Come join us on Shrove Tuesday for our annual pancake feast. This is the last hurrah before Lent begins. Seating is from 5 PM to 6:30 PM. After indulging, be sure to join us for one of our Ash Wednesday services at 6:45 AM or 12 noon or 7:00 PM, repenting of all those pancakes you enjoyed the night before.
Our Annual Meeting will be held this Sunday, January 25th, immediately following the 10 AM service. We will be electing new vestry members (nominees Alex Hollar, Andrew King, Janice Kordowski, and Mike Iannacci) and a new accounting warden (nominee Maripat King). We will receive reports, approve a budget for 2015 and say good-bye to our outgoing members. Come join us for this important event in the life of our parish.
Also, come say thank you to our outgoing vestry members Betsy Kirkpatrick, Mike Huppman, John Rubillo and Bill Graham – and our accounting warden Carol King. They have served the parish faithfully and well.
Come join us for our annual Epiphany luncheon and auction at 12 noon! It follows our Annual Meeting at 11 AM in Musselman Hall. The auction is a potpourri of gift certificates (Erin Pub and Rigatonis), games, figurines, dolls (including the Colette Zapf collection doll “Isabell”), jewelry, sports paraphernalia (e.g., Ryan Howard bobble-head) and other cool stuff donated by members of our Christ Church family. Oh, yes, and we are offering a Columbus Day weekend in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley in a rustic cabin (with all the amenities) that sleeps 8.
Our auctioneer and master of ceremonies is the one and only Bob Melso. He promises to make it fun and a great fund-raiser for our youth program. We hope to see you there!
St. Nicolas will make his annual appearance to Christ Church children this Sunday, December 7th at the 10 AM service during the children’s sermon. St. Nicolas will tell the story of his own gift giving to the children of Myra (part of modern day Turkey). The historical St. Nicolas was born in the 3rd century AD. The modern day St. Nicolas makes his home right here in Delaware County. We are pleased to welcome him back to Christ Church.
Happy Thanksgiving! Come join us at 10:00 AM for our annual Thanksgiving day Eucharist. Special thanks to Ruth and Russ Pottier who decorated our altar with a beautiful cornucopia of harvest fruits and vegetables.
The men’s Breakfast scheduled for Saturday, November 8th has been cancelled.
This is the Sunday we will be paying homage to all the saints. During the children’s sermon our young people will be processing in costume while we sing “I sing a song of the saints of God.”
I sing a song of the saints of God, patient and brave and true, who toiled and fought and lived and died for the Lord they loved and knew. And one was a doctor, and one was a queen, and one was a shepherdess on the green: they were all of the saints of God and I mean, God helping, to be one too.
Collect for All Saints’ Day
Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord: Give us grace so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those ineffable joys that you have prepared for those who truly love you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
From the Gospel for All Saints’ Day
When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:
- “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
- “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
- “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
- “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
- “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
- “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
- “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
- “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
- “Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew 5:1-12
Sunday, November 9th is the kick-off Sunday for our 2015 Every Member Canvass. That day, following the 10:00 AM service there will be a pot-luck luncheon in Musselman Hall.
Please bring a favorite dish – of your choosing. We have an oven where we can keep things warm if you bring it to the kitchen before the 10 AM service. If you have a story about this favorite dish, you can, if you like tell that story after we sit down.
The theme of our canvass this year is “Abundance: Stories of Gratitude for God’s Generous Hand.” Speakers at our services on November 9th and 16th will be telling their own stories of gratitude. Fran Johnson will speak on November 9th and Harry Hoyt will speak on the 16th. Stewardship packets will be passed out on November 16th and mailed to the rest of the parish on Monday, November 17th.