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Lisa Bozzoli, holding Austin, with Avery on the left and their cousin Bree on the right,

at Avery and Austins Baptism, September 25, 2016

Angels & Saints

By the time you read this, you will most likely have heard
that the theme of our Stewardship Campaign this year is
Angels & Saints. Why this? you may be wondering.
Partly it is to do with our liturgical calendar (more on this
later) and partly it is to do with the people of Christ
Church, those who came before us, those with us today, and, hopefully, those
who will come after us. From our founding in 1868 to the present day, there
have been many faithful people who, through their hard work, dedication,
and good stewardship, have bequeathed to us the Christ Church we know and love. Were they angels
and saints, I wonder? I suspect that many were.
September 29th is the feast of St. Michael and All Angels. Michael is one of the four archangels
named in the Bible. A powerful agent of God, he is known for protecting God's people from evil and
bringing them peace at the end of their earthly life. Can you name the other three archangels? Many
other angels are mentioned throughout the Old and New Testaments, their name angelos is taken from
the Greek and literally means messenger. So messenger from Godhow many times in our lives have we
encountered some who just might be a messenger from God? Who in our parish family today, or in
times gone by, might we think of as a messenger, an angel? Often the memory or the encounter takes us
by surprise and it is only afterwards that we wonder.
Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.
Hebrews 13:2
The month of November brings with it what is often called a mini Holy Week. On the first we
celebrate All Saints Day. November 2 brings us the feast of All the Faithful Departed or All Souls
Day and then if that were not enough riches, on the Sunday after the first we celebrate All Saints
Sunday. This year we will celebrate all the saints on Sunday November 6, remembering women and
men from long ago and recent history, who through their faith and deeds, we look upon as examples for
our lives. We will also remember those who, perhaps still living, have been as saints in our lives. I recall
and give thanks for Miss Henderson, a history teacher who spent many hours of her summer vacation
working with me on the syllabus needed for my upcoming national examinations. We had moved from
one examining body to another and I had learned all about the wrong periods in history! She was indeed
a saint in my life. Who do you remember?
On All Souls Day, November 2nd at six o'clock in the evening we will remember by name those
whom we love but see no longer, those who having left this earth, are now with God as part of the great
company of heaven. We will be collecting names to be read at the altar at this service. If you wish, fill

out a name sheet and place it in the box provided. These will be on the bulletin table at the back of the
church, beginning Sunday, October 9.
Different days, different focus and yet on both days we do pretty much the same thing, we remember
and we give thanks. We remember apostles and martyrs, evangelists, monastics, family members, friends,
neighbors, colleagues, all the saints and all the souls who have gone before us. We remember and give
thanks for our kith and kin, known and unknown, all those to whom we are related through the blood
of Christ. All the company of heaven as we say in our Eucharistic prayers and the communion of
saints about whom we sing.
Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of
heaven, who for ever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name: BCP page 362
So Angels & Saints our special Stewardship season this year begins with St Michael
and All Angels and ends with the blessing of the pledge cards on All Saints Sunday,
November 6.
Are you ready to be one the saints and angels on this earth, building up the realm of God, sharing our
gifts with others, and caring for those who have less than we? Your Stewardship Committee and I ask
that you prayerfully consider it.

St. Francis of Assisi,

born October 4, 1226


Archangel Gabriel" by Luca Signorelli (1450

1523) 1931: bequeathed to Walters Art
Museum by Henry Walters
public domain image from

So happy to be home and welcomed back into my wonderful community. It is always fun and an adventure to travel and learn about the world, but there really is no
place like home. We are all so fortunate to live here and to have so much to share
with others. Mongolia is a rather newly separated, landlocked nation struggling between two giants China and Russia. Camping in gers (yurts in Russian) in two forested areas and further south in the Gobi Desert was very fun. Glam camping, but
in one, we had no heat and on site we had no attached restroom. So we did rough it a little!
I want to give a couple people thanks for the work accomplished while I was gone. Irene Hannaford
continued working around the campus and trying to recruit more help. Bob Rex got two companies to
clean brush and trees around the Smullin House and the east side of our parking lot. Plus you notice,
he put rocks around the cut back Lily of the Nile in the parking lot. We did this to reduce the area for
night time sleep out. Thank you, Kathy Clague for having the hedge cut and having it removed. It
looks so nice to see our courtyard. And last but not least, thank you, Barry Ross, for watching over
things while I go on my trips. Thank you for all your help.
I hope you all have or had a wonderful time at the Stewardship Dinner. We have a busy year ahead of
us. But with everyone in the community together we will do it all again. Keep up the good work.

