Weekly Update | 22 April 2021


Mark Perschbacher

He is Risen, He is Risen, let the whole wide earth rejoice…”

He is risen! The hymnal 1982

So go the words of that jubilant hymn. Easter is certainly a time for celebration in our faith tradition. The death and resurrection of Jesus is a central point in our belief system.  The warm weather we’ve been enjoying and abundance of bright flowers blooming add to the feeling of renewal. 

The passing of two of my longtime neighbors this month, though, has prompted me to reflect on how fleeting life really is.  Clay, my crabbing buddy, passed on April 1 after a long illness.  He is probably best known to people here in town for taking on the role of Santa in the Christmas parade in years past. Hans, our beloved next door neighbor, passed on April 14.  Although an amazingly spry 94 years, he too is free of some ongoing health issues. Marcy and I, as well as our dog Jackson, who had a special relationship with Hans, are dealing with the reality of not seeing him day to day. Our whole family feels blessed to have known him, and to have experienced his generous and wonderful spirit.  I will miss both of these people greatly, and am feeling grateful for the short, precious time we have here on Earth.

April 25, The Fourth Sunday of Easter

One Service for Turtle Island

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

Musical Prelude at 10:00 am
Service at 11:00 am
Livestream from St. Mark’s Cathedral
Hosted by the Diocese of Olympia

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.

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


Exciting News: Outdoor Service Planned for Mother’s Day

An outdoor in-person Eucharist is planned for Sunday, May 9.  This will be a test to evaluate our Covid protocols as we consider scheduling more outdoor services.  Masks and social distancing will be required, and a maximum of 20 people will be accommodated.  A reservation system will be in place.  More details will be forthcoming soon.

Adult Faith Formation

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

*No Class on Sunday, April 25*

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.

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.

Billy Collins

Mindful Poetry

Mindful Poetry meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 6:00 pm.

Please join us on Tuesday, April 27, as we explore the poetry of Billy Collins, 2002 U.S. Poet Laureate.

As the 2002  Poet Laureate of  the United States, Collins took a particular interest in making poetry “accessible” for the general public. In his typical humorous way, he describes his purpose as a poet by saying, “Poetry is my cheap means of transportation. By the end of the poem the reader should be in a different place from where he started. I would like him to be slightly disoriented at the end, like I drove him outside of town at night and dropped him off in a cornfield. Poems, for me, begin as a social engagement.”

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)

Contemplative Creativity

*No class on Thursday, April 22.*

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)

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

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 | 22 April 2021