Weekly news & announcements
April 14, 2022
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We Are Mask Friendly - Masks Are not Required, But Kindness Is
By Vestry decision, we are mask friendly in worship and in the church building beginning today. Every other pew will be blocked off through Easter, then opened up on April 24.

While masks are no longer required, please be kind to those who choose to wear masks, or not!
Join us in the Main Sanctuary or online (Facebook and our website) tomorrow at 12 p.m. for our Good Friday service - The Seven Last Words of Jesus.
CCN Confirmation Class is Collecting Items for CityReach
Our Confirmation Group's collection for CityReach continues -for only 2 more weeks! Toiletries, and durable, functional, clothing is needed (think of camping clothes: homeless survive the elements night after night.) The full list of items is found here. Please drop these items in the designated bins in Upper Parish Hall. If you are unable to drop at the church please contact Alyssa Kence to make alternate arrangements.  You can also help by directly ordering much-needed NEW items (i.e., socks, underwear, bras, personal hygiene items) via Amazon and have these items shipped directly to the Church. Click here: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/dl/invite/2PtsH7P?ref_=wl_share To simply make a monetary donation to be spent on these items, you can Venmo Abby Carr directly at @abby-carr-3. Many thanks for your generosity.
Pick up your Easter Calendar on Sunday
And on Easter Sunday, be sure to pick up one of these nifty calendars so that you celebrate all fifty days of Easter! I believe we have enough for one per household for the whole church; they'll be in the Narthex as you head out after church.
Episcopal Church Good Friday Offering
This year we are celebrating a century of gifts and rejoicing in 2,000 years of Good News. For 100 years, Episcopalians have generously shared their love, compassion, and financial gifts to support the ministry of the Anglican Communion Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East. These gifts have made an astounding difference in the lives of many people in the homeland of Jesus and beyond. Check out our history of the Good Friday Offering to learn more about this life-changing ministry week by week. Give online here.
News from the MANNA Monday
MANNA/Monday Lunch Program will have a slight change in coordinators of this ministry: Going forward, Joanna Starr and Barbara Hurley will work as partners to coordinate the MANNA ministry. Many, many thanks to Ingrid Melvin, who has worked on MANNA as a coordinator and driver for the past two years, as we transitioned to our current form due to the Covid pandemic. Ingrid needs to step aside from MANNA for the time being to concentrate on other responsibilities. Joanna and Barbara look forward to working together and we are very grateful for all of the wonderful volunteers that support MANNA. Sign up online here.

Joanna Starr (617) 633-4466

Barbara Hurley (617) 610-4585

by Charles Raines,
Director of Music and Organist
Summer is coming! Choose a hymn for summer worship by May 15.
Once again, worshippers have an opportunity to select a favorite hymn to be sung during summer worship. For a suggested gift of $100-150, your hymn of choice will be sung on a Sunday that you choose beginning June 12th. We will strive to honor all specific date requests. Due to online streaming restrictions, your hymn of choice may come from either Hymnal 1982 or Wonder, Love, and Praise. Both can be found in the pews. Summer worship extends through September 4th. Won’t you help us ensure that every summer Sunday has music to offer? Your gift may be in memory of a loved one, in honor of someone living, in commemoration of an occasion, or another designation. Sign up online here. Please send your Summer Music Gift to Ali Heard in the church office, 1132 Highland Ave., Needham 02494 by May 15th. Please indicate “Summer Music 2022” on the memo line.
Sing with the Choir on Pentecost, June 5th
How about making a joyful noise on Pentecost singing an anthem with our choir! Dust off those vocal cords and join us on two Thursday evenings for a brief 45-minute rehearsal beginning at 7 p.m. in the chancel. Two rehearsals will get you ready to sing: Thursday, May 19 and Thursday, June 2. You will have a chance to vocalize with the choir and learn your notes. Email Director of Music, Charles Raines, to receive the music and a recorded rehearsal track.
Office Hours over April School Vacation
Monday, April 18 - The Church is closed for Patriots' Day.

Tuesday, 4/19 - Ali is in the office 9am-2pm and Woody 6:30am-11:30am.

Wednesday, 4/20 - Ali is working from home. Woody is in the office 6:30am-11:30am.

Thursday, 4/21 - Ali is out of the office. Marcia Mather will cover the front desk from 9am-12pm. Woody is in the office 6:3am-11:30am.

Friday, 4/22 - Ali is out of the office. Betsy Amsbary will cover the front desk from 9am-12pm. Woody is in the office 6:3am-11:30am.

Thank you Marcia and Betsy for helping!
Vestry minutes from the April 5, 2022 meeting.
Beyond the Parish
Your immediate support will help Episcopal Relief & Development and other Anglican partners provide humanitarian assistance to people fleeing the violence in Ukraine. Donate here today.
“Easter is the celebration of the victory of God,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry said in his Easter 2022 message. “The earth, like an egg, has been cracked open, and Jesus has been raised alive and new, and love is victorious.” Watch the video 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.