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.
MOMENTS OF GRATITUDE
When Christ Church's Bishop's Committee meets each month, a part of our agenda includes "Moments of Gratitude," where we give thanks for the work and ministries of our church. We'd like to share some of the moments that have been mentioned during the past three months.
for the good weather and last week's outdoor service
to the Loads of Love team for the joyful service to the Blaine community, and for the relationships established with local families that we are serving
to Boni Merrill for assuming maintenance of the worship leaders list
to Jeane Austin for working on the going away gift for Jodith & husband Mark. They will be missed!
to Bruce Smith for managing the COVID protocol for the outdoor service
to Mary Rebman for her work maintaining the flower beds during the pandemic
to Bruce Smith for his faithful mowing of the church lawn
to Doug Dahl, Myra Corcorran and Susan Thomson for their tech support, enabling Facebook Live Stream from the church each Sunday
to Carl Bradley for playing the organ during online worship
to St. Paul's Episcopal Church, for donating over $3,000 to Loads of Love
to Myra Corcorran for her work on the new parish directory
to Jeane Austin for her help in mailing the parish directory to all households of our church
to April Thomson for preparing the weekly service bulletins in the absence of a Vicar
to Myra Corcorran for her excellent work on the weekly parish newsletter
Rev. Debbie Little delivering the sermon at last week's outdoor service. Photo credits: Kim J. Byford.
This year’s Coat Drive and Distribution will look a bit different due to COVID concerns, but we are grateful that we will still be able to provide coats and other winter clothing items to keep our neighbors warm this winter. We are also grateful for your partnership in this.
DONATION REQUIREMENTS: The first change is in how we need items turned in. Any used items must be freshly laundered. All donated items, new or used, must be enclosed in a plastic bag before being dropped off. It is fine to have multiple items in one bag. If you are able to provide some bags near your collection box in case people forget to bring them already in a bag, that would help facilitate this new requirement that people will not be used to. The donated items will be allowed to sit untouched for several days before being processed to protect our volunteers.
DONATIONS NEEDED: Items needed include good quality used or new winter coats, hats, gloves, and socks. XXL and XXXL sizes for men and women, as well as toddler sizes, are always in high demand. We ask people to limit their donations to these outerwear items, as we will not be able to handle sweaters and other types of clothing this year.
DONATION DEADLINE: The deadline for donations for churches is Sunday, September 27. Please have a representative from your church deliver any donations you collect to Freedom Community Church, 508 G Street, Blaine, on Monday, September 28, 9 am – 1 pm. Please deliver in the original plastic bags that the clothing is donated in. If you are not able to deliver the donations during these hours, please contact our Coat Drive Director, Amee Nelson, at 360-319-0269 or firstname.lastname@example.org to make other arrangements. Amee is happy to stop by to pick up your donations, if that is easier.
COFFEE HOUR CHANGES FIRST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH Instead of every Sunday, we will begin meeting the FIRST Sunday of each month. Watch next week's email newsletter for updated details and Zoom login.
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 August, Christ Church Blaine donated 65 pounds to the Blaine Food Bank. Thank you!
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.REST IN PEACE AND RISE IN GLORY
Jerry Jenkins, a former parishioner of Christ Church, died on August 30, 2020. He was at home with Hospice Care. A small service was held last week. If you would like to send a card to Sharon Jenkins, her address is 627 Parkstone Way, Folsom, CA 95630.
For health and strength for Firefighters and Emergency Responders in the Pacific Northwest and all Health Care Providers.
For the repose of the soul of Jerry Jenkins, and comfort for Sharon and family as they mourn his loss.
For discernment and clarity for the Christ Church Call Committee.
For peace and healing for...
all those ill with COVID-19
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.
SEEKING COFFEE HOUR HOSTS
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.
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.