May 9, 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
**No sign up required for 8:00 AM service any longer; still required for 10:30 service!**
Click here to sign up (125 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)

Acts and the Early Church ~ Sundays ~ 9:30 AM: Zoom
Join Fr. Michael and Rev. Katie for a series that explores the story of the early Church as found in Acts – the struggles and the experiences of early Christians as the Church rapidly grew. This series will continue through the month of May.
Join Zoom meeting

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

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
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 help.

EPIC Book Club (via Zoom)
Wednesday, May 5

Azalea Trace Services resume
Wednesday, May 12

"Bag it For Manna" Collection
Sunday, May 16

Youth Sunday
Sunday, June 6
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.
~ Sunday, May 9 ~
This coming Sunday we will hear the story of "The Hidden Treasure" from the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 13. This is one of Jesus' most important teachings and will continue our learning about his important lessons for us. We have lots of activities each Sunday as we make prayer beads, pick out our prayer boxes, and make a special gift for our mothers to celebrate Mother’s Day. It is most helpful if you sign up your children early to ensure we have enough supplies. And, please remember to mark your calendars for our Pentecost celebration, May 23rd. Please sign children up here (max 20 children).

For those who are with us on Zoom, Britton and Rudy will be with you to tell a story — these sessions begin at 9:30 AM. The meeting ID is 3205228708. Britton will let you in through the waiting room.
Wednesday, May 5 ~ 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 May book discussion will be Toward That Which Is Beautiful by Marian O'Shea Wernicke.
Azalea Trace services will resume beginning Wednesday, May 12. Services will be held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 4:00 PM.
Each year, faith-based communities from Escambia and Santa Rosa counties come together during a week in May to build a home for a local family. All are welcome to join us in putting God’s love into action. Together, we can demonstrate the love of God and be advocates for affordable housing. There is still space available for five more volunteers on May 11, 12, 13 or 14! Volunteers will be led by Habitat's construction crew leaders and work to frame the home — no construction experience is necessary as crew leaders will teach you everything you need to know! The day begins at 8:00 AM and will be over by 2:30 PM. Pensacola Habitat is also hosting a special Faith Build picnic where volunteers can meet each other and the Pensacola Habitat Home Buyer who will be living in the home they are helping to construct! To sign up go to and click the ‘Join Faith Build’ button.
**Donations due by Sunday, May 16**
We are collecting nourishing non-perishable food items for Manna Food Pantries. Please drop off your contributions at the church by Sunday, May 16Due to COVID-19, we are not distributing decorated grocery bags as in years past. Thank you for your contributions!
**Please note change of date**
The Robinson Scholarship is a perpetual scholarship fund established at Christ Church in loving memory of Judge Grover C. Robinson, Jr., and his granddaughter, Miss Lowrey E. Robinson. This fund was established to financially assist those students who have been active in the EYC and/or the Acolyte Corps in obtaining post-secondary education. The application is available here and should be returned to Kelly Heindl in the Parish Office by Monday, June 21.
Acts and the Early Church
led by Fr. Michael and Rev. Katie ~ Sundays ~ 9:30 AM: Zoom
Join Fr. Michael and Rev. Katie for a series that explores the story of the early Church as found in Acts – the struggles and the experiences of early Christians as the Church rapidly grew. This series will continue through the month of May.
Join Zoom meeting
ADULT CHRISTIAN ED OFFERING ~ Faith For Our Times Sundays ~ 9:00 AM (via Zoom)
Diana Butler Bass, in her book Christianity after Religionwrites that Christian faith is trust and loyal commitment to God. She then offers ideas about how such trust and commitment affects "Behaving" (Chapter 5). Jesus says it another way: "Where your heart is, there your treasure is also." This session is a discussion about behaviors which could reflect our trust and commitment to God. Join the conversation at 9:00 AM on Sundays through the ZOOM link provided in the Saturday email. Dick Hooper and David Starling facilitate the sessions. Please click here for more information.
Sign up for Football Faith Night 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: George Andrews, Riggs Edge, Nancy Stafford, Bruce & Meg Melvin, Laura Wolfersperger, Dee Whisenhunt Family & Friends: Al Zetelski, 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 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.

We welcome into God's family through the Sacrament of Baptism
Lillian Monroe Ward and Lucas David Ward,
1 May 2021.