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 Holy Week at Christ Church

Monday, March 30th at 7:00 p.m.—Walking the Labyrinth (a guided meditation Taizé service)


Tuesday, March 31st at 7:00 p.m.—Tenebrae Service


Thursday, April 2nd at 6:00 p.m.—Maundy Thursday Supper and Service (RSVP required)

Join us in Gundrum Parlor for supper and the origin of communion as the Apostles reflect on their Last Supper experience with Jesus and question about who might betray Him, followed by His mandate to love and serve others with the ritual foot washing and solemn stripping the altar in the sanctuary on the eve of Good Friday. Please RSVP soon for this event to insure that adequate food and seating is available. Sign up in the narthex or call the church office to make a reservation.


Friday, April 3rd at 12:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Good Friday services, with solemn meditation on the cross and communion from reserve sacrament, including hymns and a Messiah solo at the evening service.


Sunday, April 5th at 6:30 am – The Great Vigil of Easter. This is an ancient liturgy combining light and lessons that tell the story of salvation history in a remarkably powerful way setting the stage for our Christian Passover that leads us from death to life with Christ through fire, light, word, and eventually water, bread and wine in the 9 a.m. Eucharist to follow. Combined with the 9 a.m. service, this is without a doubt the most powerful liturgy of the church year!


Sunday, April 5th at 8:00 a.m. – Easter breakfast served to those attending both Easter services along with those arriving early for the 9 a.m. Eucharist.


Sunday, April 5th at 9:00 a.m. – Easter Holy Eucharist. This service resumes with the joyful proclamation that the previous service ended with: “Alleluia, Christ is Risen! The Lord is Risen Indeed!” This full choral liturgy is replete with joyful hymns, the resurrection gospel story, a rousing sermon, baptisms and the renewal of our baptismal vows (together with the aspirging of the people with baptismal water), and a resurrection Eucharistic feast like no other. This Easter will be a day to remember!


Sunday, April 5th immediately following the 9:00 am service - Easter Egg Hunt. Kids and “kids at heart” are invited to join the hunt after the Easter worship service. Have a great time watching the kids scramble for eggs and cheer them on!


Connections This Week

Time to order books for How Jesus Became God class: Starting April 12th, the Rev. Randy Lyle will be teaching a course in the Adult Forum based on Bart Ehrman's book How Jesus Became God. In this book, Ehrman reveals how Jesus’s divinity became dogma in the first few centuries of the early church. The class will meet at 9:15 a.m. in the library on Sundays from April 12th through May 17th.


Each attendee will be responsible for procuring her or his own copy of the book before the class begins. You may get a copy however you wish. At present it is available only in hardback from Amazon for $21.61 new or used for $16.14 and up. There are a variety of electronic versions, including Kindle ($13.99), Google Play ($13.99),  and Kobo ($15.99). The paperback version of the book ($11.99) will be available starting April 7, according to the Amazon.com website.


For information about the class, please contact Adult Forum Chairperson Charles Crawley.


A Celebration!
We will gather together in the parlor this Sunday, March 29th immediately following the 10:30 a.m. worship service to say farewell to long time parishioner, Donna Wagoner.  It is with great joy for Donna that we wish her the very best as she moves to the State of Washington to live near her son and family.  She will certainly be missed by many.  We will publish a forwarding address when Donna gets settled in her new home. 

Contributions are being accepted for a garden bench that will be placed in the church flower garden as a tribute to both Donna and Howard Wagoner.  If you would like to make a donation, please make checks payable to Christ Church and put "gift for Donna" on the memo line of your check.

Thank you Donna for your many hours of service to Christ Episcopal Church.


An Open Invitation to All in the community. The Labyrinth “Walking to the Cross” will be available in the Christ Episcopal Church Parish Hall/Undercroft from Sunday, March 22nd through Easter Day, April 5th. Self-guided booklets will be available and the Labyrinth will be open for walking and private or group meditation whenever the church is open (Monday – Friday 9 AM to 3:30 PM) and during weekend services. A Taizé music service at the Labyrinth will be offered on Monday, March 30th at 7 PM. If your group would like to experience the Labyrinth outside of normal business hours, please contact Judy Welch (319) 721-9776 or judy-welch@uiowa(dot)edu to make arrangements.


Why is all that toilet paper in Nurse Judy’s office?

Because the Mary Magdalene Chapter of the Daughters of the King is “Rolling Into Lent!” with a Toilet Paper Roll challenge. We are challenging other groups at Christ Church to “Roll” with us during Lent .

Please keep toilet rolls in your area until the end of Lent. They will then be collected and taken to the Loaves and Fishes food pantry.


The deadline for submitting articles for the next newsletter is at noon, Tuesday, April 7th.

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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.

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