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A Publication of Christ Episcopal Church
October 8, 2020
Christ Episcopal Church
Seattle, WA
4548 Brooklyn Ave NE 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 (Digital) Week at Christ Church

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

Wednesday, October 7
5pm - CEC 20-somethings Group
Letter from Rev. Chris
Hello everyone,

It is great to be back!  I've had a busy week, full of meetings and plans for the fall, which will continue through tomorrow.  Our new linked Campus Ministry began this week, with a Meet and Greet and a staff meeting, we had a CEC staff meeting and Finance Committee meeting, and I'll meet with the wardens tomorrow.  The white allies group for the Circles of Color in the diocese met to talk about the diocesan resolutions that are about funding and supporting Black, Indigenous, and People of Color within the diocese of Olympia.  Lots and lots of catch-up and organizing. 
This Sunday we will have some worship centering Indigenous People's Day, alongside the annual feast of Todd Voelker's Stewardship Sermon!  Don't miss it - I wait all year for this.  I won't be in the space, as we are still rotating clergy to minimize risk, so I will be catching it at home like the rest of you.  This week is also our big move week, getting everything out of our house, the dumpster coming, and last pieces headed to my mom's for storage at the end of the week.  Aaron, Moses, and I are happily ensconced in Federal Way in a temporarily rented home with Aaron's sister, her husband, and their two kiddos as we transition.  November 1 we will be totally in our new places. 
There will be a letter coming out tomorrow about plans and logistics for re-opening for in-person worship.  Please keep an eye out for that. 
I've missed you - glad to be back!
With love,
Annual Campaign - Our annual pledge drive is kicking off this week, and we're counting on your support for the upcoming year!  Watch your mailbox for your pledge packet, which should arrive at some point in the next week. 

This year, you have the choice to mail your pledge card back to the office, or submit a pledge online.  We'll be doing a virtual ingathering of pledges as part of our service on Oct 25th. More information soon - keep an eye on your mail! 
2021 Budget Update

The Narrative Budget

As we did last year, we'll be sharing our budget for 2021 through the lens of a narrative budget.

Correction from last time: The goal for 2021 is to reduce our use of bequests by 26% not 36% as was previously stated. We plan to reduce our reliance on bequests every year until we are no longer relying on them for our operating budget.

In this installment of the narrative budget, we’ll cover the details of four of the eight categories of our work at Christ Church and how we have put your contributions and energy to work in these areas. As you read them, may you be inspired, proud, but also reflective: where is God calling us to grow and stretch?

Lifting our spirits in worship, song, and praise

One of the primary functions of an Episcopal church is worshiping God through liturgy and music. To this end, we have clergy who lead us in prayer, musicians who lead us in song including our music director and choral scholars. We have prayer books, vestments, and bread and wine as part of our service. Even in a time of pandemic, we have still managed to find ways to lift our spirits in worship, song, and praise.

This list is in addition to:

  • Acolytes who assist during the service
  • An Altar Guild that takes care of our linens and adorns our altar
  • Bishop Visitations
  • Lay ministers
  • Celebrations on Holy Days – such as Ash Wednesday, Holy Week, Ascension, All-Saints, Christmas, and the blessing of the animals on St. Francis
  • Mid-day chapel services, Sunday services, and a Friday night compline service
  • A monthly sensory service for children
  • Unction
  • Baptisms, Weddings, and Funerals
  • Greeters who welcome people into our parish
  • Video and audio equipment to broadcast our services

This area accounts for approximately 24% of our church budget.

What’s next? In 2020, our in-person services were stopped by Covid-19, but our worship services did not end. We transitioned to YouTube and Zoom and continued to serve our church, and as such, are even starting to reach new parishioners through the internet. 2021 is predicted to be much like the latter half of 2020. We received two grants from the diocese for audio/visual equipment improvements so we should expect our services to be even better next year.

