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A Publication of Christ Episcopal Church
October 15, 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, October 18
10am - Morning Liturgy 
11:30am(ish) - Street Chaplaincy - please see announcement below for more information on how you can help!

Wednesday, October 21
5pm - CEC 20-somethings Group
Letter from the Rector
Dear ones,

This has been a regular busy week, with staff and Vestry meetings Tuesday, Campus Min meetings, the launch of the Seeing White podcast group for Campus Min, a staff meeting for Campus Min, and lots of little catch-ups and administrative tasks.  All while the the moving trucks came to take Aaron and my things to our new apartments, the dumpster came to remove a full dumpster's worth of excess, and a Uhaul is taking remaining storage to my mom's tomorrow evening.  Whew! 

There is also a significant joy of this week, which is that new baby Hugo has joined the world!  Jessica Escott and Trevor Rickenbrode welcomed Hugo last Saturday.  Jessica did have a difficult labor with an emergency c-section, and due to a little known interaction between a routine antibiotic and a chronic condition, she ended up in the ICU on a ventilator for a day.  But she and Hugo are reunited and doing well.  Please pray for them and reach out to Cara for their mailing address if you would like to congratulate them. 

Diocesan Convention is next week on Friday and Saturday, and you can look at some of the key issues and resolutions brought forth from the Ethnic Ministries Circles of Color here

See you Sunday!  I'm grateful yet again to Todd Voelker for his great stewardship sermon, and will valiantly try to meet its standard Sunday. 

With love,
Vestry Report - A vestry meeting was held on Oct 13 and we began by discussing the book Emergent Strategies.

Paul Gardner, from Holcomb Company,  joined us to discuss the work he is suggesting for improving the HVAC system in Christ Church. The vestry approved the bid and the work will begin in 4-6 weeks. Mr. Gardner believes the project should take approximately one week.  Holcomb Company will also inspect the boiler in the church and establish a schedule for routine inspection.

Kathy Chamberlain reported the water main has been repaired.

Todd Voelker introduced the Stewardship Campaign on  October 11 and the Pledge information has been mailed to all parishioners.

Campus Ministry has begun with several new members and a planned Twenties group.

Christ Church will be celebrating our Parish Anniversary on All Saints Sunday. Updates will be forthcoming.
Annual Campaign - Our annual pledge drive is kicking off this week, and we're counting on your support for the upcoming year!  Watch your mailbox for your pledge packet, which should arrive at some point in the next week. 

This year, you have the choice to mail your pledge card back to the office, or submit a pledge online. We'll be doing a virtual ingathering of pledges as part of our service on Oct 25th. 
2021 Budget Update

The Narrative Budget

As we did last year, we'll be sharing our budget for 2021 through the lens of a narrative budget.

In this installment of the narrative budget, we’ll get into the details of four of the eight categories of our work at Christ Church and how we have put your contributions and energy to work in these areas. As you read them, may you be inspired, proud, but also reflective: where is God calling us to grow and stretch?

Supporting the work of the broader church

As an Episcopal church, we acknowledge that we are part of a greater church – in the Diocese of Olympia, in the United States, and within the Anglican Communion. We contribute to the broader church primarily in two ways:

  • Through time spent by the clergy attending the diocesan convention and attending diocesan meetings
  • Through our assessment, which is used by the diocese to support programs like campus ministry at our church and part of our curate’s salary

This area accounts for approximately 15% of our operating budget.

What’s next? We will continue to work with the diocese on deepening and improving our relationship with the Bishop. It should also be noted that we benefit from many grants from the diocese, including a grant that funds half of our Curate’s salary and benefits; a campus ministry grant for The Table (see below); and most recently, two grants (one for 2020 and one for 2021) to help cover expenses related to improving our online worship experience.

Caring for parishioners in need

Taking care of those in need within our parish family is one of the most personal works of our church. From taking holy communion to those who cannot come to church to providing prayer support and counseling to those who are ill or in crisis, our ongoing care exemplifies Christian community.

Pastoral care is given in the following ways:

  • Bereavement counseling
  • Funeral services
  • Pre-marital counseling
  • Baptisms
  • Confirmation
  • Visiting shut-ins

Pastoral care accounts for approximately 7% of our operating budget.

What’s next? We continue to be blessed to have an associate priest, a curate, and a rector who all spend time on pastoral care. We will continue to support their efforts, especially in this time of increased need due to Covid-19.

Growing our leaders

To continue to be a robust church, we need to have strong leaders. To that end, we support them by:

  • Providing some financial support for our local seminarians in their studies (we currently have two)
  • Providing for clergy continuing education
  • Giving our rector a much needed period of renewal (a sabbatical) so she can return to us spiritually refreshed (Due to Covid, Shelly pushed her sabbatical out a year to 2021)
  • Supporting our local seminary (CDSP – Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, CA)

Growing the leadership of our church is a way of ensuring that we will have amazing clergy and a vibrant church for years to come.

Growing our leaders accounts for approximately 7% of our operating budget.

What’s next? Our rector was contractually due for a sabbatical in 2020, but due to Covid-19, she pushed it out to 2021. We are well positioned to handle her departure, with our associate and curate. Enabling our rector to take a period for spiritual reflection and renewal will ultimately help our parish – it is good to have a happy, spiritually revitalized rector!

Evangelism, Welcome, and Fellowship

It is through talking to our friends and family about how awesome our church is (aka: evangelism) that our church will grow. Once people come to church, we greet them and welcome them into our parish and hope that they become part of our community. Once they are here, we rejoice in each other through fellowship, which includes coffee hour after church, rejoicing in our parishioners who are retiring from the vestry, women’s fellowship potluck dinners, and other gatherings throughout the year.

Currently, we do not spend any of our funds on evangelism or welcome, and very few funds on fellowship (0.5%).

This area also includes The Table, our UW campus ministry group, which was recently rehoused at our church, and which continues to flourish as part of our parish. We love students!

Evangelism, Welcome, and Fellowship accounts for approximately 7% of the budget, of which 88% is campus ministry.

What’s next? If we want to grow as a parish, we will need to do more to evangelize what an amazing place our church is and all the good work that we are doing. We need to be welcoming and reach out to new faces in the pews and online, and we need to do as much as we can for our students who are new to our ranks.

As you read about where our money and energy currently is being spent, consider where you hear God calling us to grow, to sacrifice and to stretch, and in some cases, where is God calling us to let go? How can we more fully embody what God is calling us to be?

A HUGE thank-you to Melissa Morrell and Kathy Chamberlain for their hard work on this!

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, Rev. Shelly, or Rev. Chris.
Copies of the newest Forward Day-by-Day have arrived at Christ Church! Please email Cara at if you would like a copy mailed to you.
Twenty-Somethings Group 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 -

You've already heard me ramble enough for this week - and I am just plain tired - SO please enjoy another photo of Mr. Bubbles in his current favorite bed with one of his favorite blankets.

Also, you can still donate to Chaplains on the Harbor here.

In love and service,

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