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March 26, 2019
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Rustle Up Some Fun
Saturday, April 6 - 5:00-8:00 p.m.
It's just around the corner and you won't want to
 miss out on this evening of fun. There'll be yummy barbecue  by Chef Tim which include selections
from both north  and south of the border,  photo booths, dancing,  and  a silent auction. 
 Don't you want to be part of the festivities? 

This Week at Christ Church
Yoga at Christ Church
Relax at the end of the day
Christ Church will feature two yoga practices in March. Weekly on Tuesday evenings at 5:00 p.m., Rebecca Nagorksi leads a faithful group. In addition, Nereyda Varias will be back for a limited time with a  restorative yoga class,  Thursday, March 28, April 11, and 25 at 4:30 p.m. (note time change for this class.)   Both classes meet in Hinde Hall - a $5.00 donation is requested.  

Lenten Book Drive
Benefits Episcopal Community Services
Support the Lenten Book Drive for Head Start
2,000 children are enrolled in Episcopal Community Service's  Head Start program. Because reading is so fundamental to healthy child development, the earlier books are placed in the hands of children the better. 

Our goal is $5,000 to purchase books for infants through children four years of age. We are less than halfway to our goal and so the push is on.   You may donate online  or look for the book-bedecked table  after church services, in the courtyard, throughout Lent.

Mark Your Calendar
Family First Sunday
Celebrating on Palm Sunday
Palm Sunday - Family First
April's  Family First Sunday  will take place on  Palm Sunday, April 14.  This festive day will include youth reading the Passion Narrative, the Christ Church Day School Choir, and children leading the palm procession at 10:00 a.m., plus  "palm" crafts after the service. Meet around the flagpole at 9:30 a.m. to prepare for this special Family First Sunday. Join us as we make the triumphal entry into Holy Week.
Maundy Thursday 
Thursday, April 18, 2019
This holy day begins at 8:00 a.m. with our Day School service of Holy Eucharist. You are invited to join us as we hear the story of Jesus' last supper with his friends.

Special prayers for Maundy Thursday will be incorporated in the the 10:00 a.m. Healing Service that morning.

Thank you for your enthusiastic response to the
Passover Meal at 6:00 p.m. 
The tables have been filled and we are creating a waiting list.  Contact Christie Tugend or call the parish office (619-435-4561) if you wish to be placed on the list. If you find you will be unable to attend, please let us know asap so those on the wait list may be accommodated.

Good Friday
Friday, April 19, 2019
We offer two options this year on Good Friday. Join us for both or choose the one that speaks to you.
  • Good Friday Liturgy - 12:00 noon at church - the Good Friday offering for the church in Jerusalem. 
  • Full-Moon Hike & Compline - 6:00 p.m.  - Meet at the Christ Church lot at 5:00 p.m. or at the Cowles Mountain trail-head at 6:00 p.m. At the top of the mountain, we will have candlelight prayers, hike back down and depart in silence. Headlamp or flashlight and sturdy shoes are required. RSVP here.

Ways You Can Help Get Ready for Easter
It takes a parish...
Would you like to help get ready for Easter? Here are a couple ways you can help out: 
  • Holy Saturday, April 20, 9:00 a.m. - Prayers and Preparation - We begin the morning remembering all who have died in the previous year. If you would like to add a name, please email Rev. Anne. Following this brief service of remembrance, all ages are invited to help decorate the church for Easter morning. No previous experience necessary, just willing hands and hearts!
  • Sunday, April 21 - Contribute to the Easter morning breakfast at 7:00 a.m. We're looking for egg casseroles and/or fruit saladsLet Rev. Anne know if you'd like to help out. We expect a crowd of 100!

Sunday Forums in Lent
Mary, Our Lenten Companion
Sundays - 9:00 a.m. Hinde Hall
The season of Lent invites those who choose an intentional journey, a journey which brings us closer to the heart of God. What better companion than Mary of Nazareth who is recognized as Theotokos, the God-bearer. Mary lived life as it came to her with no more surety than we have but who, regardless, went on in faith. Our Lenten forums will reflect upon Mary as people have seen her and named her over the ages and who accompanies us along the way in our own day.

Walk the Labyrinth
Wednesdays 4:00-8:00 p.m.
A labyrinth is an ancient symbol that relates to wholeness. It combines the imagery of the circle and the spiral into a meandering but purposeful path. The Labyrinth represents a journey to our own center and back again out into the world. Labyrinths have long been used as meditation and prayer tools. Bring a friend to join you in this holy practice.

Stations of the Cross
Led by the Daughters of the King
Stations of the Cross during Lent
The Stations of the Cross is a Lenten devotion that offers witness to Jesus' Passion and Death. At each station we use our senses and our imagination to reflect prayerfully upon Jesus' suffering, Death, and Resurrection, and to simply experience the visual images to reflect on Christ's love for us. All are welcome, Wednesday evenings in Lent at 6:15 p.m. in the church

Parish News
New Vestry Convenes
Our leadership team
Our newly elected Vestry held their first meeting last Sunday. Paul Laedlein, Glover Ferguson, and Karen Laedlein will continue this year, in their current positions as Senior Warden, Treasurer, and Clerk of the Vestry, respectively.  Hal Skelly has been chosen as Junior Warden. Thank you all for your incredible commitment to the leadership of this parish.

