Weekly Update | October 15, 2020


Margo Huth

No Want of Light

Blue-black night holds
such a thin crescent moon.
Spirit paints in gold light,
fishes near God’s gilded,
luminous mark of Venus.

Mysterious life on this world
surrounds our days,
wonder exists in numerous ways.
A luteous yellow laburnum glow,
its tiny petal with pure heart shape,
graces song and food for the bees.
Crows caw and peck under canopy
of thick pine needles in trees.
Hummingbirds zip all directions,
an aerial dance inside joy.

The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not be in want.

He makes me lie down in green pastures
and leads me beside still waters.

He revives my soul
and guides me along right pathways
for his Name’s sake.

margo huth, 2015

October 18, The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

Proper 24

Morning Prayer
10:30 am

Presider: The Reverend Brian Lennstrom
Homilist: Mr. John Okerman
Deacon: The Reverend Deacon Eric Johnson
Readers: Betty Anne McCoy, Carleton Manning

Coffee Hour follows the service.

All are welcome.


Regathering Update

Anticipated date for a socially distanced service at Christ Church has been moved back to Sunday, November 1. ‘Open Church’  has been moved back to Wednesday, November 4.

As a reminder, the Sunday Morning Prayer service will be held at 8 am and the service will not exceed one-half hour. The maximum number of persons allowed  in the church at the same time will be 24.  The mid-week ‘Open Church’ is planned for two hours on Wednesdays, with the maximum number of people in the church at one time set at 5. This is a time for silent prayer and meditation.

All persons must wear masks, be screened at entry, and socially distance.  All will enter and leave according to a choreographed pattern to avoid passing one another closely, and are asked to leave promptly. Remember to bring your own prayer book and to dress warmly, as the doors will be open.

Our 10:30 am Zoom service will continue as usual.

Adult Faith Formation

Adult Faith Formation meets Sundays, 9:00 am, via Zoom.
Beyond Belief: A Marcus Borg Retrospective, concludes this Sunday, October 18.

Our new program, The Jesus Fatwah: Love Your (Muslim) Neighbor as Yourself, begins on November 1 and continues through December 13.

In The Jesus Fatwah, Islamic and Christian scholars offer reliable information about what Muslims believe, how they live out their faith, and how we all can be about building relationships across the lines of faith.

Please join in. All are welcome.

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

Godly Play

Our children’s faith formation program, Godly Play, meets weekly on Sundays via Zoom.
*New meeting time is 11:30 am *

Please call the church office, 360-293-5790, for the Zoom link.

All are welcome.

Becky Lennstrom

Mindful Poetry Reading

Please join us for our first session of Mindful Poetry.
Tuesday, October 27
7:00—8:00 pm, via Zoom
Co-Hosts: Becky Lennstrom & Sylvia Sepulveda
This new monthly offering will focus on the mindful reading of verse, concentrating on sensory experience, and spiritual connection. Instead of using analysis and explanation, we will approach poems with a sense of curiosity and openness, a holistic approach to appreciating the beauty and wisdom of a poem.  
Please join in. All are welcome.

“A poem needs understanding through the senses. The point of diving in a lake is not immediately to swim to the shore; it’s to be in the lake, to luxuriate in the sensation of water. You do not work the lake out. It’s an experience beyond thought. Poetry soothes and emboldens the soul to accept mystery.”  

john keats

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

A Stewardship Testimonial

By now you should have received your 2021 Stewardship information.  I recently read an article that reminded me the act of giving is really more beneficial for the giver than the recipient.  This is so true!  I pledge and, partly because of that, I feel deeply invested in the work of the church.  A congregant told me recently that his financial situation is deteriorating and he won’t be able to pledge this year.  We talked, and I encouraged him to pledge, even if it’s $5 a week or $5 a month or even $1 a week or $1 a month.  The simple act of pledging pulls us closer to the central core of our faith and shows real commitment to our ministries. —June Cook, 360-333-9311, juneco47@gmail.com

2021 Stewardship Campaign

Please remember to return your pledge form to the church office by Monday, October 26. Thank you.

Memorial Garden Flowers

Would you like to donate flowers to be placed in our Memorial Garden?
Flowers may be given in memory or honor of a loved one, in celebration of a birthday, anniversary, or other happy event or blessing!
Upcoming open dates are October 25 and November 22.
On the Sunday you donate flowers, you may take them home, take them to a friend, or leave them for congregants to pick up as they stop by the Memorial Garden during the week.

If you would like to provide flowers, please contact Mary Gronholt, 360-293-1816, mgronholt@yahoo.com

Community Support Outreach 2020

One of the most visible aspects of Christ Church’s presence in the community is our Red Door Thrift Shop. Profits generated at the Red Door Thrift Shop fund our support of many community agencies and ministries. In compliance with state regulations in response to the coronavirus, the Red Door Thrift Shop has been closed since March and has not been able to generate their usual funds for Community Support Outreach. With your help, Christ Church could still make a contribution this year to some of the organizations that we have traditionally supported with our funding.

Please consider a one-time donation to Christ Church’s Community Support Outreach Fund. Many of the organizations we support are working extra hard to help offset the effects of the pandemic, and need our support now more than ever.  Grants to these local organizations are made in December so please make your contribution by November 30. Checks may be made out to Christ Church with memo to “2020 Community Outreach”.

Centering Prayer

Weekly on Thursdays
Meeting time is 12:45 pm
Sessions through November 12 will begin with a short video about Welcoming Prayer, followed by brief discussion.

Our usual Centering Prayer customary will begin at 1:00 pm.

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

Contemplative Creativity

Contemplative Creativity class meets every Thursday at 5:00 pm via Zoom.

Our purpose is to provide a beautiful, quiet space for art and companionship—to explore spirituality through mindful creativity. For more information, contact Sylvia via email, phone, or text at srsepulveda@mac.com or 949-303-8500. 
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

In this time of isolation, many have a heightened appreciation for the daily reflection and inspiration offered by the Day by Day publication.  It’s another way we stay connected. Contact me if you haven’t been receiving copies of Day by Day and would like to be added to the mailing list.  Please specify regular or large print edition. For those who occasionally have business in the parish hall, copies are available on the table in the small room across from Marcy’s office. 
—June Cook, 360-333-9311, juneco47@gmail.com

Border Ministries Summit 2020

November 20-21, via Zoom
Sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego.
Keynote Presentation by Jon Huckins of the Global Immersion Project.
The Opportunity of Conflict: Becoming Everyday Peacemakers on the Border, around our tables, on our streets and in our world. 
For more information and to register, please go to https://www.borderministries.com/
Advance registration is required.
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)

Congregrant Sharing

Do you have something you would like to share with the congregation to keep us up-to-date on what you’re doing during this time apart? Poems, photos, essays, artwork, etc. are all welcome. Please send to Marcy at office@christchurchanacortes.org   Thank you!

Pledges & Offerings

Your pledges and offerings may be mailed to Christ Church, 1216 Seventh Street, Anacortes WA 98221, placed in the Parish Hall mailbox slot, or given online using the following link:

Weekly Update | October 15, 2020