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  CHRIST CHURCH WEEKLY
    A Newsletter for Members and Friends of

CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH
Tacoma, Washington
Friday, August 18, 2017

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THE FUNERAL OF SHELBY SCHERER will be Saturday, August 26 at 11 a.m. in the church, followed by a reception in the church entryway and courtyard.
 
THIS SUNDAY, The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
Readings: Isaiah 56:1, 6-8; Psalm 67; Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32; Matthew 15:21-28
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
 
SERVICE OF COMPLINE – Friday, August 25, 9:00 p.m. – Compline, the church’s ancient night prayer, is a meditative service that concludes the day with prayer, hymnody, chant and silence. An ensemble of participants in the Tacoma Early Music Workshop meeting at Christ Church will lead the music; Mother Campbell will officiate. Come experience the beauty and peace of this prayer office.
 
HOW TO ARRANGE A EUCHARISTIC VISIT – If you or a family member is unable to attend Church, you can arrange for communion to be brought from the Sunday liturgy by calling Shannon in the parish office by Wednesday noon. She will contact ministry coordinator Elin Gratton will assign a team of two visitors. The team will be in touch with you close to the weekend to confirm who is coming and to arrange a time convenient for you.
 
PRAYERS FOR THIS WEEK
Those in any kind of need, especially: Jan; Ray; Mary A.; Ashton; Okello; Dan R.; Leslie; Tom; Melinda; 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 with chronic pain. Those seeking work. For all working to resist bigotry, racism and violence in our country.
Those who have died: Shelby Scherer; Jeff Brotman; Okor Enos; and those who grieve for them.
Diocesan Prayer Cycle: Good Shepherd, Vancouver; St. Luke/San Lucas, Vancouver; All Saints, Vancouver.
Anglican Prayer Cycle: Rochester – (USA) – (II The Episcopal Church) The Rt. Revd Prince Singh; Rochester – (Canterbury, England) The Rt. Revd James Langstaff; Rochester – (Canterbury, England) Vacant.
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
 
THE FUNERAL OF SHELBY SCHERER will be Saturday, August 26 at 11 a.m. in the church, followed by a reception in the church entryway and courtyard.
 
MINISTRY OF THE WEEK – THE GARDEN TEAM – We give thanks this week for the Ministry of our Garden Team, whose members are lovingly transforming the grounds around the church: planting, pruning, weeding, fertilizing and watering. Notice the burgeoning new 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 individually on particular areas of the grounds at their convenience. If you’re interested in learning more about this ministry, contact Linda Johnson at lljbrownspt@gmail.com
 
GATHERING SUNDAY – September 17 The program year begins as our community re-gathers after summer vacations and travels. The choir returns to the 10:30 liturgy, Sunday School begins, and following the 10:30 liturgy, the Vestry hosts a special welcome back brunch in Wells Hall.
                                                   
OUR LIFE OF STUDY
                                                                       
ADULT FORMATION
 
FALL ADULT FORMATION PROGRAM – The Fall Brochure will be available in the September 3 liturgical bulletin, as well as in the Weekly and on the website that week.
 
MONDAY BIBLE STUDY 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Library. The group is reading its way slowly through Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in Matthew’s Gospel. We look at the difficult sayings and try to work out their implications for this time. All are welcome.
 
THE MONTHLY READING GROUP – The monthly reading group will meet on Sunday, September 24, to discuss Making All Things New: Catholicity, Cosmology, Consciousness by Ilia Delio—location to be announced. The group will meet on Sunday, October 15, to discuss Augustine of Hippo: A Biography by Peter Brown. Anyone interested is welcome to attend. Questions? Call Don Johnson at 253-566-8747
 
RACIAL JUSTICE READING GROUP – in recess until Monday, September 25 when we will discuss No Is Not Enough by Naomi Klein and “A Vision for Black Lives,” a detailed platform of demands in six parts, available online at https://policy.m4bl.org/platform/.
 
