November 15, 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.)

In-Person service on Wednesday at 12:00 PM (no sign up required) **no service on November 11**

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.
November 11 – Guy Gruters Our special guest on Veterans' Day is Guy Gruters. Guy was a POW at Hanoi Hilton for five years.

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 Thursday, November 19. 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 throughout the school year.

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

Lift Every Voice (via Zoom)
Wednesday, November 11

Food Distribution Day
Thursday, November 19

Fall "Bag it For Manna" Collection
Friday, November 20
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.
***Please note there will not be a Wednesday noon service this week***
FR. WALT TO RETIRE IN JANUARY
Fr. Walt will retire from active ministry in early January 2021. Of course, he and Becky will remain parishioners here at Christ Church. Fr. Walt's last Sunday will be January 10th.
CONSECRATION SUNDAY UPDATE
We had an amazing initial response to stewardship on Consecration Sunday. Counting all the pledge cards that were placed on the altar (including mail and email), here are the totals:
 
  • 264 pledges for $996,745
  • 37 new pledging individual/families (that number is incredible)
  • 97 pledges showed increases
 
For comparison, last year after Consecration Sunday we had:

  • 213 pledges for $933,515
  • 24 new pledging units
  • 100 pledges showed increases

By the conclusion of stewardship in 2019, we had 355 pledges for $1,302,000, so we are hoping/expecting another 90 to 120 pledges to come in over the next month or so. If you have not completed your pledge, you can do so here to submit your pledge online, or you may return your card by mail.

If you did not pick up a print of ‘Receive’ by Sarah Soule Webb, you will be receiving it in the mail sometime this week. 
 
Thank you for your continued generosity to God through Christ Church!
The Parish Office will be closed on Wednesday, November 11
in observance of Veterans' Day.
LAYREADERS NEEDED FOR SUNDAY IN-PERSON SERVICES
To sign up, please email Honey Harris
Volunteers Needed!!
FOOD DISTRIBUTION DAYS
Thursday, November 19 ~ 9:00 AM
Allen Chapel AME Church
We have been serving around 200 families each food distribution. Our next food distribution day will be Thursday, November 19, 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.
FALL "BAG IT FOR MANNA" COLLECTION
**Donations due by Thursday, November 19**
We are collecting nourishing non-perishable food items for Manna Food Pantries. Please drop off your contributions at the church by Thursday, November 19. Due to COVID-19, we are not distributing decorated grocery bags as in years past. Thank you for your contributions!

Manna’s most-needed items are:
Chicken and Tuna (cans no larger than 16 oz. and pouches)
Microwaveable Dinners (e.g. Hormel Compleats)
Canned Fruit in 100% Juice (not larger than 32 oz. cans)
Canned Mixed Vegetables (not larger than 32 oz. cans)
Oatmeal (boxes of single-serve packets)
Peanut Butter (1 lb. jars and individual cups)
Canned Beans
CHILDREN'S SUNDAY CHAPEL
Sunday, November 15
We are continuing our stories from the Old Testament and this coming Sunday we will hear the story of Joseph and his brothers from Genesis 37-46. Joseph and his coat of many colors is one of the most well-known stories in the Bible. Our discussion will center on the importance of forgiveness and how God forgives us even when we have gone astray.

Thus far, we have made more than 30 cards for the Wesley Haven facility. The children are painting crosses, hearts and rainbows on their cards and some are making amazing designs with watercolors. Please join us either in-church or as a Zoomer. Parents, please sign children up here (max 12 children).

For those who are with us on Zoom, Britton Lynn and Rudy will be with you to tell this story — these sessions begin at 9:30 AM. The meeting ID is 3205228708. Britton will let you in through the waiting room.

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.
ADULT CHRISTIAN FORMATION OFFERING:
Sacred Ground Dialogue ~ Sundays, 9:15 AM
On Sunday, November 15, the class will use "Session 7: Selective Access to the Melting Pot and the American Dream: 1830s - 1960s" as a resource for our conversation. The significant question to discuss is, "Who is given and who is denied access to resources intended to enhance the well-being of our citizens?" 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.
PRAY IN THE CHAPEL
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.
EDUCATION FOR MINISTRY (EfM) OPEN HOUSE
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.
EPISCOPAL YOUTH COMMUNITY NEWS
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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: Danny Deaton, Laura Wolfersperger, Phyllis Kreiner, Dee Whisenhunt Family & Friends: Rob Wilmer, Tracy Jennings, Bess Jensen, Susan Traynor, Hal Williams, Chuck Stanhope, 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—Sam Boney.
IV. In Thanksgiving. For those in our parish celebrating birthdays—Tim Marks—and anniversaries—Louisette & David Woodward.

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.