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  CHRIST CHURCH WEEKLY
    A Newsletter for Members and Friends of

CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH
Tacoma, Washington
Friday, April 20, 2018

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WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW:  THIRD FRIDAYS AT NOON RECITAL - Friday at 12:10 p.m. Ars OrganiPuget Sound-area organists Cheryl Drewes, Martha Freitag, April Kuhr, Satya Jaech, Curt Sather, and Shari Shull play music by J. S. Bach, Heinrich Scheidemann, Georg Böhm, Alfred Hollins, William Mathias, Max Reger and Louis Vierne. Invite your friends to share 40 minutes of delightful music with you.

THE LITURGY THAT CARES FOR CREATIONSaturday, April 21, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Adult Formation at Christ Church joins the diocesan Commission on Liturgy and the Arts and the PLU Center for Religion and Culture in the Pacific Northwest in sponsoring this day of reflection on the liturgy that orients Christian people to care for and protect our endangered creation. Dr. Lizette Larson Miller of Huron College University in London, Ontario, will serve as the keynote speaker.
 
THIS SUNDAY, THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
Readings:  Acts 4:5-12; Psalm 23; I John 3:16-24; John 10:11-18
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:
Christ Church members preparing for the Rites of Initiation: Rod Blackburn; Ciara Aylsworth, Bessie Huckaby, Dixie and Truman Coggins
Those in any kind of need, especially: Susie; Chris, recovering from surgery; Leslie; Kevin; Ethan; Natasha; Lindsay; Sally; Dan; Terry E.; Luella, recovering from surgery; Edie; Susan; Lois; Frank; Roberta and the Sweeny family; Ramona; Daniel; Alice; Jan; Ann S.; Kristin L; Dominic.
Those who have died: Elsie Forrest; Fidelis Walmsley; Bruce Cooper; Dr. Robert (Bob) Schultz and those who grieve for him, Ruth McRee and family.
For peace in 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. For all serving in the military. For all affected by extreme weather and natural disasters and for rescue and recovery efforts. For all affected by gun violence, for effective gun control and for safety in our schools.
Diocesan Prayer Cycle: St. George, Maple Valley
Anglican Prayer Cycle: The Nippon Sei Ko Kai (The Anglican Communion in Japan); The Most Revd Nathaniel Makoto Uematsu, Primate of the Nippin Sei Ko Kai and Bishop of Hokkaido.
 
SERVICE OF COMPLINE – Sunday, April 22, 7:00 p.m. ChurchCompline, the church’s ancient night prayer, is a short meditative service that concludes the day with prayer, hymns, chant and silence. This is the second of two opportunities to experience Compline at Christ Church. Come dwell in the beauty and peace of this prayer office and help us assess the interest in a regular service of Compline. A great way to introduce a friend to Christ Church. Mother Campbell will officiate.
 
CATHEDRAL DAY – Saturday, April 28, 10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist – Enjoy an outing to Saint Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle to support people from around our diocese, including Christ Church members Ciara Aylsworth, Rod Blackburn, Dixie and Truman Coggins, and Bessie Huckaby, who will be confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church by our bishop in this annual Easter day of celebration at our Cathedral.
 
EASTERTIDE FESTAL CHORAL EVENSONG - Sunday, May 6, 5:00 p.m. For a full description see “Our Life Celebrating the Arts” further along in The Weekly.
 
OUR LIFE IN COMMUNITY
 
MINISTRY OF THE WEEK – THE GARDEN TEAM – We give thanks this week for the ministry of our Garden Team, whose members care for the grounds around the church, planting, pruning, weeding, fertilizing and watering. Notice the burgeoning plantings along the 4th street wall, the front corner of the church and in the reflecting pool garden, and neatly trimmed bushes and trees along the front of the church. Members meet to plan and work as a team on occasional Saturdays and work individually on particular areas of the grounds at their convenience. If you’re interested in learning more, contact Linda Johnson at lljbrownspt@gmail.com
 
