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    A Newsletter for Members and Friends of

Tacoma, Washington
Friday, September 22, 2017

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THIS SUNDAY, The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Readings: Jonah 3:10-4:11; Psalm 145:1-8; Philippians 1:21-30; Matthew 20:1-6
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

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
Attachments to This Issue: St. Francis Flyer

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
Those in any kind of need, especially: Leslie; Lindsay; Ethan; Kevin; Natasha; Dan; Sharon; Kevin; Joseph; Julie; Adam; Bruce; Jan; 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. For all serving in the military, especially those in harm's way, that God may watch over their hearts and minds and grant them wisdom and strength. For all affected by winds and flooding from hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Jose, and for rescue and recovery efforts.For all affected by the earthquakes in Mexico.
Those who have died: Jamie Wadsworth; Robert Wadsworth; Clark Allyn Aylsworth; Bruce Randall Giddings; Robert Klarsch; Carlos Cook; and those who grieve for them.
Diocesan Prayer Cycle: St. David of Wales/San David, Shelton; St. John, South Bend.
Anglican Prayer Cycle: Southeast Florida – (IV The Episcopal Church) The Rt. Revd Leopold Frade; Coadjutor Bishop – (IV, The Episcopal Church) The Rt. Revd Peter Eaton.
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.
SAINT FRANCIS DAY BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS - SUNDAY OCTOBER 1, 4 p.m. All animals large and small, including children’s stuffed companions, are welcome at our Saint Francis Day celebration in the courtyard (or in Wells Hall in case of rain). Bring photos of animals unable to attend. In gratitude for God’s gift of Creation, we’ll offer prayers of thanksgiving and healing for all of creation and blessings for every animal. Treats for humans (ice cream) and pets add to the fun. Invite your friends and neighbors; this is a great way to introduce them to Christ Church. This year, we will collect donations for the Humane Society which is sheltering pets rescued from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma: please bring canned and dry dog and cat food, new or gently used towels, and new or gently used collars and leashes for cats and dogs of all ages and sizes.

USHER AND GREETER WORKSHOP – Saturday October 14, 9:30 – 12:30
All ushers and greeters are asked to participate in this important workshop in which we will review the administration of oxygen in an emergency, discuss how to deal with a person who could be disruptive or carrying a weapon, and consider the difference between a greeter and an usher. Every greeter and usher is asked to be present. The workshop begins promptly at 9:30 AM, and we should be finished before 12:30 PM.  Should you have questions, please contact Fr. Torvend at samuel@ccptacoma.org
MINISTRY OF THE WEEK – CHILDREN’S FORMATION TEAM  – We give thanks this week for the ministry of the Children’s Formation Team, which seeks to support families with children and fosters the growth of our children and youth in the Christian faith and life. The group works with Mother Campbell to plan and shape the Nursery and Sunday School programs, intergenerational parish activities, and opportunities for Christ Church children and youth to connect what we do and learn on Sundays with how we live throughout the week. Information about the Sunday School curriculum can be found below in the Children’s Formation Section. If you are interested in learning more about how we as a community can honor our baptismal promise to support our younger members in their growth into the full stature of Christ, contact Mother Campbell at janet@ccptacoma.org
UPDATING THE PARISH DIRECTORY - Look for an email from Sarah Hays our Parish Administrator requesting information updates for a new parish directory to be published in October. For those without email, Sarah will contact you by phone or postal mail.

THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEDICATION OF THE CHRIST CHURCH SANCTUARY 2019 – Preparations are underway for the 50th Anniversary Celebration of our unique and stunning Church building. We are starting two projects that depend on the memories of current and past members of Christ Church.
Oral History Gathering oral memories of the discussions and ultimate approval of the sanctuary design and build. We need names of individuals whom we should contact and if possible contact information for them. Please provide this by email to me, Tim Chen, (tchenwa@netscape.net ) or to Dennis Johnson (dennisjohnson@harbornet.com ) or on paper by postal mail to the Christ Church office: 310 North K Street, Tacoma, WA 98403
Memorial Book Gathering “stuff . . . pictures, letters, bulletins, etc.” from the 1966/1967 time frame relating to the sanctuary. Please provide that “stuff” to Milana McLead, electronically (milana_mclead@hotmail.com) or by postal mail to the parish office, address just above.

