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  CHRIST CHURCH WEEKLY
    A Newsletter for Members and Friends of

CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH
Tacoma, Washington
Friday, July 28, 2017

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THIS SUNDAY, The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
Readings: I Kings 3:5-12; Psalm 119:129-136; Romans 8:26-39; Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
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

 
LEARN ABOUT THE MINISTRY OF OUR ALTAR GUILD – see below under Our Life in Community: Ministry of the Week.
 
This week our prayers are asked for:
Those in any kind of need, especially: Dan R.; Leslie; Amy; Kevin; Joseph; Tom; Melinda; Jan; Shelby S.; Ann S.; Kristin; Dominic; Peace in countries of the Middle East, Asia, Africa. For Refugees and Migrants. Those suffering from drought and famine in East Africa. Those living in chronic pain. Those seeking work. For an end to racism. For sensible policies to curtail gun violence.
Those who have died: Liu Xiaobo; Nora Kjesbu Weltzin; Joann Redd; and those who grieve for them.
Diocesan Prayer Cycle: St. Antony of Egypt, Silverdale; St. Nicholas, Tahuya; Holy Spirit, Vashon.
Anglican Prayer Cycle: Pennsylvania – (III, The Episcopal Church) The Rt. Revd Clifton Daniel; Pittsburgh – (III, The Episcopal Church) The Rt. Revd Dorsey WM McConnell
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.

OUR LIFE IN COMMUNITY
 
CHRIST CHURCH T-SHIRTS HAVE BEEN ORDERED – and will be ready for pick-up  soon. Check this space for the announcement.
 
MINISTRY OF THE WEEK – THE ALTAR GUILD – We give thanks this week for the ministry of our Altar Guild, the men and women who set the table for the Eucharist. They take care of our vestments, vessels, linens, candles – everything we need for our worship for Sundays, major feasts, weddings and funerals. The group is divided into teams of four to five people; each team serves one weekend a month. Saturday morning the team meets in the Altar Guild sacristy to prepare for the Sunday liturgies in chapel and church. Sunday morning the team sets out bread and wine and vessels before the liturgy and cleans and puts everything away afterward. This behind-the-scenes ministry is one of quiet, loving service and fellowship – and is essential to the worship life of our community. If you’re interested in learning more about the Altar Guild’s ministry, contact the head of the Altar Guild Pat Chen: pat@tichenassociates.com
 
OUR LIFE OF STUDY
                                                           
ADULT FORMATION
 
MONDAY BIBLE STUDY 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the Library. What is the Sermon on the Mount? What is its purpose? The Monday group is exploring the Sermon, which provides the occasion for lots of thoughtful discussion. Come find out what it is about!
 
THE MONTHLY READING GROUP – Sunday, August 13 6:30 p.m., at the home of Don and Wanda Johnson to view and discuss the documentary, An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story. Everyone interested is welcome to participate. We are using the time until the September discussion to read Peter Brown, Augustine of Hippo: A Biography (433 pages)Call Don Johnson at (253) 566-8747 for directions or if you have any questions. 
 
RACIAL JUSTICE READING GROUP – in recess until September 25 when we will discuss No Is Not Enough by Naomi Klein and Platform of the Movement for Black Lives for which a web address will be provided in late August. 
 
CHILDREN’S FORMATION

SUNDAY SCHOOL is on summer vacation until September.
 
 OUR LIFE OF SERVICE IN COMMUNITY AND WORLD
 
FUNDRAISER FOR MINISTRY WITH IMMIGRANTS IN DETENTION - October 6 Save the date for the dinner auction fundraiser for AIDNW (Advocates for Immigrants in Detention, Northwest). AIDNW serves immigrants released from detention in many ways: with clothing, travel, cell phone access to their families, and help with the legal barriers they still face. Members of several Tacoma churches including Christ Church volunteer at the help station just outside the detention center. They see themselves as carrying out what Jesus said,  "I was in prison and you visited me." Christ Church members also serve on the Board of AIDNW. You can support this important ministry at the fundraiser or by volunteering at the help station. Questions? Contact Father Bill Tudor: jwtudor@aol.com
 
FOOD BANK FOCUS FOR AUGUST - 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 and toiletries for men and women. Leave your gift in the baskets in the church entryway. August Focus: Diapers, baby food, baby formula.
 
OUR LIFE CELEBRATING THE ARTS

 
MUSIC NOTES
 
MANY THANKS to Dr. Thomas Clark who plays the organ while our Co-directors of Music Ministries are on vacation. We are appreciative of his special talent in addition to his work as Pierce County Medical Examiner.

CALLING ALL SINGERS! Plan now to join us for a delightful musical encounter, and enrich our worship. At the end of the summer, we will enjoy two Sundays with special choir participation for anyone who can carry a tune and attend one rehearsal.
Schedule:
Sunday August 27, Men’s Choir, with rehearsal on Wednesday Aug. 23, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday September 10, Women’s Choir, with rehearsal on Thursday Sept. 7, 7:00 p.m.
Be bold! This is a fun way to have a rich choral experience and gain some new skills with no long-term commitment.  Contact our music directors if you can sing with us so we may have music and seating organized. Email:  Music@CCPTacoma.org
 
THE CHRIST CHURCH CHOIR is on break for the summer. New singers will be warmly welcomed in the fall. Rehearsals begin Thursday, September 14 at 7:30 p.m., and we sing again on September 17. Those interested in joining should contact the directors for more information. Music@CCPTacoma.org  During the summer, our vibrant worship life continues to flourish with the music of the whole assembly, organ and soloists. 


THIS WEEK AT CHRIST CHURCH

Sunday, July 30 THE EIGHTH SUNDAY AFTER 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 resumes in September.
                        Children of all ages are always welcome in the liturgy.
10:30 a.m.       Holy Eucharist, Church, followed by Coffee Hour in Wells Hall.

Monday, July 31
7:00 p.m. Bible Study, Library

Sunday, August 6 THE FEAST OF THE TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD
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 resumes in September.
                        Children of all ages are always welcome in the liturgy.
10:30 a.m.       Holy Eucharist, Church, followed by Coffee Hour in Wells Hall.
 
OFFICE HOURS: Tuesday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. CLOSED MONDAYS.
 
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