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.
LIGHT FOR OUR PATH
A Message from The Rev. Rilla Barrett
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
“In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light And God saw that the light was good;” (Genesis 1:1-4a)
Some of our most profoundly meaningful scripture is in the story of the creation – when God created everything that is and pronounced that it was good. And, as we enter into the season of Epiphany (literally “reveal”) we know and live the goodness of light, created by God.
Following the holiday season, when the lights that twinkle from the shiny, lighted decorations in and outside our homes, these winter days seem a bit dark and dull. Michael and I live in a part of Whatcom County that is literally cut off from late-afternoon light, in a bowl formed by Lookout Mountain to the west, and in a place where even in the summer, the sun sets about an hour before it does on the western horizon. Light is a premium here in Glenhaven, and so I often look for ways to add light to our home – especially now in deepest darkest January. But more light is coming, (as I have learned from all the many trips I’ve made around the sun.) The days are gradually lengthening, and the garden will soon begin to warm and awaken, and light will shine on us more each day. And God saw that the light was good.
During Epiphany, we remember the many ways in which God’s light has shined on creation, revealing God’s presence to the whole world, especially in the gift of the Incarnation, in the Coming of the Magi, in the Baptism of Our Lord, in the Wedding at Cana, in the Calling of the Disciples, and in the Transfiguration, when light shone on Jesus’ identity as the Son of God. Light shining on all that is, is good.
Christ Church congregation has waited for a new vicar for about a year and a half, and you now know that The Rev. Susan Mills (pictured at left) will arrive near the end of February. Working together with her you will see the many ways in which God will continue to shine light on your path. God remains faithful and you do too in all the ways you serve God in the Blaine community. I invite you to continue to pray for Rev. Mills as she transitions from her current home in Indiana to her new home here in Blaine. Moving is a lot of work. I also invite you to continue to pray for each other, especially for your Bishop’s Committee as they navigate this transition, and for ears to hear God call to you, inviting you to move ahead as the body of Christ here in Blaine. God casts light on your path, fills you with that light, and sends you into the world to share it with others, and that light is good.
A PRAYER FOR THE NEW YEAR
God of all time, help us enter the New Year quietly,
thoughtful of who we are to ourselves and to others,
mindful that our steps make an impact
and our words carry power.
May we walk gently.
May we speak only after we have listened well.
Creator of all life,
help us enter the New Year reverently,
aware that you have endowed
every creature and plant, every person and habitat
with beauty and purpose.
May we regard the world with tenderness.
May we honor rather than destroy.
Lover of all souls,
help us enter the New Year joyfully,
willing to laugh and dance and dream,
remembering our many gifts with thanks
and looking forward to blessings yet to come.
May we welcome your lavish love.
In this new year, may the grace and peace of Christ bless us now and in the days ahead.
- Vinita Hampton Wright
VIRTUAL ANNUAL MEETING
Christ Episcopal Church Bishop's Committee has set the Annual Meeting date and time for Sunday, February 7th, 2021 at 11:30am. The entire congregation is encouraged to attend.
The Annual Meeting will be held virtually, via Zoom. If you are a ministry leader, start preparing your annual reports. More details to follow in the new year.
OPEN POSITIONS-VOLUNTEER NOW Bishop's Committee and Convention Delegates/Alternates
We have open positions on the Bishop's Committee (3 year terms, with the Committee meeting once per month) and also need folks to serve as Delegates and Alternates to Diocesan Convention (2 year commitment, one weekend per year) next year. If you have an interest in serving as a leader of our parish or attending Diocesan Convention, or you would like to nominate someone for these roles, please let any member of the Bishop's Committee know. Terms start after the annual meeting in February 2021.
HELP FOR HUNGRY NEIGHBORS
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 November, Christ Church Blaine donated 242 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!
For peace and healing for...
All those ill with COVID-19
Ferris, Tim and family
Health care providers
Jim & Jean
Peter & Christen
St. Stephen's, Oak Harbor
For the repose of the soul of The Rev. David Appavoo, The Rev. George Regas, and Roy Woodard, and comfort for their families.
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.
IMAGE CREDITS: Memorial Episcopal Church, Faith@Home, Pinterest, crosscards.com, nhcclga.com, Altitude Community Law, The Rev. Rilla Barrett, Fairgreen Presbyterian Church, The Rev. Susan Mills
Doug Dahl, Senior Warden; Mary Rebman, People's 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.