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Christ Episcopal Church
4548 Brooklyn Ave NE | Seattle, WA 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 Week at Christ Church
Sunday, January 31 - Fourth Sunday After Epiphany
10am - Sunday Livestream (The Rev. Shelly Fayette, preaching, the Rev. Chris McPeak, presiding)

11:30am - (or immediately following the liturgy) 2020 Annual Meeting

Thursday, February 4
5:30pm - Revisioning American History: Thursday Book Group - details and how to sign up below!
Notice of Annual Meeting
Christ Episcopal Church will hold its Annual Meeting over Zoom at 11:30am PST on Sunday, January 31st, 2021 to conduct parish business. 

Please look at the revised version of the Annual Report for 2020;
this is different from what was sent yesterday.

Please also review the other documents from yesterday's email (that aren't the Annual Report, anyway) you can find those here; this also details how you can join over Zoom.
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.
Thursday Book Group starts again!
Our book group this summer and fall, reading An African American and Latinx History of the United States, rises again!  We are continuing in the Revisioning American History series, this time reading A Disability History of the United States by Kim E. Nielsen. 

We will meet Thursdays between 5:30pm and 6:30pm on Zoom, from January 28-March 18.  Please join us and invite anyone who you think might be interested!  RSVP to revshellyfayette@gmail.com and let me know if you need me to ship you a book!
Forward Day by Day - February-April

New Forward Day by Day booklets are available to be mailed to anyone in the parish who wishes to receive one.
Please email office@christchurchseattle.org with your request.

Forward Day by Day is a booklet of daily inspirational meditations reflecting on a specific Bible passage, chosen from the daily lectionary readings as listed in the Revised Common Lectionary or the Daily Office from the Episcopal Church's Book of Common Prayer.  As an alternative to the paper booklet (or while you wait to receive yours), each day’s reading is available online.
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 a few 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

Even though Christ Church remains closed, our Little Free Pantry outside the church offers a way for the parish to continue our outreach to the neighborhood. Christ Church has been stocking it daily and people in the neighborhood also add to the pantry fairly regularly.  The pantry gets emptied on most days so we know it is reaching people who need these items.  The Little Free Pantry is a project of the UW Campus Ministry based here at Christ Church.  

If you are in the area, you can drive by after a grocery trip and add something to the pantry. Food donations must be non-perishable and can be items that can be eaten as is or that can be taken home to prepare. Hygiene and paper items can also be shared through the pantry.

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.

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,

Annual Meeting is upon us! I hope you'll have a look at the materials ahead of time - many thanks to the great efforts of Kathy Chamberlain, Wes Ono, and Melissa Morrell for helping me pull all that together!

As I promised last week, here is Mr. Bubbles in one of his favorite positions on top of one of his many thrones around our apartment. He enjoyed the weather yesterday (what a wonderful bright orb in the sky!), and really does continue to be a joy in my household. Dom took this photo - I was still asleep!
 
In love and service,
Cara
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4548 Brooklyn Ave. NE
Seattle, Wa 98105

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