June 2022

Rector Transition Process Update

Celebrate Pentecost on June 5th

The Reverend Canon Robert Griner's last day with us will be Sunday, June 5th. Please plan on joining us to celebrate Pentecost - and don't forget to wear RED!

We will be saying a fond farewell to Robert at a festive event at Perona Farms on Sunday, June 5th, 5:00 p.m. The deadline to purchase tickets has passed. If you were unable to secure your place, please call Karrie in the church office, 973-383-2245 to discuss your situation.

Visit from the Diocese of Newark

The Reverend Canon Margo Clark, Diocese of Newark, will be joining us on Sunday, June 12th.  She will serve as celebrant at both services and discuss the next steps involved in our search for a new Rector.

Add your voice to the conversation! A parish survey is available in the rear of the church. If you have not already done so, please complete the survey and return it to the box provided All surveys are due no later than June 26th. Got questions? Contact Wardens Nick Pachnos, npachnos@gmail.com, or Mary Ann Risley, maryannrsly@yahoo.com.

Welcome, Reverend Patricia Lyons

The Reverend Dr. Tricia Lyons will be joining us for the majority of the summer beginning Sunday, June 26th.  Tricia is an affiliated faculty member and the Senior Advisor to the Dean for Evangelism Initiatives at Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS).  We will celebrate her arrival with a barbecue immediately following the 10:00 a.m. service.

Dr. Lyons currently teaches evangelism, works with the Lifelong Learning team, and serves as the Senior Advisor to the Dean for Evangelism Initiatives at VTS. She also directs the EvangelismFormationLab@VTS, a digital portal on YouTube and Facebook offering original content from the Seminary as well as thoughtful curation of resources in evangelism and formation for the wider church. Dr. Lyons was a lay chaplain and teacher of religion in Episcopal schools for 20 years before being ordained a priest and then serving parishes in Washington, DC, eventually serving as Canon for Evangelism in the Episcopal Diocese of Washington. Currently, Tricia serves as a non-stipendiary priest at the Church of Saint Clement in Alexandria, VA.

Tricia is a member of the Presiding Bishop’s Strategic Cabinet on Evangelism and one of the original writers of the “Way of Love.” Tricia is an honors graduate from Harvard College, the Harvard Divinity School, and received her doctorate from the Virginia Theological Seminary. She is the author of four books on faith formation, The Soul of Adolescence, Teaching Faith with Harry Potter, What is Evangelism? and her most recent, The Evangelist’s Breviary.

Worship with Us
Christ Church is open for indoor worship at 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Sundays. The live stream of the 10:00 a.m. service will continue to be posted on our You Tube channel! You can watch it in real time or at your convenience. Find it here.
Happening this Month
Christian Education

Sunday School

Children ages preschool through sixth grade are invited to gather on the Christ Church Newton playground on Sundays at 9:45 a.m. for education and fun! Contact Suzi Mittelstadt at 973-600-7725 or email susan@njworks.com.

Journey Youth Group

The Journey Youth Group invites students in grades 7 - 12 to participate in group discussion, outreach ministries, and fun activities.  The group will be on hiatus through the end of August.  Thanks to everyone who participated this year!  Contact Randy Parks, rhparks1963@gmail.com with questions.

Adult Christian Education

A discussion about the day's Gospel will take place in Holley Hall on Sundays at 9:00 a.m.

Parish Activities
Christ Church Women

Meeting News

The next meeting will be held on Thursday, June 16th, 11:30 a.m., at the home of Geri & Ford Livengood. Please RSVP to Diana Greene at dianatgreene@gmail.com by Sunday, June 12th and indicate if you would like to carpool from Christ Church.

If you would like to volunteer as a scribe for our Keeping in Touch card ministry, please contact Beth Batastini at bethbatastini@gmail.com

Got questions about CCW? Contact Diana Greene at dianatgreene@gmail.com.

Christ Church Book Club

The Christ Church Book Club will meet June 29th at 7:00 p.m. to discuss "Lilac Girls," by Martha Hall Kelly.

Join Zoom Meeting


Or call 1 929 436 2866

Meeting ID: 424 529 2224

Passcode: Y6bT9G

For more information, please contact Lori Parks at 862-266-3059 or lacparks@hotmail.com.

Sunday Servers & Sunday Brunch in a Bag Volunteers
Those who have volunteered to provide flowers, support the worship of the Sanctuary, serve as Chalice Bearers, Lectors, Ushers, Acolytes, Crucifers or on the Altar Guild, or assist with Coffee Hour or the Sunday Brunch in a Bag program can check their schedule on the Christ Church website.
Manna House Volunteers

Christ Church provides volunteers to Manna House at the First Presbyterian Church of Newton on the 4th Wednesday of each month. The next volunteer opportunity is on June 22nd. Those interested in volunteering are invited to call Laura Booker, 973-383-7635 or email lpbooker40@gmail.com . At this time, meals are distributed at the door with limited volunteers due to public health guidelines.

Manna House will host a spaghetti dinner on Tuesday, June 14th, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Cost for adults, $5, children 5 - 12, $3. Children under 3 years of age are free. Proceeds benefit Manna House.


Christ Church welcomes anyone who enjoys crocheting or knitting to join the Blanketeers. The next meeting will take place on Thursday, June 9th, 11:30 a.m. All are welcome to join! We have plenty of yarn and supplies for you to start your own project or you can help by working with the group.


If you know of ANYONE (family member/friend) who is ill, in need of, or would appreciate any of our gifts of comfort and love please contact Johanna Osborne (201)-788-6361 or at johannaosborne7@gmail.com.

Altar Flowers
Parishioners are encouraged to contribute toward 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, $50. Contact Alex Zander at ahzander@yahoo.com or contact the church office to offer flowers or make a monetary donation.

Junior Choir Returns in September

Christ Church Junior Choir will be making a big comeback in September. If you have a child in first through sixth grade who loves to sing and who would like to be a part of an exciting group of movers & shakers, then Junior Choir is the group for them!! Rehearsals will take place immediately following the 10:00 am service every Sunday. Moms & Dads can have a child free coffee hour while the children learn wonderful anthems to be performed on the following Sunday.  All children are welcome to join us! If you have any questions or want to sign-up, please contact Debbie Mello at dmello435@gmail.com

Well Done, Good & Faithful Servants!
  • Alex, Ann, Caroline, Lisa, Lori, Mary Ann, Nick and all those who participated in the Parish Profile Listening Sessions.
  • The Rector, the Vestry, the Staff, and the members of Christ Episcopal Church Newton wish to congratulate the following students (and their families) who will be graduating from high school in June 2022:   Mikayla Caruso, Chloe Dannatt, Ty Eldred, Jenna Halkyard, Payton Garno, Rachel Genung, Jesse Griner, Michael Milano, Teddy Parker, Sean Parks, and William Silva. A job well done – May God continue to bless you and fill you with God’s grace as you are seeking the path the Lord has for you as you are being led on the next part of your Journey! 
  • The Reverend Randy Parks for his faithful, dedicated leadership of the Christ Church Youth Group, Journey.
  • Suzi MIttelstadt and her merry band of assistants for their creative Sunday School instruction.
  • Robert, Erika, Jesse, and Eliot Griner for their selfless dedication, humor, and the love they have shared with our parish family during their time with us.  We have been blessed by your presence.  We wish you the best as you embark on a new chapter in the life of your family.
Birthdays and Anniversaries
Looking Ahead
  • Presentation of Parish Profile to Congregation, September 11th.
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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