January, 2020
Join us for the Church Breakfast on Sunday, January 5th, 8:45 - 9:30 a.m.
Happening this Month
Help Us Help the Homeless
Christ Church Newton will host homeless guests from the Family Promise program, January 7th - 14th. Assistance is needed with providing companionship, dinner and staying overnight. Volunteering is easy: Just sign up online ! See Nicole Halkyard or Kathy Hoyer with questions.
Parish Leadership Nominations
The Nominations for parish elections in February, 2020, will include:
Kurt Lutz, Warden
Vanessa Compton, Pauline Josephs, Lou Slamer, Vestry
Ann DePietro, Kat Lerch, Luz Quintero, Deputies to Convention
Parish Activities
Christ Church Women News
Monthly Meeting
The January meeting and potluck luncheon will be held on Thursday, January 16th, at 11:45 a.m. in the church parlor.

Vision Board Workshop
Please join us on  Friday, January 10th, 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.  in Holley Hall for a Vision Board Workshop facilitated by our own Jenna Garno (Snow date, Friday, January 17th). C reate a tangible, visual sacred space that displays what you see for yourself in 2020.  Use the vision board you design as a tool to help clarify and maintain focus on your goals all year long.  If you have some favorite magazines, favorite quotes or photos (including a photo of a place you'd like to visit) please bring them. Friends welcome! For information and  RSVP contact Lori Harrje at  LoriLeeHarden@gmail.com


Spring Retreat: Honoring the Sabbath, Making Time for God
March 28th, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Johnsonburg Retreat Center
What is Sabbath? Why is it so important? How interesting that we "make money" but only "find time"! Explore Sabbath practices throughout the ages and discover new ways to honor your own Sabbath in this restorative, contemplative and interactive retreat. Contact Diana Greene 410-404-3640; dianatgreene@gmail.com for information. Registration is now open; registration fee of $40 per person includes lunch, coffee, tea and snacks. Make check out to "Christ Church" and write "ECW Retreat" in the memo section. Check out the church website or contact Diana Greene for more information.

The Christ Church Women group is open to all women of Christ Church. For more information, contact Diana Greene at 410-404-3640 or at dianatgreene@gmail.com.
Christian Education for Youth
Journey (Christ Church Youth Group)
Journey, the Christ Church Youth Group, will meet on January 12th, 19th and 26th at 9:00 a.m . Contact Randy Parks at Randolph.Parks@atlantichealth.com with questions.

Sunday School
Children in preschool and elementary school will meet on January 13th, 19th and 26th, at 9:00 a.m. For information about the Christian Education program at Christ Church, contact Susie Mittelstadt, susan@njworks.com or 973-600-7725.

Snow Tubing Trip
Teens and children ages 4+ are invited to participate in the annual Snow Tubing trip to Shawnee, Pennsylvania, Sunday, January 26th, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Cost is $30 per person. We will depart immediately following the 10:00 a.m. service. RSVP by contacting Susie Mittelstadt, susan@njworks.com , or 973-600-7725.
Blanketeers Update
The Blanketeers group will gather Saturday, January 11th, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Those who like to crochet, knit, sew, participate in group projects, or just want fellowship are invited to attend. Tools, supplies, guidance and support for projects are provided at each meeting.

During 2019, the Christ Church Blanketeers created and donated 145 blankets, 61 hats, 10 scarves and 3 sweaters to the following organizations: Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary; Barn Hill Care Center; Birth Haven; Ginnie's House; Hennepin NICU (Minnesota); Homestead Rehabiliation & Health Care Center; Troy Hill Center; Samaritan Inn; and the United Way Born Learning Academy.

For more information about the Christ Church Blanketeers, contact Karrie Miller at the church office, 973-383-2245 or Dawn Charlton at dlc.charlton@yahoo.com .
Manna House Volunteers Needed
Volunteers are welcomed and needed to prepare and serve the free lunch provided to approximately 60 people per day at the Manna House program offered at the First Presbyterian Church in Newton (54 High Street). Volunteer servers from Christ Church are needed on the fourth Wednesday of each month, from 9:50 a.m.—12:50 p.m.; the next date is Wednesday, January 22nd.  

