The Christmas season is often marked by expressions of joy, excitement, and happiness. It is a time for family to gather and for churches to worship pointing to the hope that is found in the coming of the Christ child. This year will be different in so many ways – as we are all experiencing some loss. The Longest Night service, also known as Blue Christmas, will be streamed online. Find the service on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/christchurchtx on Tuesday, December 21, 2020, at 6 PM.
Advent Contemplation & Prayer
Tuesdays in December // 4 - 5:30 PM
During Advent, the church will be open on Tuesdays from 4 - 5:30 PM for contemplation and prayer. Masks and sanitizer will be available.

Longest Night Service
Monday, December 21 // 6 PM
A Longest Night of the Year Service, also known as Blue Christmas, is a deeply meaningful way to support those who struggle during the holiday season. The service will be streamed live on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/christchurchtx

In-Person Outdoor Christmas Eve Service
Thursday, December 24 // 4 PM
We will gather in-person for worship for a (simplified) Eucharist service outdoors in the parking lot. Everyone must wear a mask and follow socially-distanced guidelines.

Christmas Eve Sing Along accompanied by the Christmas Pageant
Thursday, December 24 // 6 PM
Join us to see and hear the blessed Christmas story! 

Online Christmas Eve Service
Thursday, December 24 // 7 PM
Join us to celebrate the birth of our Savior with a traditional service. You are invited to tune in 15 minutes prior to the service at 6:45 PM for the Christmas prelude music.

Please invite friends and family to Christmas Eve services. You can forward this email or download this jpeg and attach it to an email.
CTLC (Churches Touching Lives for Christ)
120 turkeys and hams are in so far, so only 30 to go! The deadline is Sunday, December 20. We are also collecting150 pairs of gloves for children and adults. You can bring any of these items to the church during Sally's office hours on Monday and Thursday from 9 AM to 12 PM or to an in-person service on Sunday morning at 10:30 AM.

Gloves (only) can be left at any time at the home of Ami Hooper, 1701 N. 15th, Temple, 76501. You can put the donations in the large black delivery box on the front porch.

Monetary donations towards these items can be made by check or online. How much should you donate? A 10 pound turkey can feed a family of four and the average turkey price per pound is $1.28. Simply designate your request on the donation. Use Christ Church's online portal here: http://bit.ly/2TbZoIV

St. Nicholas Market
Do you need a last minute gift? We have some ways to support the community while safely shopping from home. Check out the St. Nicholas Virtual Market for ways to donate in a loved one's name or give a gift to the community. Visit the website: https://stnicholasmarket.org/
Kerry Hancock, Sr. Warden, sent out an update about the search for our new rector. Check your inbox for an email that went out on Friday or you can read the email online here: https://conta.cc/3oKleBS
Poinsettias
Have you ordered a poinsettia? We are purchasing poinsettias from Down Home Ranch, an organization that empowers the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through social, educational, residential and vocational opportunities. You can honor your love ones and support a great organization with your purchase.
Pay for poinsettias by check or online, $35 each.
Check: mail to 300 N. Main, Temple TX 76501


Vestry Nominations
Are you interested in serving on the Vestry? Nominations are due tomorrow! Do you know a great candidate? Download the application here.

A note on COVID
If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and you have been at an in-person Christ Church service or at the church for any reason, please call Sally Louth, 254-773-1657. All information will be confidential, but we need to notify others.
Online Worship at 9 AM
Join us this Sunday morning at 9:00 AM for the online service. The Rev. Janice Krause, Interim Rector, is preaching. Tune in a few minutes early to hear organist Leon Couch talk about the Prelude each week.

Outdoor Service at 10:30 AM
As of today, the 10:30 AM will take place place in the parking lot. We will announce any changes due to weather by email.

We will gather in-person for worship for a 10:30 AM (simplified) Eucharist service outdoors in the parking lot. Everyone must wear a mask and follow socially-distanced guidelines. Chairs and bulletins will be provided. Check the weather and wear appropriate clothing. This service will last approximately 45 minutes. 

Remember to RSVP if you plan to attend. If you are not feeling well, please stay home. If you RSVP but cannot attend, please contact the church office, 254-773-1657.
Weekly Services
Online Noonday Prayer
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat
12:05 PM
Online Noonday Service
Wednesday
12:05 PM
Online Sunday Service
Sunday @ 9:00 AM
Prelude talk @ 8:56 AM
Sunday, December 13, 2020
If you missed last Sunday's service, you can watch on our Facebook page or our Youtube channel.
Sunday Morning Adult Forum
The Adult Forum explores finding God in our Christmas traditions. Father Dave will wrap up looking at Christmas stories. There will not be a Forum on Sunday, December 27.

Via Zoom
Meeting ID: 869 4665 6924
Passcode: 597126
Women's Bible Study
10:30 AM // Thursday // via Zoom
Meeting ID: 882 8966 5067
Passcode: 070053
Small Groups
Small Groups are doing a study of Grateful, written by Diane Butler Bass. You are welcome to join a group at any time! If you are interested in joining or want more information, contact a group facilitator.
Wednesday
Small Group Study // 5:30 PM
Facilitator: Valerie Sanders
Meeting ID: 229 137 562
Passcode: 761112


Small Group Study // 6:00 PM
Facilitator: Michelle Weller
Zoom link:
Meeting ID: 815 9801 8144
Passcode: 832613
Thursday
Small Group Study // 6 PM
Facilitator: Clare Stratmann
Meeting ID: 869 3288 4107
Passcode: 321356

Sunday
Small Group Study // 4 PM
Facilitator: Deacon Becky Sparks
Zoom link:
Meeting ID: 936 1946 1931
Passcode: 319127


If you need information or want to join a group, contact the facilitator or sally@christchurchtemple.org.
Christ Church Caring is a ministry involving specially trained Shepherds who are partners with clergy to provide care for our Parish.
If your last name
begins with A-F

Jonette Albright
214-538-2023

Betty Broome
325-642-4055

Gloria Hooper
512-971-4482
If your last name
begins with G-M

Flo Curry
254-939-5963 

Martha Hoyt
254-541-8060

Mike Shobe
254-760-4645 (c)
254-947-0744 (h)
If your last name
begins with N-Z

Art Boyer
254-493-1005 

Valarie Sanders
254-760-6750

Sandy White
254-778-4876, swhite1940k@gmail.com
Floating Shepherd
Virginia Davis