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.
Transfiguration, by Raphael, 1520, unfinished at his death. (Pinacoteca Vaticana) Public domain. PATIENCE
A message from The Rev. Rilla Barrett
As a little girl, I remember my mother encouraging me to be patient. Patient for the days to pass before Christmas, patient for the end of the school year, patient for my birthday to come. Patient. As a mother, I have encouraged the same trait in my three, now adult, children. Patience is a virtue, I have told them, just as my mother told me. I think they are now fairly patient adults, dealing with their own children and life’s challenges, and I trust I have been a patient parent for them– for the most part.
But patience these days is hard. For a year we have all waited for schools to restart in-person learning, for our family traditions to take back up, for a real vacation, and for our own routines to become routine once again. We have, as a church family, waited to regather, to see one another, for the new vicar to come, and for the time when we gather around the altar to share Communion. As a people we long for an end, or a mediation, to this horrible pandemic, an end to precious lives lost so regularly. We ache for their pain and for their families. And we ask when will this end? And now, with several really effective vaccines in sight, we find that the demand far exceeds the supply, and that booking an appointment for an injection of these life-saving vaccines is very, very difficult – even and especially in so many distinct parts of our population. We are told, once again, to be patient.
Patience is a human characteristic that is fed and strengthened by our faith in God. Patience says that I am able to accept delay without becoming upset, that I have faith that the thing longed for will become real – just not by my own timetable. Being patient calls me to dip deeply into my well of spiritual strength and apply it to the situation in front of me. I can be patient because I feel hopeful in the end result…no matter when it comes. What is it that might make you impatient and how do you get through it?
This Sunday is Transfiguration Sunday, the Last Sunday after the Epiphany. The lesson from Mark’s gospel tells the story of Jesus and three of the disciples climbing the mountain where Jesus appeared to glow and then came the voice of God naming him Beloved. God’s Son, God’s Beloved. Each of us is also God’s Beloved, gifted with strength, endurance, and God’s Spirit. Each of us has a well-spring of Spirit-provided strength within us.
In these days to come, we will be told again in so many ways to be patient. We may not think we can wait another minute, but with God's help, we can.
“Rejoice in hope,
be patient in tribulation,
be constant in prayer.” -Romans 12:12
May you find patience welling up inside of you. May your source of strength be evident to others.
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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!
2/13 April Thomson
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 Anglican Cycle of Prayer:
2/14 The Anglican Church of Canada
2/21 The Church of the Province of Central Africa
2/28 The Anglican Church of Central America
In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:
2/14 St. James, Cathlamet and St. Timothy, Chehalis
2/21 St. Stephen's, Longview; St. Peter's, Seaview; and All Saints', Vancouver
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
Peter & Christen
St. Stephen's, Oak Harbor
For the repose of the soul of...
We give thanks for the 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 next month.
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.
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.