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.
FIRST SUNDAY IN CHRISTMAS
The Service of Christmas Lessons and Carols, in much the same form that we will share on the First Sunday in Christmas, originated in Truro, England in 1880. The first service of nine lessons was designed by the Bishop of Truro to please his flock because they were meeting in a temporary wooden structure while a new Cathedral was being built. The service most famously has been sung by the King’s College Choir of Cambridge at Christmas since 1918, when it was conceived of as a way to comfort students who had lost many of their classmates in World War 1. During World War II, the service was broadcast over the BBC but the windows in the chapel were boarded up. And this year it will be broadcast, sung by boarding school students who have been together in a Covid-19 ‘bubble,’ but there will be no congregation attending in the chapel.
The version we will be using on Sunday comes from the Episcopal Book of Occasional Services. We will be reading six of the nine readings, starting with the story of the disobedience of Adam and Eve in Genesis, laying out the need for Jesus to come into the world to redeem us from sin. According to the Book of Occasional Services, that is the one lesson which must be included. The final reading is traditionally the Gospel of John, “In the Beginning was the Word…” which is also the Gospel prescribed for the First Sunday after Christmas. The service is appropriate for any time during the Christmas season, and, in fact, the book offers an Advent service of Lessons and Carols, which offers the same choice of readings, but the hymns would be different.
So download the service bulletin or get out your hymnals and sing with us at home as we celebrate the Season of Christmas!
Bishop's Committee has set the Annual Meeting date and time for Sunday, February 7th, 2021 at 11:30am. The entire congregation is encouraged to attend.
The Annual Meeting will be held virtually, via Zoom. If you are a ministry leader, start preparing your annual reports. More details to follow in the new year.OPEN POSITIONS - VOLUNTEER NOW! Bishop's Committee and Convention Delegates/Alternates
We have open positions on the Bishop's Committee (3 year terms, with the Committee meeting once per month) and also need folks to serve as Delegates and Alternates to Diocesan Convention (2 year commitment, one weekend per year) next year. If you have an interest in serving as a leader of our parish or attending Diocesan Convention, or you would like to nominate someone for these roles, please let any member of the Bishop's Committee know. Terms start after the annual meeting in February 2021.FOOD BANK DONATIONS NEEDED
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.
In November, Christ Church Blaine donated 242 pounds of food to the Blaine Food Bank! Thank you to all who remember those in need in our community each month, and to Bruce Smith for delivering food donations each week and collecting our poundage receipts!
FOOD BANK THANK YOU
Our church received a beautiful thank you letter from the Food Bank recently. A copy is included here for all of our members to read.
MOMENTS OF GRATITUDE At the end of each Bishop's Committee meeting, the members take a few moments to express gratitude for the blessings of the parish during the past month. At the 12/20/20 meeting, the following were shared:
Gary Little for arranging for timely and affordable cleaning of the church roof, gutters and windows, and installing new furnace filters.
Doug Dahl for installing new locks on doors where security and antiquity had become issues for the church.
Susan Thomson, Kelley Porter and Peter Smith (The Band!) and April Thomson and Billie Watts, who provided technical support and a venue, for the 12/19/20 Backstage Fund Raiser for Loads of Love. At press time, approximately $200 had been raised for Loads of Love, thanks to their efforts.
12/31 Joe Reig 1/18 Tracie Lamb
1/18 Cameo Smith
1/22 Emily Williams
1/29 Valerie Hamilton
1/29 Capella Massey
All those ill with COVID-19, and all those caring for them
Christ Church Call Committee
Jim & Jean
Rick & Tracy
Peter & Christen
St. Stephen's, Oak Harbor
For the repose of the soul of Pedro Haro Ortega and Terry Walker, and comfort for their families.
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.
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.
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.
IMAGE CREDITS: Lifehouse Church, Memorial Episcopal Church, Faith@Home, Pinterest, crosscards.com, nhcclga.com, Altitude Community Law
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.