CHILDREN’S FORMATION


SUNDAY SCHOOL is on summer vacation and will resume on Gathering Sunday, September 17.

OUR LIFE OF SERVICE IN COMMUNITY AND WORLD
 
GREEN TEAM MEETING Today, August 20, 12:15pm, Library. The Green Team will check-in on our near term goals focusing on (1) Theology of Care for Creation, (2) Education, (3) Sustainable Facilities, Processes, and Lifestyles, and (4) Political Activism.  Please join us for the discussion.  Questions? Contact Todd Hay at toddahay@gmail.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: Baby food, baby formula, diapers. The diapers will go to the YWCA which has a greater need for them than the food bank.
 
OUR LIFE CELEBRATING THE ARTS
 
MUSIC NOTES
 
CONCERT: THIRD FRIDAYS AT NOON, TODAY – 12:10 p.m.  - Hear Sarah Duffy, organist, Principal Organist at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Tacoma. She recently received a doctorate in organ performance from the University of Washington, writing her dissertation on the works of Charles Tournemire, early 20th-century Parisian organist. Her program explores richly varied music from the late Renaissance and 20th century by Spanish, German and French composers. Donation at the door.
 
SUNDAY’S COMMUNION MUSIC - An Wasserflüssen Babylon is one of J.S. Bach’s most compelling chorale preludes. The hymn text is Psalm 137, the lament of the Israelites in exile in Babylon: “By the waters of Babylon we sat down and wept as we remembered Zion.” The hymn tune was composed by Wolfgang Dachstein (1487 – 1553) and published in 1525. Known throughout post-Reformation Germany, this hymn inspired Bach to compose several arrangements of it.
In this chorale prelude, the ornamented melody in the tenor is both mournful and noble. It is suggested that Bach portrays Babylon’s flowing waters with the chorale prelude’s many elongated trills. While most of us aren’t in exile, many of us lament the current chaos in our nation and world, and we yearn for a time when peace, justice, and mercy will prevail. Satya Jaech, organist
 
WESTRON WYNDE CONCERT - Saturday, August 26, 7:30 p.m. - The Tacoma Early Music Workshop, directed by Dr. Anne Lyman, is a singing-intensive course in which 20 singers come together to learn choral music from the 16th century. This year's workshop will culminate in a concert taking place Saturday, August 26, at 7:30 PM here at Christ Church. The concert is entitled WESTRON WYNDE: Early English Sacred Music. Also featuring the all-female medieval group Les Chanterelles. This concert is free and open to the public.  

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. 
 
CHRIST CHURCH INFORMATION

 
WELCOME TO ACCOUNTANT EMILY VERDONK – We are happy to announce that Emily Verdonk of Morris Verdonk Accounting has contracted with us to serve as our accountant. She brings much experience in non-profit accounting and excellent references from colleagues in the field. We’re pleased to have filled this important position with a person of Emily’s gifts.

THIS WEEK AT CHRIST CHURCH

Sunday, August 20 THE ELEVENTH 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 September 17.
                        Children of all ages are always welcome in the liturgy.
10:30 a.m.       Holy Eucharist, Church, followed by Coffee Hour in Wells Hall.
            Christ Church 101 immediately following the liturgy. Meet near the eagle lectern.
12:15 p.m. Green Team Meeting, Library
12:30 p.m. Liturgical Arts Team Meeting, Chapel

Monday, August 21
7:00 p.m. Bible Study, Library
Tuesday, August 22
7:00 p.m. Community Service Leadership Team Meeting, Library
Wednesday, August 23
12:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist, Chapel, followed by Fellowship, Library
7:00 p.m. Men’s Choir Rehearsal, Church
Friday, August 25
Leadership Team meeting, afternoon, time to be determined
9:00 p.m. Compline Service, Church
Saturday, August 26
11:00 a.m. Shelby Scherer Funeral, Church, with reception to follow in Church entryway and            
courtyard
7:30 p.m. Westron Wynde Concert, Church
 
Sunday, August 27 THE TWELFTH 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 September 17.
                        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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