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  CHRIST CHURCH WEEKLY
    A Newsletter for Members and Friends of

CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH
Tacoma, Washington
Friday, December 8, 2017

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THIS SUNDAY, THE SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT
Readings: Isaiah 40:1-11; Psalm 85:1-2,8-13; II Peter 3:8-15a; Mark 1:1-8
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: Florence; Daniel; Nick; Gary; Dotty; Rhianna; Gregory; Raenard; Alice; Michael M., Bill; Jan; Ann S.; Kristin L; Dominic.
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: St. Stephen, Oak Harbor; Grace Church, Lopez Island.
Anglican Prayer Cycle: Yola (Jos, Nigeria) The Rt. Revd Markus Ibrahm
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.
 
Sunday, Dec. 10, Advent Lessons and Carols at 5 p.m. 
Have you made your plans for next Sunday
Don’t miss our 2017 version of Advent Lessons and Carols at 5 p.m. on Dec. 10.  Join us for a feast of organ and choral Advent music with many opportunities for you also to sing carols with our Great Choir. Be transported by the ethereal sounds of combined voices in our resonant acoustic.
Invite your friends and then stay afterward for a minor feast of savory and sweet finger foods served in the worship space. Arrive early! Doors open at 4:40 p.m. Parking is available on streets and parking lots surrounding the church and in the parking garage at Division and MLK Way. 
We promise you a memorable afternoon! Please share this through email and Facebook.

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.
 
ADVENT 4 & CHRISTMAS EVE SCHEDULE: SUNDAY DECEMBER 24
 
The Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 24
            10:30 a.m. The Holy Eucharist, church. No 8 a.m. chapel Eucharist on Advent 4.
 
Christmas Eve, December 24
            4:00 p.m. The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ
                        The Holy Eucharist with carols, hymns, homily and a special surprise for children.
            10:30 p.m. The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ
                        Festival Holy Eucharist with choir, organ, brass, carols, hymns and sermon.
 
CHRISTMAS DAY: MONDAY, DECEMBER 25
          10:30 a.m. The Holy Eucharist with carols and homily in the church
 
OUR LIFE IN COMMUNITY
 
PICTURES AND MEMENTOES FROM THE ALTARS OF REMEMBRANCE – are in a basket in the church entryway on the table near the water-cooler, ready to be claimed.
 
MINISTRY OF THE WEEK – THE FINANCE COMMITTEE – We give thanks this week for the ministry of our Finance Committee, which works with the parish treasurer to monitor the financial status of the parish, prepare the annual budget for the Vestry’s review and approval, provide financial advice to the Vestry, organize the yearly business practices review required by the national church, and direct the work of the Sunday offering counters. This behind-the-scenes ministry is essential to our careful stewardship of all that God has entrusted to us at Christ Church. The group meets monthly. If you’re interested in learning more, contact Senior Warden Fran Blair at fblair39@centurylink.net
 
SEASONS OF GIVING: FALL PLEDGE DRIVE
Thanks to all who have pledged so far to support our common life and ministry in 2018.
Here’s where we stand as of December 6:
TOTAL PLEDGES RECEIVED 87
This includes 10 new pledgers and 38 continuing pledgers who have increased their pledge.
TOTAL AMOUNT PLEDGED $ 299,284
For comparison:
Total pledges for 2017: 101 Total amount pledged for 2017: $ 304,511         
 
IF YOU HAVEN’T PLEDGED YET, please try to get your pledge card in on Sunday. The completed budget must be presented for approval at the December Vestry meeting (December 19). Full income information will help us to make the most progressive budget possible, to support growth in the life and ministry of our community.
Pledge brochures and cards are available in chapel and church entryways.
 
LIFE FOOD PACK ASSEMBLY THANK YOU - Thanks for the great group which quickly assembled 100 packs of food last Sunday, ready to be given to people who are hungry and needy. Many of the packs went right out the Wells Hall door, headed for people to help. Life Food Packs are available every Sunday coffee hour in a basket on the Wells Hall stage. Feel free to pick some up and care for hungry people.
 
2018 EPISCOPAL CHURCH WOMEN EPIPHANY EUCHARIST AND LUNCHEON – January 6, 2018 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Corner of S 12th Street and S Jackson Avenue, Tacoma. Eucharist at 10:30 and lunch at 11:45 with speaker The Rev. Dr. Judith McDaniel. $12 per person at the door, cash or check payable to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. Please RSVP by January 2 to Virginia Gaub by email virginiagaub@yahoo.com or phone (253) 232-6943 to reserve a space. Gluten and vegetarian options are available.

