This Sunday at Christ Church – 1/25/15

Canon Jim addresses the congregation

Sunday, January 25, 2015
The Third Sunday after the Epiphany

This is Annual Meeting Sunday. Because of this, we will have just ONE service at 9:00 a.m. with the annual meeting following. Childcare for children through third grade will continue through the meeting.

Our schedule:

9:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist Rite II
9:00 a.m. – Sunday School
10:30 a.m. – Annual Meeting

See you in church!

This Sunday at Christ Church – 1/18/15

epiphany_7594cSunday, January 18, 2015
The Second Sunday after the Epiphany

This week we’re welcoming our newcomers with special receptions after both services! We understand that a traditional Anglican Epiphany Cake has been made for the occasion and we look forward to celebrating!

Our schedule this Sunday:

8:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist Rite I
9:00 a.m. – Coffee & Fellowship – Newcomers Celebration
9:00 a.m. – Choir Rehearsal
9:10 a.m. – Adult Forum
9:30 a.m. – Youth Choir Rehearsal
10:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist Rite II
10:00 a.m. – Sunday School
11:15 a.m. – Coffee & Fellowship – Newcomers Celebration
11:45 a.m. – The Third Service

This Sunday at Christ Church – 1/11/15

epiphany_7594cSunday, January 11, 2015
The First Sunday after the Epiphany

We are officially back into the swing of things for the new year this Sunday and everything is full speed ahead! Sunday School starts up again and children in grades 1-5 will participate in their own Children’s Eucharist. Meanwhile, at the 10:00 service there will be baptisms. Don’t forget about “The Third Service” at 11:45 a.m. and Choral Evensong at 6:30 p.m.! As always, all are welcome!

Our schedule:

8:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist Rite I
9:00 a.m. – Coffee & Fellowship
9:00 a.m. – Choir Rehearsal
9:10 a.m. – Adult Forum
9:30 a.m. – Youth Choir Rehearsal
10:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist & Baptism Rite II
10:00 a.m. – Sunday School
11:15 a.m. – Coffee & Fellowship
11:45 a.m. – The Third Service
6:30 p.m. – Choral Evensong

Looking ahead to the next two Sundays:

On January 18th we will celebrate “Newcomers Sunday” after both services to welcome those who have recently joined our parish. The celebration will include a traditional Anglican Epiphany Cake. (See our poster on our Facebook page!)

Then on January 25th – being the last Sunday of January – is our Annual Meeting. There will be just ONE service at 9:00 a.m. that day with Sunday School in session at the same time. That will be followed by the meeting at approximately 10:30 a.m.

This Sunday at Christ Church – 1/4/15

christmas at christ church - draft 1Sunday, January 4, 2015
The Second Sunday after Christmas Day/The Eleventh Day of Christmas

Happy New Year! It’s still Christmas though and this Sunday we ease back into the swing of things… well for the most part. There is no Sunday School for children and youth this Sunday, that will resume on January 11. However, this Sunday evening, it’s the monthly meeting of Frank Theology – a discussion of theology, faith, culture, science and more over a glass of wine or beer with Father Charlie. That starts at 6:00 p.m.

Our schedule this week:

8:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist Rite I
9:00 a.m. – Coffee & Fellowship
9:00 a.m. – Choir Rehearsal
9:10 a.m. – Adult Forum
10:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist Rite II
11:15 a.m. – Coffee & Fellowship
6:00 p.m. – Frank Theology

See you in church!

Merry Christmas!

christmas at christ church - draft 1Our Christmas Eve services

5:00 p.m. – Family Festival Eucharist
9:30 p.m. – Choral Prelude
10:00 p.m. – Choral Festival Eucharist

Our Christmas Day Service

10:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist RiteII

Merry Christmas!

Advent Calendar of Christmas Blessings and Memories

FOURTHEditedI‘ve had a really hard time trying to write this Advent/Christmas article. I wondered what miracles I had experienced during this time in the past. So I tried to remember when I was a child or at least younger than I am now. One thing really stuck in my mind and kept coming back to me…CHRISTMAS EVE. My family always went to church late that night. For many years, my brother sang in the choir…my mom, dad, and I were always in the congregation. At midnight when it actually became Christmas Day, my dad would look over at me, smile, and say, “Merry Christmas, sweetie”…the first one to say it to me each year! My dad was my hero…and it would always make me feel all warm inside! After the service was over, we would exchange greetings with the rest of the congregation…and then go outside to start for home. And it would ALWAYS be snowing…even if there was no prediction for a white Christmas. I guess I connected my dad and the snow and that warm feeling…and as I look back, that was MY Christmas miracle. My dad died when I was only 20 years old…but Christmas Eve always brings back that wonderful memory of him.

