St. Christopher's Newsletter
April 8, 2021
Marifran's Musing as Senior Warden

What a glorious Easter Day! I know there is always a lot of preparation for our worship services, but until I was on the Vestry, and especially as senior warden, I’ve learned more of the behind-the-scenes and at-the-scenes preparation there is, and now that we’ve been worshipping through this pandemic, how much more there is. This was especially evident during Holy Week, culminating with the three Easter services. Not only did we have flower arrangements for both inside and outside, but we had prerecorded organ, choir, and brass music, children and adults reading lessons; many prepared the altar, and were lectors, prayer intercessors and congregational responders; several were zoom producers and videographers and assistants, acolytes and crucifers, lay eucharistic ministers, and ushers; still others printed and collated the many bulletins and set up Zoom links, marked and cleaned the parking lot and surrounding grounds, set up the PA system, and prepared the altar for outside worship. And this doesn’t include all the organizing of these tasks so that we can worship. And this was all in addition to the normal parts of our lives, especially Mother Carey, who continued to visit, make calls, and stay in touch with us. Our many thanks to those of you who contributed, especially Nina Miller, to making Holy Week and Easter Day glorious.

Marifran Bustion,

marifranbustion@gmail.com

Name that bird!
A mourning dove has nested on one of the electrical boxes on the education building. For some reason, "Edna" sounds like a fine name for this dove, given she has chosen the education building, but other names might be more appropriate. Send in the names to Nina at sccparisha@gmail.com and suggestions and we will all vote on the names!



Calling all Writers, Editors, Graphic Designers, Tech Nerds, and AV Nerds! 

St. Christopher’s is establishing a communications commission. Projects: improve the website, and enhance and expand our video ministry. Ongoing teams: web admin/social media to engage parishioners and attract new members, public affairs/media outreach to support parish events, and AV to produce content for the website and social media. Interested? Please reach out to your new vestry commissioner for communications, Deb Kim, via email or phone. (Email/Phone can be found in the Parish Directory)
Videographers Wanted!

Please prayerfully consider becoming a videographer or zoom producer. No Experience Required! We will train you. If you are interested in either, please email Nina Miller at sccparisha@gmail.com, Meredith Maple Perry at meredithmaple1@gmail.com

Descriptions:
Videographer – The Videographer is an in-person worship role, they are responsible for monitoring the video feed from the church during Zoom worship. They assist the clergy and worship participants during the worship, monitor the video and sound feed through personal headphones and using the provided iPads. (Time commitment is 2 hours per service)

Attention! Hot Meal Prep, April 22, 2:30PM - Volunteers Wanted!

Please sign up to help us feed the homeless. You can help in several ways:

  • assist with bulk shopping at Restaurant Depot, COSTCO, and/or other grocery stores;
  • prepare items ahead of time to bring on April 22; 
  • come on the 22nd and help with cooking, food assembly, packing food bags, and loading coolers; 
  • help with cleanup;
  • FACETS staff has a team of volunteers that will pick up and deliver the meal for us.

The main dish for April will be Cherokee Casserole, with hamburger, tomatoes, onions, pasta, and cream of mushroom soup. 

Our estimate for April 22nd will be 130 - 150 meals.

Time: 2:30pm - 5:30pm EDT, Location: St. Christopher's Kitchen

Thank you so much!

Janet Bush
703-371-2465 or jbush@nvcc.edu  


ECHO needs volunteers who have a heart for helping others. If you can commit one morning a week and have a willingness to work with people who are facing financial emergencies, please consider finding out more about becoming an ECHO family counselor. Much of this job consists of taking basic information from people who apply for assistance and matching them with the kinds of help that ECHO can give. ECHO will train volunteers who are interested. Bilingual volunteers, especially those who speak Spanish, would be especially helpful. ECHO is adhering to CDC and Virginia safety guidelines during the pandemic, and doing much of our work by telephone until we can safely reopen for face to face service. If you would like to find out more about the opportunity to make a big difference in people’s lives, e-mail Volunteercoordinator@echo-inc.org.
 
ECHO’s Food Pantry Needs ECHO is still restricting access to our building, but we are serving client needs by bringing pre-packed bags of food or children’s clothing to their vehicles. ECHO currently needs children’s summer clothing that is new or gently used, especially pajamas and boys sneakers. We need children’s underwear, but can only accept donations of new items. This month, ECHO’s Food Pantry needs cooking oil, 2# bags of sugar, pancake syrup, shampoo, shaving razors, hand lotion and deodorant. The Food Pantry could also use brown paper grocery bags, so if you have been saving them up from your grocery shopping, you can bring them to ECHO along with your food donation. We are at 7205 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield, and open to accept donations Monday through Friday, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm and on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 7:00 to 9:00. Please drive to the west side of the building and stop at the Donation Door where volunteers (who are masked) will assist with your donation and offer written receipts.