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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 20 - Advent IV
10am - Sunday Livestream - A Festival of Lessons and Carols

11:30am - Street Chaplaincy 

Thursday, December 24 - Christmas Eve
5pm - Outdoor Socially-Distant Candlelight Silent Night
7pm - Livestreamed Eucharist

Friday, December 25 - Christmas Day
10am - Zoom Pajama Mass


An email with links, bulletins, and call information will be sent out Wednesday afternoon.
If you would like votive candles to light during Silent Night during either liturgy on Christmas Eve, they will be available for pickup at Christ Church both on Tuesday, December 22, and Wednesday, December 23, between 4pm and 6pm out by the glass breezeway along Brooklyn Ave NE. Come on by!

If you are unable to come by at either of those times, email Rev. Shelly or Rev. Chris in order to figure out an alternative that works for you.
Letter from the Rector
Dear friends,

I am happy to let you know that while Moses did catch some kind of little bug we have all tested negative for COVID!  It was quite a harrowing week in quarantine and I did take two sick days to be able to take care of him during our lockdown.  Tiny child in tiny apartment was quite a trip!  The first day we got to go outside and play (Monday) was ecstatic. 

The rest of the week was trying to cram in all the other weekly duties around the lost time.  We recorded for Lessons and Carols, I made phone calls, we had a lovely big Zoom memorial gathering for Bea, had staff meeting, worked on Christmas plans, hoped putting Moses on the iPad while I worked meant he was learning something from Sesame Street, rinse, repeat.  We are really looking forward to the offering of Lessons and Carols this Sunday at 10am. 

For Christmas Eve, we will be having two services:
5pm - Courtyard service (chilly hands, warm hearts!) with a brief reading, message, and singing Silent Night with candles and Henry playing in the church
7pm - livestreamed Christmas Eve Eucharist with music, The Rev. Shelly Fayette preaching

Christmas Day:
10am - Pajama Zoom Morning Prayer with preaching (and me and Moses in our matching Christmas jammies), The Rev. Carla Robinson preaching

I hope you have been finding some sweetness in the midst of the long grey days.  I am encouraged by the vaccine news and am looking forward to the beginning of the end of this time, and the joy of us returning. 

Peace,
Shelly

Bernita “Bea” Naomi Wilson Jackson

Bea Jackson, 82, passed away peacefully of natural causes on December 2, 2020. 

Bea was born in Seattle, the second of three children to Prof. William C. E. and Naomi (Steil) Wilson.  She graduated from Roosevelt High School and attended Central Washington University. 

She married Quentin “Q” King Jackson in 1958 and their marriage lasted 51 years until his death. She and Q loved to travel and this love of travelling continued after his passing. One of her most recent trips was to Wivenhoe, England, where she enjoyed visiting friends.

Bea was a career woman. She began in the mail room at Pacific Tel and Tel, which later became Pacific Northwest Bell. At work, where dress codes were conservative, she was one of the first women to wear pant suits. By the time she retired, she was a manager of a large department, the Interexchange Carrier Service Center. 

Bea was a lifelong member of Christ Episcopal Church, Seattle, and was active, at different times, in altar guild, choir, and wherever her skills were needed. She was also active as a volunteer for Seattle Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, and the Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center, Seattle. 

Bea had a lovely gift of being able to meet people where they were and as they were, helping many to gain new skills. She loved baking and often made surprise birthday cakes for the special people in her life. She also had a longtime tradition of hosting family dinners. She wanted to be remembered as someone who “loved people and loved feeding people.”

Besides having the gift of hospitality, Bea was a collector of beautiful and interesting things. Her collections of glass art, decorative eggs, and Northwest Native art were extensive and captivating.  

She is survived by her older sister Gloria Swisher (Donald), baby brother George Wilson (Claire McClenny), many in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, a long list of friends, including two friends from childhood, Sonia (Jarrett) Nelson and Colleen (Robinson) Saxon, and her longtime friends Stewart “Stew” Law, Roberta Delawder, Delores Stewart, and Ron Ubaghs.

Bea’s family extends their thanks to the kind and dedicated staff of Ida Culver House Ravenna for their care of Bea throughout the past years. 

A private graveside service will be held for the family. A larger memorial will be held at a later date, COVID rules permitting. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to one of the Seattle organizations Bea valued and supported: Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center, Christ Episcopal Church, or Meany Center for the Performing Arts.

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,

I truly cannot believe Christmas is already next week -  and I feel like I say this here in every week's note, but I also can't believe how much time has passed since I've seen many of you in person. It's hard, but as we've been saying all year, it's better to be a little sad temporarily than very sad forever. Jesus remains even when we can't celebrate the major feasts together.

While I have been floating my way through Advent, Mr. Bubbles has continued to take a liking to both the purple blanket (that, again, poses no preference of Advent colors one way or the other!) and this little pink bed. He does not like having his head covered, however, so we often see him like this with one or two paws out. In this instance, he stretched and then just sat there - been there, done that, buddy!

Also a quick note: I am again 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.

In love and service,
Cara

 
Older sister Kiki, 2 years old, and youngster Edgar, who will be 4 months on Christmas Day! (Pat Hyland)
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Christ Episcopal Church
4548 Brooklyn Ave. NE
Seattle, Wa 98105

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