October 11, 2020
OUR PARISH MISSION
Christ Church exists to show everyone God loves them unconditionally.
We do that by EXPERIENCING, EMBRACING, AND EXTENDING
God's love.

There are three ways to give to the mission of Christ Church:
you can mail in your pledge, give online, or text GIVE to (850) 403-6673.

We experience God's love (Worship)

Sunday 10:30 AM service streamed on Facebook Live or YouTube 
Click here to listen to last week's sermon.
**An email is sent on Saturdays with links for Sunday worship and Christian Education.

In-Person services on Sunday at 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM
Click here to sign up (70 person max per service)
Click here for guidelines for protocols during COVID-19 (masks, etc.)

Wednesday at 12:00 PM
**In-person services resume on Wednesday, October 7.** 

We embrace God's love (Study/Formation)

The Bible Project
Join Zoom Meeting ~ Sundays, 9:30 AM
(no passcode)

Join Zoom Meeting ~ Sundays, 4:00 PM
(no passcode)

Join us this fall with an interactive journey to connect us with fellow parishioners and dig deeper into God’s Word. We will be using Bible Project to lead us in our study. As the people of Christ Church, we will read the entire New Testament over the course of two fall semesters. Click here for the readings and links.
There are three ways to engage:
1. Small group discussions on Sundays at 9:30 AM and 4:00 PM. We will begin in a Zoom format where we watch a short video on the Bible book being covered for the week then break out into small groups to discuss two questions.
2. Disciple track – read highlights of the Bible book covered on Sunday each day.
3. Scholar track – read the entire Bible book covered on Sunday over the course of the week.

Lift Every Voice
**postponed this week due to Delta — will resume on Wednesday, October 14**
Join Zoom Meeting ~ Wednesdays, 7:00 PM
Meeting ID: 880 6272 2199
Passcode: 422984

Lift Every Voice is a weekly conversation with a person who will share a different perspective that may change our understanding of our community and our role in it. These sessions will be in a Zoom format on Wednesday nights at 7:00 PM.
October 14 – Pastor Tyler Burns — Pastor Burns is a prominent voice in the discussions around race in Christianity. He is the pastor of New Dimensions Christian Center, author, podcaster (check out Pass the Mic podcast), and Vice President of The Witness: A Black Christian Collective.

We extend the love of God (Outreach/Parishioner Support)

Mobile Food Pantry
In partnership with Allen Chapel AME, Christ Church gives away 10,000 pounds of food twice a month. The next mobile food pantry date will be Friday, October 23 (this Thursday, October 8, canceled due to Delta). To sign up to help, email Honey Harris.

Bridging the Gap
Due to Hurricane Sally and the flooding of the Washburn Center, our neighbors without homes are in great need of toiletries, including bars of soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, disposable razors, hand sanitizer, wash clothes, socks, and hand cream. Please click here for more information on how to donate and help make toiletry bags.

Montclair Elementary School
Christ Church works with the leadership of Montclair Elementary to amplify the school's efforts and bless the students. While we cannot provide mentors and tutors like we have in the past, the school’s administration will be working with us on needs that they may have as school starts back.

Pastoral Care/Connection
Christ Church has many ministries that love and support the people who are the church. We will continue to work to support one another through good times and bad, especially during this pandemic. To assist in one of the many ways that we reach out to our church family, email Fr. Walt.
HAPPENINGS
UPCOMING EVENTS

EPIC Book Club (via Zoom)
Wednesday, October 7

Food Distribution Day
Friday, October 23

Consecration Sunday
Sunday, November 1
PLEASE NOTE...
The office is currently closed to foot traffic to limit in person contact. The best way to contact the office is to email a staff member or leave a message at (850) 432-5115.

If you have a pastoral emergency, please call our pastoral care emergency line to speak directly with one of the priests: (850) 462-5137.
CONSECRATION SUNDAY ~ Sunday, November 1
Consecration Sunday will be on All Saints’ Day (Nov. 1). On All Saints', the pledge cards of all the saints who are Christ Church will be placed on the altar, for it is on the altar that we give our gifts to God and where we receive gifts from God. There will be four ways to make sure your card is included:

  1. You can physically place it on the altar at either of our in-person services that day (8:00 AM and 10:30 AM).
  2. The church will be open that afternoon from 2:00-5:00 PM to say a prayer and place your card on the altar.
  3. You can mail it to the church office (you will receive a card and a return envelope in the mail the week before).
  4. You can fill out a confidential online pledge card. We will print each of these cards and place them on the altar for you.
 
At 5:00 PM, the clergy will bless all the cards in a short virtual service.

