Christ Church Happenings - March 11, 2020 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.
Join us for Holy Eucharist, Sundays @ 10:00 am.
PRESIDING BISHOP CURRY: STATEMENT ON CORONAVIRUS
"In this time when we are all affected by the coronavirus,
whether directly or indirectly, whether physically, biologically, psychologically, spiritually,
and for many economically, it may be helpful to remember that we're in this together."
Click on the video to hear the statement in its entirety.
"Look out for your neighbors, look out for each other. Look out for yourselves.
Listen to those who have knowledge that can help to guide us medically and help to guide us socially. Do everything that we can to do this together,
to respond to each other's needs and to respond to our own needs."
CORONAVIRUS SPARKS CHURCH-WIDE CHANGES
If you are serving this Sunday as an Acolyte, Chalicist, Altar Guild or Usher, you are asked to arrive 20 minutes (or earlier) before worship to receive any special instructions.
Our Bishop issued guidelines last week for our common worship, and we will be adhering to these guidelines until we know the danger of passing on this virus to vulnerable members of our community has passed. We urge you to read Bishop RIckel’s entire instruction, which you can do by clicking here.
Here’s what Christ Church will be doing to mitigate the possibility of transmitting the virus:
First, we will continue to hold worship and are not canceling any of our gatherings or planned events right now. Our common life is important in this time. Here are some additional details about prevention measures we will take:
If you have any cold or flu symptoms, please stay home. This is the best way to make sure that you recuperate quickly and do not expose others to illness.
Our shared Eucharist will be restricted to bread. While there is much scientific evidence to support claims that the shared cup is not an infection risk, our Bishop is asking us to suspend the common cup for the time being. The full benefit of the sacrament is available through the bread, and so that is how we will share it. We will still bless a small amount of wine, but it may only be consumed by only the presider.
The clergy will be meticulous about hand washing and sanitizing before passing out the bread. They will also do our best to not touch our hands to yours when we give you the bread.
We will ask you to refrain from touching other people at the Peace. This is a big ask for a lot of us, as we are used to shaking hands or hugging every single person during the Peace. but let's have fun with it. Try a solemn bow, a real smile, an air-high-five. Consider this part of our Lenten discipline, refraining from a joyful practice in order to experience it more fully at a later time.
We will continue to have hand sanitizer available. If you have your own pocket version, bring it to use as well. As you may be aware, supplies are limited. We will also be extra vigilant about wiping down surfaces and sanitizing common areas.
We are also making changes to the way we serve refreshments during fellowship time. Coffee hour teams will serve us during coffee hour, and only serve prepackaged, commercially produced food for a time. They will wear gloves, and sanitize surfaces before and after use. The room may be slightly rearranged to accomodate service.
Our ushers will wear gloves to distribute the bulletins.
We realize that these measures demand some sacrifice on all of us in various ways, and ask that all show grace and understanding with each other in this time. This is an evolving situation, and we will no doubt need to address this situation as it develops, remain flexible as we figure out how to support one another and stay in community.
If you find you are ill, please let a member of the church know, or email our Prayer Team Lead, so that so we can know to pray for you. We all trust in God's care during uncertain times. adapted for Christ Church, Blaine from notes by The Rev. Jonathan Weldon and The Rev. Alissa Newton
LENTEN SOUP & BREAD GATHERING CANCELLED Wednesday Nights, 5:30-7pm in Gibbs Hall March 4, 11, 18, 25 and April 1 and April 8
We regret to inform you all that Lenten Gatherings have been cancelled due to Coronavirus concerns. Please keep one another in prayer, and stay in contact via email or phone as you are able, as we all seek to stay healthy during this virus outbreak.Easter Dinner Baskets:
Conveying Abundance of God's Love
to our Neighbors in Need
“For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.” Mark 14:44
The familiar story of the Widow’s Mite is one of complete generosity. She gave all that she had. Amy Jill Levine, author of Entering the Passion of Jesus invites us to look at what she does in light of what Christ did. He made the decision to go to the cross where he gave his life for all. Levine points out that the woman was in the Temple, a place that welcomed rich and poor alike; a place where all offerings have value and all people are cared for.
What if Christ Episcopal considered the measure of gifts and service as one that calls us to consider where others might receive their next meal? This congregation has risen to goals of pounds of food before. We understand hunger. We strive to be generous with what God has given us. We know that we can meet needs in our community with our Blaine Food Bank contributions. We have filled baskets with food for our sisters and brothers at Loads of Love as well. During this Lenten Season, may we once again act in service and generosity. Easter dinner can be a family event where one meal, conveys to those in need the abundance of God’s love.
Here is a list of what we are collecting for our baskets. Please help in any way you can.
We need funds to purchase hams, fresh vegetables, pies, and cheese. (Please make checks to CHRIST EPISCOPAL for OUTREACH)
5 lb bags of potatoes
1 1b of butter
Biscuits or Dinner Rolls (1 dozen)
Jello (large package)
Canned Fruit for Jello
We will put a complete list of basket needs out in Fellowship hall on Sunday. Thank you for your support!
