Christ Episcopal Church
Weekly E-News for November 19 , 2017 

Rector's Message

Dear Friends,
I can hardly believe that this September marked my second anniversary at Christ Church as your rector or that almost exactly a year ago, The Most Rev. Michael Curry, the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, was with us to celebrate the 250th anniversary of our founding. Where has the time gone?

Sunday Worship

Sunday, November 19, 2017

8am Service Booklet

Download Rev. Susan's sermon on
stewardship --and other sermons as well---
from our  sermon archive
How to Pledge at Christ Episcopal
  • Come to Church this Sunday (or call the church office if you need your card mailed to you). We will be passing out stewardship cards at each service on Sunday morning, November 12th.
  • Turn your Card In. We will have baskets at the front and back of the church, you can complete your card and put it in the offering plate, or you can return your card to the parish office!!
  • That's it! 
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 to 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

When I think about the last two years, I am amazed by all the friends that come and gone. We have said goodbye to some long-time members of the church as we have welcomed new friends that have quickly grown into leadership in our community. The vestry, flower guild, altar guild, ushers and greeters, and committees have all benefitted from the new membership in the church.
When I think about incorporating so many into our community in a relatively short period of time, it is clear to me that that we need to emphasize two things to make sure that we continue to quickly welcome and utilize our newest members.
The first is the importance of the stewardship card. New members, especially, need to fill out the time and talent portion of the stewardship card so that we can quickly identify where newcomers feel called to offer their gifts at Christs Church. The leaders of these ministries can then incorporate their talents into the rich and rewarding ministries of the church.
The second emphasis must be on fellowship. I know that this has been identified as a challenge, especially after the 11 a.m. service. The time between 9:45 and 10:45 a.m. offers a time for fellowship and education between the services. In addition, the library has become host to coffee and conversation after the 11 a.m. service thanks to the faithful gesture of a few church members.
Please be mindful of the importance of continuing our long-term practice of radical hospitality and welcome at Christ Church. I know that the temptation to greet those with whom you are most familiar is ever present but the blessing of having newcomers with us is a gift that most churches do not have. We are blessed by their presence with us.
What a rich and rewarding time this last two years has been! Catherine and I are thankful every day for the opportunity to be a part of the Christ Church community. Thank you for blessing us so richly, we look forward to many more years of ministry with you all.


Cappella Festiva  
Treble Choir Concert
Saturday November 18 at 7:00pm

Schedule for 
3rd Sunday of the Month

8am Eucharist Rite 1
9am Family Service Rite 2
10am Education for All

11am Choral Eucharist Rite 2


Cranberry Sunday is Nov 19!
Decorating day, Saturday, Nov. 18  
Welcome all ages! 
Come to the NCR  from 10am to 12pm to decorate containers of cranberry relish.   
Cranberry Sunday Nov. 19   
Each pretty container is $7.   
  We are also selling apple pie  
and pumpkin pie for $12.                                                            
Sale is 9am to 10:50 am.   
All proceeds benefit the little angel window!   
Fall Parish Directo ry

Copies of the Fall 2017 Parish Directory continue to be available after each service this Sunday.   Labels are affixed to  each copy. Please make sure you get the one that belongs to you!  

Thanks to the Communications Committee and extra volunteers who oversaw this project to its completion.  

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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