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April 10, 2018
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What's Up with the Episcopal Church?
Why's an Episcopalian like a diary farmer?*
Are you new to the Episcopal Church or Christ Church and interested in knowing more? Plan to attend this Sunday and have your burning questions answered.*

Happenings This Week    
It's Time to Celebrate
April Happy Hour
Let's get together!
Friday the 13th---- not scary at all! The Planned Giving Committee invites one and all to a Friday the Thirteenth Happy Hour to celebrate 13 reasons for legacy gifts to Christ Church. Yummy appetizers and beverages provided from 4:00- 6:00 p.m. at the Rectory (626 Pomona) this Friday, April 13. A donation of $20 is requested to establish or to contribute to a Christ Church Individual Endowment Fund (IEF).

Sunday Forums
Sunday Adult Forums - 9:00 a.m.
Begins this Sunday
Interested in learning more about the Episcopal church, need a refresher course on what being an Episcopalian is all about? When was the Episcopal Church founded?  Who is welcome at communion?  Do I have to kneel? 

Join us April 15, 22, May 6 and 13 for Christ Church 101 - The What, When, Why and How of being an Episcopalian. This informative series will answer all of your burning Episcopal questions and prepare you for Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori's visit here on June 3rd. 

It's a Sneak Peek at Kindergarten
CCDS opens the door to YOU...
Junior and Senior Kindergarten offered at CCDS
Learning and fun are priorities in our Junior and Senior Kindergarten classes, and you have the chance to spend some time there!  On Wednesday, April 11 Christ Church Day School will open its doors for prospective students and their families to peek into this wonderful experience we offer our youngest students.  The tour will begin at  1:00 p.m.  and visit both classrooms, the campus library, and enjoy some snacks before finishing at  2:00 p.m .

Come explore CCDS at the  Kinder Sneak Peek - hop e to see you then! For more information about Christ Church Day School and fall admissions, visit their website.

Newcomer's Luncheon
If you're new, you're invited!
If you're new (or fairly new) to Christ Church you are invited to a luncheon hosted by Anne and Dixon Bridgers at their home, 626 Pomona Avenue, Sunday, April 15 at 11:30 a.m. This is a great opportunity to get to know fellow parishioners and learn more about Christ Church. Please RSVP to the parish office by email or call 619-435-4561.

Youth and Families
Around the World in 63 Days
Mission trip fundraiser
They're off to Guatemala!
Remember how much fun we had at the Hoedown last year raising money to send the diocesan youth off to Mexico? Well, this year they've set their sights on Guatemala!

Our Christ Church event is one of several across the diocese   supporting the youth as they raise funds for their Mission Trip to Guatemala This fun-filled evening will feature food from five different countries, music, dancing, a silent auction, and a photo booth. This adventure takes off Saturday, April 21 from Christ Church at 5:00 p.m. An adult "boarding pass" is $50; junior pass (3-13) is $20 - all proceeds go to the youth.

Walking with Angels
Middle School Mission Trip
Summer mission trip
middle school youth
This summer diocesan middle school youth (entering 7th and exiting 9th grade) will participate in a mission trip in downtown Los Angeles, July 11-14.

Living firsthand among the sights, sounds, smells, and textures of urban life is an irreplaceable experience. Together we will learn about a city populated by the poor, marginalized, and too often invisible people. Our work will include food preparation, food service, clothing sorting, meal distribution, and more. We will be integrated into a variety of hands-on ministry opportunities to ensure that your time is spent supplying substantive help in Downtown Los Angeles. You will walk with angels.

Tour logistics are being coordinated with City Service Mission (CSM). CSM has been providing services in cities around the US for over 30 years. Their experience guarantees a comprehensive, safe, and productive short-term mission trip.

The application process for this trip is now open. Click here for details and to apply. Applications will close on April 23.

Parish News
It's Flower Time
April Showers bring May Flowers
white-callalilies.jpg Flowers are an important part of spring - in your garden, at the Flower Show and in church. Donating Sunday flowers is a lovely way to remember a loved one or give thanksgiving for a significant date or event. It could be a birthday, an anniversary or a graduation or any other date that is significant to you. It's easy to do; either submit your request online or contact the parish office and let us know what date you would like and who you are memorializing or giving thanks for. We'll take care of it from there.
Baptisms on Pentecost
People of all ages welcome
baptism water
The sacrament of beginnings
If you or a member of your family is interested in being baptized, May 20 is the next special feast day on which we celebrate baptisms.  Baptism is initiation. When you are baptized, it means that you belong to something. It is your entry into belonging to the community of the church through a ritual immersion in water and the invocation of the Trinity. Baptism marks the beginning of the Christian life by water and the Holy Spirit. For more information, contact the parish office by email or call (619) 435-4561.

