December 20, 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
The next mobile food distribution is Saturday, December 19. 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 and teachers in great need with gifts for Christmas. Donations are greatly appreciated via a check made out to Christ Church, clearly marked for the Angel Tree. For more information, please email Honey.

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

Food Distribution Day
Saturday, December 19

Festival of Lessons & Carols
Sunday, December 20

Christmas Services
Thursday, December 24
Friday, December 25
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 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
8:00 PM — Traditional Service (additional service added)
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**

(NOTE: Signup is required to attend services)

Please note there will be no in-person services
on Sunday, December 27; Wednesday, December 30; or Sunday, January 3.

The Parish Office will be closed
Thursday, December 24 through Friday, January 1.
DIOCESAN CONVENTION DELEGATE NOMINATIONS DUE FRIDAY!
The Convention of the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast will meet virtually from February 26-27, 2021. The vestry of Christ Church will elect six delegates and two alternatives to represent our parish at this annual convention. To be eligible for election, you must be at least sixteen years of age, a confirmed member in good standing at Christ Church, and make a regular financial contribution to this parish. If you would like to be considered as a candidate or would like to nominate someone, email Kelly Heindl at christchurchpns@aol.comSign-up deadline is Friday, December 18, 2020.
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 20

The Fourth Sunday of Advent — We will light the fourth Advent candle – the candle for Love. This will be our final celebration of the birth of our Lord before Epiphany and we will have a party. Hot cocoa, treats, goody bags and a special visitor will be part of this joyful time for us. Be sure and sign up early! Please join us either in-church or as a Zoomer. Parents, please sign children up here (max 15 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 ~ Sundays, 9:00 AM
Most people can remember at least bits and pieces of Jesus' birth stories, but most people also have a lot to learn about significant details of events and people who affected his life. In Amy-Jill Levine's book, Light of the World, she writes, "Knowing the where and when of Jesus is essential for understanding him." This Sunday's class (chapter one) examines why and how the birth of John the Baptist and his parents are important to understand Jesus' life. The time for this Zoom class is slightly changed and begins at 9:00 AM. 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.
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
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: Allen Whitney Harris, Jr., Dave Tanner, the Yearty family, 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 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
Patricia Chotto and Jessica Wilder
who visited with us on 6 December, 2020.

We welcome into God's family through the Sacrament of Baptism
Emma Gail Hunt, 12 December, 2020.