The Herald
News and Events at Christ Episcopal Church - Somers Point, New Jersey
April 26,  2019
In This Issue
Easter Season Message

Our Holy Week and Easter Services were not only well attended but had a level of enthusiastic participation that was inspiring!  This is due to the belief that Jesus is God, the Gospel account of the Resurrection is true, and not mere allegory for the universal concept of the triumph good over evil or a result of the disciples' collective hallucinations; but rather an event that transcends time and space, giving us new life in God through the Paschal Mystery.*

The Easter Season lasts for 50 days and will conclude on Pentecost or Whitsunday, June 9; which is the celebration of the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Church, Acts 2:1-31.  During this time of Easter, remember the most needy around us, and extend the love of God to them through acts of kindness; for if we believe that God loves us so much to destroy death through Jesus' Resurrection, then as his disciples, we are called to live that belief in the way we treat others, especially the least among us!

He is Risen!
Father Justin

* Paschal Mystery-  The passion, death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Claire A. Hillyer

The Rite of Christian Burial in loving memory of our parishioner Claire will be held on Saturday, April 27, 11am at the church.  Burial of cremains will follow in the Saint Christopher Memorial Garden.  Please keep her husband, Nick, and family members in your prayers at this time.

Parish Calendar

Readings for Fifth Sunday in Lent

Parish Meet and Greet
  The Stewardship Committee invites you to our parish's first Meet and Greet of the Year!  Join us on Wednesday, May 1, in the Parish Living Room from 6pm to 8pm.  This is a time to introduce yourself to new members, as well as, getting to know other parishioners also!
Earth Day celebration during Coffee Hour: April 28
From the Stewardship Committee: On April 28, after the 10am Service, during coffee hour we will be celebrating Earth Day.  As part of this celebration, please bring packets of seeds to share with your fellow parishioners!

Thank you to the Altar Guild!
The entire parish expresses thanks to the Altar Guild for the their beautiful set up of the church and sanctuary for our Holy Week and Easter Services! 
Order of Saint Luke


Our meeting and healing study will not be held in April. The next session will be on Wednesday, May 22nd
at 7pm in the Parish Living Room. Everyone is welcome to join at any time, as this is an ongoing study. It is not necessary to have started with us at any particular point. For further information speak with Fr. Don.

Upcoming Services and Ministries!
Wednesday, May 1
      Holy Eucharist, 10:30am (Chapel)
      Knit-Wits, 1:30pm (Parish Living Room)
      Boy Scouts, 6:30pm (Church Undercroft)
Meet and Greet, 6pm to 8pm (Parish Living Room)

Thursday, May 2
Healing Service, Spring Village at Galloway, 11am

Saint Christopher Memorial Garden at Christ Church
(Dedicated - October 8, 2017)
Our Parish Garden is a relaxing space for meditation and reflection. There are areas designated for interment of cremains of loved ones. It has been beautifully planted with lavender, other perennials, herbs, shrubs and trees. There are stone retaining walls, a winding brick path, and an altar for services. The creation of this beautiful Memorial Garden was enabled through funds provided by the Diocese of New Jersey from the former Church of the Epiphany in Ventnor. The Garden is maintained by funds received from interments and gifts from donors. The Garden is overseen by a Committee appointed by the Christ Church Vestry. Arrangements can be made through the Parish Office for cremation interment or to make a donation.
Burial In Memorial Garden:
          *Only cremains can be placed in the Garden either in a biodegradable
          container or directly into the ground.
          *Interment is limited to designated areas of the grounds on the lower level            along the fence.
          *Markers are to be uniform with those already in the burial area -
                             (gray granite 10"x10"x2").
          *A donation of $400. (does not include cost of marker) is to be made to the            St. Christopher Memorial Garden of Christ Church. This is for the right of                      burial and upkeep of the area.
          *The form of agreement obtained from the Parish Office is to be filled out
   and signed by the individual making arrangements and the Christ Church Rector.


                                                                   Food bank and Discretionary Fund

Prayer List

Healing prayers offered for :
Anna Livia, Jennifer, Charlie, Jill, Edward, Ruth Ann, Rich, Christine, Ryan, Jaclyn, Donna, Michelle, Jeanette, Harry, Brittany, Brandon, Loretta, Dave, Edythe, Adrian, Beth, Warren, Ann, Martin, Bill, Bobby, MaryAnn, Jessica, Mike , Ron, Judy, Harlan, Marty, Father Julian, Mark, Heather, Jim, Anne, Wilson, Colleen, Troy, Jack, Trayce, Marilyn
Prayers for the Homebound are offered for :   Helen, Dorothy, Jean, Elsie, 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

                                               Moments at Christ Church