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Stagnation in thought or enterprise means death for Christianity as

certainly as it does for any other vital movement. Stagnation, not change is
Christianitys most deadly enemy... Harry Emerson Fosdick
Once again we find ourselves in a state of transition. A state that has
become only too familiar in recent years and is often compared to the
biblical experience of the Israelites after they had fled Egypt. They had left
behind all that was known, and had not yet arrived home, the Promised
Land. For forty years they wandered in the wilderness; we can take
comfort in knowing that our time of transition will be considerably shorter!
No matter how much the Israelites wanted to flee Egypt and be free from the yoke of slavery,
they still found change difficult. There is that wonderful passage from Exodus, when the Israelites
said to Moses, What have you done to us bringing us out of Egypt? Is this not the very thing we
told you in Egypt, Let us alone and let us serve the Egyptians. For it would have been better for us
to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness? But Moses said to the people, Do not be
afraid, stand firm, and see the deliverance that the Lord will accomplish for you today.
Exodus 14:11
Like the Egyptians we are entering a new adventure, a time when we begin to look to the
future as we reflect on our past, all the while working to identify our hopes and dreams for our parish
church. We might find ourselves wondering what the future will bring. What of our mission and
ministry, how might that change, and what of our life together as a community of faith? Most of us
do not care for uncertainty, we like our lives to be predictable, comfortable, we like to be able to plan
and know pretty much what is going to happen and when. Keith and I are in the midst of moving
house, not quite the same as searching for a new rector, but it comes with its share of
unpredictability. When will we actually move, where will we put everything and then where did we
put everything, that vital piece of kitchen equipment, that essential power cord and so on? When life
is in a state of upheaval like the Israelites we often find ourselves saying it would have been better
for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.
The quote at the top of this article is from Harry Emerson Fosdick, a prominent liberal
Protestant American pastor of the early twentieth century, and I think it says it all, without change we
stagnate, and if we stagnate, then we will die. This doesnt make change any more comfortable, but
reminds us that it is a necessary part of our lives. As followers of Jesus we know that our lives are a
journey, taking us to unknown and sometimes uncomfortable places, but that along the way we will
hear and see new things, all the while discovering different and exciting things about ourselves,
about others, and about God.
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So it will be with us and our search, and at those times when we are feeling insecure we must
remember that we are not in this alone. We have great support in our Wardens and Vestry, our
diocesan staff, our Bishop and most of all from God. The Holy Spirit is at work in all our lives and
in our community, gently nudging, guiding us, helping us as we journey to new places in our life in
Christ. When times get tough remember the words of Moses, true for the Israelites and true for us
today, Do not be afraid, stand firm, and see the deliverance that the Lord will accomplish for you
today. Most of all do not neglect to pray.
Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on this your Church, and so guide the
minds of those who shall choose a rector for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor,
who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

May God be with us all as we journey,

The Rev. K. Lesley McCloghrie


Interim Rector

Change and Transition: Whats the Difference?


The past weeks have been ones of change and/or transition in
my life. There have been several events that have affected me. First,
after eight years of living in Eureka, my sister has moved back to
Palo Alto and her home there. I am helping a friend who is retiring
close her law practice. And I have been involved with the retirement
process of Mother Susan. While I am not the person actually making
the change/transition, I feel personally involved in and influenced by
these events.
According to the Fresh Start Understanding Transition Program the difference between
change and transition is that change is the event that happens the outward and visible, like a move
to a new location. Transition is the internal process that happens emotional, psychological, mental, and spiritual responses to change the inward and spiritual. It is more like a journey.
When have you experienced transition? Christ Church has experienced transition due to
searches for a new rector at least three times in the last 15 years and with the retirement of Mother
Susan we again are experiencing the search process for a new rector. Each of the searches and callings of a new priest has brought times of significant change.
During a time of transition, life can be so chaotic or painful that it is tempting to go back to
the old status quo or engage in uncharacteristic behaviors. Understanding the difference between
change and transition will help. As we move forward, let us look for God in our midst.

