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GOOD NEWS Brief
A Publication of Christ Episcopal Church
November 5, 2020
Christ Episcopal Church
Seattle, WA
4548 Brooklyn Ave NE 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 (Digital) Week at Christ Church

Saturday, October 24
2:30pm -
Diocesan Convention Eucharist with Ordinations to the Diaconate - Alan Christensen is being ordained! More information below.

Sunday, October 25
10am - Morning Liturgy - Ingathering Sunday 
11:30am(ish) - Street Chaplaincy - please see announcement below for more information on how you can help!

Wednesday, October 28
5pm - CEC 20-somethings Group

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.

Letter from the Rector
Hello friends,

All Saints was a balm to the soul this week.  Everything was there, life, death, faith, hope, laughter, water. 

Much of this week was being on big Zooms about the elections and also getting phone calls ande-mails and chats about people's anxiety. We are moving through this together, in the uncertainty, the best we can.  I also spent some time running around the city helping some folks with discretionary funds, had a wardens meeting to plan Vestry, taking phone calls, having staff meeting, planning Advent, plus Campus Ministry. 

Saturday I travel down to Centralia where my former junior warden from Vancouver has established a thriving farm, and has installed a gorgeous new labyrinth.  She is creating a space where Vestries and other church groups can come and take retreats, and I'm happy to be the Christian presence at that blessing.  And get our Vestry an in on the new space. 

We continue to pray for our parish, our city, our nation, and the world.  Just a preview: we are going to be spending Advent in prayer.  Deepening prayer, practicing prayer, praying with each other.  It is a time to pray.  More communication about the shapes this will take soon, but there is a strong pull to be in steady relationship with God right now as we await the birth of a little child who will change everything. 

With love,
Shelly
2020 Pledge Campaign - Last Call!
The 2020 Pledge Campaign is wrapping up, and as of right now, our pledge total is only 78% of what we received last year, leaving a big gap between our expected income and what we had budgeted for.  
 
If you haven't turned in a pledge yet, we need your help today!  Please visit the secure online pledge form and submit your pledge - it takes less than a minute to commit to supporting the mission of Christ Episcopal Church in 2021.  Or, you can mail in the pledge card you received in the mail.  Please contact the church office if you need a new card.
Diocesan Convention 2020
The 2020 Diocesan Convention was truly unusual - the first time it has been done virtually. Fortunately, the online experience ran quite smoothly, with only occasional hiccups.
 
This Convention had a major focus on Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPoC) and the issues they face in the Church and in the world. The focus permeated convention, beginning with a land acknowledgement to the Duwamish people, followed by Bishop Rickel's Convention Address, the keynote address from the Rev. Dr. Bradley Hauff, the Missioner for Indigenous Ministries for The Episcopal Church, and a sharing panel titled, "A Listening Circle of Voices in the Wilderness: People of Color Experiences of Pain and Perseverance in The Episcopal Church."
 
We encourage everyone to read the text of Bishop Rickel's address, which you can do here, and to view both the Rev. Hauff's address here, and the ninety-minute video of the Listening Circle can be found here.
 
During the business part of Convention, there were six resolutions sponsored by the grassroots Ethnic Ministries Circles of Color that addressed BIPoC issues in order to revive a focus on ethnic ministries within the diocese:
  • Restructuring of the Diocesan Council
  • Making diversity more explicit in diocesan appointments
  • A restructuring of the Commission on Ministry
  • Establishing a fund to help support non-stipendiary BIPoC clergy who lead ethnic congregations
  • To provide cultural interpretation to assist prospective BIPoC clergy during the ordination process
  • Adopting the Anti-Racism Covenant originally written by Bishop Deon Johnson of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri. 
These six resolutions passed by wide margins. As some have noted, this is but a start, and now the real work begins for some and continues for others. (For more information on the contents of all resolutions, they may be found in this document.)
 
The business part of Convention also included elections to Standing Committee, Diocesan Council, and diocesan offices. The Rev. Carla Robinson was elected to a three-year term on the Standing Committee. Joslin Harris-Gane also completed her second three-year term on Diocesan Council.
 
Rev. Carla was further recognized by receiving the Bishop's Preaching Award for a sermon she gave for St. Luke's, Ballard. The Bishop noted that the selection was unanimous. A video of the sermon is available on St. Luke's Facebook page.
 
And finally, at the livestreamed Convention Eucharist, our own Alan Christensen along with Laura Eberley from the Diocese of Chicago, were ordained to the Order of Deacons. Alan will continue to serve at St. Dunstan's in Shoreline. A video of the convention eucharist may be viewed on St. Mark's livestream page.
 
If you would like to know more, please contact any of the Christ Church folks who attended - your delegates, Wes Ono and Joan Pederson, your clergy, Revs. Shelly, Chris, and Carla, or Joslin Harris-Gane, your outgoing Diocesan Council representative.

Thank you to Wes Ono for writing this report!
Run for Vestry! - Impossible as it may seem, we're nearing the end of the year - which means it's about time to put out a call for vestry candidates (and delegates for next year's diocesan convention as well - more about that soon!).
If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Mary Herdell, Rev. Shelly, or Rev. Chris.
Copies of the newest Forward Day-by-Day have arrived at Christ Church! Please email Cara at office@christchurchseattle.org if you would like a copy mailed to you.
Twenty-Somethings Group This Fall! - Are you in your twenties in the 2020s? Starting October 7, Christ Church will be hosting a Wednesday night twenty-somethings group, for connection, fellowship, and figuring out what we're doing with our lives. The group will meet Wednesday evenings at 5pm for rotating programming of conversations, game nights, movie nights, and adulting lessons. It's open to all twenty-somethings, so invite your friends! Contact office@christchurchseattle.org to RSVP.
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 two 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.
Pat Hyland has paperback copies of all four books in The Dalai Lama's Cat series available for loan. They're a fun read, especially for cat people! Email Pat if you're interested.
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'm pretty drained this week. Those of you who may have caught me on either Zoom this week probably could see that. Incidentally, Mr. Bubbles has been spending a lot of time in the "battle cube" - which is sort of what I want to do too, although I probably wouldn't fit more than my head.

If you too are feeling a little helpless, you can still donate to Chaplains on the Harbor here, or perhaps to our Street Chaplaincy program or discretionary fund.

In love and service,
Cara






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