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GOOD NEWS Brief
A Publication of Christ Episcopal Church
October 22, 2020
Christ Episcopal Church
Seattle, WA
4548 Brooklyn Ave NE 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 (Digital) Week at Christ Church

Saturday, October 24
2:30pm -
Diocesan Convention Eucharist with Ordinations to the Diaconate - Alan Christensen is being ordained! More information below.

Sunday, October 25
10am - Morning Liturgy - Ingathering Sunday 
11:30am(ish) - Street Chaplaincy - please see announcement below for more information on how you can help!

Wednesday, October 28
5pm - CEC 20-somethings Group

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.

Letter from the Rector
Dear ones,
 
This week was much like the rest of October: pastoral phone calls, Campus Ministry meetings, and especially this week prep for diocesan convention, which is happening all day Friday and Saturday.  Our fine delegates are Joan Petersen and Wes Ono, with Joslin Harris-Gane attending in her role on Diocesan Council.  Rev. Chris has been working hard on working with the Office of the Bishop to clear plans for our All Saints celebration.  More on that soon!  Since this week with convention has been solid work, I will be taking this week's day off next week and spending it on the last few days of the move that never ends.  Aaron and I will be in our new places November 1. 
 
We've also been preparing for a baptism we will be taping on Sunday.  As you know, this month we've been living with Aaron's sister Kelly and her husband Kris, and their two kiddos, who are up from Oakland while their apartment is remodeled.  Their youngest, Avery, just turned one, and they asked to have him baptized at Christ Church.  We've been working all the angles on how to make this happen, and what we will do is have a Zoom call baptism this Sunday, which we will record and insert into the All Saints celebration.  We're doing this because there is a key part of the baptism where the people must affirm that they will help support this person in their life in Christ - and that can't just be the priest (thus Zoom - come ready to shout on Zoom!).  And we're doing it to insert in the All Saints celebration as All Saints is one of the five key feasts on which we baptize, keeping those baptized in the lineage of those who have gone to be with God and the full communion of saints.  So please keep an eye out for the Zoom link.  The baptism will happen Sunday afternoon right after coffee hour.  We'll remind you about it on Sunday, too. 
 
I hope you saw the announcement about Alan Christensen's ordination on Saturday afternoon at convention Eucharist.  You can watch on the livestream at 2:30 here.  So exciting!  Christ Church has offered the wider church one fine priest and one fine deacon this year: we should be very proud. 
 
Please also note we will have a big open Zoom meeting on election night to just hang out together as results come in, and keep vigil.  The following Wednesday evening is our regular social hour and we will use that time to talk and process Tuesday's events. 
 
Finally, this Sunday is pledge ingathering.  You will have some time to fill out your pledges during the service - either online or by hand.  Your pledge card, like your ballot, is one way to build and support the world you want to see. 
 
With love,
Shelly
Pledge Ingathering - This Sunday, 10/25 
This Sunday, we'll be doing a virtual ingathering of pledges during the service.  If you have not yet sent in your pledge of financial support for Christ Church in 2021, you can do so using the online form during the service. Thank you for your continued generosity and support!
 
If you're unable to make your pledge during the ingathering, please plan on submitting your pledge by the deadline of Sunday, November 1st.  This year has a quicker deadline than in previous years, so please plan accordingly.
Diocesan Letter from the Bishop
Holding on to Hope: A National Service for Healing and Wholeness
Presiding Bishop and National Cathedral Host Live-streamed Prayers on Nov. 1
 
[October 15, 2020] Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will lead a live-streamed prayer service from Washington National Cathedral, Holding on to Hope: A National Service for Healing and Wholeness, on All Saints Sunday, November 1, at 4:00-5:30 p.m. EST. In the midst of pandemic, racial reckoning, and a historic election, the live-streamed service will gather Americans for prayer, song, lament, hope, and a call to love God and neighbor. 
 
The service will feature an ecumenical and multifaith array of voices, musical offerings, and prayers. Using a combination of live and visually stunning pre-recorded elements gathered from across the nation, the service will be live streamed in English and Spanish.
 
“The Washington National Cathedral has gathered Americans for prayer at the death of presidents, after terrible tragedies like 9/11, and in moments of joy and hope for our nation and our world,” says Bishop Curry, “As the people of the United States cast their votes for the office of president and many other offices throughout the land, we gather to pray to the God who is the Creator of us all. We pray that we might learn to stand and hold each other’s hands as the children of God.”
 
