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A Publication of Christ Episcopal Church
November 19, 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, November 22
10am - Morning Liturgy with Zoom coffee hour following
11:30am(ish) - Street Chaplaincy - please see announcement below for more information on how you can help!

Advent begins next Sunday, November 29! Our very own Melissa Morrell has once again created two Advent for both general use, but also one geared more for children. Thank you Melissa!
2020 Advent Calendar
2020 Kids Advent Calendar

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.

Letter from the Rector
Hello, friends,

I've worked all week, including Monday, as I am giving the staff next week entirely off.  Our staff have been working all hours, odd hours, during these 8 months of pandemic, and in our staff meetings, it has become clear that they need the gift of time and restoration.  This means this week has been a lot of early Advent preparation so that we are 100% able to rest next week and start Advent joyously on November 29. 

I met with the Episcopal Service Corps, virtually, had a couple long Zooms with the Canon for Congregational Development, spoke at Campus Ministry, taught a class at our 20-somethings night, took care of Moses, and finally got everything done to list our house for sale!  Tomorrow is for writing the Advent 1 sermon.

If you didn't see the announcement about how we are praying our way through the beautiful dark days of Advent, please join us!  Every weekday of Advent we are praying at 9am and 6pm - and you too can lead!  You don't need to generate any content - we will send you the materials and the instructions about how to log in to Facebook Live.  We are hoping to be consistent in prayer during a time of waiting and preparation, after an exhausting year - so much change, so much worry - it's time to just be with God.  Please sign up to lead here!  It will be fun to see you.  

With love,
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 with any questions.
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 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 ( to be added to the mailing list. 

If you would like to make an in-kind donation of hand sanitizer, now is a great time. As many of you are probably aware, the Safeway in the U-District, at NE 50th and Brooklyn NE, next to Christ Church, is closing its doors on the 21st. One of the items they're clearing out is a large quantity of hand sanitizer in 2oz bottles. The price at the time of writing is $0.40 per unit. If you would like to purchase some of these bottles and donate them to Street Chaplaincy, please let us know at and we'll make arrangements to receive them!
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
Hi everyone,

I don't remember if I've used this pose for Mr. Bubbles yet, but he looks majestic either way! 

There will be no formal (for lack of a better term) edition of the Good News Brief next week, as the staff are taking the week collectively to rest before heading into the next liturgical year. We are particularly excited to get back into Mark's gospel, which is known for being the shortest, but also very concise. Jesus doesn't mince words!

In the meantime, I hope you all have a safe and social distant week as you are best able. 

In love and service,
1. Lovely fall day
2. Last night's crescent moon
3. Camellia sasanqua in bloom
Linda Donaldson
Toto the Terrible from Paul Osborne!
Clara with a spoon on her nose - just because!
(Clara MacBeth and Melissa Morrell)

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