Weekly Update | 18 March 2021


Mark Perschbacher

Along with other members of Christ Church, I attended the Better Together faith formation conference hosted by the diocese last Saturday.  The day included speakers, workshops, and a brief service that included prayers composed at one of the workshops. It was nice to see some familiar faces, and many unfamiliar ones from around the diocese.  I took part in three workshops:

  • Maximizing Your Virtual Presence: Ideas and Resources for Children’s and Families Ministries
    This workshop detailed how several congregations are using Youtube videos, Facebook groups, and podcasts to reach out young people and their families. Offerings included examples of children’s sermons, Godly Play presentations, and short family videos.
  • The Practice of Authentic Allyship with Reverend Terry Kyllo
    The second workshop was a presentation by Reverend Terry Kyllo about his ongoing efforts to connect  our region’s Muslim communities with their neighbors, and to help foster understanding. 
  • Musicians’ Jam Session – Plan for the Closing Service in Real-Time
    The last workshop was a really enjoyable session where our group prepared a hymn that we sang at the closing service.

Even though this year’s conference was conducted via Zoom, I came away with a feeling of togetherness with my fellow Episcopalians. We are truly blessed to be part of such a creative and dedicated body of faith.

March 21, The Fifth Sunday in Lent

Morning Prayer
10:30 am

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


Daily Lenten Meditation

Adult Faith Formation

Enriching the Word: The St. John’s Bible
Sundays, 11:45 am – 12:30 pm, via Zoom

March 21
Reflection/study on the illumination of The Resurrection

Lesson Outline

*Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene– John 20:1-18

Allow the passage to dwell within you. Allow this pondering to invite you into dialogue with God.

*What is the who-what-where-when-how of the illumination?
*Ask God to open the eyes of your heart and enable you to see what God wants you to see. Be open to images, thoughts, impressions, and feelings that come into your awareness.

Reflection Questions:

  • As you take a few moments to look at the illumination, what is the first thing you are drawn to observe?
  • Easter has been described as a season of movement and divine revelation.  How is this reflected in the illumination?
  • Just as an FYI, the three Aramaic characters at the left of Mary’s shoulder are translated as “my Rabbi.”
  • Imagining Jesus’ call to Mary moves us deeper into the illumination, where we can consider the different hues in in the image of Jesus and Mary. What might these hues and patterns tell us about how divine revelation reveals itself?
  • From Good Friday to Easter morning, we move from darkness to light, from death to life. Mary’s experience on the morning seems to match that same pattern. What might this tell us about how we might experience God in our lives?
  • There are definite consolations and desolations in this illumination. What might they be?

In 1998, Saint John’s Abbey and University commissioned renowned calligrapher Donald Jackson to produce a hand-written, hand-illuminated Bible. This work of art unites an ancient Benedictine tradition with the technology and vision of today, illuminating the Word of God for a new millennium.

The illuminations are not illustrations. They are spiritual meditations on a text. It is a very Benedictine approach to the Scriptures.”


Please join in. All are welcome

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

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.

Mindful Poetry

John Murillo

Mindful Poetry meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 6:00 pm.
Our next gathering is Tuesday, March 23.

We’ll be exploring “Influencers”, foundational voices who have influenced generations of poets and have reached across time to touch the universal: Walt Whitman, Yusef Komunyakaa, and John Murillo. Please join in as we look at how poets influence one another and echo through time, “in concert with a deeper singing.”
Co-facilitators:  Becky Lennstrom & Sylvia Sepulveda
All are welcome.

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

Women in Scripture: Laying Down the Stones

This Holy Week service honoring women in Scripture will be held on Monday of Holy Week.

A reminder to the women of the congregation: If you would like to honor a woman in scripture with a reflection, please notify Rev. Diane Ramerman as soon as possible.

Palm Sunday, Holy Week, Easter Vigil, & Easter Day

The Sunday of the Passion
March 28
10:30 am Morning Prayer

Monday, March 29
5:00 pm
Women in Scripture: Laying Down the Stones        
Presider: Rev. Diane Ramerman

Tuesday, March 30
5:00 pm
Stations of the Cross   
Presider: Rev. Deacon Eric Johnson      

Maundy Thursday, April 1
5:00 pm
Meditations & Stripping of the Altar
Presider: Rev. Brian Lennstrom      

Good Friday, April 2
Liturgy of the Solemn Collects     
Presider & Homilist: Rev. Deacon Eric Johnson
The Good Friday offering is designated for the Diocese of Jerusalem. Checks may be mailed or placed in the parish hall mail drop. Please make your check out to Christ Church, memo to “Diocese of Jerusalem”. Please be generous. The needs are very great.

Easter Vigil
Saturday, April 3
7:00 pm
The First Service of Easter & Holy Eucharist   
Presider & Homilist: Rev. Diane Ramerman   

Easter Day
Sunday, April 4
11:00 am, St. Mark’s Cathedral
Please join the online celebration at St. Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle or view Christ Church’s Easter Vigil service, which will be posted on our website. Livestream from St. Mark’s Cathedral is available at https://saintmarks.org/worship/live-stream/

Red Door Thrift Shop News

Every Wednesday from 10:30am until Noon, volunteers and staff will be at the Red Door Thrift Shop to assist customers with window shopping. During this time, customers are welcome to use curbside pick-up for orders they’ve placed online, shop our selection of seasonal items in our front window displays and ask one of our volunteers or staff to shop for specific items we may have in inventory. 

During window shopping, no customers will be allowed into the store. All transactions will happen on the sidewalk in front of the store. Everyone is required to wear a mask and socially distance. The use of credit cards is highly encouraged. 
Erin Kohlhaas
Manager, Red Door Thrift Shop

Contemplative Creativity

Prayer Beads

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. Our March lesson video focuses on creating and using prayer beads.

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)

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 | 18 March 2021