Come join us for a Thanksgiving Day Eucharist at 10:00 AM. The altar will be decorated with the bounty of the good earth. We will be singing some of your favorite Thanksgiving hymns. It’s a great way to honor the day!
The Rt. Rev. Clifton Daniel will visit Christ Church this Sunday, November 24th, for the bishop’s annual visitation. He will confirm eight persons and receive two into the Episcopal Church. He will be preaching and celebrating at both the 8:00 AM and 10 AM services.
There will be a reception for our confirmands and the bishop in Musselman Hall following the 10 AM service. At noon the vestry will get a chance to meet the bishop over lunch.
Congratulations to all our confirmands Austin Colbert, Christopher Colbert, Tyler Colbert, Samantha Shemeluk, Sam Barnard, Emily Cooper, Taylor Connolly, and Earl Dempsey – and to Mike Barnard who will be received into the Episcopal Church. Also we extend a warm welcome to Bishop Daniel. It is his first visit to Christ Church. (Note that the loose plate offering will go toward the bishop’s discretionary fund to help with various special needs around the diocese.)
Our Every Member Canvass will begins on Sunday, November 17th. Pledge packets will be distributed, as well as mailed the next day to any who cannot attend. The theme of the canvass this year will be “A Sure Foundation”.
As is our tradition, we will feature stewardship speakers at all the services that day. Our speaker for this Sunday is Amy Lovenguth. John Rubillo will be our speaker next Sunday.
Members are asked to return their pledge card no later than December 1st. As soon as our pledges are in hand we will prepare our 2014 budget.
This year we are encouraging parishioners to use our new automatic payment system. There will be a form in the pledge packets which you can fill out and hand in with your pledge card. This is a convenient way to keep your pledge up to date.
For parishioners who do not know the history of the above photograph, it is of the Rev. Francis Steinmetz (seated center) and presumed vestrymen of Christ Church. It was taken circa 1902 when the the Rev. Mr. Steinmetz led the building program to expand the original church structure to include a larger sanctuary and the transept, as well as the sacristy and organ chamber. The plans were drawn up by the Philadelphia architect George Nattress. The Rev. Mr. Steinmetz was the fifth rector of Christ Church Ridley Park, from 1898 – 1908. He came from Old Christ Church Philadelphia and left Ridley Park for Christ Church, Norfolk, VA. Three Christ Churches in a row!
Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Come join your friends and neighbors this Saturday, November 16, for our 2013 Annual Christmas Fair! We are open from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM. Our Christmas Table is overflowing with all manner of great gifts for under the tree or for stocking stuffers.
Lunch will be served upstairs and Santa will provide a great photo op for your Christmas greeting card featuring children and grandchildren. Downstairs in the Deppich room there will be plenty of crafts and jewelry and lots of good finds.
Collect for Sunday, October 20th
Almighty and everlasting God, in Christ you have revealed your glory among the nations: Preserve the works of your mercy, that your Church throughout the world may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Want to taste Aunt Millie’s recipe for chicken cacciatore passed down through the generations? Come join us for a parish potluck supper this Thursday, October 17th, at 6:00 PM in Musselman Hall. This is a great opportunity for those who have meetings that evening (Vestry and Choir) to be sure you get something to eat.
Have any tried and true recipes?
Here’s what you can bring, depending on the first letter of your last name:
A – F Main dish
G – L Side dish
M – R Salad / Bread
S – Z Dessert
There will be a signup at the back of church so we can get a sense of our numbers. If you want to swap with someone in another food category because you have a killer dessert you’d like to make, be our guest.
All are welcome!
Collect for this Sunday, October 13th
Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us, that we may continually be given to good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
We will need all hands on deck this Sunday, October 6th, after the 10:00 AM service. Our pumpkins will be arriving and we want to get them out of the truck as quickly as possible.
Lunch will be served to all our volunteers.
This is one of our more enjoyable and entertaining parish events each year. It’s also great exercise!
Monday begin selling them on the lawn of the church. We invite you to sign up for a shift.
Also, mark your calendars for our annual Pumpkin Festival. It will be held Saturday, October 19th.
Collect for this Sunday
Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.