Perusing the prize baskets at the Stewardship Dinner


What is the Jesus Movement?

Not long ago, during a sermon, I quoted our Presiding Bishop, Michael
Curry, about our being part of the Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement, one of his favorite ways of describing our calling as the Episcopal
Church. Someone later asked what I mean by the Jesus Movement, but we
didnt have a chance to get into it. So heres a brief reflection in answer to
that question.
The phrase, Jesus Movement honors the fact that Jesus did not start an
institution. Instead, he said, as he says today, follow me. By that he
means, Come share my life. Learn from what I do. Be in trusting friendship with me. In your own life, in your own context, use the gifts and opportunities I give you to reveal the love of Christ alive and active among us.
Be my love for others. Jesus called lots of people to follow him together during his life on earth. Some
responded and some didnt. Those who responded built on the community that Jesus started, giving
genuine hope to the world. That is our call, too.
Jesus calls countless people to follow him now. As he did then, he calls us to follow him together because we are created to need each other. One of my favorite images of real community is of a rock tumbler. Rough stones are put into a container with grit and water. The container is then rotated for a long
time as the stones bang against each other as the gritty water works on their roughness. It takes many
sessions and many kinds of grit to turn rough stones, together, into beautifully polished gems. That process is a parable for the importance of Christians being in community. As we work, share and bang up
against each other in the redeeming and polishing love of Christ we become freer to share that love and
hope with others. We can invite other imperfect people to join us in becoming people who live the ministry of love, compassion, healing, justice, mercy, forgiveness and reconciliation in the world.
Part of living in the Jesus Movement is too often forgotten. It has been my experience that we are a
generous church, giving our time and our resources for the relief of poverty, hunger, injustice and many
other needs. But we have to be generous with ourselves and each other as part of Gods love. We can
be so tired from all the serving we do that we forget our need to be still and rest in Gods presence, in
Gods love. We can forget our need for healing, holy rest and vulnerable prayer. We can think we are too
busy doing important work to take time to meet Christ in Scripture.
We can also forget that sometimes the most important witness we can give about the hope inherent in
the Jesus Movement is that we choose to do the hard work of forgiving each other when we get on each
others nerves, as we do, especially when we are weary. We can choose to live as continuing witnesses
that very different people with very different needs can bang up against each other yet choose to live love
and forgiveness together. We believe that God chose to come among us in the person of Jesus; to live,

love, teach, forgive, heal, suffer, die and rise again among us. Thus we have the choice to respond to the
call, Follow me, as part of the movement of love that Jesus started. In the Episcopal branch of the
Jesus movement, we have our own special gifts to offer as we follow, together.

Lay Ministries
Autumn has arrived. Well soon be celebrating our favorite holidays and were going to enjoy many inspiring, special services. This means we need help with and support of our Lay Ministries. Now is the
time to join one of the following groups. Speaking for myself, Id especially love to have more Lectors
and Intercessors. Training and/or rehearsal can be provided, just ask me.
Marty Vega

Lectors and Intercessors

Acolytes and Eucharistic Ministers
Ushers and Greeters
Eucharistic Visitors
Nursery and Sunday School
Coffee Hour Hosts
Contribution Counters

Anne Pierson
Sanford Pyron
Lynne Bean
Bob Hines
Elizabeth Harper-Lawson
Marty Vega
Vickie Patton
Susan Whaley

