The Weekly News - October 24, 2018

Greetings!

In this issue of The Weekly News:

  • Prepare the way . . .to serve the Elderly
  • St. Christopher's Youth Fall Lock-in Cancelled
  • Common Grounds
  • Fall Into Fun Family Event
  • Day of Change
  • All Saints' Observance
  • Backpack Ministry
  • CROP Walk Donations
  • How to Pledge Online
  • Dates for Your Calendar
The theme of the 2019 Stewardship Drive
"Prepare the Way! . . ."

Prepare the way for God's coming . . . make the road smooth and straight! Mark 1:3

Each week between now and November 18, we will focus on an area of "preparing the way" that will help us achieve what we believe God is calling us to do to fulfill his dream for St. Christopher's. The following is about the third area of focus.
Prepare the way . . . to serve the Elderly

Do not cast me off in the time of old age; do not forsake me when my strength is spent. Psalm 71:9

The year 2030 marks an important demographic turning point in U.S. history. By 2030, all baby boomers will be older than age 65. The aging of baby boomers means that, within just a couple decades, older people are projected to outnumber children for the first time in U.S. history.

Our immediate neighbors include ManorCare at Summer Trace and the recently-opened Rose Senior Living. Other housing for seniors is nearby. An increasing number of parishioners find it difficult to get to church services on Sunday mornings or to attend other activities. Bereavement and social isolation often mark life’s later years. St. Christopher’s has resources to help and needs to develop more.

In addition to our monthly Young at Heart luncheons, and our daytime Bible and book studies, additional funding would make possible:
  • Transportation to church services and other activities. To supplement our volunteer drivers, St. Christopher’s could partner with “black car services,” Uber, and Lyft, to ensure that those who needed transportation would have it.
  • Provide a “Meal-A-Month” in our Parish Hall.
  • Offer senior music therapy, lecture series for our neighbors and parishioners.
  • Opportunities for children and “grandparents” to interact, coming into our classrooms, reading stories to the children. This could be a summer activity in the library or a monthly Story Sunday.  

Each new or increased dollar pledged for 2019 earns a dollar for debt elimination. A matching grant gives everyone the opportunity to help with debt elimination.
St. Christopher's Fall Youth Lock-in Cancelled

St. Christopher's Fall Lock-in for youth, previously scheduled for October 26-27, has been cancelled due to low enrollment to attend. Questions? Contact Youth Leader, Jenna Parker: jparker@stchriscarmel.org
Common Grounds
An Adult Formation Forum
October 28, 9:00 - 9:45 am
In the Parish Hall

Sunday's Topic:
Wow! - The Third of Anne Lamott's
Three Essential Prayers
Most lists of prayers include a type called “adoration” - the kind of prayer that expresses our love for God and for God’s creation. A good example of this is the Gloria during a service of Holy Eucharist when we ask for nothing; we just praise God’s presence. Anne Lamott says “’Wow’ means we are not lost to wonder,” and she talks about “lower case wows” like clean sheets or seeing a kid execute a dive at the town pool. Then, as she puts it, “there are the uppercase Wows. Yosemite. Fireworks. Watching puppies being born at the neighbors’ when you were six.” We’ll end the exploration of prayer with Wow!

Father Stephen leads this Common Grounds forum.
Fall Into Fun Family Event
Sunday, October 28
Following the 10:00 am Service
Please join us on the last Sunday of October for some fall fun. We'll gather at the shelter in the Warren Gartner Natural Playground (weather permitting). The children will have a costume parade and decorate mini pumpkins. We will have Halloween snacks, coffee, and apple cider for all.
Daylight Saving Time Ends | Day of Change

Be sure to set your clocks BACK one hour on Saturday evening, November 3. Daylight Saving Time ends at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 4. As is our custom, this will be a Day of Change when we collect loose change in a giant soup pot as we enter the Sanctuary. The money donated will be given to the Episcopal Fund for Human Need.
All Saints' Day Observance

Photographs
On Sunday, November 4, we will once again celebrate All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day here at St. Christopher’s. Please bring a photograph of those you are remembering. These will be displayed along the sides of the sanctuary during our services. Tags will be available so you can tell us who they are and how they have been part of your life. 
 
Names for All Saints’/All Souls’ Day
Also on November 4, as part of the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, we will read the names of those who have died since last All Saints’ Day. A list will be on the round table on Sunday October 28. Please add the names of those who have died since last November whom you wish to include.
Backpack Ministry

Thanks to your generous support, we delivered our first weekend meal backpacks for Carmel school children last Friday.

In advance of our next delivery date we are asking for donations of individual mac & cheese cups, canned pasta, and individual cereals. Please consider adding these items to your grocery list and purchase them as you shop for your household. Then bring your donations to church on Sundays. You will find baskets marked "Backpack Ministry" in the narthex.
Hamilton County CROP Hunger Walk

This is the last week for donations to CROP Walk. We will close this giving opportunity on October 31. CROP Walk donations help alleviate hunger locally and across the globe. There are three ways to give.
  • Sock it to Hunger: Bring a sock filled with loose change, cash, or a check (made to St. Christopher's and marked CROP Walk)
  • Donate online: https://www.crophungerwalk.org/carmelin/StChris
  • Place a check in the offering plate made to St. Christopher's and marked CROP Walk
How to Make Your Pledge Online

Please consider making your pledge to St. Christopher's for 2019 online in Realm, the church's administrative system. There are several benefits to doing so:

  • You can manage payment options in your personal account and change them at any time
  • You can check your giving history/statement from your computer or mobile device
  • Pledging online creates less work for the administrative staff who must otherwise enter the information from printed pledge cards

You will find "Tips for Making a Pledge Online" on the round table in the narthex. Or view or download them for printing using the link below.
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. 

November 4 | Daylight Saving Time Ends (Day of Change at both services)
November 4, 11:30 am | Training for Lectors and Chalice Bearers
November 11, 11:30 am | Anti-Racism Meeting
November 11 | Pick up Holiday Totes for Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center
November 12 | St. Christopher's 4Cs
November 14, 11:30 am | Young at Heart Luncheon (note earlier than usual date)
November 18, 11:15 am | St. Christopher's Crops Meeting

Church Office hours
Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 12 noon and 1:00 to 4:00 pm.
The deadline for announcements, news, and articles for The Weekly News is Monday Noon each week. Email announcements to the church office at awalker@stchriscarmel.org with a copy to carolyncparrott@gmail.com.