September 13, 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 way 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 for Sunday's Bulletin.
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 5:00 PM
Click here to sign up (50 person max)
Click here for guidelines for protocols during COVID-19 (masks, etc.)

Online Wednesday at 12:00 PM
Live-streamed service of noonday prayer on Facebook Live or YouTube 

We embrace God's love (Study/Formation)

The Bible Project
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 discussions at 9:30 AM and 4:00 PM. 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.

Lift Every Voice
Lift Every Voice is a weekly conversation with a person who will share a different perspective that may change our understanding of our community and our role in it. These sessions will begin in a Zoom format on Wednesday nights at 7:00 PM.
September 16 – Pastor Tyler Burns — Pastor Burns is a prominent voice in the discussions around race in Christianity. He is the pastor of New Dimensions Christian Center, author, podcaster (check out Pass the Mic podcast), and Vice President of The Witness: A Black Christian Collective.

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

Mobile Food Pantry
In partnership with Allen Chapel AME, Christ Church gives away 10,000 pounds of food twice a month. The next mobile food pantry dates are Thursday, September 10 and Saturday, September 26. To sign up to help, email Honey Harris.

Montclair Elementary School
Christ Church works with the leadership of Montclair Elementary to amplify the school's efforts and bless the students. While we cannot provide mentors and tutors like we have in the past, the school’s administration will be working with us on needs that they may have as school starts back.

Pastoral Care/Connection
Christ Church has many ministries that love and support the people who are the church. We will continue to work to support one another through good times and bad, especially during this pandemic. To assist in one of the many ways that we reach out to our church family, email Fr. Walt.
HAPPENINGS
UPCOMING EVENTS

Rally Day
Sunday, September 13

Food Distribution Days
Thursday, September 10
Saturday, September 26

The Blessing of the Animals
Saturday, October 3

10:30 In-Person Service Resumes
Sunday, October 4
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.
BRIDGING THE GAP UPDATE
In the midst of this pandemic, Bridging the Gap has not only continued to feed hundreds of people under the bridge, but expanded their efforts because the need is so great. While many programs for the homeless shut down, every Thursday night people can depend on a good meal, although now food is distributed in grab-and-go containers. Also, thanks to the initiative of several Christ Church members, dog food is being distributed to people who love their dogs but have no money. In addition, Bridging the Gap provides food for "walk-ups" during our food distributions. This ready-to-eat food fills the needs of people without refrigerators or kitchens.

To help with this vital ministry, you can email Honey Harris, talk to the Coopers, send a check with "Bridging the Gap" on the memo line, or donate food like dried pasta, dried rice, instant potatoes, or ready-to-eat food such as pop-top cans of chili or ravioli.
Volunteers Needed!!
FOOD DISTRIBUTION DAYS
Thursday, September 10
& Saturday, September 26 ~ 9:00 AM
Allen Chapel AME Church
We have been serving around 200 families each food distribution. Our next food distribution days will be Thursday, September 10 and Saturday, September 26, 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.
RALLY DAY
Sunday, September 13
On Rally Day, we will kick off our Fall programming. The programs will begin in an online format and are adaptable to be in person when it is safe to gather again. There will be ways for all ages to be connected, including programming for youth and children.
NEW ADULT CHRISTIAN FORMATION OFFERING:
Sacred Ground Dialogue ~ Sunday, 9:30 AM
This is a curriculum designed by the Episcopal Church to aid local parishes in Becoming Beloved Community through "a transformational conversation about race." This Sunday at 9:30 AM there will be an informational Zoom meeting to give an overview of expectations and texts for the course. These lessons could possibly be very helpful for anyone who lives or works in a diverse environment and desires to improve communication and relationships. The dialogue will be facilitated by Dick Hooper and David Starling. Please email David Starling or contact him by text/phone (850) 712-0977 to sign-up or for more information.
Due to Covid 19 and limited capacity, BayLights weekend is programmed as a "Getaway by the Bay" for adults and families. There will be no live entertainment Friday night; no Diocesan Ultreya or Rock Bottom on Saturday. It's an opportunity for a fun filled weekend with your friends and family in God's front yard!
EPISCOPAL YOUTH COMMUNITY NEWS
MARK YOUR CALENDAR!!
Our weekly Africa 🇺🇬 EYC Book Club on ZOOM
Every Sunday ~ 7:00-8:00 PM
Surprise special guests from Uganda ministries will join us as we read about a teen who moved from Nashville, TN to Uganda in faith — and the challenges to trust God while in Africa. This book club is for guys and girls of all ages. It is a New York Times Bestseller – and one of Britton's personal favorites! You do not need to RSVP to come to the book club and there is no "homework" or reading to participate in this book club! Purchasing a book is not necessary. We will be screen-sharing an e-book, but if you would like to purchase a book it is Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis.
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: Peter Gram, Chris Washler, Charlie Boice, Mac Knefely, Hannah Smith, Laura Wolfersperger, Phyllis Kreiner, Dee Whisenhunt Family & Friends: Kathy Benson, 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.
IV. In Thanksgiving. For those in our parish celebrating birthdays 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.