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.
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ Jesus,
As we approach the holiest of weeks in the church calendar, I pray that each of us will find strength and courage in the life, the suffering, the death, and the resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ.
I hope that you will be able to drive by Christ Episcopal Church on Saturday, March 27th, at noon, to pick up a bag containing items to help you through Holy Week and into Eastertide. I look forward to greeting you in person (masked and from a distance, of course).
You are cordially invited to join in praying the Office of Morning Prayer on Monday through Friday in Holy Week. We will begin Morning Prayer at 8.30 a.m. on Facebook Live. Go to Christ Church's Facebook page and scroll down to Morning Prayer.
On Maundy Thursday, we begin the Sacred Triduum (the Three Days, beginning the evening of Maundy Thursday and ending in the evening of Easter Sunday). On April 1, Maundy Thursday, I will offer a reading and reflection on Jesus' servant ministry. That reflection will also be on our Facebook page at 6.00 p.m.
On April 2, Good Friday, we invite you to walk the Labyrinth of the Way of the Cross. A labyrinth will be painted on our property near the Children's Garden. It will be available for the community during Holy Week. A brochure about this form of contemplation will be included in your bag of Holy Week goodies. Many thanks to Myra Corcorran for preparing the labyrinth for the community's spiritual life. (see article below for more about the labyrinth).
April 3rd is Holy Saturday, the day we reflect on Jesus' burial in a borrowed tomb. I will lead the Liturgy for Holy Saturday at 10.00 a.m., live on our Facebook page.
And then, at last, we will celebrate the glorious Resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday, April 4th. I hope you will be present for the liturgy that day and for a Zoom Coffee Hour following the service.
I pray that each of us will come closer to our gracious God during this holiest of times, and that your Resurrection joy will resonate throughout your lives.
Many churches throughout the world celebrate the Second Sunday of Easter as a time to laugh, tell jokes, play silly games, have fun. This Sunday gives us a chance to celebrate humanity's greatest miracle: the Resurrection of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We celebrate the triumph of God in Christ Jesus over sin and death in that one earth-shattering event. We also celebrate and offer thanks for those smaller resurrections each of us experiences throughout our lives. On Sunday, April 11th, we will observe Holy Humor Sunday. We invite you to come to a Zoom Coffee Hour and to share good, clean jokes and stories with your sisters and brothers in the congregation. Especially now, as we enter the second year of pandemic isolation, let us come together to lighten our hearts, share our joy, encourage one another to persevere - with humor and with love.
EASTER FLOWER DONATIONS - Donations of flowers or funds to beautify the church on Easter Sunday are welcome. Please send a check to Christ Episcopal Church, 382 Boblett St., Blaine, WA 98230, noting "flower fund" in the memo portion of your check, or you may also click on the "Donate Now" button or this link to be connected to the secure giving page on our website. Contact Mary Rebman (360-319-8495) with any questions or flower donations from your garden.
FOOD BANK DONATIONS - Please keep up your generous donations to the Blaine Food Bank, whether food or financial support. As has been reported, Christ Church members 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 of the church, that works well. Please let Mary Rebman know (360-319-8495). This is what we can do to help and heal our community.
VOLUNTEER NEWSLETTER EDITOR - Do you enjoy writing and/or sharing the good news of our faith community and the love of Christ with your fellow church members? Christ Church is seeking a volunteer newsletter editor. Position begins first week of April. Training provided. Time commitment is approximately 1-2 hours a week. Email Myra Corcorran before 3/31 if interested or you have any questions. A training is planned for 3/28 after church in Gibbs Hall. Bring your laptop if you have one.
ONLINE MORNING PRAYER LEADER - Would you like to lead online Morning Prayer? We are considering adding weekly Morning Prayer to our online services. Training will be provided. Please contact Vicar Susan at Christ Church (360-332-4113) or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ZOOM COFFEE HOUR HOSTS- New volunteers are always welcome. Please contact Vicar Susan if you are interested .
READERS ROTA - Many thanks to Boni Merrill for coordinating the Readers' Rota over the past several months. In order to simplify the process, we invite those who would like to read on Sundays to call the church office (360-332-4113) or email the Vicar (email@example.com). We need two readers each Sunday: one to read the First Reading and lead the Psalm; one to read the Second Reading and lead the Prayers of the People. Once you have signed up for a particular Sunday, we will send you a copy of the rota. (Please be sure that we have your email address.) If you have never read in church before, please let the Vicar know, so that she can assist you with the procedure.
