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Christ Episcopal Church
4548 Brooklyn Ave NE | Seattle, WA 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 Week at Christ Church
Sunday, March 4 - The Third Sunday in Lent
10am - Sunday Livestream (The Rev. Shelly Fayette, presiding and preaching)

11:30am - Street Chaplaincy
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.
Christ Church members are reaching out to assist eligible individuals in navigating the challenging enrollment system in order to get scheduled for their COVID19 vaccination. If you or someone you know is in need of assistance,
contact Eric Vegors at (206) 715-3135 or email the church office.
If you missed Bishop Rickel's sermon last Sunday, you can listen to the recording from his blog here, or read a transcription text here.
Letter from the Rector
Hello, friends,

A big, full week.  The highlight and the beginning was our annual Vestry retreat: onboarding the new members and setting our course for the year.  The Vestry has three major arenas of focus this year, each with a working group.  Each group has both a theoretical aspect and a practical/implementation aspect.  The three groups are:

Belonging. This working group is focusing on issues of trust and connection.  In a hybrid year, both inside and hopefully post-COVID, how do we connect with each other?  How do we know we are loved?  What practices do we use to build relationship with one another?  How do we arrive at a common story about ourselves and our parish, including our history?  What needs to be changed and what must we release to build honest community?  This work is essential for us to be able to work together as disciples, as kin, as beloved, and reach out to those who are yearning for a place to truly belong.  If you'd like to read along with this group, they are using both Peter Block's Community: the Structure of Belonging and adrienne marie brown's Emergent Strategy as guides. 

Infrastructure and Building.  This working group is focused on both the questions of organizational strategy and organizational flow (i.e. how do communications work?  how might we build an organization that promotes, rather than inhibits, growth?) and on very practical questions (what should our rental fees be?) this year as we renovate the building to make it more fun and functional for our ministries as they currently exist.  This is also the group that will co-ordinate details of space shifts in relationship to an expanded relationship with PHRA. 

Sabbatical and Discernment.  This working group is concentrating on both talking about the reasons - the "why" of sabbaticals and the planning work needed for both me and the parish to be on sabbatical together, on parallel tracks.  The sabbatical is a time of discernment that we are both in, as priest and parish, and this team both works out the planning details of clergy coverage while I am gone and educates themselves and the parish about what it means to be in a time of revival and refreshment. 

The Vestry did recommend, based on parish feedback and our own discernment, that we move forward with a relationship with PHRA.  That team will be coming back to key stakeholders, such as Coffee Hour and Henry, and reaching back out to the parish for comment on a more clearly defined and structured proposal for use of the space we steward for God. 

The rest of the week has just been normal and busy: co-leading a Campus Ministry session on BIPOC artists, staff meeting, bishop call, book group, lots of e-mails. 

Reminder that this year I am taking my month vacation in April, rather than August.  I haven't had a real vacation since August 2018: in 2019, it turned into sick and family leave for my dad, and last year was bits and pieces, with no real reduction in workload (the work got done before and after my days away), so we will move through Holy Week together and then I will be away for the rest of April.  Our Clergy retreat is May 2-5, so I will return for church on May 2 and then attend that, with my full attention back by the second half of that week. 

Please remember to comment on the Design Review process about the development south of us by tomorrow, March 5! 

In Christ,
To find out more about the design review process,
you can see this email from earlier in the week.
Don't forget the corrected feedback deadline, March 5!
Share what you love about the University District to help inspire artists!
Right now, the U District Partnership is asking our community to share insights on what they enjoy the most in in the U District and mural themes you find exciting. Feedback will be communicated to artists as they prepare proposals.
Take the survey here!
Lenten Daily Prayer
Like we did during Advent, we are going to be offering a daily Evening Prayer on Facebook Live at 6pm on the weekdays during Lent, starting on Thursday, February 18th. We will be using Psalms and Scripture that do not appear in the Revised Common Lectionary and so do not get read on Sundays ever. It will be a time to hear the full gamut of human emotions as scripture writers try to relate to their God. And, on Wednesdays we will have an added practice portion that will help us to ground ourselves as we sift through the stress and grief of the past year as a path to healing. Please join us from your desks, your living rooms, your cars, your sofas, anywhere, in jammies, in suits, in sweats!

And please join in leading! We will provide you with the liturgy and readings. You don't have to generate any content or reflection on your own. You just have to be willing to read and lead for about fifteen minutes at the assigned time. And don’t worry, you’ll be sent all the instructions about how to use Facebook Live! If you would like to do this, sign up here:
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 ( 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
Hi everyone,

Welcome to the Joys of the Week! The rain has rolled back in, but luckily we have several photos to keep up our spirits as spring and Easter get closer.

As such, I have today just this very silly-looking photo of Mr. Bubbles, mid-swipe at his ribbon. It is not the most dignified of poses, but I suppose it's important to loosen up now and again.

In love and service,
Top: Cyclomen - this is my favorite flower in the early spring - even before the snow! It's a trooper and comes back every year spread out a little further under the Japanese Maple.
Bottom: Honey bees out feeding from the blooming crocuses -
haven't seen that before!
(Mary Lou Hatcher)
Lovely purple cheer from Liz Osborne!
Spring blooms at Christ Church: first daffodil (and no worse for wear for having a foot of snow dumped on it a few weeks ago)!  - Kathy Chamberlain
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4548 Brooklyn Ave. NE
Seattle, Wa 98105

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