Lyn Klay, Senior Warden

Note: Mother Nancy wrote the following to the Eureka Interfaith Fellowship
encouraging members to join with Christ Church in supporting Betty Chinns
food ministry
Eureka Interfaith Fellowship re Betty Chinn's St. Joe's Food Ministry for the
Needy
Dear EIF Friends At our May EIF meeting, I invited other faith communities to join us (Christ Church) in building a sustaining ministry to help Betty
Chinn in her tireless efforts to get wholesome food to the needy in our community. We discussed it further at todays (June 28th) meeting held at Christ Church
and provide below more details about our ministry.
Betty Chinns St. Joseph Hospital Food Ministry for the Needy
Since the fall of 2013, thirteen parishioners at Christ Church have been helping Betty Chinn in
her nighttime outreach ministry to the poor and hungry in our community. After the cafeteria at St.
Joseph Hospital closes each evening at 7:30 p.m., we take turns (in pairs) packing up the leftover
cafeteria food from the day that will otherwise be discarded. Then we transport it to Bettys kitchen
at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Myrtle Avenue where she creates individual servings and distributes them to the poor that same night. Its as simple as that, and takes less than an hour with two
people!
Betty can use our help on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays (and possibly Sundays). The Kiwanis Club takes care of Wednesdays. Not only does this allow Betty more time at her
Betty Kwan Chinn Day Center with the children of her after-school program, we help ease her back
problems that are exacerbated by lifting gallon buckets of soup and in wheeling the cart down the
ramp from the St. Joes kitchen.
To continue to grow this ministry into a viable and sustainable one, we need more help so no
one gets burned out. Our faithful weekly regulars in this ministry at Christ Church are down to
seven, with several others who can substitute when the regulars are out of town or sick. Can your
faith community take one night a week? One week a month? One week every two months? As the
administrator of this ministry, I am available anytime to talk about it with you and answer questions.
If you want to know more and/or want to help, contact me by email or phone (see below). I hope you
will prayerfully consider joining us!
Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you? . . . Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of
the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me. (Matt 25:37,40)
The Rev. Nancy S. Streufert
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Theres a popular belief that everything happens for a reason. Of


course it is natural to want to find an explanation for hard things, for hurting things, for losses, for times of change and challenge. On the face of it,
everything happens for a reason sounds pretty good. It even sounds like
a statement of faith.
But think about how God is defined by the belief that everything
happens for a reason. It shows a god who is a puppet master controlling
everything and everyone. This god targets particular places and people for
earthquakes, terrorist attacks, hurricanes and tripping over a childs toy in
the living room, resulting in a broken leg for a false gods mysterious reasons. It is a belief that, followed to its logical conclusion, takes away all
of our freedom of choice, of thought, of action. That is not the God
revealed in Jesus who spent a good deal of his time urging people to make good use of their freedom
because our choices, even our very thoughts matter deeply.
But so what? Why does it really matter if we comfort ourselves in times of sorrow with thinking that everything happens for a reason? Consider the difference if instead, we open ourselves to the
great gift of freedom. If we live choosing to believe that God is with us in every moment, every action, urging, but never forcing us to choose the way of love, wanting to help us live that love, then we
are empowered to make a real, positive difference. How does that influence our lives and actions
right now?
Think about the situation we are currently in at Christ Church. Once again we are in a time of transition and change. Blessed as we are to have Mother Lesley move smoothly into the role of Interim
Rector, we know that this is temporary and that there will be more change ahead, especially when the
new Rector comes whoever she or he may be. But are we just in a holding pattern until the new
Rector arrives? What are the choices God has given us the privilege to make?
We can rejoice in the freedom that God has given us to choose. We can make the choice to act with
love, patience and kindness, whatever happens. We can gently, lovingly share our thoughts, hopes and
struggles. We can make the choice to look for ways that we can continue to be Christs love in whatever happens and to grow in receiving and sharing that love.
Being Christs love is always grounded in coming together regularly for prayer, for worship, for rejoicing in the hope revealed in Jesus life, death and resurrection. When away, we can worship with
whatever congregation is nearby. Being Christs love also grows out of our own daily commitment to
prayer and study of scripture, trusting God by giving freely from our resources and our time, and
sharing our questions, our discoveries with each other. Certainly we need to pray often for whoever
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will be our new Rector, and for those who are involved in the search process.
We have two choices. We can sit back and see what happens, assuming we have no control over it
because everything happens for a reason. Or we can act now and every day on the freedom we
have as Gods children, baptized into the love and life of the Holy Trinity. We are the people of God
in Christ Church, Eureka, California right now. How do we choose to continue to respond to that incredible gift?
The Rev. Sister Diana Doncaster