Acolytes and Eucharistic Ministers

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


Prayer for Elections

Were just guessing, but we suspect that the vast majority of us are frustrated, possibly angry, and even
a little frightened as we endure the current election season. Whatever our political convictions or party,
many of us just want it to be over. But, as Christians, we have what it takes to respond in a far better
way. We have the grace of prayer. Prayer is real and prayer makes a difference, even if we cant always
see that difference as we would wish.
The Episcopal publishing house, Forward Movement Publications, is urging us to join in 30 Day
Season of Prayer in the lead-up to the election. The more who join in the prayer, the more peace and
hope we quietly bring to our country. What follows is the post from Scott Gunn, Executive Director of
Forward Movement. We urge you to take this invitation seriously.
Mother Lesley and Sister Diana
Dear friends in Christ,
This week, I am writing with a request. I hope you will join Forward Movement and me in a season
of prayer for the upcoming election.
In the United States, we are in the midst of a contentious election season. Potential voters are
discerning how to vote, but observers inside and outside the country are also watching the candidates
closely. Opinions are sharply divided. What kind of leaders do we need? What is the best way forward
for our nation? Indeed, what are the challenges we must solve together?
I've heard people say, again and again, "I'm not sure what to do." For Christians, there is always one
thing we can do, every one of us. We can pray. We can pray for wisdom, for grace, for patience, for
courage, for hope. We can and must pray for those with whom we disagree. Whatever else we do, we
must pray. We might use our own words, or we might like some language to give voice to our concerns
and hopes. We Anglicans are blessed with riches of common prayer.
Forward Movement is calling Episcopalians and all others to join with us in A Season of Prayer: For an
Election. This is a 30-day season, in which we will pray each day with a particular intention for this time
in our national life. Each day includes a suggested intention and a collect. We also suggest the use of a
brief litany every day. The season of prayer begins Sunday, October 9, and continues through the day
after the election. We have used prayers from The Book of Common Prayer.
Join us on Forward Movement's social media channels (Facebook or Twitter) in offering or sharing
each day's prayer. You also can download weekly bulletin inserts or a list of all the prayers
at The resources are available in English or Spanish. Please
encourage your congregation and your friends to get involved.

At a time when nearly everyone agrees that we are being consumed by fear and division, here is a
chance to change the conversation. While we will certainly differ in our politics, we can surely join
together in prayer. I hope you will join in this season of prayer. God knows, our country, our leaders,
those who seek public office, and those who are voting need all the help we can get. Let us pray.
Yours faithfully,
Scott Gunn
Executive Director

Linda Benko

October 1

Fred and Jacqueline Moore

October 1

Catherine Mace

October 2

Barrett Mace

October 15

Sharon Dircks

October 23

Bob Hines

October 28

Quilters +
Hedgehogs, turtles, and more are awaiting you when the Quilters + meet in Lewis Hall at 9:30 a.m. on
Wednesday, October 5! We have coffee and goodies and good fellowship as we work on fringing fleece
throws for foster kids and drawstring bags for the Eureka Rescue Mission's Women's Shelter. These
projects are greatly appreciated. Be sure to join us! Questions? Call Joan Stewart, 443-9637 or Peg
Gardner, 443-9627.
Peg Gardner

Fun Shopping for Stocking Stuffers for Foster Kids!

Again this year you are invited to have fun shopping for $1-10 gifts and toys for foster kids. It is such
a treat for them to be able to choose something that especially appeals to them. There will be a collection site in the Heritage Room during October and until Thanksgiving. At Thanksgiving the gifts will be
blessed by Mtr. Lesley and delivered to The Forgotten Initiative: Foster Children in Humboldt. The children range in age from infants through high school. Questions? Check with Peg Gardner, 443-9627.

UTO Boxes are Ready to Take Home

United Thank Offering boxes are available in Lewis Hall. Take one home on Sunday! UTO boxes are
simple coin banks that we fill as we remember our many blessings. The funds are an outward and visible
offering of thanksgiving that is combined with donations throughout The Episcopal Church and used
toward grants to support mission and ministry, throughout our diocese and others. At Christ Church
our ingathering traditionally takes place on Ascension Sunday in the late spring. (Note: We have enough
boxes so you are welcome to fill a second or third box!)
Peg Gardner

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Franklin Grahams Samaritans Purse, in which shoeboxes are
filled with toys, school supplies, personal hygiene items like soap and toothpaste, and a personal note that
will go to children all over the world. The purpose of Operation Christmas Child is to reach children and
families in those countries that are closed to the gospel: "In the hands of local churches, every gift-filled
shoebox is a powerful tool for evangelism and discipleshiptransforming the lives of children and their
families around the world through the Good News of Jesus Christ!"
Offering prayers for the boxes and the children who receive them is an equally important aspect of the
project. Jacqueline Hubbard is managing this project. You can reach her at 442-5098


