Christ Episcopal Church
Weekly E-News for July 16 , 2017 


Rector's Message

Dear Friends,
Christ Church's Summer Camp has been going strong for over 50 years.  I know many of you have been involved, in one capacity or another, in making the camp so strong, safe and successful.  Some of you have driven buses, helped out in the classroom, served on the Summer Camp Committee, and others of you have given generous gifts over the years to sustain the program.
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Sunday, July 16, 2017 8am and 10am

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This year is Bill DeFino's second year as the Executive Summer Camp director.  Billy is a teacher in the New Paltz school district and has had years of camp and coaching experience.  Bill brings a tremendous energy and commitment to our summer camp.  He is a positive person and is experienced in working with kids.  It has been wonderful to see him working with the staff in terms of development and we are a richer program for his leadership.  Bill has hired a new Assistant Director, Jonathan McPhee.  Jonathan was a senior counselor last year and impressed us all with his thoughtfulness and wisdom in working with the kids.  Jonathan is a member of Beulah Baptist Church and a recent graduate of Howard University School of Divinity.
It is hard to estimate exactly how profound an impact our summer camp has had and continues to have over the leadership in the City of Poughkeepsie.  Natasha Cherry, president of the common council and Dave Scott, the principal of Clinton Elementary School are both examples of leaders in the City with connections to the camp.  It is hard not to remember the quote from Confucious:   "If your plan is for one year plant rice. If your plan is for ten years plant trees. If your plan is for one hundred years educate children." Here at Christ Church, we have the benefit of a long history in the City of Poughkeepsie and the privilege of preparing the next generations for leadership. Our summer camp is a part of that commitment to social justice and I am so proud that we continue that legacy.


Summer Camp Welcomes Volunteers.
If you would like to lend a hand these are some specific opportunities:
  • Share a personal talent or interest with a small group or whole camp.
  • Drive a rented minivan or 12-passenger van to a local venue, e.g. Walkway, Vassar Farm, Locust Grove, a farm, a zoo, Spratt Park.
  • Sit in air-conditioned camp office and monitor the phone on Mondays and Wednesdays when camp is at swimming 1:30 to 3:45 p.m.   
  • Help with food on Field Day (outside): 
  • Help with food and logistics at Grand Finale and Party on eve of August 11 (last day at 6 p.m.)
  • Take camp photographs?
  • Chaperone trips as needed
  • Something else you have in mind?
  • Join the Summer Camp Committee?
Finally, we are always in the market for well-used Legos, board games with all the pieces (chess?), fruit, popsicles and other treats enough for 60 children. 
Thank you.  All are invited to the Grand Finale on the last day of Camp, August 11, in the Nave and following in the Community Room for punch and cake, starting at 6 p.m.


Martin Luther, the Idea that  
Changed the World
On Saturday July 15 First Lutheran and St. John's Lutheran will present the movie, Martin Luther, the Idea that Changed the World in the St. John's Fellowship Hall.  Martin Luther triggered a seismic upheaval that rocked the western world in the 1500s-with an impact that continues to reverberate to this day. This film tells the great adventure story of his life.  At the same time, it examines his quest for truth-questions we all must face-including "Who am I?" "What is my purpose" and "How do I get right with God?"
There will be a potluck at 6pm  
(please bring dish to share),
followed by the movie at 7pm.
This event is hosted by First Lutheran Church and St. John's Lutheran Church and we invite the community to join us in watching this powerful work that makes the Reformation come alive! 
Location: St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church -55 Wilbur Blvd Poughkeepsie, NY 12604


Orvieto Trio:  
Violin, Cello, Piano

Saturday, July 22 at 7:30pm
Christ Church Poughkeepsie
Tickets at the door:
 $10; students free
Early 20th Century Spain and Tango Music from Argentina
Turina - Piano Trio No. 1
Piazzolla - Quatro Estaciones
including works by Bridge, Ennio Morricone, and Mendelssohn

The Christ Church Fellowship Committee is looking for help this summer to plan and coordinate two parish events. Our committee is stretched thin and we have no one in our ranks who can take on these events, so we are hoping that someone will step up and assist us in offering these activities for the congregation.
The two events that we need help with are as follows:
Baseball outing: Coordinate a parish outing to a Hudson Valley Renegades game -- select a date, publicize the event and make sure that everyone has a good time.
Visit to the New York Botanical Gardens : Select a date, coordinate tickets and transportation. Maybe coordinate with another group in the city -- Many people want to see the Chihuly exhibit currently at the Gardens.
If you would like to help out on either of these events, please contact either Burt Morgan or  
Bill Riggs
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