Week of April 18, 2021
Celebrate Rev. Mary Miller Flowers’ Ministry on Sun., April 25, 10am, Church Front Lawn: As Christ Church prepares to welcome a new full-time Assistant Rector, the Rev. Mary Miller Flowers will be stepping down from her part-time role as Interim Assistant Rector. While Mary is stepping away from serving as a member of the CCWP staff, she will continue to be an important member of our parish; therefore, we are not saying goodbye. We look forward to celebrating all that she has done to shepherd, guide and lead Christ Church through the transitional period between Cara/Serena to John, as well as her extraordinary efforts to pivot to a virtual ministry due to the pandemic. Please join us on the church front lawn on Sunday, April 25 at 10am to thank Mary for her ministry to the congregation and celebrate her. We will have an art project for the children that will be presented to Mary as a keepsake, as well as have some games and fun for the kids on the front lawn. All ages are welcome to drop by to say thank you to Mary and enjoy some safe fellowship – but you need to register via Realm. Rain date will be on Sunday May 2 at 10am. (Sunday School will not meet on April 25 at 10am due to the event.)
In-Person Services – 9am on the church lawn AND 11am in the church sanctuary (Registration and a signed Covenant for Regathering in Worship Letter are required): Starting on April 25, you are invited to join us for in-person services on the church front lawn on Sundays at 9am, weather permitting, OR at 11am in the church sanctuary. Both services will include communion (bread only), and all COVID protocols must be observed. At the outdoor service at 9am, please bring a chair/blanket and the service will be canceled for inclement weather. For both services, enter through the front entrance (G St) and please check in with an usher. The parking lot will be available, but we request that you walk through the alley. The building will be open for handicap access and restroom use. Registration for Sunday services is available via Realm the previous Monday and is limited due to COVID safety protocols. The Covenant for Regathering in Worship must be submitted to the Church Office prior to the service, or bring a signed copy to the service on Sunday. If you submitted a signed Covenant letter in the fall, you do NOT need to provide another copy for 2021. The ushers will be checking to confirm that every attendee has a signed covenant on file.
Picking Up Consecrated Communion Wafers, Saturdays, 10am – 11am: The Eucharistic Prayer has returned to the service and each Saturday morning from 10am – 11am consecrated communion wafers are available for pick-up via the courtyard behind the church (entrance from the church parking lot). You may pick up a supply (such as a month’s worth) for your household to avoid weekly visits. Gluten-free wafers will also be available for pick-up. COVID Safety: the wafers will be consecrated and put into sealed envelopes with the clergy and liturgists wearing masks and gloves. All parishioners are required to wear masks when they pick up the wafers and will not be permitted to enter the building. If you cannot come to the church or need to make other arrangements for pick-up, please contact Gary Abrecht.
FORMATION AND FELLOWSHIP
Friday Night Film Series, April 16 and April 23: Join us online on Friday, April 16 at 7 pm to discuss the Oscar-nominated comedy drama, Trial of the Chicago 7, available on Netflix. Watch the movie on your own and join the discussion Friday night. The Trial of the Chicago 7 is a drama with a serious sense of humor, about seven activists on trial for disrupting the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Written and directed by Aaron Sorkin, with a distinguished ensemble cast. Our movie for April 23 is Nomadland, available on Hulu. Each discussion stands on its own, so join us any Friday. All are welcome. For further information, contact Paul Laymon.
Adult Forum Series Continues, Sundays at 10am through May 16 – Resurrection: The Pattern of Everything: Easter is a season (not a single day) during which we celebrate the resurrection of Christ. Throughout this season, our Adult Forums will highlight our own experiences with resurrection. Each Sunday on April 11 – May 16 (except April 25), we will reflect upon the Bible readings assigned for that day, followed by a presentation led by someone in our group focusing on how they have experienced resurrection in their life. Our guest presenters will be: April 18th Tommy Wells (in anticipation of Earth Day, talking about environmental issues facing our community); April 25th: No Adult Forum, please join us for Rev. Mary’s farewell event. Please join us as we take a closer look at how resurrection is a pattern that is constantly unfolding in our lives.
Saturday Morning Men’s Spirituality Group, 9am: A long-standing Christ Church tradition, the Saturday Morning Men’s Spirituality Group meets every Saturday at 9am for conversation and reflection. The group has returned to hosting this meeting on Zoom due to the colder weather and spike in COVID infection rates in the area. If you are interested in receiving the Zoom link, please email Paul Laymon.
CHILDREN AND FAMILY MINISTRIES
No Sunday School on Sunday, April 25, 10am: Due to the event celebrating Rev. Mary’s ministry as the Interim Assistant Rector as she steps down from the Christ Church staff, Sunday School on April 25 will be canceled. Please join us for the celebration on the church front lawn (see previous announcement for full details).
In-person Children’s Chapel, Sundays at 9am, Church Front Lawn: As part of the in-person worship service at 9am on the front lawn, Rev. Mary Miller Flowers and other volunteers will lead in-person Children’s Chapel during the service. Weather permitting, we will continue to offer Children’s Chapel in-person at the 9am service. If the service is canceled due to bad weather, Rev. Mary will resume meeting via Zoom. The Sunday School will continue to meet at 10am via Zoom. We hope you will pick a service that works best for you and your family and join us. Registration for the in-person services is required (see the links under the “9am in-person worship” announcement) and a Covenant for Regathering in Worship must be on file with the Church Office or bring a signed copy to the service. The letter is available here.
If worship is canceled, Children’s Chapel will move to virtual via Zoom.
Sunday School for grades 3rd – 5th (and older children welcome) will meet at 10am via Zoom for 40 minutes to focus on the stories of Jesus.
OUTREACH, SERVING THE COMMUNITY
Thank You to Our Volunteers; and Volunteers Needed to Provide Dinner Meal for Calvary Women’s Shelter: Once a month, Christ Church parishioners provide a hot meal (entrée, side dish, salad and dessert) for 15-20 women who are staying at Calvary Women’s Services and one volunteer to drop off the food at the shelter. Thank you to this month’s volunteers: Barb Crandall; Lauren Welsh; Lisa Nickerson; and Sandy Hussey. We are looking for volunteers to sign up for May 23 and June 13. Please contact Linda Mellgren to receive the Sign Up Genius form.