A Joyful Noise | January 2022

New Year’s Resolutions

Maggie Collinge, Senior Warden

Have you started a New Year’s Resolution list yet?  Making resolutions and sticking to them is not my strong point but this year I think I have one that I can spend some time with.  I am going to do away with the idea of a list; just one resolution will be enough to keep me busy.

I just completed a series of lectures with The Reverend William Seth Adams. He took us through the highlights of the history of the Anglican Communion with an emphasis on the Book of Common Prayer.  One of the exercises that he had us do was to go through the Book of Common Prayer and touch every page.  Try it sometime; of course you can’t help but to stop and read and wonder in the course of touching every page.  I might have to make reading the book, page by page, a resolution for 2023.

Another book that we read was The Challenge of Change:The Anglican Communion in the Post-Modern Era  by Mark Harris.  This is a relatively short book, less than 200 hundred pages.  It is loaded with new words and ideas which make it quite a challenge to read. 

Here is one idea that has stuck with me.  Early on in the book, Harris speaks of the Anglican Experience as an instrument of God’s will for God’s purpose and that our fellowship experience is a means to an end known only to the Holy Spirit.  He goes on to say that we will find our answer in the future.  He also says that to figure out our purpose, we need to look at what God is doing with us, not who we believe we are.

 I will make this something with which I am going to spend some time; what God is doing with me versus who I am. My resolve for the New Year will be to figure out what God is doing with me.  I feel as though I have a pretty good idea of who I am, but what is God going to do with what I am?  I don’t know the answer to that and may never know.  The answer has to be in the Spirit, that most elusive part of the Triune God.

Blessings to you all at the start of the New Year.  May you come across a question or statement that you can resolve to spend some time exploring in the New Year that will bring you closer to an understanding of who you are in God’s eyes.


Thank you for the Christmas Poinsettias

Thank you to all who donated for the poinsettias that adorned our church so beautifully this Christmas season:
Barbara Carson
Ed & Shirley Forsman
Don & Marie Ibsen
Lorne & Judith Render
Charlene Corbin,
in memory of her parents and of her husband Carl
Mary Basile-Filler and John Filler,
in memory of Peter & Florence Basile, John & Mayme Filler, John Calvin, Louis Basille, and Sam & Mary D’ortenzio


January Designated Plate Offering

Judith Render, People’s Warden

The January 23 plate offering is designated for the Christ Church Discretionary Fund.

The Christ Church Discretionary Fund is established by the Bishop’s Committee in the name of the church.  The fund is set aside for the use of the clergy, at their discretion. The clergy “discretion” is limited in that the money may not be used for clergy’s personal expenses, or to pay for items which are in fact operating expenses of the church. Generally, the monies are used to confidentially assist parishioners or others in the community facing an expense or need that they would otherwise be unable to meet, e.g., a medical bill or extraordinary car repair, scholarship for a faith formation program, emergency housing, or other crisis needs.  The clergy maintain the discretionary account records confidentially; the operating procedures of Christ Church direct an annual audit by the Wardens.  While many churches fund a discretionary account as part of their annual budget, that is not the case at Christ Church.  Presently, the clergy discretionary account receives money through occasional designated donation from congregants, donations to the church or to individual clergy in conjunction with burial or other sacramental services, and payments to clergy from University of the South for their work as Education for Ministry mentors.  This irregular funding pattern means that there are sometimes insufficient funds to meet needs.  Donations in any amount are always welcome.

Donations by check should be made to Christ Church with Discretionary Fund in the memo line.


Sacred Ground

Christ Church’s Sacred Ground series continues in January for registered participants.
Wednesday, January 19
6:30 pm
Session topic: Whose Land? Exploring Indigenous History
Facilitator: Melissa Simonsen
Parish Hall Gathering Room & Zoom


Winter Reading

If you are not participating in the Sacred Ground series, you may be interested in reading two of the resources the class is using:
Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman
Waking Up White by Debby Irving


Join the Conversation!

Join Christine Aroney-Sine for a series of inspiring conversations based on her book, 
The Gift of Wonder: Creative Practices for Delighting in God.

Wednesdays, January 19 – February 16
7:00 – 8:00 pm, via Zoom
Sponsored by the Diocese of Olympia

  • January 19 Introduction: The Awe of Wonder
  • January 26 Wonder & Trauma
  • February 2 Play!
  • February 9 Reminiscing
  • February 1 The Joy of Gratitude

The book will be mailed to you with your $10 registration.
If you already have the book, the series is free and underwritten by the Diocese of Olympia. 
Registration and information about the author is available here.


Annual Meeting

Sunday, January 30
Following the 10:30 am service
Christ Church Sanctuary & Zoom
Please watch for updated details.


