Weekly Update | 1 July 2021


June Cook

A while back, before Covid, we sang a national hymn that grabbed my heart and lodged in my mind.  Remembering only a few phrases, I couldn’t find it in our 1982 hymnal, so it must be in one of our alternate sources.  Google produced the lyrics, and I share them here . . .

This is My Song

This is my song, O God of all the nations,
A song of peace for lands afar and mine.
This is my home, the country where my heart is,
Here are my hopes, my dreams, my holy shrine.
But other hearts in other lands are beating,
With hopes and dreams as true and high as mine.

My country’s skies are bluer than the ocean,
And sunlight beams on clover leaf and pine.
But other lands have sunlight too, and clover,
And skies are everywhere as blue as mine.
O hear my song, thou God of all the nations,
A song of peace for their land and for mine.

Lyrics: lloyd stone, 1934; Music: Jan sibelius, 1899

In this time of turmoil in national politics, when we’re pulled in directions that encourage Americans to believe that it’s only our welfare, our safety, our world view, our belief systems that count, the words of Lloyd Stone strike a chord. 

As we celebrate our national independence on July 4, we can shout with patriotism and emotion . . . “This is my home, the country where my heart is.”  But let’s follow up . . . “But other hearts in other lands are beating, with hopes and dreams as true and high as mine . . . O hear my song, thou God of all the nations . . . “

July 4, The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Proper 9

Presider: The Reverend Diane Ramerman
Homilist: The Reverend Diane Ramerman
Deacon: The Reverend Deacon Eric Johnson
Readers: Erin Kohlhaas, Carleton Manning
Organist: Lynne Berg

*The Service will be held at 9:00 am.*

As of July 4, we will no longer be requiring reservations for the Sunday service. 
However, if you have not yet provided proof of Covid vaccination, please bring your card with you. 
Masks are still required.  Thank you for your patience with this.

The service will be live-streamed on the Christ Episcopal Church Facebook page.
The service will also be posted to our Facebook page for later viewing.
*You do not need a Facebook account to access.*


July 4 Sunday Service at 9:00 am

Sunday, July 4
9:00 am Holy Eucharist

Due to the Anacortes town photo and parade on Sunday, July 4,
we will hold our service early, at 9:00 am.

Church Office

*The church office will be closed the week of July 5.*
If you are in need of administrative assistance, please contact Reverend Deacon Eric Johnson at deaconericj@gmail.com, 360-840-5415 or Senior Warden Maggie Collinge at collingemargaret72@gmail.com, 360-202-5588.

Email Scam

You may have recently received two e-mails, allegedly from fellow congregants, asking for help.  These are scams.  Do not reply and do NOT forward to the person whose name has been misused.  Simply delete the e-mail.  If you’re concerned about the welfare of the person named, telephone for assurance.  Don’t get scammed!

Church House Committee Forming

The Bishop’s Committee has recommended that a committee be formed to do a feasibility study on future use for the Church House, formerly called Gentry House.  This study is to be completed before the end of the year. The committee will be limited to nine persons, each of whom will be available to receive and convey input to the Committee from other members of the congregation. 

If you would like to be a member of this committee, please contact Judith Render, People’s Warden, 360-982-2770, lorneandjudith@hotmail.com.

Sunday Afternoon Church Social

Sunday, July 25
3:00 – 5:00 pm
Church House Lawn
All are welcome.

We’ll gather on the church house lawn (formerly Gentry House) to talk, eat, and drink. Starbucks coffee and wrapped treats will be served.  Bring your own lunch or supper and selected beverage, along with plates and cutlery; or, you may want to pick up a meal to support one of the local restaurants. Plan to wear a festive mask. Make your reservation through Diane Canington: 360-899-5190 or rumpole3@msn.com.

Altar Flowers

If you would like to donate altar flowers in celebration of a birthday, anniversary, or other special occasion, or in honor or memory of a loved one, please contact me to sign up. Cost is $40. I will need your request and information at least one week before the selected Sunday.
Blessings to All,
Valerie Long, Altar Guild Co-Directress, 360-293-6396, valtine@comcast.net

The Red Door Thrift Shop is Open for Business!

The Red Door Thrift Shop is now open for in-person shopping on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am-2pm. The donation shed is open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10am-1pm. Please help us spread the word that your friendly neighborhood thrift shop is open and ready for business.
Come by and see us!

–Erin Kohlhaas, Manager, Red Door Thrift Shop, 360-293-8027, https://reddoorthriftshop.com/

Annual Outdoor Service on Sunday, August 8

The PLU Steel Pan Band

Sunday, August 8
10:30 am
Christ Church will host their annual outdoor service on the church grounds.

We will once again be welcoming the Steel Pan Band from Pacific Lutheran University as our special musical guests.

All are welcome.

Weekday Prayer Services

Evening Prayer
Wednesdays, 5:00—5:30pm, via Zoom

Welcoming Prayer
Thursdays, 12:30—1:00pm, via Zoom

Centering Prayer
Thursdays, 1:00—1:30pm, via Zoom

Please join in . All are welcome.

If joining by phone:
Meeting ID 503 653 606   One tap mobile  +12532158782,,503653606# US (Tacoma)

Men’s Group

Men’s Group meets every Friday at 8:00 am via Zoom.
Please join in. All are welcome.

If joining by phone:
Meeting ID 503 653 606   One tap mobile  +12532158782,,503653606# US (Tacoma)

Day by Day

Day by Day daily meditations may be accessed at the following link.

Pledges & Offerings

Your pledges and offerings may be mailed to Christ Church, 1216 Seventh Street, Anacortes WA 98221, placed in the Parish Hall mail drop, or given online using the following link:

Weekly Update | 1 July 2021