May, 2021
Indoor Worship Returns
Christ Church is once again open to indoor worship at 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Sundays. Masks and social distancing are required. If you do not feel comfortable joining us, 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
Mother's Day Breakfast
Celebrate Mother's Day, Sunday, May 9th, 8:45 - 9:30 a.m. with a breakfast on the patio!

Meals and beverages will be passed through the kitchen window. No indoor dining allowed at this time.

Let's get that breakfast crew back to work!
Christian Education
Sunday School
Christian education for children preschool - 6th grade will take place on the church patio and playground, beginning at 9:45 a.m. on Sundays during May. Contact Susie Mittelstadt, susan@njworks.com, with questions.

Journey Youth Group
Students in grades 7 - 12 are invited to meet with the Reverend Randy Parks on Sundays at 9:00 a.m., with the exception of May 23rd. Contact Randy Parks at rhparks1963@gmail.com with questions.

Adult Christian Education
A discussion led by the Reverend Canon Robert Griner will take place in Holley Hall on Sundays beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Masks and social distancing are required for all those participating in Christian Education in accordance with New Jersey Department of Health guidelines.
Virtual Bible Study
Bible Study will continue to be offered via Zoom on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. To participate, log on here or contact the Reverend Canon Robert Griner at robertgriner@yahoo.com for more information.
Parish Activities
Christ Church Women
The Christ Church Women's group will meet virtually via Zoom on Monday, May 3rd, at 1:00 p.m.
Join Zoom Meeting
 
Meeting ID: 873 9163 9035
Passcode: 188876

The group will meet outdoors in person, Thursday, May 20th, 11:30 a.m., weather permitting.

Beginning in June, the CCW will have one monthly meeting on the third Thursday of each month at 11:30 a.m.

Alternative dates and times for quarterly meetings to allow those who are unable to attend the monthly gatherings are being discussed. To offer a suggestion, or to volunteer to coordinate an activity, contact Diana Greene at dianatgreene@gmail.com.
Invitation from Mount Calvary Baptist Church
Our friends at Mount Calvary Baptist Church are having a women's conference Saturday, May 15th, 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 16th, 11:00 a.m., at their church, 77 Merriam Avenue, Newton. Women from Christ Church Newton have been warmly invited to attend. Email your acceptance to info@mcbcnewton.org.
Christ Church Blanketeers
The Christ Church Blanketeers will meet on the church patio, Saturday, May 8th, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Masks and social distancing required.

Christ Church welcomes anyone who enjoys crocheting, knitting, and sewing, at any level, to join the Blanketeers. Our mission is to provide support and comfort to those in need, within our parish as well as to local organizations, through the gifts of prayer shawls, blankets, scarves and hats. Contact Johanna Osborne (201-788-6361) if you are aware of an individual in need of a gift of comfort. Got Questions? Contact Dawn Charlton (dlc.charlton@yahoo.com) or the church office.
Christ Church Book Club
The Christ Church Book Club will meet on Thursday, May 27th, at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom to discuss "There, There" by Tommy Orange.

Join Zoom Meeting
Or call 1 929 436 2866
Meeting ID: 424 529 2224
Passcode: Y6bT9G

For more information, please contact Lori Parks at 862-266-3069 or lacparks@hotmail.com.
Sunday Servers & Brunch in a Bag Volunteers
Those who have volunteered to provide flowers, support the Sanctuary, serve as Lectors, 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. Please note that changes may continue to be made to accommodate public health guidelines.
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 May 26th. Those interested in volunteering are invited to call Laura Booker, 973-384-7635. At this time, meals are distributed at the door with limited volunteers due to public health guidelines.
Altar Guild
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, join the new floral display group or make a monetary donation.
Well Done, Good & Faithful Servants!
  • The Reverend Canon Robert Griner for his unwavering leadership during our time in the pandemic-induced wilderness;
  • All of the singers and musicians who performed virtually or in church while the church was closed to in-person worship, including all those who assisted with Lessons & Carols;
  • Those who volunteered to serve as lectors for our virtual services;
  • Dusty Terwilliger for his creativity and vision in the production of the Maundy Thursday, Christmas pageant, and First Sunday of Lent videos;
  • The children who performed on camera during the virtual Christmas pageant;
  • Our church couch potatoes who bravely "confessed" their past sins and dished about their ill-advised activities as part of the You Tube series, "Confessions to the Canon";
  • Geri Livengood and Alex Zander for the glorious floral displays which grace our altar each week;
  • Diana Greene for facilitating the frequent CCW meetings and for coordinating the Mini-Retreat;
  • The Reverend Canon Robert Griner and Jamie La Couture, along with Pastor Navella George and the members of the Mount Calvary Baptist Church, for facilitating the "Crossing the Divide" series on racism during Lent;
  • Lisa Pachnos for producing the virtual services and "Confessions to the Canon" series.
Birthdays and Anniversaries
Looking Ahead
  • Christ Church Women meeting, June 17th at 11:30 a.m.
  • Book Club meeting, June 24th at 7:00 p.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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