Weekly Update | September 10, 2020

Weekly Update | September 10, 2020


The Reverend Deacon Eric Johnson

One Thousand Days of Love

The first 1,000 days of a child’s life are critical in setting a foundation for how that child will grow, learn and thrive over the rest of its life. Around the world, 155 million children under six are not reaching their full potential due to inadequate nutrition and health care. In response to this issue, Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) has opened a $3 million church-wide fundraising campaign—1,000 Days of Love— dedicated to programs that improve the lives of children up to age six. 

ERD is not just throwing money at the problem.  As part of the world-wide Anglican communion, Episcopal Relief and Development has people already in place around the globe who are working with communities to ensure that children have access to food, clean water and quality health care. You can make a donation to this effort, or to the many efforts—here in the USA and abroad—by which Episcopal Relief and Development is delivering results in three signature program areas: promoting the rights of women, supporting children under six, and helping families adapt to the effects of rapidly changing weather patterns.

Visit episcopalrelief.org to learn more about their programs, or visit episcopalrelief.org/1000daysoflove/  to find out how to join One Thousand Days of Love. A snail-mail donation is also welcome at Episcopal Relief & Development, P.O. Box 7058, Merrifield VA 22116-7058

September 13, The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Proper 19

Morning Prayer
10:30 am

Password: 101998221

Presider: Reverend Brian Lennstrom
Homilist & Deacon: The Reverend Deacon Eric Johnson
Readers: Ruth Barefoot, Jerlyn Caba

Coffee Hour follows the service


All are welcome.


Adult Faith Formation

Adult Faith Formation continues on Sunday, September 13, 9:00 am, via Zoom.
We are exploring Beyond Belief , a six-session Marcus Borg Retrospective.
All are welcome.

Marcus J. Borg

Marcus J. Borg (1942 – 2015) was internationally known in both academic and church circles as a Jesus and biblical scholar, lecturer and author. He often focused his work on what it meant to be a Christian — especially what it meant to be an American Christian in a time of a deeply divided American Christianity. He authored twenty-one books, several of which became best-sellers. Many are about Jesus. Some are about God, the Bible, the New Testament, the heart of Christianity, and reclaiming Christian language.
Borg held a doctor’s degree from Oxford University, and he lectured widely overseas and in North America, including the Chautauqua and Smithsonian institutions. He served as national chair of the Historical Jesus Section of the Society of Biblical Literature and co-chair of its International New Testament Program Committee, president of the Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars, and a Fellow of the Jesus Seminar. He taught at Oregon State University for 28 years where he held the Hundere Chair of Religion and Culture at the time of his retirement in 2007. He later served as Canon Theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon.

the marcus j. borg foundation

Godly Play

Our children’s faith formation program continues on Sunday, September 13, 9:00 am, via Zoom.

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

All are welcome.

Bishop Greg Rickel

Bishop’s Visitation

Bishop Greg Rickel will be visiting Christ Church (virtually) on Sunday, October 4.
Here’s the schedule:
10:30 am    Bishop Rickel will preside & preach at our Morning Prayer service
11:20           Break
11:30           Blessing of the Animals
11:40           Congregational Meeting moderated by Bishop Rickel

All are welcome at this special event.

Blessing of the Animals 2020

Please send a picture or a short video (no longer than 10 seconds) of your family’s critter – slithering to stampeding to slovenly! Maegan Barrett and Sylvia Sepulveda will be compiling images, video, and music into a short film that can be viewed during a future service or coffee hour. All pets will be blessed by Bishop Rickel, with a certificate sent via US mail or e-mail. Please make sure each contribution includes your pet’s first and last name, and include the address to which we should send your blessing certificate. The movie, Blessing of the Animals 2020, will eventually play indefinitely at the Christ Church website.
Email digital contributions to Sylvia at srsepulveda@mac.com, or mail hard copies to the church office at 1216 7th Street.

Zoom Protocols for Worship

  • Please enter the worship service muted, or mute immediately after joining.  This is particularly important if you join after the service has begun. 
  • When you are a reader,  plan to un-mute yourself for the reading, and then mute again when done.  Presider will announce your name when it is your turn to read.  This will give you time to un-mute.  No need to rush or apologize!
  • Please ‘stop video’ whenever you leave your seat or move your computer/ipad/phone. Your movements are distracting to others;  re-positioning your camera is enough to make some viewers experience motion sickness!  When responding to something happening at your home, please ‘stop video’ and be sure you are muted.
  • If you need zoom assistance, please ask. We have congregants who are happy to help you!

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.

Spiritual Book Group

Thursday, September 24
2:00 – 3:00 pm via Zoom
We will continue our discussion of The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron.
Please join in. All are welcome.

Men’s Group

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

All are welcome.

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: