The Weekly News - March 7, 2019

 Greetings!

There is a lot of information in this issue of The Weekly News . We suggest browsing the articles and then visiting the links for additional information.

  • Walking the Camino de Santiago
  • Daylight Saving Time + Change Sunday
  • Common Grounds Lenten Series
  • Indianapolis Brass Choir Concert
  • Thursdays in Lent
  • Evangelism/Membership Ministry
  • Pancake "Throwdown" Breakfast Recap and Photos
  • Spring Break Snack Packs for Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center
  • United Thank Offering
  • Thank you from Backpack Ministry
  • Pansy Sale Ends Sunday
  • Important Dates for Your Calendar
This Saturday, March 9, 10:00 am in the Parish Hall

The Martha and Mary Chapter of the Daughters of the King are proud to present: "Walking the Camino de Santiago." The Reverend Virginia B. Hall presents her 500-mile pilgrimage across northern Spain in words and pictures.

Everyone at St. Christopher's (yes, gentlemen, that includes you) is invited to attend this special program and you are welcome to bring guests.
Reminder Time Change
Daylight Saving Time Begins
Sunday, March 10

Spring forward - set your clocks an hour ahead before heading to bed on Saturday night!

Our custom on this day of change is to bring our loose change to church and drop it in the giant soup pot as you enter the nave. The money collected will go to the Episcopal Relief and Development Fund.
Common Grounds: Adult Formation Forum
Lenten Study, Life Transformed: The Way of Love in Lent
March 10, 9:00 - 9:45 am
In the Parish Hall
Common Grounds continues the study of The Way of Love In Lent with emphasis on Pray and Learn as practices of a Jesus centered life. Presenters Dorinda Dick and Marty Torrance will lead this week’s study.

All adults are welcome to join in these adult formation classes. You do not need to be present for all of the Lenten series to benefit from this rich Episcopal curriculum. Coffee will be served.
Indianapolis Brass Choir
I ndianapolis Brass Choir in Concert
Sunday, March 10, 4:00 pm

The Indianapolis Brass Choir is a large brass ensemble of musicians who volunteer their time and effort, without pay, to provide music for area churches and to aid local charities. Founded by Delbert Dale in 1986, the choir has a membership of professional musicians and serious amateurs who meet for weekly rehearsals and perform 10 to 12 concerts each year.

The Choir's concert program at St. Christopher's will include music from Star Trek, Star Wars, ET, and Superman. A freewill offering will be collected and given to Hamilton County Harvest Food Bank on our behalf. The public is invited to enjoy the music of this amazing group of musicians. Please join us and invite guests to attend with you.
Observing a Holy Lent

The Book of Common Prayer invites us every year to observe a holy Lent “by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word. As part of your Lenten discipline, in addition to the regularly scheduled Sunday and Wednesday services, join us on Thursday evenings for worship, a light supper, fellowship, and Bible study.

The schedule for Thursdays in Lent, from March 14 until April 11

  • 5:30 pm - A simple Celtic Eucharist with short homily (Chapel)
  • 6:00 pm - Light supper of soup, salad, bread and conversation (Parish Hall)
  • 7:00 pm - Bible study, “Journey through Lent” with teaching and group discussion of the lectionary readings for the Sundays in Lent (Location TBA)
  • 8:15 pm - Compline, a brief service that comes from the night prayers of monastic communities adapted for everyone’s use before bedtime (Nave)

Come for any or all of the above on Thursday evenings. invite your friends and relatives to join us!

If you can bring soup, salad, or bread for one or more of the suppers, please signup at the link below.
Evangelism/Membership
One of Our Seven Ministries

This week we feature the Ministry of Evangelism/Membership. While some of our seven ministries are just beginning their work, the Evangelism/Membership Team has been at work since early last fall.

