The Herald
News and Events at Christ Episcopal Church - Somers Point, New Jersey
March 17, 2018
In This Issue
From our Rector
Our Sunday School Program! 
Dear Parishioners and Friends,
One of the most often overlooked groups in the church is our youth and their formation in the Christian Faith.  We are very fortunate to have an active Sunday School with many children and the parents that volunteer to make their Christian Education successful!  We are particularly grateful for the time and dedication of Amy Seaman, who is our Sunday School director.
From September through June, Amy organizes lessons for each Sunday centered on Bible lessons read in Church.  During the Lenten Season the children are taught about the Sacraments, which leads many to receive Holy Communion for the first time at the Easter Vigil.  This year during Lent the Text This Bread and This Cup: Episcopal Communion instruction for Children  is being used.  
Let us continue to support and pray for our Sunday School children and the parents who make their Christian Education possible!

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Justin


Amy Seaman teaching the Sunday School children about the Holy Eucharist on Sunday, March 11, 4th Sunday in Lent.

Holy Week Schedule

March 25, Palm Sunday, (5:30pm Sat. March 24 Vigil) 8am and 10am
March 28, Wednesday, Tenebrae (Service of Light), 6pm (church), followed by a light supper in parish hall.
March 29, Maundy Thursday, Mass of the Lord's Supper, Washing of Feet, Transfer of the Blessed Sacrament, 6pm, followed by the Agape Meal in parish hall. 
March 30, Stations of the Cross, 12noon (church); Mass of the Pre-Sanctified, Solemn Collects, Veneration of the Holy Cross, 3pm (church); Good Friday Evening Service, 7:30pm (Grace Lutheran Church)
March 31, Holy Saturday, Easter Vigil, 5:30pm
Events at a Glance


March Calendar


Holy Week Reading of the Passion


Lenten Prayer Devotion for the Week
A Prayer attributed to St. Francis (BCP 833)

Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is
hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where
there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where
there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where
there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to
be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is
in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we
are born to eternal life. Amen.



Stations of the Cross



HEAAT Training from Sunday, March 11 in the Parish Hall






Episcopal Church Women

Order of Saint Luke Meeting Change

Due to Holy Week there will be no Meeting/Study in March. Our next Meeting will be April 25 th at 7pm in the Parish Living Room. Everyone ais encouraged to join in the Study of the Healing Miracles at any point. It is not necessary to have begun at the beginning. This provides a wonderful opportunity to learn a lot more about each miracle and what it relates about our life.

The Brotherhood of St. Andrew

Our next meeting will be Wednesday, March 21st  at 7pm in the Parish Living Room. We will continue an over view of the Old Testament. One can get a lot out of each segment of the study even if you have missed prior sessions. All men of the parish are encouraged to join us at any time. If you are available you are encouraged to participate in the 6pm Stations of the Cross and dinner prior to the meeting.
General Convention: Parish Meeting (Sunday, April 22)
A Parish Meeting about General Convention 2018 and the possibility of a new Book of Common Prayer.  Father Justin will be representing our Diocese as an alternate deputy at convention (July 5-13) in Austin TX. During our meeting Fr. Justin will be able to answer questions and share your thoughts and/or concerns with the larger church at General Convention.  
After General Convention, Fr. Justin will have a follow-up parish meeting along with other deputies and alternate deputies who participated.
Our Parish meeting will be Sunday, April 22, after the 10am Service.

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.

This Week's Services and Ministries

March 19, Monday, Saint Joseph (Major Feast, BCP 17), 10:30am, Mass (chapel)


March 21, Wednesday, 10:30am, Mass (chapel); 1:30pm, Parish Knitters, @199 Pebble Beach Drive, Mays Landing, NJ; 6pm, Stations of the Cross (church); 6:30pm, Light Lenten Supper (Parish Hall); Brotherhood of St. Andrew 7pm, Parish Living Room.
Prayer List

Healing prayers offered for :
Anna Livia, Jennifer,  Sarah , Adrian,  Elizabeth,  
Ruth Ann,  Rich,  Christine,  Ryan, Jaclyn , George , Donna,  Michelle ,  Tara,  Jeanette,  Harry,  Brittany,  Brandon , Loretta , Maryanna, Donna, Dave, Wally, Diane,  Tom , Laura,  Deede,
Raymond,  Charlie,  Karen,  Jill, Edward, Beth, Martin, May, Leigh, Bobby, Lee, MaryAnn,  Jessica, Mike, Father Julian, Mark, Ave Maria, Heather, Ralph 
Prayers for the Homebound are offered for Helen, Dorothy, Jean, Elsie, Irene, Lucy,  Sally
Prayers for all those in the Armed Forces and especially our parish family : 
Anthony, Glenn, Evelyn, Charles, Dominick, Morgan, Nicholas,  Jessica, & Jesse. 
This Week's Readings

Moments At Christ Church



Christ Church, Somers Point, NJ | | | 157 Shore Road
PO Box 97
Somers Point, NJ 08244