SOUNDS WONDERFUL - A JOYFUL DRUM CIRCLE - Pentecost Sunday May 20, Wells Hall after coffee hour, 12:45-1:30. Join us for a musical experience with hand drums and percussion instruments as we make a joyful noise in celebration of Pentecost, "the fiftieth day". All ages and musical abilities welcome. No experience required. Instruments provided or bring your own. For more information Contact Sherina at zumbaworks@yahoo.com or Lourdes at lwusstig@gmail.com
 
WOMEN’S LUNCH – Saturday May 5, 12:00 noon – 2 p.m., Wells Hall. Florence Sandler will give a talk about “Women and Women’s Issues in Iran and Morocco: As Seen by the Traveler,” with slides from her recent journey.  Enjoy a “trio salad” and getting to know other Christ Church women. Please indicate your presence either by adding your name to the list on the glass table in the church entryway or email Nancy Knudsen at ngknudsen@harbornet.com.  There will be an opportunity to donate to the YWCA Pierce County in support of their mission to empower women threatened by, and victims of, domestic violence.
 
NEW CHRIST CHURCH WEBSITE ON THE HORIZON! – Before summer Christ Church will have a beautiful new website, up-to-date with easy navigation, great photos and excellent functionality on smartphones and tablets. Mark Brombaugh and Father Torvend, with support from a focus group of parishioners, have been working with our web developer to prepare the site for launch. Our new T-shirts have the new web address on them, but that address will not go live until the website is ready, so the present address, www.ccptacoma.org, will remain active until we announce the launch of the new website. Stay tuned!
 
OUR LIFE OF FORMATION AND STUDY
                                                                       
ADULT FORMATION
 
SPRING FOUNDATIONS COURSE EXPLORING THE GOSPEL OF JOHN - Monday, April 23 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. in Wells Hall. Join us as we explore the gospel proclaimed throughout the Easter Season with Dr. Agnes Choi, an engaging and exuberant teacher of Sacred Scripture at Pacific Lutheran University. Dr. Choi’s expertise includes the Galilee region in which the public ministry of Jesus took place.
 
GOD FOR US: THE TRINITY AND CHRISTIAN LIFE - Sundays, May 13, 20, and 27, 12:15 – 1:15 p.m. in the Library. Who knew that an ancient teaching, largely forgotten by American Christians, has been recovered by Christian feminists and theologians of color who emphasize the diversity of God and the very practical implications of living with a communal God. Through short readings and discussions, participants will explore this core Christian conviction and how it serves daily Christian life. “You, eternal One, are the table that offers us as food the Lamb, your only-begotten Son. He is the most exquisite of foods for us in the sacrament that we receive in Holy Communion, which strengthens us while we are pilgrim travelers in this life. And the Holy Spirit is indeed a waiter for us, the One who serves us this teaching by enlightening and inspiring us.” (St. Catherine of Siena)
 
MONDAY BIBLE STUDY – 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. in Trinity Chapel. Join us as we make our way through the Book of Judges. Fascinating reading. Next week, we move back to the Library for our meetings. Join us. You'll enjoy it.
 
THE MONTHLY READING GROUP  will meet Sunday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Florence Sandler to discuss What the Qur'an Meant and Why It Matters by Garry Wills. Anyone interested is welcome to attend. Questions? Contact Don Johnson at 253-566-8747 or weddjohnson@msn.com.

THE RACIAL JUSTICE READING GROUP – will meet Monday, April 30, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the home of Anne Avery and Jim Elliott. We will discuss So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo. Call Anne at 253-301-2461 for details and directions.
 
