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Christ Episcopal Church, 382 Boblett St., Blaine, WA USA
www.christchurchblaine.org

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.

BLESSING THE DUST 
A Blessing for Ash Wednesday (by Jan Richardson)

All those days
you felt like dust,
like dirt,
as if all you had to do
was turn your face
toward the wind
and be scattered
to the four corners

or swept away
by the smallest breath
as insubstantial –

did you not know
what the Holy One
can do with dust?

This is the day
we freely say
we are scorched.

This is the hour
we are marked
by what has made it
through the burning.

This is the moment
we ask for the blessing
that lives within
the ancient ashes,
that makes its home
inside the soil of
this sacred earth.

So let us be marked
not for sorrow.
And let us be marked
not for shame.
Let us be marked
not for false humility
or for thinking
we are less
than we are

but for claiming
what God can do
within the dust,
within the dirt,
within the stuff
of which the world
is made
and the stars that blaze
in our bones
and the galaxies that spiral
inside the smudge
we bear.

—Jan Richardson from Circle of Grace
© Jan Richardson. janrichardson.com.


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.

UPCOMING BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES

2/27 Mary Rebman
2/28 Jodith Allen
3/4 Steve Windell
3/5 Lisa (GeeGee) Burns
3/9 Emmy Johnson
3/12 Harper Hamilton
3/16 Jerry Mason
3/19 Bruce Smith & Tracie Lamb
3/20 Jim & Jean Savidge
3/20 Gary & Debbie Little
3/20 Cullie Schewe
3/24 Mary Jellison+
3/28 Jay Rozendaal+
3/31 Jean Savidge

Don't see your name on this list?
Please
email Myra Ryneheart Corcorran to add your birthday and anniversary.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer
2/21 The Church of the Province of Central Africa
2/28 The Anglican Church of Central America

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:
2/21 St. Stephen's, Longview; St. Peter's, Seaview; and All Saints', Vancouver
2/28 Good Shepherd, Vancourver; St. Lukes/San Lucas, Vancouver; and St. Anne's Washougal

For peace and healing for...
All those ill with COVID-19 
All health care providers
Katherine
Peter
St. Stephen's, Oak Harbor

For the repose of the soul of...
Christen

We give thanks for the calling of Rev. Susan Mills to our parish, and we pray for safe and smooth transition to her new home in Blaine and Christ Episcopal Church next month.

Please send your prayer requests to Jodith Allen, prayer list steward, at jodith@maritzia.com. Jodith updates our list and shares it with the prayer team for daily prayers by the prayer team.

ABOUT FAITH@HOME

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.

Faith@Home is developed by Forward Movement and Forma.


TITHES & OFFERINGS

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.

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PARISH MINISTRY AND LAY LEADER CONTACTS
BISHOP’S COMMITTEE
Jodith Allen, Jeane Austin, Wendy Dahl, Gary Little, Sexton Pro Tem; Leslie Mason; Eileen Richardson, Secretary; Jim Savidge, Sexton Emeritus; Mary Rebman, Bruce Smith, Peter Smith, April Thomson
STAFF
  • Carl Bradley, Organist
  • Mary Rebman, Housekeeping
  • Eileen Richardson, Treasurer
  • Susan Thomson, Bookkeeper and Guitarist/Choir Leader
MINISTRY LEADERS
  • 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.
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