Weekly Update | 22 July 2021


Dale Ramerman

We live in troubling times. 
After  a contentious election, the results, which would appear to be conclusive, are not accepted by many and the courts are called upon by the party that appears to have lost. 

We are faced with a world-wide pandemic that has killed thousands, indeed, probably, millions.  While three vaccines have been developed and their effectiveness proven, not enough has  been produced to inoculate all the adults in the world, much less the teenagers, with poorer nations waiting in terror as the US, Great Britain, Russia and China decide who gets what, and when.  If this were not bad enough, a significant percentage of the citizens of the US refuse to be vaccinated and are taking steps to prevent their teenage children from being vaccinated, with the result some of the vaccine is going to waste. 

Viruses evolve quickly, with each new variation more deadly than the prior one.  As limitations on face-to-face contact and mask requirements are lifted in response to public pressure, the number of new cases, hospitalizations and deaths is increasing yet again.  While the vaccines protect against the existing forms of the virus, they may not work with the next variation to emerge.   The science underlying this pandemic is well understood by scientists, the medical profession, and many citizens.  Yet the resistance to vaccines, indeed the purposeful  misleading of our fellow citizens, continues in our country. 

How can we be saved from hopelessness and despair? 

Psalm 145 offers this hope:

The Lord is faithful in all his words,
And gracious in all his deeds.
The Lord upholds all who are falling
And raises up all who are bowed down.

The Lord is just in all his ways,
And kind in all his doing.
The Lord is near to all who call upon him,
To all who call upon him in truth.

In confidence, humility, and love, let us join as a community of faith to call upon the Lord.

July 25, The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Proper 12

Chandler’s Square Morning Prayer
9:30 am
Chandler’s Square Retirement Community
1300 O Avenue, Anacortes
Presider: The Reverend Diane Ramerman

Christ Church Holy Eucharist
10:30 am
Christ Church Sanctuary
1216 Seventh Street, Anacortes
Presider & Homilist: The Reverend Brian Lennstrom
Deacon: The Reverend Deacon Eric Johnson
Organist: Lynne Berg

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 10:30 am 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.


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.

Men’s Group

Men’s Group meets weekly on Fridays, 8:00 am, in the Parish Hall Gathering Room.
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, 360-840-541

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 | 22 July 2021