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Good News Brief
Christ Episcopal Church
4548 Brooklyn Ave NE | Seattle, WA 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 Week at Christ Church
Sunday, January 10 - First Sunday After Epiphany
10am - Sunday Livestream (The Rev. Shelly Fayette, preaching, The Rev. Chris McPeak, presiding)

11:30am - Street Chaplaincy 
Letter from the Rector
Dear friends,

This was a whirlwind return week.  We heard a great sermon from Carla on Sunday, despite some technical difficulties.  Tuesday I met with some others with the audio-visual person helping us adapt our space for better livestreaming both for now and the future.  Very interesting to think through our space - and to learn our person is a deacon in the Ethiopian Orthodox church, moving toward priesthood!  Lots of catching up on emails and first Campus Ministry of the quarter.  Campus Min is focusing on anti-racism work and how to stay engaged throughout the winter, during pandemic.  Wednesday was a meeting with Chris, returning phone calls, refreshing the news, and having our good Epiphany service that night.  Today's been wardens meeting and the bishop Zoom, starting to think about and draft a sermon.  Tomorrow will be a budget phone call and final sermon writing.  Saturday will be my last day with Moses for a week, so we will go on some kind of adventure.  See you Sunday!  It's nice to be back. 

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 ( 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
Hi everyone,

If you, like I, am feeling pretty overwhelmed and perhaps a bit stuck after yesterday's events in Washington DC began unfolding, here are some ways to help:

1) Donate to Christ Church's discretionary fund. It is pulled from by the clergy for those in need - often for what seem like alarming things to you or me such as food for their family for the month; auto repairs so folks have transportation to and from work (bigger deal than you think!) - and more. Little Free Pantry and Street Chaplaincy are also wonderful ministries that can be supported this way. Be sure to note what your donation is for! 

2) Donate to Chaplains on the Harbor - which does organizational work that honestly very VERY much helps prevent militant extremism like we saw yesterday by providing folks in Grays Harbor County with food, harm reduction services, and people to talk to (and jobs, when there are openings!).

3) Make a donation to the Duwamish Tribe, on whose land we live and worship on. Honestly, this is just a good thing to do.

Now with my little soapbox moment is over, Mr. Bubbles is below - and please send me your new year's joys, something you may have received for Christmas - really anything. I know that for myself, I have largely forgot how to address my own joy and hear good news over the past year or so, but we can do it!

In love and service,

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Christ Episcopal Church
4548 Brooklyn Ave. NE
Seattle, Wa 98105

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