The purpose of the ministry is threefold:  
  • to invite people into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ at St. Christopher’s 
  • to welcome guests as if they were Jesus himself walking through our doors 
  • to connect people to each other and to the parish in ways that give meaning to their membership and help them discover and use the gifts God has given them for ministry
 
This is an exciting time in the life of our church! Despite being in transition, we have continued to have an influx of visitors and our membership has grown in the last year. 

During the past six months the Evangelism/Membership Team has adopted the Invite Welcome Connect program of the Episcopal Church. We developed our welcoming processes which include having more greeters available and giving a welcome gift bag. We used Realm as a tool to follow-up.

In addition, we evaluated our strengths and weaknesses in the areas of Invite Welcome Connect and identified areas in which we wish to improve. Future plans, which will be implemented in the next few months, include:
 
  • Signage throughout the church
  • Providing opportunities to learn how to share our faith journeys in ways that build relationships
  • Conducting a newcomer orientation class, “St. Christopher’s 101” 
  • Upgrading our physical space and creating a “Connection Center”
  • Sharing the Invite Welcome Connect Program with parishioners
 
How you can help: Be on the lookout for information from the EvangelismMembership Ministry to learn how the entire parish can be involved in helping St. Christopher’s Invite Welcome Connect visitors and new members! Learn more about this ministry at the link below.

The Evangelism/Membership Team includes Marty Torrance, Leader, and Father Larry Walters, Clergy Representative, Deb Callahan, Claire Zmak, Jacquie Winters, Peg Driehorst, Deb Vine, Teresa Walters, Lydia Keadle, Annie Weissert, Margaret Baranowski, Jennifer Lawson, and Fred Winters.

If you would like to take a more active role in this ministry and join this team, please contact Marty Torrance at martytorrance@gmail.com.
St. Christopher's Youth Pancake Breakfast
Shrove Pancake "Throwdown" Breakfast

Thank you for your generous support of our youth. The pancake "throwdown" brought in $1100, which will support youth mission programs.

Team Mother Kathy narrowly beat Team Father Larry for bragging rights until next spring.
Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center – Spring Break Snack Packs
Now through March 17

You can help provide food assistance to 60 children involved in the “After School Program” at the Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center (MRNC). The children will not have the school breakfast and lunch program available to them during spring break.

Please take one of the spring break bags from the Narthex. Fill it with food items that require little to no preparation time. A list of suggested non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items is in each bag. Bags of fresh apples, tangerines or clementines will be appreciated too. Please return filled bags to church by Sunday, March 17. On behalf of the children who will receive these snack bags, thank you for your loving and generous help.
UTO
United Thank Offering (UTO)

United Thank Offering blue boxes are available in the Narthex. UTO is a ministry of The Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. UTO distributes 100% of what is collected to support innovative missions and ministries throughout The Episcopal Church and Provinces of the Anglican Communion. Through this offering, we are invited to commit to a personal daily spiritual discipline of gratitude. Notice the good things that happen each day. Then give thanks for these blessings by adding coins to the UTO Blue Box during Lent.  Return your UTO boxes by April 28 and place them in the wooden cross in the Narthex. Our hope is to fill our wooden cross with blue boxes. Let’s show how truly grateful we are for everything we have. 
Thank you for your generous support of the Backpack Ministry.
We have all of the food items needed to fill our April delivery!
Last Call for Pansy Sale
Deadline to Order - March 10
Place your pansy order and pay by cash, check, or credit card this Sunday. Color, choice of flat or bowl, and pricing can be found on the order form. For your convenience, download, print, and complete the pansy order form. Proceeds from the sale will be used to purchase plants for the containers at the entrances to the church and other seasonal floral offerings.Orders must be picked up on Saturday, March 16 (one day only), between 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.
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 10, 5:00 - 7:00 pm | Youth Group at DEFY ( more information)
March 16, 9:00 - 11:00 am | Pansy Pickup
March 24 | Butter Braids tasting at Coffee Hour, sale begins
March 24, 6:30 pm | Youth Group Study Night at Starbucks (adjacent to the church)
March 27, 11:30 am | Young at Heart Luncheon


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