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June 25, 2019
Welcome to the Christ Church e-Communicator.  This weekly publication is designed to give you the most up-to-date information on events here in the parish. Please feel free to forward it to a friend. If you wish to contribute or have comments about its content, please contact the parish office at  
Support the Backpack Drive
These are just some of the children who receive our backpacks through North County Lifeline. They participate in the Club Crown Heights, an after school program in Oceanside that serves low-income kids at high risk  of gang involvement and violence. The program offers tutoring, mentoring, fun activities, and a safe place  to hang out. Our Backpack Drive begins this Sunday - look for the Service Ministry table after services in the courtyard.

This Week at Christ Church
Yoga at Christ Church
Relax at the end of the day
woman_yoga_back.jpg Christ Church features two yoga practices. Weekly on Tuesday evenings at 5:00 p.m., Rebecca Nagorksi leads a faithful group. 

In addition,  Nereyda Varias offers  
restorative yoga, Thursday - June 27 at 4:30 p.m. Her summer schedule will be Thursday - July 18, August 1, 15 and 29.

Both classes meet in Hinde Hall - a $5.00 donation is requested.  

Back to School Backpacks
Collections begin this Sunday
Backpack  suppliesSummer has barely arrived, but it's already time to begin our annual backpack drive. Service Ministry members will be accepting donations starting this Sunday June 30 through July 21 at a table in the courtyard after services. 

As with most things, there are economies of scale. We've found our dollars can go much farther when we purchase pre-packed backpacks from a company called Blusource. Middle and high school packs will run about $25, elementary $15. This year there is an increased need for more costly packs for middle and high school students vs. elementary.

If you still wish to purchase a backpack yourself and fill it with supplies, there will be lists available at the Service Ministry table. Backpacks will be blessed on Rev. Anne's last Sunday, July 28.

Seating of Our Fifth Bishop
Sunday, June 30 @ 5:00 p.m.
Bishop Susan Brown Snook
Bishop Susan Brown Snook will knock on the doors of St. Paul's, our cathedral, and be seated as our fifth bishop. This historic event is a rich part of our Anglican heritage. All are welcome.
Mark Your Calendar
Celebrate Independence Day
Christ Church - Sunday, July 7 
Independence Day prayers
Cap off your holiday celebrations with the Christ Church annual Independence Day service - Sunday, July 7 at 10:00 a.m. -there will be patriotic hymns and a trumpeter. Active duty/retired members of the military services are invited to attend in uniform.  Everyone else, wear your best red, white, and blue!

Book Sale Bonanza
Right here at Christ Church
Parishioner Kathryn Bunch will bring her traveling book ministry, K-B Books, to Christ Church Sunday, July 7
A member of the Episcopal Booksellers Association, Kathryn has extensive knowledge and a wonderful inventory of religious and inspirational books - fiction, non-fiction, Bibles, prayer books, and more. You'll be delighted to peruse her display and will surely find something you love. If you have a special request, she needs to order for you, contact her directly at

Pride San Diego
Fearless Love - No Exceptions
Christ Church represents!
Mark your calendar - come be a part of the diocesan contingent at the San Diego Pride parade, Saturday, July 13. Our Episcopal presence has increased year after year and sends a wonderful message to the community that "all are welcome at the Episcopal Church." Young and not so young, clergy and laity, men, women and children of the Episcopal church march the parade route together; and if you can't walk the route, there is a trolley you can ride. Groups from parishes across the diocese will once again march together behind the diocesan banner of "Fearless Love" to show that God Loves exceptions. Join the Christ Church contingent - contact Charlette Preslar if you're coming; she may help with carpools.

Getting to Know Her
The Bishop's Visit
Bishop Susan Brown Snook
This is your chance to meet our newly consecrated bishop, The Rt. Rev. Susan Brown Snook. She will celebrate and preach at both the 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. services Sunday, July 21, 2019. She also looks forward to joining the parish at the 9:00 a.m. forum in Hinde Hall. Read more...

Bethlehem Handcrafts
Sunday, July 21, 2019
After both services you will have the opportunity to purchase handmade crafts from the Holy Land. Bethlehem Handcrafts works directly with olive wood carvers, and imports their work to the U.S. giving these carvers the ability to continue to live and work in Bethlehem.

  Each one of these works of art is made from the reclaimed trimmings of the Holy Land olive trees. Pruning and trimming olive trees is an essential process for the health and proper growth of the trees. No trees are damaged in the process of making these pieces, but rather we are making good use of what would otherwise be wasted.

Let's Celebrate Rev. Anne
Y'all are invited...

We're celebrating the ministry of the Rev. Anne Bridgers at Christ Church. There will be one service at 9:00 a.m., Sunday, July 28, 2019 which will be followed by a celebratory parish brunch in the courtyard. If you have not yet sent your RSVP to this event please do so here:

Everyone is invited to bring a card of thanks. Donations on Anne's behalf may be made to Vida Joven de Mexico. A special fund has been created specifically for your donations - you may use the link below to donate online.

Self Compassion &Yoga Retreat
Be in the Moment
Join Heather Smith here at Christ Church to explore the theme of Self Compassion through the practice of yoga. This unique opportunity will include teachings on self compassion, time for personal reflection and meditation as well as three distinctive yoga practices. Whether you are new to yoga or have practiced for years, all sessions will be accessible and adaptable to all abilities. 

Friday, July 12, 6:30-9 PM
Saturday, July 13, 9 AM- 5 PM (lunch will be provided)

Read more about the retreat... sign up hereCost is $80 and there are are still a few spaces available. Sign up soon!

