Nelson’s BBQ will be at Christ Church on the regular date, theÂ 1st Wednesday of the month,Â April 6th.
Archives for March 2011
The Memorial Garden Committee has now completed an exhaustive three year review of the memorial garden and is finally ready to present its proposal to the parish. A meeting will be held in Musselman Hall on Sunday, April 3, at 11:30 a.m.
Both the committee and the Vestry are enthusiastic about this project and seek your concurrence. However, they need to hear what questions they may have overlooked, as well as any concerns you feel need yet to be addressed.
Those making the presentation will be our architect, Mr. Robert Linn who will discuss the design and the compelling reasons why we must undertake this work. Â Bill Conner, a member of our Finance Committee will discuss the costs and how the project will be financed. Â Hank Griffith, a parishioner and local funeral director, will discuss a variety of procedural and policy questions, such as relocation of the existing vaults, how the existing vaults would be cared for during the construction phase, how veterans will be honored, etc. Finally, Harry Hoyt, long time member and an attorney will address questions pertaining to the law.
We hope to see you there!
Thank you to Mike Phillips for this beautiful photo of Christ Church after a snow fall.
Wednesday Evenings in Lent
This year for our Lenten Series, “Bringing the Bible to Life for All Ages”, we will explore the life and teaching of Jesus. For the first four weeks we will have the traditional Soup and Salad Suppers and the last week we will again have a Seder. We have some DVDs which explore both the teachings of Jesus and significant events of Jesusâ€™ life. The DVDâ€™s use a lot of reenactment, with a bit of explanation, so that the parables, for instance, come to life in startling new ways. Even children should be able to enjoy and learn from these DVDâ€™s, and we will have Bible activities for children to engage in while adults discuss the DVD afterwards.
We will end the series the fifth week with a Seder–the Passover Feast that Jesus would have participated in every year of his life from babyhood to the Last Supper. We will celebrate a Christian Seder, with traditional Jewish foods made and brought pot-luck style by participants. This has been very popular, and will give people of all ages new understanding both of our Jewish roots and of the roots of our Communion service. If you have never been to a Seder, even if you cannot come to the other evenings, do make a special effort to have this experience this year. It will enrich you.
We close the first four weeks with Station of the Cross in the church, ending by about 8:00. If you have never experienced the rich, meditative beauty of Stations of the Cross, come this year as a part of your Lenten discipline, and walk in Christâ€™s footsteps throughout Lent. On the Seder evening, we will not have Stations of the Cross.
The series begins on the first Wednesday night after Ash Wednesday. This year this will be March 16. For the first four weeks, we will begin by gathering for a simple meal at 6. The program which follows begins at about 6:40 and ends at about 7:30.Â If you can volunteer to provide soup, salad or bread for any of the first four weeks, please contact Floss Rhine or Betty Gallagher. Flossâ€™s number is 610- 534-9621; Bettyâ€™s is 610-532-7629.
For the Seder, participants will be asked to help by bringing food. We have some easy-to-follow recipes, and some things can simply be bought.Â We also need to get some special items, like plastic wineglasses, grape juice, matzoth, and items for the Seder plate. We will have a basket for donations to cover costs.
We hope several participants will volunteer to help get everything ready in time for the feast.
We invite anyone who is interested in attending a Seder, even if you cannot come to the other four weeks, to sign up for the Seder by talkingÂ to Rev. Judy about your interest.
Wednesday Eucharists and Breakfast
For those who are early risers, or would like to make such a practice part of their Lenten program, our 6:45 a.m. Eucharist will be offered again this year for each Wednesday in Lent. The Eucharist lasts about 30 minutes and is followed by a home made breakfast and fellowship in Musselman Hall.
Lenten Materials Available
We have an assortment of resources available to help people of all ages, including families and children, find and keep a Lenten discipline. These can be found on the table in the vestibule near the water cooler.
