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Welcome to Christ Church

True faith means holding nothing back. It means putting every hope in God's fidelity to His Promises.”   ―Francis Chan

For a printable pdf of the Christ Church Connections newsletter click here.

To see the movie of Christ Church activities that was played at the annual meeting click on: http://youtu.be/o5wNTDisLQg

What’s Happening This Weekend

Four on One Wrestling Matches?
If you learned from the competition of Lent Madness in Adult Formation, the debates will continue with Paul taking on 4 other writers of the Epistle letters, James, Peter, John and Jude.  How do their messages agree or differ?  Plan on joining our conversations for Sundays, April 27th to May 18 at 9:15 in the library.


Community Events


Celtic fest

Celtic Fest*, a traditional Scottish party celebrating our relationship with the Diocese of Brechin, is being held this year on Saturday, April 26th at the Old Brick in Iowa City. Social time starts at 5:00 p.m., followed by dinner, Piping, Step Dancing by the Irish Champagne Dancers, and music by the Beggermen. Whether it’s the keg and pub finger food, traditional Scottish meal or live Irish folk music that calls your name, you can reserve a seat by purchasing a ticket in advance, either in the narthex after services, or in the Church office during the week. Tickets are $10 per person or $25 for a family before April 22nd, or $15 per person and $35 for a family after. Children are welcome at this party! See Judy Schillinger or Paula Sanchini for more information.
*This event is brought to you by the churches of the Three Rivers Chapter


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.

What's Happening Today?

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Is your committee meeting missing? Please phone the office! (363-2029)

Rector Martha RogersPastor's Study

Happy Easter!  Yes, it’s still Easter…..the season of Eastertide lasts 50 days from Easter Day until the day we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit, Pentecost Weekend.  This is the happiest time of the Christian year for during this time above all others, we celebrate that death has no victory and that Christ is risen and his presence is among us, with us, forever. 
I want to share this Easter reflection with you. J. Rupp writes “Slow Greening” in her book OUT OF THE ORDINARY:  “I remember many springtimes when I’d awaken in the morning, look out the window, and zap, there this green grass would be.  Robust, vibrant grass.  It seemed like it was an overnight kind of thing, brown one day and bright green the next.  This greening always came in the springtimes when we had drenching rains.  One year, however, we had very little rain and many more cold days than usual.  Each day I looked with hope, expecting to find fresh green pushing its way through the drab wintered spears of dryness.  But each day I saw, instead, the same dull color before me.
Then I looked closely, however, I could perceive little hints of new life and a slight changing in the color of the lawn.  I could almost feel the earth straining, trying to draw forth new life from within it.  I knew the green would come again, that it would just be a matter of time before warmth and moisture provided the right conditions for change and growth.  Eventually, the green did return, but not until I had waited a long time for rain to come and drench the land.
This process of the earth’s greening after a long winter reminds me of our spiritual “eastering,” the inner transformation and rebirthing that comes after we’ve had a long winter spell of the spirit.  The dead, brown grass is there for eons in our hearts, or so it seems.  No amount of hurry, or push, or desire can make the green happen any sooner.
I think of people I know who are longing for an inner greening, and are yet in the throes of a spiritual winter:  a widow whose husband recently died at a much too early age; a m an who is struggling with a new career in midlife and fears his ability to cope with the challenges it requires; the friend whose husband has applied for work far from home and the painful questions it leaves her about what she will do with her own career and friends; a colleague who fell into a deep, clinical depression and struggles to live through each day with meager energy.  Each one needs an “eastering,” a bright greening, and oh, how they long for it to come soon.
But it may be a painstakingly slow process, a tiny bit of life gradually weaving through the pain and questions.  Eastering isn’t always a quick step out of the tomb.  Sometimes rising from the dead takes a long, slowly-greening time.  It can’t be hurried.
It is my hope for you this Easter season that you will trust the resurrection of your spirit, believe that joy and new life will come for you, even though it may not be there for you now.  If you are one of the fortunate ones whose soul sings with happy alleluias this Easter, may you turn often to those who are still awaiting their greening and walk hopefully with them.”

Vestry Members
Sr. Warden Mary-Jo Lee, Jr. Warden Jerry Davenport, Doug Anderson, Herm Reininga, Anne Salamon, Eric Fleming, Trish Varnum, Peter Sorenson, Karen Parker