October 4, 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
**No service on September 30; will resume in-person service 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
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 begin in a Zoom format on Wednesday nights at 7:00 PM.
September 30 – Rabbi Joel Fleekop and Salma Ashmawi — Rabbi Joel, the Rabbi of Temple Beth-El and a leader in the Jewish community, and Salma, the former spokesperson of the Islamic Center of Northwest Florida and a leader in the Islamic community, will speak on the perspective and challenges facing religious minorities.

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 dates will be Thursday, October 8 and 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
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

The Blessing of Animals
Saturday, October 3

10:30 In-Person Service Resumes
Sunday, October 4

Children's Sunday School Resumes
Sunday, October 4

Food Distribution Days
Thursday, October 8
Friday, October 23
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.
THE BLESSING OF ANIMALS
Saturday, October 3 ~ 9:00 AM ~ Front Courtyard
Each year on the weekend closest to St. Francis Day we have the Blessing of Animals. This year it will be on Saturday, October 3 at 9:00 AM in the front courtyard. Any animal you can bring is welcome — along with a donation of canned or packaged pet food for our local animal shelter!
Calling our children and families!
CHILDREN'S SUNDAY SCHOOL RESUMES OCTOBER 4
This is an important Sunday in the life of Christ Church. We are hoping you and your family will return to in-person services. However, we still have two ways for you to participate. If you are planning to attend church, this week we will be hearing a beautiful story from The Jesus Storybook Bible entitled The Story and The Song, an introduction to Psalm 19 and Hebrews 1. “The heavens are singing about how great God is…” Our regular storytellers will be happy to greet you in the Parish Hall at 10:30: BB (Bonnie Benz) Ms. Krista (Krista McGraw) and Mr. Patrick (Patrick Israel). Parents, please sign children up here (max 12 children).

Zoomers will join Britton Lynn and Rudy for The Story and the Song at 9:30. The meeting ID is: 3205228708. Britton will let you in through the waiting room. 

We hope to see you either in-person or on Zoom!

If you are planning to attend the in-church service, please know we are providing a "Covid-Safe" space. You and your children will need to wear a mask and remember the guidelines for social distancing. Children will be checked in at the door leading to the Parish Hall from the church breezeway. We will have signs marking the way. **PARENTS PLEASE BRING CHILDREN DIRECTLY TO THE PARISH HALL PRIOR TO THE 10:30 SERVICE.**
Volunteers Needed!!
FOOD DISTRIBUTION DAYS
Thursday, October 8 & Friday, October 23 9:00 AM
Allen Chapel AME Church
We have been serving around 200 families each food distribution. Our next food distribution days will be Thursday, October 8 and 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.
NEW ADULT CHRISTIAN FORMATION OFFERING:
Sacred Ground Dialogue ~ Sundays, 9:30 AM
Session Two conversation about racial reconciliation begins with consideration of the history of prejudice and oppression of ethnic minorities in our country.  In order to take a new path in relationships one has to know the path taken in the past and present. Join the dialogue at 9:30 AM Sunday 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
FIRST RESPONDER CARDS
Come pick up blank cards this week at 1100 E. Bobe St., 32503 to write notes of encouragement thanking first responders and linemen!
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—Traci Stitt—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.