October, 2017
Church Breakfast This Sunday
Join us for the first Church Breakfast of the season, Sunday, October 1st, 8:45 - 9:30 a.m.
Scott Mello and Jacob Ashworth to Offer a Concert at Christ Church
On Friday, October 6th, at 7:30 p.m., our very own Scott Mello will offer a concert in collaboration with violinist Jacob Ashworth at Christ Church Newton. The performance will feature the song cycle  Along the Field for voice and violin by English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, unaccompanied solo works by John Cage, György Kurtág, and Eugène Ysaÿe, as well as songs by John Dowland, Henry Purcell, and Franz Schubert, in new arrangements by the performers.  A free will offering will be taken.  

A noted interpreter of Handel, Scott has recently appeared in Messiah with Handel Choir of Baltimore, Nashville Symphony, and San Antonio Symphony, La resurrezione with Bach Collegium San Diego, Solomon with Trinity Baroque Orchestra, as well as the title roles in Samson with conductor Nicholas McGegan and Jephtha with American Opera Theater. He holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory, New York University, and Yale University School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music. As an educator, he has served on the voice faculties of Ithaca College, University of Richmond, Washington & Lee University, and Seton Hall University. He resides in New York City and is a member of the GRAMMY®-nominated Choir of Trinity Wall Street, under the direction of Julian Wachner.

Jacob has been an artist at the Staunton Music Festival, New Haven Festival of Arts and Ideas, Wellesley Composer’s Conference, Lake George Music Festival, and Music Mountain. A student of renowned violinist Ani Kavafian, Jacob has also studied baroque violin with Robert Mealy as a member of the Yale Baroque Ensemble, and has performed extensively on period instruments, including as concertmaster for Nicholas McGegan with Mark Morris Dance Group, and with Trinity Baroque Orchestra, Juilliard 415, Yale’s Schola Cantorum, and New York Baroque Incorporated.
 
Christian Education Update
Journey
Journey, the Christ Church Youth Group, meets every Sunday, 9:00 - 9:50 a.m. from September - June, with the exception of Breakfast Sundays, Christmas/New Years, and Easter. If you are a 7 th – 12 th grade student and you want to go a bit deeper in your faith, have questions about the whole spiritual path “stuff”, or just want to learn a few things about the Bible (and maybe even make a friend or two along the way), JOURNEY may be for you – come check us out! If nothing else, the snacks are pretty good too!!! Got questions? Contact facilitator Randy Parks, 862-266-0513, or email Randolph.parks@atlantichealth.org

Urban Renewal Project in Paterson
On Sunday, October 1st , all Journey and Christ Church teens are invited to join Father Robert as we help to renew an urban park in the city of Paterson. We will be gardening, planting bulbs and cleaning up the site, followed by a visit to the Great Falls of Paterson. The day will be topped off with a meal at a Middle Eastern restaurant. The group will depart from church at 11:30 a.m. and return by 6:00 p.m. Please RSVP to Randy Parks (862-266-0513).

Sunday School
Sunday School for students from preschool through 6th grade will take place in Lower Holley Hall on Sundays, October 8, 15, 22 and 29, from 9:00 - 9:50 a.m. Contact Susie Mittelstadt, susan@njworks.com, with questions.
Episcopal Church Women News
The Episcopal Church Women (ECW) will meet on Thursday, October 19th, at 11:45 a.m. in the Church Parlor for their monthly pot luck luncheon.

The group is searching for those who would be willing to prepare meals for the Pathways to Prosperity program. This ministry involves shopping for and preparing a meal every other month on an appointed Tuesday; contact Terry Syberg at tsyberg@gmail.com to volunteer.

To be added to the email distribution list for the ECW, contact Diana Greene at dianatgreene@gmail.com.
Blessing of the Animals
Bring your creatures — be they four-legged, slithering, winged, underwater or even stuffed — to be blessed by the Rector on Sunday, October 8th, at 4:00 p.m.  A short service will be conducted on the Christ Church playground in honor of the life of St. Francis of Assisi.
Blanketeers Meeting
The Christ Church Blanketeers will meet on Saturday, October 14th, 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. 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 October 25th.  To volunteer, contact Laura Booker at 973-383-7635 or email Laura at lauradeanbook@embarqmail.com .

