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  CHRIST CHURCH WEEKLY
    A Newsletter for Members and Friends of

CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH
Tacoma, Washington
Friday, January 12, 2018

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THIS SUNDAY, THE SECOND SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY
COMMEMORATION OF THE REV.DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.

Readings:  I Samuel 3:1-10; Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17; I Corinthians 6:12-20; John 1:43-51
The texts can be found on The Lectionary Page http://www.lectionarypage.net
Sermons:  The Rev. Janet Campbell
Sermons preached at Christ Church are posted on our website www.ccptacoma.org and can be accessed from the Worship page and by clicking this link on the homepage: Sunday Sermon
 
IN THIS ISSUE:
Links to Diocesan News and Informational Resources
Prayer Concerns
Community Life
Study – Adult Formation; Children’s Formation
Service in Community and World
Celebration of the Arts – Music Notes
Christ Church Information

This Week at Christ Church


LINKS TO DIOCESAN NEWS AND INFORMATIONAL RESOURCES:
Episcopal News Service: www.episcopaldigitalnetwork.com/ens -- electronic newspaper delivered to your inbox with news stories, responses to social and political events, and links to posts from various Episcopal bishops and leaders and from the broader church.
Episcopal Church on Facebook: www.facebook.com/episcopal-news-service-260131260715544/
The Diocese of Olympia: www.ecww.org The Diocesan website.
Bishop Rickel’s Blog: www.bishoprickel.com
 
OUR LIFE OF WORSHIP AND PRAYER
 
PRAYERS FOR THIS WEEK
This week our prayers are asked for:
Those in any kind of need, especially: Julie Z.; Joe H.; Dennis P.; Fr. Samuel; Rosemary; Elaine R.; Keith; Daniel; Alice; Bill; Jan; Ann S.; Kristin L; Dominic.
Those who have died: Hugh Marshall; Debbie Stark; Gary Sweeney, Sobonfu Some,
Edward Schlampp, Jr.
For peace in countries of the Middle East, Asia, Africa. For Refugees and Migrants. Those suffering from drought and famine in East Africa. Those living with chronic pain. Those seeking work. For all working to resist bigotry, racism and violence in our country. For all serving in the military. For all affected by storms, extreme weather, and natural disasters and for rescue and recovery efforts. For all affected by gun violence.
Diocesan Prayer Cycle: Christ Church, Seattle; St. Andrew, Seattle
Anglican Prayer Cycle: The Anglican Church of Australia, The Most Revd Philip Leslie Freier, Archbishop of Melbourne, and Primate of Australia.
To request prayers in the Prayers of the Assembly, e-mail shannon@ccptacoma.org. If you are submitting a name other than your own, please ask permission from that person first. You must send the full name of the person in order for us to manage the prayer list, but first names only will be in the list of those in need. Last names will be used in the list of those who have died.
 
OUR LIFE IN COMMUNITY
 
PARISH ANNUAL MEETING & CELEBRATION, Sunday, February 11
Celebrate together our shared life and ministry in 2017. Enjoy conversation and a gala luncheon buffet. Thank Vestry members, Parish Officers, Convention Delegates and Ministry Groups for their service in the past year. Elect new Vestry members. Look forward to the year ahead of us. The Annual Ministry Report for 2017 (aka the Annual Report) will be available a week before the meeting, in print and as an attachment to the Weekly.
 
MINISTRY OF THE WEEK – CHRIST CHURCH MUSIC MINISTRIES – We give thanks this week for the ministries of our Choir and our Co-Directors of Music Ministries Kathyrn Nichols and Mark Brombaugh. Our all-volunteer choir is made up of parishioners who enjoy learning music, singing together, and offering their musical gifts at the 10:30 liturgy. They support our congregational singing and enhance our worship with anthems and other choral pieces. Kathryn and Mark teach, direct and accompany the choir, plan the year’s liturgical music and organize the various Music at Christ Church instrumental recitals and concerts offered throughout the year. We are grateful for the rich musical life we enjoy at Christ Church and share with the Tacoma community.
The Choir returns today after the post-Christmas break and continues until early June. Weekly rehearsals are on Thursday evenings. If you’re interested in learning more, talk with
Co-Directors Kathryn and Mark or email them: Music@CCPTacoma.org


FR. TORVEND is resting at home after last Monday’s surgery. As he explained in his announcement of the surgery, recuperation could take anywhere from two to six weeks. He appreciates our continuing prayers for him and for Sean. We expect his return to ministry with us in early February.

