The Herald
News and Events at Christ Episcopal Church - Somers Point, New Jersey
April 5,  2019
In This Issue
Holy Week at Christ Church

Lent at Christ Church



Parish Calendar

Readings for Fifth Sunday in Lent

Coffee Hour Ministry

                 (A Path to Higher Grounds)
From Parishioner, Dr. Karen Geller :    
"Then they told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus had been known to them in the breaking of the bread." Luke 24:35
Coffee Hour is much more than cupcakes and cookies! It is an important ministry. It is about hospitality and fellowship, friendship and making connections. It invites us to widen our circle of sharing, and it points us to the one called "the bread of life."
Coffee Hours don't just happen. It takes conscious effort and some committed people to set up, serve and to clean up. But think of the benefits-it becomes a venue for the Holy Spirit to work. It is a time when our loving church family can come together to share ideas and to socialize.  
It is a time when we may share our talents, hobbies, and meet and learn about members whom we really do not know.
It is a time when we may get to know the children in the parish and become role models for them.  
A very important aspect of being a strong church is being a welcoming church member. As a person visiting a church, a newcomer needs repeated outreach. Somebody saying "hello" once doesn't make you feel like you belong or entice someone to return. Many people judge a congregation by its coffee hour hospitality- especially new people. When they go to a new church it is usually to see if there is a warm and loving church family there. They can tell by the feel in the room if they are welcome or not during Coffee Hour. After a brave first visit, if they do not return it may be because no one spoke to them at Coffee Hour. Remember, also, that sometimes elderly members may be lonely, and we may extend our joy to others by conversing with them and showing that we care.
At the ministries fair in the fall several parishioners volunteered to serve this important ministry by signing up for one week of Coffee Hour, and have covered each week through the end of last year. This has been greatly appreciated and I can say that, personally, I have enjoyed meeting many new people, and I have observed others in the parish who have learned more about other members.
Please pray about this and help us to grow in our relationships within our church and in our outreach. Sign up for 1 or 2 weeks a year. If each of us reaches out to do this the calendar will be covered.
We can talk to at least 2 people each Sunday whom we are not familiar with, making the conversation sparkle, building our faith and our community.
"Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing, some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it." Hebrews 13:2
Maundy Thursday Agape Meal
Readers for the Reading of the Passion !
Easter Flower Memorials
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, April 10 
      Holy Eucharist, 10:30am (Chapel)
      Knit-Wits, 1:30pm (Parish Living Room)
      Boy Scouts, 6:30pm (Church Undercroft)
Stations of the Cross, 5:30pm (church), Followed by light supper (parish hall)

Thursday, April 11
Soup Fellowship, 11am to 1pm, Parish Hall

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.


                                                                  Income Tax Preparation
                                                                   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

Stewardship Cleaning Day!
The Stewardship committee would like you to join us in the annual spring cleaning of the Parish Hall and living room. On April 13th from 9-12, let's spruce up and freshen our community gathering places!  This is also your opportunity to drop off any artwork or photography that shares your faith for display to our parishioners.  More than one item is welcomed. It is not a judging contestant, as the old saying goes, "beauty is in the eye of the beholder". Thank you for your support, and have a Blessed day!
Diane McKeefery

                                               Moments at Christ Church