Ann Clark and Gary


Knudsen

July 4

Gail Freeman

July 22

Ronalda Carlson

July 6

Barry and Rene Ross

July 22

Nick and Anna Smithler

July 7

Carrie Hogan

July 23

Bill and Helen Taylor

July 7

Joan Stewart

July 25

Father Doug Thompson

July 11

Julia Lawson

July 26

Remembrance Table from Sunday, June 26


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At the June 19 Vestry meeting, it was reported that the Smullin House porch roof has been replaced.
The soffit needs some repairs as well, and Beth Powell, Dan and Merry Phillips will tackle that
project.
The Vestry approved the gift of Betty Burton's Wurlitzer spinet piano to be placed in the Chapel.
Betty, our former choir director, passed away last spring and wished that her piano be donated to
Christ Church.
The Parish Commission on Ministry and the Vestry both recommend licensing of two parishioners
for ministries. Mtr. Lesley will write the Office of the Bishop requesting that Elizabeth HarperLawson be licensed as a Healing Minister and Irene Hannaford be licensed as a Eucharistic Visitor.
Several parishioners have joined Beth Powell, Junior Warden, in improving the appearance of the
campus landscaping for both beautification and improving security. They would welcome others.
We received an update on the sound system. The sound system will be improved with the addition
of several new microphones that will be funded by donations. There is a sound problem in the
chancel area where the choir is located. Two new speakers will be needed to enable the choir to hear
what the congregation is able to hear.
Please check the bulletin board in Lewis Hall for postings of approved minutes and financial reports.
Also, talk with Vestry members for additional information.
Peg Gardner, Clerk

Lay Ministries
Summer is here, the days are long for now, vacations and travel plans are being made. Its
time for summer school, vacation bible schools, learning about a new (to you) lay ministry. Here are
several to help you fill those lazy days of summer.
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Coffee Hour Hosts


Contribution Counters
Acolytes and Eucharistic Ministers
Announcers
Ushers and Greeters
Eucharistic Visitors
Nursery and Sunday School

For more details about each ministry in which youre interested, contact:
Anne Pierson
Sanford Pyron
Lynne Bean
Bob Hines
Elizabeth Harper-Lawson
Marty Vega
Vickie Patton
Susan Whaley

Acolytes and Eucharistic Ministers


Announcers
Coffee Hour
Contribution Counters
Eucharistic Visitors
Lectors and Intercessors
Nursery and Sunday School
Ushers and Greeters

442-2025
444-0968
822-6086
445-8974
445-1726
443-9782
443-1825
445-2924

Fresh Produce Sunday


YES!! Your generous contributions of fresh produce do make a difference! Monday, I delivered the
fresh produce that was brought to the Christ Church on Sunday. When I delivered the produce to St.
Vincent's dining room the next day, Mary, who is the manager, said, "Blessings and thanks to all of
you! This is what our people will be eating for the next couple of days. We have nothing else."
Our generous giving does matter.
Rene

An Organist and Friends


Please join us for the second Sundays at 4 summer concerts,
sponsored by Organ Concerts at Christ Church. The concert, on Sunday, July
24, at 4 p.m., will be presented by Christ Church Organist Emeritus, Douglas
Moorehead. Performing with Doug on the program will be Nancy Streufert,
flute, and Helen Winfrey, clarinet.
The program will include a variety of music from different eras and of
different compositional styles baroque, classic, romantic, and contemporary (20th-century).
Featured composers include J.S. Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Francis Poulenc, Marcel Dupr,
and Richard Purvis.
The concert will be an opportunity to hear the Kegg organ as a solo instrument, as well as in
duet with the clarinet (on the second movement of Mozarts Quintet in A for Clarinet and Strings). A
piece for piano and flute by Francis Poulenc will round out the program.
Douglas Moorehead is a former Organist and Music Director at Christ Episcopal Church,
retiring in 2013 after 30 years of service. He continues to serve as a substitute organist for several
local churches. He oversaw the 2008 installation of the magnificent Kegg pipe organ and acoustical
renovations at Christ Church, which have made Christ Church a wonderful venue for concerts.
Helen Winfrey (clarinet) is a retired music educator who continues to be active with musical
endeavors, including playing with the College of the Redwoods Concert Band and the local All
Seasons Orchestra.
The Rev. Nancy Streufert (flute) is an associate priest at Christ Church (Eureka) and St.
Albans (Arcata). She is an active musician, singing with the church choir and the Eureka
Symphony Chorus, and playing the flute for church as well as community events, including the
Eureka Heritage Society Fall Home Tours.
The Sundays at 4 concerts are free and open to the community. A donation basket will be
strategically placed for those who wish to show their gratitude. Please join us and invite your
friends and family for an enjoyable concert featuring music for organ, organ and clarinet, and piano
and flute. Its a delightful way to top off the weekend!

