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Dear Members and Friends of Christ Church,
Thanks to all those who generously helped organize the Burial Liturgy and celebration of life for Vernon Pooley, Jane Pooley's husband of 63 years. It was a beautiful gathering and a powerful liturgy of hope and promise that always leaves a deep impression on worshippers, especially those encountering the Episcopal Church for the first time.
I also want to extend our sincere thanks to all those who organized this year's annual giving stewardship program, including the recent New Consecration Sunday. Christ Church does a beautiful job of reminding us to stay focused on the spiritual dimension of our self offerings, by reflecting on what we are grateful for and how God might be inviting us to take another step in our journey of faith and service. The response to date has been quite a joyful and confident outpouring by so many, for which we give thanks to God from whom all things come! Of course it is not too late to respond and we always welcome your commitment at any time.
This coming Sunday is our second to last Sunday in the church year, after which comes Christ the King Sunday (when young Beckett Wiley will be baptized), after which we begin to enter a new church year with the season of Advent. On the hinge of the new church year, our readings continue the themes of the "coming Day of the Lord" and what it means to prepare for the Kingdom of God. As Paul says,
"...put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. For God has destined us not for wrath but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing..."
I hope you all will continue to come together and support one another in love as we keep awakening to the life that really is life! As we stay awake to the needs and hungers of our neighbors and colleagues, don't hesitate to invite them to Christ Church to "taste and see" for themselves that the Lord is good here! That's how we become an Inviting and Welcoming church!
Below you will find news and announcements about the week to come.
Connections this Week
Please note that the church office will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 27th and 28th in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.
The annual Advent Quiet Day will be held at Grace Episcopal Church on December 6th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for both Christ Church and Grace Church members. The programs have been planned by Daughter's of the King.
Coming Soon! Spiritual Journeys (Sponsored by the CEC Adult Forum). Come for lunch, stay for the stories. On December 7th, Lesley Fleming will speak on "Booze, Boys & the Episcopal Church." RSVPs are required so we can plan ahead for food. Please sign-up in the narthex. All meetings will begin at noon in the Undercroft.
Christmas Pageant rehearsal dates have been set. Rehearsals will be from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on December 6th, 13th and 20th. There will be a final dress rehearsal at 9:15 a.m. on Sunday, December 21st, the day of the pageant.
It's soup time again! The J2A youth will be selling soup this holiday season. We will be selling after the 5:30 p.m. service on December 6th and 13th and after both services on the 7th and 14th. Prices are $7 per jar or 3 for $20.
Due to the Christmas holidays, the December printed editions of Christ Church Connections will be published on the first and third Thursdays of December. Therefore, the deadline for submitting articles for the next newsletter is at noon, Tuesday, December 2nd.
There is still time to sign-up for Bell Ringing. This year Christ Church family and friends have the opportunity to participate in this Salvation Army fundraiser on Saturday, December 13th. Please sign-up in the narthex for a time that works best for you. For additional information please contact Dick Church.
To read the latest printed Christ Church Connections newsletter in full, point your arrow to What's Happening in the gold ribbon across the top of this page and click on CCC Newsletter.
For the latest Food Pantry News click here and scroll down to the Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry News.
Our Mission Statement at Christ Church
The Mission of Christ Episcopal Church is to experience and share God’s love by welcoming, empowering and serving in Christ’s name.
Our Vision Statement
Seeking Christ in ourselves, serving others in Christ.