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.
A MESSAGE FROM OUR TREASURER:
We are few, but mighty, making use of our collective gifts
to help the needs of many in our community.
We have certainly had a weird and historic year. A global pandemic, a government mandated shutdown that prevents us from worshiping together, in-person, as one body. I miss receiving communion every week, I miss our well-known fellowship coffee hours, I miss crafting on Thursdays, I miss hearing our wonderful organ and guitars and singing. We are still a church, a congregation, a family. We will be together, in-person, again.
What has not changed is our commitment to our Creator, our commitment to doing His good works, our commitment to each other and our community. With that thought in mind, and looking forward to resuming ‘normalcy’, I share my thoughts on stewardship.
As a Congregation, a group, a team – we can accomplish a lot. Christ Church does that very well through our many outreach activities. We are few, but mighty, making use of our collective gifts to help the needs of many in our community. From Backstage@theBorder, Loads of Love, the Children’s Giving Garden, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter meals, Clothing bank, Food Bank, Winter Coat Drive, School Supply drive and more – our small congregation makes a huge impact in our community. Our Church building is the ‘headquarters’ where all these efforts come together.
Christ Church is in the process of attracting and hiring a priest-in-charge, a dedicated permanent Vicar, to guide us and help up reach our full potential. Our Priest’s compensation and benefits are a major part of our operating budget. Your pledges are essential to fulfilling our employment commitment to our priest.
Your pledges allow us to keep the utilities on, the grounds and building maintained, a Vicar on staff and the coffee always at the ready. Your pledges mean that other organizations can use our meeting rooms. And your pledges mean that we can continue and increase our established (and maybe some new) outreach programs.
Thank you for your past pledges. Please continue to pledge so we can fund our good works in His name.
These are the resolutions on the floor of our Convention this year. Your delegates represent YOU, Christ Church! So if you’d like to talk about how you’d like for them to vote on these issues before the Church, please contact April Thomson or Billie Watts prior to 10/23. Thank you.
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 September, Christ Church Blaine donated 156 pounds 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!
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.
For discernment and clarity for the Christ Church Call Committee.
For a fair and peaceful election.
For peace and healing for...
all those ill with COVID-19 and all those caring for them
health care providers and government workers, especially those in the White House
Jim & Jean S.
Stephen H. Steve W.
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.
VIRTUAL COFFEE CHAT FIRST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH Next Meeting: Sunday, November 1st 10:45am-11:15am
If you are using your LANDLINE OR CELL PHONE, please call +1 253 215 8782
You will be prompted to punch in your meeting ID number followed by #
Meeting ID: 928 1656 3437# You then will be asked to enter your pass code followed by # Passcode: 204251#
Image credit: unitedwalpole.org Things to Know About Zoom Coffee Hour
You'll arrive “muted” (microphone is off):
When you are ready to talk, click the “unmute” button at the bottom left of your screen.
There will be a delay as the Host lets everyone into the meeting. Be patient as it takes a few minutes to join, and for your audio and video to start up.
If you have Zoom on full screen, you will be able to see more people. There is also a small button on the top right of your screen which allows you to switch from “Speaker View” to “Gallery View” so you can see more people!
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.