Remember Loved Ones at Easter
Flower donations
Easter Lily
Contribute to Easter flowers
The lovely floral arrangements in the church at Easter are made possible by generous parishioners. It's a wonderful way to remember a loved one, give thanks for family and friends, or celebrate the season.

If you wish to make a donation, the easiest way is to pay online by credit card - please note in the memo line for whom the flowers are given.

Donation forms are also available at the Welcome Center and in the parish office. Please submit your donations no later than Wednesday, April 10 to ensure that the information will appear in our Easter bulletins.

Maundy Thursday Foot Washing
Volunteer Opportunities
Bridging love and service
Christ Church has supported the Maundy Thursday Foot Washing event at St. Mark's for many years. Once again, this year, we will be providing and serving continental breakfast for up to 60 guests. There will be showers, foot washing, haircuts, and much more. If you would like to join the Christ Church team, contact Sarah Shealy Stump, Service Ministry Chair.

St. Mark's, 4227 Fairmount Ave., City Heights

8:30 - 11:30 a.m. - carpools may be available.


Cinco de Mayo Fiesta
Saturday, May 4, 5:00 p.m.
Come one, come all to our annual Mexican fiesta to benefit the amazing work done at Vida Joven, a loving orphanage for children in nearby Tijuana. Tickets will be on sale in the courtyard after services, April 14, 21, and 28. The cost is only $10 for a delicious Mexican meal; margaritas will be available for an extra donation. We're holding the fiesta outside in our beautiful courtyard, so we can include more people. Invite your friends! This is always a popular event, with seating limited to 100 people, so get your tickets early. All proceeds go to Vida Joven.

Food Collection - St. Mark's
Neighborhood Food Pantry
oatmeal package
April is cereal/oatmeal
St. Mark's has designated a specific food item for collection each month this year. March is canned protein (tuna, salmon, chicken). This could include single serving containers. April's food items are cereal and oatmeal. Low sugar varieties are best.

You may access the entire year's list on St. Mark's Outreach page. Of course, basic non-perishable items are always needed such as: soup/stews, cereal and oatmeal, granola bars, peanut butter, pasta and sauce, rice, canned protein, canned vegetables and fruit, and single serve items for their unhoused visitors. Bring your contributions on Sundays or to the parish office Monday-Thursday. 

The Diocese and Beyond
God So Loved the World....
Concern for the Earth
This Lent take the pledge to Creation Care . Reflect and commit to grow a loving, liberating and life-giving relationship with God's Creation. We have a responsibility to be good stewards and to make moral choices for the good of all creation in order to bring about a more just society. Visit The Episcopal Church website to learn how you can become part of the church's work in the care of our environment - learn, connect, act. The Episcopal Church's Office of Government Relations  offers advocacy, education, liturgy, and church-greening resources to support you as a champion for creation care!

Save Constantin from Deportation
Do you know this story?
Asylum seeker
Constantin Bakala
You may or may not be aware of the on-going saga of  Constantin Bakala. It is a story that will leave you shaking your head.

Constantin and his family have survived kidnapping, torture, rape, poison and a shipwreck.  Bakala, 48, and his family fled their home in the Democratic Republic of Congo in late 2016 after they were targeted for Bakala's participation in an opposition party that promoted democracy in the country, according to his wife. Read more here...

St. Luke's, North Park as been instrumental in organizing support and assistance during this horrifying ordeal. Go to their website for up-to-date information and ways you can support Constantin and his family. 

Via Crucis: Called to the Wall
Saturday, April 13
Travel in solidarity
Join this service to lament the plight of immigrants. Episcopalians from the dioceses of San Diego and Los Angeles will travel in solidarity with immigrants along the Way of the Cross, a service of 14 stations commemorating Jesus' walk to his crucifixion. A joint Eucharist on both sides of the border fence, with Anglicans present in the US and Mexico, strengthens connections across international divides. The purpose of the event is to share concerns about immigration policies and practices, and to demonstrate shared desire for immigration reform.  Learn more.... 

What's Happening...

Mark Your Calendar 
April 6
Youth Mission Trip Fundraiser

April 14
Palm Sunday
Family First Sunday

April 18
Maundy Thursday Healing Service
Passover Meal

April 19
Good Friday service
Moonlight Hike

April 21

April 22
Parish office closed

Weekly Events

Tuesday evenings @5:00 p.m.
Hinde Hall 

Men's Bible Study
Tuesday mornings @6:30  a.m. Hinde Hall  

Thursday @ 10:00 a.m.
Healing Service  

Friday evenings @6:00 p.m.
Hinde Hall


Serving This Sunday...
8:00 a.m. - Carla Fargo
10:00 a.m. - Pete Glorieux, Scotlyn & Kati Potter, Owen Arnaudy

Chalice Bearers
8:00 a.m. - Carla Fargo, Susie Heap
10:00 a.m. - Kathryn Grosnoff, Jo Hunsaker

8:00 a.m. - Paul Laedlein
10:00 a.m.  - Stephanie Abbott

8:00 a.m. - Suzie Heap
10:00 a.m. - Tony Reina, Bethany Windle

8:00 a.m.  - Paul & Karen Laedlein
10:00 a.m. - Cindy Elledge, Bill Sandke

Welcome Center
Bob Koop

8:00 a.m. - Marti Helmers
10:00 a.m. - Bonnie Van Vugt

Greyson Glorieux

Cindy Elledge, Lyman Green, David Warren

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