The Weekly News for January 17, 2018

In this issue of The Weekly News:

  • Save the date for "Day of Discovery"
  • Father Stephen's Class, "Jesus: God's Manifesto"
  • Featured Book from the Anti-racism Work Group
  • Love for Waycross Benefit
  • Shrove Pancake Breakfast Throwdown
  • Important Dates for Your Calendar
"Day of Discovery"

Mark your calendars for our “Day of Discovery,” to be held in the parish hall on January 28, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

“Day of Discovery” will be an opportunity for you to have a voice in who we want for our next rector. All we need is about 90 minutes of your time following the 10:00 a.m. service. We’ll meet in moderated groups to discuss four questions about the future of St. Christopher’s. We’ll use these questions in a couple of different ways. 

  • First, we’ll use your answers to help us develop a parish profile which will be displayed on our website. This profile will be the first introduction to those who are interested in coming to St. Christopher’s.
  • The second way we’ll use your answers is to help us develop our interview questions for candidates who may be our next rector.

We want to give you time to think about your answers before the “Day of Discovery,” so you’ll see the questions in this week’s service bulletin and in next week’s issue of The Weekly News. We’ll also provide an email address for you to send input if you can’t make it on January 28. 

Child care will be provided. We’ll also make sure we have plenty of snacks allowing us to put off lunch for a bit.
"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.

Sundays through February 4, 9:00, Conference Room
This Week's Highlighted Library Book
from the Anti-racism Work Group
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Once in a great while a book comes along that changes the way we see the world and helps to fuel a nationwide social movement. The New Jim Crow is such a book. Praised by Harvard Law professor Lani Guinier as "brave and bold," this book directly challenges the notion that the election of Barack Obama signals a new era of colorblindness. With dazzling candor, legal scholar Michelle Alexander argues that "we have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it." By targeting black men through the War on Drugs and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control—relegating millions to a permanent second-class status—even as it formally adheres to the principle of colorblindness. In the words of Benjamin Todd Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP, this book is a "call to action."

(Description from the back cover of the book)
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
Shrove Pancake Breakfast Throwdown
Sunday, February 11
Two Seatings: 8:50 and 11:20 a.m.

The teams have been set. Recipes have been selected. Plans are in motion. "Team Father Stephen" faces off with "Team Mother Jenny" at this event. Tickets (($5 per person or $20 per family) will go on sale after both the early and late services on Sundays, January 28 and February 4. Money raised will be applied to a future youth mission. Don't miss the fun! Put this on your calendar now. Watch for additional details in coming weeks.
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 4, 11:30 a.m. | Parish Annual Meeting
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

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