Welcome to the Christ Church website! As our tagline states, we are a welcoming community worshiping and growing in the Episcopal tradition of the Anglican Church. Christ Church is a community with a wide range of different people, from all ages and different backgrounds. As we live and serve in the way of Christ, we are excited about God’s plans for our future within today’s culture and our community. Our campus is between G and H Streets and 14th and 15th street in Downtown Eureka, California.
Here on our home page you will find (just below this post) highlighted events, news and happenings. Above, under the title headings, you will find more information about the church, our history, our community, our events calendar, our youth, our outreach, and much more. Feel free to browse! Also, please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. We hope to see you at one of our services (Sundays 8 AM and 10:30 AM) or events!
Songs of Reflection and Jubilation
The final “Sundays at 4” summer concert at Christ Episcopal Church (15th and H Streets, Eureka) will be on Sunday, August 24, at 4 pm, featuring sacred and secular songs performed by Elizabeth Rau, soprano and Greg Granoff, piano and organ. The poems of Mary Baker Eddy, founder of Christian Science, poems by contemporary American poets Deborah Digges and Steve Okwor, and several biblical texts are the inspiration for this program of music composed entirely by local musician Greg Granoff. Please join us for this free concert featuring two outstanding musicians from our local community.
Rau and Granoff met as church musicians at the Christian Science church and their musical collaboration spans over twelve years. In addition to their work in churches, they have performed together in Messiah sing-along concerts and at Humboldt State University. A huge fan of Granoff’s songs, Rau began performing them over the years at other local churches and in Marin County, and after receiving much favorable response to several individual songs, put together this program to share with the community. Future musical plans for Rau and Granoff include recording a CD of Granoff’s songs.
Elizabeth Rau has appeared as a soloist in local Rhododendron Festival concerts, concerts at the Unitarian Fellowship in Bayside, and in community Messiah Sing-Along performances. She has also performed and taught voice at Humboldt State University. Currently she teaches piano and voice in her home and is active playing piano and singing at various local churches.
Greg Granoff is the piano technician at Humboldt State University and the organist at the Christian Science Church in Eureka. He is an accomplished pianist, organist, and harpsichordist and has accompanied HSU faculty and student performances through the years.
Please join us for this Sunday afternoon concert featuring two talented musicians performing an inspiring program of sacred and secular songs.
For more information, call 707-442-1797.
Concert for Four Hands and Four Feet
The second “Sundays at 4” summer concert at Christ Episcopal Church (15th and H Streets, Eureka) will be on Sunday, July 27, at 4 p.m. A program of keyboard duets for four hands and four feet will be performed by Douglas Moorehead and Merry Phillips. These free summer concerts offer an opportunity to hear music that is not often performed and to learn about the music and the instruments.
The program will feature a variety of duets composed for four hands (and feet) or transcribed from other works. The first movement of the Sonata in D minor, op. 30 by Gustav Merkel, a late 19th-century German composer, is an organ duet (four hands and four feet). A Fancy for Two, composed by organist and well-known improvisationist Gerre Hancock, is a contemporary piece in a contrasting style to the earlier baroque sounding piece. The first Concerto for Two Organs by Antonio Soler was composed in the late 18th-century and reflects Spanish musical traditions. The concerto will be performed on the harpsichord and the organ. Joe Utterback, jazz pianist and composer, wrote Visions for organ and piano. This jazz-influenced composition reflects the energy, color, and moods of jazz improvisations. Completing the program will be a transcription of John Philip Sousa’s The Stars and Stripes Forever, transcribed for organ duet by America’s famous duo organists Raymond and Elizabeth Chenault.
Douglas Moorehead is the former Organist and Music Director at Christ Episcopal Church, and founder of the Rhododendron Festival Concerts. He oversaw the installation of the magnificent Kegg pipe organ and acoustical renovations at Christ Church. He recently retired in December 2013. Merry Phillips is the current Organist and Music Director at Christ Episcopal Church. Both are members of the local chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
Please join us for this fun concert featuring four hands and four feet and a wide variety of music. Two performers for the price of one – and did we mention that it is free?!
For more information, call 707-442-1797
A Very Interesting “SUNDAYS AT 4″ Concert this Month
The “Sundays at 4″ concert this month will be on Sunday, July 27th, at 4:00 PM , and it will feature four hands and four feet playing keyboard instruments! The hands and feet belong to Merry Phillips and Doug Moorehead, in a concert of duets for organ and piano, organ and harpsichord, and organ and organ (both players playing the Kegg organ at the same time). You will enjoy hearing the former Christ Church Organist and the current Christ Church Organist playing at the same time: two for the price of one! Since this concert is free, your experience will be priceless!
The music selections are as varied as the performing situations. The program will include:
One movement of a Sonata in D minor for organ for four hands (and feet) by Gustav Merkel, who was a German composer in the late 19th century who wrote in a Bach style using the rich tone coloring of the 19th century; A duet for two organists on one keyboard by Gerre Hancock, who was the Choirmaster/Organist of St. Thomas Church in New York City for many years and just recently deceased; A Concerto for Two Organs by Antonio Soler, composed in the late 18th century near Madrid and reflecting Spanish traditions, and being played by Merry on the Kegg organ and Doug on his harpsichord; A mellow jazz piece entitled VISIONS, composed by Joe Utterback for piano and organ duet (Merry will do the piano part) and displaying a positively gorgeous melody; and finally THE STARS AND STRIPES FOREVER by John Philip Sousa, arranged for one organ 4 hands (and feet!).
We do hope that many of you will want to come and bring your friends to see how two people can manipulate their hands and feet at the organ all at the same time. The console will be visible for all to see from the nave, with harpsichord and piano adjacent. We think that everyone will truly enjoy the wide variety of music in this program.
The next Cinema Chat film will be Groundhog Day. As usual, Cinema Chat will be held on the second Saturday of the month (July 12th) at 6:00 PM in The Chapel of Our Merciful Savior on the corner of 15th and G Streets in Eureka. Description from Wikipedia:
Directed by Harold Ramis
Produced by Trevor Albert
Screenplay by Danny Rubin
Story by Danny Rubin
Starring Bill Murray
Music by George Fenton
Cinematography John Bailey
Edited by Pembroke J. Herring
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) February 12, 1993
Running time 101 minutes
Country United States
Budget $14.6 million
Box office $70,906,973
Groundhog Day is a 1993 American fantasy comedy film directed by Harold Ramis, starring Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, and Chris Elliott. It was written by Ramis and Danny Rubin, based on a story by Rubin.
Murray plays Phil Connors, an arrogant and egocentric Pittsburgh TV weatherman who, during an assignment covering the annual Groundhog Day event in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, finds himself in a time loop, repeating the same day again and again. After indulging in hedonism and numerous suicide attempts, he begins to re-examine his life and priorities.
In 2006, the film was added to the United States National Film Registry as being deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.
Additional Resources:With just a cursory search on the web, one can find a plethora of essays on Groundhog Day. He is a short list of some writing about the film’s philosophical side–in case any are interested in doing some extra research before the next Cinema Chat:
The July 2014 Chronicle is available now! Read below on Scribd:
Music & Arts Camp is coming!
Incoming 1st – 6th graders will celebrate “The Spark of Creation” morning day camp July 21-25. Pick up registration forms in the Heritage Room for the week-long free camp. Watch for our request in July for monetary donations toward daily snacks and the picnic lunch on the final day.