There is a basket for donations to cover costs. The items are not expensiveâ€”most cost between one and two dollarsâ€”but if you cannot afford even this, please feel free to take whatever you would like.
Lenten Coin Folders
As part of your Lenten journey, you are invited to remember the needy each day of Lent. With each quarter you put in your coin folder you can pray for those less fortunate. You can also put that prayer into action. Coin folders will be gathered at Easter and the proceeds distributed to needy through our Outreach Committee.
Prayer, Scripture Reading and Retreats
If you are not already doing so, Lent is an ideal time to begin reading Morning and/or Evening Prayer in the Book of Common Prayer. You might also want to pray the Compline service before bedtime. It is also to be found in the Book of Common Prayer. Under the “Resources” section of our website there is a link to Morning and Evening Prayer on-line. This makes it easy to follow the service and the accompanying readings.
You may also wish to make a retreat sometime during this season. A local Quaker retreat in center in Wallingford is Pendle Hill. You may wish to consider a quiet day or an overnight there.
If you would like make a retreat in a monastery of the Episcopal Church, you might consider the beautiful Holy Cross monastery on the Hudson River in New York. The monks are gracious and the accommodations are superb. Both men and women are welcome.
Ash Wednesday begins the most solemn season of the church year, the season of Lent. Our services this year are at 6:45 a.m., 12 noon and 7:00 p.m. (NOTE: the newsletter and bulletin had listed the time as 7:30. It will be 7:00 pm.)
Those who wish to received the imposition of ashes will be invited to come forward at the appropriate time. The ashes used are from Palm Sunday palms from previous years that have been burned.
“Almighty God, you have created us out of the dust of the earth: Grant that these ashes my be to us a sign of our mortality and penitence, that we may remember that it is only by your gracious gift that we are given everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.”
The last day before the beginning of Lent is called Shrove Tuesday and our tradition here at Christ Church is to offer a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. The supper consists of hot fresh-made pancakes, sausage, applesauce, juice, coffee and tea.
â€œShroveâ€ comes from â€œto shriveâ€ which means to be made free of sin and guilt, and refers to the pre-Lenten confession and absolution of the faithful as a preparation for Lent that was held on this day in the Middle Ages. It was also known as â€œFat Tuesday,â€ as people tried to use up all fats in the house. Fats were not to be eaten during Lent, which begins the next day, on Ash Wednesday, which this year is March 9.
Mardi Gras is another name for this day of feast and festival before the austerities of Lentâ€”â€œMardi Grasâ€ simply means â€œFat Tuesday.â€
The proceeds from the Pancake Supperâ€”andÂ all the money collected every Sunday morning in Childrenâ€™s Church, as well as from the childrenâ€™s Mite Boxes go support our two ChildFund children, formerly known as the Christian Childrenâ€™s Fund. The money supports a 3 year old Native American girl named Serena Yellow Eagle who lives with her extended family on a reservation in South Dakota, and a 10 year old Filipino boy named Jay-R Gulang who lives with his family of five siblings and his parents on less than $100 a month.
It costs about $700 a year to support both children. If you would like to help assist these children, there will also be a basket set out to collect any donations you may wish to give.Â Â Itâ€™s a fun time of fellowship, and to add to the fun we will also have Mardi Gras beads and crafts for the children available!
The Intergenerational Committee is sponsoring a food drive this Sunday for the Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry.Â Bring your food to church. Then after the 10 a.m. service we will celebrate with a sundae party in Musselman Hall. If your family can donate a topping, please email Carole McManus.
Loaves and Fishes is a non-sectarian food bank located in Prospect park. In operation since 2001 it now serves 12,000 persons a year. All recipients are screened and under the poverty limit set by the federal government. An estimated 80 percent are well below that limit. Among those who come to utilize the food bank are elderly, working poor, the disabled, grandparents raising their grandchildren, and single-parent households.Â (From the Loaves and Fishes website)
We hope to see you there this Sunday, March 6th!