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  CHRIST CHURCH WEEKLY
    A Newsletter for Members and Friends of

CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH
Tacoma, Washington
Friday, May 19, 2017

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The Funeral for Mary Andersen will be held Saturday, May 20, at 1:00 p.m. in the church, with a reception following in Wells Hall
 
THIS SUNDAY, The Sixth Sunday of Easter – Rogation Sunday
Readings: Acts 17:22-31; Psalm 66:7-18; I Peter 3:13-22; John 14:15-21
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
Adult Formation Events
Parish Announcements
Music Notes

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
 
LET US PRAY
This week our prayers are asked for:
Those in any kind of need: Jan; Megan, her mother Marge, and their family; Lindsey; Kevin; Ethan; Natasha; Rudy; Leslie; Joseph; Shelby S.; Ann S.; Kristin; Dominic; Peace in countries of the Middle East, Asia, Africa. For Refugees and Migrants. Those living in chronic pain. Those seeking work. For an end to racism. For sensible policies to curtail gun violence.
Those who have died: Robert McNulty; Pat Reed; Crystal Stone; and those who grieve for them.
Diocesan Prayer Cycle: St. James, Kent; St. Columba, Kent.
Anglican Prayer Cycle: Ngobo – (Enugu, Nigeria) The Rt. Revd. Christian Ebisike.
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.
 

ADULT FORMATION


PROTECT CREATION: SPRING FOUNDATIONS COURSE – Monday, May 22, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., Wells Hall. Tacoma and Pierce County are marked by a number of “superfund sites” – locations in water, on land, and also in the air that are toxic to fish, animals, humans, and vegetation. We will consider how we got into the terrible mess of a degraded and rapidly warming earth; the complicity of Christians and others in this ecological mess; and the biblical and sacramental sources that offer a greening and life-giving alternative for us and future generations. In our baptismal vows we now promise to “cherish … and protect the beauty and integrity of all creation.” As members of the Anglican Communion, we are invited by the fifth Mark of Mission to “safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the Earth.” How, then, shall we think about and live out these sacred commitments? The course is free, but a $10 donation (for the entire course) will be happily accepted at the door.
 
RESPECT THE DIGNITY: SUNDAYS OF EASTER CLASS - Sundays, May 21, 28, and June 4, 12:15 to 1:15 p.m., Library. At the Easter Vigil, we promise to “respect the dignity of every human being,” but the growth in hate speech during the past political season makes clear that our sacramental promise is not shared by all Americans. In this Sunday class, guests will discuss the experience of being Muslim, Jewish, Hispanic, and Queer after the election as well as their take on interfaith dialogue and advocacy: May 14, Dr. Turan Kayaoglu (Political Science UWT), May 21, Rabbi Bruce Kadden (Temple Beth-El), May 28, Dr. Emily Davidson (Hispanic Studies PLU), and June 4 The Rev. Jen Rude (University Pastor PLU). Please note: this class is not an introduction to the religions of Islam or Judaism or a primer in Hispanic or LGBT experience. Look for the bibliography at the glass table. SIGN UP FOR THIS CLASS AT THE GLASS TABLE IN THE CHURCH ENTRYWAY.
 
RACIAL JUSTICE READING GROUP - The next book for the Racial Justice Reading Group will be From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation  by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, published by Haymarket Books: https://www.haymarketbooks.org/books/778-from-blacklivesmatter-to-black-liberation.  The Group will meet on Tuesday, May 30 at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Pat and Mike Hendrix. Contact Anne Avery with any questions at (253) 301-2461.
 
MONTHLY READING GROUP – The Monthly Reading Group will meet at the home of Florence Sandler on Sunday, June 4, at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the novel The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene. Everyone interested is welcome to attend. If you would like further information, call Don Johnson at (253) 566-8747
 
MONDAY BIBLE STUDY – 7:00 PM – 8:00 p.m. in the Library. Now drawing close to the end of the Gospel of John. It has been an interesting journey, but not too late for you to join us.
 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Deadline for the Sunday bulletin and the Weekly is Wednesday noon. Send electronic copy to shannon@ccptacoma.org attached as a word document or included in the body of your email. We’re not able to accept hard-copy announcements, whether handwritten or typed.
 
LIFE FOOD PACK ASSEMBLY LINE – Sunday, following the Rogation procession, plan to help assemble food packs at coffee hour: a can of food, a nutrition bar, fruit juice and other items. All are invited to take some packs to carry in your car or your back-pack to give to people who are hungry, people in need. Jesus said, "I was hungry and you fed me." This is a very nice way to do it.
 
GIVING STATEMENTS AVAILABLE – First Quarter giving statements are available in chapel and church entryways this Sunday. Those not picked up will be mailed this week.
 
MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR DEE (DELORES EDGE) – Saturday, May 27, 1:00 p.m.
 
UNITED THANK OFFERING (UTO) INGATHERING – Next Sunday May 28 - The UTO is an Episcopal-church-wide ministry that provides assistance to people in need around the world. Parishes distribute UTO “Blue Boxes” to members to keep at home and fill with coins and bills, offerings of thanksgiving for daily blessings small and large. Twice a year, the contents of the Blue Boxes are brought to church in the boxes or in UTO offering envelopes and put in the offering plate. Our gifts, along with those of thousands of others, will be turned into health clinics, food banks, schools, jeeps, farming equipment, seeds, tools, and a multitude of other ways to help. If you haven’t had a Blue Box, you can still participate by making an offering in the UTO envelope you will receive in the mail or available in chapel and church entryways.
 
TACOMA “RELAY FOR LIFE” – Friday June 2 - Saturday, June 3. Every year we join other Tacoma-area Episcopal churches as Team Godspeed to participate in the Tacoma “Relay for Life”. This year’s event runs from 6:00 p.m. Friday, June 2 to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, June 3 at Mount Tahoma High School, 4634 South 74th Street. Participate by walking laps at the Mount Tahoma track or by donating, preferably via our team, to the American Cancer Society.
For online donations: Enter “relayforlife.org” on internet search line; click on “Donate” then scroll down to “How would you like to direct your donation?” and click on “Donate to Team.” In the box, enter team name: godspeed and click on search, which will bring up godspeed Relay for Life of Tacoma. From there you can enter a donation amount and personal information.
If you prefer not to use the online approach, there will also be a “walker and donations” sign-up sheet in the narthex. Checks should be made out to “American Cancer Society”.
Relay for Life was started in Tacoma by Dr. Gordon Klatt in 1985, who walked laps by himself the first year. Relay for Life has gone on to be the major fundraiser of the American Cancer Society. Relays all over the world raise millions of dollars that all go to the search for a cure. Questions? Please contact Len Johnson at 253-678-7243 or at lljbrownspt@gmail.com
 Christ Church Community Service Leadership Team
 
HOSTING OF HOMELESS FAMILIES - Saturday June 3 – Saturday June 10. Twice a year, we host homeless families overnight for a week through the Family Housing Network. Please volunteer to prepare and serve dinner, organize and play games with the children, or stay overnight. Everyone who did not fill out background check forms last December will need to turn one in by May 28. If you have any questions please contact ministry leaders Mary Kay Kubovec 253-753-6177, Noel Hagens 253-752-0857, or Sandy Johanson 253-905-1051.
 
FOOD BANK FOCUS FOR MAY - Christ Church offers year-round support to the F.I.S.H. Food Bank (Friends in Service to Him). 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. May Focus: Peanut, almond, and cashew butter.
 

MUSIC NOTES


Third Fridays at Noon Concert, TODAY at  12:10 p.m.  Kevin Peterson, piano, and Jane Leeson-Jackson, flute play music by Bach, Gloria Swisher, Chopin and Poulenc. A graduate of St. Olaf College, Mr. Peterson serves as Director of Music at Normandy Park United Church of Christ, teaches piano lessons in Maple Valley, and is a staff instructor at Jump into Music, a non-profit program in Spanaway providing affordable music lessons for children. A graduate of the University of Michigan and California State University, Ms. Leeson-Jackson is associate principal flute of the Rainier Symphony, performs as a soloist and chamber musician, and teaches flute at her home studio in Federal Way.  Join us for 40 minutes of delight!

THIS WEEK AT CHRIST CHURCH


Sunday, May 21
THE SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER - ROGATION SUNDAY

8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Chapel
9:00 a.m. Audit Team Meeting, Green Room
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
Rogation Procession: Blessing of the Gardens and Grounds, Blessing of Dirt for   
Home, Plants and Gardens
; followed by Coffee Hour in Wells Hall.
12:15 p.m. Adult Formation Class: Respect the Dignity, Library

Monday, May 22
6:30 p.m. Spring Foundations Course - Protect Creation, Wells Hall
7:00 p.m. Bible Study, Library
Tuesday, May 23
7:00 p.m. Community Service Leadership Team Meeting,
Wednesday, May 24
12:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist, Chapel, followed by Fellowship, Library
Thursday, May 25
7:30 p.m. Choir Rehearsal, Church
Saturday, May 27
9:30 a.m. Gardening Team Work Party, Courtyard
1:00 p.m. Memorial Service for Delores Edge (Dee), Church, followed by reception in Church entryway

Sunday, May 28
THE SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER – THE SUNDAY AFTER ASCENSCION DAY

United Thank Offering Ingathering
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. Adult Formation Class: Respect the Dignity, Library

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