The Herald
News and Events at Christ Episcopal Church - Somers Point, New Jersey
December 2 , 2018
In This Issue
 From the Rector 
 Coat C
The Advent Season is the beginning of the Church Year, so what does this season mean?  It is ambiguous!  Advent is penitential, but it isn't.  It is a time to reflect and repent of sin, but is also a time to be joyful.  Like Lent, the "Gloria" is dropped, but unlike Lent the "Alleluias" remain in the Liturgy.  In our sanctuary purple is used during Advent, as it during Lent, but unique to Advent blue also adorns the surroundings of the Altar.  Purple as a sign of penance, blue as a sign for joyful expectation for the coming of Christ!
The Advent Season is a good opportunity to examine our lives and explore new ways to strengthen our prayer life through personal prayer and receiving the Sacraments of the Church.  It is also a time to be thankful for all the good things we have in our lives which are blessings from God.  To be thankful for our families and friends, and most of all to be thankful for the Divine Son of God, Jesus Christ, who loves us and desires to draw all humanity to his love.  It is by accepting God's love we receive the ability to love others and ourselves!
Advent Blessings,
Fr. Justin  

From Stewardship Committee
 Coat Collection

    The Stewardship committee starting in November will be collecting used/in good condition adult and kids winter coats.  There will be a bin placed in the Parish hall.  These coats are for our community and also anyone of need in our parish family. The coats will be collected periodically and distributed, so if you know of someone who could use a coat, please contact Diane at 609-576-8845.  The Stewardship committee thanks you in advance for your participation. 
Parish Calendar: December 2018
Parish Calendar: November 2018

                ECW: Episcopal Church Women

�� Christ Church Christmas Party ��
Sunday December 16th
Come celebrate with your church family
after the Sunday School's Christmas Pageant.
Bring your family's favorite holiday side dish or dessert
to share with you church family. The Episcopal Church
Women will provide salad, main entree and beverages.
Sign up sheet is in the Narthex, please put your dish
and how many will be attending. Any questions call
Susan Kelsey @ 609-412-5437
�� Come enjoy fellowship and good cheer! ��


       Vestry Postions & Deputies for 2019: Annual Meeting, Sunday, January 6, 2019 after the 10am Service: Deadline for Nominations, Sunday, December 30

                    Capital Fund Update!


Thanks to the generosity of parishioners and friends who are giving to the Capital Campaign Fund, we have been able to restore the emergency stair cases outside of the parish house and choir room!   Stair cases outside of parish house were decaying and needed paint and the stairs outside of choir room were beginning to rust.   Those who would like information or contribute to the fund may do so at any time, which will ensure the continuation of such upkeep!   Write to Christ Church, PO Box 97, Somers Point NJ 08244 or e-mail, attention to Jennifer Martucci.


                    Christian Formation

Discovering Spiritual Identity
A four week presentation/discussion
By Fr. Don Page
Aspects of Spirituality- Nov. 27 &28
Spiritual Dimensions- Dec. 4&5
Walk by Faith- Not by Sight- Dec. 11 &12
Ultimate Spiritual Experience/Final Chapter of Earthly Life- Dec. 18 & 19
Beginning Nov. 27 and Ending Dec. 19
Tuesdays from 7pm to 8pm
Wednesdays from 11:15am to 12:15pm


Upcoming Services and Ministries!

- Tuesday, December 4, Society of Mary, 11am (Parish Living Room); Adult Forum, 7pm (Parish Living Room)


- Wednesday, December 5, Holy Eucharist, 10:30am (chapel); Adult Forum, 11:15am (Parish Living Room); Knit Wits (parish Knitters), 1:30 pm, 199 Pebble Beach Drive, Mays Landing


-  Thursday, December 6, Healing Service, Spring Village at Galloway, 11am



Saint Christopher Memorial Garden at Christ Church


Ecumenical Food Bank and Discretionary Sunday

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, Wilson, Troy, Tanner, Claire

Prayers for the Homebound are offered for : Helen, Dorothy, Jean, Elsie, Irene, Lucy,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