In addition to Bishop Curry’s sermon, the service will include reflections from Father James Martin, a noted Roman Catholic commentator on American life and values, and Valarie Kaur, an inspiring Sikh author, filmmaker and civil rights attorney. The gathering will be officiated by Washington’s Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde, Cathedral Dean Randy Hollerith, and Reverend Stephanie Spellers, Canon to the Presiding Bishop.
 
Prayers for the nation will come from leaders like Eboo Patel, founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core (IFY); Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Rabbi Shoshana Conover of Temple Sholom, Chicago; and Shane Claiborne, speaker, activist, and best-selling author. Music from The Coro de la Cathedral of Christ Church Cathedral-Indianapolis and Washington National Cathedral will help to lift and open hearts.
 
A live prayer hotline in English and Spanish will be open during the service, staffed by Episcopal clergy and chaplains, in partnership with Virginia Theological Seminary and General Theological Seminary. The hotline will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST from November 1 to November 5.
 
Watch the service here.
A live stream embed code is provided on the web page and available to any congregation that would like to add the stream to their own website or Facebook page. Congregations are invited to host watch-parties as part of their All Saints' Day observance and Election Day preparations.
 
To receive a reminder about this service, text HOLDING to 51555 (standard messaging and data rates apply).
 
On the web:
 
Greg
A Letter from Alan Christensen
Hello, Christ Church family!

Some of you have already heard, but this coming Saturday, October 24, I am being ordained as a vocational deacon. The service will take place at 2:30 PM at St. Mark's Cathedral. Due to COVID-19 only a minimal number of people will be present, but you can watch it at here. And Christ Church will have a presence at the service: Rev. Shelly is one of my presenters and Gail Willis is reading one of the (pre-recorded) Scripture lessons. I hope you all can share in this joyous occasion and ask your prayers of support in this new phase of my life and ministry! 
 
I've been serving at St. Dunstan's in Shoreline for the last two years as my field education assignment, and for at least the time being I'll continue there as a deacon along with the Rev. Pat Grodt. I've found great joy here working with the Tuesday community dinner ministry and with Camp United We Stand, a tent community in the North End that is hosted by St. Dunstan's and other local churches.  During the next year we'll have a conversation with the Bishop's office about my assignment past next year, whether I stay at St. Dunstan's or am sent somewhere else. Either way, I look forward to the next chapter in the adventure. Maybe some time after in-person services return, Janice and I can come be with Christ Church one Sunday!
 
Thanks!
Alan Christensen
Christ Church Repairs - Water and Heat
We have completed replacing the broken water main and the water is back on at the church. The process was difficult, but the contractor we hired - Complete Trenchless - did a very good job. They did the replacement without having to dig up any concrete (outside or inside the church) so putting everything back together was a lot easier than it might otherwise have been.  A number of pits were dug in the front garden and in the courtyard. We even learned that it is actually possible to get a small excavator into the courtyard.
 
With water running again, we have been able to tackle the issues with the heating system. We have a few parts that need repair and/or replacement, but that work is proceeding. The contractor determined that we can run the system before all the repairs are done, so we were able to turn on the heat earlier this week. Full repairs should be completed soon.

(Photo descriptions below!)
Top: Driving the excavator into the courtyard
Middle left: Manning the "torpedo" - running the pneumatic device to bore a hole beneath the courtyard alongside the old pipe
Middle right: Threading the new pipe under the courtyard
Bottom: Repairing the boiler circulation motor (Scott worked for the company who installed our boiler back in 2009, so he really knows our system!)
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 office@christchurchseattle.org 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 office@christchurchseattle.org to RSVP.
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 (w_ono@hotmail.com) 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 office@christchurchseattle.org.
Hi everyone -

Another week, another...week! Not that Mr. Bubbles would ever have known - he's been in his little fluffy cube for most of it. Dom and I lovingly refer to it as his "battle cube." (We have several sort of outrageous backstories for Mr. Bubbles, and space hero is one of them.)

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

In love and service,
Cara
Kiki is enjoying her new toy! (Pat Hyland)
Nuka loves a warm dryer. (Linda Donaldson)






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