OUR LIFE OF STUDY
                                                                       
ADULT FORMATION
 
ADULT FORMATION CLASSES – resume in February.

MONDAY BIBLE STUDY – 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Library. Start the new year with a new book of the Bible: the Book of Judges. It is the story of Israel’s entrance into the promised land, the apportioning of the territories among the twelve tribes, and life under the leadership of some of the Hebrew Scriptures’ early heroes and heroines.  Join us for the joy of informal conversation, discovery and fellowship!
 
THE MONTHLY READING GROUP  will meet Sunday, January 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Doug Dahlgren and Milana McLead to discuss the book The Four Loves by C. S. Lewis. Everyone interested is welcome to attend. Questions about the group or the address for the meeting? Call Don Johnson at (253) 566-8747.

THE RACIAL JUSTICE READING GROUP – will meet Monday, January 22, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the home of Anne Avery and Jim Elliott to discuss Real Impact: The New Economics of Social Change by Morgan Simon. Call Anne at 253-301-2461 for address and details. 

CHILDREN’S FORMATION
 
CHILDREN GATHER with their teachers in the Church entryway before the 10:30 liturgy and then go to the classroom in Wells Hall. They return to the church at the Peace to join family members and the rest of the community for Communion.

OUR SUNDAY SCHOOL CURRICULUM is Weaving God’s Promises, a comprehensive, three-year children’s formation program developed by and for the Episcopal Church.
For an overview of the curriculum, see the Christ Church website www.ccptacoma.org
 
OUR LIFE OF SERVICE IN COMMUNITY AND WORLD
 
THREE CEDARS WELCOME KITS -- OFF TO A GREAT START!!! - Last Sunday's kick-off saw people sign up generously to provide supplies for people living with HIV-AIDS in the Three Cedars House across the alley from Wells Hall. More than half the items have been spoken for. Thank you for your kindness! Here's a list of the remaining items: some are on the expensive side (perhaps partner with others to provide them?): Twin sheet sets – 6; Blanket or comforter – 9; Bath towels – 6; Body wash - 3. Bring your items to Christ Church on Sunday January 14 and 21. The people at Three Cedars are grateful for our help.
 
PARTICIPATE IN INTERFAITH LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY DAY
at the State Legislative offices in Olympia, Tuesday, February 20
Be part of a group of Christ Church members attending the annual Faith Action Network (FAN) Interfaith Advocacy Day in Olympia. It’s an opportunity to:
1. Participate in a Justice for All Advocacy Training at St. Leo Church, 710 South 13th Street, Tacoma, Sunday, January 21 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
2. Gather to consider together our particular concerns for social justice and find our collective voice.
2. On February 20, go together to Olympia to meet individually with our state legislators to share our Christ Church concerns and discuss issues and priorities.
3. Debrief following the day and consider a way forward in Social Justice Advocacy.
If you would like to participate or to learn more, or if you’re not able to attend Advocacy Day but would like to be part of a group considering Christ Church’s role in Social Justice Advocacy, contact Fran Blair fblair39@centurylink.net) or Mother Campbell janet@ccptaomca.org. ,
 
Interfaith Advocacy Day is organized by Faith Action Network (FAN), a coalition of faith groups that trains people to advocate for concerns such as justice, inclusion, and  diversity. Whenever the State Legislature is in session, FAN maintains a lobbyist presence in Olympia and publishes weekly updates on the status of bills related to its legislative agenda for the year.  This year's focus is on the Washington Voting Rights Act, the Capital Budget, human trafficking, immigration, and economic justice.  FAN's website is fan@fanwa.org; their latest message is titled "The Legislative Session Begins."

THE NEXT STEPS IN CIVILITY: CONVERSATION CAFES - Wondering about what it would be like to talk about controversial topics in a safe place – with people who have different views from yours? Satisfy your hunger to talk about the issues of the day with a wide range of people with a variety of views. Just a conversation, nothing more. Last winter the non-partisan League of Women Voters, along with the AAUW, NAACP, Making Democracy Work and Restoring the American Dream (RAD) presented a series of 3 forums on ways to bring civility into our lives.  As an outgrowth, these groups are now offering opportunities to practice civil conversations across partisan lines.  The “Conversation Cafes” are free and open to the public. Please join us for stimulating discussions on Mondays or Wednesdays during the 3rd week of each month. This Month’s Topic: “BRING YOUR OWN TOPIC - What would you really love to discuss with people of different persuasions? Bring that topic and each table will choose its own.”
6:30 pm, Jan. 15 - United Methodist Church Fireside Room 1919 W. Pioneer Ave. Puyallup, WA 98371  2:00 pm, Jan. 17 - Lakewood Family YMCA 9715 Lakewood Drive SW Lakewood, WA 98499
 
