Weekly Update | 27 May 2021


Betty Anne McCoy

“ I wake to sleep and take my waking slow.”

“The waking” by theodore roethke

I was struck by this line from a poem that we reflected on in our Mindful Poetry gathering this week. My experience during this long period of Covid 19 could be described this way. Life slowed down, there was time for more introspection.  There was a chance to take part in offerings in Zoom like Contemplative Creativity, Centering Prayer, services, meetings and just family conversations from afar.  This virtual presence was a gift in so many ways, but the contrast by actually being together in person for me was palpable.  The Outdoor service on the lawn, indoors for Pentecost Sunday, and the first few family visits, filled me with joy. There was a spiritual presence in the togetherness and yet unexplainable. Being in community was the answer.  This spiritual presence must have been what the disciples felt when they left their daily work and activity to follow Jesus. It is unexplainable but, we want to be there, in body, in person. If we want to be present with others and to be present to God and the Holy Spirit we can choose to “take our waking slow.”

May 30, Trinity Sunday

Presider: The Reverend Diane Ramerman
Homilist: Ms. Shirley Barrett
Deacon: The Reverend Deacon Eric Johnson
Readers: Carleton Manning, Valerie Long
Organist: Lynne Berg

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.*


In-Person Services Resume in the Sanctuary

June Cook

Our sanctuary is now open for limited seating at the 10:30 service of Holy Eucharist.  

Services will also be broadcast live on Facebook. 
You may access Christ Church’s Facebook page here.
*You do not need a Facebook account to access.*

Church COVID protocols will be in effect.  Masks must be worn throughout the service, and social distancing, where possible, maintained when entering, exiting, and approaching the altar for communion.  Chairs are arranged for social distancing; please do not move them.  A Wellness Supervisor will greet you when you arrive, ask required health questions, and direct you to your seats. 

Congregants fully vaccinated for more than two weeks before the service will be seated in the front of the sanctuary where we can accommodate 30 people.  There are seats reserved for those not fully vaccinated at the back of the church.  Because we can only seat a limited number of people, reservations are required each Sunday until further notice.  Contact June (text or phone 360-333-9311, email juneco47@gmail.com) to make a reservation. 

To reserve a seat in the vaccination section, you must have your COVID vaccination card already on file.  Proof of vaccination will not be accepted at the door.  Send a copy of your card to June as soon as possible.  You will only have to do this once.  Photocopy your card and place in the mail drop at the parish hall or mail it to June Cook (6938 San Juan Hill Ln, Anacortes 98221).  Or, send it to her in an electronic form that is easily printable. 

Bring your own prayer book or service bulletin.  They will not be provided at the service.  Although there will be no congregational singing, Lynne will play a prelude and postlude for us.  Restroom access will be limited in accordance with COVID protocols.  Please plan accordingly.

The Altar Guild flower donation schedule is back up and running.  Notify Val Long if you’d like to honor a specific person or occasion with your floral offering.

The church will only be open for 10:30 Sunday services.  The sanctuary and the parish hall remain closed for other gatherings or meetings.  There will be no coffee hour or childcare until further notice.  

Contact June if you have questions.  Welcome back to the sanctuary!

Faith Formation

Our adult and children’s faith formation programs are both on Summer hiatus.
If you would like to learn more about our children’s faith formation program Godly Play, please visit the Godly Play Foundation website.

Altar Flowers

Now that we are returning to our beloved sanctuary, we will again have flowers on the altar. You may sign up to give flowers in celebration of a birthday, anniversary, or other special occasion, or in honor or memory of a loved one. We do not have a flower calendar for sign-ups so please contact me with your request and information. Requests will be handled in a first come, first serve manner. I will need your request and information at least one week before the selected Sunday.
Blessings to All,
Val Long, 360-293-6396

The Red Door Thrift Shop is Open for Business!

The Red Door Thrift Shop reopened its doors to the public for the first time in over a year on Thursday, May 13th. Volunteers and customers alike were excited to be back in the shop and see some familiar faces. The store will remain open for in person shopping on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am-2pm. Starting in June, the Red Door will begin accepting donations again. The donation shed will be open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10am-1pm. Please help us spread the word that your friendly neighborhood thrift shop is now open. Come by and see us!

Erin Kohlhaas, Manager, Red Door Thrift Shop

Contemplative Creativity

Contemplative Creativity is on Summer hiatus. Lesson videos from the past year are posted on the Contemplative Creativity page on the Christ Church website and may be accessed at any time.

Mindful Poetry

Mindful Poetry is on Summer hiatus. Notes and links from the past year’s poetry readings may be enjoyed any time on the Mindful Poetry page on the Christ Church website.

Welcoming/Centering Prayer

Please join in this weekly group practice.
Thursdays, 12:30/1:00 pm
All are welcome.

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 | 27 May 2021