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Good News Brief
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, unless otherwise noted.
This Week at Christ Church
Thursday, April 1 - Maundy Thursday
5pm - Livestream with Home Participation
6pm - In-Person Liturgy

Friday, April 2 - Good Friday
5pm - Livestream with Home Participation
6pm - In-Person Liturgy

Saturday, April 3 - Easter Vigil
7:43pm - Livestream with Home Participation
7:43pm - In-Person Liturgy


Sunday, April 4 - Easter Day
10am - Livestream with Eucharist
11:30am - Street Chaplaincy

 
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.
Christ Church members are reaching out to assist eligible individuals in navigating the challenging enrollment system in order to get scheduled for their COVID19 vaccination. If you or someone you know is in need of assistance,
contact Eric Vegors at (206) 715-3135 or email the church office.
Letter from the Rector
Beloveds,
 
I write to you in the middle of the surrender, joy, and labor of Holy Week.  I do hope to keep seeing you on the livestream and in person, and I bless your at-home practices.
 
A few notes: gentle reminder that I will be out for close to three weeks in April.  I traditionally take the week after Easter off as comp time for Lent and Holy Week, and then I will be adding a couple weeks of vacation as my first real long stretch since August of 2018.  Lots of sleep, lots of play.  You will be in good hands with Pat Hyland as senior warden and Revs. Chris and Carla for pastoral care. 
 
Please keep an eye out for a separate announcement forthcoming outlining the possibilities and difficulties of re-opening for in-person worship.  It is coming!  The most important thing is to not get overconfident and to please help prevent what looks like a fourth wave of the virus.  Thank you for continuing to stay home and for getting vaccinated!
 
With great love,
Shelly
Courtyard Cleaned Up
Big thank you to Kathleen Ward, Susan Folk, and Kathy Chamberlain for weeding and sprucing up our courtyard for Holy Week outdoor services!
REGATHERING – WE NEED VOLUNTEERS
We all yearn for the time when Christ Church reopens for indoor, in-person worship. The Regathering Committee has been planning for this. Now that we are getting closer, we NEED volunteers to help, folks who are willing to:
  • Check-in worshipers and escort them to and from their seats
  • Sanitize surfaces in the church before and after the service.
These tasks are not complicated, there will be training, and there will be a COVID supervisor at each service. Volunteers are necessary for us to reopen, and the more volunteers we have, the easier it will be on everyone. Please email Mary Lou Hatcher at marylou_hatcher@msn.com if you are willing and able to help.

Proposal to host the PHRA Needle Exchange Program
at Christ Church

The Vestry of Christ Church at its April 13 meeting will be voting on an important decision that will expand our ministry to the wider community while at the same time authorizing a number of changes in the use of our building in support of existing ministries. 

If approved the People's Harm Reduction Alliance (PHRA) will be using space in the undercroft to deliver their services and will make use of the former Music Room and Bride's Room for office space. To respond to this request a newly appointed Infrastructure Committee made up of Joslin Harris-Gane, Mary Herdell, and Wes Ono has developed the following proposal and rationale for adjustments in the life of our community. Here is what is proposed:

The Undercroft will continue to be used for coffee hour and social events. A movable curtain wall will be installed to close off the east end of the Undercroft, which PHRA will use for drop-in services Tuesdays and Thursdays 4-9pm, Fridays noon-7pm, and Sundays noon-7pm. The rest of the time the Undercroft and the kitchen will be available for our ministries and events.

To accommodate existing ministries affected by this change, the nursery will be moving next to the current Godly Play rooms which will mean all children's ministries will be together, all in rooms with windows and daylight. 

The music ministry will be moving office, rehearsal, and storage space from multiple spots in the undercroft to the former nursery space. This will consolidate space for choir, the compline group, and potentially for other groups who want to perform in the church space. Prior to these moves all spaces will be cleaned, painted, and re-furnished for their present needs resulting in a revitalization of our most important ministries and adding an important outreach component to our common life.

Those working closely together on this plan see this as a win-win situation for both PHRA, the children's ministries, and the music ministry. Our ministries will now be in spruced up spaces, and PHRA has the space it needs to continue delivering its lifesaving services.

All this and more will be considered at the April 13 vestry meeting, so now is the time for your feedback. If you have questions, suggestions, or opinions on this matter, please be in contact with the Communications Committee.

Communications Committee
Todd Voelker, todd@eelfang.com, 206-963-2392
Gene Leonardson, gene.leonardson@frontier.com, 206-295-9396
Peter Strimer, pstrimer@comcast.net, 206-579-6606

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.
Hello everyone,

Blessed Holy Week to you all - it's another sort of strange one, but this year there was more time for more planning, and best of all, Rev. Chris and his family don't have coronavirus this time around! Always a plus.

As always, do send joys - none from me this week, just because there's a lot of other information to keep track of in this GNB - especially if any of you take photos around or after any of the in-person liturgies, like we did last summer. Mr. Bubbles will return with Easter triumph next week.

In love and service,
Cara
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4548 Brooklyn Ave. NE
Seattle, Wa 98105

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