Manna House will hold a Spaghetti Dinner at the First Presbyterian Church of Newton, 54 High Street, Newton on October 17th , from 5:00—6:30 p.m . Tickets can be purchased at the door; Adults $5.00, Children 5—12 years of age, $3:00, and children under 5, free. 
Rowan University to Offer October Concert at Christ Church
The Rowan University Concert Choir under the direction of Dr. Christopher B. Thomas will perform a concert at Christ Church on Sunday, October 22 at 4:00 pm.  
Junior Choir Seeks New Members
We extend an invitation to all children who are in the first grade through sixth grade to become a musical contributor to our worship service. Junior Choir rehearsals are held after church and a quick snack until 12:30 every Sunday.  
 
Benefits of being a member of the JUNIOR CHOIR @ Christ Church: Learn to sing, learn about our liturgy, learn how to read music, learn more about Jesus and stories in the Bible, meet new friends, have fun and become part of an awesome group of kids who make a difference in the worship at Christ Church!
 
What should you do to join? After you have some goodies at coffee hour, just come downstairs to the Sunday School room. You can also email Mrs. Debbie Mello at: dmello435@gmail.com to sign-up.
Well Done, Good & Faithful Servants!
  • Keith Smith for his hard work, dedication and creativity in designing our new patio;
  • Nick Pachnos and all those who assisted with the patio blessing celebration;
  • The volunteers who faithfully represent Christ Church by serving meals at Manna House each month;
  • Tommy Giordano who built us a free front porch for the Parish House. He supplied materials and labor as a thank offering for the ministry of our Church;
  • Terry Syberg and all those who assisted with the recent Helping Hands project.
Birthdays and Anniversaries this Month
We celebrate with those parishioners who will be marking a special day in October:

Birthdays
Steven Hoffman, Julianne Gerdes, Byron Ehlers, Doug Pellegrino, Scott Logan, Jack Lally, Curt Wilson, Hannah Kirby, Barbara Dansereau, Jennifer Scuralli, Matthew Salerno, Mikayla Caruso, Grace Maruska, Kathleen Love, Deborah Mello, J. Henry Rodriguez, Cindy Kirby, and Ginny Smith.

Anniversaries
Victor and Christine McLoughlin, Ty & Pattiann Parker, Byron & Nancy Ehlers, Scott & Melissa Logan, Keith & Ginny Smith, Coray & Cindy Kirby, Robert & Dawn Charlton, Rick & Cindy Heismeyer, Victor & Jennifer Scuralli.
Sunday Servers & Coffee Hour Hosts
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 can check their schedule on the Christ Church website.
College Care Packages
The middle school and high school Sunday School classes are collecting items to send to our parishioners who are away at college. If you have a child away at college, please provide their name and address to Randy Parks at Randolph.Parks@atlantichealth.org no later than October 8th . Collection boxes will be at the back of the church October 1st, 8th and 15th . Assembly of care packages will take place after the 10:00 a.m. service on October 15th; packages will be mailed the following week. 
New Ministry Opportunity
Volunteers are needed to shop for and prepare dinner once a month for the Pathways to Prosperity program.

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. 

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 will shop for and prepare dinner one Tuesday a month. Expenses are reimbursed up to $150. Please contact Terry Syberg if you are interested in joining this team.
Bible Study
Bible Study will take place on Thursdays, October 5th - 26th, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. in the Church Parlor. Join the Rector to discuss the Gospel for the coming Sunday.
Volunteers are Needed to Help the Homeless
Christ Church will host homeless guests from the Family Promise program, Tuesday, October 31 - Tuesday, November 7th. Volunteers are needed to provide companionship, stay overnight, prepare meals and host dinner. Volunteer online or contact Kathy Hoyer at kehoyer@gmail.com.
Looking Ahead
Got too much stuff? 
 Donate it to the Christ Church Toy Sale!
  Saturday, December 2nd
9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.
 Accepting new and gently-used toys for children of all ages. Drop off at the church Sunday, November 26th—Friday, December 1st
 
Church Calendar Online
Stay up-to-date with the events at Christ Church by checking out the calendar on our website.
ECW Retreat in March
The ECW will offer their annual Retreat on Saturday, March 10, 2018. Look for more details in upcoming newsletters.
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