Weekly news & announcements
February 24, 2022
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Lent-to-Go Kits Available
Pick up your Lent-to-Go kit from the table near the Rosemary Street entrance in Upper Parish Hall. The kits
contain a variety of items to help us observe Lent at home: activities, ashes, prayers, nature items, battery-operated tea-light, mini rug.

Thank you to Marcia Mather for putting the kits together!
Trivia Night is BACK on Sunday, March 20 at 5:30pm
Back by popular demand! Calling parishioners of all ages! Live out your Jeopardy fantasies and compete against friends at trivia next Sunday, March 20 at 5:30 p.m. The event will be hosted again by Mike Wade of Trivia Throwdown (featured in the NYT). Join us for an evening of fun! Sign up here. Questions tailored to our interests.
Wednesday Prayers in Lent Beginning March 9
Join us Wednesday on Zoom at 8:30am and 8:30pm beginning March 9 for Wednesday Prayers in Lent.

8:30am Morning Prayer on Zoom
8:30pm Evening Prayer from the New Zealand Prayer Book on Zoom

Service bulletins and Zoom links to come.
Kids' Costumes: Repairs Needed!
This year we may be using some of our annual Christmas Pageant costumes for some Holy Week activities. This reminded me that a few costumes could use some relatively minor mending. What is a tiger without a tail? If you have the time and talent please email Nancy Sterling.

Also, most of the costumes have been in use for decades. If anyone has any animal or angel costumes that your kids have grown out of, or anything that would be useful for kings or shepherds, all donations would be gratefully accepted. Please reach out via the above email. Thanks- Nancy Sterling and the Pageant Committee.
Annual Meeting Breakout Rooms

Thanks to all who participated in the breakout room conversations at the Annual Meeting. Here’s a sheet capturing what was said. What do you think could be added? We’re especially interested in a signature, outward-looking fundraiser for the parish. Email Nick with ideas.
Art Reception on Sunday, March 13
Save the date for the Community Art Gallery's current exhibit Art Reception on Sunday, March 13 immediately following service. Visit our website to read her artist statement and for a sneak peek.

Susan is donating 20% of the purchase price of any art work sold form this exhibit to Christ Episcopal Church in honor of Pam Goody, the long-time Director of Music, now retired.
Rector's Discretionary Fund
Years ago, the Vestry established a Rector’s Discretionary Fund, the funds from which “to be applied to such pious and charitable uses as the Rector shall determine.” (Canons of the Episcopal Church) This money is spent largely on rent, utility bills, food cards, childcare, and other basics for those in need. Recently, disbursements provided several days safe, temporary lodging for a homeless single mother of twin infants until a permanent placement was made, as well as support for the Needham Youth and Family Services Crisis Fund. Parishioners, as well as non-parishioners, are afforded the strictest confidence. Other causes are periodically supported as well—for example, gifts to organizations in honor of Church School teachers. The operative words here are "pious and charitable." The account is subject to the regular Parish Audit by an outside auditor. It is supported by generous parishioners, gifts in memory or in honor of loved ones, honoraria from weddings, baptisms, and occasional funerals. The account is currently low. If you are moved to contribute, please write a check out to Christ Church Rector’s Discretionary Fund. Thank you for your generosity.
Beyond the Parish
Building Resiliency Through Empowerment on March 1

The Needham Exchange Club is sponsoring several presentations of Ryan’s Story, a book written by John Halligan, with Emily B. Dickson. Mr. Halligan wrote “Ryan’s Story” after his son Ryan died by suicide after being bullied by classmates at school and online. Ryan was only 13 years old. Mr. Halligan’s presentation will cover the lessons learned by his family regarding bullying, cyberbullying, and teen depression. Mr. Halligan will also offer ideas on dealing with these challenges facing young adults. Register for the seminar on March 1 at 7pm here.
Practicing Truth: Lenten Preaching Series at our Cathedral on Thursdays at 12:15 through Lent

This year’s Lenten Preaching Series at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston—“Practicing Truth”—will run alongside the Lenten study series offered by the Racial Justice Commission. This year’s preachers will draw on Scripture and their lived experience to stir us to a deeper practice of truth and prepare us for Easter joy. Join one another at the cathedral at 12:15 p.m. on Thursdays in Lent, starting March 3, to hear the sermon in person and stay for a light lunch and conversation with the preacher, or join by livestream through the cathedral’s website.
We Need You: Ministry Opportunities at CCN
Join Choir! Email Charles to learn more.
Help lead worship. Sign up 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.