Senior Warden Maggie Collinge
I have become a tea drinker during the week because too much caffeine does not agree with me. Little did I know that every tea bag of Yogi brand tea comes with a lovely affirmation attached with a string. I have been saving them and they sit on the window sill above the sink. Here are six affirmations and their scriptural equivalents; at least by my way of thinking.
We can always start again.
Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:18)
Breathe in peace and breathe out blessings to all.
Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest in righteousness. (James 3:18)
The one who listens understands.
Then you will call on me and come and pray to me. I will listen to you. (Jeremiah 29:12)
Spread the light; be the lighthouse.
I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness. (John 12:46)
You are unlimited.
I can do everything through Him who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13)
Be kind to others, but always be compassionate to yourself.
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as on Christ, God forgave you. (Ephesians 4:32)
Keep your eyes and hearts open; you never know when you will see or feel a blessing, sent by God, into your life.
The Day of Pentecost 2021
Please Respect Safety Guidelines
Reverend Diane Ramerman
Remember, the COVID 19 virus is still with us. It has not gone away. In fact the number of cases, deaths, and/or hospitalizations in Skagit County were higher in May 2021 than during each month from March 2020 to November 2020.
We are all pandemic and mask weary, but now is not the time to be casual or careless. As we look forward to partial re-opening of our buildings remember: wear your mask and maintain social distancing when inside our buildings. If you notice someone backing away from you (inside or out), YOU are too close for their comfort. Please respect that. Remember to send a copy of your vaccination card to June Cook if you want to be seated in the ‘vaccinated’ section of the sanctuary. And do give our organist space! Let’s work and pray together to make this Pentecost season a joyful return to our face to face community. Blessings, Rev. Diane
Diocesan Youth Group Retreat
Through the bleak midwinter, Siriana, Maja and Helen have Zoomed in to the Sunday Night Youth Night led by Alex Flannigan (formally of Camp Huston fame). On a sun-filled weekend in May, the Youth Group gathered in person for a God-filled weekend at St. Andrews in Union, Washington. Their spirits were renewed as we picked them up on Sunday afternoon with huge smiles and exhausted bodies and they napped most of the way home. As Alex reminded us in his recap of the Retreat:
“Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28).
Our bleak midwinter has ended, we have had rest, and we are ready to celebrate again in person. Thank you to our Christ Church Community for supporting the spiritual growth of all of our members.
Blessings and Peace ~ The Simonsens
What the Immediate Future Looks Like
……Phasing Back to Normalcy
The end of COVID protocols is in sight, but we’re not there yet! Diocesan guidance still informs our precautions, and a conservative approach is helping keep us safe. Expect to see gradual phasing in of activities and procedures from pre-COVID days. Restrictions that now appear to be less critical to our health and safety will be phased out first. Careful steps and planning are critical as there are many decisions to be made about . . . pews . . . seating arrangements . . . singing . . . hymnals/prayer books. . . bulletins . . . choir . . . communion at the rail . . . coffee hour . . . ushers . . . a larger altar party . . . processions . . . child care, and so on. To begin, the Wellness Tracker, an e-mail string documenting presence of congregants in the church or parish hall, will phase out on June 1. However, all buildings remain closed except the sanctuary for the 10:30am Sunday service. Keyholders requiring entry for ministry purposes must wear a mask and may not share keys with others.
As most of you know, Marcy has been working from home during the pandemic. This arrangement has worked well for her, but her presence in the office is a warm welcome for congregants and visitors. Therefore, she will resume office hours one day a week, beginning Wednesday, June 2, from 10am to 3pm. This may expand to two days a week. Visitors to the office must wear a mask and use hand sanitizer on entry and are encouraged to make an appointment. The kitchen will be restricted to staff use only. The parish hall remains closed to Christ Church ministry groups. July 1 is our target date for partial re-opening to those groups. This coincides with the Governor’s expected removal of restrictions on size/room capacity for gatherings. However, the kitchen will still be limited use. Outside groups that normally use our facilities will not be invited back until later in the summer. No decisions have been made about resumption of child care or in-person Godly Play. All groups and people gathering in church buildings will continue to wear masks until further notice. This is in line with our Bishop’s guidelines for re-opening.
A word about masks and social distancing . . . Why should we continue these precautions if we’re largely vaccinated? Remember that we have children in our congregation who have not been vaccinated. We also have members who are elderly or have health issues putting them at greater risk of infection. Visitors will add an extra unknown. A maskless congregation could very well cause concern or anxiety for those people, and wearing masks is our way of saying, “We care about your health and comfort level among us.” Yes, it’s inconvenient, but that’s a small price to pay to build trust and express concern for the common good.
Look for more information on re-opening plans in upcoming issues of A Joyful Noise and in weekly email updates . . .
The Red Door Thrift Shop is Open!
Erin Kohlhaas, Red Door Thrift Shop Manager
The Red Door Thrift Shop reopened its doors to the public for the first time in over a year on Thursday, May 13th. Volunteers and customers alike were excited to be back in the shop and see some familiar faces. The store will remain open for in person shopping on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am-2pm. Starting in June, the Red Door will begin accepting donations again. The donation shed will be open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10am-1pm. Please help us spread the word that your friendly neighborhood thrift shop is now open. Come by and see us!
Happy Birthday Wishes to…
…Kai Perschbacher on June 15
Happy Wedding Anniversary to…
…Susan Parke & Dedy Ward on June 2
……Janice & Bill Walker on June 14
………June & Alan Cook on June 19
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 360-982-2770.
6 June 2021 Pentecost 2 Proper 5 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Presider: Rev. Brian Lennstrom Homilist: Rev. Brian Lennstrom Deacon: Rev. Deacon Eric Johnson Readers: Jerlyn Caba, Shirley Barrett Readings: Genesis 3:8-15 Psalm 130 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1 Mark 3:20-35 13 June 2021 Pentecost 3 Proper 6 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Presider: Rev. Brian Lennstrom Homilist: Mr. John Okerman Deacon: Rev. Deacon Eric Johnson Readers: Siriana Simonsen, Melissa Simonsen Readings: 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13 Psalm 20 2 Corinthians 5:6-17 Mark 4:26-34 20 June 2021 Pentecost 4 Proper 7 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Presider: Rev. Diane Ramerman Homilist: Rev. Deacon Eric Johnson Deacon: Rev. Deacon Eric Johnson Readers: Creamy Wilkins-Manning, Becky Lennstrom Readings: Job 38:1-11 Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32 2 Corinthians 6:1-13 Mark 4:35-41 27 June 2021 Pentecost 5 Proper 8 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Presider: Rev. Brian Lennstrom Homilist: Rev. Brian Lennstrom Deacon: Rev. Deacon Eric Johnson Readers: Valerie Long, Carleton Manning Readings: Wisdom of Solomon 1:13-15, 2:23-24 Psalm 30 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 Mark 5:21-43