A spaghetti dinner to raise funds for Manna House will be held at the First Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, January 21st, 5:00—6:30 p.m Proceeds benefit Manna House. Cost for adults, $5; children 5—12, $3; children under the age of three eat for free. Purchase tickets at the door. To volunteer, contact Laura Booker at 973-383-7635 or lauradeanbook@embarqmail.com. 
Christ Church Book Club
The Christ Church Book Club, which meets in the parlor, will discuss "I, Robot" by Isaac Asimov on Wednesday, January 29th at 7:00 p.m . The group will read "The Little Paris Bookshop" by Nina George and meet for a discussion on February 26th . For questions or to be added to the email list, please contact Lori Parks at 862-266-3059 or lacparks@hotmail.com .
Bible Study to Meet on Thursday Mornings
Bible Study will take place on Thursdays, January 2nd - 30th, at 9:30 a.m. in the Church Parlor.
Sunday Servers, Coffee Hour Hosts & Brunch in a Bag Volunteers
Those who have volunteered to host Coffee Hour, provide flowers, support the Sanctuary, serve as Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Ushers, Acolytes, Crucifers or on the Altar Guild, or assist with the Sunday Brunch in a Bag program can check their schedule on the Christ Church website.
Pathways 2 Prosperity
Volunteers will meet in the Christ Church kitchen to prepare dinner for NORWESCAP's Pathways 2 Prosperity program on Tuesday, January 7th 2:00 p.m . To volunteer or to learn more about this program, contact Terry Syberg at 201-787-3005 or tsyberg@gmail.com.
Well Done, Good & Faithful Servants!
  • The members of the Christ Church Newton Blanketeers for creating and donating an extraordinary number of hand crafted items to individuals, animals and organizations in need;
  • The Christ Church Women's Group for their hospitality and support of parishioners in times of grief, isolation, and more;
  • Patricia Taggart for hosting the annual Christmas luncheon for the Christ Church Women's group;
  • Joe Mello, Debbie Mello, Greg Shaffer and the members of the Christ Church Junior and Senior Choir for yet another spectacular Lessons & Carols;
  • Kathy Hoyer and all those who assisted with the set up and clean up of the reception following Lessons & Carols;
  • Randy Parks and the members of the Journey Youth Group for visiting with the residents of Liberty Towers and for volunteering to assemble the lunches for the Sunday Brunch in a Bag;
  • Terry, Debbie, Susie, Liz, Scott, Melanie, Christine, Greg, Reverend Sharon, Father Griner, Nick, Diane, Stacy, Vanessa, Joy, Michael, Messiah, Josh and the students in the Christ Church Sunday School, for staging a memorable pageant on Christmas Eve;
  • All those who volunteered to cook and serve food and perform music at Manna House on Christmas Day.
Birthdays and Anniversaries
Altar Flowers
Parishioners are encouraged to contribute towards the purchase of the flowers on the altar in order to commemorate a special occasion or loved one; Sanctuary Lights or Candles, $20; Altar Flowers, $35. Look for sign up sheets for flowers or candles in Holley Hall or at the back of church. 

Contact the church office or Evelyn Polcer at epolcer@embarqmail.com or 973-579-1242 with memorial information.
A Note from a Grateful Parishioner
To my Christ Church family,

On behalf of the Pfeil family here in New Jersey and the extended clan in Buffalo, New York, I wish to thank my Christ Church family for Paul’s service and repast on December 14th.
Special appreciation goes to the ECW for their generous gifts of food and time. Thank you, Lori, for honoring Paul with delicious cheesecakes. Heartfelt gratitude goes to my fellow choir members for their truly heavenly singing. Thank you, Shannah, for honoring Paul with a masterful elegy.
Thank you all for you loving words, condolences, and support. Christ Church is an extraordinary community. Paul was proud to be a part of it. It enriched his life as it will continue to enrich and sustain mine.

Sincerely,
Danise Tellefsen
Altar Flowers
Parishioners are encouraged to contribute towards the purchase of the flowers on the altar in order to commemorate a special occasion or loved one; Sanctuary Lights or Candles, $20; Altar Flowers, $35. Look for sign up sheets for flowers or candles in Holley Hall or at the back of church. 

Contact the church office or Evelyn Polcer at epolcer@embarqmail.com or 973-579-1242 with memorial information.
Looking Ahead
Significant Dates
  • Christ Church Women's Retreat, March 28, 2020, at the Johnsonburg Presbyterian Camp;
  • Confirmation, Saturday, April 25th, 10:00 a.m.
Church Calendar Online
Stay up-to-date with the events at Christ Church by checking out the calendar on our website .
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