October 25, 2020
Christ Church exists to show everyone God loves them unconditionally.
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.)

In-Person service on Wednesday at 12:00 PM (no sign up required) 

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
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 21 – Sandra Donaldson — As the Chief Advocacy Officer for Community Health Northwest Florida, Donaldson has a unique perspective on the challenges facing marginalized people when it comes to healthcare; for example, why is the COVID-19 having a more devastating impact on minority and poor communities?

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. 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:
Volunteers are needed this month for donating snack supplies for the Halloween classroom parties on October 30. Donations are needed by Wednesday, October 28. For more information and to donate, please contact Honey Harris.

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.

Lift Every Voice (via Zoom)
Wednesday, October 21

Food Distribution Day
Friday, October 23

Consecration Sunday
Sunday, November 1

Gulf Breeze Eucharist Service
Sunday, November 8
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.

If you missed our 2020 stewardship speakers, click here to watch.

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
To sign up, please email Honey Harris
Individuals and families are welcome to reserve a time to pray in the Chapel of the Beloved Son or a time to sit in peace by the columbarium. You can reserve a time by calling the parish office at (850) 432-5115.
We want to let our college students know that we're thinking of them this fall by sending them a small care package before final exams. If you would like for your student to be included, please email Kelly Heindl with your child's mailing address at school by Monday, October 26.
The new quarterly Forward Day by Days have arrived. If you would like a copy mailed to you, please email Kelly Heindl and specify if you would like a regular size or large print edition. Forward Day by Day can also be found on the web here.
Volunteers Needed!!
Friday, October 23 ~ 9:00 AM
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.
Volunteers are needed this month for donating snack supplies for the Halloween classroom parties on October 30. Donations are needed by Wednesday, October 28. For more information and to donate, please contact Honey Harris.
Sunday, October 25
This Sunday we will hear the story of God’s promise to Abraham from the Old Testament book of Genesis. God asked Abraham, ”How many stars are there in the heavens?” Join us Sunday to find out what God’s promise to Abraham was. Also, this Sunday we will have special Halloween treats. If you wish to wear your Halloween costume, please do so. Parents, please sign children up here (max 12 children).

Zoomers can hear the same story presented by Britton Lynn and Rudy at 9:30 AM. 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.
Sacred Ground Dialogue ~ Sundays, 9:15 AM
Session five of class has us listening to the voices of those who identify as Hispanic in our country. Jesus often asked those who approached him, "What do you want me to do for you?" That question required him to listen to the concerns of others. Anyone is welcome to share what you are hearing from those who are different from you. A Zoom connection is our means of conversing from 9:15-10:00 AM on Sundays and is facilitated by Dick Hooper and David Starling. Join the dialogue through the ZOOM link available in the Saturday announcements. Please click here for more information.
Wednesday, November 4 ~ 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 meet on the first Wednesday of the month at 3:00 PM. The November book discussion will be Becoming by Michelle Obama.
Sunday, November 8 ~ 5:00 PM ~ at the Jerrems'
We will be having an outdoor Eucharist service, hosted by Mia & Warren Jerrems, for our families across the bridge in Gulf Breeze and Pensacola Beach on Sunday, November 8 at 5:00 PM with a conversation to follow. Please contact Rev. Katie for questions or more information.
Tuesday, November 10 ~ 6:00-7:30 PM (via Zoom)
Join Zoom Meeting
Time: Nov 10, 2020 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 834 1364 5163
Passcode: 652360

Are you enjoying the Bible Project? Want to deepen your understanding of scripture? We are hosting a Zoom information meeting on Tuesday, November 10, 6-7:30 PM, where current students and graduates will speak about their experience in EfM. Together we will explore theological reflection and answer your questions. 

EfM will enrich your spiritual life. It is designed for lay people with big questions and a hunger to better understand our faith. We join together weekly to study Old Testament, New Testament, church history and theological thinking in a four year program but you only commit to one academic year at a time. The seminar builds fellowship, understanding and a sense of how God is working in your life. Registration for our new year begins in December. For additional information, contact Pam Tanner.
Co-chaired by Father Michael, Christ Church is an active participant in the local J.U.S.T. Pensacola (Justice United Seeking Transformation in Pensacola) organization. As in 2019, Christ Church members, along with those from 23 other congregations, will gather in small group meetings where attendees tell their stories, share their hopes and concerns for our community, and discuss our call to do justice. This is the first step in the yearly process to determine areas needing improvement in our community, doing the research, and coming together at a Nehemiah event to present strategies and make requests to community leaders for improvement. With a large number of people attending (700 at our last Nehemiah event) representing so many faith communities, our leaders do listen. Members of Christ Church will host meetings of approximately ten people, either in-person or virtual. The meetings will be held in the next five weeks and last only an hour and a half. If you are interested in attending a meeting, please contact Honey Harris.
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!
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, 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—Marcia Edwards—and anniversaries.

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.