The Herald
News and Events at Christ Episcopal Church - Somers Point, New Jersey
May 12, 2018
In This Issue
From our Rector
Dear Parishioners and Friends,

As we celebrate Mothers' Day this weekend, we will be offering prayers and blessings for all the women in our parish who teach, love, and care for their children.  We also remember and give thanks for all mothers who have died, for their lives of sacrifice and commitment to their children.  The children in our parish will be offering their mothers roses at the 10am Service. 

In thanksgiving for all women who have experienced motherhood in different ways I found this prayer from Xavier University's website, written by a Methodist Pastor. 


Fr. Justin  


To the Moms Who Are

To the Moms who are struggling, to those filled with incandescent joy.
To the Moms who are remembering children who have died, and pregnancies that miscarried.
To the Moms who decided other parents were the best choice for their babies, to the Moms who adopted those kids and loved them fierce.
To those experiencing frustration or desperation in infertility.
To those who knew they never wanted kids, and the ways they have contributed to our shared world.
To those who mothered colleagues, mentees, neighborhood kids, and anyone who needed it.
To those remembering Moms no longer with us.
To those moving forward from Moms who did not show love, or hurt those they should have cared for.
Today is a day to honor the unyielding love and care for others we call 'Motherhood,' wherever we have found it and in whatever ways we have found to cultivate it within ourselves.

- Hannah Kardon, Pastor at Elston Avenue United Methodist Church

Sunday School

A Note from the Teacher
Mother's Day is May 13, and it is sure to be a special Sunday.  First, it is Youth Sunday, so the children will play key roles in the service--something special to make their mothers proud!  Second, Father Justin has a sweet plan for all the children in the church--he will have flowers ready for all the children to be able to give one to their mothers.  I'm sure they will all feel so proud to be able to give their mothers such a pretty gift.
Thank you, Father Justin, for the love you have for our children.
Blessings to all!
Amy Seaman

Soup Fellowship, 2nd Thursday of Month 11am to 1pm (Parish Hall)

Mainland Coral Society Concert

Spring Concert

The Mainland Choral Society will present its Spring Concert, From Mozart to Webber, on Friday, May 25 at 7:30 PM, here at Christ Church.
The Choral Society, under the direction of Stephen A. Beddia, will be accompanied by Debra Roland on piano. The Atlantic Pops will also accompany the group. A free-will offering will be taken (suggested donation - $10).
A cookie and punch reception will follow the performance.

Meet and Greet!

Ascension Day Service From May 10


Memorial Garden Committee

What a joy for the creation of the St. Christopher Memorial Garden of Christ Church.  We are thankful for the funds received through the Diocese from the former Church of the Epiphany, Ventnor, that enabled this project to be completed.  This is now an opportunity for you to support the perpetual care of the memorial garden.


You can do this by purchasing a dedication brick to be placed on part of the garden pathway.  At this time there are a limited number of bricks available.  Your engraved brick can be obtained at $100.00 per brick.  A couple of ideas for the dedication are in memory of someone, honoring someone, or sponsoring a brick for whatever reason. 


To obtain an order form, you may leave a message at the church office at 609-927-6262 or email Marilyn Anderson  Forms are also available in the church narthex. 


Yours in Christ,


Memorial Garden Committee


Ecumenical Food Bank

Sunday Coffee Hour!
Coffee Hour on Sunday after the 10am Eucharist is a meaningful experience for becoming better acquainted and a great opportunity to welcome those new attending Christ Church. Recently we have not been able to enjoy this gathering regularly as there has been no one setting it up. Therefor it would be greatly appreciated if individuals or groups of people would be kind enough to volunteer. There is a sign-up sheet in the Parish Hall.

Prayer List

Healing prayers offered for :
Anna Livia, Jennifer, Charlie, Jill, Edward, Ruth Ann, Rich, Christine, Ryan, Jaclyn, Donna, Michelle, Tara, Jeanette, Harry, Brittany, Brandon, Loretta, Dave, Edythe, Adrian, Beth, Warren, Ann, Martin, Bill, Leigh, Bobby, MaryAnn, Richard, Jessica, Mike , Ron, Judy, Harlan, Marty, Ralph, Father Julian, Mark, Odin, Heather, Jim, Ralph, Monica, Anne, Wally, Traci, Ray, Wilson

Prayers for the Homebound are offered for : Helen, Dorothy, Jean, Elsie, Irene, Lucy, Bob, Sally
For First Responders everywhere, especially for those in our parish family serving our local communities: Linwood, Mark, Michelle, Jim, Anthony, Stephen, Wally, Stephanie, Ward, Rachel, Charles, Rob, Catelyn, Michael
Prayers for all those in the Armed Forces and especially our parish family : 
Anthony, Glenn, Evelyn, Charles, Dominick, Morgan, Nicholas, Jessica Jesse, Keith, Andrew
This Week's Readings

Moments At Christ Church