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.
STRANGE AND HOLY JOURNEYS
A Message fromThe Rev. Terry Kyllo
I am reminded these days of the many strange journeys in our tradition.
Abraham and Sarah left Ur to begin a journey to a new way to organize human community.
Joseph was placed in hole in the ground and forced to go to Egypt, only to save his family who sent him there.
Moses was sent down the river, escaped to the wilderness, sent back to lead his people out of Egypt.
The people left and spent 40 years in the wilderness.
Elijah went on a journey to feel an earthquake a strong wind and the still small voice of God.
Jesus left the muddy waters of the Jordan river to spend 40 days in the dessert, only to be tempted away from God after.
Philip made his own journey to the desert and blessed the eunuch from Ethiopia.
The people who undertook these journeys did not know their outcome when they began. Uncertainty was their constant companion, only answered with their leap into faith, their trust to take the next step.
We are also on a journey, as individuals, as a congregation, as a nation, as the human race.
God invites us to take the next step and to trust that God will be before, behind, above and beneath us.
Every holy journey includes rest, sleep, take days off, laugh and have some fun. I encourage you to find ways to enjoy this challenging journey knowing that God is with us.
REV. RILLA APPOINTED
REMOTE SUPPLY PRIEST In this role, Rev. Rilla will serve as "Point Person" for the Clergy and Lay Leadership; and a first contact for parishioners requesting pastoral calls.
Connecting and Communicating
In the past months I’ve certainly enjoyed getting to know the Christ Church congregation. Along with Rev. Jo Beecher and Pastor Terry Kyllo, I have also enjoyed serving you in word and sacrament on Sunday mornings as you have gone through the call process for a new vicar. With the changes caused by the pandemic, we looked for new ways to connect with the congregation and it seemed prudent to make communicating with the congregation more defined. And so, in early April, I became the Remote Supply Priest. This is a title given by the diocese and as Senior Warden Doug Dahl and I worked together with them, we became more aware of the ways your supply priests can better serve all of you.
Point Person for Clergy, Lay Leaders and Pastoral Calls
I am glad to serve in this position, sort of the “Point Person” for the clergy, and the communicator with the leadership in the congregation. I attend Bishop’s Committee meetings and other leadership meetings representing the clergy and I am the contact for you if you should need or want a pastoral call. As we are all discovering, this time of uncertainty and separation is hard on all of us, and sometimes just talking to someone is quite beneficial. If you’d like to talk to Jo or Terry, I can put you in touch with them as well. We work together as a team. Please call, text, or email me with any needs. email@example.com 360.770.8061.
Call Process on Hold
Your call committee has done a good job, but for now things are temporarily on hold. The Office of the Bishop has wisely put a stop to all the call processes in the diocese until we are able to be together face to face. This means that in the weeks and months to come, we shall continue to be a community together in this new virtual way. We shall continue to love and serve God by worshiping and by loving and serving each other. A new vicar, for whom we pray, is waiting and will arrive when the time is right. You are each beloved by God and are in our prayers.
The Hospitality Chairs (Jeane and Leslie) and the Bishop's Committee would like to invite volunteers to step forward 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.
FREE MENTAL HEALTH WEBINARS May 24, 3pm
May 28, 1:30pm
On Sunday May 24th at 3 pm. St. Mark's Cathedral will offer a webinar entitled "Trying Times: Stress, Anxiety, Depression and Grief—How to Tell the Difference" All are welcome. Register here for the May 24 Webinar.
The Office of Bishop will also offer a webinar around mental health and wellness on May 28th. It will be open to all and will be held from 1:30 pm. -3:00 p.m. It will be facilitated by Renee Balodis-Cox, LMHC, MA, MS. Renee has taught in the diocese before.
She has degrees in Community Counseling and Behavioral Physiology, FBI-trained in Hostage Negotiation, Crisis trainer for Washington State Law Enforcement, counseling with first responders and their families, as well as other clientele with anxiety, stress, and relationship
The webinar is entitled “Survive or Thrive? Can we manage both?” We will discuss ideas for staying healthy, resilient, and how to identify & decrease stress and anxiety…and help others do the same. We will address our “PIES” … Physical, Intellectual, Emotional, and Spiritual health.
Christ Episcopal Church's Bishop's Committee met last Sunday, 5/17/20 via Zoom (pictured above). Here are a few highlights from the meeting that may be of interest to the parish:
Susan Thomson and Jodith Allen just completed an update to our church website. Please take a few moments to visit our site. We have added a giving page to make it easier for members and visitors to make online donations. Susan Thomson has also added a donation post to our Facebook page.
We have received some guidance from our Bishop with protocols for reopening the church as our state begins to relax restrictions on gathering together. A task force was formed to make recommendations for the Bishop's Committee and Wardens to review. We will continue to offer online worship for at least a few more months. Watch this newsletter for updates as we research and plan together. The committee is comprised of April Thomson, Jodith Allen, Gary Little and Mary Rebman.
CHRIST CHURCH CALENDAR
5/31 Pentecost Sunday
6/1 Loads of Love
6/15 Loads of Love
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.
MAY BIRTHDAYS 5/11 Brad Siefkes
5/12 Wendy Dahl
5/12 Curt Gerner
5/16 Bruce Smith
5/23 Shannan Trautmann
5/25 Summer Cushman
5/31 Henry Trautmann
5/26 Brooke Finley
MAY ANNIVERSARIES 5/2 Jory Mickelson & Justin Taylor
5/7 Matt & Pauline Emerick
5/17 Carl & Mary Bradley
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 here 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, 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.