UPCOMING BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES
3/28 Jay Rozendaal+
3/31 Jean Savidge 4/5 Stan and Alice Owen
4/7 Gary Little
4/9 Matt Emerick
4/19 Nathan Hamilton
4/21 Monika Kiley
4/25 Kaitlyn Trautmann
4/29 Victor Bliven
In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer:
3/28 The Anglican Church of Hong Kong
4/4 The peace of Jerusalem
4/11 The Church of the Province of the Indian Ocean
4/18 The Church of Ireland
4/25 The Nippon Sei Ko Kai
In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:
3/28 Holy Cross, Redmond; Good Samaritan, Sammamish; St. Clare's, Snoqualmie
4/4 St. Matthew's/San Mateo, Auburn and St. Elizabeth's, Burien
4/11 Good Shepherd, Federal Way and St. Columba's, Kent
4/18 St. James, Kent and St. George, Maple Valley
4/25 St. Luke's, Renton, Misa Guadalupe, Renton and St. John's Sudanese, Tukwila
For peace and healing for...
All those ill with COVID-19
All health care providers
Claydene & Melanie
Rod and family
Steve & Erin and family
For the repose of the soul of:
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.LENTEN PILGRIMAGE ON THE LABYRINTH
Christ Episcopal Church, Blaine will install a labyrinth on the grounds during Holy Week. All members of the community and congregation are invited to visit and walk the Stations of the Cross on the labyrinth from Palm Sunday, 3/28 – Easter Sunday 4/4 at 382 Boblett St., Blaine, WA. Masks and social distancing are required; the space is limited to one household at a time. Watch for signage on the church lawn for more information about how to walk the labyrinth, which may be accessed from the front lawn at any time during Holy Week.
In addition, the church is offering free downloads of a contemplative booklet titled “A Lenten Pilgrimage: Walking the Labyrinth and Praying the Scriptural Stations of the Cross.” The booklet may be accessed from the church website at www.christchurchblaine.org. (Church members will receive a copy of the booklet in their Holy Week/Easter care packets mentioned in Vicar Susan's message above.) Community members may use the booklet at home, or print it and bring it with them to use while walking the labyrinth on the grounds.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenging time for all churches. Christ Church has been resilient, moving to online worship and maintaining connections with members through Zoom, email, phone calls and care packages for families. We wanted to offer a way for the community and our church members to enjoy our beautiful grounds, and experience a new, yet ancient form of prayer while the building is still closed due to COVID-19.” – Myra Ryneheart Corcorran, booklet co-author, Christ Church member and Veriditas certified labyrinth facilitator.
The Stations of the Cross has been an important devotion used in Lent for about 800 years, a means of enabling Christians who could not go to Jerusalem personally to follow in Jesus’ footsteps on Good Friday. We walk with Jesus (literally around the labyrinth) from his condemnation by Pilate, through his suffering and death, and finally to the tomb.
Historically, the Labyrinth pre-dates the Stations of the Cross by several hundred years. The Chartres Labyrinth was constructed in the stone floor of Chartres Cathedral, France in 1201 AD. Medieval Christians visited Chartres (and other cathedrals) and walked the labyrinth as an alternative to taking a hazardous pilgrimage to Jerusalem to walk in the footsteps of Christ. Today, modern pilgrims walk the labyrinth as one of many tools to enhance prayer, contemplation, meditation, and/or personal growth.
The Stations AND Labyrinth are offered together on the church grounds, at this time, as a pilgrimage, and an opportunity to experience the passion of the Christ on a personal level in an ancient, yet new way. The church also hopes that this will provide a safe, meaningful Holy Week activity while the church building remains closed during the pandemic.
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.
Newsletter Image Credits: Faith@Home, Lois Campbell, Amanda Christie, The Rev. Susan Mills
Jodith Allen, Jeane Austin, Wendy Dahl, Gary Little, Sexton Pro Tem; Leslie Mason; Eileen Richardson, Secretary; Jim Savidge, Sexton Emeritus; Mary Rebman, People's Warden; 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 List Steward: Jodith Allen
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.