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GOOD NEWS Brief
A Publication of Christ Episcopal Church
November 12, 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

Sunday, November 15
10am - Morning Liturgy - Ingathering Sunday 
11:30am(ish) - Street Chaplaincy - please see announcement below for more information on how you can help!

Wednesday, November 18
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,

This week started with a glorious Word from the Rev. Carla Robinson that made my soul brim on Sunday.  Monday Sabbath and then Tuesday was full of staff and Vestry prep, with more conversations about Advent and Christmas.  The Vestry meeting was full, with conversations about the budget, and a conversation with the People's Harm Reduction Alliance, a group that we have built significant relationships with over the past several years of Street Chaplaincy.  They run the needle exchange out of the Methodist Temple, and in that church's renovation, several social service agencies, including theirs, are being kicked out.  We have entered an agreement with them to store their medical supplies while they are operating a mobile unit, with an open conversation about possibly locating to Christ Church.  This will be an ongoing conversation, and we have some fine folks lined up to talk about how to engage that conversation - please keep your eyes and ears open for more opportunities to learn about them and their work, and what it might require of us. 

We follow the UW calendar, so Wednesday was a day off for the staff  (technically).  Today has been phone calls, some writing, Campus Min staff meeting, and assorted catch-ups.  Tomorrow will be more of the same. 

See you Sunday!  Crossing my fingers that the Holy Spirit comes through on this sermon about Jael and Deborah. 

With love,
Shelly
2020 Pledge Campaign - Last Call!
The 2020 Pledge Campaign is wrapping up.  As of Nov 12th, we’ve received 80% of the pledges we need for next year’s budget.  We need your help to close this gap.
 
If you haven't turned in a pledge yet, please do so 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.
Elizabeth Gregory House
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.
Garden Upkeep
Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who came out last Saturday to work in the church garden, Susan Folk, her sister-in-law Mary and Mary’s handsome dog Ollie, Kathleen Ward and Kathy Chamberlain. It was a cold and blustery day, but we persevered.
Our University community is still there, waiting for our return, our church’s heart is still beating, and the weeds are still growing.
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.
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
Hello everyone!

Welcome to the bottom of the GNB! It's just Mr. Bubbles down here this week, in yet another of his fluffy surfaces, having just slid off of that chair thing. I suppose there is something to be said about admitting when you've lost.

I do miss getting your transmissions with YOUR pets and joys though, so as we careen toward Advent here, let me know what small things are on your mind! As it continues to get darker for longer, I certainly could use the cheer, as I'm sure many of you could as well.

Thank you, and have a good week!
Cara






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