Episcopal Relief & Development 2020 Lenten Meditations are available for pickup in the parish hall. This free booklet invites daily reflection on the spiritual, physical and emotional lives of children—and our role in nurturing their growth. Produced by Episcopal Relief & Development in partnership with authors of Grow Christians, a resource to teach and nurture the faith in children.
CHRIST CHURCH CALENDAR
2/26-4/4 Season of Lent
3/15 Bishop's Committee Meeting
4/5 Palm Sunday
4/9 Maundy Thursday (5:30pm)
4/10 Good Friday (12:00noon) Stations of the Cross
4/12 Easter Sunday, Easter Egg Hunt
4/19 Bishop's Committee Meeting
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. To learn more, or volunteer to help, contact Susan Thomson.
We have identified a need for hygiene kits for folks who come to do laundry. Consider bringing a baggie with toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, etc. to provide for needs around this ministry. Place donations in the blessing basket in the back of the sanctuary on Sunday mornings.
3/3 Steve Windell
3/5 Lisa (GeeGee) Burns
3/9 Emmy Johnson
3/12 Harper Hamilton
3/16 Jerry Mason
3/20 Cullie Schewe
3/23 Shirley Susich
3/24 Mary Jellison+
3/28 Jay Rozendaal+
3/31 Jean Savidge
If you are serving this Sunday as an Acolyte, Chalicist, Altar Guild or Usher, you are asked to arrive 20 minutes (or earlier!) before worship to receive any special instructions.
March 15, 2020
First Lesson + Psalm: Myra Ryneheart Corcorran
Second Lesson: Debbie Little
Prayers: Leslie Mason
Chalicists: Leslie Mason/Mary Rebman
Ushers: Jeane Austin/Steve Windell
Altar Guild: Leslie Mason
Acolyte: Mary Rebman Coﬀee Hour: Red
March 22. 2020
First Lesson + Psalm: Sue Peeples
Second Lesson: Bruce Smith
Prayers: April Thomson
Chalicists: Jodith Allen/Pete Corcorran
Ushers: Jeane Austin/Pete Corcorran
Altar Guild: Mary Rebman
Acolyte: Myra Ryneheart Corcorran Coﬀee Hour: Green
March 29, 2020
First Lesson + Psalm: Jodith Allen
Second Lesson: Jeane Austin
Prayers: Gwynne Fowler-Briggs
Chalicists: Myra Ryneheart Corcorran/Leslie Mason
Ushers: Jeane Austin/Myra Ryneheart Corcorran
Altar Guild: Debbie Little
Acolyte: Mary Rebman Coffee Hour: Blue VICAR TRANSITION UPDATE
A Call Committee has formed as we wait in hope for a candidate for Vicar for our congregation. The Committee will be responsible for reviewing candidates' materials, meeting with the candidates, and strict confidentiality is required.
Christ Church's position has been posted on the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia's job listings, so we are making progress!
Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a priest for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen (BCP, p. 818, Prayer 13).
DIOCESE OF OLYMPIA
All dates subject to change, due to Coronavirus concerns.
4/27-4/28 BISHOP'S LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE, Port Townsend. The Diocese of Olympia’s Office of the Bishop is pleased to bring back “The Bishop’s Leadership Conference: Size to Size, Strength to Strength” – a conference that explores what it means to be faithful, healthy, and effective in your church’s current, local context and help you discern if God is calling your congregation to grow in new ways. Over the course of the week, each church will attend two days of the conference. The first day, connect and network with other churches of similar size to share and discover strengths specific to your congregational size. On the second day, learn more about how growth would look by joining the next congregational size up! More details and registration info will be coming soon, so mark your calendars! Visit with last year's attendees...Myra Ryneheart Corcorran or Doug Dahl...if you have any questions about the conference.
6/21-6/27, COLLEGE FOR CONGREGATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, Federal Way. The College is a comprehensive training program that seeks to nurture and develop congregational development practitioners from within existing parish lay and clergy leadership. The program draws on a) organization development theory and practice, b) congregational development theory and practice, c) theory and practice related to healthy, responsive leadership and ) current and traditional understandings of Anglican/Episcopal ethos, culture, spirituality and ways of being the church today. The training consists of readings, presentations, experiential exercises, application activities, and back-home projects and will be offered in two formats:
Four 2-day sessions for each of two consecutive years, or
Two seven-day intensive sessions over two consecutive summers.
For more information, visit www.cdcollege.org or visit with previous year's attendees...Myra Ryneheart Corcorran or April Thomson...if you have any questions about the conference.
10/23-10/24 DIOCESAN CONVENTION, Seatac, WA. The Diocesan Convention is held annually for clergy and lay delegates to conduct diocesan business. This includes electing individuals to offices and deputations, admitting worshiping communities as missions or parishes, and voting on resolutions. The bishop also gives an annual address. Visit with previous year's attendees...Jodith Allen, Mary Rebman, or April Thomson...if you have any questions about the convention.
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.