January, 2018
Join us for breakfast on Sunday, January 7th, 8:45 - 9:30 a.m.!
Welcome a Visitor from the Diocese of Panama
Diocese of Panama member Jackeline Kelly will be joining us frequently throughout the next two months as she studies English at New York's Hunter College in preparation for an MBA program. Several generous Christ Church parishioners have sponsored her education. Jackline will be residing in the Hoboken home of parishioner Walter Kiechel while she completes her coursework. Be sure to give Jackeline a warm welcome!
Annual Diocesan Convention this Month
The 144th Annual Diocesan Convention will be held Friday, January 26th & Saturday, January 27th . This years' theme, " Stories from the Journey - Joining God in Shaping Our Future ," will address the findings from the past year's exploration. Find out more at www.dioceseofnewark.org . 
Episcopal Church Women News
The Episcopal Church Women (ECW) will meet on Thursday, January 18th at 11:45 a.m. in the church parlor for the regular meeting and potluck luncheon.

Save the date for the annual Spring Retreat, Saturday, March 10th, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., at the Sacred Heart Retreat Center. All are welcome!

For more information, contact Diana Greene, dianatgreene@gmail.com.
Christian Education Update
Journey (Christ Church Youth Group)
Journey, the Christ Church Youth Group for students in grades 7—12, will meet in the Undercroft on Sundays, January 14—28, from 9:00—9:50 a.m . For more information, contact Randy Parks at Randolph.parks@atlantichealth.org .

A snow tubing trip for all is currently being planned - stay tuned!
 
Sunday School for Children in Preschool - Sixth Grade
Sunday School will resume on January 14th at 9:00 a.m. Contact Susie Mittelstadt, susan@njworks.com, with questions.
Blanketeers Update
The Christ Church Blanketeers will meet on Saturday, January 13th, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the church parlor. Those who like to crochet, knit, quilt, applique, or just give moral support are invited to attend. Bring a bagged lunch; tools and supplies are provided and community service credits are available. Yarn donations are appreciated.

The group is now making pillowcases for Ryan's Case for Smiles, and is need of new or used sewing machines! Free knitting and crochet workshops, along with support for personal sewing projects, are provided at each meeting. Group projects are also available.

The Christ Church Blanketeers had a banner year in 2017, creating hundreds of items including 143 blankets, 32 pillowcases, 17 hats, 2 shawls, 3 pairs of slippers and 1 scarf!

The items have been donated to the following organizations: Ginnie's House, Father John's, Birth Haven, Homestead Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, Liberty Towers, Newton Medical Center, Morristown Medical Center, Pathways to Prosperity, Ryan's Case for Smiles, and World Visions Knit for Kids.

For more information, contact Karrie Miller at the church office, 973-383-2245 or Dawn Charlton at dlc.charlton@yahoo.com.
Manna House Volunteers Needed
Volunteers are welcomed and needed to prepare and serve the free lunch provided to approximately 60 people per day at the Manna House program offered at the First Presbyterian Church in Newton (54 High Street). Volunteer servers from Christ Church are needed on the fourth Wednesday of each month, from 9:50 a.m.—12:50 p.m.; the next date is January 24th.  

A spaghetti dinner to raise funds for Manna House will be held at the First Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, January 16th, 5:00—6:30 p.m . Tickets for adults are $5.00; children ages 5—12, $3.00. Children under the age of three are free. For information about either Manna House activity, contact Laura Booker at 973-383-7635 or email Laura at lauradeanbook@embarqmail.com . 
Nominations Announced
The Nominations for parish elections in February, 2018, will include:
Sylvia Montero, Warden
Lori Parks, Ginny Smith, Vestry
Sunday Brunch in a Bag
Sunday Brunch in a Bag is a new outreach program spearheaded by Christ Church parishioner Gizelle Garren who noted an absence of available meals on Sundays for those in the community who are in need. Teams of parishioners hand out sandwiches, fruit, cookies and bottled water in the church on Sundays, 12:00 - 12:30 p.m. Meals are prepared in the Christ Church kitchen immediately following the 10:00 a.m. service.

To volunteer for this program, contact the church office or Gizelle Garren at 973-948-4030 or gizellegarren@gmail.com
Well Done, Good & Faithful Servants!
  • Denise Streeter and all of the elves whose hard work made this year's Toy Sale the most profitable ever!
  • The members of the Junior and Senior Choirs for the spectacular music during Advent, Lessons & Carols, and on Christmas Eve;
  • All of the volunteers who helped with the set up, hosting and clean up of the reception following Lessons & Carols;
  • All those who assisted with the staging of this year's Christmas pageant, including Debbie Mello, Terry Syberg, Susie Mittelstadt, Judy Tregallas, Liz Milano, Caroline Silva, Scott Logan, Jillian Parks, and Randy Parks.
  • Nick Pachnos, Lisa Pachnos, Gizelle Garren, Mike Streeter, Denise Streeter, Kurt Lutz and all those who helped to host, cook, set up and clean up for this year's Christmas Luncheon;
  • The members of Journey, the Christ Church Youth Group, who provided musical entertainment and companionship to the residents of Liberty Towers on December 17th.
Birthdays and Anniversaries this Month
We celebrate with those parishioners who will be marking a special day in January:

Birthdays
Pat Behson, Laura Booker, Joshua Clements, Alice Corcoran, Anna David, Kate Del Vecchio, John Gisler, Eliot Griner, Will Hinkes, Mark Hoyer, Merritt Ierley, Michael Josephs, Pauline Josephs, Dana Lally, Susan Latham, Alan Mantz, Kathleen Marquard, Garrett McLoughlin, Grace Morris, Jillian Parks, Paul Pfiel, Kelly Salerno, Caroline Silva.

Anniversaries
Robert Griner & Erika Maresca; Nick & Lisa Pachnos; Paul & Katie Reilly.
Pathways to Prosperity Volunteer Opportunity
Volunteers are needed to shop for and prepare dinner for the Pathways to Prosperity program on Tuesday, January 16th at 2:00 p.m . Pathways to Prosperity meets every Tuesday evening in Sparta; dinner is provided to all participants and their children—usually 50-60 people. Christ Church volunteers shop for and prepare dinner one Tuesday a month. Expenses are reimbursed up to $150. 

Pathways to Prosperity is an exciting initiative to end poverty. It provides support and resources to families, called Path Leaders, who have made a serious commitment to change their lives by becoming self-reliant and resilient. Path Leaders complete comprehensive education resulting in the development of an action plan that maps out their road to success. Through education, mentoring, skill building and networking, Path Leaders make real and positive changes in their lives to achieve self-reliance and resiliency. 

Please contact Terry Syberg if you are interested in joining this team.
Bible Study
Bible Study will take place on Thursdays, January 4th - 25th, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. in the Church Parlor. Join the Rector to discuss the Gospel for the coming Sunday.
Sunday Servers, Coffee Hour Hosts & Brunch in a Bag Volunteer Schedule
Those who have volunteered to host Coffee Hour, provide flowers, support the Sanctuary, serve as Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Ushers, Acolytes, Crucifers or on the Altar Guild, or assist with the Sunday Brunch in a Bag program can check their schedule on the Christ Church website.
Looking Ahead
  • Join us for breakfast on Sunday, January 7th, 8:45 - 9:30 a.m.;
  • Annual Parish Meeting, Sunday, February 4th;
  • The ECW will offer their annual Retreat on Saturday, March 10, 2018.
Please return your Advent Wreath forms to the box in the parish hall!
Church Calendar Online
Stay up-to-date with the events at Christ Church by checking out the calendar on our website.
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