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.
TO MAKE AN END IS TO MAKE A BEGINNING
A MESSAGE FROM THE REV. RILLA BARRETT
Well-known writer T.S. Eliot wrote, “What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.”
When Rev. Dawn said farewell to you almost a year and a half ago, it was a difficult time. Saying farewell is hard – especially with someone you have come to know and to love. But, you knew that, just as T.S. Eliot said, her leaving would signal a new beginning, and so it is. Rev. Susan Mills will begin a new chapter as your vicar here in Blaine beginning next week, on March 1.
In the meantime, know how welcome you have made Revs. Terry, Jo, and me feel during the time we have waited for the new beginning, right alongside you. I shall be with you on Sunday for our last worship together. (Pastor Terry didn’t know that last Sunday when he said that Rev. Susan would be her this Sunday.) Thank you, from the three of us, for including us so warmly into the Christ Church community. Thank you for being flexible and open to change as we, together, navigated these unusual waters of being apart during a pandemic. Thank you for checking in on one another. Thank you for the many ministries that you support and live out together that show your love for each other and for your neighbor. With God’s help, you will continue that good work as you move ahead, from an end to a new beginning.
Along with Terry and Jo, I am grateful for our time together.
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.
UPCOMING BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES
2/27 Mary Rebman
2/28 Jodith Allen
3/4 Steve Windell
3/5 Lisa (GeeGee) Burns
3/9 Emmy Johnson
3/12 Harper Hamilton
3/16 Jerry Mason
3/19 Bruce Smith & Tracie Lamb
3/20 Jim & Jean Savidge
3/20 Gary & Debbie Little
3/20 Cullie Schewe
3/24 Mary Jellison+
3/28 Jay Rozendaal+
3/31 Jean Savidge
In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:
2/28 Good Shepherd, Vancourver; St. Lukes/San Lucas, Vancouver; and St. Anne's Washougal
For peace and healing for...
All those ill with COVID-19
All health care providers
St. Stephen's, Oak Harbor
Steve & Erin and family
For the repose of the soul of...
We give thanks forthe calling of Rev. Susan Mills to our parish, and we pray for safe and smooth transition to her new home in Blaine and Christ Episcopal Church on March 1st, 2021.
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.
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.
Jodith Allen, Jeane Austin, Wendy Dahl, Gary Little, Sexton Pro Tem; Leslie Mason; Eileen Richardson, Secretary; Jim Savidge, Sexton Emeritus; Mary Rebman, 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.