Weekly Update | 15 July 2021


The Reverend Deacon Eric Johnson

Goodness and mercy will pursue me.
What a difference one word can make!
The New American Bible has this line in Psalm 23: “Indeed, goodness and mercy will pursue me all the days of my life.”
How different this is from the BCP’s “…shall follow me…:”
God pursuing me is certainly a far different relationship than one in which God follows after me.
For me, God as Pursuer means that God isn’t there simply to follow after us and pick up the broken pieces of our lives. God pursues us and enters into a relationship with us, where we are and as we are. This also means that I don’t have a choice to ignore God until things settle down or until my prayer life gets better or until I overcome my sinful ways.  
God doesn’t wait for any of that, because God already pursues me now.

July 18, The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Proper 11

Holy Eucharist at 10:30 am
Presider: The Reverend Brian Lennstrom
Homilist & Deacon: The Reverend Deacon Eric Johnson
Readers: Becky Lennstrom, Creamy Wilkins-Manning
Organist: Lynne Berg

We are no longer requiring reservations for the Sunday service. 
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.*


Men’s Group

Men’s Group will begin in-person meetings on Friday, July 16, in the Parish Hall Gathering Room.
The group meets weekly on Fridays @ 8:00 am.
Please join in. All are welcome!
You may also continue to join the meeting via Zoom.
Questions? Please contact Deacon Eric Johnson, DeaconEricJ@gmail.com, 360-840-5415

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

Memorial Service for Linda Donato

Saturday, July 24
1:30 pm
St. Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle

Sunday Afternoon Church Social

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

We’ll gather on the lawn of the Church House (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. Please make your reservation through Diane Canington: 360-899-5190 or rumpole3@msn.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

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)

Church Office Hours

I am in the church office in the parish hall on Wednesdays, 10am – 3pm. 
The church office is also open Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday, 10am—4pm, via phone, email, & Zoom. You may also leave a phone or email message for me at any time.
—Marcy Perschbacher, Office Administrator, office@christchurchanacortes.org, 360-293-5790.

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

The Red Door Thrift Shop is open for shopping on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am-3pm. The donation shed is open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10am-1pm.
Come by and see us!
–Erin Kohlhaas, Manager, Red Door Thrift Shop, 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 | 15 July 2021