Weekly Update | 13 May 2021


The Reverend Diane Ramerman

This Sunday’s readings are about our Lord handing over his ministry to those who will follow him.  We can only guess what might have been in the minds of the disciples during these last hours before Jesus’ ascension.  Almost seven weeks since his dying and rising, and now their commitment of discipleship is to change again.  Jesus is the same, and yet not the same.  They must have had a thousand questions, because the responsibility for carrying on his eternal work would  now be theirs – as it is now ours.  He has given us the words of scripture– have we received them, do we know these words?  Do we know in truth that Jesus came from God and believe that God sent Jesus to us?  We take on the responsibility of discipleship with the assurance that our Lord is with us every step of the way.

May 16, Ascension Sunday

Presider: Ms. June Cook
Homilist & Deacon: The Reverend Deacon Eric Johnson

Coffee Hour follows the service.
Please join in. All are welcome.

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


Pentecost In-Person Service – A Celebration of Renewal

June Cook

On Pentecost Sunday, May 23, the Christ Church sanctuary will be open for limited seating at the 10:30  am service of Holy Eucharist.  Changes in the county pandemic status may require us to cancel, but for now, we’re planning to hold the 10:30 Eucharist every Sunday thereafter in the sanctuary.  These services will also be broadcast live on either zoom or Facebook. 

Church COVID protocols will be in effect.  Masks must be worn anywhere in the building and throughout the service, and social distancing maintained when entering, exiting, approaching the altar for communion, and as arranged by seating.  Please do not move chairs.  All are expected to follow the protocol for entering (seats at the front filled first) and exiting (seats nearest the narthex exit first). A Wellness Supervisor will greet you when you arrive, ask required health questions, and direct you to your seats. 

As newly approved by the Governor, there will be a separate vaccination section. Congregants fully vaccinated more than two weeks before the service will be seated in the section toward the front of the sanctuary where we can seat a maximum of 30 people.  There will be five seats, for those not fully vaccinated, at the back of the church near the narthex and appropriately spaced.  Couples may sit together if their reservation specifies.

Per the Governor’s directive, we can only accommodate up to fifty percent of our capacity.  Therefore, reservations are required for May 23 and will continue to be required until further notice.  Contact June (text or phone 360-333-9311, email juneco47@gmail.com) to make a reservation. 

To reserve a seat in the vaccination section, you must have your COVID vaccination card already on file.  Proof of vaccination will not be accepted at the door.  Send a copy of your card to June as soon as possible.  You will only have to do this once.  Photocopy your card and place in the mail drop at the parish hall or mail it to June Cook (6938 San Juan Hill Ln, Anacortes 98221).  Or, send it to her in an electronic form that is easily printable. 

Bring your own prayer book or service bulletin.  They will not be provided at the service.

Although there will be no congregational singing, Lynne will play a prelude and postlude for us.

Restroom access will be limited, and only in accordance with COVID protocols.  Please plan accordingly.

The Altar Guild flower donation schedule is back up and running.  Notify Val Long if you’d like to honor a specific person or occasion with your floral offering.

Note that the church will only be open for 10:30 Sunday services.  The church sanctuary and the parish hall remain closed for any other gatherings or meetings.  There will be no coffee hour or childcare until further notice.  

Contact June if you have questions.  Pentecost promises to be a very meaningful and joyful celebration after our year of separation.  Wear red!

Adult Faith Formation

The Way of Love: A Practical Guide to Following Jesus
by Scott Gunn, with a foreword by Bishop Michael Curry

Sundays, 11:45 am – 12:30 pm, via Zoom
Please join in. All are welcome.

The Adult Faith Formation class is reading and discussing this practical guide that explores the Way of Love in the context of our life of faith. Using reflection questions, journal prompts, and a guide for developing a personal rule of life, it offers encouragement to begin or deepen spiritual practices to strengthen our journey with Jesus.

Godly Play

Our children’s faith formation program, Godly Play, is on Summer hiatus.
YouTube Godly Play sessions may be accessed at the following link.

The Red Door Thrift Shop is Now Open!

The Red Door Thrift Shop is now open for in-person shopping on Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10 am—2 pm. There is a 5 customer limit in the store at one time and we will ask customers to complete their shopping in 30 minutes if there is a line to enter. Everyone is required to wear masks and social distance and will be asked to hand sanitize on the way in. We are not currently accepting donations but will make an announcement when we are able to start accepting donations again. We look forward to being open and seeing all of our customers and Red Door family again! 

Erin Kohlhaas, Manager, Red Door Thrift Shop

Altar Flowers

We will be back in our beloved sanctuary beginning on Pentecost, May 23…and we will again have flowers on the altar. You may sign up to give flowers in celebration of a birthday, anniversary, or other special occasion, or in honor or memory of a loved one. We do not have a flower calendar for sign-ups so please contact me with your request and information. Requests will be handled in a first come, first serve manner. I will need your request and information at least one week before the selected Sunday.
Blessings to All,
Val Long, 360-293-6396

Contemplative Creativity

Contemplative Creativity will be on Summer hiatus following the May 13 session. Lesson videos from the past year are posted on the Contemplative Creativity page on the Christ Church website and may be accessed at any time.

Mindful Poetry

Mindful Poetry meets Tuesday, May 25, at 6:00 pm.
Co-facilitators:  Becky Lennstrom & Sylvia Sepulveda
Please join in. All are welcome.

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

Welcoming/Centering Prayer

Please join in this weekly group practice on Thursdays, 12:30/1:00 pm.
All are welcome.

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 | 13 May 2021