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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, February 28 - The Second Sunday in Lent
10am - Sunday Livestream (The Right Rev. Gregory H. Rickel, presiding and preaching)

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
 Hello, friends, 

This was a busy week.  Rev. Chris and I both attended the Samuel Dewitt Proctor conference (virtually) and went to some great sessions on preaching, iconography/liturgical art, and pastoral care in the time of COVID.  Worship included a newly composed symphony performed by the Tallahassee Symphony based on the last words of seven unarmed men shot by police that was astonishing and moving.  The rest of the week has been full of Campus Min and attendant staff meeting, Vestry retreat prep and preparation for the bishop's visit.  Thursday book group continues and is lovely.  Rev. Chris and I had our weekly checkin.  Very normal but very occupied with making sure everything is ready for this weekend!  Next week will begin the initial planning for Holy Week and we welcome creative ideas!  What would you like to see and feel during that most sacred week, our second under Covid?  Please let us know.  

Remember that the bishop will be preaching and presiding on Sunday and will be with us for coffee hour afterward.   

In Christ, 
Shelly
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Take the survey here!
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,

Welcome to another edition of Joys of the Week! (Although if you want to see more than just Mr. Bubbles every week - do send me other things! Not that Mr. Bubbles is complaining that he's getting such attention.)

Mr. Bubbles, like many cats, enjoys paper bags, and Dom will often leave one or two around this window so that Mr. Bubbles can both hide in the bag if he wants, or sit and watch the birds and squirrels - probably under the false assumption that the bag makes him invisible! And yes - I know that his paws need a trim, although that requires the exact time when Mr. Bubbles is calm enough to not react too much while I have the little pair of clippers in my hand. (If any of you have blade-less solutions to this, do let me know...)

At any rate, I hope you all have a nice Sunday with Bishop Rickel - I wonder if he'll attempt a Zoom selfie...


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

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