June 28, 2020

New Worship Schedule
Sunday 8AM, 5PM & Wednesday 12PM

Diaconate Ordination
at Christ Church Cathedral, Mobile
Sunday, June 28

Food Distribution Days
Thursday, July 2
Friday, July 17
Thursday, July 30
Don't miss Michael's sermon from this past   Sunday, June 21 .

All church activities are cancelled until further notice. The office is closed to foot traffic and I have given the staff permission to work from home to limit in person contact. You can call the church office or email anyone on the staff with any questions or concerns.

If you are in a position to continue giving to God through Christ Church, please do so. You can mail in your pledge or  Give Online .

**Each Saturday, we will send out a weekly email
with all of the service links that you need.

Sunday Morning ~ 10:30 AM
Join us for our streamed service on  Facebook Live  or  YouTube  
at 10:30 AM on Sunday morning.
**See Saturday's email for links for worship and Christian formation.**

Prayer Requests: We still do prayer requests for Sundays in two ways: 1) Email Rev. Katie, kathryn@christ-church.net , by noon on Wednesday and they will be included in the recording. 2) During the live-stream, add your prayer requests in the comments section and Fr. Michael and Rev. Katie will pray for them in the church and throughout the week.

Online Lay Readers: As part of our Sunday worship, we are looking for people willing to record themselves at home doing the readings and then uploading them via share files. This does not have to only be adults. Parents, we would love to see and hear your children read as part of the service! If you are willing to read, please email Honey Harris at  honey@christ-church.net


Social Hour Check-in with Rev. Katie
Please join us to check in, converse, and pray together
Mondays at 4:00 PM: Zoom

A Class on C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters with Rev. Katie
Please read at least the first eight letters. Our first zoom session will focus on the beginning of the book.
Contact Rev. Katie with any questions, kathryn@christ-church.net .
Thursday mornings at 9:00 AM: Zoom
Meeting ID: 770 0494 3271; Password: 7KufGJ

**If you are a leader of a group/ministry at Christ Church and would like help setting up
a Zoom meeting, please email Honey Harris at   honey@christ-church.net

Christ Church is here for you. If you are interested in checking in with fellow Christ Church families, email Honey Harris,  honey@christ-church.net; or Fr. Walt at  walt@christ-church.net if you or anyone you know has any needs. 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.

If you have a pastoral emergency, please call our pastoral care emergency line to speak directly with one of the priests: (850) 462-5137 .

Sundays 8 AM, 5 PM, and Wednesday 12PM Eucharists 
Christ Church has reinstated the Sunday 8 AM, Sunday 5 PM (now at new Christ Church), and the Wednesday noon Eucharists, modified to make the services as safe as possible and comply with diocesan guidelines. Our primary service at 10:30 AM will continue to be livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube.
Here are some important things to know:
  1. Everyone in the service will wear masks to protect others and provide a sense of peace.
  2. We are limiting the services to roughly 50 people or 30 seating positions (individuals or households) spaced well over 8 feet apart.
  3. You can sign-up to attend here
  4. There will be readings, a sermon, prayers, and communion. The service will be around 30 minutes long. 
  5. There will be organ music on Sunday at the 8 AM and 5 PM services, but no congregational singing. 
  6. We ask everyone (with the exception of those who use the handicap ramps) to enter through the front doors on Wright St. for all services, so park accordingly.
  7. If you attend worship and are later diagnosed with COVID-19, you will immediately contact a member of the Clergy at Christ Church so that we can take the necessary steps to protect others from the spread of the virus, which necessarily will include shutting down worship, again, for a period of at least two weeks.

To recap:
Sunday 8 AM: Eucharist
Sunday 10:30 AM: Streamed service on Facebook and YouTube
Sunday 5 PM (at 18 W. Wright St): Eucharist
Wednesday noon: Eucharist
In Father Michael’s recent sermon, he called upon the church to do the hard work of discussing race, racism, and how to forge a better, more equitable world.
The harder discussions will need to wait until we can meet in person. It is different talking to a screen than talking face to face. But we are taking the following steps:
  1. A committee is being formed that will lead the congregation in this work.
  2. A series of book studies throughout the summer beginning with America’s Original Sin by Jim Wallis (see announcement below). As a reminder, you do not have to agree with an author for a book to challenge you. 
  3. A three-week series called Looking at our Racial History, focusing on the history of race in our local context (see announcement below).
Looking at our Racial History – Wednesdays at 7 PM  ( Zoom Link )
Christ Church is offering classes examining the way race has impacted our local history. These classes will be held on Zoom. Here is the link to participate: ( Zoom Link )  
Wednesday, June 24, 7 PM – The History of Race in the Episcopal Church . The Rev. Freddie Tellis, pastor at Allen Chapel AME, will join Father Michael to examine the role of race in the Episcopal Church and the history of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. 
Wednesday, July 1, 7 PM – The History of Race in Christ Church and St. Cyprian's . We will discuss and look at the shared and divergent histories of Christ Church and St. Cyprian's. Our brothers and sisters from St. Cyprian's will join us in this discussion.

