Weekly Update | 9 September 2021


Shirley Barrett

How appropriate that both our 1st and 2nd readings for this coming Sunday reflect on Wisdom- the beginning of a new school year. So, to bring together both academic and spiritual wisdom, I believe the following poem, which many of you already know, but we all can use a refresher (especially in today’s world), says it all.

All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

by Robert Fulghum

Most of what I really need 
to know about how to live 
and what to do and how to be 
I learned in kindergarten. 
Wisdom was not at the top 
of the graduate school mountain, 
but there in the sandpile at Sunday school. 

These are the things I learned: 

Share everything. 
Play fair. 
Don’t hit people. 
Put things back where you found them. 
Clean up your own mess. 
Don’t take things that aren’t yours. 
Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody. 
Wash your hands before you eat. 
Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you. 
Live a balanced life – 
Learn some and think some 
And draw and paint and sing and dance 
And play and work everyday some. 
Take a nap every afternoon. 

When you go out into the world, 
Watch out for traffic, 
Hold hands and stick together. 
Be aware of wonder. 

Add to this the golden Rule:” Do onto others as you would they would onto you” and I think we all would be a lot wiser with ourselves, others and God.

September 12, The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Proper 19

*No service at Chandler’s Square Retirement Community this Sunday due to Covid restrictions*

Christ Church Holy Eucharist
10:30 am
Christ Church Sanctuary
1216 Seventh Street, Anacortes
Presider: The Rev. Diane Ramerman
Homilist & Deacon: The Rev. Deacon Eric Johnson
Eucharist Minister: Shirley Barrett
Readers: Melissa Simonsen, Siriana Simonsen
Ushers: Carleton Manning, Creamy Wilkins-Manning
Organist: Lynne Berg

If you have not yet provided proof of Covid vaccination, please bring your card with you. 
In compliance with the statewide mask mandate, masks will be required during the service.

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.


A Joyous Occasion

Our September 5 service, which included the commissioning of new Ministry Support Circle members Maggie Collinge, John Okerman, and Melissa Simonsen, and the Reception of Erin Kohlhaas into the Episcopal Church, was a joyous occasion.

Bishop Greg Rickel with new Ministry Support Circle members Maggie Collinge, Melissa Simonsen, & John Okerman
Bishop Greg Rickel & Erin Kohlhaas
John Okerman, Melissa Simonsen, Bishop Rickel, Diane Guinn, & John Guinn
enjoying an afternoon row.

Sacred Ground: A Dialogue Series on Race & Faith

This fall, Christ Church will embark on a film-based dialogue series on race and faith, sponsored by the Episcopal Church. The program is part of Becoming Beloved Community, and the Church’s long-term commitment to racial healing, reconciliation and justice.

Class will meet in person in the Parish Hall Gathering Room. You may also join via Zoom.

The first two sessions of this ten-session series will be offered at Christ Church this fall:

  • Session 1: Wednesday, October 13, 6:30 pm: Stepping onto Sacred Ground
  • Session 2: Wednesday, November 10, 6:30 pm: The Roots of Whiteness and Deeper Roots

The remaining eight sessions will begin in January 2022, with dates/times to be determined by the participant group.  Participants must sign up in advance and are asked to commit to attend all ten sessions.

To sign up, contact Pastoral Leader June Cook (juneco47@gmail.com, 360-333-9311), or Office Administrator Marcy Perschbacher (office@christchurchanacortes.org, 360-293-5790).  You must register to receive the password access to session materials. 

Please see the September edition of A Joyful Noise for more information.

Anglican Studies

Anglican Studies with Reverend William Seth Adams
This six-session Zoom class will explore Anglican history, Prayer Book theology, and liturgy.
Thursdays, 5:00-6:30 pm
October 7, 21, & 28
November 4, 11, & 18

This education class is for our new Ministry Support Circle members and those in discernment, but is open to members of the congregation for silent audit. More information will be forthcoming.

Welcoming Our Afghan Neighbors

(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Are you looking for information about how to help Afghan refugees coming to our area?

This conversation with staff from the Diocese of Olympia’s Refugee Resettlement Office provides information on their efforts to resettle refugees from Afghanistan during this humanitarian crisis and ways that you can get involved.

Episcopal Relief & Development Natural Disaster Assistance

Your generous gift can provide assistance to help people in the wake of natural disasters.

Episcopal Relief & Development continues to provide support to regional partners in response to Hurricane Ida. To make a donation to Episcopal Relief & Development’s Hurricane Relief Fund, visit episcopalrelief.org/hurricane-relief.

Episcopal Relief & Development also continues to provide support in Haiti, which experienced a devastating earthquake and a tropical storm in mid-August. To assist in these efforts, visit episcopalrelief.org/haiti-relief.

Red Door Thrift Shop Hiring Cashier

Christ Church’s Red Door Thrift Shop will be hiring a part time cashier for Thursdays and Fridays, up to 13 hours/week. If you are interested, or know anyone who may be, please contact Red Door Manager Erin Kohlhaas at reddoorthriftanacortes@gmail.com.

Men’s Group

The Men’s Group continues to meet via Zoom, weekly on Fridays, at 8:00 am.
Please join in. All are welcome!
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)

The Red Door Thrift Shop

1019 Seventh Street, Anacortes
Shopping Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10am-3pm
Donation Hours: Mondays & Wednesdays, 10am-1pm

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 | 9 September 2021