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CHURCH WISH LIST:


1. Weed Wacker (battery operated and light weight) for our gardeners. Estimated cost $200.00.
2. Blinds for the six west windows in the Lewis Hall that will cut
the sunlight for a comfortable dining experience. $310 each.
Elizabeth Harper-Lawson is following this item
3. Double pane windows in Lewis Hall for the north windows estimated cost for each window $229 plus two kitchen windows estimated cost for each window $215.
4. Two entrance gates should be replaced between the chapel and the Zander
Building. Estimated cost $1,566.00 for both.
5. Wish list item for new heathers and other plants for our garden. Bring plants from
home that you think would work. Purchase price $8 to $10 each.
LIST OF CHURCH CAMPUS NEEDS:
6. Prime and paint over construction work on the chapel.
7. The Youth Room in the Zander Building needs to be refreshed. The ceiling has leak
stains and the walls need a new color. Volunteers are needed.
8. Garden Committee: We only have a paid gardener for 3 hrs a month so we need volunteers. All are welcome to come to pull weeds, trim trees and remove half of the lilies
of the valley in the parking lot, clean the alley drain gutter, etc.
9. Continuing project: consolidating files found all over the church. Most consolidated
in the first classroom in the Education Building. So far the older files in the basement
have been reviewed and reduced. We are developing a maintenance history of church
which includes dates of equipment purchases, major construction work and determining
replacement dates. Committee: Belinda Zander, Kathy Clague, Peg Gardner and Beth
Powell.
10.The roof leaked into the Heritage Room during the first part of January. The leak was
repaired. Now we are waiting for the area to dry before replacing the ceiling in the
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Heritage Room. Dan Phillips is following this item.


11. Clean the basement of unwanted items including two file cabinets, excess number of
folding chairs and accident prone card tables, etc. Volunteers needed.
12. Light connection buried on both sides of the H Street sign. One light connection has
been found. When both electric outlets are uncovered and found safe new lights will be
installed.
NICE TO HAVE LIST:
13. Water flow from sump pump to alley needs drainage reworked. Water flow down the
alley needs to have plant removal. Prime and paint the basement with water-proof paint
to reduce the water in the basement.
14. Stain glass window in Nave need to be cleaned, checked for dry rot on frames and
new plastic covers if necessary.
15. Review file on the Smullins Building.
16. Retaining wall reconstruction between office building and Education Building.
17. Vinyl flooring in Pierson Room.
18. Resurface parking lot. A number of hazards need to be repaired. Plus there are two
tree holes in the side walk on 14th Street that should be covered or new trees planted for
safety reasons
19. Gutter and down spouts on the Education Building and Zander Building to be
checked and possibly replaced.
WORK COMPLETED:
1. ADA approved restrooms near Heritage Hall completed and working.
2. Pest work has been completed on the chapel.

