Christ Episcopal Church
Weekly E-News for February 16, 2020  

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Mission Statement
Christ Episcopal Church is a diverse, inclusive  community  that encounters God and serves others in the City of Poughkeepsie, the nation, and the world.

We believe that social justice requires work, people deserve to be celebrated,
and faith is a journey.

We are inspired to grow through the sacraments, scripture, the beauty and power of worship and the rich traditions of our Church.

Rector 's Message
Dear Friends,
 Last weekend the newly elected vestry, the wardens and treasurer and I went away for our fifth vestry retreat since I have become your rector. This year we went to a private home in  
There is always a sense of summer camp for adults when we go way. We play games to get to know each other better, we spend time sitting around and talking, this year we prepared our meals together and found ourselves in the kitchen a good deal. It is a chance to form friendships and share in ways that aren't always possible on Sunday mornings. 
February 16, 2020
Epiphany 6

8:00 am - Spoken E ucharist  

9:00 am - Family Service with
Communion and Guitar

10:30 am - Choral Eucharist

Our sound system needs your help!

We've all noticed the intermittent problems with the sound system in the sanctuary. Even with the ringers off, cell phones can still interfere with proper functioning of our sound system.  We ask, therefore, that you please  power your cell phone down before the service begins.
Rector's Message Continued
The bulk of our time though is spent working. We spend a good deal of time reviewing the work that we accomplished in the last year and talking about goals for the coming year. We prioritize those things that we want to accomplish and then we divide ourselves into teams of vestry members to lead those teams. Those teams take the material that we have discussed and develop goals and objectives that are reviewed by the whole group. Finally, the committee chairs choose membership for their committees to help them achieve those goals.
This year we found ourselves with a new committee and a new task force. Community Engagement is our newest committee. It combines aspects of Newcomers, Communication, and Membership and seeks to reach out beyond the walls of Christ Church to show the community what we are doing. Ideas like wearing Christ Church t-shirts when we work at Clinton Elementary School, making sure that we publicize events on Facebook and Instagram, community potlucks, nametags, and movie nights are some of the ideas that will drive this committee that will be led by Anna de Cordova and Dennis Neal. Planned Giving was held up as a goal for next year and Jeannie Chenette (former warden) will lead this group still to be named.
We spent a good amount of time talking about the possibility of a part-time assistant rector at Christ Church. The vestry is very supportive of adding a second clergy person and is exploring creative ways of funding this position in ways that will have the least impact on the Operating budget. We will continue discussions with Vassar College and the Diocese of New York to understand how this new position may develop.
I want you to know how proud I am to serve with these dedicated men and women. Christ Church is so fortunate to have a diverse, energetic, and committed group to serve in leadership for the coming year. I continue to be humbled to serve as your rector. God has truly blessed us in this place.
In Faith,

 Upcoming Musical Event

Concert Con Brio at Christ Church
Saturday, February 22 at 1:00 pm

Music for Flute, Violin, and Piano: 
"A Palindromic Program featuring works by Telemann, Gaubert, Cui, Ibert, and J.S. Bach"

Carl Gutowski, flute; Adrienne Harmon, violin; and Alexandra Beliakovich, piano

Suggested donation $20 at the door; students free.
Save the Date!

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper 
Silent Auction

Tuesday, February 25 at 5:30

Come and enjoy! Bring family and friends!

$5 per person, or $15 per family

Please donate items to the Silent Auction. Here are some perennially popular suggestions:

Food: already prepared items or items prepared on demand.
Art: paintings, etc., framed or not.
Gift Cards/Certificates: for restaurants, events, etc.
Services: housecleaning, flower arrangements, tutoring, to name a few.
Lessons: sports, crafts, tech skills, etc.
Small Appliances

Donation forms are available at the office, or from Rosemarie Calista, Suzanne Gillespie, Robin Capers, or Celia Serotsky. Be creative! Be generous!
Questions? Contact Celia Serotsky at
St. Paul's Food Pantry
The cooler temperatures of autumn call for soups and stews. Perennially popular items include beef stew, chicken noodle soup, and vegetable soup. 

Please help the Food Pantry clients go green. As stores no longer provide plastic bags, there is now a need for donations of reusable shopping bags. 

Thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity.
 Volunteers Needed
Greeters : We need you: frie n dly  faces to greet those who come into Christ Church on Sundays. Training provided, no experience needed! Contact: 

Coffee Hour: Volunteers are needed to assist with Coffee Hour. Please sign-up on the Fellowship poster just outside the NCR entrance.  Help is needed for both hosting and food providers.  Your help is greatly appreciated.
 Ride to Church Needed
Are you able to give a fellow parishioner a ride to church? Someone from The Manor at Woodside (168 Academy St.) needs a ride to Christ Church.

If you can help, please call the parish office for details (845) 452-8220, or email at
 From the Outreach Committee
Follow the link below for the Dutchess County Interfaith Council's calendar of outreach opportunities in our area:

If you would like to have an event listed here and/or in the bulletin, please contact:  


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