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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, December 13
10am - Sunday Livestream
11:30am - Street Chaplaincy 
We are also livestreaming Morning and Evening Prayer on Facebook Live every weekday this Advent at 9am and 6pm respectively, and we encourage you all to participate as able.
You can sign up here, and let us know if you have any questions!
Letter from the Rector
Hello, friends,
 
It was great to celebrate with St. Nicholas last week, and huge thanks to Heidi Hansen for the wonderful Advent bags she put together so Moses and I could celebrate at home, too.  Monday was a lovely sabbath that included a beautiful waterfall hike new to me.  Tuesday ended up being a bit of a drama, where we learned Moses had been exposed to COVID on Monday.  We came home and quarantined immediately.  I was able to do staff meeting while he napped, but he was acting quite strange in the evening: refusing to eat, only wanting to be in bed, so I called out of Vestry to keep a close eye on him and also took half a sick day to watch him yesterday morning.  We all have tests scheduled for this weekend.  I'm not allowed to come into the church, so this Sunday's sermon will be recorded and preached by Carla.  Otherwise we are just working on Christmas service plans, planning Campus Ministry for the winter, working on the budget, doing odds and ends like being a reference for folks applying for jobs, phone calls, trying to get to unanswered e-mails,doing Advent devotions. 

I have been talking with the Rev. George Wilson, Bea Jackson's brother, and in her last wishes she requested just a graveside 1928 service.  We will do this in the late winter or early spring.  However, I also told him there is no world in which we do not hold a service for Bea at Christ Church - and asked if he wanted to be kept aware of it or not know about it so as to respect her wishes.  He laughed and said he would like to know, and that he understood.  So when we can regather, we will have a memorial service for Bea.  In the meantime, we will have a get-together with a few prayers next Wednesday evening at 5:00pm.  This is mostly a time to visit and talk about Bea, with a gentle structure to pray and remember her. 

Our Christmas services will include a short outdoor distanced masked service on Christmas Eve, in the courtyard and around the church, with brief readings and a short message, singing Silent Night with our candles while Henry plays the organ inside the church.  We will also livestream a full Christmas Eve service at 7pm, with beautiful music, candles, preaching, and of course Silent Night.  Christmas Day morning we will have a Pajama Mass on Zoom (not livestreamed), a friendly easy service preached and presided from home - in jammies!  A nice break between presents, breakfast/brunch, and the rest of the day.  Please join us! 

In Christ,
Shelly
A Vestry meeting was held on December 7, 2020. Just a reminder: parishioners are welcome to attend vestry meetings which are held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month. The next meeting is Tuesday, January 12, at 6pm. Please notify Mary Herdell or Rev. Shelly if you are interested in attending.

The minor Maintenance committee is in dire need of volunteers presently. Please email the church office or Kathy Chamberlain if you would like to help.

The Re-Opening Committee continues to work on protocols and needs for reopening the church for services but that date has not been set yet.
Elizabeth Gregory Home
As winter is approaching. Winter coats and jackets are  needed for the women at  Elizabeth Gregory House.  All sizes are welcomed, especially Large snd XL.
$10 gift cards are always appreciated. Their address is  1604 NE 50th Street. 98105 and they are open 9-4 weekdays and Sunday 9-3.   Due to Covid the donations would need to be delivered rather than brought to CEC.
Come fall in love with St. Luke’s Edible Hope Kitchen this season! Volunteer with us during the month of November. We have openings Monday through Friday from 8am to 1pm. 
Sign up here using our registration link. 
You can also email Emilie Han at meals@stlukesseattle.org with any questions.
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
The Little Free Pantry is up and running. This is a project of the UW Campus Ministry based here at Christ Church.  Alan Wheaton, Phil Hodgins, and John Anderson have been instrumental in getting it built and installed, and in keeping it stocked. The Pantry is a way for Christ Church and our neighbors to provide non-perishable food, hygiene and paper items to our community. Christ Church has been stocking it daily and people in the neighborhood are also adding to the pantry fairly regularly.  The pantry gets emptied on most days so we know it is reaching people who need these items.
 
Even though Christ Church remains closed, the Little Free Pantry offers a way for the parish to continue our outreach to the neighborhood. If you are in the area, you can drive by after a grocery trip and add something to the pantry (it's in the garden on the west side of the church). Food donations must be non-perishable and can be items that can be eaten as is or that can be taken home to prepare. 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,

It's been another week of...well, events. Previously, Advent has been preparation of Christmas - and there is, of course, still things to be done even with the building still closed. It's not the same - and frankly, after 2020, it really shouldn't be.

Just as this past Lent was joked as the "Lentiest Lent that has ever Lented", Advent this year is far more Advent-y than we had anticipated, in terms of waiting (for Jesus, but also a vaccine) and preparing the way (for Jesus, but also reopening, and hopefully with more than a small demographic of people in mind this time). Speaking for myself, I am feeling a little more Advent hope in the stillness than ever before - maybe because this year brought everything to the global table, to a point where it is (finally) impossible to ignore. 

Also a quick note: I am taking this Monday off to get through the rest of my vacation time, so the office will be even a bit more "closed", as it were.

Finally, Mr. Bubbles's blanket just happens to be purple, he is not making an Advent preference one way or the other.

In love and service,
Cara

 
Wrens says, “It’s not easy being neat, when you’re learning how to eat!” (Wren, Amanda, and Chris McPeak)
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