March 28, 2021
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
Sign-up (85 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 Saturday, March 27. 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.
HAPPENINGS
UPCOMING EVENTS

"Rise Up"
Wednesday, March 24 (via Zoom)

Food Distribution Day
Saturday, March 27

Palm Sunday
Sunday, March 28
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.
HOLY WEEK & EASTER SCHEDULE

IN PERSON SERVICES

Holy Week Schedule:
Palm Sunday (March 28): 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM – Sign-up     
Monday of Holy Week (March 29): 12 PM Eucharist
Tuesday of Holy Week (March 30): 12 PM Eucharist
Wednesday of Holy Week (March 31): 12 PM Eucharist
Maundy Thursday (April 1): 6 PM service
with Eucharist and Stripping of the Altar – Sign-up
Good Friday (April 2): 12 PM and 3 PM Good Friday liturgy – Sign-up

Easter Service Schedule: Sign-up
Saturday (April 3): 8 PM Easter Vigil
Easter Sunday (April 4): 7 AM, 9 AM (Children and Family Service), 11 AM

When signing up for Easter services, please make the sacrifice of only signing up for one service (the Easter Vigil counts as an Easter Service), so that we allow for as many individuals to worship in-person at Easter as safely possible.

For further essential information & guidelines, please click here.

VIRTUAL SERVICES
The following Holy Week and Easter services will be available online or livestreamed. Please join us.

Palm Sunday: 3/28 –10:30am (Youtube, Facebook)
Maundy Thursday: 4/1 – 6pm (Youtube, Facebook)
Good Friday: 4/2 – 12pm (Youtube, Facebook)
Good Friday Passiontide: 4/2 – 6pm (Youtube, Facebook)
Holy Saturday: 4/3 – 10am (Facebook Live) 
Easter Vigil: 4/3 – 8pm (Youtube, Facebook) 
Easter Sunday: 4/4 – 11 am (Youtube, Facebook)

The Parish Office will be closed Monday, April 5 & Tuesday, April 6.

**Please note there will be no in-person services on Sunday, April 11.**
LENTEN DEVOTIONAL BOOKLET
Our Lenten devotional booklet may be found here; it is also available via the Christ Church website.
RISE UP!
Wednesdays during Lent ~ 7:00 PM, via Zoom
Shake yourself from the dust, rise up – Isaiah 52:2a
As part of our Lenten devotions, we will have a series of speakers answer the question “What did you learn in 2020 that you want to carry into the future?” The series will be on Zoom at 7:00 PM on Wednesdays during Lent.

March 24 ~ The Rt. Rev. Russell Kendrick
Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast
 
Zoom link:
Meeting ID: 830 1650 9239
Passcode: 867865
EASTER FLOWER DEDICATIONS
Easter lilies and spring flowers make our Easter services visually glorious each year. 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 Easter bulletin. Flower Dedication forms are available here and are due no later than Friday, March 26. Please return your form to Kelly Heindl in the Parish Office.
CHILDREN'S SUNDAY CHAPEL
~ Sunday, March 28 ~
On Palm Sunday we will be hearing the story The Donkey No One Could Ride by Anthony DeStefano. Guess who rides the donkey! This is an endearing story of Jesus’ triumphal ride. After our story time, we will have a small feast featuring some of the foods Jesus might have eaten: flat bread, honey, olives, hummus and fruit. As the last part of the service, we will discuss holy week and its importance in our faith. 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.

Easter Sunday - Graybill Partington, a senior in the IB program at Pensacola High School who has won numerous drama awards, will tell the Resurrection Story. Following the story, we will have an egg hunt for the children. Volunteers will be on hand to direct you as needed. This will be a fun day for the children as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord. Be sure and sign up if you have not done so.
Volunteers Needed!!
FOOD DISTRIBUTION DAY
Saturday, March 27
~ 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, March 27, 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.
MARCH MADNESS UPDATE:
"Cows Stampeding Ahead!"
Early in the game the Goats and the Cows were tied, but soon the Goats gained a substantial lead, aided by “Nick Saban” and “Blessed Bleater”. Not to be outdone, the Cows pulled in some hot new players such as “Iam a Burger” and “Moon Jumper” and made their move, leaving the Goats in the dust. At press time the score is Cows 23 and Goats 17. The game is certainly not over, but the Goats do need to get more players on the court, especially ones with good names!

Just $80 will purchase an animal which gives you naming rights for your cow or goat. A donation of $40 will provide a half of an animal, and any amount will support Episcopal Relief & Development providing animals and training to families in poverty. This year 1/3 of the money raised will go for COVID19 Relief Kits. Pink “March Madness” envelopes and forms can be found in the pews if you attend in-person services, or you may mail a check (indicating which animal and its name) to Christ Church, 18 West Wright St., Pensacola, FL 32501. Please make your check payable to Christ Church. For your convenience, you may also pay online here (select "outreach" from the drop down menu on the giving page).

Remember, purchasing an animal gives you naming rights. The cleverest, funniest names will be acknowledged by Father Michael at the end of the campaign, and the donors will receive prizes! Please email Honey Harris with your choice of animal and name given in order to be included in the naming competition! For questions, you may contact Honey Harris.
LENTEN ADULT CHRISTIAN FORMATION OFFERING 
Sundays ~ 9:00 AM
A River Through the Desert: A Lenten Pilgrimage
The River Through the Desert series will conclude this Sunday with a virtual walk along the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem as we ponder the actual steps of Christ' s passion from the place where he was sentenced to death by Pilate to the site of the crucifixion in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Join us as we experience his painful steps and reflect on its meaning for us as Christians today. 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.
EPIC BOOK CLUB
Wednesday, April 7 ~ 3:00 PM (via Zoom)
The Epic Book Club is meeting via Zoom 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 April book discussion will be Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson.
NEW CHRISTIAN ED OFFERING BEGINNING APRIL 11:
Faith For Our Times
The fastest growing religious identification in surveys is "none" and a second major group identifies as "spiritual, but not religious." The most notable impact of this trend on organized religious groups has been a steadily declining membership. Diana Butler Bass, a scholar of religious studies, religious scholar and Episcopalian, gives insight and a "hope-filled vision for a renewed faith that stays true to the real message of Jesus" in her book, Christianity After Religion.  Beginning on Sunday, April 11 at 9:00 AM through Zoom, this class will explore Ms. Bass' vision for deepening one's faith for our present time. For more information, contact one of the facilitators, Dick Hooper or David Starling.
EPISCOPAL YOUTH COMMUNITY NEWS
ALTAR FLOWER DEDICATIONS
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.
CARE IN COMMUNITY
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.
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: Nancy Stafford, Lyn Harris, Ruth Harris, the Young family, Bruce & Meg Melvin, Laura Wolfersperger, Dee Whisenhunt Family & Friends: Steve Cormon, 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.
TRANSITIONS

We welcome into God's family through the Sacrament of Baptism
Webb Woodfin Rentz, 21 March, 2021.

We welcome to Christ Church
Lacy J. Sweeney
who has transferred to us from St. Francis of Assisi, Gulf Breeze, FL.