February 21, 2021
Christ Church exists to show everyone God loves them unconditionally.
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 Minor Sacraments ~ Sundays, 9:30 AM: Zoom
Join Fr. Michael and Rev. Katie on Sunday mornings at 9:30 AM on Zoom for a class that explores the Minor Sacraments of the Church. Each week we will look at a different Sacrament (Confirmation, Holy Matrimony, Reconciliation of a Penitent, Unction, and Ordination) and have a time of discussion.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 842 9582 4079
Passcode: 773934

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

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
The next mobile food distribution is Thursday, February 25. 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. Also, with cold weather here we are collecting blankets. Please click here for more information on how to help.

Ash Wednesday Services
Wednesday, February 17

Confirmation Classes Begin
Sunday, February 21

Food Distribution Day
Thursday, February 25

Gulf Breeze Eucharist
Sunday, February 28
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.
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!
Wednesday, February 17
(Please note — signup required!)
Imposition of Ashes
7:00 AM, 9:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 4:00 PM, 6:00 PM
Click here to sign up (50 person max per service; masks are required).
Sundays ~ February 21, March 21 & April 18
4:00-5:30 PM (via Zoom)
Adult Confirmation is an opportunity to “confirm” your baptismal faith during the bishop’s visit on Sunday, April 25. It is also a way to take ownership in being a member of an Episcopal Church in general and Christ Church in particular. Classes will be held on Zoom from 4:00-5:30 PM on Sundays, February 21, March 21, and April 18. To sign up, please e-mail Kelly Heindl, Parish Secretary, at christchurchpns@aol.com. If you have any questions, e-mail Father Michael at Michael@christ-church.net.
Volunteers Needed!!
Thursday, February 25
~ 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, February 25, 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.
Christ Church is starting the search for our new Director of Children and Family Ministries. The part-time position (20 hours) is salaried and includes retirement and other benefits. The start time is flexible, but we hope is to hire someone this spring or summer. Help us spread the word. You can see the job description here. Resumes with cover letters should be sent to traci@christ-church.net. Questions can be directed to Father Michael at michael@christ-church.net
~ Sunday, February 21 ~
The Valentine’s Day celebration was certainly a fun time for the children as we heard the story of St. Valentine and the healing of a little blind girl, had special treats, and painted beautiful hearts. This coming Sunday we will begin the season of Lent by learning about this important time in the church year. We will use this Sunday to complete some of our projects and review all the basic stories we have heard from our Jesus Storybook Bibles. Remember, we welcome new children each Sunday, and, of course, dolls are welcome! Please sign children up here (max 20 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.
Lent is almost here and so is our annual Christ Church “March Madness”. This competition supports Episcopal Relief & Development and its efforts to fight poverty and disease, provide disaster relief, and promote sustainability throughout the world. The 2021 “March Madness” will kick off right after Ash Wednesday and run until Easter Sunday. 

Last year after several championship seasons, the Chickens were soundly defeated by the Cows. This year the Champion Cows will take on a veteran contender, the Goats. Parishioners have the opportunity to “purchase” for $80 either a Goat or a Cow. As Lent gets underway, look for more information on how you can participate in the fun and transform lives!
Saturday, February 20
9:00 AM (via Zoom)
Speaker: Our own Father Walt
"Prophets of Saving Justice:
Absalom Jones & Frederick Douglass
All invited — Zoom link here.
Meeting ID: 835 8491 0590
Passcode: 892120

Sunday, February 28 ~ 5:00 PM ~ at the Jerrems'
We will be having an outdoor Eucharist service, hosted by Mia & Warren Jerrems, for our families across the bridge in Gulf Breeze and Pensacola Beach on Sunday, January 17 at 5:00 PM with a conversation to follow. Please contact Rev. Katie for questions or more information.
The Minor Sacraments
led by Fr. Michael and Rev. Katie ~ Sundays, 9:30 AM: Zoom
Join Fr. Michael and Rev. Katie on Sunday mornings at 9:30 AM on Zoom for a class that explores the Minor Sacraments of the Church. Each week we will look at a different Sacrament (Confirmation, Holy Matrimony, Reconciliation of a Penitent, Unction, and Ordination) and have a time of discussion.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 842 9582 4079
Passcode: 773934
Sundays ~ 9:00 AM
A River Through the Desert: A Lenten Pilgrimage
This study for Lent was written by Richard Sewell, Dean of St. George's College, Jerusalem. It considers the significance of places in the desert where Jesus causes faith "to flower and flourish in unexpected ways." This week Jesus meets a very assertive and articulate woman at a well who makes a life changing discovery and may be the first woman preacher (John 4:1-42). Dick Hooper and David Starling facilitate this study at 9:00 AM on Sunday mornings through ZOOM. Join the class through the link available in the Saturday announcements. Please click here for more information.
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 to find rest in this nightly service of Compline. The YouTube link can be found here.
Each week our worship service is enhanced with beautiful fresh flowers. The altar flowers are a memorial, a thanksgiving for an anniversary, a birthday, a new birth, or a thanksgiving for God's blessings. The donation is listed in the weekly bulletin. Forms to participate in this ministry are available here.
Christ Church is here for you. There are many ministries to love and support the people who are the church. We continue to support one another, especially during this pandemic. If you are interested in assisting with staying connected to our church family, please email Rev. Katie or call her at the Parish Office, 850-432-5115. It is easy to feel alone or disconnected right now, so reach out to one of the priests or someone at the church to say hello. Contact Rev. Katie if you or anyone you know has any needs. If you have a pastoral emergency, please call our pastoral care emergency line to speak directly with one of the priests: (850) 462-5137.
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, Jr., Deana Jones, Tim & Dondy Buckley, Scottie Ramsey, Dave Tanner, Bruce & Meg Melvin, Laura Wolfersperger, Dee Whisenhunt Family & Friends: Tricia Spencer, Chris Sturgis, Shannon, Rob Wilmer, Kelly, Trisha Bothwell, Nicole Keating. 
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 prayer-request@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.