The Chimes

A monthly newsletter of Christ Church

November 3rd, 2023

"Gather us together, O God, that we might share the prayers, intentions, and thanksgivings of our community. We are generous with our gifts, because we are Rooted in Christ."

Join us on Sunday Mornings for Worship 8am & 10am, Church School 9:45. All are Welcome!

What's Happening with the Library Project???

You are invited to attend an advisement with discussion Sunday, 9am November 5th, 2023. Here we will advise the parish in the possibilities of our bright future.

"May the words of our mouths and meditations of our hearts, be always acceptable in your sight, O Lord our strength and redeemer." Amen.

Stewardship Campaign

We are setting the example of stewardship by doing a hybrid campaign. Our In-gathering will be November 19th giving you plenty of time to hear what God is calling to you.

Please let the office know if you did not get our stewardship campaign.



NAME AND PHONE _________________________________________________________


WGT $ / lb QTY T0TAL

MIXED NUTS _______ $8.00 lb $ _______

SALTED CASHEWS _______ $8.00 lb $_______

DARK CHOC. CRANBERRIES_____ $7.00 lb $ _______

Butter toffee cashews, toffee peanuts,cashews, peanuts, almonds

CREME BRULEE MIX _________ $6.25 lb $ ________

Sugar toasted peanuts, Cajun peanuts, Toffee peanuts, Cajun corn sticks, sesame sticks.

Hot spices

BOURBON STREET MIX ________ $5.50 lb $ ________


_______ $6.50 lb $ _______

TOTAL ORDER ITEMS __________ TOTAL $____________

Payment due with order Make checks payable to Christ Church (nut sale memo line)




We join in this prayer offered by Archbishop Naoum:

O God of all justice and peace we cry out to you in the midst of the pain and trauma of violence and fear which prevails in the Holy Land. Be with those who need you in these days of suffering; we pray for people of all faiths – Jews, Muslims and Christians and for all people of the land. While we pray to you, O Lord, for an end to violence and the establishment of peace, we also call for you to bring justice and equity to the peoples. Guide us into your kingdom where all people are treated with dignity and honor as your children for, to all of us, you are our Heavenly Father. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

See the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts on You Tube video to view our convention.

What's Happening in and around our Diocese?

  • [Episcopal News Service]: Al Ahli Arab Hospital, a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem that serves patients in Gaza, was hit Oct. 17 by an apparent airstrike, fueling reports of mass casualties and adding to an already volatile situation in the Palestinian territory, as Israeli soldiers prepare for an expected ground assault on the militant group Hamas.

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry urged Episcopalians to pray for all those harmed or killed in the rapidly evolving conflict, and his written statement offered a personal lament for the Ahli hospital. “My heart aches when I remember visiting al-Ahli Hospital in 2018 during Holy Week to meet the medical teams and all the people of that remarkable ministry,” Curry said. “They were passionately committed to anyone who had need.”

  • Presiding Bishop Curry continues recovery after surgery Curry expects to resume domestic travel in November on a moderately reduced schedule. Prayers are ongoing for him, his family and his medical team as he continues on the path restoration and healing.

  • Grow in gratitude this fall: The United Thank Offering is making available free resources to help individuals, families, Sunday school classes and groups focus on gratitude throughout November. Check out their website.

  • Actions of the Diocesan Convention, held Friday-Saturday, Oct. 27-28 in Danvers, are available online. Find the bishop’s annual address, resolutions in final form, election results and materials at FOR INFORMATION: The Rev. Margaret Lias, Administrator for Governance and Grants ( or 617-482-4826, ext. 406).

  • The Province I Indigenous Peoples’ Justice Network’s book discussion series continues on Zoom on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 7-8:30 p.m., with a discussion of This Land is Their Land: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving by David J. Silverman. Register to participate. Upcoming sessions are scheduled for Jan. 10, 2024 (Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip’s War by Lisa Brooks) and March 13, 2024 (Path Lit by Lightning: The Life of Jim Thorpe by David Maraniss). All are welcome to participate. FOR INFORMATION: Martha Gardner, Missioner for Networking and Formation ( or 617-482-4826, ext. 403).

Thanksgiving Ecumenical Service

We will join God's faithful servants on Tuesday, November 21st 7pm at Somerset Baptist Church High St. Somerset. The Reverend Jim Hornsby Preacher. All are welcome. This year's offerings will go to our migrant hotel neighbors.


Calendar of Events

Nov. 5th Sunday, All Saint’s Day-9am-Library project meeting

   6th Monday Yoga, 6pm

   8th Wednesday Outreach meeting 6pm

   9th Thursday, Women’s AA (closed Meeting)

  11th Saturday Yoga 9am

  11th Saturday, Memorial Day

12th Sunday Pentecost 24 Proper 27

   13th Monday, Yoga, 6pm

   14th Vestry Meeting 6:30

   15th Wed. Garden Club

   16th Thursday, Women’s AA (closed Meeting) 

   18th Saturday Yoga 9am

   18th Saturday Food Drop Off 10-1

19th Sunday, Pentecost 25 Proper 28, In-gathering

   20th Monday, Yoga, 6pm

   21st Tuesday 21st Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service

               Somerset Baptist Church High St 7pm.

   23rd Thursday office closed Have a blessed Thanksgiving

   25th Saturday Yoga 9am

26th Sunday Pentecost 26 Proper 29

These pictures were in the church's archives. Two are from the 1957 Harvest Festival. (I know because date is written on back). The one on the right is clearly in the Parish House. 

There is no other information so if you know who anyone is please contact Pat Redfearn at or 508-414-5075.

One of the 4 women seated under the tent is Bessie Alden but which one?

Vestry Members

Jennifer Valiente, Co-Warden

David McCarthy, Co-Warden

Sue Sheppard, Treasurer

Susan McMullen, Clerk

Julie Baker


Joan Padrenoss

Leslie Burrell

Jennifer Braga


Convention Delegate Julie Sanders

Sunday Worship

8am quiet liturgy

10am music

9:45 Church School in the Parish Hall

Office Hours Tuesday~Wednesday~Thursday 10am-3pm

For more exciting pictures, please check out our Face Book Page


We are a joyful community celebrating Jesus Christ. Wherever you are on your spiritual journey,
you are welcome here.

Christ Church

57 Main Street, Swansea, Ma 02777

Office: Sue Correira; 508-678-0923 or,

Al Deston III, Music Director

The Rev. Philip C. Jacobs, OGS, Priest Associate, retired 617-285-1627

The Rev. Alan R. Hesse, Rector;

508-505-5668 cell,,