Weekly Update | January 7, 2021


Shirley Barrett

Today I Choose Joy

“Today I Choose Joy” (James 1:2)  This is the plaque I see each morning as I awake.  After saying good morning to Jesus, this phase: “Today I choose joy,” is next in my thoughts as a goal for the day. Thankfully 2020 is behind us, but still worries, stresses, and roadblocks to peace and happiness at personal, community, and universal levels are ahead. This is the time we hold tight to our faith-to focus on the goal-today I choose joy; today I strive for peace.

Here we are in the thick of winter, the darkest days of the year, but even with these days with little sunlight, we know each day will give us less and less darkness. It is this knowledge that gives us hope that brighter times are ahead. Spring is coming.

The Shamash is the middle candle on a Menorah and is also called the ‘helper candle.’ It is the candle that lights the others.  When we light candles in such services as All Souls Day, one candle is used to light another.  Then that candle lights another and so on.  We need to be a shamash in this time. Our faith, our joy, our peace brings faith, joy and peace to those around us from the personal to the community to the world.

Our faith tells us that God is in control. God is with us. God hears us. God loves us and blesses us each day with love. God helps us deal with the stresses and worries and is willing to guide us on roads needed to be taken. God teaches us the way to real joy.  Not only is God with us in our joys, but also our sorrows and struggles. He wants to be with us in all we do and feel. That’s why in the Ignatian Examen that closes the night for those who choose this form of prayer, the prayer closing each night for me, I quieten myself to all my cares and responsibilities around me and I enter into a meditative conversation with God-just a ‘God and me time’ to let Him know how the day went. Starting with recalling all the happy, joyful events and blessings from the day and giving thanks.

Then I recall the times or events in the day where I have not followed my faith, where I should have done more or should have done differently. I then ask for forgiveness and help. Finally, using what I learned from today’s reflection, I look to the tasks and events in the upcoming day and ask myself where I can live my faith more. Where will I choose joy? Where will I look for or work for peace? How can I feel God’s light to be a light? I then ask for His help, His guidance, and the knowledge of His assurance and comfort of His presence.

May this new year bring continued faith, joy, hope and the light of God into your lives and those dear to you.

January 10, The First Sunday after the Epiphany:
The Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Holy Eucharist
10:30 am

Presider: The Reverend Deacon Eric Johnson
Homilist: The Reverend Diane Ramerman

Coffee Hour follows the service.

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Adult Faith Formation

Sermon on the Mount: A Beginner’s Guide to the Kingdom of Heaven
By Amy-Jill Levine

Weekly on Sundays
11:45 am – 12:45 pm

In this six-week study, Dr. Amy-Jill Levine introduces the major topics in the Sermon on the Mount, explains historical and theological contexts, and shows how the words of Jesus echo his Jewish tradition and speak forward to reach hearts and minds today.

The Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5-7, contains some of Jesus’ most profound and most memorable teachings. What might these teachings have meant to his disciples and to the others who first heard them? How do they enhance our reading of the rest of the Gospel of Matthew, and how do they speak across the centuries to listeners today? How, if we pay careful attention to his words, does Jesus provide us a road map to living as God would have us live?

Amy Jill Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School and College of Arts and Sciences. An internationally renowned scholar and teacher, she is the author of numerous books, including A Misunderstood Jew, Short Stories by Jesus and Entering the Passion of Jesus. Each week’s lesson will begin with an introductory video by Dr. Levine. 

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All are welcome.

An Opportunity for Bold Steps at Christ Church

Reverend Diane Ramerman

Please join us for a three-part series, Opportunity for Bold Steps at Christ Church.

Wednesday, January 20
Wednesday, January 27
Wednesday, February 3

6:00 pm via Zoom

Session I
The history of TCM (Total Common Ministry) in the Episcopal Church and Christ Church, and discussion of how we have lived into the ministry of all the baptized.

Session II
What if Christ Church  returned to the traditional form of ministry?  A look at the financial impact and our resources, and changes in governance.  Are there other options?

Session III
Given who we are now, our resources, our mission and our hopes for the future, how shall we  move forward? What bold steps shall we take?

Please join in. All are welcome.

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Holiday Wreath Sales

This holiday season, volunteers from the Dunga Orphanage Project teamed up with the Red Door Thrift Shop to make and sell Christmas wreaths. These beautiful, one-of-a-kind wreaths were designed and assembled by Dunga volunteers, using fresh, local greenery with dried foliage and flowers.  42 wreaths were sold, raising $1,350 in total for both organizations.

Thank you to everyone who purchased a wreath this year to support
both the Dunga Orphanage Project and the Red Door Thrift Shop!

Christ Church’s Annual Meeting

Sunday, January 24
Following the 10:30 am service.

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People’s Warden Announcement

Judith Render

In November a call went out to the congregation asking members interested in serving as either a Bishop’s Committee member or a delegate or alternate delegate to the diocesan convention to contact the BC. The nominating committee of the Bishop’s Committee met and contacted members to let their names be put forward to be nominated for Bishop’s Committee members, delegates and alternate delegates. The Bishop’s Committee approved the nominating committee’s slate at the BC meeting on December 14, 2020.

Maegan Barrett and Carleton Manning will be nominated for three-year terms on the Bishop’s Committee. Maggie Collinge and Becky Lennstrom will be nominated as delegates to the 2021 diocesan convention and Erin Kohlhaas and Melissa Simonsen as alternate delegates to the 2021 convention and as delegates in 2022.

These elected positions will be filled at the Annual Meeting on January 24, 2021. While we will vote on these positions, the church always has teams and committees in need of time and talent. Please discern a ready skill set or an area of interest and contact me regarding opportunities at Christ Church.

Judith Render, People’s Warden
lorneandjudith@hotmail.com, 360-982-2770

Day by Day

The Rt. Reverend Greg Rickel, Bishop of the Diocese of Olympia, authors the January reflections found in Forward Movement’s daily devotional, Day by Day. If you would like a devotional mailed to you, contact June Cook at 360-333-9311 or juneco47@gmail.com. Please specify regular or large print.
Day by Day reflections may also be accessed online at the following link.

Mid-week Prayer Opportunities

Please join in. All are welcome.

Wednesday Evening Prayer
Wednesdays, 5:00 – 5:30 pm

Welcoming Prayer
Thursdays, 12:30 – 1:00 pm

Centering Prayer
Thursdays, 1:00 – 1:30 pm

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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.

Contemplative Creativity

Have you had a chance to check out our wonderful Contemplative Creativity offerings?

Class meets weekly on Thursday
5:00 pm via Zoom
OurJanuary Lesson with Fabricia Lima will be held on Thursday, January 21. We will continue with our exploration of intuitive painting. Other Thursday sessions provide a quiet space for art and companionship, as we explore spirituality through mindful creativity.

December lesson on Intuitive Painting is posted on the website, as are the other lesson videos.
They may be accessed at any time.

Please join in! All are welcome.
Visit our Contemplative Creativity page for more information.

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Mindful Poetry

Mindful Poetry meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month.
Co-facilitators:  Becky Lennstrom & Sylvia Sepulveda
Please join in! All are welcome.

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Men’s Group

Men’s Group meets every Friday at 8:00 am via Zoom.
Please join in. All are welcome.

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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 | January 7, 2021