May, 2022
Rector Transition Process Update
Celebrate the Ministry of the Reverend Canon Robert Griner
Mark your calendars! We will gather to celebrate the ministry of the Reverend Canon Robert Griner at Perona Farms on Sunday, June 5th, 5:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

The cost to the church for this event is $60 per person. Tickets can be purchased on our website or by mailing a check to the church office, 62 Main Street, Newton, 07860. If the cost is prohibitive, please donate what you are able.
Parish Profile Listening Sessions
The first step in hiring a new Rector is the creation of a Parish Profile. We want to hear your thoughts about our church!

Join us at the Mother's Day Church Breakfast on Sunday, May 8th, 8:45 - 9:30 a.m. and participate in the conversation. An additional Listening Session will be held on Saturday, May 21st, 9:00 a.m.
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

Journey Youth Group
The Journey Youth Group for students in grades 7 - 12 are invited to participate in the following activities during May:
  • Special "secret craft project" with Susie Mittelstadt in the Church Parlor, Sunday, May 1st;
  • Parish Profile Listening Session, May 8th, Mother's Day Church Breakfast (8:45 - 9:30 a.m.).
  • Group Hike on a local trail, May 15th;
  • Discuss the virtues of self-sacrifice, May 22nd & May 29th. Please try to attend the 10:00 a.m. service on May 22nd.
Contact Randy Parks, with questions.

Adult Christian Education
A discussion led by the Reverend Canon Robert Griner 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, May 19th, 11:30 a.m., in Holley Hall. Potluck luncheon; all are invited to bring a dish to share with the group. Got questions? Contact Diana Greene at
Christ Church Book Club
The Christ Church Book Club will meet May 25th at 7:00 p.m. to discuss "Homecoming," by Yaa Gyasi.

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
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 May 25th. Those interested in volunteering are invited to call Laura Booker, 973-383-7635 or email . 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, May 10th, 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, May 12th, 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
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 make a monetary donation.
Well Done, Good & Faithful Servants!
  • Alex, Mary Ann, and all those who attended the first parish "listening session" in preparation for the search for a new Rector;
  • Lori Parks for coordinating the successful return of Coffee Hour;
  • Robert, Jesse, and Eliot Griner for yet another stellar Good Friday for Kids service;
  • Denise, Mike, Lisa, Nick, Dan, Al, Matt, Kurt, and Robert for the fabulous Greek feast following the Easter Vigil;
  • Alex, Mary Ann, Geri, Luz, and Susie for polishing the brass in preparation for Easter services;
  • Gizelle for providing vases for the Easter flowers;
  • Dusty and Cameron for helping the children flower the Easter cross;
  • Anne, Maureen, Ty, Trevor, Randy, Jesse, Eliot, Spencer, Russell, Nick, Dominic, and Taylor for helping to create a special Easter Egg hunt experience for our children.
Birthdays and Anniversaries
Looking Ahead
  • Rector's Farewell Dinner, June 5th;
  • 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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