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A Publication of Christ Episcopal Church
September 17, 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 20
10am - Morning Prayer, coffee hour following
Letter from the Rector
Hello friends,

Much of this week was spent thinking about and writing about negotiations with out developer neighbor.  We did get to have a special Vestry meeting approving Alan Christensen to ordination to the diaconate!  This ordination will happen at the end of diocesan convention in October.  Convention is virtual, and the ordination will be much like Natalie's - done socially distanced at the Cathedral with people Zooming in.  I had all clergy Zoom with the bishop today and a long Liturgy Commission meeting, mostly planning Convention worship.  We had the last sessions this week of both our podcast group and book group, with both wanting to continue some form of formation together.  I also had a lovely Zoom with a newcomer to the parish, a graduate student at UW.  I had a great planning Zoom with those planning the activities for our brand new 20-somethings group. 
I will begin two weeks of vacation on Saturday evening at 5:20pm, when Moses and I get on a ferry to stay at my friend's house on Lopez Island.  I will be there for the whole time, with Aaron and Moses joining me for chunks of time.  I will not have internet access, but both Carla and Chris will be available via phone for all pastoral needs. 
Aaron and I are heavy in the business of moving and fixing our house to make it sellable, so many prayers coveted for that complex process. 
I will be so eager to see you for St. Francis Day on October 4!
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, contact Mary Herdell or Rev. Chris.

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
Hello everyone,

Welcome to Joys of the Week. With all the smoke, I can't say that I found much to be joyful about this week, and I didn't receive any - luckily, I forgot to add last week's, so you still get some lovely photos! I think the smoke is supposed to clear up (for real this time) over the weekend, so prayers for that!

Stay safe,
Top: Summer bbq turkey - yum! 
Middle: We all need a little help sometimes
Bottom: Nuka in his social distance circle of shade
(Linda Donaldson)
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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