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A Publication of Christ Episcopal Church
June 11, 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.

We are trying out Zoom services during June! An email like this one will have the Zoom link on Saturday afternoons along with the service leaflet - no RSVP necessary. After the liturgy concludes, hang around and chat for as long as you like for coffee hour!

With our switch to a Zoom service we will once again have an opportunity to hear voices other than the clergy. We need readers and intercessors again! Each week we’ll need two readers and one intercessor and you get to do it from the comfort of your own home as part of our Zoom meeting/worship. If you would like to participate as a reader/intercessor for any of the three Sundays of June, let Chris know at by midday Thursday before your desired date (except for this week - please let Chris know by 12:00pm Saturday, June 13). Or, if you are open to all of them, let him know that, too. He’ll also be able to answer any questions that you might have.

We are also holding weekly hangouts at 7pm on Wednesdays on Zoom! Generally there will be different things every week; email Cara if you are interested.
This week's Contemplative Evening Prayer podcast is posted! You can find the service leaflet here, and listen along at any of the links below:
Apple Podcasts
Letter from the Rector
Hello friends,

This week was full and strange, as is normal now.  Aaron and I are still struggling to both work and parent, trading responsibilities day-to-day.  Aaron is now on the coast 2-3 days/week, including Sundays, so my schedule is trying to shift toward Monday as a day off, since I'm with Moses solo.  I'm going to try this next week, and see what happens. 

Monday I spent some time preparing for Tuesday's Vestry meeting and answering e-mails.  Tuesday was some busywork and then our Vestry meeting, which was about half regular busywork, and half dreaming/visioning about this moment both in relationship to holy uprisings and COVID.  Wednesday was packed with Zoom meetings, including a critical one about re-opening the building, with a lot of specific medical information.  One of the most alarming pieces of data from that was about viral spread within buildings in relationship to their ventilation, and being aware of our inadequate HVAC system in the sanctuary, and our tiny windows.  This makes it even less likely that we will be at the forefront of gathering for worship within the sanctuary anytime soon.  We are starting to think more creatively about drive-by prayers and outdoor worship, but our sanctuary is not amenable to the kind of airflow that allows for group gatherings.  Also, unless we start talking seriously about removing pews, it is very difficult to socially distance within our space in a way that allows for a significant number of people. 

Between Aaron and I, we had 8 Zoom meetings between us on Wednesday, and I was on for the evening and missed our Wednesday evening gathering, but I trust it was holy and good.
Thursday has been spent working on the sermon, answering e-mails, on the all-clergy call with the bishop, and parenting.  I will probably work part of Friday, as I'm attempting to switch Sabbath days.  Saturday will probably be more sermon work. 

Things on the radar: we are working on having a collective single space to accumulate information about various protests and actions and their associated risk levels, the Vestry will have a half-day retreat to talk about the very big picture facing us, including our budget, our building, re-opening, community building, and our public response, working on graduations, thinking about drive-up prayer stations (Chris, Carla, and I at different spots in the city where you can drive your car up and we can at least see each other through the window - what do you think?) and outdoor worship options. 
Lots of amazing things happening within our community, too: plenty of our children making signs to carry at protests, and attending them with their parents, and two of our little ones making a socially-distanced lemonade stand to benefit Black Lives Matter! 

And a last wild grace-of-God note - I needed to get some labwork done, and when I went to do so, I saw a familiar pair of eyes above a mask.  She stopped, peered at me, and I peered at her, and all of a sudden we realized at the same time who the other one was.  Three years ago, during Advent, a young pregnant woman who lived in the neighborhood and who was in a very stressful life situation came to Christ Church and asked if we could help her prepare for her baby.  We came together the way we do and made sure she had what she needed: diapers, crib, stroller, clothes, support.  I am happy to report that it was her at the lab!  She is now working a good steady job, is living south of Seattle, out of the situation she was in, and her kiddo is now a happy, gorgeous, lively three-year-old.  She's given me permission to share her updates and gratitude with you. 
With love,

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.

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
Welcome back to Joys of the Week! As you can see, Mr. Bubbles is getting even more splendidly fluffy - he was supposed to have had a haircut last week, but we also would like his groomer to open safely on an approved timeline. Baths and haircuts aren't exactly his favorite anyway, so it's not so bad. At least we're home to brush him all the time! 

I have also continued to sit and think about my next steps going forward from the past two weeks; I want to make sure that I am prepared to keep up a just world for everyone around me, and that's taking a lot of inward reflection, but I'm hopeful.
The top photo was taken by our son, Zach, in DC outside the White House fance. He has been going there to protest a few times a week for the last week or so. I went to a protest organized by fellow teachers down here in Renton last week. There were about 100 educators there, holding signs and waving at the cars driving by.

The bottom photo is of our new stairs that Kirk worked on for 3 weeks. Yay! No more carpet on them and they're beautiful! I'm very appreciative of his labor. He's just glad he'll never have to do stairs again! (Becky Haver)
Black raspberries from Liz and Paul Osborne!
Kiki trying to get her face mask on.
(It's a clean mask with a broken string.)
(Pat Hyland)
Someone on the next street made a gnome village by the sidewalk.
(Mary Lou Hatcher)
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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