church marked: Christmas Food Baskets.
OPEN POSITIONS - VOLUNTEER NOW!
We have open positions on the Bishop's Committee (3 year terms, with the Committee meeting once per month) and also need folks to serve as Delegates and Alternates to Diocesan Convention (2 year commitment, one weekend per year) next year. If you have an interest in serving as a leader of our parish or attending Diocesan Convention, please let any member of the Bishop's Committee know. Terms start after the annual meeting in January 2021.FOOD BANK DONATIONS NEEDED
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 October, Christ Church Blaine donated 64 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!
MOMENTS OF GRATITUDE At the end of each Bishop's Committee meeting, the members take a few moments to express gratitude for the blessings of the parish during the past month. At the last meeting, the following were shared:
Susan Thomson and The Rev. Rilla Barrett, for securing two grants for our church from the Diocese.
April Thomson, for stepping in to serve as Clerk while Eileen was preparing and recovering from surgery this fall/winter, and for agreeing to create the worship bulletin for the past year in the absence of a Vicar.
Jodith Allen, for all of the work she has done for Christ Church (prayer list steward, re-entry plan research and writing, coffee hour Zoom host, and more)
Myra Ryneheart Corcorran, for creating and compiling our re-entry survey and editing the church newsletter.
The Rev. Rilla Barrett, The Rev. Jo Beecher, and Rev. Terry Kyllo - our supply clergy - for all of their support during this interim time without a permanent Vicar.
LOADS OF LOVE
This vital ministry of Christ Church Blaine provides laundry money, detergent, dryer sheets, and refreshments at The Washhouse on 3rd Street on the first and third Mondays from 5-7:30pm. Social distancing measures are being followed during this time for the safety of volunteers and program participants. To learn more, or volunteer to help, contact Susan Thomson.
DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES
12/2 Debbie Little
12/13 Peter Corcorran
12/16 Justin Taylor
12/31 Joe Reig
All those ill with COVID-19 and all those caring for them Anthony
Christ Church Call Committee
Jim & Jean
Rick & Tracy
Peter & Christen
St. Stephen's, Oak Harbor
Please send your prayer requests to Jodith Allen, prayer list steward, at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
SEEKING COFFEE HOUR HOSTS
Volunteers are welcome to "host" virtual coffee hour.Is this something you feel called to do? Duties could include one or more of the following: 1) signing into the meeting 5 minutes prior and admitting folks to the Zoom meeting 2) serving as conversation facilitator and tech advisor as needed and/or 3) providing conversation questions or themes each week. Training and support provided. Contact email@example.com with questions or interest.
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.