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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, February 14 - Last Sunday After Epiphany
10am - Sunday Livestream (The Rev. Shelly Fayette, presiding and preaching)

11:30am - Street Chaplaincy
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.
Looking Toward Lent
Feast of Fat Things
It is one of the great joys at Christ Church to celebrate Shrove Tuesday with a Feast of Fat Things. While we can’t be together physically this year, we are still going to celebrate! Bring your favorite indulgent food with you (maybe the thing you eat in secret when no one is watching) to Zoom on February 16th at 6pm. We’ll have a time to socialize, show off our favorite dishes, and have a Mini Dance Party! There will be three dance songs up for grabs that we will choose by raffle drawing at the Feast of Fat Things. Children each get 1 free entry. And, each time you sign up for one of the daily Lenten Evening Prayer spots, you will get 1 entry. So, sign up! You can earn additional entries each time you: 1) Write a thank you card or note of kindness to someone in the congregation—take a picture and email or text it to Revs. Shelly or Christ; 2) Call or email someone in the congregation to check in on them that you haven’t talked to in at least a month—let us know in an email (this one is the honor system); or 3) Make a financial donation to the U District Food Bank in any amount and email or text a picture. And then, come prepared with your song—otherwise Rev. Shelly gets total control of the music (and you know she really only listens to rap, which she is unrepentant about believing to be God's music).  If you've ever wanted to see your clergy rocking out to CCR or attempting a plie to Swan Lake, this is your chance!  Zoom details to come. If you have any questions contact Rev. Shelly
at revshellyfayette@gmail.com or Rev. Chris at curate@christchurchseattle.org.
 

Lenten Daily Prayer
Like we did during Advent, we are going to be offering a daily Evening Prayer on Facebook Live at 6pm on the weekdays during Lent, starting on Thursday, February 18th. We will be using Psalms and Scripture that do not appear in the Revised Common Lectionary and so do not get read on Sundays ever. It will be a time to hear the full gamut of human emotions as scripture writers try to relate to their God. And, on Wednesdays we will have an added practice portion that will help us to ground ourselves as we sift through the stress and grief of the past year as a path to healing. Please join us from your desks, your living rooms, your cars, your sofas, anywhere, in jammies, in suits, in sweats!

And please join in leading! We will provide you with the liturgy and readings. You don't have to generate any content or reflection on your own. You just have to be willing to read and lead for about fifteen minutes at the assigned time. And don’t worry, you’ll be sent all the instructions about how to use Facebook Live! If you would like to do this, sign up here: https://calendly.com/christepiscopalchurch/lentenprayer

As an added incentive each time you sign up to lead your name will be entered in the Feast of Fat Things raffle where you might win the chance to pick a song for our Mini Dance Party!  So sign up soon!  

 
Ash Wednesday Services
On Ash Wednesday, we will have several ways to celebrate.  

From 12pm-1pm, Revs. Shelly and Chris will be outside, on the church steps, with a table with individual packets of ash, ready to bless you from six feet apart.  

At 4:30pm, we will livestream an Ash Wednesday service from the church, including Communion.  We will then take both Communion (in individually sealed packets) and ashes (in individual packets) outdoors after the service and you may come and receive ashes (self-imposed) and Communion.  We wanted to give Communion as a way of offering sustenance on this long journey of Lent, as we near the tail end of this pandemic, and the long loneliness we've been in together.  There is still time to sign up for in-person ashes on Ash Wednesday! You can do so here: https://calendly.com/christchurchseattle/ashwednesday
Forward Day by Day - February-April

New Forward Day by Day booklets are available to be mailed to anyone in the parish who wishes to receive one.
Please email office@christchurchseattle.org with your request.

Forward Day by Day is a booklet of daily inspirational meditations reflecting on a specific Bible passage, chosen from the daily lectionary readings as listed in the Revised Common Lectionary or the Daily Office from the Episcopal Church's Book of Common Prayer.  As an alternative to the paper booklet (or while you wait to receive yours), each day’s reading is available online.
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.
Hi everyone,

Welcome to joys of the week! First off, I want to share this lovely news from the Willises up here with my picture so it doesn't get lost: 


Gail and Don Willis are excited about receiving their second Covid vaccine shot on February 20th and happy to be able to receive 'ashes by mail' while waiting.

Hooray!! I'm always happy to hear about folks getting vaccinated; it helps keep everyone safe, and is a sign that little by little, we're working toward being able to be together in person again. It's worth mentioning that this is still a ways off under current diocesan and state guidelines. But still: it's a step!

Some weeks ago, I purchased a cat-sized futon - but not the large, hard sleeping things that probably pops into your head; those are more common in the US, but this is a cat-sized Japanese futon - in many cases "futon" refers to Japanese sets of bedding that are fairly easy to clean and store during the day so there is more space in one's home.

This small one in particular is also more like a sleeping bag, although Mr. Bubbles mostly likes sitting on top of it (as seen below), presumably for maximum soft padding. This particular spot is right next to where I usually work, so he likes to supervise from as many blankets and pillows as we'll stack for him. (If Mr. Bubbles ever deigns to go inside the futon bedding, I will make sure to get a picture so I can keep you all updated - riveting, I know!)

And as before, please continue to sign up for our Ash Wednesday and Lenten activities - and yes, this time I just slapped the URL straight into the box rather than trying to make it look fancy to minimize confusion/404 Page Not Found-type pages. Thank you for your patience!

In love and service,
Cara
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4548 Brooklyn Ave. NE
Seattle, Wa 98105

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