Apologies! the link we sent on Friday was not working,
so we are resending a working link this morning.
"See" you for worship this morning at 10am! 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.
A UNIQUE CONVENTION A Message from The Rev. Rilla Barrett
This year’s diocesan convention was unique in many ways. The fact that it entirely virtual was only the beginning. You will hear more about convention, but I wanted to write to you about one theme during convention that struck me, caused me to look at systemic racism and injustice and then it led me to some hope.
On Saturday morning, we heard the keynote speech, delivered by the Rev. Dr. Bradley S. Hauff. Rev. Hauff, pictured at right, is the Episcopal Church Missioner for the Indigenous Ministries, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff, and he lives and works in Minnesota.
In his very thoughtful and well-delivered address, he set out to share with us a bit about his life growing up as a Native American. He added gentle bits of reflective humor, but did get down to the more serious nature of his life and to some pain he has experienced. The beauty and direction of the Holy Spirit blew through his words. If you'd like to hear his keynote, ckick here.
As Missioner for Indigenous Ministries, Hauff is now responsible for enabling and empowering indigenous peoples and their respective communities within the Episcopal Church. In his work, it is crucial that he fully understands the culture and the lived experiences of indigenous peoples – and he does. He spoke about the history and the pain that native people have suffered in having their land taken from them and then being subjugated to live in a European culture. He (and Bishop Rickel in his convention address) spoke about the idea of reparation. That full reparation for the years of untold pain and loss could ever fully happen is unlikely. Rev. Hauff told us that in his travels around the church, in the discussions he’s had along the way, when occasionally someone might ask him, “What is it that Native peoples want? The land back?” he replies, with his gentle wisdom, “No, that would not be possible, nor is it what is being asked.” He then offers the idea of land acknowledgment. Rather than paying or giving something back, land acknowledgement simply and prayerfully acknowledges – in a corporate way - the loss and the fact that the land upon which our churches stand was all once native land, cared for, stewarded by native peoples. That, he said, is a start. The simple, yet important step of acknowledging that our church, our town, our country is built on land that was once native land represents a profound step in healing for the native people.
The idea is not new to me. As a seminarian at Vancouver School of Theology, I recall that during our worship there was always an acknowledgement of the tribal lands upon which VST stands. The language, during our prayers always went something like, “We give thanks for and acknowledge that the land on which VST is located, is the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xwməθkwəyəm (Musqueam) People.” I believe that a simple acknowledgement of the land once having been stewarded by native people is altogether appropriate during worship.
Currently, during their worship, several congregations in our diocese do acknowledge and give thanks for the native people who once lived on and cared for the land upon which their churches are built. We may want to consider land acknowledgement in our worship too. In the days ahead, you will hear more about convention and perhaps a bit more about land acknowledgement in our worship. I invite you to listen to those conversations and add to them.
The land upon which Christ Church sits once belonged to the Coast Salish People, specifically the Semiahmoo First Nation. In a time of innate separation of people in so many ways, this simple act of statement and thanksgiving may begin the healing process.
Let’s talk about it.
Rilla+ROLE MODEL FOR STEWARDSHIP
by Myra Ryneheart Corcorran
When I was growing up, my grandmother was an excellent role model for stewardship, much to my grandfather's chagrin. Grandpa Rupert was known to grumble that Grandma Katie was "carrying off the groceries" to share with those in need. Those groceries usually manifested themselves in the form of fried chicken, Parker House rolls and pound cake. Yum! Grandma Katie was also known to share her books and magazines with those who were sick or homebound, and to drag her grandchildren (yes, that would be me!) along for home visits. Here we are, circa 1995, sharing a meal with family and friends. That's Grandma Katie, in the center (in blue and white).
Grandpa worked night shift for the power company, and Grandma worked as a librarian for the county prison, so they were not wealthy people. We lived in a small rural town, with limited shopping and limited resources to shop with, so she also kept a supply of extra dishes, furniture and clothing in what we called the "dry room", a tiny room with a slanted roof off one of her upstairs bedrooms. Folks knew they could come to Mrs. Katie Mary's back door for help, whether they needed a prayer, a meal, or an extra bedframe.
