December 13, 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)

We embrace God's love (Study/Formation)

The Bible Project
Join Zoom Meeting ~ Sundays, 9:30 AM
(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 discussion on Sundays at 9:30 AM. 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.

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

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
We have several exciting volunteer opportunities coming up around the holidays! The next mobile food distribution is Saturday, December 19. We are also partnering with Montclair Elementary for their holiday class parties and an Angel Tree this month. For full details or to sign up, please click here.

Angel Tree with Montclair Elementary
Christ Church is partnering with Montclair Elementary again this year to support students in great need with gifts for Christmas. There will also be the opportunity to adopt teachers to provide them with a needed classroom item and a gift of appreciation for the work they do. Angels will be available soon on the Angel Tree in the Courtyard or by email. If you are interested in adopting an angel or a teacher, please email Honey with your request and preference and we will email you your angel as soon as it becomes available. Too busy or prefer not to shop? No problem! Donations are greatly appreciated via a check made out to Christ Church, clearly marked for the Angel Tree. Gifts will need to be dropped at the church by Tuesday, December 15.

Readers and Greeters for In-person Services Needed
If you are interested in reading or serving as a greeter for either the 8:00 AM or 10:30 AM in-person services, please click here.

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. Also, with cold weather here we are collecting blankets. Please click here for more information on how to help.
HAPPENINGS
UPCOMING EVENTS

Carol Event
Sunday, December 13

Food Distribution Day
Saturday, December 19

Festival of Lessons & Carols
Sunday, December 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.
CONSECRATION SUNDAY UPDATE
We had an amazing initial response to stewardship on Consecration Sunday. 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.

Thank you for your continued generosity to God through Christ Church!
ADVENT & CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE
 
Sunday, December 13 ~ 5:00 PM
Carol Event ~ Christ Church Parking Lot
Featuring members of the Pensacola Bay Concert Band

Sunday, December 20 ~ 5:00 PM
Festival of Lessons & Carols
Livestreamed on FaceBook & YouTube

Thursday, December 24
Christmas Eve In-Person Services
2:00 — Traditional Service
4:00 PM — Children & Family Service*
6:00 PM — Traditional Service
10:30 PM — The Midnight Mass of Christmas*
*Also livestreamed
 
Friday, December 25 ~ Christmas Day
10:30 AM — Traditional Christmas Day In-Person Service

**Sign up for Christmas services here**

Please note there will be no in-person services
on Sunday, December 27 or Sunday, January 3.
CHRISTMAS FLOWER DEDICATIONS
Due by Monday, December 14!
The beautiful poinsettias and live greenery that adorn our altar, chancel rail and chapel are a special part of the celebration of Christmas at Christ Church. We invite all parishioners to share in the experience through a memorial or thanksgiving gift. Names of the loved ones you honor or remember will be printed in the Christmas bulletin. Flower dedication forms are available here and are due no later than Monday, December 14.

Please mail your form to the church:
P.O. Box 12683
Pensacola, FL 32591
Volunteers Needed!!
FOOD DISTRIBUTION DAY
Saturday, December 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 Saturday, December 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.
CHILDREN'S SUNDAY CHAPEL
Sunday, December 13

The Third Sunday of Advent – Joy — This coming Sunday we will light our third Advent candle – the rose-colored candle for Joy. As we continue our journey toward Bethlehem, we will read from our Jesus Storybook Bible “The Story of the Shepherds” from the gospel of Luke. We have insightful discussions and this past week we talked about the meaning of Peace. The children expressed the feeling that peace is an inner and outward environment of calmness. We also talked about conflict and the importance of getting along with others in a peaceful way – especially our siblings. Each week we will gradually unfold the story ending with our last Sunday, December 20, when we will have a hot cocoa party with treats. 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.
ONLINE COMPLINE
DURING ADVENT 
Peace and Grace to you during this Advent Season. This Order of Compline is brought to you from Christ Church Pensacola. Settle in where you are at this moment and make yourself quiet, light a candle if you like...and breathe. Compline can be done right where you are — it is typically done right before going to sleep. It can be done in your home, backyard, favorite outdoor space or church. You can be by yourself or with others. The Order of Compline we are using is found in the Book of Common Prayer on page 127. Deacon Rachel Iversen invites you to join her during this season of Advent to find rest in this nightly service of Compline. The YouTube link can be found here.
NEW ADULT CHRISTIAN FORMATION OFFERING:
Jesus: Light of the World Study ~ beginning Sunday, December 13
This class for Advent/Christmas and Epiphany begins Sunday, December 13, with a 9:15 AM Zoom meeting. The text for class is Amy-Jill Levine's book, Light of the World, and its introduction is the topic for the first session. Ms. Levine is a professor at Vanderbilt Divinity School and has written extensively about how the Jews in the Holy Land would have heard the stories of and about Jesus during his life. This week is an introduction to our study which Dick Hooper and David Starling are facilitating. Join the dialogue through the ZOOM link available in the Saturday announcements. Please click here for more information.
EDUCATION FOR MINISTRY (EfM) UGLY SWEATER PARTY
Tuesday, December 8 ~ 6:00 PM (via Zoom)
Join Zoom Meeting
Time: December 8, 2020 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 857 3417 4537
Passcode: 197760

Help us celebrate the holidays! Join us for an evening of worship and games. There will be a prize for the ugliest sweater or hat. Invite your friends! We are happy to answer questions about the EfM program. Our upcoming year is starting January 5 with registration in December. For additional information, contact Pam Tanner.

To follow along with our worship, the link for An Order for Compline is 
BROTHERHOOD OF ST. ANDREW 
Saturday, December 19
9:00 AM (via Zoom)
Hugh Bonneville —
"It's All Well With My Soul"
Christmas Concert
with the Tabernacle Choir
All invited — Zoom link here.
EPISCOPAL YOUTH COMMUNITY NEWS
**Please note that because of COVID, the foster care nonprofits we partner with
are not accepting any used items.
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: Bruce Melvin, Meg Melvin, Laura Wolfersperger, Dee Whisenhunt Family & Friends: Rob Wilmer, 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.
IV. In Thanksgiving. For those in our parish celebrating birthdays—Bob Yearty—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.
TRANSITIONS

We welcome into God's family through the Sacrament of Baptism
Gregory Benjamin Smith and William Bynum Smith, 6 December, 2020.

We welcome to Christ Church
Helen Hiatt who has transferred to us from St. Mary's, Memphis, TN.

The sympathy of the parish is extended to the family of
Evelyn Brown Joseph who died on 18 November, 2020;
and to the family of
Jerry Turner Walters who died on 28 November, 2020.