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Christ Church Happenings - April 1, 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 a Facebook Live Stream with The Rev. Rilla Barrett
Sunday, April 5 @ 10:00 am
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A Message from The Rev. Rilla Barrett

Dear Friends,

My husband, Michael, and I and our canine roommate, Daisy the Dachshund, have been living a new way of ongoing togetherness. Just as you have been doing in your homes, we have spent days on end at home with one another.  I’m getting a lot done, including painting two rooms, finishing a quilt, and completing a cross-stitched Christmas stocking for my son-in-law. I’m learning new technology in my correspondence. These bits of newness and completion feel good, but I must admit there is an unease to these days, a lack of fullness, and a good deal of angst.  I suspect you feel it too.  The news is dark, even though we are all doing what we are told to do.  Stay home.  Wash your hands.  Don’t touch your face.  Get a full measure of sleep.  In spite of our best efforts, the statistics say that the country is still in the midst of a serious struggle with this Corona virus.  We will need to be home for much longer than we expected.  How we long for one another.   I bet you may have seen the meme, “This Lent will go down as the Lentiest Lent that has ever Lented,” and yes, I’ve got to say that this hermit lifestyle is pretty Lentenesque.  But, we know that Easter will come, for light and life and love always spring forth from the darkness.  Easter will come – in a new way this year, but we will celebrate the new life in the Resurrection and in us. 
Waiting is ever easy. During this time of waiting, our connection with others is vital, and so we reach out to precious people, to see how they are, to hear their voices and maybe even see their faces.  I suspect you have spoken by phone or email to your family and friends and to other members of the Christ Church congregation.  Pastor Terry, Rev. Jo, and I want you to know that, during this long period of being physically isolated from each other, we are available to talk to you if you’d like.  You just need to call or text us.  Our contact information has been sent out, but you can email me ( if you would like to speak to one of us. Though we may be separated, we are together in Spirit. 
Anne Lamott, one of my favorite authors, wrote the following words, that I find so applicable now.  It’s from her book Bird by Bird. She wrote, “Hope begins in the dark:  the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come.  You wait and watch and work.  You don’t give up.”  Though we are physically apart, let’s live, as a congregation, knowing that the dawn will come.
Lastly, Doug and I met, online, with the Rev. Arienne Davison, the Canon to the Ordinary in our diocese this week.  She assured us of the diocesan concern and interest in us, especially as a congregation amidst a call process. We formed a plan for moving forward.  She said that at the diocese, they plan two weeks out, for that is as far as anyone knows right now.  They, like we, wait, knowing of the hope that lies ahead.
We will continue to worship as a congregation on Facebook Live Streaming at 10:00 this Sunday, Palm Sunday.  Maundy Thursday service will also be held in the same way at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 9, as will Good Friday service be at noon on Friday, April 10.  Easter Sunday, we will meet at the usual time on Facebook Live and celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord, our hope. 
Be well, my sisters and brothers in Christ. 
You are each in my prayers.
Peace and good,

Photo credits: Palm Sunday Procession by Aaron Scott,
Palms by Red Door by April Thomson.

+Palms are available for pickup at the church for use at home
on Palm Sunday by the front (red) door at the church. 

Please help yourself and share with a neighbor or friend (following CDC guidelines, of course!


2/26-4/4 Season of Lent
4/5 Palm Sunday*+
4/9 Maundy Thursday*
4/10 Good Friday Stations of the Cross*
4/12 Easter Sunday*
4/19 Bishop's Committee Meeting

+Palms are available for pickup at the church for use at home by the front (red) door at the church. 

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.

4/7 Gary Little
4/9 Matt Emerick
4/21 Monika Kiley
4/25 Kaitlyn Troutmann
4/29 Victor Bliven

4/5 Stan & Alice Owen

Don't see your name on this list? Please email Myra Ryneheart Corcorran to add your birthday and anniversary.

Please join us in praying for the following during the month of March:
Rev. Brent
Health care providers
Jodith & Mark
Leah & Shom
Kathi, Jeff, Linda, Ed, Mike & Diane

Inice, Jade & Jason
Duncan & family
Joshua & Amanda
Lindsey K.
Mary Ann
Molly & family
Nancy & Don

Please send your prayer requests to Jodith Allen, prayer list steward, at Jodith updates our list and shares it with the prayer team for daily prayers by the prayer team.

Adapted excerpts from the Diocese of Olympia's COVID-19 Web Page

COVID-19 is spreading rapidly across Western Washington, particularly King County and the greater Seattle area. The above-referenced page contains requirements, recommendations, and resources for churches in the Diocese of Olympia put together by the Office of the Bishop as a response to the COVID-19 outbreak. We take these actions for the common good, to care for the most vulnerable members of our community.

All churches in the Diocese of Olympia are to remain closed through at least April 11. The Office of the Bishop will remain closed to the public and staff will continue to work remotely through March 31. When buildings reopen, requirements and recommendations posted on the web page will remain in place until further notice.

Since we will be unable to worship together,
you may wish to tune in to the online streaming from...

Christ Episcopal Church, Blaine: 10am Sundays
St. Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle:
The National Cathedral:  
St. John the Baptist, West Seattle: 
Christ Church, Seattle: 

St. Columba, Kent:
Diocese of Olympia:

Bishop Rickel has issued a pastoral letter. You can read it here.

"In the midst of our current “wilderness,” we too have to think, live, and act relationally, while physically being apart. This is our Lenten journey now, a real one, where we are going to have to give up some of our precious routines, things we love, like the common cup, like coming together closely for worship, and now even gathering at all. We are being called to “co-operate” with God." - The Right Rev. Greg Rickel

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 this crisis. Email Susan Thomson, our pledge secretary, if you need to make any changes.

The Blaine Food Bank is in need of continued donations, especially diapers.
Donations may be left on the back porch at Christ Episcopal Church, Blaine, for delivery by Bruce Smith each week.

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.
  1. We need funds to purchase hams, fresh vegetables, pies, and cheese. (Please make checks to CHRIST EPISCOPAL for OUTREACH)
  2. 5 lb bags of potatoes
  3. 1 1b of butter
  4. Canned Corn
  5. Biscuits or Dinner Rolls (1 dozen)
  6. Jello (large package)
  7. Canned Fruit for Jello
We will put a complete list of basket needs out in Fellowship hall on Sunday. Thank you for your support!


All dates subject to change, due to Coronavirus concerns.
BISHOP'S LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE, Port Townsend has been postponed until Spring 2021.
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 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.
Parish Ministry & Lay Leader Contacts
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
  • 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.
Diocesan News
Faith Formation Resources

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