OUR LIFE OF STUDY
                                                                       
ADULT FORMATION

MONDAY BIBLE STUDY – 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Library. The group is entering the third chapter of the Book of Ruth. It's a love story on many levels. Come help explore it!
 
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.

THE MONTHLY READING GROUP  will meet at 6:30 on Sunday, January 14, 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, Jan 22, 2018, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the home of Anne Avery and Jim Elliott. We will 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
 
THE JESSE TREE – Each Sunday in Advent, before the 10:30 service, some of our children hang the next group of symbols on the Jesse Tree. Be sure to pick up a Jesse Tree booklet from the table near the tree, learn about the symbols and their meaning, and join the Sunday School in the Jesse Tree Find-it Game.  
 
OUR LIFE OF SERVICE IN COMMUNITY AND WORLD


BE A WARM WOOLLY ANGEL – The staff at the Main Branch of the Tacoma Public Library provides warm socks, gloves, and hats to cold folks of limited means every year at Christmastime. Peach McDouall will convey our donations of new or gently-used warm-wear from the WARM WOOLLY ANGEL box in the church entryway to the library on December 20. Let's fill that box with Christ Church warmth!
 
DONATE WARM COATS TO AIDNW - The Advocates for Immigrants in Detention (AID NW) is one of the organizations supported by Christ Church. During this time of year, those individuals released from the ICE detention center typically come to the Welcome Center RV without adequate cold weather jackets. Donations of winter coats would be appreciated by those that are assisted by AID NW. The majority of those released by the ICE detention center are men. If you are interested in seeing the Welcome Center RV, donations may be taken to the RV every afternoon Monday through Friday after 3:00pm. Bill Tudor or Tim Chen would be happy to take your donations to the RV. Questions? E-mail Bill Tudor jwtudor@aol.com.

CHRISTMAS WEEK HOSTING OF HOMELESS FAMILIES - A Place in the Inn - Twice a year, for a week each time, we host homeless families overnight in Wells Hall through the Family Housing Network. Up to five families will spend the night with us from December 23 - 30. If you can help to cook and serve dinner, spend an evening enjoying crafts and games with the families, or sleep over on the Wells Hall stage or in the library to be available in case of need, please sign up on the sheets at the glass table in the church entryway. We can also use help to set up and take down the family spaces in Wells Hall before and after that week. If you have questions please contact ministry leaders Mary Kay Kubovec 253-753-6177, Noel Hagens 253-752-0857, or Sandy Johanson 253-905-1051.
 
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 DECEMBER - 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.
December Focus: Toothpaste and toothbrushes.

OUR LIFE CELEBRATING THE ARTS
 
MUSIC NOTES
 
ADVENT LESSONS AND CAROLS WITH THE CHRIST CHURCH CHOIR – Sunday 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, and organ music by Kevin Sadowski, Jean-Adam Guilain and Felix Mendelssohn. Mother Campbell offers a brief reflection on the season and scriptures. This 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 CAN I FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENS AT VESTRY MEETINGS?
All members of Christ Church are welcome to attend Vestry meetings, the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 in Wells Hall. Meetings are always listed on the Christ Church calendar in the Bulletin, Weekly and on the website. Once the minutes of the preceding meeting have been approved by the Vestry, they are made available in the Vestry Minutes binder on the shelf to the left of the office door and can be read in the library. In addition to Vestry actions, the minutes include monthly financials and reports from the Senior Warden, Junior Warden, Treasurer, various ministry groups and the Priest in Charge.

THIS WEEK AT CHRIST CHURCH

Sunday, December 10 THE SECOND 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.
12:15 p.m. Meeting Christmas Again, Library
5:00 p.m. Advent Lessons and Carols, Church

Monday, December 11
7:00 p.m. Bible Study, Library
Wednesday, December 13
12:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist, Chapel, followed by Fellowship, Library
4:00 p.m. Vestry Leadership Team Meeting, Office
Thursday, December 14
7:30 p.m. Choir Rehearsal, Church

Sunday, December 17 THE THIRD 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.
12:15 p.m. Meeting Christmas Again, Library

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