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A Publication of Christ Episcopal Church
April 23, 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.

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Letter from the Rector
Hello beloved friends,

I had a good quiet week after Easter.  It's still busy in my house, lots of people, lots of Moses play and contact time.  He's very into dinosaurs right now, and is also doing a lot of caretaking play (changing dinosaur diapers, giving them a hug and a kiss when they have an owie).  Also practicing counting on our fingers and making up numbers to try to explain how much we love each other - "I love you a polyJILLION!"  I also got outside more, and was able to just stare out the window a while without having fourteen things tugging at my brain. 

Monday I was grateful to be able to do the graveside service for George Dillon at Lake View Cemetery.  They were very careful with their process (the cemetery is closed with only these exceptions), and we were able to put his ashes in the good earth.  His almost one-year-old granddaughter was there, too, yawping sounds of new life into the spring air.  We are still hoping to hold a celebration of George's life when it is safe to gather again.
I'm back to working on liturgy.  On the diocesan level, we are starting to have the big conversations about what happens when we re-open.  There is a fantasy, a longing, for the day when we open and have a big gathering and all see and touch each other again.  It is likely not going to look like that.  We are being asked to buy no contact thermometers to monitor people's temperatures before they are allowed in the space.  We might need to have several small services in order to maintain effective distancing.  Coffee hour is likely out for longer than worship.  We simply don't know, but we are starting to put the blocks in place. 
In great news, Rev. Chris is on the mend.  Amanda feels good and is back to work.  Rev. Chris can return when he has been asymptomatic for 3 days.  He's still running a persistent low fever that just won't quit, though, so please continue prayers.  He has taken on some small tasks from home. 

I am still meeting with the students on Wednesday evenings.  The format is that we check-in from far and wide and then the students offer me a topic to talk about for a while.  Topics have included: "Is God gay?" and "Why is there evil?"  So, you know.  Very chill and easy. 

I had text study and a Zoom meeting with the bishop this week.  The Vestry is organizing to meet to approve Natalie Johnson for ordination to the priesthood.  This is the last thing we will need to do for her to be ordained.  Ordinations are still on, for late June, at the Cathedral, and will probably be done distancing, with masks and gloves, from what we heard today.  But they are still on.  We will have to figure out a way to cheer them on and be in collective prayer for them on that day. 
I look forward to being back in church on Sunday and seeing you on the stream!  It is really nice to see you and read the comments when you're there, so please introduce yourselves!  We are working on making a virtual coffee hour, too, with breakout rooms, so please keep an eye out for instructions.  Maybe not this week, but next.  We will be having music and Eucharist for all of Easter season. 
I love you and miss you all.

Dear Real Rent Supporters,

We hope you are well,

Even though the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center has had to close the doors to the public, cancel all events and tours we will still continue with our mission.

We plan to support Tribal members with food stipends and monies to support them in this hard time. We have had many Tribal members seek support. The staff here is working hard to provide all these necessities to them in a timely manner. We can support the Tribal members during this pandemic because of your generous donations. We know this is a hard time for everyone and we will get through this if we continue to support one another, together we can accomplish anything.

We raise our hands in gratitude!

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.

The U District Partnership will continue to send out resources and information for individuals and small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Below is information on the most recently released resources and news.

Visit our website and follow us on Facebook and Instagram to get the most up-to-date information and learn more about how you can support small businesses and individuals in need in the U District. We are here to support you, and thank you for doing your part to support our community.

We are also continuing to operate all of our Business Improvement Area programs: Clean and Safe, Economic Development, and Community Voices in the Public Realm. You can expect updates on our programming and priorities in the coming weeks. Find more information here.
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
Welcome back to Joys of the Week! As you can see here, Mr. Bubbles needs a bit of a mane trim (which I usually do anyway, as it seems to grow faster than the rest of his fir!) but is back and as ready for a photoshoot as a typical house cat ever will be (and yes, I was rolling around on the floor to get this photo). 

Please enjoy this week's joys; the flowers have been particularly helpful for me as the clouds have rolled back in. As always, send me your joys!

Wren is pleased to announce that our family has (largely) recovered from COVID-19! (Wren, Amanda, and Chris McPeak)
On the left is our front porch pot. Curbside shopping can be fun! Everything ordered via email then picked up at Sky Nursery in Shoreline.
One of the family that owns Sky told me sales in April and May support the nursery for the rest of the year, so Support Your Locally Owned Nursery!
Paul and I are still fine, puttering at projects, making progress on all fronts.
(Liz and Paul Osborne)
I had to go out this afternoon and every block had a red rhodie in full bloom. Here are some pics of our church year's flowers - the Wilson Hall rhodie, the purple and white flowers are in the courtyard, and the last is the Magnolia of Mutual Ministry.
(Pat Hyland)
Cara here again. These are all from the treasure trove that is Joan Burton's collection of flower photos, this time from a trip last year to Roozengaarde up in the Skagit Valley. Thank you as always Joan!
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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