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Good News Brief
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, January 17 - Second Sunday After Epiphany
10am - Sunday Livestream (The Rev. Christ McPeak, preaching, the Rev. Shelly Fayette, presiding)

11:30am - Street Chaplaincy
 
On Monday, January 18, 2021 the office will be closed (so to speak) in observance of
Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
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.
Notice of Annual Meeting
Christ Episcopal Church will hold its Annual Meeting over Zoom at 12 noon PST on Sunday, January 31st, 2021 to conduct parish business. More information will be sent out in the week leading up to this date.

If you are a ministry leader and would like to submit a ministry blurb for the 2020 Annual Report, please email it to Cara in the office by 5pm on Monday, January 25, 2020.
Letter from the Rector
Hello, friends,

A solid week in the midst of great social turmoil.  We did celebrate the baptism of Jesus on Sunday (and I found out later that the bishop did tune in for our service!).  Monday was a quiet day off.  Tuesday was answering e-mails, putting star words in cards (soon to be mailed once I get my stamps order from USPS!), staff meeting, and Vestry.  We had the delightful news that even though we passed a budget with a significant deficit last year (around $136,000), with our program expenses down and our PPP loan, we only needed to spend $46,000 from unspecified sources (the Gahringer bequest).  We also finished the year with a 102% completion of pledges, which is utterly amazing during a pandemic!  What support and love you show for our parish - thank you.

Wednesday was a White Allies diocesan meeting and weekly check-in with Chris to talk Lent planning and some social media/evangelism planning.  Today I had a doctor's appointment for my regular quarterly blood draws, the bishop's clergy zoom, and the Campus Ministry staff meeting.  Tomorrow is just a long list of all the things I haven't gotten to yet this week. 

A few things to note:
We will be doing a 1928 liturgy on 1 Lent as usual.  Modified, of course, because no Eucharist, but keeping that legacy alive.  On 2 Lent, we will have our bishop visitation.  I'm not sure what it looks like yet, in Covid times, but he will be with us on that day.  Annual meeting is January 31 after the 10am service, and we are in preparations for that.  If you are head of a ministry, keep an eye out for announcements about us needing your reports for the annual report.  We have contracted with an environmental consultant to evaluate the contamination plume in the groundwater from Carson's Cleaners and create a technical memo about it to share with the developers south of us and with the city, with particular attention to what the potential impact of the development's dewatering might be. 

Praying us all steadiness of heart and mind as we come upon the week of the inauguration. 

With love,
Shelly
Financial Report
Here is information on the Christ Episcopal Church's 2020 budget through November 30, 2020. In the past we have published monthly Treasurer's Reports but that had gotten dropped in recent years. We are trying to get back to providing a monthly report in the Good News Brief going forward.

Information about the 2020 budget for the full year and other Christ Church financials will be available in the Annual Report provided for the Annual Meeting later in January. 
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 has been repaired and is back in operation. We are thankful for Phil Hodgins' repair efforts. 

The Little Free Pantry is a project of the UW Campus Ministry based here at Christ Church.  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. 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,

Time continues to pass and I continue to be surprised about it for some reason! It's a little strange preparing for an Annual Meeting after the past year - but it still must be done! (Being a LITTLE bit of an administrator nerd, I don't dread this time as much as some others in my equivalent position.)

Mr. Bubbles is continuing his quest to sleep on every surface in our 700 square foot space - and - AND, amidst the drama of the last two months of 2020, I somehow established a long-needed habit of flossing my teeth regularly, and with Mr. Bubbles's "help", it's become a part of the evening routine. Does YOUR cat know what the sound of a container of floss opening? Let me know!

Below the photo of Mr. Bubbles is a couple of lovely joys - including some glorious news from Judy Ostrow (who I hope will forgive me for including the entire note, but it really is all wonderful stuff to hear)!

In love and service,
Cara

 
Dear Cara,
 
The "joy" of my past week is that I received the vaccine!  The retirement home where I live is across the street from Virginia Mason Hospital. After treating their staff, they had additional doses, so they offered to vaccinate our residents, for free.  What a gift!  Usually a vaccination is not news, but currently this one is.  

My family has plans to gather in Colorado in early May for a grandson's graduation from University of Colorado.  The younger family  members were very concerned about my attending, for fear they might infect me, but no worries now.  I am very appreciative that my health was so important to them.  Our family is widely scattered, so occasional reunions are very special to all of us.  

My other source of joy is the annual holiday communication with friends I rarely see.  My family moved several times, making friends in our new home; we have kept in touch with a number of them, through occasional visits, but always at Christmas.  I also sent greetings and a letter, but in some cases, made a phone call.  There is joy in communicating directly with a valued friend.

You don't need to share any or all of  this (it's really too much), but I am grateful for what I have described above.

With best wishes,
Judy Ostrow
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