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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, December 7
10am - Sunday Livestream
11:30am - Street Chaplaincy 
We are also livestreaming Morning and Evening Prayer on Facebook Live every weekday this Advent at 9am and 6pm respectively, and we encourage you all to participate as able.
You can sign up here, and let us know if you have any questions!
Letter from the Rector
Dear ones,

This was quite a week.  Sunday we kicked off Advent, in the quiet, in the dark, preparing, waiting.  Lots of e-mail catch up.  Monday was mostly off (like last week, I've had days that were "mostly" off and rarely one that was actually off).  Tuesday I woke to two slashed tires and spent the morning answering e-mails and making phone calls while trying to figure that out.  I was the speaker at Campus Ministry, so Moses got a nice big chunk of iPad time while Mama talked to the people in the computer.  Wednesday was of course an all-day negotiation to get to Bea (God bless the one chaplain I finally spoke to who essentially smuggled me in to Swedish) and then the eternal blessing of being able to be with her as she died.  It was sacred ground and sacred time.  Everything got very quiet, and we prayed and were connected, and she slowly relaxed and let go.  Then I had to return to do a College for Congregational Development training for facilitators who are helping a local parish disclose their parish's history of clergy sexual misconduct.  Today I led morning devotions and went on a two-hour pastoral walk with a parishioner, and cleaned up some odds and ends.  I also went and got a COVID test, since I had been to the hospital.  Tomorrow the wardens will meet, I'll do evening devotions, and try to address some of the buildup from this week.  Saturday I will have the session with the church in their disclosure process, but hopefully some quality time with Moses before that.  Sunday we have a very special visitor named St. Nicholas who will be appearing in our service! 

As always, your clergy are available to you during this time of grieving.  Please don't be hesitant about reaching out. 
 
With love,
Shelly
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.
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
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.
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,

Although my time at Christ Church has been relatively short, I too am mourning and processing the loss of Bea Jackson. Last fall and then earlier this year, she and I had been trying to plan a time when I could visit her at Ida Culver so she could help me identify people in some old photographs I've been finding down from the archive closet.

Of course, we decided at the beginning of coronatide that we could wait in order to keep her as safe as possible, and of course, now that won't get to happen either. I appreciate her willingness to help in any case.

My mom told me some years ago that in some parts of Japanese culture - or at least, our family's part - those we have lost sometimes will come back to visit as a or through a bird. It's hard to explain, but there have been a few instances where I've seen what I'm *pretty* sure is the same bird a few times over a period of a couple days, and I always wonder who it could be. I'll keep an eye out when I'm around Christ Church - I can only imagine that if there is a bird that seems to be consciously visiting, it could be Bea.

I hope that you all take some time to take care of your spiritual selves when you can this Advent.

In love and service,
Cara
Clara MacBeth and Melissa Morrell's Advent Wreath!
Becky Haver and Jun Xu had a lovely walk near the Renton Memorial Stadium before Thanksgiving!
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4548 Brooklyn Ave. NE
Seattle, Wa 98105

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