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  CHRIST CHURCH WEEKLY
    A Newsletter for Members and Friends of

CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH
Tacoma, Washington
Friday, October 20, 2017

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THIS SUNDAY, The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
Readings: Isaiah 45:1-7; Psalm 96:1-9, [10-13]; I Thessalonians 1:1-10; Matthew 22:15-22
The texts can be found on The Lectionary Page http://www.lectionarypage.net
Sermon: 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
Those in any kind of need, especially: Bill; Julia; Kevin; Melinda Sue; Peggy; Ilene; Daniel; Sharon; Jan; Ann S.; Kristin; Dominic; 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, especially those in harm's way, that God may watch over their hearts and minds and grant them wisdom and strength. For all affected by the hurricanes and for rescue and recovery efforts. For all affected by the wildfires in California. For all affected by the shooting in Las Vegas and the bombing in the Sudan.
Those who have died: Elisabet Johanson Johnson (and all who grieve for her, especially the Johanson family); Dikka Britt; Joe Veasey; Debbie Stark; and those who grieve for them.
Diocesan Prayer Cycle: Diocesan Council; Board of Directors; Standing Committee; All Commissions, Committees and Programs of the Diocese.
Anglican Prayer Cycle: Temotu – (Melanesia) The Rt. Revd Leonard Dawea.
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.
 
NOVEMBER REMEMBRANCES OF THE DEAD
 
ALL SAINTS’ SUNDAY (November 5 this year) is the great feast day celebrating the designated saints of the Church. It also begins our month of remembrance of the beloved saints in our own lives. Please send names of loved ones who have died to be remembered in the Prayers of the Assembly on All Saints’ Sunday to shannon@ccptacoma.org.  Names must be submitted by noon Monday, October 30.
 
ALTARS OF REMEMBRANCE will be set up in the chapel and church on October 29, the Sunday before All Saints’ Sunday, and remain until the Feast of Christ the King (Sunday, November 26). Starting on the 29th and throughout November, all are invited to add pictures or other mementos of those who have died, creating sacred spaces that gather our beloved dead into our celebrations of the Eucharist. On Christ the King, we include all commemorated at the Altars of Remembrance in our prayers.
 
ALL FAITHFUL DEPARTED/ALL SOULS’ COMMEMORATION AT THE  WEDNESDAY EUCHARIST, NOVEMBER 1 at 12 Noon. Celebrated in the Columbarium. All interred in the Columbarium will be remembered in the Prayers of the Assembly at this liturgy.

OUR LIFE IN COMMUNITY
 
MINISTRY OF THE WEEK – THE STEWARDSHIP TEAM – As our Fall Pledge Drive begins, we give thanks for the ministry of our Stewardship Team, whose members developed this year’s theme “Seasons of Giving” and created the pledge materials included with this bulletin. As important as the Fall Pledge drive is to the life and ministry of Christ Church in the coming year, it is only one aspect of this ministry. The Team explores a broader concept of stewardship as integral to our year-round baptismal living. Members seek ways to help us expand our understanding of stewardship as care not only for all that God has entrusted to us at Christ Church but also in our lives – through our sharing of time, expertise, experience, skills, energy, imagination, hope, prayer, financial resources. Interested in this way of serving in our community? Contact Brianne Knudson brianneknudson@gmail.com
 
FAQ: HOW DO I GET A REIMBURSEMENT? – To request payment of an invoice or reimbursement for expenses, you’ll need to complete a Payment Request form and attach invoice or receipts (NOTE: the person making the request must fill out the form; the office staff may not fill it out for you). The Form has been revised to help the accountant with allocation of expenses to the appropriate budget category. If you have questions or need help with the revised form, please feel free to call Treasurer Liz Heath at 253-381-9654.
Payment Request Forms are available in the folder on the bookshelf to the left of the office door. Place your completed form with invoice and/or receipts in one of the envelopes marked “ATTN. TREASURER” (available next to the forms) and slide it through the slot between the top and bottom halves of the office door. Reimbursements are usually made within two weeks.
 
THE “ROPED OFF” AREA IN FRONT OF THE CHURCH – is an area where repairs will be made in the near future. In the meantime, it’s best for people not to walk through that area.
 
“PLEASE RESPECT OUR CHURCH” SIGNS – In response to concerns we and our neighbors have had about nighttime activities on our campus, including camping, alcohol and drug use, and leavings of trash and garbage and worse, the Vestry has decided to post “Please Respect our Church” signs, indicating the campus is closed from dusk to 8 a.m. except for church sponsored activities. You’ll see these signs in week or two. They are necessary because the police can’t ask people causing problems to move on unless the area is posted.
 
SEASONS OF GIVING: FALL PLEDGE DRIVE BEGINS TODAY – You’ll find a brochure and pledge card for 2018 included with this bulletin. The Stewardship Team and Vestry have already made their pledges to kick off the campaign. Please spend some time in prayer and reflection, then add your pledge as soon as you are able, and at least by Ingathering Sunday, The Feast of Christ the King (November 26). Later pledges are certainly welcome, but it’s most helpful to our Finance Committee and Vestry as they work on 2018’s budget if all pledges come in on time. Pledge cards can be put in the collection plate or mailed to the office.
All pledge cards will be brought to the altar on Ingathering Sunday.

OUR LIFE OF STUDY
                                                                       
ADULT FORMATION
 
MONDAY BIBLE STUDY 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Library. Ready for chapter two of Jonah, in which he is swallowed by a "great fish." We are finding this mixture of the Divine and the human response intriguing. One of the questions: what would you do under the circumstances? Lots to talk about!
 
RACIAL JUSTICE READING GROUP – Monday, October 23, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the home of Anne Avery and Jim Elliott. We will discuss The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander. Call Anne at (253) 301-2461 for details. 
 
