Weekly Parish Life Notes

News for the Week of APRIL 21, 2019


For 75 years World Relief has empowered churches around the world to end generational poverty and respond to the needs of displaced people. On Sunday, April 7th, Ryan McDonnell will share about World Relief's important church-based ministry responding to gender-based violence in Eastern Congo. Throughout Eastern Congo, women and young girls (ages 2 to 60) are the targets of sexual and gender-based violence. The women and girls who have been abused face a terrible cycle of rejection and stigmatization, by their community and even their family.

For the past 7 years, World Relief has been working with the Congolese church to directly respond to the problem of gender-based violence. In Eastern Congo, the church is leading the charge to compassionately respond to the immediate and long-term needs, reintegrating women back into their families and communities or addressing the extensive trauma that women and their families experience. On the prevention side, the Congolese church has formed advocacy groups reaching thousands of young people with a message that this behavior is wrong and it must stop.

Learn more at www.worldrelief.org

RECTORY UPDATE: The work on the rectory continues. Now that the mold has been remediated, the dormer windows complete, and the floors in, kitchen cabinets are being installed, and countertops will go in soon. Interior painting will begin about the same time as the siding work and trim finish. It’s a long, slow process but we remain on schedule for May 1! The rectory committee thanks you for your support and welcomes your questions: Naomi Gray, Jim Reynolds, David McKay, Graham Messier, Dean Pedersen, Kaye Cook.

CGS UPDATE: Please continue to pray for the weekly CGS (Catechesis of the Good Shepherd) classes and to join (or re-join) if you wish.  Rev. Joyce Scherer-Hoock is providing training for CGS catechists, as well as meditations and theological insight for other interested parties who want to know more about theology and the Bible.   Upcoming meetings are (schedule and lessons may change): April 9 (Liturgy and Eucharist), April 23 (Eucharistic Gestures), May 7 (Eucharistic Presence of the Good Shepherd), May 16 (Gestures of baptism), May 28 (Pentecost celebration), June 4 (Prayer Table and Practical Life), June 11 (The Mystery of Life and Death), and June 25 (A Look at Level II).

PLAN YOUR FUNERAL, STEP 2: Many of you began the process of planning your funerals in a November Adult Formation class.  But that was only step one.  The next step is to get your preferences on file at the church office.  Please make an appointment to go over your choices with either Father Patrick or Mother Susan soon.  It shouldn’t take long.  And you don’t need to make every decision, just whether you would like to celebrate Holy Communion, your favorite hymns and readings, other choices you’d like to make.  Planning even this much relieves your family of the burden of making choices for you, especially when they have lost your physical presence.  It’s a good thing to do.  You can reach Father Patrick at the church - 978-468-4461 Ex. 24 or Mother Susan on her cell at 440-781-1614.

STEPHEN MINISTRY NEWS: Do you know someone who could benefit from the companionship of one of our trained Stephen Ministers?  Right now several are free to help a new care receiver.  If you have a neighbor or friend who is suffering because of a life transition, the death of a loved one, worry over a family member, illness, aging, any one of life’s upsets, please tell them about Stephen Ministry.  Then, with their permission, ask Mother Susan or Father Patrick to help you match them with a Stephen Minister.  Perhaps you yourself would benefit from such support.  We would be happy to provide you with a Stephen Minister who will listen to you, pray with you, support you as you navigate a difficult time, always supportively and confidentially.  All you have to do is ask!

The 2019 training class has begun and will meet on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at First Congregational Church on Bay Road.  As their program is just beginning, they have 10 members in the training while we have 5.  Please hold the group in prayer as well as 5 leaders from FCCH who are training to administer the program this month in Florida.  Our trainees are: Caroline Teague, Leslie Bloss, Sandra Sudak, Mary Lou and Paul Day.

CANCER - NOW WHAT? We have copies of this Stephen Ministry book for those with cancer and their loved ones.  It is a comprehensive guide for navigating the medical, emotional, relational, and spiritual challenges of cancer.  Ask the clergy for a copy of this book.

