The Weekly News for February 28, 2018
Greetings!

In this issue of The Weekly News:

  • Thursdays in Lent
  • Inquirer's Class
  • Pansy Sale Ends Sunday
  • The Recorder Orchestra of the Midwest Concert
  • Evangelism Matters Conference
  • Pansy Sale Ends Sunday
  • Butter Braids Sale
  • Hoop It Up!
  • Important Dates for Your Calendar
Thursdays in Lent, now through March 22
During Lent we are offering additional opportunities for worship, learning, and fellowship. The Thursday evening schedule includes:

  • 5:30 p.m., Worship in the Chapel
  • 6:00 p.m., Shared Supper in Fellowship Hall
  • 7:00 p.m., Learn in Lent
  • 8:15 p.m., Come for Compline

To read descriptions, please use the Lent, Holy Week & Easter link below.

If you would be willing to bring a soup, salad, or bread for the shared supper, please use the Signup Genius link to choose the date.

You are welcome for any or all of each Thursday evening.
Come as schedules permit.

Inquirer's Class
Sundays, Now through March 25
11:30 a.m. in the Conference Room

Why do we worship the way we do? What do Episcopalians believe and how did we get there? Come explore the basics of our faith and Episcopal tradition. This class is for you if you are curious, or if you would like to be confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church. Father Stephen will facilitate this class. Registration is not required and there is no cost to attend.
Pansy Sale
Ends this Sunday, March 4

The Women's Ministries are holding their annual Pansy Sale. Order pansies by the flat or in 14-inch pre-planted bowls. Proceeds from the sale will be used to purchase plants for the containers at the entrances to the church and make a donation to one of our Service to Others ministries.

Orders must be placed and paid for by March 4 by cash, check, or credit card. Orders may be picked up on Saturday, March 17 (one day only), between 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Color, choice of flat or bowl, and pricing can be found on the order form. Download the pansy order form or place your order after one of the services on Sunday.
The Recorder Orchestra of the Midwest
Director Clea Galhano
Saturday, March 10, 3:00 p.m.

Join us for an intriguing presentation by the Recorder Orchestra of the Midwest, directed by internationally renowned Brazilian recorder player Clea Galhano. Music from the renaissance through modern jazzy arrangements for recorders of all sizes, from the smallest, about the size of a pencil, to larger than six feet! Admission is free of charge.The public is invited. 
Service to Others Spring Break Project
Snack Bags for the Mary Rigg Neighorhood Center
Now through March 11

Thank you to everyone who picked up a spring break snack bag to fill for the Children involved in the “After School Program” at the Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center. Please remember to return the filled bags to St. Christopher's by Sunday, March 11.

On behalf of the 35 children who will receive these snack bags, thank you for your loving and generous help.
Butter Braids Sale
Now through March 12

The Kitchen Crew will be taking orders for Butter Braids pastries after both services on Sundays through March 12. Payment by cash, check or credit card must accompany orders. Orders will be available for pickup on Palm Sunday, March 25. Proceeds from the sale will be used to purchase kitchen supplies.
Evangelism Matters Conference
March 15 - 17, Cleveland Heights, Ohio

Do you get a little skittish the moment you hear the “E” word? Go to the Evangelism Matters Conference, March 15-17, 2018 in Cleveland Heights, Ohio and learn how we can proclaim our faith in a way that is authentic to our Episcopal values. This is not a marketing workshop, but one in which we learn to talk about our faith with others. Participants will experience inspiring panels and talks, a keynote from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, memorable workshops and resources, and vibrant worship. More information is at http://www.evangelismmatters.org/ or talk with Mother Jenny. Scholarship money is available. Come go with us!
Come Hoop It Up!

Please join us for the Come Hoop It Up Potluck on Sunday, March 18. This event for all ages will include food, fun, fellowship, and the college basketball playoffs from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sign-ups and more information will be available after the 10:00 a.m. services on Sundays, March 4, March 11, and March 18. 

You also may sign up for a dish using the the Signup Genius link below, or RSVP to Anita in the church office at awalker@stchriscarmel.org. 
Volunteers of all ages and all levels of gardening experience needed! 

St. Christopher’s Crops is our vegetable garden that has provided fresh vegetables to local food pantries for the last 11 years. This spring will be the twelfth gardening season. Karen and Warren Gartner, who have led the Garden Team since its beginning in 2007, will be moving to Montana and we have giant boots to fill.

The Garden Team plans the garden during the winter. In April, volunteers plant seeds indoors under grow lights to start plants for the garden. In early May we have a work day to prepare the beds for planting and in mid-May we bless and plant the garden. Three times a week during the summer months volunteers water, weed, harvest and deliver the vegetables. In the fall we have a work day to put the garden to bed.

Please consider helping with this wonderful ministry. For more information about the garden crew, join us March 18 at 9:00 a.m. in the Parish Hall, or contact ann.niednagel@gmail.com.
Important Dates for Your Calendar

The  Save the Date page  of St. Christopher's website is updated weekly. Check this resource for new information. You also may want to review the insert in the Sunday bulletin, as it provides the schedule for the coming week. 


March 11 | Daylight Saving Time Begins
March 16 - 18 | Youth Mission Trip to Chicago

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