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The Cycles of Prayers for our Diocese and the Anglican Communion
Please pray for those congregations and clergy listed below on the Diocesan and Anglican cycles of
prayer.
Every Sunday, our Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Barry L. Beisner, requests we pray for:
The Diocese of Jerusalem, The Most Revd Suheil Dawani, Bishop and for peace in the Holy
Land
Specific Sunday Prayers:
July 3 Pray for:
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:
St. Andrews in the Redwoods, Monte Rio, Linda Moore, Priest in Charge
Anglican Cycle of Prayer:
The Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea, The Most Revd Clyde Igara Archbishop of
Papua New Guinea & Bishop of Dogura
July 10 Pray for:
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:
St. Michaels, Anderson, Royston Auelua, Rector
Anglican Cycle of Prayer:
The Episcopal Church in the Philippines, The Most Revd Renato Mag-Gay Abibico
Prime Bishop of the Episcopal Church in the Philippines
July 17 Pray for:
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:
St. Pauls, Sacramento, Lynell Walker, Priest in Charge
Anglican Cycle of Prayer:
Province de L Eglise Anglicane au Rwanda, The Most Revd Dr. Onesphore Rwaje
Archbishop of L Eglise Episcopal au Rwanda and Bishop of Gasabo
July 24 Pray for:
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:
St. Timothys, Gridley, John Harris, Vicar
Anglican Cycle of Prayer:
The Scottish Episcopal Church, The Most Revd David Chillingworth Primus of the
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Scottish Episcopal Church & Bishop of St. Andrews Dunkeld & Dunblane
July 31 Pray for:
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:
St. Marys, Ferndale
St. Andrews, Corning, Diana Lueckert, Priest in Charge
Anglican Cycle of Prayer:
Church of the Province of South East Asia
August 7 Pray for:
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:
St. Andrews in the Highlands, Antelope, Peter Rodgers, Vicar
Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento, Brian Baker, Dean
Anglican Cycle of Prayer:
The Church of South India (United), The Most Revd Dr Govada Dyvasirvadam
Moderator of CSI & Bishop of Krishna-Godavari
If you wish to offer prayers daily for the church in the world, our Anglican Cycle of Prayer has a
daily list of diocese and clergy who would benefit from your prayer ministry. This list can be
obtained via this website:
http://www.anglicancommunion.org/resources/cycle-of-prayer/download-the-acp.aspx
If this does not bring up the full prayer list for the year, tap on View on the line
ACP 2016 Full version View under Anglican Cycle of Prayer (January 2016-December 2016
and you will access the daily Anglican Cycle of Prayer. If you do not have a computer, I would
be glad to make a copy of the 2016 Anglican Cycle of Prayer for you.
Anne Pierson

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The Table of Remembrance


On the Sunday following the horrendous massacre in Orlando, we offered our prayers for the victims
and all shattered by violence at a special Table of Remembrance. The large pillar candles were lit, one
at a time, as prayers were offered. During the reception of Holy Communion and after each service,
people took the time to light another candle and to offer their own prayers and sorrow.
The names of all those who died in the Orlando massacre were on the table, as well as place names of
many recent massacres and five symbolic place names associated with massacres of Native
Americans. Violence is an ongoing part of our human story a sorrow we must continually bring
before God and a form of evil we must repent and resist in every way we can.

Table of Remembrance, June 19, 2016


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Sound System Upgrade in Progress


Have you noticed inconsistency in sound quality and volume during services in recent
months? If so, you are aware that the church sound system is badly in need of a retrofit and upgrade.
At times, the quality sound vitally important to a satisfying worship experience for all parishioners
has been compromised. Although the church has a high quality sound system, it is now well over ten
years old and time has taken its toll. Many of the microphones that were a part of the original system have been lost or broken and need to be replaced. In addition, expanding ministries are placing
additional demands on the system. Examples include web streaming of services, additional clergy
with active roles in services, and expanded use of our facilities as a concert venue.
We have been working closely with Craig Pedley at Sound Advice to determine what is needed to return the system to a high audio standard. The first priority is to replace broken or missing
microphones. Additionally, extension speakers are needed in the chancel area so that members of the
choir can hear all parts of the service. Needed equipment and costs are outlined below:

Two microphone body packs (the part carried by the user that a wireless mic plugs into)

Two additional head-worn mics (we presently have two that are functional)

Two new hand held mics (of the two that were a part of the original system, we still have one.
It is broken, and is "living on borrowed time").