Betty Chinn Family Shelter Grand Opening

In a gesture of Christian love and hope, Christ Church parishioners raised and
donated $12,000 in December to help Betty Chinn purchase the building next door
to the Betty Kwan Chinn Day Center so she can provide housing for families in
transition and respite care of homeless people discharged from St. Josephs Hospital
through their Care Transitions Program. Representing Christ Church at the grand
opening celebration and tour for donors held September 16 were Mother Lesley, Sr.
Warden Lyn Klay, Jim Hendry, Deacon Pam Gossard, Paul Gossard, and Mother

Pictured from left to right Mother Lesley, Deacon Pam, Mother Nancy, and Betty Chinn

Many Voices One Song: A Conference on Music in the Liturgy

On the evening of September 23 and all-day September 24, about two dozen Lutheran and Episcopal
musicians and clergy from Northern California gathered at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Sacramento.
The conference began as we assembled for a Solemn Evensong service.
Following the service, we heard the first keynote address by featured speaker
David Cherwien, Cantor (Steward of Song), Mount Olive Lutheran Church
(Minneapolis, MN). In his opening address, Engaging Choices: Pastoral and
Practical, he shared his thoughts on the poetic, priestly, and prophetic
dimensions of liturgy planning, beginning with the question, is liturgy and
evangelism connected? During a sabbatical spent visiting many other churches,
he said he grew tired of how many churches made it about them, rather than
keeping the liturgy God-focused. Asking the question, have we gone back to
pre-reformation days (i.e. less participation by the congregation)? he shared some illuminating ideas and
questions. Here are a few suggestions for the three dimensions of liturgy planning:
The Poetic: Look for the unexpected, in scripture and in hymns. Is it beautiful? Is it mature? Does
it illuminate how great is God, rather than how clever are we? Is it the best we have to offer?
The Priestly: Are we caring, compassionate, agents of love? These days many churches spend a lot
of time and energy thinking about who is not present. We need to remember to pay attention to those
who are present and find out who is God? to those who are assembled for worship. It is our joy and
responsibility to nurture the collective memory bank as well as to provide the glow of a new
The Prophetic is a balance of the three, nudging us in new directions and helping us discern
questions such as, Is it true? Is it beautiful? Is it excellent? Does it give God glory? Does it bear the
weight of mystery? Does is replace something of greater value?
Dr. Cherwein states, Engaging the people can be multi-faceted, with seemingly opposite
characteristics. Congregations need to feel blessed by beautiful texts set to music texts and music
which point beyond themselves, and ourselves, with the best of the crafts (Poetic). Assemblies need to
feel challenged in ways that the tradition and practices stretch and grow into new times and spaces and
cultures (Prophetic), and at the same time blessing memory (Priestly).
Ultimately, we should keep in mind that what we do is more important than what we say. How inviting
is a congregation that fully participates in worship and mission? Very! That is the assembly I want to
return to! A singing people of God in and of itself can be inviting to others!

Dr. Cherweins second keynote address, What Language Shall I Borrow? Its about more than organs,
choirs or praise bands, focused on the variety of music we have to choose from and how we can
increase the vitality of our repertoire of texts and melodies, keeping in mind that the point is
congregational singing! A hymnal serves as the latest set of minutes of an on-going meeting the
church is having about its liturgy and song. The individual songs themselves present a taste from a
wide range of time and places, representing the people of God from each. In this day and age, when
people question the old and the new, experiment and even wonder if certain music will still be around in
the future, it was comforting to hear repeated the words of Alice Parker, music is too powerful to be
run over by any blip in history. The people need to sing, the instrument is the assembly of voices
(not the organ or other instrumental accompaniment). As we continue with the past, and bless the past,
we also need to embrace the journey into the new. And, looking back at history, remember that time
will fix what doesnt work.
On Saturday, several workshop were offered and I attended two: Everything You Wanted to Know
About Your Church Choir, and Unleashing Song in Congregations with Limited Resources. Both
were informative and I have already implemented a new idea with the Christ Church choir! The
conference ended with Holy Eucharist, celebrating The Feast of Hildegard, Abbess of Bingen. Presiders
were the Right Rev. Barry Beisner, Bishop of Northern California, and the Rev. Katy Grindberg
(Bishops representative from the Lutheran Synod). It was an opportunity to experience and witness
Gods great call in all of our lives, and what the focus of the conference truly was, Sharing Many Voices
and One Song.

Organ Concerts at Christ Church Fundraiser Save the Date!