HEY! WHERE’S MY $$$ GOIN’? - Sunday, October 29, at 12:15 p.m. in the Library. It’s a good question: What does my pledge or offering in the plate support at Christ Church? At this lively session on our shared care for this community and its many ministries, we’ll discuss the ways in which our stewardship enables us to keep the lights on, help members and strangers in need, and ensure the celebration of the Holy Eucharist … among many other services provided by staff and volunteers.
 
THE MONTHLY READING GROUP – Sunday, November 56:30 p.m., at the home of Frieda Hasen to discuss the documentary film, Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World. The discussion will be enriched if you view it online in advance:
http://www.pbs.org/video/martin-luther-the-idea-that-changed-the-world-iyaelb/. Everyone interested is welcome to attend. Questions about the group or the address for the meeting? Call Don Johnson at (253) 566-8747.
 
HIGH TEA WITH DEATH - Saturday, November 4, 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. in the Library. The memory of our beloved dead during November can bring to mind the experience of grief, loss, and our own mortality. Amelia Carroll, Christ Church member and gifted spiritual director, will lead a confidential group conversation concerning loss and death. Participants are welcome to share their experience in the welcoming and supportive setting created by Amelia. Sign up at the glass table in the church entryway in October.
 
CHILDREN’S FORMATION

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

UNITED THANK OFFERING REPORT - Additional contributions this last Sunday brought the total to $947.07, making a grand total of $2,250.89 for 2017. These gifts are a blessing which will be felt around the world. Thank you!
 
AIDNW FUNDRAISER REPORT - The total raised at the October 6 fundraiser was $17,420! This is an amount beyond the wildest imaginings of Advocates for Immigrants in Detention, Northwest (AIDNW), which in various ways serves immigrants who are discharged from the detention center. AIDNW profoundly thanks Christ Church, its Priest in charge, vestry and members, for the use of Wells Hall, and for the support of its members in so many ways.
 
RESPONSE TO NATURAL DISASTERS - Episcopal Relief & Development urges prayers for communities in the Caribbean islands, especially Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, along the Gulf Coast, Florida, and the East Coast dealing with the impact of hurricanes. Donate through the organization's website and find more information about relief and recovery efforts: http://www.episcopalrelief.org

FOOD BANK FOCUS FOR OCTOBER – As part of our observance of the October Feast of St. Francis, we are offering support to the Tacoma/Pierce County Humane Society with donations of canned and dry dog and cat food, new or gently used towels, and new or gently used collars and leashes for cats and dogs of all ages and sizes. With the arrival of many shelter animals and displaced pets following the devastation of the several September hurricanes these gifts are more useful than ever. What the Humane Society does not use will be distributed through their Pet Pantry program to other animal shelters and pet-friendly homeless shelters throughout Tacoma. Leave your gift in the baskets in the church entryway. If you wish to donate in other ways you may visit their website at http://www.thehumanesociety.org/get-involved/more-ways-to-donate/

OUR LIFE CELEBRATING THE ARTS
 
MUSIC NOTES
 
THIRD FRIDAYS AT NOON CONCERT – Today! -  Organist Chris Lynch will play music of Buxtehude, Bach, Böhm, Leighton and Howells. A graduate of the Indiana University School of Music, Mr. Lynch is Fellow in Church Music at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon, where he works with Canon Musician Bruce Neswick. Join us for 40 minutes of delightful music! Donation at the door.
 
REFORMATION SERVICE MUSIC - Christians around the world are celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation this fall. When Martin Luther and his associates began revising the liturgy in ways which provided more participation for all present, one lasting change was the involvement of all assembled in the singing of liturgy and hymns, not in Latin, but in the language of the people. In place of the Latin Mass, Luther compiled a German Mass in 1526, substituting German hymns in place of Latin chants.

GLORIA IN EXCELSIS- For the Gloria in Excelsis, Luther’s colleague Nikolaus Decius fashioned a rhyming German paraphrase for all to sing, “Allein Gott in der Höh’ sei Ehr’,” which we sing as “All Glory Be to God on High.” The melody was adapted from the 10th-century chant for the Gloria used in the Roman Church at Easter. So, though this was something new, it was also ancient, lodged well within the Christian tradition. Since then, composers have provided us with a wonderful variety of settings of the tune, allein gott in der höh, several of which you will hear on the organ in coming weeks.

AGNUS DEI, FRACTION HYMN - In the same manner, Nikolaus Decius adapted a 13th-century plainsong, Agnus Dei, as the melody which we sing as “O Lamb of God, Most Holy.” The tune name, o lamm gottes, reflects the first words of the text in the German hymn.

PRELUDE: “All Glory Be to God on High” by J. S. Bach - This elegant setting of the chorale presents the melody in ornamented form in the tenor voice, heard today on the Krummhorn stop. The figurations in the imitative accompaniment voices are derived from each successive phrase of the chorale, with the chorale melody appearing unornamented in the bass voice. Bach’s genius is fully at work in this beautiful piece.
 
THIS WEEK AT CHRIST CHURCH

Sunday, October 22 THE TWENTIETH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
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, October 23
7:00 p.m.        Bible Study, Library
Tuesday, October 24
7:00 p.m.        Community Service Leadership Team Meeting, Library
Wednesday, October 25
12:00 p.m.      Holy Eucharist, Chapel, followed by Fellowship, Library
Thursday, October 26
7:30 p.m.        Choir Rehearsal
 
Sunday, October 29 THE TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
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.
12:15 p.m.      Hey! Where’s my $$$ Goin’? – Library
 
OFFICE HOURS: Tuesday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. CLOSED MONDAYS.
 
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