Two JBL speaker systems for the chancel area

The total cost of the microphones (not including speakers), with tax, is $2050.26. The speakers are an additional $808.00 plus tax and installation. The grand total for all equipment needed is
$2845.15. These prices have been negotiated locally, and are competitive with Internet prices.
There will be additional cost for installation and calibration of the new microphones. The vestry has authorized up to $500.00 for this purpose.
The purpose of this article is twofold- to keep you informed on the progress of this important
project, but also to let you know that there is an opportunity to contribute to the cost of the microphones, speakers, and installation if you so desire. Checks may be made out to Christ Church, with
"Sound System" indicated on the memo line. Thank you!
Note: to date, the church has received $1,000.00 in donations specified for this project.
Paul Gossard

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An Update on the Russian launch of a manned spacecraft and a prayer


Some of you may not know that our Bishop, Barry Beisner, and his wife, The Rev. Dr. Ann Hallisey, are traveling to Kazakhstan during Bishop Barrys sabbatical. Ann Halliseys daughter, Dr. Kate
Rubins, a biochesmist and astronaut, is joining the Russian cosmonaut team for the launch to the International Space Station (ISS) on Monday, July 6th, at 6:36 p.m. PDT from the Balkonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Astronaut Kate and the Russin Cosmonauts will serve at the space station for 6
months before returning home.
Let us pray
Oh Lord, be with Kate, Ann, Barry, and their family, as they await the launch of Kate and the Russian
team on July 6th. Guide all who work to prepare for this launch and be with the team and their families.
We pray for the teams safe delivery to the International Space Station, their safety during their 6 month
mission there, and their return home to Earth and their loved ones. This we pray in the name of your son,
our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen

A parting note from Mother Susan


Until we meet again!
As most of you know, I retired June 12. The sermon for that day can be found in this July
Chronicle. My heart is full of thanks to all of you. You have welcomed me and worked hard with me
in all the work that the Church requires: praying, making music, reading the lessons, offering food,
keeping the altar a thing of beauty, making Eucharist together, observing the varied services and seasons of the church year, greeting visitors, bringing the Eucharist to the sick, attending weddings, baptisms, and funerals. And being the Body of Christ in this place by loving each other.
When Jesus leaves the desert, he has chosen to reject the possibilities of dominating power. He
rejects the power to weigh in and impose changeto fix things. Instead, the first thing Jesus does is
to find people who will walk with him.Living Reconciliation, Groves and Jones.
Thank you for walking with me. And remember, Peter begins as a disciple (one who follows) and
then is appointed by Jesus as one of the twelve Apostles (one who is sent out). Peter and the other
apostles are watchers no longer, but workers with Jesus.
Mother Susan, working with you.

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Sermon from June 12, 2016Mother Susans last Sunday