Covid Vaccination & Testing Information

Covid Vaccinations & Boosters
Friday, January 14 & Friday, February 11
9:30 am—2:30 pm
Anacortes Senior Activity Center
1701 22nd Street, Anacortes
No appointment necessary. 
Available vaccinations will include first and second shots of the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines, as well as the single first-time shots of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Booster shots of all three will be available.
Covid Test Kits
Due to high demand, the self-administered COVID-19 test kits are no longer available from Skagit County. If you have questions, please contact Skagit County Public Health at 360-416-1500.


Celebrations!!!

Happy Birthday Wishes to…

…Annabelle Kohlhaas on January 4
……Judith Render on January 4
………Sol Kohlhaas on January 18
…………June Cook on January 29

Please send the month & date of your birthday, baptismal date, anniversary, and/or other special occasions so we can help you celebrate your blessings in the Joyful Noise. Please send to People’s Warden Judith Render at lorneandjudith@hotmail.com, 360-982-2770.


January Services

Year C

2 January 2022
The Second Sunday after Christmas Day

9:30 am Chandler’s Square Morning Prayer
Presider: Shirley Barrett
10:30 am Christ Church Holy Eucharist
Christ Church Sanctuary
Presider: Rev. Diane Ramerman
Homilist: John Okerman
Eucharistic Minister: Mark Perschbacher
Readers: Diane Guinn, John Guinn
Ushers: Lorne Render, June Cook
Organist: Lynne Berg
Readings
Jeremiah 31:7-14
Psalm 84
Ephesians 1:3-6, 15-19a
Matthew 2:1-12


9 January 2022
The First Sunday after the Epiphany: The Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ

9:30 am Chandler’s Square Morning Prayer
Presider: June Cook
10:30 am Christ Church Holy Eucharist
Christ Church Sanctuary
Presider: Rev. Brian Lennstrom
Homilist: Rev. Brian Lennstrom
Eucharistic Minister: Shirley Barrett
Readers: Creamy Wilkins-Manning, Carleton Manning
Ushers: Diane Guinn, John Guinn
Organist: Lynne Berg (June Cook)
Readings
Zephaniah 3:14-20
Isaiah 12:2-6
Philippians 4:4-7
Luke 3:7-18


16 January 2022
The Second Sunday after the Epiphany
9:30 am Chandler’s Square Morning Prayer

Presider: Ms. Creamy Wilkins-Manning
10:30 am Christ Church Holy Eucharist
Christ Church Sanctuary
Presider: Rev. Brian Lennstrom
Homilist: Rev. Deacon Eric Johnson
Deacon: Rev. Deacon Eric Johnson
Eucharistic Minister: Maegan Barrett
Readers: Jerlyn Caba, Grace Minton
Ushers: Don Ibsen, Marie Ibsen
Organist: Lynne Berg
Readings
Isaiah 62:1-5
Psalm 36:5-10
1 Corinthians 12:1-11
John 2:1-11


23 January 2022
The Third Sunday after the Epiphany

9:30 am Chandler’s Square Morning Prayer
Presider: Ms. Shirley Barrett
10:30 am Christ Church Holy Eucharist
Christ Church Sanctuary
Presider: Rev. Diane Ramerman
Homilist: Shirley Barrett
Eucharistic Minister: Erin Kohlhaas
Readers: John Guinn, Diane Guinn
Ushers: Carleton Manning, Creamy Wilkins-Manning
Organist: Lynne Berg (Mark Perschbacher)
Readings
Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10
Psalm 19
1 Corinthians 12:12-31a
Luke 4:14-21


30 January 2022
The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
9:30 am Chandler’s Square Holy Eucharist

Presider: Rev. Diane Ramerman
10:30 am Christ Church Holy Eucharist
Christ Church Sanctuary
Presider: Rev. Brian Lennstrom
Homilist: Rev. Brian Lennstrom
Deacon: Rev. Deacon Eric Johnson
Eucharistic Minister: Melissa Simonsen
Readers: Becky Lennstrom, Erin Kohlhaas
Ushers: Shirley Barrett, June Cook
Organist: Lynne Berg
Readings
Jeremiah 1:4-10
Psalm 71:1-6
1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Luke 4:21-30


6 February 2022
The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
9:30 am Chandler’s Square Morning Prayer

Presider: June Cook
10:30 am Christ Church Holy Eucharist
Christ Church Sanctuary
Presider: Rev. Diane Ramerman
Homilist: Erin Kohlhaas
Deacon: Rev. Deacon Eric Johnson
Eucharistic Minister: Mark Perschbacher
Readers: Melissa Simonsen, Siriana Simonsen
Ushers: Don Ibsen, Marie Ibsen
Organist: Lynne Berg
Readings
Isaiah 6:1-13
Psalm 138
1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Luke 5:1-11


A Joyful Noise | January 2022