The Annual Parish Art Show in the Preston Cutler Gallery. Come to see the art work of some of our parishioners and greet the artists: Peggy Badenhausen, David Bergquist, Gwen Carr, Gay Cox, Patricia Hanlon, Robert Hanlon, Bruce Herman, Meg Herman, Judy Norton, Anne Pelikan, Betsy Retallack, Linda Spong, Teddi Steltenpohl, Daryl  Townsley, and George Wingate. We celebrate their creativity in our midst!



FLOWER PLANTS ON EASTER will be provided to the children of the parish from the Preston Family in memory of Bessie Cutler Preston, who grew flowers in her own greenhouses.

VESTRY MEETING Wednesday, April 24th at 7:00 p.m. in the Preston Cutler Room.

AA MEETINGS: In the Parish Hall, Sunday 3:30 p.m., Monday and Wednesday 7:30 p.m.

THE CHOIR OF CHRIST CHURCH: The Choir rehearses on Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. in the Choir Room. All who enjoy singing are welcome to be part of this ministry at Christ Church. If you have not sung with the choir here in the past, this is a great time to "try us out." If you have sung with the choir before but have been "on leave," please consider returning. Speak with the Organist-Choirmaster, Jack Russell, following the service, or contact him at jrussell@wooster.edu or by telephone at 440-781-7116 to learn more about the choir and its ministry.


SPRING WORK DAY: We need all available able-bodied men, women, and children to come help us clean up the facilities and grounds on Saturday, April 27th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Rain Date May 11th). Come for the whole day or just a few hours. We are looking for people to help mulching, planting, cleaning, completing small repairs and construction projects, raking leaves, and uprooting trees, as well as many other tasks both inside and out.  Please bring rakes and work gloves if you have them. There will be coffee & breakfast in the morning, lunch in the afternoon and libation at the day’s end.  Childcare will be available. For more information please contact Abby Butt at Abigail.St-Hilaire@gordon.edu.

CONTEMPOARY PRAISE: Sunday night April 28th, 7:00-8:00 p.m. in the Preston Cutler Room. All ages welcome. Come to sing or just listen and praise in your heart.  Acoustic guitars, some light rhythm accompanying songs like 10,000 Reasons, Mighty to Save, Blessed be Your Name, I'm forgiven, Come to Jesus, Breathe  (M.W.Smith) and your requests. If you don't know these, come and learn them or listen to them on youtube. If you have questions email Paul Mason at RPaul@mason.ch

WANT TO PLAY SOFTBALL? Christ Church's Crushin' Crozers are ready to take the field! Our season in the North Shore Coed Church Softball League plays May thru August.  Any regular attendee Christ Church who is 15 years of age or older is eligible to play. Cost is $40. Please contact Scott Harlan at ScottWHarlan@hotmail.com if you are interested.

STEPHEN MINISTRY CONTINUING EDUCATION: Everyone who has ever been trained as a Stephen Minister is welcome to attend to brush up on the following topics on the 4th Tuesday of most months at 7:00-8:30 p.m. in Preston Cutler Room. 

  • May 28  Preventing Stephen Minister burnout through self-care

GATHERING FOR HOPE NORTH SHORE meets the first Monday of each month (May 6th) in the Preston Cutler Room from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. All Christ Church women & their women friends are invited to discuss ways to improve social justice, fair trade, and eliminating human trafficking. Please contact Robin Davis for more information at RedRobinDavis@gmail.com.

READERS & WRITERS GUILD: Friday, May 17th at 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the Preston Cutler Room.  Open mic to follow the Feature Reader, read two poems or two pages of prose/essay/short story.  There will be pot luck goodies and the opportunity to buy & sell published works.  For further information, please contact Betsy Retallack at betsyretallack@hotmail.com.

THE WOMEN’S L.I.F.E. (LIVING IN FAITH EVERYDAY ) GROUP is a group of women comprised primarily of young professionals, young mothers, and young professional mothers. If time is sparse and family/work commitment is high, this is the group for you! The group meets once a month and focuses on the upcoming reading that you’ll hear during the next week’s Sunday service. No advanced prep-work is required: reading & discussion takes place during the meeting. The group is hosted by Laurie Groff, administrated by Abigail Butt, and facilitated by Caroline McDonnell. It meets the 2nd Monday of each month from at 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.. For more information, please contact Abigail Butt by email (abigail.st-hilaire@gordon.edu) or call/text (978-979-4582).