Please join us for the first organ concert of the 2016/2017 season on Sunday, October 30 at 3:00 p.m.,
with Merry Phillips, Music Director and Organist at Christ Episcopal Church, performing works from
the Baroque to the 21st century. The suggested donation for the concert is $10.00 and all door proceeds
will support future concerts. The concert is for the community at-large please invite your friends!
The program will include works by Welsh composer William Mathias, J.S. Bach (of course, what organ
concert could not have Bach!), Norwegian composer Bjarne Slogedal, French composer Jehan Alain, and
two contrasting pieces on the beautiful hymn Veni, Creator Spiritus (Come Creator Spirit). The first, by
Minnesota composer Libby Larsen is a soft flowing, lush piece developed around the melodic theme.
The second piece, by British composer Paul Leddington Wright, is a Fanfare and Rumba on the
theme. Both of these living composers have transformed this beautiful hymn, believed to have been
written in the 9th century, into unique and wonderful 21st century compositions.

With a nod to Halloween, the concert will include Lon Bollmanns Suite Antique, op. 55, composed in
1895. The final (fourth) movement, a Toccata, is the best-known of the suite, and is often played for
Halloween concerts. All the stops will be pulled out for the ending!
Please join us on October 30 for an entertaining concert and important fundraiser for the concert
Merry Phillips

Vestry Notes for August and September

The Vestry meets on the third Sunday of each month. Approved Vestry minutes and financial reports
are posted on the Lewis Hall bulletin board, and you are encouraged to talk with Vestry members if you
have questions or comments.
Trees and shrubs have been pruned and trimmed at Smullin House and along the church parking lot
fence. This was needed because of tree growth into electric wires and over the roof of Smullin House
and to make the area along the fence less attractive to trespassers. Also, a pest and building inspection
has been approved for Smullin House.
Due to two break-ins at the apartment, a group toured the campus with Suzie Owsley from the Eureka Police Department to consider recommendations to improve security for the entire campus. The
Vestry has approved installation of a security system for the apartment.
The Treasurer and Finance Committee will begin work on a two-year budget in October. Each ministry will be asked to submit its goals along with its budgetary request. The proposed budget is to be approved by the Vestry and then presented at the annual meeting.
The Vestry authorized the opening of Discretionary Funds for the newly-ordained deacons. The rector's Discretionary Fund will be transferred to Mtr. Lesley.
The Calling Process is underway. Canon Andrea met with parishioners during coffee hours. The Profile Committee is close to finishing the Parish Profile and is awaiting approval by the Bishop before sharing with the parish. It will probably be posted in December for potential applicants. The Applicant Review Committee (ARC) has met twice with Canon Andrea, once in person and once via Skype. The
ARC will meet more frequently after the position has been posted. The timeline is somewhat fluid. Updates will be shared during announcements, in the Chronicle, and on the bulletin board.

The Vestry approved gradually reducing its size from twelve to nine members over a period of several
years. The bylaws state that the Vestry shall consist of nine to fifteen members. "Notice of any proposal to change this fixed number shall be given at least sixty days in advance by the person officiating at
a regular Sunday service and in such other manner as the Vestry may prescribe."
Peg Gardner, Vestry Clerk

The Blessing of the Animals,

October 2, 2016


Christ Church needs a Disaster Preparedness Plan!!

About three years ago, our Bishop Barry requested that every parish/mission have a Disaster
Preparedness Plan in place. We are obviously a wee bit late addressing this request which has now
become an order. I have volunteered to take on this task but I need a team working with me to pull it
off. Working together, we can not only prepare our church campus for possible disasters but also prepare
our church to better serve our church neighborhood and community if/when needed. Feel free to call
me or see me after church services. The old adage Many hands make light work is true and, with your
help, our team can accomplish this task far more quickly and efficiently. Will you join me?
Phone 442-2025

Avery Bozzoli

Newly baptized Avery Bozzoli with her

cousin, Bree.



The Rt. Rev. Barry L. Beisner

Bishop, Diocese of Northern California
The Rev. Lesley McCloghrie
Interim Rector
The Rev. Nancy Streufert
Associate Priest
The Rev. Sister Diana Doncaster
Associate Priest
The Rev. Pam Gossard
The Rev. Anne Pierson
Merry Phillips
Organist and Music Director
Dr. Douglas Moorehead, Organist Emeritus
John Hammond, Sexton
Barry Ross, Administrative Assistant
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