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A Publication of Christ Episcopal Church
May 28, 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.

Join us for Sunday livestreams! Emails with information about those will come out the Saturday before. Videos are uploaded to YouTube sometime early in the week after streaming.

We're holding virtual coffee hour again!
If you wish to join us for coffee hour on Zoom shortly after, email Cara at to RSVP by 12:00pm on Saturday if you have not done so for previous weeks.

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.
Letter from the Rector
Hello friends,
Another week in this curious time.  I did take my dad to the airport very early on Memorial Day, and Aaron and I were grateful for the holiday to be able to be together, feel relief and sadness, and to just play with Moses and talk him through this big transition. 
Tuesday was little normal tasks, and Wednesday saw a solid block of Zoom meetings, from staff to the all-clergy call with the bishop, to the student meetup and then Cara and Rev. Chris talking liturgy during Wednesday nights with Christ Church. 
Pentecost!  The staff talked about what might make the service feel at least a little bit like a party.  Our collective and possibly deeply theologically misguided  decision was to throw a birthday party for the church, with cake.  So Saturday evening at 5pm I will be tipsy baking that cake on either Facebook Live or Zoom and you're all invited.  On Sunday, during the service, Henry will give us a glorious organ rendition of Happy Birthday and you will survive my bad singing.  If you would like to bake with me, I will be using this recipe for the cake, and this one for the frosting.  For Sunday, please have something - even if it isn't these cakes! - to feast on at our little in-service birthday party and eat together afterward. 
Please do e-mail Cara at to get the Zoom link for coffee hour and wear your absolute best party red.  One of the most fun parts of Pentecost is seeing the red out in the room, and this is a way we can do so virtually. 
Remember that June 7 is a diocesan-wide service led by our bishop.  All of western Washington will be worshiping together that morning at 11am.  Your clergy will be home worshipping with you. 
Mark your calendars for June 30 at 6:30pm, when we will be all invited to the priestly ordinations happening at the Cathedral, and will be present in prayer for our own Natalie Johnson, finally and proudly ordained.  What a credit and crown they are to our church. 
We will be sending out another announcements specifically about our graduates (one high school and five college students!) and how we can collectively celebrate them soon. 
As we discern a path forward for worship during the summer, I commend the attached articles to you.  They are written by the Rev. Samuel Torvend, a professor at PLU.  I don't agree with all of his conclusions (obviously, as we are still doing virtual worship, which he opposes), but it is worth thinking through his theology about what it means to be a body gathered and a body dispersed.  As always, I covet your feedback about what is most nourishing and community-building during this time. 
With great love,
A Message from the Curate
I am excited to share that Christ Church will now have an additional offering during the week. We have put together a contemporary and contemplative evening prayer service that incorporates spoken prayer, singing, and Lectio Divina. And, it will be a podcast.
Right now we are being bombarded with video and images, in Zoom meetings, the news, and Facetime calls. It is a lot to process. So, for this service we are going to do something different. There is no video, just audio. We will engage in an ancient way of reading and hearing scripture called Lectio Divina, which allows for times of silence so that we can contemplate what the scripture is saying to us today and how we might respond in our lives. Don’t be scared of silence—there will be some prompts to help guide you.
It features our wonderful Campus Ministry musician Alex Johnston.
New episodes will come out each Thursday. It’s not live so you can listen to it and pray with it at a time that is convenient for you. I hope this provides you with some moments of peace during your day.
You can find the podcast at any of the following links:
And, attached is the service bulletin if you’d like to follow along.
If you have any comments or questions let me know at

Dear Real Rent Supporters,

We hope you are well,

Even though the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center has had to close the doors to the public, cancel all events and tours we will still continue with our mission.

We plan to support Tribal members with food stipends and monies to support them in this hard time. We have had many Tribal members seek support. The staff here is working hard to provide all these necessities to them in a timely manner. We can support the Tribal members during this pandemic because of your generous donations. We know this is a hard time for everyone and we will get through this if we continue to support one another, together we can accomplish anything.

We raise our hands in gratitude!

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! This week was particularly exciting in my household, as Dom and I acquired an air conditioning unit (and if you have been on any Zoom calls with me since last Saturday, I have talked about this a great deal every time), the first time either of these native Pacific Northwesterners have ever done so for our own home. We figured that we would probably end up working from home through most of the summer, and while we very much appreciate our lovely view of Elliott Bay, Magnolia, and Interbay, it also gets very - actually unbearably - hot in the afternoons, even with closing blinds and more fans than we care to admit. In full disclosure, Mr. Bubbles is glaring at a treat in my hand - this is very much staged, but I like throwing photos of him in too.

As always, let me know if you haven't already if you'd like to be included for Zoom links either to Coffee Hour on Sundays or Wednesday! chaos nights; they're both a lot of fun, and it's a good way to chat with each other in ways that we can't really otherwise right now.

1 - my 1st bearded iris bloom
2 - assembly line mask production continues with the arrival of more elastic
3 - visiting bunny was eating weeds not flowers
4 - Nuka was very interested in my phone
(Linda Donaldson)
Wren crawled to Godric's leash and was so delighted to try "walking" her doggie. (Wren, Amanda, and Chris McPeak)

[Note from Shelly and Cara: Wren's first birthday is this coming Monday, June 1! Email your birthday greetings to Chris at!]
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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