Weekly Update | 29 April 2021

Reflection

Margo Huth

Spring Sprung

Sun smiles on eyelashes,
eyes gaze at glorious azure sky. Look below,
see butter-yellow flowers,
dandelions in new grown grass.
Morning rays laugh,
they twinkle over violet-rose petals,
while dampen, the newly planted rhododendron.

Cluster of crows click, squawk, and caw.
A nest is built in long, green needles
of Ponderosa Pine.
It was watered so carefully last summer,
seeped into dark soil, ropes of roots.
The tree swallowed deep drinks
of clean liquid.

God spilled water down mountains and high hills.
It cascaded along swift rivers
and clear streams.
We need protection for the blessed moisture.
Stop ravenous mining companies,
who tend to rape, pollute and poison
the Lord’s holy Creation.

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament shows his handiwork. 

psalm 19:1


May 2, The Fifth Sunday of Easter

I am the vine,
you are the branches.

Presider & Homilist: The Reverend Brian Lennstrom
Deacon: The Reverend Deacon Eric Johnson

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


Announcements


Outdoor Eucharist Services Planned for May 9 & May 12

After more than a year of absence from our beloved sanctuary, we’re making plans to return.  First, however, we will offer services outside in the Memorial Garden area where there is less potential for Covid transmission.  The services on Sunday, May 9 and Wednesday, May 12 will serve as tests and, depending on the results, additional services may be scheduled.

Reservations will be required, and only 20 people will be accommodated at each service.  When making reservations, specify which date you wish to attend.

There will be an on-line service for those who don’t attend in person.  It will either be a live-stream of the 10:30 outdoor Eucharist or 9am Morning Prayer on Zoom.  More details to follow soon.

Protocols
Masks and social distancing will be required.  Chairs will be set up with the appropriate distance between them, so please don’t move them.  Couples and families will be seated together without social distancing. On arrival, all will be screened for Covid symptoms.

What to Bring
Prayer books and bulletins will not be provided.  Please bring your own.  A canopy will be set up to protect the altar from the elements, but the congregation will not have that protection.  If needed, bring an umbrella for sun or rain protection.

Reservations
Contact June Cook by phone or text (360-333-9311) or e-mail (juneco47@gmail.com) for reservations. Please provide the number of people in your party and your preferred date.  If spaces at the Sunday service fill before your reservation is received, you will be offered a seat at the Wednesday service.

We’re looking forward to seeing you all again in person to worship and offer thanks for seeing us through this difficult time.


Adult Faith Formation

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

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 is reading and discussing 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.


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.


Red Door Thrift Shop Grand Re-Opening!

The Red Door Thrift Shop’s Grand Re-Opening is scheduled for Thursday, May 13.
Beginning on May 13, we will be open for in-person shopping on Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10 am—2 pm. There will be a 5 customer limit in the store at one time and we will ask customers to complete their shopping in 30 minutes if there is a line to enter. Everyone will be required to wear masks and social distance and will be asked to hand sanitize on the way in. We will not be accepting donations immediately but will make an announcement when we are able to begin accepting donations again.
We look forward to being open and seeing all of our customers and Red Door family again! 
Erin Kohlhaas, Manager, Red Door Thrift Shop


Skagit County Meals on Wheels Needs Your Help

Due to the pandemic, Skagit County Meals on Wheels made the difficult decision to cancel the March for Meals Bowling Bash, their principal fundraising event for the year.  The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a 35% increase in the need for home delivered meals for seniors in our community. In order to provide this much needed service, your financial support is more important than ever.

If you would like to donate online, please visit https://bowlingbash.org/

To make a donation by check, please make check payable to Skagit County Meals on Wheels  and mail to: 700 S. 2nd Street , Room #301, Mount Vernon, WA 98273


Contemplative Creativity

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)


Mindful Poetry

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


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 | 29 April 2021