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Christ Episcopal Church
4548 Brooklyn Ave NE | Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 633-1611 | www.christchurchseattle.org
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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 Week at Christ Church
Sunday, January 24 - Third Sunday After Epiphany
10am - Sunday Livestream (The Rev. Carla Robinson, preaching, the Rev. Shelly Fayette, presiding)

11:30am - Street Chaplaincy

Thursday, January 28
5:30pm - Revisioning American History: Thursday Book Group - details and how to sign up below!
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 realrentduwamish.org. All funds go directly to Duwamish Tribal Services (DTS) to support the revival of Duwamish culture and the vitality of the Duwamish Tribe.
Notice of Annual Meeting
Christ Episcopal Church will hold its Annual Meeting over Zoom at 12 noon PST on Sunday, January 31st, 2021 to conduct parish business. More information will be sent out in the week leading up to this date.

If you are a ministry leader and would like to submit a ministry blurb for the 2020 Annual Report, please email it to Cara in the office by 5pm on Monday, January 25, 2020.
Letter from the Rector
Hello, friends,

We had good, sweet, easy worship on Sunday and I'm still thinking about Rev. Chris's request for us to be with and notice our own thoughts.  From Sunday evening to Tuesday evening I was laid out with what turned out to be my first migraine - a very unpleasant experience.  I missed several meetings on Tuesdays and have been scrambling to get things in order since then.  Wednesday I had my regular meet with Chris as we get some of his goals for this spring of his curacy, and was with the 20somethings in the evening.  What a day, holding many many sighs of relief and some people's blankness and other's remaining sense of uncertainty.  The past four years have affected all our hearts in a wide variety of ways.  In between, planning for connections with the reborn Lutheran Campus Ministry, planning a Campus Min night on social media activism with a student, mapping out Lent and annual meeting, looking at our audio-visual proposal, just lots of bits and pieces.  Today I had a planning meeting and a Liturgy Commission meeting.  Tomorrow I am trying (even in a sick week) to take my scheduled replacement day off for Monday's federal holiday and combine with with my Saturday with Moses for two days off.  Rev. Carla is preaching this Sunday.

I mentioned this during the offertory, but if you are in the fortunate position of your stimulus money being "extra" and would like to offer it to the church (thank you!), the most useful place to do that is right to our operating budget.  We are using our discretionary, but it is harder to distribute right now, and the place of greatest need is simply that which makes all of our jobs and distribution and outreach efforts possible. 

Finally, some asked for the blessing I used at worship on Sunday, from Campus Ministry, and here it is:

May joy and nothing less find you on the way.
May you be blessed and be a blessing.
May God scatter the gloom from before your path
And may the light of love guide you and countless others all the way to a wide, open world.

Go now in peace and go with presence
to love the serve the Lord and all their peoples.

With love,
Shelly
In addition, several requested the text of the poetry from Rev. Chris's sermon this past Sunday; it is found below.

Teach me to listen, O God,
to those nearest me,
my family, my friends, my co-workers.
Help me to be aware that
no matter what words I hear,
the message is,
“Accept the person I am. Listen to me.”

Teach me to listen, my caring God,
to those far from me–
the whisper of the hopeless,
the plea of the forgotten,
the cry of the anguished.

Teach me to listen, O God my Mother,
to myself.
Help me to be less afraid
to trust the voice inside —
in the deepest part of me.

Teach me to listen, Holy Spirit,
for your voice —
in busyness and in boredom,
in certainty and doubt,
in noise and in silence.

Teach me, Lord, to listen.  
Amen.


—Adapted by John Veltri, SJ
Financial Report
Here is information on the Christ Episcopal Church's 2020 budget through December 31, 2020.

Information about the 2020 budget for the full year and other Christ Church financials will be available in the Annual Report provided for the Annual Meeting at the end of January.
Thursday Book Group starts again!
Our book group this summer and fall, reading An African American and Latinx History of the United States, rises again!  We are continuing in the Revisioning American History series, this time reading A Disability History of the United States by Kim E. Nielsen. 

We will meet Thursdays between 5:30pm and 6:30pm on Zoom, from January 28-March 18.  Please join us and invite anyone who you think might be interested!  RSVP to revshellyfayette@gmail.com and let me know if you need me to ship you a book!
Forward Day by Day - February-April

We are taking requests to mail Forward Day by Day booklets to anyone in the parish who wishes to receive one. The next booklet starts in February but our shipment has been delayed so we may be a bit late getting them to you. Please email office@christchurchseattle.org with your request.

Forward Day by Day is a booklet of daily inspirational meditations reflecting on a specific Bible passage, chosen from the daily lectionary readings as listed in the Revised Common Lectionary or the Daily Office from the Episcopal Church's Book of Common Prayer.  As an alternative to the paper booklet (or while you wait to receive yours), each day’s reading is available online.
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 a few 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 (w_ono@hotmail.com) to be added to the mailing list. 

Little Free Pantry - Help Us Provide for our Neighbors

Even though Christ Church remains closed, our Little Free Pantry outside the church offers a way for the parish to continue our outreach to the neighborhood. Christ Church has been stocking it daily and people in the neighborhood also add to the pantry fairly regularly.  The pantry gets emptied on most days so we know it is reaching people who need these items.  The Little Free Pantry is a project of the UW Campus Ministry based here at Christ Church.  

If you are in the area, you can drive by after a grocery trip and add something to the pantry. Food donations must be non-perishable and can be items that can be eaten as is or that can be taken home to prepare. Hygiene and paper items can also be shared through the pantry.

Donations to help us purchase items to add to the pantry are also welcome.  Click here for ways to donate. Be sure to indicate that your donation is for the Little Free Pantry.

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 office@christchurchseattle.org.
Hi everyone,

I suspect many of you can surmise what my greatest joy (and relief) was this week; with less institutional stress on our hearts again, it's easier to reset and continue long-overdue work to uphold our baptismal covenant to honor, protect, and seek God in every person, especially the (actually for-real) overlooked.

I guess that is my big joy this week: having re-discovered a feeling of true hope for the future. Being under the public safety restrictions for so long with nothing substantial to look forward to does a number on one's mental heath. On that same point though, the importance of a morale boost must not be underestimated; having a lighter heart makes holding space for others easier, after all!

More Mr. Bubbles next week!
In love and service,
Cara
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