MONDAY BIBLE STUDY 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Library. The group is moving through The Sermon on the Mount. Last week we spent thirty minutes discussing ten verses. So much to talk about and understand. All are welcome.
Fall Foundations Course: FORGIVENESS: A CHALLENGING SPIRITUAL PRACTICE. Wednesdays, September 27, and October 4, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in Wells Hall. Participants will explore what can be a difficult practice: forgiving others and forgiving oneself. We will examine biblical understandings, how contemporary scientists view forgiveness, sacramental practice, and the political dimensions of forgiveness. The course is open and free to members and friends of Christ Church. A $10 donation to cover materials costs for the course will be gladly received. Sign up at the glass table in the church entryway.
THE MONTHLY READING GROUP – Tonight, September 24, 6:30 p.m. at the home of Sandy and Ronn Johanson to discuss Making All Things New: Catholicity, Cosmology, Consciousness by Ilia Delio. 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 – DATE CHANGE to Tuesday, September 26, 7-9 p.m. 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 https://policy.m4bl.org/platform/.  We meet at the home of Anne Avery and Jim Elliott. Call Anne at (253) 301-2461 for details. 
MORE THAN A GARDEN STATUE: St. Francis on Care for the Earth and Earth’s People. Sundays, October 8 and 15, 12:15 p.m. in the Library. Participants in this Sunday class will read and discuss excerpts from St. Francis’ preaching, his hymn to creation, and short stories from his life that indicate the inextricable relationship between people struggling with poverty and the earth struggling with human degradation. Sign up at the glass table in the church entryway.


At Christ Church, our Sunday School program is grounded in an Episcopal Church Curriculum entitled Weaving God’s Promises, a comprehensive, three-year children’s formation curriculum developed by and for the Episcopal Church. (more on facing page)
The Mission of Weaving God’s Promises
1. To teach children how God’s promises of salvation are woven into our lives.
2. To teach children the way of Christ, not only in the church but also in the world as Christ’s ambassadors.
3. To give children a solid grounding for future youth and high-school formation programs, which prepares them for Christian adulthood.
4. To foster the spiritual formation and growth of our children in Christ’s love and mercy and to teach the spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation.
For an overview of the three-year Weaving God’s Promises curriculum, see the Christ Church website www.ccptacoma.org

RESPONSE TO HURRICANES HARVEY, IRMA AND JOSE - Episcopal Relief & Development urges prayers for communities in the Caribbean islands, along the Gulf Coast, Florida, and the East Coast dealing with the impact of the hurricanes. Donate through the organization's website and find more information about relief and recovery efforts: http://www.episcopalrelief.org
FUNDRAISER FOR ADVOCATES FOR IMMIGRANTS IN DETENTION (AIDNW) Friday, October 6 in Wells Hall. Save the date for the dinner and fundraiser for AIDNW, a ministry of several Tacoma Churches including Christ Church. AIDNW is a nonprofit organization which helps immigrants coming out of detention with their critical needs: cell phone connection with families, travel plans, next-step legal help, housing, backpacks, food and drink. Tickets for the dinner/fundraiser are $60 each and will NOT be available at the door. Information? Questions? Contact Father Bill Tudor jwtudor@aol.com

UNITED THANK OFFERING (UTO) INGATHERING SUNDAY OCTOBER 8 - 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. Watch for a letter with details and an offering envelope.
FOOD BANK FOCUS FOR SEPTEMBER - 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. September Focus: Canned and boxed soup.

FOOD BANK FOCUS FOR OCTOBER – Part of our observance of the October Feast of St. Francis, we are offering support to the Tacoma/Pierce County Humane Society with donations of canned and dry dog and cat food, new or gently used towels, and new or gently used collars and leashes for cats and dogs of all ages and sizes. With the arrival of many shelter animals and displaced pets following the devastation of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, these gifts are more useful than ever. What the Humane Society does not use will be distributed through their Pet Pantry program, to other animal shelters and pet-friendly homeless shelters throughout Tacoma. Leave your gift in the baskets in the church entryway. If you wish to donate in other ways you may visit their website at http://www.thehumanesociety.org/get-involved/more-ways-to-donate/
Watch this space for information about upcoming music events, including the next (October) Third Fridays at Christ Church recital.

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.

Monday, September 25
7:00 p.m. Bible Study, Library
7:30 p.m. Choir Rehearsal, Church
Tuesday, September 26
7:00 p.m. Community Service Leadership Team Meeting, Library
Wednesday, September 27
12:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist, Chapel, followed by Fellowship, Library
6:30 p.m. Fall Foundations Course - Forgiveness: A Challenging Spiritual Practice, Wells Hall

          Saint Francis 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, followed by Coffee Hour in Wells Hall.
4:00 p.m. Blessing of the Animals and Ice Cream Social, Courtyard

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