Book Study – Wednesdays at 7 PM beginning July 8 ( Zoom Link)

Christ Church will be holding a series of book studies to continue the work of learning and growing in our ability to do the work of racial healing and dismantling racism. These classes will be held on Zoom at 7 PM on Wednesdays July 8, 15, and 22. Our first book will be: Jim Wallis’  America’s Original Sin  (order on Amazon  here ). We will cover through chapter 3 on July 8, chapters 4-7 on July 15, and chapters 8 through the end on July 22. If you are interested in participating in the book study, please email Traci at traci@christ-church.net
FOOD DISTRIBUTION DAYS ~ July 2, 17 & 30 ~ 10AM-12PM
Our next food distribution for the Mobile Food Pantry will be Thursday, July 2. Additional distribution days will be Friday, July 17 & Thursday, July 30. Please email Honey Harris, honey@christ-church.net , if you are interested in volunteering. See below for more details and a list of other opportunities to serve.
During this time, there are ways to effectively and safely extend our hands in love to our neighbors in need. Each week, the Chronicle will provide upcoming opportunities and a list of other ways to be involved. If you are looking for ways to be involved, please email Rev. Katie at kathryn@christ-church.net or call 850-432-5115 or please consider these immediate needs of our community:

Mobile Food Pantry Food Distribution – Christ Church, Thursday, July 2
We have been serving around 200 families each food distribution. Our next food distribution will be Thursday, July 2. Our distributions in July will be: Thursday, July 2, Friday, July 17, and Thursday, July 30. We are in need of volunteers on all three dates to work in the morning to either sort and/or distribute 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 at h oney@christ-church.net to volunteer.

Freedom School – At home, 8:30 AM, June 24-July 24
The Central Gulf Coast CDF Freedom School opens on June 24 to promote literacy for the youth in our community from Montclair Elementary, Dixon School of the Arts, and Global Learning Academy. Thank you to the Rev. John Phillips and to Jennifer Adkins, board members, in helping to prepare the opening of the school. Join us throughout the month at 8:30 AM on Zoom for  Harambee! , a daily time of informal sharing when the community comes together to celebrate ( Harambee  is Swahili for “pull together” and reminder that we need one another). Join in any morning and especially on July 8 when Laura Boyles will be the read-a-loud guest! Please contact Rev. Katie for the zoom link. And visit the  Facebook Page   to see pictures, videos, and prayers.

Masks for the VA Clinic – At home, anytime
The VA Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System is in great need of cloth face masks. If you are able to make masks (please see guidelines on our website: Mask Instructions ), please call or email Rev. Katie.

Links for Love – Anytime, For Children
Christ Church is collecting paper chain links that share messages of LOVE and HOPE to inspire the world. All links from around the world will be connected for a Guinness World Record, then distributed to senior centers and hospitals as a beautiful reminder that we are all “Linked By Love!” Specific instructions can be found here: Linked By Love . Send completed links to: Christ Church, c/o Jen Leahey, 18 W. Wright. St., Pensacola, FL 32501.
On Sunday, June 28, eight graduates from the Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast School for Ministry will be ordained to the diaconate at 3 PM CDT, at Christ Church Cathedral in Mobile, Alabama.
While your presence is not possible, please join us via livestream using your preferred option:

Christ Church Cathedral

Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast

*You do not need a Facebook or YouTube account to watch the livestream on social media;
however, if you wish to leave a comment, you will need to have a Facebook or YouTube account.

Ordination Offering
It is customary for the offering collected at ordinations to be given to the ordinands' discretionary funds. Since we are unable to attend the service in person, financial gifts may be made through the diocese,  here .
Sundays ~ 9:30 AM
Jesus' parable of the Sower tells us that a seed produces abundantly when nourished in good soil. One lesson in that story could be that God's love and compassion (our soul?) grows greater when one's mind, will and body nourish it. Chapters 6-12 (pages 41-83) of Naomi Levy's book,  Einstein and the Rabbi , offers ways which can feed and awaken the soul in us. Anyone may join the discussion through our Zoom access on Sunday at 9:30 AM. Dick Hooper and David Starling are co-facilitating the group. You may get a book or more information by contacting David Starling by text or phone at (850) 712-0977 or email  dastarling@cox.net .  
Come journey with us in Education for Ministry (EfM) as we explore theology, the new frontier. People with big questions and a hunger to better understand our faith join together weekly to study Old Testament, New Testament, church history and theological thinking in a four year program which builds fellowship, understanding and a sense of how God is working in your life. For additional information see University of the South, Sewanee, http://efm.sewanee.edu/about-efm/about-efm . Contact Pam Tanner ( pamtanner@aol.com ), 850-471-0291, with questions or to register for our upcoming year, which will start, God willing, in September.  
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:   Bill Addison, Hannah Smith, Jay Gearhart, Scott Walker, the Dyson family, Laura Wolfersperger , Cindy Fell, Keith Fell, Jr., Phyllis Kreiner, Dee Whisenhunt  Family & Friends:   Caroline, Debbie, Kelly, Trisha Bothwell, Nicole Keating, Pam Moreno.  
II. For Those in the Armed Forces, especially—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, Jason Reffett, 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—Bob Regan.
IV. In Thanksgiving.   For those in our parish celebrating birthdays—Dave Tanner—and anniversaries—Jennifer & Mike Adkins, Elizabeth & Ken Woolf (55 yrs).

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.