Joan D.

Advent Calendar of Christmas Blessings and Memories

FOURTHEditedMy dad loved life in all its glory. Especially, nature. He was endlessly amazed at the beauty of the world around him and never tired of watching a cardinal or two invite themselves into my parents’ yard.  He loved everything about the cardinal—the bright color, the melodic tones of his song and the majestic way it held its head.  Luckily I have always felt that same love of nature.

One early afternoon, some time after my dad’s death, thoughts of him again resurfaced.  Lew was in his office quite preoccupied and I walked over to the window that overlooks  our back yard. It had snowed the night before, but only just enough to tip the tall pines giving a wonderful contrast against the deep green of the trees. I shouted out to Lew and said, “You know….it’s so perfect out there, it looks just like a postcard.  All it really needs is a big, red cardinal to make it complete. “  So, I stood by that window and I searched (secretly hoping to see the finishing touch). And I looked. To the right. To the left. Up toward the sky….straight ahead. Nothing. Not one bird. Not one cardinal in sight. Not today, I thought.

As I started to turn and walk away, I took a quick last peek. And there it was. Smack dab in front of me—sitting as still as could be and perched on the pine tree branch as if it had been there all along.

At that moment I knew. The power of the Holy Spirit had sent that message to a daughter with love from her dad.

Laraine D.

Advent Calendar of Christmas Blessings and Memories

FOURTHEdited“For the smell of artificial snow sprayed on Christmas trees….

For the excitement of preparing and participating in Christmas concerts…

For lights and decorations all around, for manger scenes of the first Christmas long ago…

For memories of a childhood barber shop with snow covered scenes of Greenland(!) on the wall.

For the love of family, the closeness of friends…for a world catching its breath and resting in God’s grace and love.”

Anonymous

Advent Calendar of Christmas Blessings and Memories

FOURTHEditedI never thought it was fair to lose anyone – let alone a parent – at Christmastime. Ironically, my mom died on December 21, 1997 – a Sunday, just like it is this year. I was not mad that my mother left us. She had been ill for several months and it hurt more to see her suffer knowing she wouldn’t recover. Still though, I felt sure that my favorite time of year was ruined.

That afternoon I called some friends to inform them of my mom’s passing, one of them said, “I am very sorry for your loss. Listen, you may not want to hear this but I think your mom left us at one of the most beautiful times of the year. You may not think so right now, but I’m sure you’ll see what I mean.”

Two days after her death we gathered for her memorial service and burial. The nave and chancel were beautifully decorated for Christmas. The lights on the tree and the candles on the altar made the atmosphere bright and cheerful – just the way she would have liked it. Many, many people came to the service despite the busy time of year – including the aforementioned friend who reiterated what he had told me on the phone. There was much love and warmth before, during, and after the service that day.

As it turned out my friend was right. Friends gathered around my family and me and the Christmas (and other) celebrations went on as scheduled. In other words, there was plenty of distraction to keep my focus off the death of my mother for a while. But it wasn’t just the friends and pretty lights that kept me distracted, it was the celebration of the birth of our Savior – the best distraction there is!

Eric O.

 

Eric O.

This Sunday at Christ Church – 12/21/14

fourth_5429cSunday, December 21, 2014
The Fourth Sunday of Advent

Looks like we made it! We’re at the Fourth Sunday of Advent and it’s just about time for Christmas. This Sunday reflects that as the children put on the annual Christmas Pageant during the 10:00 service. Following the 10:00 service we will decorate the church for the festivities later in the week! Here is our schedule for Sunday as well as Christmas…

Sunday, December 21

8:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist Rite I
9:00 a.m. – Coffee & Fellowship
9:00 a.m. – Choir Rehearsal
9:30 a.m. – Pageant Prep
10:00 a.m. – Children’s Christmas Pageant & Holy Eucharist Rite II
11:15 a.m. – Hanging of the Greens and Decorating
11:45 a.m. – The Third Service

Wednesday, December 24 – Christmas Eve

5:00 p.m. – Family Festival Eucharist
9:30 p.m. – Choral Prelude
10:00 p.m. – Choral Festival Eucharist

Note new times!

Thursday, December 25 – Christmas Day

10:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist Rite II

See you in church!