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.
IN THIS LIMINAL SPACE
A Message fromThe Rev. Rilla Barrett
As we dwell in this in-between time, we dip into the source of our being and find strength. In this liminal space, we are betwixt and between, almost as if we have left a room, but aren’t quite into the next room. February and early March and our “regular” lives, schedules, work and worship are behind us, and we are here, waiting for what is to come in what may be a new way. It is clearly a time of uncertainty, for while we long to return to life as it was then, we are uncertain about re-entering it as it was. Dare we enter that life again? And how and when? In-between leaves us uncertain, but we are Easter people and we recognize our way.
Someone I know who is experiencing some of life’s bumps, recently said to me, “Yesterday, in the midst of the difficulties, I felt peace and a strength I didn’t know I had. It was with me all day, and I knew it.” This type of experience is not foreign to us as children of our loving God. Even in the midst of disorienting, mundane, ongoing liminal time, we know our strength. As we wait for what will be, we are surrounded by the light of what was and is.
In her book Waking Up To This Day: Seeing the Beauty Right Before Us, author Paula D’Arcy offers us this wisdom.
“Hardly anything turns out the way you expected it to, and you’re frequently ready to write life off as too paradoxical and too difficult to endure. Then some indescribable light fights its way through the impenetrable dark.”(p. 53)
May we each know that indescribable light and its source. Peace and grace as you dwell in the in-between.
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WHAT WOULD LOVE DO? A Word to the Church by The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry
Presiding Bishop and Primate, The Episcopal Church
Click on the video image. to hear the sermon in its entirety. Image credit: episcopalchurch.org
In the midst of this COVID-19 pandemic, we are now at another one of those threshold moments when important and significant decisions must be made on all levels of our global community for the good and the well-being of the entire human family. In this moment, we would like to share with you a Word to the Church: What Would Love Do? (Companion resources available here; https://episcopalchurch.org/concerning-covid19.)CHRIST CHURCH CALENDAR
5/17 Bishop's Committee Meeting
5/18 Loads of Love
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
Please continue to send your pledges by mail to Christ Church, Blaine. 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.
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.