The Weekly News for January 31, 2018
Greetings!

In this issue of The Weekly News:

  • A Word About Our "Day of Discovery"
  • Registration Open for Adult Christian Development Classes
  • Benefit Dinner & Auction: "Love for Waycross"
  • Father Stephen's Class, "Jesus: God's Manifesto"
  • Annual Parish Meeting on February 4
  • Shrove Pancake Breakfast Throwdown
  • Inquirer's Class
  • Service to Others Meeting
  • The "Clean Out the Church Sale"
  • Highlighted Book of the Week
  • 2017 Giving Statements
  • Important Dates for Your Calendar
A Word About the "Day of Discovery"

The Search Committee extends our thanks to everyone who attended the "Day of Discovery." We will compile the information from the many thoughts and ideas you shared with us.This information will be used to help us form our Parish Profile and, when it is time, to help form questions and discern our next Rector. We will let you know when the profile is posted on our website.
Adult Christian Development Classes

Interested in learning more about our faith? Pick out one of the interesting, inspiring, and informative classes offered through our Christian Development program. Come this Sunday to have your questions answered. Or click the picture to the right to visit the Adult Christian Development webpage and the interactive catalog of classes.
Dinner, Silent & Live Auction Fundraiser
Friday, February 2, 6:00 p.m.

Show your love for the Waycross Episcopal Camp & Conference Center at this second annual diocesan event. Tickets are $50 (gift certificates available too!) and include a meal prepared on-site by Chef Kyle Dahncke with appetizers, entree (vegetarian option available), dessert and drinks (alcoholic and non). This is an adults (21+) only event to be held at St. Paul’s, Indianapolis. Details, tickets, and gift certificates at www.love4waycross.org.
"Jesus: God's Manifesto"

Come join us! This course for adults is based on the traditional Gospel stories of the Epiphany Season found in the hymn, “Songs of thankfulness and praise. . .” (Hymnal 1982, #135). Each of the four stanzas references a story about Jesus and how he was manifested and ends “God in man made manifest.” Each story is about how Jesus reveals who God is. Come discover the ways Jesus may be revealing God’s self to us now and what difference that makes in our lives. 

Join Father Stephen during the Season of Epiphany and discover how God may be tugging at you in a way you have been waiting for all your life.

February 4, 9:00, Conference Room
Parish Annual Meeting
Sunday, February 4, 11:30 a.m.

Join us for the Annual Meeting after the 10:00 a.m. service. A light lunch will be served following the 10:00 a.m. service. The meeting will take place immediately afterward. This will be a great opportunity to have discussion with the Vestry and Childcare will be provided.

You will receive a copy of the 2018 Annual Report via email on Thursday. We encourage you to read it in advance of the meeting.
Bring Last Year's Palms to Church for This Year's Ashes  

Do you know where the ashes used at Ash Wednesday services come from? The ashes used are made from the burning of palms blessed in the previous year's Palm Sunday celebration.  

Of the connection between Palm Sunday and Ash Wednesday, someone wrote this in a 2015 blog: "It’s helpful to link Palm Sunday and Ash Wednesday like this. Palm Sunday might also be called “Irony Sunday,” because the same crowds that welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem would be calling for his crucifixion five days later. Ash Wednesday ash on our brow isn’t just a reminder of death and sin—it’s a reminder of Holy Week’s disingenuous praise. On Day One of Lent, the season calls into question the Christian’s devotion and piety, taking the memory of last year’s joyous celebration and quite literally rubbing it in our faces. It is a tangible metaphor of the weakness of our spirituality: one moment a blaze of glory, the next without trace of burning ember."

If you have palms from last year (or any previous year), you are invited to bring them to church with you no later than Sunday, February 11—the Last Sunday after the Epiphany. They will be burned, and the ashes that result will be used at Ash Wednesday services on February 14. 
The Examen Prayer as Reflective Practice

Join The Daughters of the King on Saturday, February 10, 2018, to learn about The Examen that was popularized by St. Ignatius between 1522-1548. This discipline of daily spiritual self-review is used as an experience of deeper connection to God. Understanding the steps of The Examen and creating your own Examen prayer beads will be part of the study experience led by Dorinda Dick.

All materials will be provided and refreshments will be served between 9:45 and 10:00 am. The program will be followed by the regular business agenda of The Daughters of the King. All are welcome to attend one or both of these sessions! 

Saturday, February 10, 9:45 a.m. refreshments
10:00 a.m. The Examen program in the Parlor (upstairs)
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Shrove Pancake Breakfast Throwdown
Two Seatings on Sunday, February 11

There will be an early throwdown seating after the 7:45 a.m. service and a second seating after the 10:00 a.m. service. Tickets, $5 per person or $20 per family, will be available on Sunday, February 4, and on February 11. If you plan to attend and will be paying on the day of the event, please stop by the ticket table THIS Sunday to let us know. Come support the youth’s fundraiser for a future mission trip! Root for your favorite team: Father Stephen or Mother Jenny! May the best pancake win!
Inquirer's Class

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.

Six Sundays, February 11 to March 25, (omitting February 18)
11:30 in the Parish Hall on February 11 only;
thereafter 11:30 a.m. in the Conference Room
Do You Want to Make a Difference?

Are you interested in outreach and being of service to others? Please join us for a Service to Others (S2O) meeting on Sunday, February 11, after the 10:00 a.m.service. Get your pancakes and bring your ideas! We'll meet in the Andres Library.
The "Cleaning Out the Church” Sale is coming soon! 
On February 11, as you enjoy the Shrove Pancake Breakfast hosted by our youth, you also can shop for treasures from the recent cleaning of the church closets Various and sundry items await your selection. Items selected await any donation you wish to contribute to benefit the Chicago Urban Mission Trip and other Youth Ministries of our St. Christopher’s Youth. The sale table will be available after both services in the Parish Hall.
This Week's Highlighted Library Book
from the Anti-racism Work Group
Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving

For twenty-five years, Debby Irving sensed inexplicable racial tensions in her personal and professional relationships. As a colleague and neighbor, she worried about offending people she dearly wanted to befriend. As an arts administrator, she didn't understand why her diversity efforts lacked traction. As a teacher, she found her best efforts to reach out to students and families of color left her wondering what she was missing. Then, in 2009, one "aha!" moment launched an adventure of discovery and insight that drastically shifted her worldview and upended her life plan. In Waking Up White, Irving tells her often cringe-worthy story with such openness that readers will turn every page rooting for her-and ultimately for all of us.

(Description from the back cover of the book)
2017 Giving Statements

Year-end statements are ready to be viewed. To access your statement online, please click the Member Login link below. Once logged in, click "My Giving History" to access your statement.

If this is the first time accessing your account, please click the instructions link below.

If you are unsure which email St. Christopher's has, or you need assistance with your online profile, please contact Cindy Short, Financial Assistant, 317-846-8716, x16 or cshort@stchriscarmel.org.

If you have received a paper copy of your statement via USPS in the past, rest assured you will still receive your statement by mail. If you would like to begin receiving paperless statements, please contact Cindy at the church office.
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. 

February 11, 11:30 a.m. | Anti-racism Group
February 11 | Pansy Sale begins
February 14, 6:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m. | Ash Wednesday Services
February 18, 7:45 & 10:00 a.m. | Bishop Jennifer's Visit
February 25 | Butter Braids Sale begins
February 28, 11:30 a.m. | Young at Heart

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