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.
SPECIAL OUTDOOR WORSHIP OPTION on the church grounds
382 Boblett St., Blaine, WA
this Sunday, September 20
COVID PRECAUTIONS FOR PARTICIPANTS
Things for those participating to keep in mind...
We're observing 6 ft physical distancing standards at all times
We're wearing face masks (or cloth coverings) at all times
Bring lawn chair from home to use during worship
Bring your phone or tablet with virtual bulletin loaded, or print from home (no printed bulletins are allowed per Diocesan guidelines)
Read, sign, and bring the COVID-19 release form (additional forms available onsite for those who do not have a printer) Click here to access the form.
If you consider yourself to be at-risk for COVID-19, please know that you are a vital part of our community. Because we care about each and every one of you we want you to care for yourself. You are with us in our prayers always. We respect your choice to attend or stay home, and look forward to the day when we can all be together again.
BRING CARDS FOR JODITH ALLEN
Whether you are with us at the church in Blaine, or with us on Facebook Live please join in giving thanks to God for the blessing of Jodith Allen's time and ministry with us as she moves on to her new home in Texas. A basket will be available if you wish to hand-deliver a card to Jodith this Sunday. We'll also present a going away gift to Jodith from the congregation. Otherwise, her current address is in the church directory.
NO VIRTUAL COFFEE HOUR THIS SUNDAY DUE TO OUTDOOR WORSHIP
Smoky Seattle Skyline (Image Credit KOMO News)
LIVING IN HOPE A message from The Rev. Rilla Barrett
On Tuesday morning, we all woke, after some gentle showers during the night, to the blessings of a slightly dampened earth and air that didn’t seem quite so thick with smoke. My younger son, Gabriel, texted his siblings and me to say that, while he didn’t want to appear too hopeful, he could actually see the hills on the south side of the Skagit River from his home in Lyman once again. And we all responded with LOL’s and a few photos taken from our own windows, all reflecting slightly less smoked-in air than they had been, and I added a few words about hope springing eternal.
The smoke which has blanketed the Pacific Northwest, caused our eyes to water, irritated our bronchial passages, and made it inadvisable to spend much time outside (let alone go for a walk or work in the garden) has added to our growing isolation, our ache for one another, and for life as we knew it, pre-pandemic. And the reasons for our reliance on masks have grown. Not only do they protect others from viruses we might have, but now they might just protect us from the effects of air filled with the particulates from the forest fires. And so, even when we are out, even in our yards and gardens, it is wise to be masked, just as we are in the grocery stories - which seems to me to be another form of isolation. When I smile at folks over the bananas in the produce section, I wonder if they can tell by my eyes that I am smiling, wishing them well, trying to connect. And, in all of it, we remember and pray for those who have lost so much – homes and lives in both pandemic and fires. It all seems so much especially without each other’s physical presence and support (Image credit: Chain Store Age).
Humor helps some. My cousin, who lives in Berkeley, California, wrote to me about life there, about staying inside when the temperature outside was over 100, the sky an eerie orange, and folks around her worried about the power going off because of the abundant use of Air Conditioning. She then added that she hears that the locusts were due in on Thursday, and I gave thanks for the smile her ever-present wit always brings to me.
But, in it all, in pandemic, forest fires, Air Quality Indexes in the dangerous levels, and separation from our own precious people; in spite of the inability to take a walk or work in our garden, I have hope. I have hope and, I believe that it is not ill-advised.
In the epistle for Sunday, we read Paul’s words, written to the people of Philippi as he waited, imprisoned, facing capital charges. Paul’s circumstances were dire, so this was not a place nor time to be taken lightly, for he faced real life or death outcome, but he challenged all who read those words to find joy and hope in the middle of the difficult moments of life.
We often hear a gospel message preached in our world that seems to offer insurance against hard times and sets up misleading expectations that coming to Christ will promise us escape from life’s difficulties. But the gospel lesson is pretty clear.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
Paul’s words to the Philippians (and to us) in Sunday’s epistle is an invitation to focus on hope and to look for joy, even in the midst of the darkest moments of our lives. There is nothing that says that our faith, our belief in God will protect us from harm and life’s difficulties, but everything in the gospel tells us that when difficulties come, God is present and walks with us in the darkness. Take heart, have hope.
You and I live in difficult times, but we are carried on by hope, and that is “to live with confidence in newness and fullness of life . . .” (BCP 861 “The Christian Hope”) Let us not forget to live with hope, continuing in our work to care for one another, even by a phone call or email. Let us strive to continue our work to make the world better by living each day in that hope, with the knowledge that we walk, even in the darkness, with God, who is love.
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.
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.REST IN PEACE AND RISE IN GLORY
Jerry Jenkins, a former parishioner of Christ Church, died on August 30, 2020. He was at home with Hospice Care. A small service was held last week. If you would like to send a card to Sharon Jenkins, her address is 627 Parkstone Way, Folsom, CA 95630.
For health and strength for Firefighters and Emergency Responders in the Pacific Northwest and all Health Care Providers.
For the repose of the soul of Jerry Jenkins, and comfort for Sharon and family as they mourn his loss.
For discernment and clarity for the Christ Church Call Committee.
For peace and healing for...
all those ill with COVID-19
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.
NOTE FROM THE TREASURER
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.
SEEKING COFFEE HOUR HOSTS
Volunteers are welcome to "host" virtual coffee hour.Is this something you feel called to do? Duties could include one or more of the following: 1) signing into the meeting 5 minutes prior and admitting folks to the Zoom meeting 2) serving as conversation facilitator and tech advisor as needed and/or 3) providing conversation questions or themes each week. Training and support provided. Contact email@example.com with questions or interest.
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.