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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, March 14 - The Third Sunday in Lent
10am - Sunday Livestream (The Rev. Chris McPeak, presiding and preaching)

11:30am - Street Chaplaincy

Please note that Daylight Savings Time begins this weekend; most phones and smart devices will change automatically overnight on Saturday, but you may have other clocks that might need to be changed accordingly. 
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.
If you missed Bishop Rickel's at the end of February, you can listen to the recording from his blog here, or read a transcription text here.
Letter from the Rector
Hello, friends,

Just a brief note today - this week was worship, calls, Touchstone conversations, Vestry, staff meeting and many, many hours of Holy Week planning. Today I get my vaccine booster and I'm taking tomorrow as a sick day because of what I've heard about being 12-36 hours out. 

The biggest news is that we are planning a Holy Week with two tracks: an at-home worship track (with mailings and home liturgies) and an in-person outdoor track.  Please keep your calendars open that week to come worship (and have some fun).  Palm Sunday will have an outdoor morning procession, Maundy Thursday will see Eucharist in the courtyard, Good Friday will have a Stations of the Cross procession through the neighborhood, Easter Vigil will see us sharing the stories of salvation around a fire in the courtyard (and then a party with hot dogs, s'mores, and cans of champagne and soda!), and Easter morning will have a Resurrection procession after the 10am livestream.  Holy Week, for Christians, is the most sacred week of the year, and the church asks of all of us to turn down the busyness and noise of our lives for one week a year, and to spend it walking with Jesus through his last days and resurrection.  Please keep an eye out for more details about these events, running March 28-April 4.

In Christ,
Shelly

 
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Lenten Daily Prayer
Like we did during Advent, we are going to be offering a daily Evening Prayer on Facebook Live at 6pm on the weekdays during Lent, starting on Thursday, February 18th. We will be using Psalms and Scripture that do not appear in the Revised Common Lectionary and so do not get read on Sundays ever. It will be a time to hear the full gamut of human emotions as scripture writers try to relate to their God. And, on Wednesdays we will have an added practice portion that will help us to ground ourselves as we sift through the stress and grief of the past year as a path to healing. Please join us from your desks, your living rooms, your cars, your sofas, anywhere, in jammies, in suits, in sweats!

And please join in leading! We will provide you with the liturgy and readings. You don't have to generate any content or reflection on your own. You just have to be willing to read and lead for about fifteen minutes at the assigned time. And don’t worry, you’ll be sent all the instructions about how to use Facebook Live! If you would like to do this, sign up here: https://calendly.com/christepiscopalchurch/lentenprayer
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,

Another sleepy Thursday afternoon for Mr. Bubbles! I pulled this chair back into the living area, and poof! Mr. Bubbles had yet another place to sit. (This chair also spins, although I can't bring myself to put a cat through that intentionally.)

I hope you all had a chance to read Shelly's note about Holy Week this year - last year's was fairly chaotic, although more for the "ACK we just shut everything down" kind of way. After a year of having to reevaluate just about every single part of our lives, it didn't seem as authentic to have another set of liturgies as though nothing had happened. Holy Week is meant as a transformative time (being of course the time historically that new Christians would be baptized into ministry in the first few centuries of its existence), and this year, it's especially important to lean into that as we start planning and building our new post-covid selves and societies.


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

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