Weekly news & announcements
October 15, 2020
View all Regathering Team and COVID-19 updates here.
It’s time for a gathering for all the women of the congregation! Nancy Sterling has graciously offered to host us at her home in Medfield. She has great outdoor space and chairs. We will each bring our own lunch and drinks and masks! BYO Everything but a chair.

We will meet at Nancy’s house at 12:30pm this Sunday! It’s short notice but we want to get together outside before it gets too cold, and Sunday’s weather is looking promising.

Please let us know if you can make it by emailing Donna Vello.
B Safe is continuing the B Love grocery distribution this fall because an overwhelming number of St. Stephen's Youth Program families are in economic crisis. We need 25 for 11/19. 

They will use as many as we can get, more bags or less bags, will be welcomed. If you have any questions please email or call me. Christ Church has always taken care of those in need.

Thank You for being YOU!!! -- Kathleen Kelly
Take the "With Malice Toward None" pledge. Learn more here.

Check out the Episcopal Church's education series on the basics of election process and transition of power.

Sign up for A Season of Prayer: For an Election, beginning 10/27 continuing until 11/4.
Thousands of racial justice and healing leaders and practitioners across The Episcopal Church gathered to build community, craft strategy and equip each other for action during a series of “Becoming Beloved Community NOW” online gatherings at the end of July 2020. These webinars are now available for viewing here.
Coming Soon to a Church near you: Extended Advent
Starting Sunday November 8, with the backing of the Worship and Arts Team (see members below) we will be returning to the ancient tradition of a 7 week Advent. Advent was a seven week season in most of the church until the 12th century. Stay tuned for more....

Worship and Arts Team: Nick, Abby Carr, Kristin Auffermann, Duncan Allen, Annie Russell, Pam Goody, and Charles Raines

Join the Diocesan Election-Eve Prayer Vigil
Join our Cathedral Church of St. Paul in an online prayer vigil on Monday, November 2, at 7 pm, in collaboration with other congregations in the Diocese wanting to join together to pray for our nation, for safe and fair elections, and for all candidates and voters. Nick has volunteered Christ Church to take part. Be in touch with him to learn how you can be part of our effort.
Thank you to those households that prepared food for the MANNA Monday Lunch Program last weekend! It is a great way to be active in service in love of neighbor.

The next dates are: 11/8, 12/13, 1/10, and 2/14. Please email Emilie, Ingridor Joanna to volunteer.
There has been something missing in the hymn singing…you!

We are seeking to widen the circle of voices that offers choral music as part of our weekly worship services. Please consider adding your voice to the congregational hymns and perhaps join the Choir as well.

We now have the opportunity to include you from your home, and it’s easier than you think. Read more here
Organ Notes by Linnea Wren
Julia Ward Howe, and Battle Hymn of the Republic, Part 1

I never could be good when I was not happy. -Julia Ward Howe

Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910), the woman who would write Battle Hymn of the Republic, knew a great deal about unhappiness. She was born in New York City to a wealthy family. Upon marrying Samuel Howe in 1843, she moved to Boston, where she bore and raised six children. The marriage was deeply unhappy. Divorce, under Massachusetts law, would have granted custody to Samuel Howe as father, the same man who had threatened to place their fifth, then unborn, child for adoption...
The organ is installed!
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Console in place
Meta Organworks - Dan & Chase
View of nave from console
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At My Neighbor's Table - THIS SUNDAY at 5 p.m.
The At My Neighbor’s Table Series in Needham has been holding interfaith conversations about race and equity since 2017. The topic on Sunday, October 18 from 5 p.m. - 6.30 p.m is examining housing policies through a lens of equity. Click on the flyer to learn more and register here.
If you or someone in your family is in the hospital or in need of pastoral care, please call the church office so that our clergy or the Pastoral Response Ministry team may be notified and tend to the need.
The office number is (781) 444-1469, and you can reach Nick at ext. 113.