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 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 our website www.ccptacoma.org

OUR LIFE OF SERVICE IN COMMUNITY AND WORLD
 
2018 ANNUAL HUNGER WALK – Saturday, May 5, 9:00 a.m. Fort Steilacoom Park, Lakewood. Join us for the 38th annual Hunger Walk, a program of Emergency Food Network and Associated Ministries in Tacoma and Pierce Counties and a major fund raiser for local food banks. Christ Church has participated in this event every year since it began. There will be a sign-up sheet in the church entryway for you to indicate a donation amount, whether or not you plan to attend the walk, and if you would like a Hunger Walk T-shirt. If you prefer, sign up online via the Emergency Food Network website, click on the HungerWalk2018 link.
Questions? Contact Len Johnson of the Community Service Leadership Team at 253-678-7243.
 
HELP SUPPORT MY SISTERS’ PANTRY – an opportunity to share in our Linens Ministry at My Sisters’ Pantry, following one of the three meals they serve each month to people in need in our community. This ministry involves going to My Sisters’ Pantry, picking up the tablecloths and kitchen towels, washing and returning them. My Sisters’ Pantry is a partner organization of the Emergency Food Network and is located at 621 Tacoma Avenue off the alley behind First United Methodist Church. Several members of our congregation have faithfully supported this effort the past three years. Interested in participating or need more information, call Len Johnson of the Community Service Leadership Team: 253-678-7243.
 
LEARN ABOUT AHAT, formerly The Aids Housing Association of Tacoma, now  Affordable Housing and Treatment HomecareSunday, April 29, 12:15 – 1:15 Library.
Bring your coffee and treats and join David Strong, AHAT Executive Director; Sean Walker, AHAT Board President; and Amelia Carroll, AHAT Board member to learn more about AHAT, our neighbor across the alley. Background: AHAT was created in 1989 by members of Christ Church in response to the emergence of HIV/AIDS in the community. At that time, the critical need was for a facility to provide a safe, compassionate and caring environment for individuals facing an almost certain early death.  AHAT helped their clients face that inevitable reality with dignity and love.  AHAT recently changed its name to Affordable Housing and Treatment Homecare to better describe the mission of providing ongoing care for people living with HIV/AIDS, empowering them to stabilize their lives. AHAT’s first home, Three Cedars, which was sold by Christ Church to AHAT for $1.00, is a historic Victorian house over one hundred years old. It serves as the administrative offices and home to six HIV/AIDS positive clients who are provided with 24-hour care by Certified Nursing Assistants.  Stevens House and Cornell House serve medically stabilized persons hoping to be living independently in two years. 
Although HIV/AIDS is not the epidemic it was in 1989, in 2017, 1,435 people were living with HIV/AIDS in Pierce County.  At least 15% of those living with HIV/AIDS in our community are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Without the housing and health care resources offered at AHAT our clients would be either homeless or hospitalized, facing deteriorating health and possible death.
 
FOOD BANK FOCUS FOR APRIL - 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. April Focus: Peanut, Almond, Cashew Butter.
 
OUR LIFE CELEBRATING THE ARTS

THE VISUAL ARTS

BENEDICITE, ART EXHIBITION in the church until The Day of Pentecost -- A series of enamels by parishioner Jean Tudor inspired by the biblical “Song of the Three Young Men,” calling on all Creation to praise God.
 
MUSIC NOTES
 
EASTERTIDE FESTAL CHORAL EVENSONG - Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
The Christ Church Choir presents music of Peter Aston, Grayston Ives, and Craig Phillips. Sing hymns, hear Eastertide scriptures and a reflection from Mother Campbell, enjoy festive organ music. Invite your friends to join you in the spiritual riches of this ancient evening liturgy.
 
THIS WEEK AT CHRIST CHURCH

Sunday, April 22, THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
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
7:00 p.m.        Compline, Church

Monday, April 23
6:30 p.m.        Exploring the Gospel of John, Wells Hall
7:00 p.m.        Bible Study, Trinity Chapel
Tuesday, April 24
7:00 p.m.        Community Service Leadership Team Meeting, Library
Wednesday, April 25
12:00 p.m.      Holy Eucharist, Chapel, followed by light lunch and fellowship, Library
Thursday, April 26
7:30 p.m.        Choir Rehearsal, Church

Sunday, April 29, THE FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
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

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