Outreach/Service Ministry
Viva Vida Joven
Cinco de Mayo - May 5
Mexican fiesta
Did you know that a gift of $35 provides one day of nutritious food to all the Vida Joven kids. Every day at the orphanage, the children eat three big meals and two snacks.

There are so many ways to support
Vida Joven de Mexico, a loving orphanage for children in nearby Tijuana.  One easy, fun and delicious way is to attend our  annual Mexican fiesta on Saturday, May 5  which benefits the amazing work done at Vida Joven.  Tickets are just $10 and include a delicious Mexican meal; margaritas will be available for an extra donation. 

Tickets will be on sale  in the courtyard the following Sundays after both services:  April 15, April 22, April 29.  This year we're holding the fiesta outside in our beautiful courtyard so there's lots of room for everyone. Invite your friends!

St. Mark's Neighborhood Food Pantry
Weekly collection
Bring cereals this week!
St. Mark's SPECIAL REQUEST this week - Granola bars, Cereal and Oatmeal (low sugar)

Our support of the food pantry in City Heights is a year-round ministry. You may bring your donations to church on Sunday or drop them by the parish office during the week. 

Basic non-perishable items are always needed:  canned vegetables, beans (canned and dried, but not green), canned fruit, canned protein, pasta sauce, canned tomatoes, peanut butter and jelly, cereals, oatmeal, rice, canned soups, pastas, chili, cooking oil, and single serving items for their homeless visitors.

Weekly Goings On
Yoga at Christ Church
Tuesday evenings - 5:00 p.m.
Relax and relieve stress
The Christ Church yoga group meets for Tuesday evening yoga practice weekly at 5:00 p.m. in Hinde Hall, with instructor Dee Sloan. Bring your mat, blocks, blanket (whatever you use) and a $5 donation. Invite a friend or neighbor who might enjoy this practice. The hour class is relatively simple and is a perfect start to a restful, relaxing evening.

Weekly Bible Study
Three opportunities
Find a time and group that works for you!
Three times a week we gather to feast on the Word of the Lord through bible study in community. 

Monday Morning Bible Study
8:00 a.m. Hinde Hall Library 
All are welcome to join this weekly group as they follow the outline of the Good Book Club studying the Gospel of Luke.

Tuesday Morning Men's Bible Study 
6:30 a.m. Hinde Hall - Tuesday morning Men's Bible Study meets at 6:30 a.m. to study the scriptures for the upcoming Sunday. All men are invited for coffee and lively conversation.

Thursday Morning Bible Study
11:00 a.m. Rector's office -  Join us as we spend time with the upcoming Sunday's scriptures. Enjoy enriching conversation and one another's company as we prepare our hearts and minds for Sunday worship.

The Diocese and Beyond
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Camp Stevens
Your adventures await at 
Camp Stevens
It's time to register for a summer program at Camp Stevens. There are programs for children, families and adults. There are six Summer Camp sessions beginning July 1. Wilderness Adventures which include sea kayaking, rock climbing and more begin June24. Why not spend your Memorial Day weekend at Camp Stevens at the family camp on May 26-28. There are so many more activities to choose from. Go to the Camp Stevens website for more information and to enroll.

Seas the Day!
Amazing Journey Gala
The 2018 Amazing Journey Gala, for Refugee Net, is Saturday, May 12, only a month away. This elegant evening will include music, dinner, silent and live auctions. Your support enabls RefugeeNet to provide services and programs to assist new Americans with jobs, household setup, language skills, and much more. Dinner will be either roasted chicken or roasted carrot risotto (vegetarian). Tickets are $125 per person. Please register by May 5 If you have questions contact  Polly Morelli ( 619-838-2965).

What's Happening...

Mark Your Calendar 
April 15
Christ Church 101
Newcomer's Luncheon

April 21

April 22
Christ Church 101

April 25
Vestry Meeting

May 5
Vida Joven Cinco de Mayo

May 6
Christ Church 101

May 12
RefugeeNet Gala

May 20
Pentecost Picnic

Serving This Sunday...
8:00 -  John O'Brien
10:00 - Claire Hurd, Karen Ray Nelson

Chalice Bearers
8:00 - John O'Brien, Susie Heap
10:00 - Chuck Howe, Jo Hunsaker

8:00 - Dixon Bridgers

8:00 - Susie Heap
10:00 - R.G. Head, Carole Hoover

8:00 - Dixon Bridgers, Marty McCullough
10:00 - R.G. Head, Chris Ellinger

8:00 - Susy Patterson
10:00 - Bonnie Van Vugt

Welcome Center 
Bob Koop

Sunday School
Kristen Clark, Kristina Clark, Katie Larratt, Matt Rich

Harper Stanley

David Brummitt, Bill Cook, Cindy Elledge

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