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A Publication of Christ Episcopal Church
August 20, 2020
Christ Episcopal Church
Seattle, WA
4548 Brooklyn Ave NE 98105
(206) 633-1611
All in-person operations are suspended at Christ Church until further notice during the outbreak of Covid-19 in order to keep the community healthy, including Sunday services.
This (Digital) Week at Christ Church
Please continue to email your seflies and photos for the directory! The form to fill out can be found here - it helps profoundly when Cara toggles it on!

Sunday, August 23
10am - Morning Prayer, coffee hour following
1pm - Socially Distant Small Group Outdoor Liturgy
Sign up for Sundays in August here!

Tuesday, August 25
12pm - Podcast Discussion: Seeing White 

Thursday, August 27
6:30pm - Book Discussion: The African American and Latinx History of the United States 
Hi Christ Church Family,

On Sunday we will be having another of our backyard worship services at 1pm. And, this time it will be at Christ Church! That’s right, our “backyard” this week will be the courtyard at church. Many thanks to Joslin Harris-Gane for her work in making the courtyard look great. Rev. Carla will be preaching and presiding. There is still space so visit the sign-up form to find more information and to RSVP for the service.
Letter from the Rector
Dear friends,

Another solid and busy week on the books.  Mostly just churchy stuff: Finance Committee meeting, fall planning, Sunday worship, podcast and book group and the prep work for those, staff meeting, scheduling visits for the last golden days of August, a hymn project we're all thinking about together.  Tomorrow, Friday, I'm off for five days with Aaron and Moses on the coast while Moses turns 4.  I'll be glad to see you when we get back and in worship on the 30th.
Please keep sending in your selfies for the photo directory!

Christ Church acknowledges that we gather on the land of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish people, who are a people still living.

Christ Church discretionary money has gone and will continue to go to pay rent to the Duwamish, to acknowledge that our institution participated in the removal of ancestral owners of this land, and to begin to make material repair to those who have been harmed.

Christ Church encourages individual worshippers to likewise offer this form of confession and sacred amends at All funds go directly to Duwamish Tribal Services (DTS) to support the revival of Duwamish culture and the vitality of the Duwamish Tribe.

Street Chaplaincy needs you!  The Street Chaplaincy wagon has been faithfully making the rounds through the U District on Sunday afternoons, even through the days of COVID lockdowns.  We've simplified the process down to handing out a pre-packed bag, plus a choice of underwear size and candy preference, to minimize the amount of close contact needed, and volunteers are supplied with masks, gloves and hand sanitizer to keep themselves safe.  So far, the process has been going smoothly.
We've kept it going with 4 volunteers, alternating weeks in two groups of 2, but we could use some reinforcements, particularly after some recent schedule changes squeezing Sunday hours for 2 of our volunteers.
There are two ways to help: 1) we could use folks to walk with the wagon on Sundays, or, 2) to pre-pack the bags sometime during the week.  We're happy to train first-time volunteers as well. If you would feel comfortable participating in this vital ministry, please contact Wes Ono ( to be added to the mailing list. 
Pat Hyland has paperback copies of all four books in The Dalai Lama's Cat series available for loan. They're a fun read, especially for cat people! Email Pat if you're interested.
Joys of the Week
Joys of the Week is meant as a medium to keep connected with each other during the Covid-19 outbreak, when we cannot share fellowship with each other in person. No joy is too small! If you have a joy you would like to share, please email a photo or a story to Cara at
Hi everyone,

This week I wanted to show you another kind of Japanese fan - these ones are called uchiwa, and they're used for everything from dancing, to cooling food, to cooling yourself or other - really all-purpose.

Both of these also belonged to the family friend I mentioned last week. The one on the left is newer and made from plastic and a waxy paper, while the one with the koi on the right is much older (I'm not exactly how much older, though). The fans I usually dance with are basically a combination of these: they have koi on them, but they're relatively new and made mostly of plastic. 

I hope you found this mildly entertaining - and please, do continue sending both joys and selfies/portraits for the photodirectory!

In love and service,
Lupine at Mt. Rainier near Sunrise last week. The wildflowers were gorgeous. (Joan Bodey)
Top left: catunia; top right: LY fuscia survivors finally coming into bloom; bottom: partial murder of crows on their way to roost at UW Bothell.
(Linda Donaldson)
Staff at Christ Church
The Rev. Shelly Fayette, Rector                         
The Rev. Carla Robinson, Associate Priest    
The Rev. Chris McPeak, Curate                        
Henry Lebedinsky, Music Director and Organist
Cara Peterson, Parish Administrator                   
Heidi Hansen, Director of Children and Youth       

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