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Christ Church Special Edition - March 6, 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 Holy Eucharist, Sundays @ 10:00 am.
SPRING FORWARD MARCH 8TH!

Set your clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed Saturday night so you make it to church on time this Sunday.
CORONAVIRUS CONCERNS SPARK
CHURCH-WIDE CHANGES


If you are serving this Sunday as an Acolyte, Chalicist, Altar Guild or Usher, you are asked to arrive at least 20 minutes before worship to receive any special instructions.

We are all aware of the outbreak of the coronavirus in our state centered in King County. 
COVID-19, the illness caused by this virus, has sickened 79 people there at this writing, and 11 deaths have resulted.  Information on the outbreak is rapidly changing from day to day, and the bottom line is that we can expect more infections in the days to come.  Here’s what we know as general knowledge:

For most people who become ill, the illness will be mild - similar to a bad cold or moderate case of the flu.
  • The risk is greatest for the elderly or those with compromised immune systems. 
  • The virus has likely been spreading in our region for many weeks. 
Our Bishop has issues stringent guidelines this week for our common worship, and we will be adhering to these guidelines until we know the danger of passing on this virus to vulnerable members of our community has passed.  We urge you to read Bishop RIckel’s entire instruction, which you can do by clicking here.

Here’s what Christ Church will be doing to mitigate the possibility of transmitting the virus:

First, we will continue to hold worship and are not canceling any of our gatherings or planned events right now.  Our common life is important in this time. Here are some additional details about prevention measures we will take:
  1. If you have any cold or flu symptoms, please stay home. This is the best way to make sure that you recuperate quickly and do not expose others to illness. 
  2. Our shared Eucharist will be restricted to bread. While there is much scientific evidence to support claims that the shared cup is not an infection risk, our Bishop is asking us to suspend the common cup for the time being. The full benefit of the sacrament is available through the bread, and so that is how we will share it. We will still bless a small amount of wine, but it may only be consumed by only the presider. 
  3. The clergy will be meticulous about hand washing and sanitizing before passing out the bread. They will also do our best to not touch our hands to yours when we give you the bread. 
  4. We will ask you to refrain from touching other people at the Peace. This is a big ask for a lot of us, as we are used to shaking hands or hugging every single person during the Peace. but let's have fun with it. Try a solemn bow, a real smile, an air-high-five. Consider this part of our Lenten discipline, refraining from a joyful practice in order to experience it more fully at a later time. 
  5. We will continue to have hand sanitizer available. If you have your own pocket version, bring it to use as well. As you may be aware, supplies are limited. We will also be extra vigilant about wiping down surfaces and sanitizing common areas.
  6. We are also making changes to the way we serve refreshments during fellowship time. Coffee hour teams will serve us during coffee hour, and only serve prepackaged, commercially produced food for a time. They will wear gloves, and sanitize surfaces before and after use. The room may be slightly rearranged to accomodate service.
  7. Our ushers will wear gloves to distribute the bulletins.
We realize that these measures demand some sacrifice on all of us in various ways, and ask that all show grace and understanding with each other in this time.  This is an evolving situation, and we will no doubt need to address this situation as it develops, remain flexible as we figure out how to support one another and stay in community.  

If you find you are ill, please let a member of the church know, or email our Prayer Team Lead, so that so we can know to pray for you. We all trust in God's care during uncertain times.
adapted  for Christ Church, Blaine  from notes by The Rev. Jonathan Weldon and The Rev. Alissa Newton

"To love God we are called to love our neighbors. Now is not the time for isolation but connection. Yes, we need to practice good health and hygiene, but we can do so without xenophobia, fear or total quarantines. Now more than other times we need one another. Let us not be trapped by the false belief that we are safer by ourselves. Because it is there, when we are alone, that we find ourselves in the wilderness. The Spirit leads us together into community, which is precisely where our strengthen is to be found--in Christ and in one another."
- Rev. Elizabeth Riley, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Mercer Island
 
Read the full text of Rev. Elizabeth's blogpost "The Temptation of Fear" here: 
https://www.emmanuelmi.org/post/the-temptation-of-fear




LENTEN SOUP & BREAD GATHERING
Wednesday Nights, 5:30-7pm in Gibbs Hall

March 4, 11, 18, 25 and April 1 and April 8

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday (February 26) and ends on Maundy Thursday (April 9).  It is a period of 40 days (Sundays excluded) that recalls Christ’s 40 days in the wilderness before he made his public ministry.  It is traditionally a time of abstention and preparation.  People of faith are encouraged to confront sinfulness, remember our mortality and give thanks for the gift of salvation through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

We plan to hold a simple soup and bread meal followed by a time of prayer and reflection as well as conversation.  We will use the book, Entering the Passion of Jesus by Amy Jill Levine. The book is not necessary but if you want to buy it, it’s about $9 on Amazon.com.