Summer Family Read-Aloud
A favorite classic
This summer, we invite you to read Charlotte's Web as a family. There are lots of ways to connect our faith to this wonderful story! Then join us in Hinde Hall on August 15, at 6:00 p.m. for a conversation about our Summer Read-Aloud, Charlotte's Web, and a screening of the movie. Please bring your beach chairs or a blanket. You are welcome to bring a picnic dinner if you would like to. We'll provide the popcorn, water, and a special book-themed snack for everyone in attendance. Oh! And one other perk, Hinde Hall is air conditioned!

Parish News
Holiday Office Closures
Independence Day
many-waving-flags.jpg The staff will be celebrating Independence Day next week so the parish office will be closed Wednesday, July 3 and Thursday, July 4. Remember normal office hours are 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday-Thursday. We wish everyone a safe and sane holiday.

Camp Create!
Lend a hand
If you would like to help with Camp Create! , July 15-18, there are many opportunities:
  • Make a donation to the Camp Create! scholarship fund-contact Charlette Preslar or the parish office
  • Help provide hospitality during lunch (service with a smile 11:30-1:00).
  • Lend a hand with art and/or music and drama projects.
  • If on-site participation is not your thing, what about making homemade cookies for the children?
  • Attend the performance on Thursday, July 18 at 1:00 p.m.
There are a few specific items we could use for our craft projects. If you can donate the following, we'd be much obliged:
  • Bits of ribbons (no yarn)
  • Buttons
  • Felt scraps
  • Fabric scraps

Summer Service Schedule
Just one service 
Beginning July 28 and running through Labor Day, September 1, Christ Church will have one service at 9:00 a.m. This amended service schedule will offer us the opportunity to be together as a church family as we both enter into a time of transition and celebrate the ease of summer.

Books for Head Start
Our Lenten projects
The Christ Church Day School book drive, led by the 6th grade class during Lent, was a resounding success, as you can see by the smiling faces as the books arrived this week! The donations collected by the parish will be used by the Head Start teachers to buy even more books for their classrooms. Well done Christ Church and Christ Church DaySchool! #bridgingloveandservice 
Traveling Mercies
Send us your photos
Visit the Episcopal church on vacation
If you're lucky enough to travel this summer, you're bound to find an Episcopal church nearby. We'd love to share in your travel adventures by seeing a photo of you and the family at Episcopal churches throughout the nation. Just snap a pic and email it to Christ Church. We'll feature you in the weekly eCommunicator.

Welcome to Christ Church
The Welcome Center
Welcome sign Many folks visit us here in the summer months. You could be the smiling face that greets visitors at the Welcome Center. Be the contact point for those visiting or new to Christ Church - offer a hardy hello, an answer to a question, or hand out a welcome bag. If you'd like to join this important ministry as a Welcome Center volunteer, you may sign up at the Welcome Center to schedule a date you can staff the station. During the summer months, when there is only one service, you'd come 20 minutes before the service and stay about 20 minutes after.
Church Parking at Walgreens
Parishioners please take note
Summer is here, town is busier than ever and parking for church can be tricky. Please note that we no longer have a reciprocal parking arrangement with Walgreens. We encourage you to find parking elsewhere or pay for the time you are in their lot or risk receiving a citation.

Food Collection - St. Mark's
Neighborhood Food Pantry
Cooking oil
June is cooking oil
St. Mark's has designated a specific food item for collection each month this year. June's food item is  cooking oil.  July will be peanut butten and jelly.

You may access the entire year's list on St. Mark's Outreach page . Of course, basic non-perishable items are always needed such as: soup/stews, cereal and oatmeal, granola bars, peanut butter, pasta and sauce, rice, canned protein, canned vegetables and fruit, and single-serve items for their unhoused visitors. Bring your contributions on Sundays or to the parish office Monday-Thursday. 

The Diocese and Beyond
Camp Stevens
Summer registration is open
"Camp Stevens inspires, challenges, and empowers personal, social, and environmental transformation."

The Camp Stevens' homepage says it all. Anyone who has had the privilege to attend summer camp knows the experience can be life affirming and life changing. Camp Stevens in Julian offers youngsters exceptional outdoor adventures, grounded in the Episcopal Church values and tradition.

Registration is now open for a host of exciting summer sessions that begin June 30. Check out:
Camperships are available - contact Camp Stevens with any questions or for more information.

What's Happening...

Mark Your Calendar 

July 3-4
Parish Office closed

July 7
Celebrate Independence Day at Christ Church

July 12-13
Boundless Compassion Retreat

July 13
Pride Parade

July 15-18
Camp Create

July 21
Bishop Susan Brown Snook visits Christ Church

July 28
Rev. Anne's last Sunday
Backpack Blessing

August 4-September 1
Sundays @ 9:00 a.m.

Weekly Events

Tuesday evenings @5:00 p.m.
Hinde Hall 

Men's Bible Study
Tuesday mornings @6:30  a.m. Hinde Hall  

Thursday @ 10:00 a.m.
Healing Service  

Friday evenings @6:00 p.m.
Hinde Hall


Serving This Sunday...
8:00 a.m. - John O'Brien
10:00 a.m. - Louden Esparza

Chalice Bearers
8:00 a.m. -  John O'Brien, Susan Warmbrodt
10:00 a.m. - Nancy Funk, Bill Sandke

8:00 a.m. - Paul Laedlein
10:00 a.m. - Arie Van Vugt

8:00 a.m. - Brian Dix
10:00 a.m. - Connie Lawthers, Tony Reina

8:00 a.m.  - Karen & Paul Laedlein
10:00 a.m. - Bill Cook, Bill Sandke

Welcome Center
Chuck Howe

8:00 a.m. - Judy Kissell
10:00 a.m. - Bob Ketts

Lyman Green, David & Suzanne Warren

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