You will receive further communications from the Stewardship Committee as we get closer to All Saints’ Day. But between now and then, prayerfully consider the question I ask you every year: As an act of thanksgiving for what God has given to you, what are you called to give in 2021? — Fr. Michael
LAYREADERS NEEDED FOR SUNDAY IN-PERSON SERVICES
To sign up, please email Honey Harris
Volunteers Needed!!
FOOD DISTRIBUTION DAY
Friday, October 23 ~ 9:00 AM
**This Thursday, October 8, canceled due to Delta**
Allen Chapel AME Church
We have been serving around 200 families each food distribution. Our next food distribution day will be Friday, October 23, partnering with Allen Chapel AME Church and distributing food at 500 N. Guillemard StWe need volunteers to work a shift in the morning to either sort or distribute food. Volunteer duties range from directing traffic and filling out forms for families, to more labor-involved duties of sorting and distributing food. While it is outdoors and we take precautions like masks, please do not volunteer if you are at a high risk of infection or if you are not feeling well. Please email Honey Harris to volunteer.
EPIC BOOK CLUB
Wednesday, October 7 ~ 3:00 PM via Zoom
The Epic Book Club has begun Zoom book club meetings until we can meet again in person. Please click here to be added to the email list for updates and a link to the Zoom meeting, and/or join our Facebook group (EPIC Bookclub of Christ Episcopal Church). We will meet on the first Wednesday of the month at 3:00 PM. The October book discussion will be Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder.
CHILDREN'S SUNDAY CHAPEL
Sunday, October 11
We had a super first Sunday of in-church chapel for the children — a story from The Jesus Storybook Bible, a snack, and even time to begin art projects! The service was all accomplished in a Covid-safe environment in the Parish Hall. This coming Sunday, we will be telling the story of one of the great Old Testament men, Noah, and the story of the ark, from the book of Genesis. Parents, please sign children up here (max 12 children).

Zoomers will hear the same story presented by Britton Lynn and Rudy at 9:30. The meeting ID is: 3205228708. Britton will let you in through the waiting room. 

We look forward to seeing you either in person or on Zoom!

Reminder to parents: Please bring your children directly to the Parish Hall prior to the 10:30 church service. You will enter from the courtyard and breezeway and sign your children in at the Parish Hall door. You and your children will need to wear a mask and remember the guidelines for social distancing.

***The church has purchased copies of The Jesus Storybook Bible for the children. We are trying to get copies to all children. Those who attend in-church chapel will be given a copy of this beautiful Bible. If you are not able to return to church, please click here to arrange pickup at the church during office hours or arrange a delivery to your home.
NEW ADULT CHRISTIAN FORMATION OFFERING:
Sacred Ground Dialogue ~ Sundays, 9:15 AM
Session Three of our conversation about race and racism asks us, "Whose Land? Exploring Indigenous History." Our discussion can aid in understanding possible impacts when two very different cultures and value systems attempt to share the same land. The time for our ZOOM meeting will change to Sunday morning at 9:15 AM. Join the dialogue through the ZOOM link available in the Saturday announcements. Dick Hooper and David Starling are facilitators. Please click here for more information.
Due to Covid 19 and limited capacity, BayLights weekend is programmed as a "Getaway by the Bay" for adults and families. There will be no live entertainment Friday night; no Diocesan Ultreya or Rock Bottom on Saturday. It's an opportunity for a fun filled weekend with your friends and family in God's front yard!
EPISCOPAL YOUTH COMMUNITY NEWS
PRAYERS FOR OUR PARISH FAMILY
I. For Those in Need. Including the poor, the unemployed, the lonely, the hungry, the homeless, the abused, the sick and dying, and those who grieve. For those suffering in body, mind, or spirit—including Members: Laura Wolfersperger, Phyllis Kreiner, Dee Whisenhunt Family & Friends: Chuck Stanhope, Brenda Moore, Cora Wingate, Kathy Benson, Kelly, Trisha Bothwell, Nicole Keating, Pam Moreno. 
II. For Those in the Armed Forces, especially — Erik Barton, Stewart Bova, Jared Burgess, Danica Roark Domokos, Sam Gaston, Robert Geiger, William Harper, Harry B. Harris, Benjamin Jensen, Joshua Justin, Art Lantigua, Hillary Leonard, Ben Mathis, Kathryn Martin, Sean McAbee, Julie McGill, Christopher Patterson, Kyle Roberson, Peter Shelton, Evan Valdyke, Wesley Valdyke; and all those who serve this nation in harm’s way.
III. For All who have Died. May their souls and the souls of all the departed rest in peace.
IV. In Thanksgiving. For those in our parish celebrating birthdays—John Martin—and anniversaries. For the birth of Webb Woodfin Rentz.

To submit a prayer request, email PrayerRequest@christ-church.net and let us know if this is for the public prayer list or for our confidential intercessory prayer list. You may also fill out the prayer request form online at our website (found on the Pastoral Care page under “Ministries”). All published prayer requests on this list also go on the confidential intercessory prayer list. Please note that names remain on the prayer list for 4 weeks and on our confidential intercessory prayer list until you ask to be removed. Please resubmit your request if you or a loved one needs to remain on the list. This helps keep our prayers current. Names in bold print indicate new additions to the prayer list.