Supporting our greater community for connection, justice, and support

As an expression of our faith, we do outreach to the community in a variety of ways, including:

  • Street Chaplaincy, where we meet our homeless neighbors and provide small things for comfort
  • The Little Free Pantry, a project begun by members of The Table (campus ministry group), to provide a place to give away free non-perishable food (started in 2020).
  • Rector and Curate discretionary funds, which are used to help people in financial crisis in our parish and in the greater community
  • Real Rent to the Duwamish (new in 2020)
  • Putting on Bach’s Lunch, a monthly musical performance at lunch time for the community
  • Providing financial support to Chaplains on the Harbor, who pastor to the poor of Grays Harbor County
  • Providing financial support to neighborhood organizations such as Elizabeth Gregory Home, a place for homeless women and women in crisis, and Gossett Place, a place for homeless young adults and veterans
  • Providing camperships to Camp Huston, a diocesan Episcopal summer camp

The largest amount of funding that we donate flows straight from the offertory plate as part of a designated offering to organizations such as Earth Ministry, Episcopal Relief and Development funds, United Churches Emergency Fund, ROOTS, United Thank Offering, University District Food Bank, Sanctuary Arts Center – which has totaled as much as $11,000 a year, while it only accounts for approximately 5% of our operating budget.

What’s next? Street chaplaincy and the Little Pantry have continued throughout 2020 and will be a big part of our outreach in 2021 as the pandemic has sent the economy into a recession. We have developed a reputation in our neighborhood as “the people who always come.” We are there for a our neighbors. Outreach and community activism for justice and support is an area where we are feeling called and will likely do more and more as our church continues to grow.

Guiding faith formation for all ages

Part of our budget is spent on raising our children to know their faith and to deepen in our faith as adults. To that end, we have two major areas:

Spiritual formation for children:

  • Director of Children and Youth who coordinates the programming for children
  • Godly Play, a tactile program for children to engage with scripture
  • A nursery with child-care workers
  • A children’s library

Spiritual formation for adults:

  • Catechumenate, our adult education program on Sunday evenings
  • A library
  • Forward Day by Day prayer booklets
  • Reading and podcast discussion groups

Guiding faith formation for all ages accounts for approximately 4% of our budget.

What’s next? During the pandemic, our director of children and youth has reached out directly to each of our children on a regular basis for at home Sunday school teaching. With the ongoing pandemic, this outreach to our children will continue. We have started reading and listen groups that met during September to discuss the podcast “Seeing white” and the book “The African American and Latinx history of the United States.” We should plan on continuing these groups in 2021 as they help to fulfill a spiritual need in our community.

Making our space a warm and welcoming home for the community

One of the largest expenses in our church is physically having a church – which is a meeting place, a worship space, a refuge, a musical space, and a place of comfort and welcome.

Having a church means:

  • Having a parish administrator to answer the phone, organize our newsletters, print bulletins for services, handle diocesan requests.
  • Office supplies, postage, and all things involved in the business of being a church
  • Time the rector spends organizing the work of being a church
  • Making sure the building is cleaned
  • Maintaining the building
  • Improving the garden, one of the last green spaces in the u-district
  • Insuring the building and making sure it is secure
  • Keeping the lights on, the water on, and keeping the building warm

The work of having a church accounts for approximately 31% of our operating budget.

What’s next? In 2020, we planned on starting a huge capital campaign to make major renovations to the church, but Covid-19 put that on hold. The church building, however, continued to be used and continued to need maintenance – all of which will continue in 2021. For example, Sunday services continue to be broadcast from the church, parts recorded throughout the week, and street chaplaincy uses the space to gather supplies before heading out to serve the community. 2021 will see all of these continue, no matter when we return to regular services in the building.

Next week, we’ll cover the last four areas of the budget – Supporting the work of the broader church, Caring for parishioners in need, Growing our leaders, and Evangelism, welcoming, and fellowship. As you read about where our money and energy currently is being spent, consider where you hear God calling us to grow, to sacrifice and to stretch, and in some cases, where is God calling us to let go? How can we more fully embody what God is calling us to be?

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing the details of what each of these missions entails and how through your financial and time contributions these missions thrive at Christ Church.

A HUGE thank-you to Melissa Morrell and Kathy Chamberlain for their hard work on this!

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 or Rev. Chris.
Twenty-Somethings Group Coming 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 to RSVP.

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.

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 ( 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
Hi everyone -

I appear to have not included a photo of Mr. Bubbles last week, but fear not: I have a pretty fun one this week.

Also, you can still donate to Chaplains on the Harbor here. 

In love and service,
Jun and Becky had a lovely socially distanced walk at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park this week! (Jun Xu and Becky Haver)
Staff at Christ Church
The Rev. Shelly Fayette, Rector                         
The Rev. Carla Robinson, Associate Priest    
The Rev. Chris McPeak, Curate                        
Henry Lebedinsky, Music Director and Organist
Cara Peterson, Parish Administrator                   
Heidi Hansen, Director of Children and Youth       

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