Christ Church Happenings - March 26, 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 Morning Prayer & Sermon,
Sunday, March 29 @ 10:00 am https://www.facebook.com/christchurchblaine/ You do not need to join Facebook to access the page;
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INVITATION TO OFFER REFLECTIONS
As Lent progresses and Holy Week comes near (Palm Sunday is in two weeks) we are inviting Christ Church parishioners to offer reflections on the Stations of the Cross. The idea is for us to reflect on what is going on now, in our lives, in our communities, in our spiritual journeys. There are 14 traditional Stations of the Cross, with 8 of those being biblically based and the others being anecdotal or inferred.
"I think as we go through these unusual times there might be some real richness in reflecting and in reading others’ reflections. And it would be an opportunity to do this together as a community." - Rev. Jo
You may choose one that speaks to you, or Rev. Jo can choose one for you. We might read them via Facebook Live Stream, distribute them by email in this newsletter, or post them on Facebook. If we just use the 8 biblical ones we could send out one each day starting on Friday or Saturday before Holy Week, or else all on Good Friday. Please reply or message Rev. Jo via Facebook if you would be interested in writing a short reflection on one of the stations. They can be found on page 49 at https://episcopalchurch.org/…/lm_book_of_occasional_service…
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...
"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
NEED PASTORAL CARE OR CONVERSATION? The Rev. Jo Beecher has offered to be available for a time. You may contact her at 1 (360) 707-1595.
NOTE FROM THE TREASURER 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.
DIAPERS NEEDED 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.
EASTER DINNER BASKETS: 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.
We need funds to purchase hams, fresh vegetables, pies, and cheese. (Please make checks to CHRIST EPISCOPAL for OUTREACH)
5 lb bags of potatoes
1 1b of butter
Biscuits or Dinner Rolls (1 dozen)
Jello (large package)
Canned Fruit for Jello
We will put a complete list of basket needs out in Fellowship hall on Sunday. Thank you for your support!
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
*Watch for updates on alternative ways of praying and worshiping this year due to the coronavirus outbreak. +Palms will be available for pickup at the church for use at home sometime next week. Watch for details here and/or on the church Facebook page.
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. To learn more, or volunteer to help, contact Susan Thomson.
MARCH BIRTHDAYS 3/3 Steve Windell
3/5 Lisa (GeeGee) Burns
3/9 Emmy Johnson
3/12 Harper Hamilton
3/16 Jerry Mason
3/20 Cullie Schewe
3/23 Shirley Susich
3/24 Mary Jellison+
3/28 Jay Rozendaal+
3/31 Jean SavidgePRAYER LIST Please join us in praying for the following during the month of March: Velma Inice, Jade & Jason
Duncan & family
Joshua & Amanda
Molly & family
Nancy & Don
Please send your prayer requests to Jodith Allen, prayer list steward, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Jodith updates our list and shares it with the prayer team for daily prayers by the prayer team.
VICAR TRANSITION UPDATE
A Call Committee has formed as we wait in hope for a candidate for Vicar for our congregation. The Committee will be responsible for reviewing candidates' materials, meeting with the candidates, and strict confidentiality is required.
Christ Church's position has been posted on the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia's job listings, so we are making progress!
Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a priest for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen (BCP, p. 818, Prayer 13).
DIOCESE OF OLYMPIA
All dates subject to change, due to Coronavirus concerns.
4/27-4/28 BISHOP'S LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE, Port Townsend. The Diocese of Olympia’s Office of the Bishop is pleased to bring back “The Bishop’s Leadership Conference: Size to Size, Strength to Strength” – a conference that explores what it means to be faithful, healthy, and effective in your church’s current, local context and help you discern if God is calling your congregation to grow in new ways. Over the course of the week, each church will attend two days of the conference. The first day, connect and network with other churches of similar size to share and discover strengths specific to your congregational size. On the second day, learn more about how growth would look by joining the next congregational size up! More details and registration info will be coming soon, so mark your calendars! Visit with last year's attendees...Myra Ryneheart Corcorran or Doug Dahl...if you have any questions about the conference.
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 www.cdcollege.org 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.
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.