Weekly Update | 13 January 2022


The Reverend Deacon Eric Johnson

Paul’s epistle reminds us that there is no end to the gifts which the Holy Spirit will give to the church: wisdom, faith, healing, prophecy…and the list goes on. Paul also reminds us that no matter how much we may want  to have a particular gift, it is not ours to choose. We only are given a particular gift “as the Spirit chooses.” Paul  is also very clear about how we are to use those gifts: “To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.”  For the common good.  In direct contrast to those who say, “I alone can fix it,” we Christians believe that we best use our gifts by doing good together, when we use our gifts together in building up a community that reflects justice and compassion and goodness, which is what God intended for the world from the beginning. 

Important Notice Regarding Upcoming Services & Meetings

The Reverend Diane Ramerman

This Sunday, January 9 and through Sunday, February 6,  we ask the congregation to worship with us via Facebook livestream rather than attending services in person. In-person attendance will be limited to worship leaders (presider, homilist, Deacon/Eucharistic Minister,  readers, organist) and AV tech. We hope this will carry us through the peak of the latest pandemic surge. If you have difficulty  accessing the livestream, please contact the church office. Bulletins will continue to be posted.

If you are a scheduled worship leader and are not comfortable serving in person, please contact June Cook so a substitute may be arranged.  Sacred Ground faith formation and Annual Meeting will be virtual only, via Zoom. Thank you for your patience and understanding in this difficult time.  Please stay healthy, warm and safe.

Blessings this Epiphany,

January 16, The Second Sunday after the Epiphany

Christ Church Holy Eucharist
10:30 am
Via Facebook livestream
In-person attendance will be limited to worship leaders
& AV tech.
Presider: The Reverend Brian Lennstrom
Homilist & Deacon: The Reverend Deacon Eric Johnson
Eucharistic Minister: Shirley Barrett
Readers: Jerlyn Caba, Grace Minton
Organist: Lynne Berg


Mari Hampton Memorial

Bishop Sandy Hampton
Mari Hampton

On behalf of the congregation, Christ Church is sending a memorial gift of $500 honoring the late Mari Hampton (wife of The Rt. Rev. Sandy Hampton) to Babies in Need.  Bishop Sandy and Mari were part of our Christ Church family for more than ten years before retiring to El Cajon, California. If you would like to contribute or add to this memorial gift, please send a check to Christ Episcopal Church with Hampton Memorial in the memo line. To learn more about this organization which the family has chosen for memorials, see  www.babiesinneed.org 

Blessings, Diane+

Annual Meeting

Christ Church’s Annual Meeting will be held via Zoom.
Sunday, January 30
Following the 10:30 am service

Annual Meeting Elections

At the Annual Meeting on January 30, the Nominating Committee will present a slate of nominees for election to the Bishop’s Committee, subject to the approval of the Bishop. The slate of Nominees comprises Shirley Barret, Mark McGee, and Grace Minton for three-year terms and Mary Basile-Filler to fulfill a one-year term. Nominations may also be made from the floor.

The congregation will also elect Delegates and Alternates to the Diocesan Convention, held annually in the fall. 2021 Alternates Erin Kohlhaas and Melissa Simonsen have agreed to serve as 2022 Delegates. Two Alternates are needed. If you are interested in serving as a Convention Alternate, please contact People’s Warden Judith Render at 360-982-2770 or lorneandjudith@hotmail.com

The Gift of Wonder

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
Registration and information about the author is available here.

Men’s Group

The Men’s Group meets weekly on Fridays, 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)

Red Door Thrift Shop

Christ Church’s Red Door Thrift Shop is located at 1019 Seventh Street, in Anacortes.
Shopping Hours are Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10am-3pm.
Donation Hours are Mondays & Wednesdays, 10am-1pm.
360-293-8027, https://reddoorthriftshop.com/

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 | 13 January 2022