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A Publication of Christ Episcopal Church
September 24, 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.
This (Digital) Week at Christ Church

Sunday, September 27
10am - Morning Prayer, coffee hour following

11:30am(ish) - Street Chaplaincy - please see announcement below for more information on how you can help!
Letter from Rev. Carla

The end of the last academic year was a disaster for many children, families, teachers, and administrators. School districts struggled in an emergency situation to do whatever could be done in the name of educating our young. To say the least, it did not go well.

The summer passed with hopes of a return to "normal." However, this hope died as the number of Covid-19 cases did not show appreciable decline. So, the Seattle School District and many others in the state found themselves forced to do exclusively online education.

So here we are in an education model that no one wanted. Teachers are struggling. Students are struggling. Families are struggling. In my household it takes two adults in addition to the online teachers to keep one child plugged into eductation for three hours a day. This has been personally painful.

Eventually school buildings will reopen. In person education will restart. we will go back to "normal." But I am hoping we will NOT go back to normal. Normal for me before Covid-19 was to consider education something I don't have to think about. The experience of the last 7 months has changed me. I've come to understand the challenge of educating our youn. I've come to a deeper respect for those whose work is in education.

Even more than that, I'm coming to see our schools as place where I as a follower of Jesus am called to act. Now I'm beginning to understand that education is part of my Christian responsibility. How? Because my promise to strive for justice and peace among all people includes the people in our schools. It does not matter that I don't have children in school. It does not matter that education is not my vocation.

I'm at the beginning of a new way of thinking about my role in education. This is part of the Good News in my life.
Run for Vestry! - Impossible as it may seem, we're nearing the end of the year - which means it's about time to put out a call for vestry candidates (and delegates for next year's diocesan convention as well - more about that soon!).
If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Mary Herdell or Rev. Chris.
Twenty-Comethings Group Coming This Fall! - Are you in your twenties in the 2020s? Starting October 7, Christ Church will be hosting a Wednesday night twenty-somethings group, for connection, fellowship, and figuring out what we're doing with our lives. The group will meet Wednesday evenings at 5pm for rotating programming of conversations, game nights, movie nights, and adulting lessons. It's open to all twenty-somethings, so invite your friends! Contact to RSVP.

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.

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 two 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 is up and running. This is a project of the UW Campus Ministry based here at Christ Church.  Alan Wheaton, Phil Hodgins, and John Anderson have been instrumental in getting it built and installed, and in keeping it stocked. 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 (it's in the garden on the west side of the church). 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.
Pat Hyland has paperback copies of all four books in The Dalai Lama's Cat series available for loan. They're a fun read, especially for cat people! Email Pat if you're interested.
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 -

I did receive your joys this week (thank you!) - and I will put them into next week's Joys of the Week, as I wanted especially to highlight an appeal from our friends at Chaplains on the Harbor over on the coast.

In the midst of not-that-great global news, Harbor Roots Farm has been continuing operating and expanding - truly a source of hope that we can rebuild with everyone - and I mean all of God's children, not just the richest, cis-est, neurotypical-est, and lightest-skinned of us.

You can donate to Chaplains on the Harbor here. Be sure to check out the photos below the letter too!

In love and service,
Chaplains on the Harbor: Keep Truckin'

Dear friends and family in Christ,

It's the end of the world and here we are fundraising for...a food truck.

A food truck?!

Like us, it's neither fireproof nor bulletproof. But as hunger, homelessness, and displacement explode across our parish, we are faced with the clear need to make our ministry at Chaplains on the Harbor more mobile than ever.

So much has happened in a year: we got the keys to our new farmhouse and 23 acres just as the COVID-19 pandemic sent the nation into lockdown. We tilled, planted, and watered as the country erupted in protests against police brutality and white supremacist violence. In June we were confronted by armed militia in the streets of downtown Aberdeen while peacefully marching and memorializing our local loved ones who died at the hands of law enforcement - and after the demonstration immediately got back to work serving hot meals to our congregation on the streets, like we do every Sunday.

Growing food, feeding hungry people, and raising up leaders who both work toward their own healing as well as serve and heal our whole community continues to be our bedrock through this upheaval. In the coming year. we will hire a new round of apprentices at Harbor Roots Farm, developing their leadership as they stabilize in their recovery from addiction, incarceration, and/or homelessness. We will expand our shelter season to be open every night through the cold weather. And: we will take our feeding program on the road. Between the increasing sweeps and displacement of our homeless sisters and brothers, and the huge spike in hunger faced by families with school-age children, we need to be reaching more people than our current locations allow. A food truck will allow us to serve hungry neighborhoods across Grays Harbor County, with free meals as well as with relationships, pastoral care, and organizing. And, on our ministry's off days, we can use a food truck for commercial sales (at the county fair, at Convention, and beyond) to generate income for our program.

As bleak as the news can be day after day, we have been able to root down in real world hope every day in and day out: harvesting food, supporting young leaders in recovery, staying connected to our wider movement family in the Poor People's Campaign, and planning our collective long-haul survival - no matter what comes. Can you support us on this journey?

We are so grateful for each of you!

The Chaplains on the Harbor Team

Donate to Chaplains on the Harbor here.
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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