  • If you know anyone that would be interested in getting involved with WyldLife as a leader, please let us know! WyldLife leaders can be anyone from high school students to young adults to parents and beyond! Sam Reid at Sam Reid93@gmail.com

Here's our club and campaigner schedule for the spring. Club will be held at the Ipswich Town Hall (25 Green Street, Ipswich) from 5:00 -7:00 p.m. on Fridays, and Campaigners will be at the Drummond's house (11 Hedding Ave, S. Hamilton) from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. on Tuesdays.

  • Campaigners: Tuesday, April 23
  • CLUB: Friday, May 10 (gym)
  • Campaigners: Tuesday, May 21

SAVE THE DATE: Future Forward for Haiti Packathon has been re-scheduled for October 26, 2019. We will be packing food for children at three 2-hour sessions. Sign up at futureforwardforhaiti.org under North Shore Packathon.


CHRIST CHURCH PARISH PICNIC: Please join your church friends, and meet some new ones, at the Parish Picnic on Sunday, August 25th from Noon -5:00 p.m. at the home of Ken & Laurie Wilson. The church provides the hamburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, buns, and paper goods. Please keep your eye on PLN for details on how to sign up to contribute to the meal. The Wilson’s have an in-ground pool and kiddie pools in a fenced in yard so don't forget bathing suits, beach towels, swim diapers for little ones, and extra lawn chairs. Looking forward to a fun afternoon together - let's hope for sunny weather!


Sunday, April 21, 2019 Easter

Isaiah 65:17-25

17 For I am about to create new heavens
    and a new earth;
the former things shall not be remembered
    or come to mind.
18 But be glad and rejoice forever
    in what I am creating;
for I am about to create Jerusalem as a joy,
    and its people as a delight.
19 I will rejoice in Jerusalem,
    and delight in my people;
no more shall the sound of weeping be heard in it,
    or the cry of distress.
20 No more shall there be in it
    an infant that lives but a few days,
    or an old person who does not live out a lifetime;
for one who dies at a hundred years will be considered a youth,
    and one who falls short of a hundred will be considered accursed.
21 They shall build houses and inhabit them;
    they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
22 They shall not build and another inhabit;
    they shall not plant and another eat;
for like the days of a tree shall the days of my people be,
    and my chosen shall long enjoy the work of their hands.
23 They shall not labor in vain,
    or bear children for calamity;
for they shall be offspring blessed by the Lord
    and their descendants as well.
24 Before they call I will answer,
    while they are yet speaking I will hear.
25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together,
    the lion shall eat straw like the ox;
    but the serpent—its food shall be dust!
They shall not hurt or destroy
    on all my holy mountain,
says the Lord.

1 Corinthians 15:19-26

If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.  But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died. 21 For since death came through a human being, the resurrection of the dead has also come through a human being; 22 for as all die in Adam, so all will be made alive in Christ. 23 But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. 24 Then comes the end, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father, after he has destroyed every ruler and every authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death.

Luke 24:1-12

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they went in, they did not find the body. 4 While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. 5 The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. 6 Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, 7 that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.” 8 Then they remembered his words, 9 and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. 10 Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told this to the apostles. 11 But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. 12 But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; then he went home, amazed at what had happened.

Sunday, April 28, 2017 – The Second Sunday of Easter

Acts 5:27-32

When they had brought them, they had them stand before the council. The high priest questioned them, 28 saying, “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and you are determined to bring this man’s blood on us.” 29 But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than any human authority. 30 The God of our ancestors raised up Jesus, whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree. 31 God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior that he might give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. 32 And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.”

Revelation 1:4-8

John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood, 6 and made us to be a kingdom, priests serving his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

7 Look! He is coming with the clouds;
    every eye will see him,
even those who pierced him;
    and on his account all the tribes of the earth will wail.

So it is to be. Amen. 8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.

John 20:19-31

 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” 22 When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” 24 But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.” 26 A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” 28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” 30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. 31 But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.