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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, March 28 - Palm Sunday
10am - Sunday Livestream 

11:30am - Street Chaplaincy

Thursday, April 1 - Maundy Thursday
5pm - Livestream with Home Participation
6pm - In-Person Liturgy

Friday, April 2 - Good Friday
5pm - Livestream with Home Participation
6pm - In-Person Liturgy

Saturday, April 3 - Easter Vigil
7:43pm - Livestream with Home Participation
7:43pm - In-Person Liturgy

 
For details about all these liturgies,
please see the Holy Week announcement below the Letter from the Rector.


Links and service leaflets for Palm Sunday will be emailed on Saturday afternoon. Links and service leaflets for the rest of Holy Week will be sent midweek. Keep an eye out!
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.
Christ Church members are reaching out to assist eligible individuals in navigating the challenging enrollment system in order to get scheduled for their COVID19 vaccination. If you or someone you know is in need of assistance,
contact Eric Vegors at (206) 715-3135 or email the church office.
Letter from the Rector
Hello friends,
 
Another busy week knee-deep in Holy Week preparations!  I can't wait to see you next week for our journey together through the last days of Jesus's life.  The regular other things too: calls, e-mails, talks about where we are in relationship to the developers south of us, Campus Ministry planning.  I had to take a surprise half sick day on Friday when Moses was sent home from preschool throwing up, but we're grateful we both tested negative for COVID. 
 
A note, too - for those of you who have received a stimulus payment and wish to offer some or all of it to the church - THANK YOU!  Right now, the place of greatest need is the general operating fund.  The discretionary fund is flush (with much gratitude to its donors), and right now with our deficit we can most use the money to keep street chaplaincy happening with its increased budget, staff serving the parish and community, and musicians to make our lives beautiful. 
 
Please keep an eye out for the announcement about the wide range of Holy Week options and do come!
 
In Christ,
Shelly
Holy Week at Christ Church
If you would like to view this document as a PDF, you may do so here.

Plans in the Works to House PHRA at Christ Church

At our Annual Meeting we heard a presentation from the People's Harm Reduction Alliance (PHRA) about their outreach work in the University District. You can read about their program on their website at www.phra.org. After this presentation, we asked the parish to provide feedback and questions. the survey results were overwhelmingly supportive of working with PHRA, though many had questions about how this will impact existing programs.
At its annual retreat, the vestry decided to move forward toward formalizing an agreement for PHRA to become a resident partner at Christ Church. The vestry has asked its newly appointed Infrastructure Committee, which includes Wes Ono, Mary Herdell, and Joslin Harris-Gane, to figure out a way for PHRA to share the undercroft on its days of service and to provide the PHRA office space. The space being considered includes the present Bride's Room and Music Room.
The Infrastructure Committee has been in contact with a wide range of stakeholders about how to adjust our ministries and their use of space. The goal is to find ways to maximize our existing programs and delight the staff and volunteers, while fulfilling an important commitment to the wider community by forming this new partnership with PHRA.
Our Communications Committee put out a parish-wide survey earlier this year to solicit responses to PHRA coming to Christ Church. Your questions, concerns, and support are very important to us. If you have further feedback, please be in touch with any of our members prior to the April 13 vestry meeting.

Communications Committee
Todd Voelker, todd@eelfang.com, 206-963-2392
Gene Leonardson, gene.leonardson@frontier.com, 206-295-9396
Peter Strimer, pstrimer@comcast.net, 206-579-6606

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

Even though Christ Church remains closed, our Little Free Pantry outside the church offers a way for the parish to continue our outreach to the neighborhood. Christ Church has been stocking it daily and people in the neighborhood also add to the pantry fairly regularly.  The pantry gets emptied on most days so we know it is reaching people who need these items.  The Little Free Pantry is a project of the UW Campus Ministry based here at Christ Church.  

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. Hygiene and paper items can also be shared through the pantry.

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.
Hello everyone,

Thank you for the many kind notes I received this week - along with retelling Mr. Bubbles's adoption story, they cheered me up a good deal. As Shelly mentioned above, the staff is fairly swamped with Holy Week stuff - but I'm excited. Liturgy doesn't always have to take place in a chancel! 

Please enjoy this slightly salacious photo of Mr. Bubbles after I startled him (on accident!).

In love and service,
Cara
 
Frank Pollard emailed these lovely flowers earlier this week!
Beautiful rhododendron and daffodil from Linda Donaldson!
Becky and Jun's Spring Walk in Gene Coulon Park. We had a nice walk as well as a sparkly conversation on Tuesday there.
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