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  CHRIST CHURCH WEEKLY
    A Newsletter for Members and Friends of

CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH
Tacoma, Washington
Friday, February 16, 2018

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THIS SUNDAY, THE FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT
Readings:  Genesis 9:8-17; Psalm 25:1-9; I Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:9-15
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
 
THIS WEEK OUR PRAYERS ARE ASKED FOR:
Those in any kind of need, especially: Julia C; MaryLynn; Claire; Emilia Chemin; Terry E.; Julie Z.; Joe H.; Dennis P.; Fr. Samuel; Daniel; Alice; Bill; Jan; Ann S.; Kristin L; Dominic;
Those who have died: Toby Faber; Raenard Brown; Dick Stowers; Nancy Eli, and those who grieve for them: The Faber Family; Phillip Bailey; The Stowers Family.
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 and for effective gun control.
Diocesan Prayer Cycle: St. Clement, Seattle; St. John the Baptist, Seattle.
Anglican Prayer Cycle: Anglican Church of Canada; The Most Revd Frederick Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada.
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.

THE FUNERAL LITURGY FOR RAENARD (RAE) BROWN – will be celebrated in the church on Saturday February 24 at 10 a.m., followed by a coffee hour reception in Wells Hall.
 
OUR LIFE OF FORMATION AND STUDY
                                                                       
ADULT FORMATION
 
THE BAPTISMAL COVENANT & COVENANT ECONOMICS - Sundays, February 18, 25, March 4, 1, and 18 | 12:15 – 1:15p.m.in the Library. As we prepare to renew the baptismal covenant at the Easter Vigil, this Lent Book Read invites participants to consider the relationship between our vows and how we practice thems in daily life, guided by the Economy of God. Mr. Sean Horner leads this book read. See the detailed flyer concerning the class and how to obtain the book, Covenant Economics. Sign up at the glass table in the church entryway.

MEDITATION 101 - Tuesdays, February 20, 27, March 6, 13, and 20 6:30 – 8:00 p.m in Wells Hall. Satya Jaech, MA, LMHC, leads this class on the practice of meditation – a most appropriate spiritual practice during Lent and throughout the year. She writes, “Meditation has been a part of the Christian tradition for centuries. This class is a hands-on, practical approach to meditation as a spiritual practice for beginners as well as seasoned meditators.” Sign up at the glass table in the church entryway by Sunday, February 18.
 
MONDAY BIBLE STUDY – 7:00 – 8:00 p.m., Library. The Book of Judges is our current reading. Who are these judges? Come and find out, you'll enjoy the company and conversation.
 
THE RACIAL JUSTICE READING GROUP – will meet on Monday, February 26 
(a change from our usual third Monday date) to watch and discuss “I Am Not Your Negro” detailing the life and writings of James Baldwin at the home of Pat and Mike Hendrix.  Call Anne Avery for details and directions (253) 301-2461.


THE MONTHLY READING GROUP  will meet Sunday, March 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Sandy and Ronn Johanson to discuss the lecture “The Suppressed Luther--His Biblical Critique of Capitalism” by Ulrich Duchrow. Everyone interested is welcome to attend. Questions about the group or the address for the meeting? Call Don Johnson at (253) 566-8747

ENTERING HOLY WEEK WITH THE SAINT JOHN’S BIBLE - Sunday, March 18, 12:15 p.m. in Trinity Chapel. The illuminations of the first hand-written Bible in 500 years are among the most striking and contemporary sacred images of the early 21st century. Join us as we reflect on one or more of the illuminations – illuminations that participants can take home for meditation and prayer during Holy Week.

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
 
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 LIFE OF SERVICE IN COMMUNITY AND WORLD
 
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. Gather to consider 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 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

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 2nd or 3rd week of each month. This Month’s Topic: “WHAT ARE…OR SHOULD BE, AMERICAN VALUES”
2:00 pm, February 21 – (Note New Location) Lakewood Family YMCA 9715 Lakewood Drive SW Lakewood, WA 98499
 
FOOD BANK FOCUS FOR FEBRUARY - 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.
February Focus: Breakfast Cereal (hot or cold), instant oatmeal.

OUR LIFE CELEBRATING THE ARTS
 
MUSIC NOTES

THIRD FRIDAYS AT NOON RECITAL - February 16, 2018 at 12:10 p.m. Hear Organist Mark Brombaugh, our Co-Director of Music Ministries, playing a whirlwind tour of music from England by Henry Purcell, John Stanley, Percy Whitlock, and Herbert Sumsion, and enjoy music inspired by favorite hymn tunes and spirituals by American composers David Hurd, Joel Martinson, and Pamela Decker. Bach’s brilliant Toccata in E Major will conclude the program. Invite your friends to share this experience with you.

THE LENTEN WORSHIP ENVIRONMENT – The environment in chapel and church changes dramatically in Lent. For more about them, see “About the Liturgy in Lent” on page 3.
These seasonal shifts are the work of our Liturgical Visual Arts Group (LAB).

THIS WEEK AT CHRIST CHURCH

Sunday, February 18, THE FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT
8:00 a.m.         Holy Eucharist, Trinity 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.      EXPLORE Session, Green Room (enter through Wells Hall)
12:15 p.m.      The Baptismal Covenant and Covenant Economics, Library

Monday, February 19 PRESIDENTS’ DAY – OFFICE CLOSEED
7:00 p.m.        Bible Study, Library
Tuesday, February 20
6:00 p.m.        Vestry Meeting, Multicare Conference Room, Trinity House
6:30 p.m.        Meditation 101, Wells Hall
Wednesday, February 21
12:00 p.m.      Holy Eucharist, Chapel, followed by light lunch and fellowship, Library
Thursday, February 22
7:30 p.m.        Choir Rehearsal, Church
Saturday, February 24
10:00 a.m.       Raenard Brown Memorial Service, Church, and Reception, Wells Hall
 
Sunday, February 25, THE SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT
8:00 a.m.         Holy Eucharist, Trinity 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.      EXPLORE Session, Green Room (enter through Wells Hall)
12:15 p.m.      Baptismal Covenant and Covenant Economics, Library
 
OFFICE HOURS: Tuesday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. CLOSED MONDAYS.
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