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A Publication of Christ Episcopal Church
October 1, 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 4
10am - Morning Liturgy - The Feast of St. Francis, coffee hour following
11:30am(ish) - Street Chaplaincy - please see announcement below for more information on how you can help!

Wednesday, October 7
7pm - CEC Zoom Social Hour
Letter from Rev. Chris
It has been a unexpected week, as most of them are nowadays.
It’s been oddly warm for the end of September.
There was a debate shouting match. And, it is unfathomable to me that this has to be said in response to it: no matter what anyone ever says, white supremacy is always, always, evil and must be condemned in all its forms. There is no wiggle room on this one.
Christ Church was awarded not one, but two, diocesan grants for technology, together totaling $12,000—one immediate, the other for 2021. These will help improve our ability to livestream and create greater accessibility to our church and message both now and well into the future. A huge thanks to the Reopening Committee and Melissa Morrell for their efforts on this front and to the diocese for their continued support of congregational development.
The UW started back this week and we had virtual Zoom tabling for Dawg Daze, a most unusual and somewhat awkward experience.
And, another baby Orca was born to J-Pod. That’s two this year! The first one was born at the beginning of September to Tahlequah, the famous orca with the tragic story, who two years ago carried her dead calf for 17 days and 1,000 miles. And do you know what happened when her baby was born? Orcas from K and L pods, who were out to sea and had not been seen since July, met up with J-Pod in the Strait of Juan de Fuca for a ‘greeting ceremony.’ Scientists don’t know how they all communicated to meet in the same place at the same time, but nonetheless there they were to celebrate the birth of a new baby.
I have always found that when humanity or the world seems to be faltering, animals buoy my spirits. Which is especially poignant as we celebrate the Feast of St. Francis on Sunday, where we will be blessing treats for your pets, since we cannot be together. I have always loved the prayer attributed (but likely not written) by St. Francis and it seems particularly important in these strange times: Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Amen.
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.

Income: Where our money comes from

Our church has six primary funding sources: loose plate offerings, pledges, endowment income (aka endowment draws), interest, grants, money from groups who use our space, and bequests.

  • Loose plate offerings are often given by new people coming to the church; growth in loose plate offerings shows that there is an opportunity for our church to grow. Over the last few years our loose plate offerings have grown… but 2020 was different due to the pandemic. We expect loose plate offerings to be less than in previous years in 2021 because we expect that it will be a while before we have regular in person services.
  • Pledges are given by those who consider themselves dedicated members of the church. While our church is phenomenal at consistently giving what we pledge (we are honorable group of people) pledges are down over the last few years because the overall number of pledgers is down. Even with the pandemic, our members continue to donate, and we are planning that this trend will continue into 2021.

We make up the difference between our operating expenses and our pledges and loose plate offerings through draws from our endowment (we have limited ourselves to 3%), grants for special programs from the diocese (e.g. a large portion of our campus ministry is covered by a diocesan grant), and from bequests. While we are fortunate enough to have these sources to draw upon, taking large draws is not sustainable.

The goal for 2021 is to reduce our use of bequests by 36%, which would bring the amount down to under $100,000 (in 2020, we budgeted $136,000 from bequests). As we recover from the pandemic in coming years, we plan to reduce our reliance on bequests every year until we are no longer relying on them for our operating budget.

Expenses: Where our money goes

You may be asking yourself: if I were to pledge or increase my pledge or just maintain my pledge, where does that money go? What am I getting for my money?

There are 8 mission areas in our parish operating budget:

1. Supporting our greater community for connection, justice, and support

2. Lifting our spirits in praise, song, and worship

3. Guiding faith formation for all ages

4. Making our space a warm and welcoming home for the community

5. Supporting the work of the broader church

6. Caring for parishioners in need

7. Evangelism/Welcome/Fellowship

8. Growing our leaders

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 -

As Chris said above, yes, what a strange week. Mr. Bubbles is back for a royal appearance on the occasion of St. Francis.

I don't have much else to say today than that I too think white supremacy is bad in all ways, shapes, and forms, and above all, is heresy, as it makes the impression that only one group of people are deserving of God's love and protection. 

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

In love and service,
An exciting dental life event and pasta with clams, a well-received new dish! (Melissa Morrell and Clara MacBeth)
Baby Wren misses everyone so much! Wren is becoming so much her own person. She wants to walk everywhere and now can even climb up onto the furniture by herself. here she is after doing it the first time looking very pleased (and a little smug). (Wren, Amanda, and Chris McPeak)
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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