Im sure many of you have seen the photo of Earth, blue and beautiful, floating against the
blackness of space, taken during the Apollo Mission 8 on Christmas Eve 1968. The photo stunned
the world. It was the first time anyone had seen the Earth floating in space, holding all of human history and life. Bill Anders, the astronaut who took the photo, said, We came all this way to explore
the moon, and the most important thing is that we discovered the Earth. The photo has become
known as Earthrise, and it became an iconic reminder of our planets splendid isolation and delicate fragility. Sir Fred Hoyle, the great British cosmologist, rightly predicated in l948 that the first
images of Earth from space would change forever our view of our own planet.
There is a reason why our Bible begins with the story of God breathing across the void, creating the heavens and the earth, breathing across the Earth, calling into life the night and the day,
plants and animals, breathing to life humankind imprinted with the image of the Creator. Casting a
loving eye on all that God had created, God saw that it was good, very goodit was and is, earth,
our fragile island home.
The Bible goes on to explain that we cannot be in right relationship with God unless we are in
right relationship with the land. In the Hebrew, the land means all that is: the ground, the trees
and plants, the rivers and seas, the animals and all other human beings, even the air we breathe. All
of it. God created an astonishing world of beauty and plenty for all of us; it is Gods gift.
Ellen Davis, a professor of Old Testament, has said, One day, in the fullness of time, all of
creation will be given its voice and we will be called to sit down at table and listen, really listen, and
hear the pain we have caused. We will have to hear the sadness, the absolute unrelenting sadness
and pain we have caused by abusing the finest gift we have ever been entrusted with: Earth.
I imagined the ocean clogged with billions of pounds of trash I had helped dump into it. The
air choked with pollution I had helped to pump put, I would hear trees being clear-cut and mountains being reduced to sludge. I would have to hear the cries of animals dying. I would hear the hunger of mothers and fathers and the thirst of small children, 5000 who die every day for want of clean
water while I let the tap run just so the water I drink will be colder.
I was completely overwhelmed. How could I do anything about this, I wondered? Was I being
asked to change my whole life? And anyway, what could one person like me really do that would
make any difference at all? But Ellen Davis statement was the beginning for me, the first tiny ray
of light urging me to wake up to the way I lived; to embrace what I did with awareness and responsibility. It was a wake-up call and it is never easy to wake up.
Roger Peterson, the author of Field Guide to the Birds describes an experience that changed
his life. He called it a trigger. One Saturday when he was a boy, he was taking a walk with a
friend. They came upon a flicker in an oak tree. Thinking the bird was dead, he poked at it, gingerly,
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the way you touch something you think is dead. But the bird was not dead; it was just asleep, perhaps resting. When he touched it, its eyes flew upon, and it flew away. What struck him was the contrast between what he thought was dead, but in actuality was very much alive. He said, it was almost like resurrection. . .Ever since then birds seemed to me the most vivid expression of life.
I have taught environmental ethics for over 25 years. A few years ago I read a book entitled
The Last Child in the Woods. Perhaps you have heard of the little boy who didnt want to go outside
because there was no place to plug his electronic devices. I asked my students what had been their
experience with the natural world. It was apparent that those who had been camping with their families often continued to love being outside when they had children of their own. And often the parents
had left an area in the back yard unmowed to keep a bit of wilderness.
Amazingly, when I was a little girl many people just threw trash out of the window of the car.
And later, in the late 80s, my parents were on a cruise and noticed that the ship was throwing out
huge black trash bags onto the sea. These bags will never biodegrade. Fortunately, things have
changed a lot. Many of us care very much about the Earth because that is where our children and
grandchildren will live out their lives. It can be overwhelming for sure. None of us can take care of
the whole of Gods creation, but we can try to take care of what is right in front of us. We can change
one thing at a time. In fact we read in Genesis that we human beings were created to be gardeners of
the earth.
We live in a challenging time. If by Gods grace we are awakened to the travail of the Earth,
we need to learn to trust these experiences. In these moments we are touched by the beauty and the
holiness of the Earth, and we find ourselves summoned to a work that will not wait. Take a moment
to go online and consider joining a group working to defend animals, trees, rivers, or the ocean. You
dont even need to go online, because we here in Humboldt County live at one of the places that is
most concerned about Gods creation. I often have to reassure myself that there are many people in
the world who do care. Sometimes I even have to reassure myself that we humans have God working with us.
Everything in this world is capable of becoming a means of grace. We say that we believe in
God, Creator of Heaven and Earth. Yet we rarely make the connection that the God to whom we
pray is also the God of all that has life. God is the Lord of all Creation, every bird and bush and
whale. Gracious God, help us to treasure this beautiful Earth. Amen.
The Rev. Dr. Susan Armstrong

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Mother Susans final service


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Letter to the Episcopal Church


