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A Publication of Christ Episcopal Church
June 25, 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.

We are trying out Zoom services during June! An email like this one will have the Zoom link on Saturday afternoons along with the service leaflet - no RSVP necessary. After the liturgy concludes, hang around and chat for as long as you like for coffee hour!

With our switch to a Zoom service we will once again have an opportunity to hear voices other than the clergy. We need readers and intercessors again! Each week we’ll need two readers and one intercessor and you get to do it from the comfort of your own home as part of our Zoom meeting/worship. If you would like to read, please contact Becky Haver.

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.
This week's Contemplative Evening Prayer podcast is posted! You can listen along at any of the links below:
Apple Podcasts
Letter from the Rector
Hello friends,

A quick note this week!  Rev. Chris and I are in dueling College for Congregational Development and Campus Ministry conferences happening simultaneously.  An excellent team of CEC folks are also participating. I spent much of Tuesday with our Commission on Liturgy and Music and we are working furiously on a set of guidelines and resources for worship in Phase 3. 

This Sunday we will be celebrating our many graduates during our Sunday services - please tune in to be able to clap and cheer them!  We had our final goodbye to our Campus Ministry graduates last Friday over Zoom - so much love, and so many tears to this amazing group. 
Saturday your Vestry and staff will be meeting to talk through some of the issues facing us in upcoming weeks, and there is a great new Task Force on Regathering being assembled - stay tuned for updates there. 

With gratitude for each of you,
This letter is from last week - but it has information on how to view the ordinations that are next Tuesday, June 30, at St. Mark's. We'll send a reminder!
Dear People of Christ Church,
Time has become somewhat of a strange thing in these past several months; things that happened days ago feel as though they were months ago! In a sense, this has heightened my awareness of how long it’s been since I have seen you, my dear friends and family in Christ! I wish I was writing this letter as an invitation for our next face-to-face meeting. Given where we are as a county in this phased re-opening plan, however, it will have to suffice to invite you to a virtual participation in my ordination to the Priesthood on June 30, 2020.
Many of you know that this has been a long and sometimes difficult journey for me. It has taken paths I didn’t expect, and I found myself stumbling a few times. Through all of it, I have continued to remember you and the love and encouragement you have always shown me. Some of you saw and encouraged things in me that took me a while to see for myself and all of you have stood by me through the ups and downs of this process. Christ Episcopal Church will always be more than just the little corner of the world at 47th and Brooklyn to me. It will always be the place where I came to terms with God’s calling on my life, where I began to learn what it means to be in mutual ministry, where I began to understand what it truly means to love God’s people with the love that God has given to me.
Your physical absence from my ordination will be sorely missed. I do hope, though, that you’ll be able to join me on June 30 at 6:30pm online (Join from the Saint Mark's Livestream Page). And, perhaps when it is safe to do so, we can meet again in person to celebrate with one another!
May God continue to work in and through you!
The Rev. Natalie S. Johnson

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,

What a week! I really can't believe it's the end of June already. It's been quite the month, but one that hopefully has begun a movement that we won't abandon in favor of going back into comfortable complacence. 

Dom got a new monitor this week (one of our old ones began to give up the ghost and since I'd just procured the new computer, it seemed like a better choice for him to get the monitor) - but of course the most important thing is that Mr. Bubbles gained a new throne - until we took this cardboard up to the dumpster, anyway.

In love and service,
Baby ducklings at the Yesler Wetland Park from Joan Burton!
Julie Coryell and her daughter Maria with some lovely heads of lettuce upon their heads!
A series of photos from Linda Donaldson: Nuka enjoying some sun, the view on the way to the mailbox, two gaggles of lilies before the bunnies found them, and silly bee, you won't get any pollen there!
A tomato plant (that is larger than anything I've ever managed) and some rhubarb from Liz and Paul Osborne!
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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