FOOD BANK FOCUS FOR JANUARY - Christ Church offers year-round support to the Nourish Food Bank. In addition to each month’s focus, cans and boxes of all kinds of food are always welcome, including food for pets. Leave your gift in the baskets in the church entryway. January Focus: Toilet paper

OUR LIFE CELEBRATING THE ARTS
 
MUSIC NOTES
 
Our closing hymn, Lift Every Voice and Sing, was written in 1900 by James Weldon Johnson, a school principal and poet whose faith was shaped by the Methodist tradition in Jacksonville, FL. He wrote it to be presented by his students for a celebration of President Lincoln. A remarkable American, he excelled in many fields, including diplomacy, education, journalism, law, literature, and music.
St. 1 is a burst of praise reflecting faith and hope which provide sustenance to go forward. One can feel the yearning of benighted peoples seeking liberation from oppression, something Johnson knew personally as an African American in a segregated society, and a universal goal in the pursuit of justice for all God’s people. 
St. 2 is a lament marking the path of past generations: “Stony the road we trod, bitter the chastening rod, felt in the day when hope unborn had died.” Compare that to Psalm 130: “Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.” Yet, like the Psalm which concludes “…with the Lord there is steadfast love, and great power to redeem,” Johnson moved to hope: “We have come…out of the gloomy past, till now we stand at last where the white gleam of our bright star is cast.”
St. 3 is a focused prayer to God who has brought us this far, leading us into the light:  “Keep us forever in the path… (that we may) forever stand true to our God, true to our native land.”
Though forged in the struggle for human rights in a particular time, Johnson’s poem, set to stirring music by his brother Rosamond, has found a place in 31 different American hymnals of various Christian traditions and is widely treasured for its universality of thought in expression of God’s justice and love for all people, rightly pursued with hope and courage. We stand in unity with all who are oppressed, working for justice. As we are reminded when we renew our baptismal vows, we promise to “love our neighbor as ourselves, strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.”  In Johnson’s words: “Lift every voice and sing till earth and heaven ring with the harmonies of liberty!” – Kathryn Nichols
 
THIRD FRIDAYS AT NOON RECITALis January 19, 2018 at 12:10 p.m. Hear Organist Curt Sather, Director of Music, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Olympia, WA. Dr. Sather will play an exciting array of music by Alberto Ginastera, Heinrich Scheidemann, Max Reger and Franz Schmidt. Join us for 40 minutes of delightful music! Donation at the door appreciated.
 
CHRIST CHURCH INFORMATION
 
OFFERING ENVELOPES AVAILABLE FOR 2018 Boxes of offering envelopes are available in the chapel entryway and on the glass table in the church entryway for pledgers and givers who wish to use them. Each box contains envelopes for every Sunday in the year.
 
FAQ: HOW CAN I READ SERMONS PREACHED AT CHRIST CHURCH? – Missed a Sunday and want to catch up with the preaching? Want to revisit a sermon you found helpful or compelling? Sermons preached at Christ Church are posted on our website www.ccptacoma.org by midweek and can be found by clicking on the link on the home page. 
 
THIS WEEK AT CHRIST CHURCH

Sunday, January 14, THE SECOND SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY
8:00 a.m.         Holy Eucharist, Chapel
9:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Childcare for infants and toddlers in the Wells Hall nursery.
10:30 – 11:15 a.m. Sunday School
10:30 a.m.       Holy Eucharist, Church, followed by Coffee Hour in Wells Hall.

Monday, January 15 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY – OFFICE CLOSED
7:00 p.m. Bible Study, Library
Tuesday, January 16
6:30 p.m. Vestry Meeting, Wells Hall
Wednesday, January 17
12:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist, Chapel, followed by Fellowship, Library
Thursday, January 18
7:30 p.m. Choir Rehearsal, Church
Friday, January 19
12:10 p.m. Third Friday Concert, Church
 

Sunday, January 21, THE THIRD SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY
8:00 a.m.         Holy Eucharist, Chapel
9:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Childcare for infants and toddlers in the Wells Hall nursery.
10:30 – 11:15 a.m. Sunday School
10:30 a.m.       Holy Eucharist, Church, followed by Coffee Hour in Wells Hall.



OFFICE HOURS: Tuesday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. CLOSED MONDAYS.
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