The simple meals will be held in Gibbs Hall for all who wish to come. You may attend one, some, or all of these. You can sign up to bring soup or bread and help to set up or clean up. You will find sign up sheets in the Fellowship Hall.  All are welcome!

Episcopal Relief & Development 2020 Lenten Meditations are available for pickup in the parish hall. This free booklet invites daily reflection on the spiritual, physical and emotional lives of children—and our role in nurturing their growth. Produced by Episcopal Relief & Development in partnership with authors of Grow Christians, a resource to teach and nurture the faith in children.
OBSERVING LENT: 
Consider Giving to the Food Bank or Loads of Love

Practice giving by bringing food for the Blaine Food Bank each Sunday of Lent; by giving your time to some community service such as Loads of Love; by donating to charity. 

Loads of Love, our ministry of giving to the Blaine community provides laundry money, soap, and dryer sheets and refreshments on the first and third Mondays of the month 5:30-7:00 pm.  We have identified a need for hygiene kits for folks who come to do laundry.  Consider bringing a baggie with toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, etc. to provide for needs around this ministry.  

CHRIST CHURCH CALENDAR

2/26-4/4 Season of Lent
3/9 Discernment Meeting (@ St. Paul's)
3/15 Bishop's Committee Meeting
4/5 Palm Sunday
4/9 Maundy Thursday (5:30pm)
4/10 Good Friday (12:00noon) Stations of the Cross
4/12 Easter Sunday, Easter Egg Hunt
4/19 Bishop's Committee Meeting

LOADS OF LOVE

This vital ministry of Christ Church Blaine provides quarters, detergent 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 Savidge

WORSHIP MINISTRY LEADERS
Visit this page for links to the appointed scripture readings for each Sunday. 

If you are serving this Sunday as an Acolyte, Chalicist, Altar Guild or Usher, you are asked to arrive at least 20 minutes before worship to receive any special instructions.

March 8, 2020
First Lesson + Psalm: Carl Bradley
Second Lesson:  Gwynne Fowler-Briggs
Prayers:  Peter Corcorran
Chalicists:  Myra Ryneheart Corcorran/ Wendy Dahl
Ushers:   Jeane Austin/Eileen Richardson
Altar Guild:  Debbie Little
Acolyte:  Myra Ryneheart Corcorran
Coffee Hour:  Yellow

March 15, 2020
First Lesson + Psalm:  Myra Ryneheart Corcorran
Second Lesson:  Debbie Little    
Prayers:  Leslie Mason
Chalicists:  Leslie Mason/Mary Rebman
Ushers:  Jeane Austin/Steve Windell
Altar Guild: Leslie Mason
Acolyte: Mary Rebman
Coffee Hour: Red

March 22. 2020
First Lesson + Psalm:  Sue Peeples    
Second Lesson:  Bruce Smith
Prayers:  April Thomson
Chalicists: Jodith Allen/Pete Corcorran
Ushers: Jeane Austin/Pete Corcorran
Altar Guild: Mary Rebman
Acolyte:  Myra Ryneheart Corcorran
Coffee Hour:  Green

March 29, 2020
First Lesson + Psalm:  Jodith Allen
Second Lesson:  Jeane Austin
Prayers:  Gwynne Fowler-Briggs
Chalicists: Myra Ryneheart Corcorran/Leslie Mason
Ushers:  Jeane Austin/Myra Ryneheart Corcorran
Altar Guild:  Debbie Little    
Acolyte: Mary Rebman
Coffee Hour:  Blue
 

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).


UPCOMING EVENTS
DIOCESE OF OLYMPIA
 
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.
Parish Ministry & Lay Leader Contacts
BISHOP’S COMMITTEE
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
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.
Diocesan News
 
 
Faith Formation Resources


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