March 2023

Rector Search Update

We are happy to report that we are in the final stages of the search for our new Rector. An announcement will be made shortly.

Worship with Us

Christ Church is open for worship at 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Sundays. The live stream of the 10:00 a.m. service can be found on our You Tube channel! You can watch it in real time or at your convenience. Find it here.

An Invitation to a Prayerful Lent

Shrove Tuesday, February 21st

A Pancake Supper will be hosted by our mighty Breakfast Crew, tonight, Tuesday, February 21st, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Come for the pancakes and stay for the decadent desserts!

Ash Wednesday, February 22nd

Usher in the Season of Lent with us, Wednesday, February 22nd:

  • Holy Eucharist, noon.
  • Choral Eucharist, 7:00 p.m.

Evening Prayer - In Person & Via Zoom

Throughout Lent, Evening Prayer will be offered Monday - Friday, 6:00 p.m. via Zoom and in-person at the church, February 23rd - Wednesday, April 5th.

Join the Zoom Meeting

Kurt Lutz and Tim Mulder will be leading this brief, devotional service which dates back to the monastic movement, preceding the Church of England and the American Episcopal Church. This service is one that may be led by lay people because it was included in our Prayer Book for personal devotions in the home as well as gathered worship in church. If you would like to lead the service one night, contact the church office.

Sundays in Lent

During the 10:00 a.m. service on February 26th, the choir will process while singing “The Great Litany,” inviting God’s people to reflect upon their lives, confess their sin, and be reconciled with God and one another. During subsequent Sundays in Lent, the worship service will begin with “The Penitential Order,” recognizing who we truly are and who God is for us.

Wednesday Mornings with the Guys - On Zoom

Starts Ash Wednesday, February 22nd

The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness, by Simon Wiesenthal

Simon Wiesenthal was a Jewish prisoner in a Nazi concentration camp. One day he was called to the bedside of a cruel S.S. officer who was about to die from cancer. The officer asked Wiesenthal’s forgiveness for his terrible acts. That story is the first half of the book. The second half asks us, as the readers of this true story, what would we have done had we been in that situation? Responses from authors who hail from a variety of faith traditions - Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, Atheist, and others – invite us to reflect on the meaning of forgiveness.

So, guys, grab a cup of coffee and join us Wednesdays, 8:00-9:00 a.m. on Zoom with members of the parish of St. John on the Mountain in Bernardsville. For years, men from this parish have gathered to read and discuss books about faith; this Lent, they would like to invite anyone interested in the topic to join them in this consideration of forgiveness. 

Join the Zoom Meeting:

Password: 379

Wednesday Evening Prayer, Potluck Supper, & Presentation

Hanging by a Thread: Questions of the Cross, by Samuel Wells

Evening Prayer, 6:00 p.m.

Potluck Supper, 6:30 p.m.

Presentation, 7:00 p.m.

Join us for five Wednesday nights in Lent to consider what the cross means - and does not mean - for us as people of faith today. There is no need to purchase the book to participate in the sessions. The Reverend Tim Mulder will lead a discussion regarding novel ways to look at the cross as laid out by the author, Samuel Wells, including perspectives that may challenge us, but also possibly deepen our faith in God.

  • “It is finished.” What is? Some of our old notions of the cross, March 1.
  • Hymns about the cross that have shaped our faith, March 8.
  • Bankrupt Atonement – Healing Atonement, March 15
  • An exploration of the movie "Striped Pajamas" as a parable of the cross, March 22
  • God "with" us versus God "for" us, March 29

All are invited to attend and participate as they are able. Bring an entree or a side dish to share. Christ Church will provide beverages and desserts. Contact the parish office to assist with set-up and clean-up.

Lent Retreat for Women

Reverend Dr. Patricia Lyons to Facilitate

The women of Christ Church - and friends - will participate in a special Lenten Retreat facilitated by the Reverend Dr. Patricia Lyons at the Johnsonburg Camp & Retreat Center, Saturday, March 18th, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Register for "The River of Life: Everyday Vocation for a Life of Wonder, Love & Praise" by Sunday, February 26th by contacting Diana Greene, Cost is $45 per person and includes lunch, coffee, tea, and snacks. Make check out to "Christ Church" and put "CCW Retreat" in the Memo line. Got questions? Contact Diana Greene.

Choir to Perform "Messiah" During Lent

This Lententide, the choir of Christ Church will embark on a series of recitatives, airs, and choruses form George Frederic Handel’s famous oratorio, THE MESSIAH. The Messiah is written in three parts. The first part deals with the prophesies concerning Advent and Christmas. The second part is about the passion of Christ and the third, the resurrection. We will be concentrating on the second part during this series. Each Sunday in Lent will feature a solo and chorus from the work. The chorus will be sung during the Offertory and the solos during the administration of Communion. The repertory will be as follows:


Lent 1 / February 26

  • Chorus, Behold the Lamb of God
  • Air, He was despised, Anastasia Marchese, mezzo-soprano


Lent 2 / March 5

  • Chorus, Surely, he hath borne our griefs
  • Recitative & Arioso, Thy rebuke / Behold and see, Curt Wilson, tenor


Lent 3 / March 12

  • Chorus, Let all the angels of God worship Him
  • Air,  Thou are gone up on high, John Beasley, baritone


Lent 4 / March 19

  • Chorus, All we, like sheep, have gone a-stray
  • Air, He shall feed his flock, Susan Tummillo, soprano, and Come unto Him, Jessica Caruso, soprano