If there is among you anyone in need, a member of your community in any of your towns within the land that the Lord your God is giving you...you should rather open your hand, willingly lending enough to meet the need, whatever it may be. -Dt. 15:7a-8
When we went to church each Sunday morning, we sat in a pew that had been given by my grandparents to the church. Grandma Katie always made sure to give me a coin to put in the offering plate, teaching me the importance of participating in stewardship from an early age. Yet it was her service to the church, in the choir, in the church kitchen, as a Sunday School teacher, as a leader of church women, and in visiting the sick, that showed us all that ALL of her life was dedicated to serving the Lord. Flowers from her yard often beautified the altar, and palm fronds, which grew easily in her front yard in Florida, were always used for Palm Sunday celebrations.
I was six years old when my father died of cancer. Perhaps some people had life insurance then, we certainly did not. We struggled financially, I always wore my older cousin's hand-me-downs, and my younger sister wore mine. We were blessed to live on the family farm rent-free, and we always had enough love and enough food. We had an extended family and a church family that surrounded us in prayer, meals, and child care for my mother who had to work. My grandmother's example and my church family taught me very early that we can give, serve and glorify the Lord in any circumstance, and it's important to give generously whenever and however we have the opportunity. Indeed, if we are created in our Loving Creator's image, and if we are seeking to follow Jesus' beloved example, then it follows that our purpose and meaning in life is to give and serve others with all of our lives, and all of our resources.
Some give freely, yet grow all the richer;
others withhold what is due, and only suffer want.
A generous person will be enriched,
and one who gives water will get water. Pr. 11:24-25
At Christ Church Blaine, I have witnessed that same generosity of spirit and sense of family. We pray for one another, we care for one another, we reach out and offer help, whether we can worship in person or not, because we are a family and we are the church. It is one of the reasons it is so important to me to pledge to our church in our town of Blaine. Together, our dollars and donations of time and resources makes such a difference, not only in our own lives, but in the life of our whole community. It is such a JOY to share, and such a blessing to be a part of this Christ Church Blaine in this time and place.
THANK YOU FROM JODITH ALLEN
Editor's Note: We'll miss Zooming with Jodith (pictured middle right) but we hope she'll still Zoom-bomb us occasionally during virtual coffee hour!
Dear sisters and brothers in Christ:
By the time you read this I will be, finally, in Texas.
First off I want to thank each and every one of you for your wonderful gift to Mark and me. Those funds are going to pay most of our trip down to Texas. For someone who has always had trouble making friends and has never felt really at home in a Church community before now, the fact that you all cared enough to make sure our trip was secure just means the world to me.
I’m not just grateful for the funds you donated, though. Even more I am grateful for the warm acceptance I’ve had at Christ Church. I have never felt so welcomed and loved as I have at this Church. Christ Church is such a special place with incredibly special people. It has been my honor to attend and to serve with all of you these last two plus years. In so many ways, I’m very sad to be moving. I will miss you all so much.
I pray that God will continue to bless this small congregation and that many more people will find the warm acceptance that I have found here. God bless you all!
Your sister in Christ,
CALL COMMITTEE UPDATE
The process of calling a new Vicar to Christ Episcopal Church is progressing smoothly. Most of the process is confidential (so forgive the lack of details) but the Call Committee and Bishop's Committee want all of our members to know that progress is being made. Watch this email newsletter for updates.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 (1 year terms, 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 September, Christ Church Blaine donated 119 pounds 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!
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.
NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES
11/4 Peter Smith
11/16 Peter & Myra Corcorran
11/29 Clayton Libolt
all those ill with COVID-19 and all those caring for them
Jim & Jean
Jon & Joni
Rick & Tracy
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.
NOTE FROM THE TREASURER
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.REGATHERING REPORT
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or interest.
VIRTUAL COFFEE CHAT FIRST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH Join us: Sunday, November 1st 10:45am-11:15am
If you are using your LANDLINE OR CELL PHONE, please call +1 253 215 8782
You will be prompted to punch in your meeting ID number followed by #
Meeting ID: 998 6017 5037# You then will be asked to enter your pass code followed by # Passcode: 252225#
Image credit: unitedwalpole.org Things to Know About Zoom Coffee Hour
You'll arrive “muted” (microphone is off):
When you are ready to talk, click the “unmute” button at the bottom left of your screen.
There will be a delay as the Host lets everyone into the meeting. Be patient as it takes a few minutes to join, and for your audio and video to start up.
If you have Zoom on full screen, you will be able to see more people. There is also a small button on the top right of your screen which allows you to switch from “Speaker View” to “Gallery View” so you can see more people!
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.