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A Publication of Christ Episcopal Church
June 18, 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.

We are trying out Zoom services during June! An email like this one will have the Zoom link on Saturday afternoons along with the service leaflet - no RSVP necessary. After the liturgy concludes, hang around and chat for as long as you like for coffee hour!

With our switch to a Zoom service we will once again have an opportunity to hear voices other than the clergy. We need readers and intercessors again! Each week we’ll need two readers and one intercessor and you get to do it from the comfort of your own home as part of our Zoom meeting/worship. If you would like to read, please contact Becky Haver.

We are also holding weekly hangouts at 7pm on Wednesdays on Zoom! Generally there will be different things every week; email Cara if you are interested.
This week's Contemplative Evening Prayer podcast is posted! You can listen along at any of the links below:
Apple Podcasts
Letter from the Rector
Hello friends,

This week included my first success at taking a Monday Sabbath, while Aaron was away.  I'm very proud of the Black Lives Matter demonstration that he organized out on the Harbor on Monday, though they did encounter drunk armed counter-protesters who ended up threatening their group of mostly women and children, unarmed.  Tuesday was wrapping up bits and pieces, e-mails, working on graduation plans, checking in with the bishop.  Wednesday was a big block of meetings, including staff meeting in the morning, a visit to CHAZ/CHOP with a parishioner in the afternoon, and attending the King County Library's Juneteenth conversation in lieu of our Wednesday programming.  Today I am getting things ready to celebrate our graduating Campus Ministry seniors and in my liturgy commission meeting, where we are talking about liturgy in pandemic.  Tomorrow will be a full day of celebrating our Campus Min graduates in a variety of ways, ending in our big Zoom baking party in the evening.  Saturday is the giant national gathering for Poor People's Campaign, which Moses and I will celebrate from home, while Aaron is on the harbor.  Aaron's request for Father's Day was to sleep in and have a day where can choose to be in bed all day if he wants, so Moses will be heading to church with me again!  I'm grateful the CDC guidelines for high-risk individuals lifted from 60 to 65, so we actually get Rev. Carla preaching in the space.  It will be so nice to have her back, here, rather than remotely.

The Vestry will be having a special meeting Sunday to vote on Alan Christensen's Candidacy for the diaconate - please keep him in prayer as he continues to move through this process. 

Our staff will be joining the Vestry on the morning of June 27th as we take time to talk through big questions about how and whether we are moving forward with the big projects we had hoped for this spring.  If you have thoughts, please send them to me so that we have your feedback. 
As always, grateful for you. 
Dear People of Christ Church,
Time has become somewhat of a strange thing in these past several months; things that happened days ago feel as though they were months ago! In a sense, this has heightened my awareness of how long it’s been since I have seen you, my dear friends and family in Christ! I wish I was writing this letter as an invitation for our next face-to-face meeting. Given where we are as a county in this phased re-opening plan, however, it will have to suffice to invite you to a virtual participation in my ordination to the Priesthood on June 30, 2020.
Many of you know that this has been a long and sometimes difficult journey for me. It has taken paths I didn’t expect, and I found myself stumbling a few times. Through all of it, I have continued to remember you and the love and encouragement you have always shown me. Some of you saw and encouraged things in me that took me a while to see for myself and all of you have stood by me through the ups and downs of this process. Christ Episcopal Church will always be more than just the little corner of the world at 47th and Brooklyn to me. It will always be the place where I came to terms with God’s calling on my life, where I began to learn what it means to be in mutual ministry, where I began to understand what it truly means to love God’s people with the love that God has given to me.
Your physical absence from my ordination will be sorely missed. I do hope, though, that you’ll be able to join me on June 30 at 6:30pm online (Join from the Saint Mark's Livestream Page). And, perhaps when it is safe to do so, we can meet again in person to celebrate with one another!
May God continue to work in and through you!
The Rev. Natalie S. Johnson

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.

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
Hello everyone, 

Welcome to this week's Joys of the Week! Here's what's often referred to on the internet as the "cat tax" for the week - Mr. Bubbles lounging in the sun. 

I hope you all have a safe weekend!
P.S. - my bad! I completely forgot to include this delightfully social justice-centered Joy from the Voelkers last week and I wanted to put it up top after my little intro:

Besides contributing to bail funds, someone in our neighborhood FB group invited people to start figuring out alternatives for calling the police in our little pocket of N.E. Seattle, and how to spread that info to neighbors. Our first conversation today was promising! 
Carrie Cabush's ongoing role as intern at Christ Church has been community engagement: contacting businesses, nonprofits, and other organizations in the U-District to find out what sorts of services they provide and how Christ Church might fit into wider community work. Thank you Carrie!

This week I spoke with the University District Branch of the Seattle Public Library, which is one of the libraries open for bathroom use during the pandemic. They have put together a list of COVID resources in North Seattle and have a new program called Your Next Job that helps job seekers get started with unemployment, search for jobs, apply for jobs, and learn new job skills through one-on-one virtual appointments in multiple languages. You can find out more here! 
Some lovely roses from Liz and Paul Osborne!
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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