Lent 5 / March 26

  • Chorus, Their sound is gone out into all lands
  • Air, How beautiful are the feet of them,  Deborah Mello, soprano          


Palm Sunday / April 2

  • Chorus, Lift up your heads
  • Air, If God be for us, who can be against us? Shannah Yerofeyev, soprano


Easter Day / April 9

  • Chorus, Hallelujah!
  • Duet, O death, where is thy sting? Anastasia Marchese & Curt Wilson
  • Air, I know that my redeemer liveth, Shannah Yerofeyev, soprano


Messiah (HWV 56) is an English-language oratorio composed in 1741 by George Frederic Handel. The text was compiled from the King James Bible and the Coverdale Psalter by Charles Jennens. It was first performed in Dublin on 13 April 1742 and received its London premiere nearly a year later. After an initially modest public reception, the oratorio gained in popularity, eventually becoming one of the best-known and most frequently performed choral works in Western music

Annual Meeting & Holley Hall Dedication

Church Breakfast & Annual Meeting

Join us on Sunday, March 5th, 8:45 - 9:30 a.m., in our newly remodeled Holley Hall for the Annual Meeting and a special Church Breakfast as we celebrate the generosity of parishioners Danise Tellefsen and her husband, the late Paul Pfeil.

Christian Education

Christian Education for All Ages, Sundays, 9:00 - 9:45 a.m.

Sunday School

Children ages preschool through sixth grade are invited to participate in the joy of learning about God's immeasurable love by sharing the Gospel stories and actively engaging with the Holy Spirit, Sundays, 9:00 - 9:45 a.m. on the playground or in the Sunday School rooms downstairs. Got questions? Contact Susie Mittelstadt at 973-600-7725 or email

Journey Youth Group

The Journey Youth Group invites students in grades 7 - 12 to participate in group discussion, outreach ministries, and fun activities. Contact Randy Parks, 862-266-0513 or, with questions.

Adult Christian Education

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

Parish Activities

Acolytes & Crucifers Needed

Students in elementary school, middle school, and high school are invited to serve as acolytes and crucifers during the 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. services. Contact Karrie in the church office, or 973-383-2245 if you are interested.

Christ Church Women

The CCW meeting and potluck lunch will be held at church on Thursday, March 16th, 11:30 a.m. For more information, contact Diana Greene at

Christ Church Book Club

The Christ Church Book Club will meet on Tuesday, March 28th, at 7:00 p.m. to discuss "We Own the Sky" by Luke Allnutt. New participants are always welcome.  

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 424 529 2224

Passcode: Y6bT9G 

For more information, please contact Lori Parks at 862-266-3059 or

Sunday Volunteers

Those who have volunteered to serve as Ushers, Acolytes, Crucifers, Altar Guild members, Coffee Hour Hosts, or Brunch in a Bag Sandwich Slingers 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 March 22nd. Those interested in volunteering are invited to call Laura Booker, 973-383-7635 or email

Manna House will host a spaghetti dinner on Tuesday, March 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 in Stitches

Although the Christ Church in Stitches group will not be meeting in person until April, 2023, all those who enjoy crocheting or knitting are invited to join our merry tribe. 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

Altar Guild News

Commemorative 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 or contact the church office to offer flowers or to make a monetary donation.

Flowers for Easter In honor of a loved one, consider purchasing flowers to decorate our church on Easter Sunday. Envelopes will be available in the pews or at the back of the church during Lent. All donations must be received by Palm Sunday, April 2nd, in order for the information to be included in the Easter bulletin. Contact Karrie in the church office, 973-383-2245, or for more information.

Sunday Brunch in a Bag Volunteers Needed

Sunday Bag Brunch needs you!

Every Sunday in the rear of our church, parishioners serve a bagged lunch to those in need. All are welcome to receive the "Sunday Brunch in a Bag," which contains a Ham & Cheese, Turkey & Cheese, or Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwich, water, fruit, chips, and a cookie or snack.

If you would like to be a part of this fulfilling community outreach and ministry, please contact Geordie Compton ( or Gizelle Garren ( The commitment is every 7 weeks; every week is staffed by a team of 4 - 5 individuals. Team members buy sandwich meat and fruit. All other supplies are provided.

Faith Community Nurse Available

Did you know that Christ Church has its very own Faith Community Nurse? Beth Batastini is available to assist you with healthcare issues, personal visits, and other concerns. Contact Beth at or 973-876-5579.

Well Done, Good & Faithful Servants!
  • Geri Livengood for hosting the February CCW meeting in her home.
  • Our new acolytes, Josh, Brian, Messiah, Mason, Nellie, Allen, Dominic, and Antonio.
  • Our new Brunch in a Baggers, Josh, Brian, Messiah, and Dan.
  • Cate, Denise, Barbara, and Anne for assisting with Sunday School.   
  • Diana Greene and all those who shared their creativity at the recent Friday Fun Night.
Birthdays and Anniversaries
Looking Ahead
  • Palm Sunday, April 2nd.
  • Easter Sunday, April 9th.

Who Wants to Sing in Paris this Summer?

Our very own Debbie Mello will be leading a group of singers from Montclair University to Paris this summer to perform John Rutter's "Mass of the Children" and YOU are invited to sing with them! Contact Debbie Mello,, with questions.

Church Calendar Online
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