From Presiding Bishop, President of House of Deputies
Jesus tells us to love God and love our neighbor as ourselves
Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry and President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings have written the following letter to the Episcopal Church.
June 28, 2016
Dear People of God in the Episcopal Church:
We all know that some things in holy Scripture can be confusing, hard to understand, or open
to various ways of understanding. But some essential teachings are clear and incontrovertible. Jesus
tells us to love God and love our neighbor as ourselves, and he tells us over and over again not to be
afraid (Matthew 10:31, Mark 5:36, Luke 8:50, John 14:27).
Theres no confusion about what Jesus is telling us, but it often requires courage to embody it
in the real world. Again and again, we become afraid, and mired in that fear, we turn against Jesus
and one another.
This age-old cycle of fear and hatred plays out again and again in our broken world, in sickening and shocking events like the massacre targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)
people in Orlando, but also in the rules we make and the laws we pass. Most recently, weve seen
fear at work in North Carolina, a state dear to both of our hearts, where a law called the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act has decimated the civil rights and God-given dignity of transgender
people and, by extension, drastically curtailed protections against discrimination for women, people
of color, and many others. We are thankful for the prayerful and pastoral public leadership of the
North Carolina bishops on this law, which is known as House Bill 2.
North Carolina is not the only place where fear has gotten the better of us. Lawmakers in other
jurisdictions have also threatened to introduce legislation that would have us believe that protecting
the rights of transgender peopleeven a right as basic as going to the bathroomsomehow puts the
rest of us at risk.
This is not the first time that the segregation of bathrooms and public facilities has been used
to discriminate unjustly against minority groups. And just as in our painful racial past, it is even being claimed that the bathroom bills, as they are sometimes called, ensure the safety of women and
childrenthe same reason so often given to justify Jim Crow racial segregation.
But we believe that, as the New Testament says, perfect love casts out fear. On June 10, the
Executive Council of the Episcopal Church stood against fear and for Gods love by passing a resolution that reaffirms the Episcopal Churchs support of local, state and federal laws that prevent discrimination based on gender identity or gender expression and voices our opposition to all legislation
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that seeks to deny the God-given dignity, the legal equality, and the civil rights of transgender people.
The need is urgent, because laws like the one in North Carolina prey on some of the most vulnerable people in our communitiessome of the very same people who were targeted in the Orlando
attack. In a 2011 survey, 78 percent of transgender people said that they had been bullied or harassed
in childhood; 41 percent said they had attempted suicide; 35 percent had been assaulted, and 12 percent had suffered a sexual assault. Almost half of transgender people who responded to the survey
said they had suffered job discrimination, and almost a fifth had lost housing or been denied health
care due to their gender identity or expression.
In keeping with Executive Councils resolution, we are sending a letter to the governor and
members of the North Carolina General Assembly calling on them to repeal the Public Facilities
Privacy & Security Act. When legislation that discriminates against transgender people arises in
other places, we will also voice our opposition and ask Episcopalians to join us. We will also support
legislation, like a bill recently passed in the Massachusetts state legislature, that prevents discrimination of all kinds based on gender identity or gender expression.
As Christians, we bear a particular responsibility to speak out in these situations, because attempts to deny transgender people their dignity and humanity as children of God are too often being
made in the name of God. This way of fear is not the way of Jesus Christ, and at these times, we
have the opportunity to demonstrate our belief that Christianity is not a way of judgment, but a way
of following Jesus in casting out fear.
In the face of the violence and injustice we see all around us, what can we do? We can start by
choosing to get to know one another. TransEpiscopal, an organization of transgender Episcopalians
and their allies, has posted on their website a video called Voices of Witness: Out of the Box that
can help you get to know some transgender Episcopalians and hear their stories. Integrity USA,
which produced the video, and the Chicago Consultation are two other organizations working for the
full inclusion of LGBT people in the church. Their websites also have online materials that you can
use to learn more about the stories of transgender Christians and our churchs long journey to understand that they are children of God and created in Gods image.
When we are born anew through baptism, we promise to respect the dignity of every human
being. Today, transgender people and, indeed, the entire LGBT community, need us to keep that
promise. By doing so, we can bear witness to the world that Jesus has shown us another waythe
way of love.
Faithfully,
The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry

The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings

Presiding Bishop and Primate

President, House of Deputies


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Mission Statement of Christ Church


To the glory of God, the mission of Christ Church Parish is to serve Jesus Christ and all the people of God; to encourage and facilitate spiritual development for people of all ages; to grow as Christians in a loving and forgiving
fellowship, thereby confirming, witnessing, and leading others to the faith by the power of the Holy Spirit.

The Rt. Rev. Barry L. Beisner


Bishop, Diocese of Northern California
Staff
The Rev. Lesley McCloghrie
Interim Rector
The Rev. Nancy Streufert
Associate Priest
The Rev. Sister Diana Doncaster
Associate Priest
Merry Phillips
Organist and Music Director
Dr. Douglas Moorehead, Organist Emeritus
John Hammond, Sexton
Barry Ross, Administrative Assistant
Vestry
Lyn Klay, Senior Warden
Beth Powell, Junior Warden
Bob Rex, Julie Cairns, Irene Hannaford, Lin Chase,
Helen Taylor, Elizabeth Harper-Lawson, Belinda Zander,
Rex White, Heidi Erickson, Gail Freeman
Bob Hines, Treasurer, Peg Gardner, Clerk
625 15th Street
P.O. Box 861
Eureka, California 95502
Phone (707) 442-1797
Fax (707) 442-5647

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