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.
LOVE IN ACTION
A Message from The Rev. Rilla Barrett
Time has slowed and our usual creature comforts are not readily available. I enjoy time with my family and friends on a usual basis. Coffee out, lunch out, having the grandkids for the evening, and even having them staying over with Grandma and Papa when they can do it. I am fed by contacts with people and in the interactions that come as a result of time spent together. Now, when I do interact with others, our veterinarian for example, we talk about what we can’t do. I’m working on that!
From my corner of the exam room where we’d taken Daisy-the-Dachshund for her vaccination updates and yearly exam, I was masked, and our young veterinarian, standing in the opposite corner, lamented the loss of interactions with people – the reason he became a vet, he said. No matter where we are in life, we are missing time with one another. And yet, love for other is the motivator in all of these changes.
From an email from Bishop Rickel, I am sharing this wonderful poem, that speaks wisdom and reminds me that love is at the center of current changes. The anonymous poem was published in the Grace Episcopal Church, Bainbridge Island, Newsletter. It is, it seems, all in how we look at things!
When you go out and see the empty streets, the empty stadiums, the empty train platforms, don’t say to yourself, “it looks like the end of the world.” What you are seeing is love in action.
What you’re seeing in that negative space is how much we do care for each other, for our grandparents, for our immune- compromised brothers and sisters, for people we will never meet.
People will lose their jobs over this, some will lose their businesses, and some will lose their lives.
All the more reason to take a moment when you’re out on your walk, or on your way to the store, or just watching the news, to look into the emptiness and marvel at all that love. Let it fill you and sustain you.
It is not the end of the world, it is the most remarkable act of global solidarity we may ever witness.
How do we look at things? As loss or gift? Be in touch!
ZOOM COFFEE HOUR...WHAT HAPPENED TO IT???
Last Sunday’s Zoom Coffee Hour was a good gathering, a time of sharing, and enjoyable for all who attended. However, because I sent you the wrong information in the emailed invitation I sent you, many of you were unable to access the Coffee Hour. I apologize for my error and hope that you will try again this Sunday. Please do join in for the second weekly Zoom Coffee Hour! The Zoom meeting information is below. Bring your coffee or tea in your favorite mug and come to a virtual coffee hour. Lots of time to see and chat with each other! See you there. 10:45am on Sunday, May 3.
JOIN US FOR VIRTUAL COFFEE HOUR
Topic: Christ Episcopal Church Coffee Hour using St. Paul's Bham account - don't be confused if you see St. Paul's! :-) Time: May 3, 2020 10:45 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
In this wide-ranging interview, Bishop Rickel talks about how he got started in the Episcopal faith, his spiritual response to the COVID-19 epidemic, how the outbreak has affected our churches and communities, the challenges of being a bishop, and what it means to observe Easter in quarantine.
Image credit: ecww.org.
CHRIST CHURCH CALENDAR
5/4 Loads of Love
5/17 Bishop's Committee Meeting
5/18 Loads of Love
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.
UPCOMING BIRTHDAYS 4/29 Victor Bliven
5/12 Wendy Dahl
5/12 Curt Gerner
5/16 Bruce Smith
5/23 Shannan Trautmann
5/25 Summer Cushman
5/31 Henry Trautmann
5/26 Brooke Finley
MAY ANNIVERSARIES 5/2 Jory Mickelson & Justin Taylor
5/17 Carl & Mary Bradley
PRAYER LIST Please join us in praying for the following during the month of April: Camilo
Duncan & family
Health care providers
Inice, Jade & Jason
Jodith & Mark
Joshua & Amanda
Kathi, Jeff, Linda, Ed, Mike & Diane
Leah & Shom
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.
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.
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.