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A Publication of Christ Episcopal Church
October 29, 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
Daylight Savings Time has come upon us!
Don't forget to adjust your clocks this weekend.

Sunday, November 1
10am - Morning Liturgy
11am - Communion (See Letter from the Rector)
11:30am(ish) - Street Chaplaincy - please see announcement below for more information on how you can help!

Tuesday, November 3
5pm - Election Night Open Zoom Call (See Cara's letter

Wednesday, November 4
5pm - CEC 20-somethings Group
7pm - CEC Social Hour (Zoom)
Have you remembered to pledge?

This year is a little different (as with most else), but great news: you can fill out a pledge form online! 

If you have already mailed in a physical pledge card, you do not need to fill this form out.

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.

Letter from the Rector
Hello, friends,
Another regular, busy pastoring-in-COVID week, with the addition of two full days in diocesan convention.  Bishop call, pastoral calls, Campus Ministry, staff meeting, staff-meeting-for-Campus-Ministry, a glorious baptism that will be added into the All Saints livestream for Sunday!
The biggest announcement is that we will have Eucharist on Sunday!!!  We will consecrate at the altar and then afterward, you will be able to sign up to come to the church, meet us outside, have a small prayer, and receive the host.  (We are still forbidden from the wine.)  I cannot wait to see you!  Please sign up here, and bring this document (digitally or printed) at your appointed time.
If you haven't turned in your pledge, there is an easy online way to do it!  The link can be found here the ingathering service can be seen on our YouTube channel.
With love and the body of Christ,
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.
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, 

We impactful week coming up, so I wanted to elaborate on a couple of the things that Christ Church and the wider Episcopal Church are holding as we prepare and move through a pretty difficult election.

First: as we mentioned a couple weeks ago, Forward Day by Day has an ongoing short prayer cycle through next Wednesday (November 4).

Next, as you may have read in Bishop Rickel's letter we ran in the GNB last week, this Sunday, Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC is holding an interfaith prayer service, which will be streamed on their website. If you can't watch it as it happens, they often post on YouTube afterwards, much the same fashion Christ Church does.

And then, as listed above, we will have two Zoom events next week: one each on Tuesday and Wednesday.

On Tuesday, we will have a several-hour long open Zoom call, starting at 5pm, simply to be (virtually) with each other as election results come in. This will be very much a drop-in-as-you-like type of call; there is no particular agenda or being late for anything.

On Wednesday evening, we will have our scheduled Social Hour at 7pm - and this will be more about decompressing and being together in that - no matter the outcome (if we even know then!).

There will be an email reminder on Monday with all the call information for your convenience. 

In the meantime, I hope everyone is taking care of themselves. Below is a photo I took from my room in Tokyo on January 1, 2010, of western Tokyo and Mount Fuji. 

In love and service,

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