Weekly Update | 15 April 2021


Diane Canington

Then he said to them (the disciples), “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.”  Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures and he said to them, “Thus written that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.  You are witnesses of these things.  And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised, so stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”

luke 24:44-53

These were the final words Jesus spoke to the disciples before he was carried up into heaven, telling them to remain in Jerusalem until they were confident in the power granted to them by God to go into the greater world to proclaim his message.  Imagine the thrill of being reunited with Jesus after witnessing the horror of his crucifixion and now having the company and blessing of the risen Christ.

We have inherited that charge and blessing and are directed to live out our lives and spread Christ’s message of love and forgiveness. That Christian love can be demonstrated in so many different ways:  simple things like inviting someone to go ahead of you in line at the grocery store, bringing meals to a person who’s under the weather, or praying with someone who’s going through tough times.  It can take the form of seeing that people’s needs are met when they’re struggling to keep their heads above water.  It can also be expressed as joyful love in the birth of a baby or a marriage in the congregation, celebrating these beautiful occasions and giving praise and thanks to God.  In other words, there are countless ways to demonstrate Christian love.

What a relief to know that our sins will be forgiven if we go to God and ask his forgiveness, pledging to not fall into the same trap again.  He knows we will continue to sin but that by being mindful of our transgressions creates a pathway of turning to God in order to live a better and more meaningful life.

April 18, The Third Sunday of Easter

Morning Prayer
10:30 am

Presider: Ms. Shirley Barrett
Homilist: The Reverend Diane Ramerman
Deacon: The Reverend Deacon Eric Johnson

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


Adult Faith Formation

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

Sundays, through May 16
11:45 am – 12:30 pm, via Zoom
Please join in. All are welcome.

This Easter season, the Adult Faith Formation class will read and discuss 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.

The Way of Love: A Practical Guide to Following Jesus is available at our local bookstores, at Amazon in print and in Kindle versions, and by special order, with discounts, at Forward Movement.

An Invitation from the Diocese: One Service for Turtle Island

*Christ Church will join the Diocesan service on April 25.*

Sunday, April 25
Musical Prelude at 10:00 am
Service at 11:00 am
Livestream from St. Mark’s Cathedral

In the cosmology of North and South American peoples, Turtle Island is the geographic region covering Canada, United States, Central America, and South America. Join together online Sunday, April 25, at 11:00 am to worship Jesus with Episcopalians from all over the Diocese of Olympia led by our Circles of Color and focused on the languages, cultures, and experiences of the First Peoples of Turtle Island, with a specific focus on communities from within Province 8. This online service is a chance for diocesan-wide worship, learning, connection, and conversation, as well as an opportunity to give our working clergy a Sunday off from preaching and presiding.

The One Service will include a Town Hall webinar after worship with Bishop Rickel and members of Circles of Color to process the worship experience and go deeper into dialogue around issues of race and culture in our diocese, with special attention to the experiences of Indo-Hispanic/Indigenous peoples. All are welcome.

Update: A musical prelude featuring music from churches across the diocese will begin at 10:00am and the liturgy will begin at 11:00am.

  • 10:00am – Musical Prelude of Music from Around the Diocese
  • 11:00am – Liturgy Begins
  • 12:30pm – Town Hall with Bishop Rickel and Members of Ethnic Ministries Circles of Color

Godly Play

Our children’s faith formation program, Godly Play, meets weekly on Sundays, 11:30 am, via Zoom.
Please call the church office, 360-293-5790, for the Zoom link.

All ages are welcome.

Red Door Thrift Shop News

We are currently readying the store to reopen for in-person shopping. Final approval to reopen will come from the Bishop but indications look good for early May. We’re finishing inventory of items, rearranging for better flow, and will be installing a new point of sale system. We will open for shopping before accepting donations from the public. However, if you are a member of the church or a volunteer, you’re always welcome to donate! This is a big effort so all of our focus is on our reopening plan and we’ve stopped window shopping for now. If you have questions, just let me know and I’ll be happy to answer! 
Erin Kohlhaas, Manager, Red Door Thrift Shop

Contemplative Creativity

We gather weekly on Thursdays.
5:00 pm via Zoom

Guided Practice with Fabricia Lima is held on the second Thursday of the month. Our other weekly sessions provide a quiet space for art and companionship, as we explore spirituality through mindful creativity.
Lesson videos are posted on the Contemplative Creativity page on the Christ Church website and may be accessed at any time.

Please join in! All are welcome.
Visit our Contemplative Creativity page for more information.

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

Mindful Poetry

Mindful Poetry meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month 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)

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 | 15 April 2021