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  CHRIST CHURCH WEEKLY
    A Newsletter for Members and Friends of

CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH
Tacoma, Washington
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

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FALL PLEDGE CAMPAIGN -- SEASONS OF GIVING
PLEASE REMEMBER TO FILL OUT AND BRING YOUR PLEDGE CARD THIS SUNDAY!!!

(You can also pledge by postal mail or by email to Sarah@ccptacoma.org if you won't be in church this Sunday.) 
THANK YOU!


The Parish Office will be closed on Thursday, November 23, and Friday, November 24, in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.
 
THIS SUNDAY, THE LAST SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST – THE FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING
Readings: Ezekiel 34:11-16; Psalm 95:1-7a; Ephesians 1:15-23; Matthew 25:31-46
The texts can be found on The Lectionary Page http://www.lectionarypage.net
Sermon: The Rev. Samuel Torvend
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: Dotty; Rhianna; Gregory; Raenard; Kevin; Ethan; Natasha; Lindsay; Dan; Leslie; Alice; Miranda, Michael M., Rudy, Katrina; Bill; Julia; Jan; Ann S.; Kristin L; Dominic.
Those who have died: David Asher Nasby (the father of Sergia Hay); Jay Addy; Patrick Reed; and those who grieve for them.
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 natural disasters and for rescue and recovery efforts. For all affected by gun violence.
Diocesan Prayer Cycle: Our-Savior, Monroe; St. John, Snohomish.
Anglican Prayer Cycle: Wad Medani – (Northern, Sudan) The Rt. Revd Saman Farajalla Mahdi.
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.
 
ADVENT LESSONS AND CAROLS  - The Second Sunday of Advent, Dec. 10 at 5 p.m. 
For more about this service of readings, prayer and song, see Music Notes under Our Life Celebrating the Arts, below.
 
ALTAR FLOWER SIGN UP - The 2018 sign up calendar for donating altar flowers is posted in the church entryway. Please sign up for your favorite dates soon.
 
OUR LIFE IN COMMUNITY
 
PICTURES AT THE ALTARS OF REMEMBRANCE – Pictures and other mementos of our beloved dead may be removed from the altars after the liturgy. Any left will be placed on the table near the water cooler for pickup later.
 
ADVENT WREATH MAKING – Sunday, after the 10:30 liturgy.
During coffee hour, put together an Advent wreath for your household. All supplies provided.
 
NEWCOMERS’ DESSERT PARTY – Tuesday, November 28, 7:00 p.m. - If you are new
to Christ Church (new, as in the last six months or so), or if you’ve been unable to attend a Newcomers’ Dessert Party before, please join Mother Janet and other parishioners for dessert and conversation at the home of our gracious hosts Ronn and Sandy Johanson (805 North Ainsworth Avenue - not far from the church. Street parking is abundantly available).
Please RSVP by Sunday, November 26 to Mary Kay Kubovec polmankubie@comcast.net
 
MINISTRY OF THE WEEK – MONDAY BIBLE STUDY – We give thanks this week for the ministry of Monday Bible Study. This small group meets in the library Monday evenings from 7 – 8 p.m. for an informal conversational exploration of scripture.  All are welcome to take part; no special knowledge needed! Each week the focus of the discussion (one of the books of the Bible, or a particular section or topic) is listed in the Adult Formation section of the Sunday bulletin and Weekly. If you have questions or are interested in learning more about the group, contact Father Bill Tudor: jwtudor@aol.com
 
SEASONS OF GIVING: FALL PLEDGE DRIVE
 
Thanks to all who have pledged so far to support our common life and ministry in 2018.
 
Today is our Ingathering – if you haven’t already pledged, please do so today – pledge cards can be found in the chapel and church entryways, filled out and put in the collection plate. Pledge cards already received will be brought to the altar today.
 
Here’s where we stand as of November 22:
TOTAL PLEDGES RECEIVED 67
This includes 6 new pledgers and 31 continuing pledgers who have increased their pledge.
TOTAL AMOUNT PLEDGED $ 255,274
 
For comparison:
Total pledges for 2017: 101 Total amount pledged for 2017: $ 304,511         
 
OUR LIFE OF STUDY
                                                                       
ADULT FORMATION.

MONDAY BIBLE STUDY – 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Library. Next up: The Book of Ruth. Join us for good conversation and learning about the Word of God. "Ruth" will be interesting reading.

THE LION THAT ROARS! ENTERING THE GOSPEL OF MARK. -  Sunday, November 26, 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the Library. On the First Sunday of Advent, December 3, we join Roman Catholics, Episcopal and Anglican parishes, Lutherans, and other Christian communions in hearing the Gospel of Mark proclaimed throughout the coming year of grace. This is the shortest gospel, one that holds mysterious secrets and served as the framework for Luke and Matthew. Join us as we enter into the earliest gospel witness to Jesus and his early followers.

ADVENT QUIET MORNING  “Awaiting God’s Future” -- Saturday, December 2, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Trinity Chapel. As we enter into the holy season of Advent amid the tumult of the secular holiday rush, come to this oasis of peace and quiet meditation as Mother Janet offers three short reflections on the season. There will be time for quiet prayer, reading, writing, and walking. The celebration of the Holy Eucharist begins the quiet morning at 9:00 AM. Sign up at the glass table in the church entryway.
 
