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.
RESOURCES FOR MLK DAY AND INAUGURATION A Message from The Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations
In this message, we want to share a quick guide to the coming days and offer a brief reflection on our incredible tradition of the transfer of power, the turbulent times we are living in, and the nonviolent legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Check out our Inauguration Resources including prayer resources for yourself and your congregation, information on vigils taking place in the coming days, information on upcoming legislative and policy advocacy, and resources for civic mindedness.
The last few days have been a shock to us all, and a trauma for many. A mob of violent insurrectionists stormed the U.S. Capitol, the temple of American democracy, with the mission of at a minimum disrupting our duly elected lawmakers from counting the electoral votes, thus certifying the will of the American people expressed in the 2020 presidential election. Others had more violent intentions, aiming to harm our lawmakers and the Vice-President, and in so doing threaten our nation. Five people, including Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick, died in the riot. The violence, but also the baseless challenges to the electoral count, strike a blow to the very heart of our civic identity, and the processes we have in place that ensured our election was safe and secure. Yet we must remember, the legal challenges, a legitimate means of seeking to address irregularities, failed. The 2020 election was one of the most secure elections in U.S. history, even with the ongoing pandemic.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that” (Loving Your Enemies, Martin Luther King, Jr.).
Those who engaged in the Epiphany Insurrection must be held to account for their crimes. The current president will leave office at noon on January 20th, and the president-elect will take up the presidential mantle at that time. Yet, one cannot help but fear that in the wake of last week our country lost something deep and dear: the sense that our system of constitutional and democratic norms is built on a solid foundation, never to be moved. Our certainty that we would always have a peaceful transfer of power, from one president to the next and one party to the next which we have taken pride in for more than 200 years, is gone.
The United States has never been a perfect country. The man whose life and legacy we honor this weekend, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., attests to that. Unlike the insurrectionists on January 6, again and again King chose nonviolence as the path to change a system he abhorred. He gave his life to overturn this republic’s foundational injustice: racism, which during his time manifested in the Jim Crow segregation system. Like Americans throughout the generations, Dr. King saw an evil being committed by the state and chose to do something about it. His radical witness of the power of nonviolent protest broke the back of America’s original sin. He has forever proven that “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that” (Loving Your Enemies, Martin Luther King, Jr.).
We call upon all Americans to mark Martin Luther King, Jr., Day and all the festivities surrounding the inauguration with a spirit of peace and hope and with a commitment to prayer.
In that spirit, we call upon all Americans to mark Martin Luther King, Jr., Day and all the festivities surrounding the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris with a spirit of peace and hope and with a commitment to prayer. We urge everyone to mark the celebration of Dr. King, and Inauguration Day, safely, with those in your immediate circle and with the knowledge that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage our country. In the spirit of Dr. King, we must also re-commit ourselves to the pursuit of truth. Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. It is he, our creator and redeemer, who gave us minds and intelligence to reason and explore and seek truth. We must fight the urge to allow motivated reasoning, our tendency to embrace only evidence that fits our previously held views, to prejudice our minds against facts, science, and reality. “Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind” (Romans 12:2).
We must rediscover our common allegiance.
Above all, we must rediscover our common allegiance, recognizing that we are all Americans, regardless of which party we support or who we vote for. The fate of a farmer in rural Nebraska is just as much your concern as the prospects of a first-grade child growing up in the Bronx. We rise or fall together as one nation.
Join us as we pray for all in civil authority:
O Lord our Governor, whose glory is in all the world: We commend this nation to thy merciful care, that, being guided by thy Providence, we may dwell secure in thy peace. Grant to the President of the United States, and to all in authority, wisdom and strength to know and to do thy will. Fill them with the love of truth and righteousness, and make them ever mindful of their calling to serve this people in thy fear; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.
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.
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.POSTULANCY REPORT A Message from Myra Ryneheart Corcorran
Dear friends, I am humbled, honored and overjoyed to report that I received a letter from Bishop Rickel last week confirming my admission to Postulancy in the Diocese of Olympia. I am seeking Holy Orders as a Priest. Many of you are already aware of this, since many of you have been a part of Phase I and/or Phase II of the 3.5 year discernment process, or you served on Bishop's Committee during this time. I am so grateful to all of you for your support, encouragement and trust, and your willingness to allow me to serve and preach during the past few years. As I write this, I am mindful that each and every one of you has taught me something that I will carry forward in ministry to the church.
According to the Dictionary of the Episcopal Church, a Postulant is "one who tests a vocation to...ordained ministry. Postulants for holy orders seek ordination as deacon or priest. The length of postulancy varies. The time involves meeting with the bishop of the diocese, examination by the Commission on Ministry, along with physical and mental examinations... Postulancy is an initial time of preparation and testing for ordained ministry."
Many of you also know that Peter recently retired after 35 years at BP. We have major decisions and financial considerations before us as we determine next steps. I have a Zoom meeting scheduled with Bishop Greg next week to discuss these and other matters. I am considering enrollment at two seminaries, one close by and one in another state. Our children and grandchildren are utmost in our hearts as we weigh our options. I pledge to keep you informed along the way, and it is my sincere hope that you will continue to keep us in your prayers.
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. 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.