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March 19, 2019
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This Week at Christ Church
Blessings in a Bag
Sunday, March 24
lunch bag Take a moment after services on Sunday, March 24 to pack a bag with non-perishable food items. Keep the bag in your car and hand it out the those in need you might encounter during the day. Thank you to Service Ministry for your continued support of this project.
Mark Your Calendar
Youth Mission Trip Fundraiser
Rustle Up Some Fun!
You are invited to an evening of fun, laughter, and delicious food for a good cause! Please join us in the Christ Church courtyard from 5:00-8:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 6th. Pardner - $50/Jr. Pardners - $20
This summer, the youth of our diocese will be traveling to the diocese of Western Mexico. They have been invited by Bishop Gomez Osnaya to come as his guest! They will have the opportunity to assist the Pame people in the mountains outside of San Luis and to run a children's program in Guadalajara. We are all very excited for this incredible opportunity!

The total expense of this trip is $600 per person. This barbecue, hosted by Christ Church, will help ensure that ALL of the youth eligible to be part of the delegation are able to go, regardless of financial means.  

The evening's activities include a menu of Chef Tim's favorite barbecue selections from both north and south of the border, photo booths, dancing, and a silent auction.  Won't you be part of the fun?

Family First Sunday
Celebrating on Palm Sunday
Palm Sunday - Family First
April's Family First Sunday program will take place on Palm Sunday, April 14 - it's a festive day! There will be youth readers, the day school choir singing, children leading the palm procession, and we have "palm" crafts planned. Meet around the flagpole at 9:30 a.m. -  hope to see everyone there.
Sunday Forums in Lent
Mary, Our Lenten Companion
Sundays - 9:00 a.m. Hinde Hall
The season of Lent invites those who choose an intentional journey, a journey which brings us closer to the heart of God. What better companion than Mary of Nazareth who is recognized as Theotokos, the God-bearer. Mary lived life as it came to her with no more surety than we have but who, regardless, went on in faith. Our Lenten forums will reflect upon Mary as people have seen her and named her over the ages and who accompanies us along the way in our own day.

Walk the Labyrinth
Wednesdays 4:00-8:00 p.m.
A labyrinth is an ancient symbol that relates to wholeness. It combines the imagery of the circle and the spiral into a meandering but purposeful path. The Labyrinth represents a journey to our own center and back again out into the world. Labyrinths have long been used as meditation and prayer tools. Bring a friend to join you in this holy practice.

Stations of the Cross
Led by the Daughters of the King
Stations of the Cross during Lent
The Stations of the Cross is a Lenten devotion that offers witness to Jesus' Passion and Death. At each station we use our senses and our imagination to reflect prayerfully upon Jesus' suffering, Death, and Resurrection, and to simply experience the visual images to reflect on Christ's love for us. Join us Wednesday evenings in Lent at 6:15 p.m. in the church

Maundy Thursday Passover Meal
Thursday, April 18 - 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Instead of our traditional Maundy Thursday service and foot washing, this year we will explore, table by table, the scripture and the traditions that are part of a traditional Passover meal. The inter-generational service and meal answers the question, why is this night different from all other nights. Please reply soon, as our tables are filling up; only 20 spots left -  RSVP HERE - help us  prepare appropriately for this special evening in Holy Week.

Good Friday
Friday, April 19, 2019
Hike at Cowles Mountain
Good Friday Liturgy - 12:00 noon
Full-Moon Hike & Compline - 6:00 p.m. 
Meet at the Christ Church lot at 5:00 p.m. or at the Cowles Mountain trail-head at 6:00 p.m. At the top of the mountain, we will have candlelight prayers, hike back down and depart in silence.  Headlamp or flashlight and sturdy shoes are required. RSVP here.

Parish News
Speakeasy a  Roaring Success!
Thanks from CCDS
The Christ Church Day School Gala was a huge success.  Thank you, Christ Church parishioners for all your support of CCDS! We had a marvelous Gala last week, and it was so successful, due in large part, to you - the generous auction items you supplied, your attendance, and the very appreciated donations. On behalf of the School Board, staff, families, and students, I thank you for your continued dedication and support of our school!  Nancy Funk, Head of School

Your Generosity is Appreciated
You do make a difference
U.S. Coast Guard Sector Commander, Captain J. R. Buzzella sent this heartwarming note to Christ Church...

"On behalf of the Coast Guard men, women, and families of Coast Guard Sector San Diego, I wish to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU for the incredible generosity you displayed during the partial shutdown of the United States Government. You went above and beyond by providing much needed assistance to Coast Guard personnel and families during their time of need amplifying why San Diego is the greatest Coast Guard city. The kindness came at pivotal time when our crews were working long hours performing Coast Guard missions despite not receiving pay. Your help allowed Coast Guardsmen to stand watch ensuring continued defense of our homeland and rapid response to save lives. Thank you again for your tremendous support of the United States Coast Guard.   Semper Paratus - Always Ready!"

Remember Loved Ones at Easter
Flower donations
Easter Lily

The lovely floral arrangements in the church at Easter are made possible by generous parishioners. It's a wonderful way to remember a loved one, give thanks for family and friends, or celebrate the season. If you wish to make a donation, the easiest way is to pay online by credit card. Please note in the memo line for whom the flowers are given.  Donation forms are also available at the Welcome Center and in the parish office. Please submit your donations no later than Wednesday, April 10 to ensure that the information will appear in our Easter bulletin.

