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  CHRIST CHURCH WEEKLY
    A Newsletter for Members and Friends of

CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH
Tacoma, Washington
Friday, May 11, 2018

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WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW: THIRD FRIDAYS AT NOON RECITALFriday, May 18, 2018 at 12:10 p.m. Hear Organist David Lim, Director of Worship and Music Ministries at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Bayport, Minnesota, playing music by J. S. Bach, Juan Bautista José Cabanilles, Nicolaus Bruhns, Jean-Jacques Grunenwald, and George Shearing. Invite your friends to share 40 minutes of delightful music with you.
 
THIS SUNDAY, THE DAY OF PENTECOST
Readings:  Acts 2:1-21; Psalm 104:25-35, 37; Romans 8:22-27; John15:26-27, 16:4b-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: Dennis S.; Roberta and John Sweeny, Ramona Mount, Donna W., Rosemary; Susie; Leslie; Kevin; Ethan; Natasha; Lindsay; Sally; Dan; Edie; Alice; Jan; Ann S.; Kristin L; Dominic.
Those who have died, especially: Bruce Davidson; Myrtle Jaech.
For peace in the Middle East, Asia, Africa. For Refugees and Migrants. For a halt to violence between Israelis and Palestinians. 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, especially the volcano eruption in Hawaii. For all affected by gun violence, for effective gun control and for safety in our schools, public places and homes.
Diocesan Prayer Cycle: St. Mary, Lakewood; Christ Church, Puyallup.
Anglican Prayer Cycle: Pray for the work of the Anglican Centre in Rome; Christchurch - (Aotearoa NZ & Polynesia).
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. Names stay on the list for one month unless renewed with Shannon.     
 
OUR LIFE IN COMMUNITY

NEWCOMER WELCOME SUNDAY - At the 10:30 liturgy on the Day of Pentecost and on All Saints’ Sunday we welcome newcomers to Christ Church at the time of the Peace. If you’re new to Christ Church since last All Saints’ Sunday (November 5), please come forward on the Day of Pentecost when invited by Mother Campbell to gather with other newcomers to be welcomed by the congregation. You won’t be asked to do anything other than smile!
 
SOUNDS WONDERFUL - A JOYFUL DRUM CIRCLE - Sunday, after coffee hour, Wells Hall, 1:00-1:45 p.m. 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.
GIVING STATEMENTS FOR THE FIRST TWO QUARTERS OF THE YEAR – will be out in early July. Apologies for not providing a first quarter statement this year.
 
MINISTRY OF THE WEEK – LITURGICAL VISUAL ARTS – We give thanks this week for the ministry of our Liturgical Visual Arts group, who plan, create and care for the decorations and adornments that enhance our liturgical observance of the seasons of the church year. November’s Altars of Remembrance, Advent’s Jesse Tree and Advent wreath, the larger-than-life Three Kings puppets who visit on Epiphany, Lent’s Crown of Thorns, Easter’s great Gospel pages, Pentecost’s mobile of flames, seasonal pulpit hangings – these are just some of their creations. Meetings happen in parishioners’ homes 4 to 6 times a year to plan projects and enjoy a meal together, and as needed in church or chapel to work on projects. If you’re interested in learning more, contact Jean Tudor at jeantudor@comcast.net 
 
OUR LIFE OF FORMATION AND STUDY
                                                                       
ADULT FORMATION
 
GOD FOR US: THE TRINITY AND CHRISTIAN LIFE - Sundays, May 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 the Library. The group is now into the final couple of chapters in the Book of Judges. Join us in the library; our conversations are always interesting and enjoyable.
 
THE MONTHLY READING GROUP  Sunday, May 20, 6:30 p.m. at the home of Don and Wanda Johnson to discuss Everything Ablaze: Meditating on the Mystical Vision of Teilhard de Chardin by David RichoSandy Johanson will facilitate the discussion. Anyone interested is welcome. Questions? Contact Don Johnson at 253-566-8747 weddjohnson@msn.com

THE RACIAL JUSTICE READING GROUP – Monday, June 4, 7:00 p.m. at the home of Anne Avery and Jim Elliott to discuss  All the Real Indians Died Off: And 20 Other Myths About Native Americans by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker. Call Anne Avery for details and directions (253) 301-2461. The group will take a break for the summer and resume in the fall – watch here for our next selection.
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

CHRIST CHURCH WOMEN’S DONATION TO THE YWCA – At their Spring lunch on May 5, the women of Christ Church enjoyed a wonderful meal, an engaging speaker, AND collected $ 953.00 to support the Pierce County YWCA’s mission: transforming the lives of domestic violence survivors by providing safe shelter and comprehensive services including legal advocacy and children’s programs.
 
BI-ANNUAL HOSTING OF FAMILIES EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS:
From Saturday June 9 – Saturday June 16.
          An opportunity to help families without a home. Through the Family Housing Network we host homeless families overnight in Wells Hall twice a year for a week each time. You can volunteer to help set up or break down the space on one of the Saturdays, or for an evening to prepare and serve dinner, organize and play games with the children, or stay overnight to be available to our guests when necessary. Do you play guitar or some other instrument? Sign up to play music one night! The sign-up sheet will be in the entryways of church and chapel starting this Sunday.
            We particularly hope that fourteen of you will sign up to stay overnight (2 each night).  You arrive by 8 p.m.; lights out for the families at 10:00 p.m. You can sleep on a cot on the stage or on the couch in the library. If a guest has needs during the night, you are there to help. But usually you are just there to sleep. In the morning, you make coffee and put out the simple, self-serve breakfast items by 6:30 a.m. Families are gone for the day by 7:30 am.  Please consider offering yourself for this key aspect of our hospitality!
            Thank you from your co-coordinators Noel Hagens 253-752-0857, Sandy Johanson 253-905-1051, or Jim Limerick 253-576-8949. If you're not sure about volunteering, we would like to invite you to join us for dinner on one of the evenings that the families are here. Enjoy a meal and fellowship with our guests and discover how much this ministry means to them.
            Program coordinators will be in the church entryway this Sunday and for the next two Sundays near the sign-up sheet to answer any questions.
 
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: “How Can We Assure a Free Press??”
6:30 pm, May 21 - United Methodist Church Fireside Room 1919 W. Pioneer Ave. Puyallup, WA 98371
 
FOOD BANK FOCUS FOR MAY- 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. Donations are not immediately delivered due to the food bank's limited days and hours of operation, so they MUST BE NON-PERISHABLE and in NEVER OPENED boxes or cans. May Focus: Baby food and formula.
 
OUR LIFE CELEBRATING THE ARTS

THE VISUAL ARTS
 
BENEDICITE, ART EXHIBITION in the church through mid-June -- 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.
 
THIS WEEK AT CHRIST CHURCH

Sunday, May 20 THE DAY OF 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
12:15 p.m.      God for Us: The Trinity and Christian Life, Library
1:00 p.m.        Drum Circle, Wells Hall

Monday, May 21
7:00 p.m.        Bible Study, Library
Tuesday, May 22
Community Service Leadership Team Meeting rescheduled to Tuesday, May 29
Wednesday, May 23
12:00 p.m.      Holy Eucharist, Chapel, followed by light lunch and fellowship, Library
Thursday, May 24
7:30 p.m.        Choir Rehearsal, Church

Sunday, May 27 TRINITY SUNDAY
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
12:15 p.m.      God for Us: The Trinity and Christian Life, Library


 

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