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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, February 21 - The First Sunday in Lent
10am - Sunday Livestream (The Rev. Carla Robinson, 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 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.
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 the church office.
Letter from the Rector
Hello, all,
 
We started this week with a very sweet Zoom church due to the snow.  The intimacy of it is nice enough there was a call to have it more often.  It is truly lovely to see everyone's face and hear responses.  Monday was my Sabbath and also a holiday, so no preschool for Mo!  We did get to go outside and party in the snow.  Tuesday was a series of meetings and then ended with our festive Feast of Fat Things.  I also was very lucky to have gotten the call from the vaccine standby list I was on - it is a list in a system where they are vaccinating according to Phase, but if someone no-shows and they have a thawed dose, they want to put it in a body and you get a call to get there within about 45 minutes.  They called within my window of childcare and I now have my first dose of Pfizer vaccine!  Wednesday I felt very tired but no other side effects.  We had a great Ash Wednesday and had a really fun time out on the steps after church offering Communion and ashes to our beloved people and to a lot of very curious passersby.  Today was a series of Zooms, book group, Campus Min staff meeting with some big yet unannounced news coming from the Methodist side.  Tomorrow I will take a walk with the new pastor at University Methodist, answer e-mails, and keep planning Vestry retreat.  Saturday I have a visit with a family in the parish with all our kiddos at a park.  Busy, full week!  You are in good hands with Rev. Carla for 1 Lent. 
Next week I will be doing two things: a continuing ed week at the virtual Samuel DeWitt Proctor conference and prepping Vestry retreat and our bishop visit.  Once the retreat and the bishop are done, we will then start planning for Holy Week.
 
Thank you to everyone who has signed up to lead Evening Prayer in Lent - you are a blessing.  Please join us each evening on Facebook Live at 6pm.
 
With gratitude,
Shelly
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: https://calendly.com/christepiscopalchurch/lentenprayer
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 hope you all had a safe week and weekend with the snow - I was particularly pleased with all the birds that came out to play...before reading in the news that bird feeders in western Washington should be taken down for several weeks because of a the spread of salmonella among small birds happening now. This is a fairly common thing actually - but just as I'd started taking care of my feeders after several years!

Now - today I have for you a photo of Mr. Bubbles with his *second* favorite piece of ribbon - his favorite is from the box of caramels Shelly gifted me for Christmas. THAT hallowed ribbon often stays near wherever he's sitting, and it's only the second entertainment device I've seen him carry around in his mouth on a regular basis. (The other is an ancient green plastic feather from one of the first toys I found for him after adopting him in 2013.) The hope is that I will someday have a photo of that, but until then, please enjoy Mr. Bubbles sitting on the slightly inferior ribbon.


In love and service,
Cara
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4548 Brooklyn Ave. NE
Seattle, Wa 98105

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