Yoga at Christ Church
Relax at the end of the day
Christ Church will feature two yoga practices in March. Weekly on Tuesday evenings at 5:00 p.m., Rebecca Nagorksi leads a faithful group. In addition, Nereyda Varias will be back for a limited time with a  restorative yoga class,  Thursday, March 28, April 11, and 25 at 4:30 p.m. (note time change for this class.)   Both classes meet in Hinde Hall - a $5.00 donation is requested.  

Lenten Book Drive
Episcopal Community Services
Support the Lenten Book Drive for Head Start
This year's Lenten Drive will benefit children in the Episcopal Community Service's Head Start program. Reading is key to academic success and the earlier children are exposed to books and reading, the better they do in school and in life! There are 2,000 children in ECS's Head Start program who need our help! Read more...

Together we can make a difference in the lives of 2000 of our youngest brothers and sisters right here in San Diego County! You may donate online or after church services, in the courtyard, through Lent.

Dreams for Change
Dinners at the car park
Did you know that the Christ Church Service Ministry team is supporting the Dreams for Change organization by providing dinner to participants in the Safe Parking Program. Dreams for Change is a San Diego nonprofit serving homeless and low-income people. The Safe Parking Program provides a number of families and individuals whose only shelter is their car, a safe and secure spot to park overnight. Service Ministry members have been providing dinner once a month, usually serving about 20 men, women and children. Volunteers have gotten to know not only the Dreams for Change personnel but also the families they are serving. 
Food Collection - St. Mark's
Neighborhood Food Pantry
March-Canned Protein
St. Mark's has designated a specific food item for collection each month this year. March is canned protein (tuna, salmon, chicken). This could include single serving containers.

You may access the entire year's list on St. Mark's Outreach page. Of course, basic non-perishable items are always needed such as: soup/stews, cereal and oatmeal, granola bars, peanut butter, pasta and sauce, rice, canned protein, canned vegetables and fruit, and single serve items for their unhoused visitors. Bring your contributions on Sundays or to the parish office Monday-Thursday. 

The Diocese and Beyond
Camp Stevens
So much to offer....
Camp Stevens founded
in 1952
This Sunday the mission and ministry of Camp Stevens will be celebrated throughout the diocese. Camp Stevens is an Episcopal camp and retreat center serving both the Dioceses of Los Angeles and San Diego on 256 acres in the beautiful mountains near Julian. Whether on a group or youth retreat, a Camp Stevens family camp, a day-long ropes course program, or at summer camp, a Camp Stevens experience is always transformational. Through the core values of openness, connection, gratitude, and wonder, you are welcome! For more information, a tour, or to register visit their website or call (760) 765-0028. Camp Stevens flyers will be available at the Welcome Center. 
Via Crucis: Called to the Wall
Saturday, April 13
Travel in solidarity
Join this service to lament the plight of immigrants. Episcopalians from the dioceses of San Diego and Los Angeles will travel in solidarity with immigrants along the Way of the Cross, a service of 14 stations commemorating Jesus' walk to his crucifixion. A joint Eucharist on both sides of the border fence with Anglicans present in the US and Mexico, strengthens connections across international divides. The purpose of the event is to share concerns about immigration policies and practices, and to demonstrate shared desire for immigration reform.  Learn more.... 

Maundy Thursday Foot Washing
Volunteer Opportunities
Wash the feet of people who are experiencing homelessness, and share the joy of providing new shoes, socks, and connections to services. Foot washing events take place at the following locations this year:
  • Episcopal Church Center, 2083 Sunset Cliffs Blvd: Worship, 9 a.m. Foot washing and shoe giveaway, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • St. Mark's, 4227 Fairmount Ave.: 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. including Showers of Blessings, 12 - 1:30 p.m. foot washing, shoe distribution, blessing bags and lunch

What's Happening...

Mark Your Calendar 
March 24
Blessings in a Bag
Vestry Meeting

April 6
Youth Mission Trip Fundraiser

April 14
Palm Sunday
Family First Sunday

April 18
Maundy Thursday 
Passover Meal

April 19
Good Friday service
Moonlight Hike

April 21

April 22
Parish office closed

Weekly Events

Tuesday evenings @5:00 p.m.
Hinde Hall 

Men's Bible Study
Tuesday mornings @6:30  a.m. Hinde Hall  

Thursday @ 10:00 a.m.
Healing Service  

Friday evenings @6:00 p.m.
Hinde Hall


Serving This Sunday...
8:00 a.m. - Carla Fargo
10:00 a.m. - Calvin Peckham, Louden Esparza, Steven Glorieux

Chalice Bearers
8:00 a.m. - Carla Fargo, Susan Warmbrodt
10:00 a.m. - Patty Cowan, Kathleen Ireland

8:00 a.m. - John Sturges
10:00 a.m.  - Dixon Bridgers

8:00 a.m. - Susan Warmbrodt
10:00 a.m. - Ed Morris,  Mary Gwen Brummitt

8:00 a.m.  - John Sturges, Marty McCullough
10:00 a.m. - Don McCleary, Chris Ellinger

Welcome Center
Lynn Walsh

8:00 a.m. - Susy Patterson
10:00 a.m. - Cyndi McCleary

Tatum Ware

Phil Hunsaker, Russ McKee, Byron Miller

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