Weekly Update | 24 June 2021


Shirley Barrett

Love and Live the Question

Last week our Ministry Discernment group attended a College for Congregational Development (CCD) class in Port Townsend. One of our trainers used the title “Love the Question” when sharing the steps on his journey into the Episcopal Church from the evangelical church where he had been a member. It was one of his “aha” moments, when he realized that questions were not only accepted by our faith, but were encouraged and valued.

It is the question that is the start to growth. It is the question that brings forth the freedom to allow  ourselves to listen to our souls, along with our God-given reason. And it is the beginning of our journey to reach out and discover the answer. When we acknowledge and act upon our question, we connect with so many resources, opportunities and other people, some who may be searching also.

Our discernment process has allowed us to listen to our questions, as well as to those in our team and take the time and resources to begin the journey to realizing the answer. I am so blessed and grateful to be invited  to “Live the Question” as  Mark Thibodeaux SJ uses in God’s Voice Within (The Ignatian Way to Discover God’s Will), one of several books I have been introduced to, as we challenge ourselves to dig deep to find what God wants for us.

The team, Mark Perschbacher, Melissa  Simonsen, John Okerman, Maggie Collinge, Erin Kohlhaas, and myself, have  been exploring our calling to the journey  so far through a fantastic spiritual discernment “class” with The Reverend Sally Balmer.  Three of us—Melissa, Maggie and I—began our CCD requirement (a two year program); the other three will have the opportunity to begin the program  in the near future. And  we have been introduced to many reading suggestions as we personally continue our search.

I am so enjoying the question(s), exploration, and congregational support as we all move forward on this quest. Whether we are  focusing on a ministry question, a faith question, or a personal question, we are encouraged to not fear that it is wrong to doubt, question or wonder, but rather to embrace the question(s) and live the journey.

Waiting times are growing times
And learning times.
As you quiet your heart,
You enter His peace…
As you sense your weakness,
You receive His strength
As you lay down your will,
You hear His calling.

roy lessin

June 27, The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Proper 8

Presider: The Reverend Brian Lennstrom
Homilist: The Reverend Brian Lennstrom
Deacon: The Reverend Deacon Eric Johnson
Organist: Lynne Berg

The service will be held in-person, in the church, by reservation.
To reserve your place in the church, please contact June Cook at 360-333-9311, or juneco47@gmail.com
June will make a copy of your vaccination card, if you have been vaccinated.

Bulletins will be available at the in-person service.

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.*


*June Church Social Cancelled Due to Heat Wave*

The outdoor Church Social scheduled for the afternoon of June 27 has been cancelled due to an expected heat wave. Stay cool and hydrated! The July 25 Church Social will continue as planned.

July 4 Sunday Service at 9:00 am

Sunday, July 4
9:00 am Holy Eucharist

Due to the Anacortes town photo and parade on Sunday, July 4,
we will hold our service early, at 9:00 am.

Church House Committee Forming

The Bishop’s Committee has recommended that a committee be formed to do a feasibility study on future use for the Church House, formerly called Gentry House.  This study is to be completed before the end of the year. While there have been some preliminary discussions, nothing is firm at this moment.  The committee will be limited to nine persons, each of whom will be available to receive and convey input to the Committee from other members of the congregation. 

If you would like to be a member of this committee, please contact Judith Render, People’s Warden, 360-982-2770, lorneandjudith@hotmail.com.

Church Office

The in-person church office is now open 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

At last we have returned to our beloved sanctuary and have flowers on the altar! 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 is Open for Business!

The Red Door Thrift Shop is now open for in-person shopping on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am-2pm. The donation shed is open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10am-1pm. Please help us spread the word that your friendly neighborhood thrift shop is open and ready for business.
Come by and see us!

–Erin Kohlhaas, Manager, Red Door Thrift Shop, 360-293-8027, https://reddoorthriftshop.com/

Trash Brigade Cancelled for June

The Christ Church Trash Pickup Brigade at Causland Memorial Park will not meet at its regularly scheduled time on the 4th Saturday of the month. We will look at N Avenue Waterfront Park as a potential cleanup site for July. 
—Deacon Eric Johnson, 360-840-5415 anacorteseric@gmail.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.

Weekday Prayer Services

Evening Prayer
Wednesdays, 5:00—5:30pm, via Zoom

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)

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 | 24 June 2021