Christ Episcopal Church
Weekly E-News for December 3 , 2017 

Rector's Message

Dear Friends,
The season of Advent is a time of preparation for God's coming into the world. The kind of preparation that we do spiritually -- self-reflection, confession, prayer - presupposes that we often feel God's absence in the world.

Sunday Worship

Sunday, December 3, 2017

8am Service Booklet

Download Rev. Susan's sermon on
stewardship --and other sermons as well---
from our  sermon archive
Thank you for your pledge!

If you have not yet received a a  Stewardship Card, you may contact the office at 452-8220 to have one sent or you may pick one up at church this Sunday. 

If you have not yet turned your card in, please help us plan by turning it in as soon as possible. We have baskets at the front and back of the church; complete your card and put it in the offering plate, or return it to the parish office!!

FAQs about Stewardship

How much should I pledge? 
Many people pledge a portion of their income (a percentage) beginning at one percent and over years building to a tithe (or ten percent).  Through proportional giving, we recognize that gifts of different sizes represent different levels of sacrifice.

Why should I pledge t o Christ Church?
  • It helps the church know how much money we have in the coming year so that we can plan.
  • The church provides support for parishioners in times of crisis and joy 
  • The church provides opportunities for children, youth and adults to learn and grow in our faith
  • It allows the church buildings and grounds to be used as a neighborhood resource by many groups including Summer Camp, Our Lady of Guadalupe, AA, political parties, Grace Smith House, Backpacks and More

MessageContinueRector's Message Continued

Some of us struggle during this holiday time with personal loss and I know many of you know that the period of time between Thanksgiving and Christmas can be filled with memories that are both cherished and difficult. Our country, too, is in a period of great political turmoil and the stress of uncertainty and distrust is something that all Americans are struggling with to one degree or another.
In times such as these, we are reminded that our Bible is filled with stories of the family of Abraham and the nation of Israel calling out to God in periods of personal and national trauma. We believe that God's answer continues to be the gift of Jesus, or Emmanuel ("God is with us"). God's ongoing birth into our lives and communities is one of the central ideas of an incarnational understanding of faith.
But such a faith comes at a cost. We must constantly be willing to prepare ourselves for God's work in our lives. That comes through those same sacred and ancient practices: self-reflection, confession, and prayer.
The season of Advent at Christs Church will be marked by a different liturgical rhythm as it prepares for the Feast of the Incarnation.   A quieter beginning, a spoken psalm, a more solemn Eucharist all will aid in our very personal preparations for the hope of God's renewed presence in our lives and in our world. Please join me in this ancient and holy journey into the season of Advent.
            December 3 -Advent 1
Making of Advent Wreaths
10 a.m. Newton Community Room
           December 10 - Advent 2
Hot Breakfast & St. Nicholas Visit10 a.m. NCR
         December 17 - Advent 3             
Hanging of the Greens 4-6 p.m.
(Decorating the Church, Simple Supper, &Christmas Carols)
         December 24 - Advent 4             
Lessons & Carols 11 a.m.
Christmas Eve
5 p.m. Christmas Eve Concert and Orchestra
5:30 Christmas Eve Service
Christmas Day
10 a.m. Christmas Morning Service
(Kids come in your pjs, bring your favorite gift to share)



Schedule for 
1st Sunday of the Month

8 am Eucharis t Rite 1
9am Family Service Rite 2
9:45-10:45 Grab & Go Bistro open 
10am Intergenerational A ctivity
Wreath Making in NCR
(more details below)

11am Choral Eucharist Rite 2

Advent Wreath-Making
This Sunday 10am NCR

We welcome participation, 
even if you are not already signed up.

Greens and decorating materials are provided.
You may purchase wreath and/or candles, 
as needed, to take home with you. 

Many thanks to Marjorie Bliss for her 
leadership in this project.  
Fall Parish Directo ry

Get to know your church family!  If you have not yet picked up your copy of the Fall 2017 Parish Directory, please do so this Sunday. They will be available in the side chapel area.  Labels are affixed to  each copy. Please make sure you get the one with your own name!  An electronic version of the directory was sent out by email last month. 

Please see Rev. Susan if you wish to be included in the parish directory.  

Please contact the office to submit information updates or to request that your copy be sent by US mail.
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