December 6, 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 distributions are Friday, December 4, and Saturday, December 19. We will also be 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.

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. Please click here for more information on how to donate and help make toiletry bags.
HAPPENINGS
UPCOMING EVENTS

Food Distribution Days
Friday, December 4
Saturday, December 19

Gulf Breeze Eucharist Service
Sunday, December 6

Carol Event
Sunday, December 13

Christ Church College Night
Thursday, December 17
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**
CHRISTMAS FLOWER DEDICATIONS
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
The Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast is pleased to extend an invitation to join them for “Just Mercy, Just Jesus” – a revival-like, virtual evening concluding their year-long 50th Jubilee Celebration. In lieu of the in-person revival originally planned to take place, the event has been re-imagined into a virtual evening of music, prayer, personal testimonies and conversation with honored guests – the Most Rev. Michael Curry, presiding bishop and primate of The Episcopal Church, and Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative and author of the book “Just Mercy.” 

The event will be broadcast on Friday, December 4, at 6 p.m. CST, available to watch through Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DioCGC

In addition to the “Just Mercy, Just Jesus” event, the Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast will also be holding a virtual evening prayer service honoring their 1970 primary convention on Thursday, December 3, 2020, at 6PM CST, hosted by Christ Church Parish in Pensacola. The service will be broadcast on Facebook and YouTube. The third and final culminating activity will be a virtual coffee hour roundup of fellowship and conversation held on Saturday, December 5, via the Zoom video platform, hosted by the diocese’s Evangelism Task Force. 

Bishop Kendrick shares details for all 50th Jubilee Celebration related events in this video
Volunteers Needed!!
FOOD DISTRIBUTION DAYS
Friday, December 4
& Saturday, December 19
~ 9:00 AM ~
Allen Chapel AME Church
We have been serving around 200 families each food distribution. Our next food distribution days will be Friday, December 4 and 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 6

The Second Sunday of Advent — Advent wreath preparing went well and children traveled home with wreaths, fresh greenery and candles. This coming Sunday we will light our second purple candle – the candle of Peace. We will continue conversations about the meaning of each candle and begin our journey toward Bethlehem. The beautiful and meaningful story of the nativity of our Lord from the Gospel of Luke will begin our journey. 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.
ADULT CHRISTIAN FORMATION OFFERING:
Sacred Ground Dialogue ~ Sundays, 9:15 AM
The subject for discussion for Session 10 is "Becoming Beloved Community".  This is the last session for the study, but not the end of the journey. The challenge for Christians is always to see and treat all persons with whom one comes in contact the way we would greet Jesus. Finding the will and some means to meet this challenge are offered. Anyone is welcome to join this week's conversation even if you have not seen or read the texts for study. 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.
EPIC BOOK CLUB
Wednesday, December 2 ~ 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 December book discussion will be The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See.
GULF BREEZE EUCHARIST SERVICE
Sunday, December 6 ~ 5:00 PM ~ at the Poole's
We will be having an outdoor Eucharist service, hosted by Josh & Noelle Poole, for our families across the bridge in Gulf Breeze and Pensacola Beach on Sunday, December 6 at 5:00 PM with a conversation to follow. Please contact Rev. Katie for questions or 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 
NEW ADULT CHRISTIAN FORMATION OFFERING:
Lighting the World ~ beginning Sunday, December 13
Many people are experiencing the world as very dark this year and long for glimpses of light. In the introduction to her book and study, Light of the World, Professor Amy-Jill Levine writes that "each sentence, each word, shimmers with significance" about the birth stories of Jesus. This book offers an opportunity to see new light in the very old and often told stories of Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany. Classes will begin on Sunday, December 13 at 9:15 AM through Zoom. 
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, Tracy Jennings, Bess Jensen, 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—Jerry Walters.
IV. In Thanksgiving. For those in our parish celebrating birthdays—Gail Husbands, Elizabeth Woolf—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.