THE MONTHLY READING GROUP  will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 3, at the home of Florence Sandler to discuss the book When Jesus Became God: The Epic Fight over Christ’s Divinity in the Last Days of Rome by Richard E. Rubenstein. 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, December 4, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the home of Anne Avery and Jim Elliott. We will discuss Dear White Christian: For Those Still Longing for Racial Reconciliation by Jennifer Harvey. Call Anne at 253-301-2461 for details. There is no meeting in November.
 
MEETING CHRISTMAS AGAIN . . . FOR THE FIRST TIME - Sundays, December 10 and 17, 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the Library - It’s not difficult to be lured into a nostalgic view of Christmas, one created by advertising agencies, TV programs, and many carols. For a moment, though, let’s look at the recent studies that shed light on the first Christmas within its social context and discover together its relevance for our lives today.
 
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

THE NEXT STEPS IN CIVILITY: CONVERSATION CAFES - This past 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.”
2:00 pm, Dec. 13 (normally the 3rd Wednesday of the month but changed this month to the 2nd Wed.)
Denny’s Restaurant, Community Room 5924 6th Avenue Tacoma, WA 98406
(No Conversation Café in Puyallup this month)
 
RESPONSE TO NATURAL DISASTERS - Episcopal Relief & Development reminds us that much hurricane recovery work remains to be done, especially in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Donate through the organization's website: http://www.episcopalrelief.org
 
FOOD BANK FOCUS FOR NOVEMBER - 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.
November Focus: Canned tuna, turkey, ham, and chicken.

OUR LIFE CELEBRATING THE ARTS

MUSIC NOTES
 
THE ESOTERICS  - a Creative community of virtuosic voices are performing at Christ Church on Sunday December 3rd at 7:00 p.m.. In the final concert of their 24th season, The Esoterics will cast our choral gaze upward, to consider the forces that propel us to greater heights of consciousness. The group will perform Puts’ If I were a swan, a setting of a poem by Fleda Brown, as well as Paul John Rudoi’s Spheres of influence, setting poems about comets and galaxies by Tim Togeas and Sara Dailey. For this program, the ensemble is very excited to welcome two composers from Philadelphia, who have both written works that will receive their world premieres in EXCELSIS. Kala Pierson’s Flung open, setting a poem of her own creation, has been composed earlier this year while she was on a residency at the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island; Andrea Clearfield’s Khandroma sets a poem by the Dartmouth anthropologist and translator Sienna Craig, that recounts the legend of the Tibetan ‘dakini,’ the ancient Buddhist spirits that dance across the sky. Please join us!
 
CHRISTMAS WITH CHORAL ARTS NORTHWEST - Saturday, December 9, 8:00 p.m. at Christ Church. Each year, Artistic Director Robert Bode develops a holiday program that is intended to be as much a contemplation of the season as it is a concert: a musical respite from what is usually a very harried time of year. With classical guitarist Bob McCaffery-Lent, Robert weaves a seamless musical meditation that provides the opportunity to close our eyes and embrace with our ears the quiet peace of Christmas. Tickets are available for purchase online up to 24 hours in advance. The Box Office opens 1 hour before the start of the performance. $28 Regular Admission, $24 Senior/Military, Student and Youth tickets FREE at the door. www.choralartsnw.org
 
ADVENT LESSONS AND CAROLS WITH THE CHRIST CHURCH CHOIR - Sunday, Dec. 10 at 5 p.m. Add your voice and heart to a festival of timeless hymns and scriptures, and hear a feast of choral music by C. Villiers Stanford, Peter Aston, Charles Peery, and Donald Pearson. Mother Campbell offers a brief reflection on the season and scriptures. A festive reception follows the service in the church entryway and worship space. This is a great way to introduce others to the delights of Christ Church’s liturgical traditions. Consider those you know who would find this a rich experience and extend a warm invitation.
 
CHRIST CHURCH INFORMATION
 
FAQ: – HOW DO I GET ON THE EMAIL LIST FOR THE CHRIST CHURCH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER OR OUR MUSIC EVENTS MAILINGS? – Contact Shannon Farley, our Parish Secretary/Receptionist at Shannon@ccptacoma.org, or fill out a Welcome Card in the pew back and put it in the collection plate or mail it to the office (mailing address below).

THIS WEEK AT CHRIST CHURCH

Sunday, November 26 THE LAST SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
THE FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING

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,
                        and Advent Wreath making.
12:15 p.m. The Lion that Roars! Entering the Gospel of Mark, Library

Monday, November 27
7:00 p.m. Bible Study, Library
Tuesday, November 28
7:00 p.m. Community Service Leadership Team Meeting, Library
Wednesday, November 29
12:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist, Chapel, followed by Fellowship, Library
Thursday, November 30
7:30 p.m. Choir Rehearsal, Church
Saturday, December 2
9:00 a.m. Advent Quiet Morning, Chapel
 
Sunday, December 3 THE FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT
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.
7:00 p.m. Esoterics Concert, Church
 
 
OFFICE HOURS: Tuesday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. CLOSED MONDAYS.

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