Weekly Update | 6 May 2021

Reflection

Dale Ramerman

Mother’s Day occurs every year.  As I get older, my insights about motherhood and my mother deepen.  It’s too easy to take one’s mother for granted.  And then with the perspective of age and time for reflection, there comes to mind a seemingly unending stream of memories of things I did not appreciate and say thanks for, when my mother was still with us.

Motherhood is not just a human phenomena.  The experience of mothers unites us with much of the animal world: the lioness purring as she licks her cub’s belly, the fox carrying her kit to safety by the scruff of its neck, the giant hawk carefully nudging her curious chick back beneath of safety of her breast.  Even animals we would not associate with nurture: the wolf spider carrying her spiderlings on her back, the alligator carrying her infant in her mouth. Or, in our Salish sea, the mother orca carrying her dead calf for 17 days as she could not bear to let the infant go.  (There’s a happy sequel to this story: the mother orca gave birth to a healthy calf the next year.)

But motherhood by giving birth is too narrow a view of motherhood.  Motherhood by adoption and motherhood by marriage are equally significant and often unappreciated.  And, having been rendered virtually useless in my 80th year by a broken leg, I’ve found my spouse Diane’s mothering to be an unending blessing (and for her, I’m sure, burden). 


May 9, The Sixth Sunday of Easter

For those not attending the service in person, the Outdoor Holy Eucharist may be accessed through Zoom.

Presider: The Reverend Diane Ramerman
Homilist: Ms. Shirley Barrett
Deacon: The Reverend Deacon Eric Johnson

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

*No Coffee Hour this Sunday, May 9.*


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. For those not attending in person, Sunday’s Outdoor Holy Eucharist may be accessed through Zoom.

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

*No Faith Formation Class this Sunday, May 9.*

Sundays, 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, is on Summer hiatus.
YouTube Godly Play sessions may be accessed at the following 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


Support Sol Kohlhaas in his Leadership Skagit Project

Sol Kohlhaas

Sol Kohlhaas is a member of the Leadership Skagit Class of 2021. Each year, Leadership Skagit selects participants for a nine-month civic leadership development program with a goal of strengthening and transforming communities by developing leadership that is informed, inclusive, and connected through shared learning experiences. As part of that program, Sol is a member of the Dreams Team.

The Dreams Team is producing and publishing a book that tells the story of a young girl who does not know what she wants to be when she grows up. The story will follow ‘Sky’ as she travels through Skagit Valley meeting successful woman in various roles. In the end ‘Sky’ realizes she can be anything she wants to be and the sky is the limit. Throughout the story there will be reflective learning opportunities for the reader such as coloring and journaling. We hope that sharing ‘Sky’s’ journey and providing reflective opportunities will inspire the girls in our community to dream big, really big!

Fundraising is key to the success of the Dreams Team project. If you would like to support Sol and the Dreams Team in this project, please write a check to Christ Episcopal Church with LS ’21 Dreams Team  in the memo. The fundraising deadline is May 15. Thank you for your Support!


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 | 6 May 2021