Weekly Parish Life Notes

News for the Week of June 25, 2017

DEAN AND GAIL ARE IN HAWAII!!! Back at Annual Meeting, in January, we announced that as a "thank you" to Father Dean for his long and committed service at Christ Church (since 1980) we would send him and Gail on a marvelous vacation to Hawaii.  Well the time has come; Dean and Gail are in Hawaii having a great trip, but there is still time to contribute to the vacation fund.  Please write “Thank You Dean” in the memo line of your check and put it in the offering plate or mail to the church office.

ART EXHIBITION IN PRESTON CUTLER ROOM.  During  June, Sue Trent will be showing her work in the PCR. She is an adjunct professor at Gordon College where she teaches in the art department. Prior to Gordon she taught at Washington University, the University of North Carolina, University of Missouri-St Louis and the St. Louis Art Museum. Sue writes, “Ours is a visual culture. We manufacture pictures and use them to mold each other’s minds and behavior.” A Wenham resident, Sue can often be found in her beautiful garden which she tends avidly.

ACORD FOOD PANTRY is June's Mission of the Month at Christ Church. The Acord Food Pantry has provided food assistance to the residents of EssexHamilton, Ipswich, Manchester, Topsfield, and Wenham since 1991. Acord was founded with the mission of empowering individuals and families to feed themselves in a nutritionally balanced way. Acord is a nondenominational, green, grassroots organization staffed by more than 100 volunteers and supporting more than 3,500 client visits each year. Here are some ways you can help:

• Bring juice boxes, healthy snacks, sunblock, and insect repellent on Sundays and drop them in the donation baskets located around Christ Church. Acord is collaborating with the HW Regional School District, Manchester-Essex Regional School District, Beverly Bootstraps, and The Open Door to reach the youngest community members in need this summer as part of the Vacation Lunch Bag Program.

• You may contribute to the Acord Food Pantry anytime during the month of June by writing a check payable to Christ Church with “Acord” on the memo line. For every $1 donated, we can provide 3 meals, due to Acord's collaboration with the Greater Boston Food Bank. A financial donation can stretch much further because of the GBFB's buying power. Donations can also be made online at www.acordfoodpantry.org.

• Let your online shopping help benefit the Acord Food Pantry. Visit smile.amazon.com and designate Acord as the charity recipient for a percentage of your eligible purchases.

• Like Acord Food Pantry on Facebook and follow Acord Food Pantry on Twitter to receive updates about upcoming events that need volunteers.

Do you have questions or want to learn more? 

Contact Mike or Bergen Daley at mdaley@loomissayles.com or bergendaley@gmail.com for more information.   


THE GARDEN GUILD meets Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.  Whether you are a first time gardener or an experienced pro, all are welcome. The more, the merrier! We will gather for a pot luck meal afterwards, so please bring something to toss on the grill, as well as, any small gardening tools you may have. For more info, please contact Abby Butt at 978-979-4582.

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 has begun and continues into 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.

"GOING DEEPER: GROWING SPIRITUALLY WITH PRAYERFUL FRIENDS" is meeting in two sections on Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in Room #6, upstairs next to the parish office.  Anyone who has not been attending so far, but has an interest in joining should contact Mother Susan at revsusan54@gmail.com  or 440-781-1614.

AA MEETINGS: In the Preston Cutler Room, Sunday 3:30 p.m. and Monday 8:30 p.m.; In the Youth Room, Wednesday 7:30 p.m.


MEN’S LIFE GROUP meets Saturday, July 15th at 8:30 a.m. in Preston Cutler Room to support and encourage fellow men.  All men are welcome.  Contact Paul Mason for more information at RPaul@Mason.ch



    Sunday, July 2, 2017 – The Third Sunday after Pentecost (Common English Bible)

Romans 6:12-32

12 So then, don’t let sin rule your body, so that you do what it wants. 13 Don’t offer parts of your body to sin, to be used as weapons to do wrong. Instead, present yourselves to God as people who have been brought back to life from the dead, and offer all the parts of your body to God to be used as weapons to do right. 14 Sin will have no power over you, because you aren’t under Law but under grace. 15 So what? Should we sin because we aren’t under Law but under grace? Absolutely not! 16 Don’t you know that if you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, that you are slaves of the one whom you obey? That’s true whether you serve as slaves of sin, which leads to death, or as slaves of the kind of obedience that leads to righteousness. 17 But thank God that although you used to be slaves of sin, you gave wholehearted obedience to the teaching that was handed down to you, which provides a pattern. 18 Now that you have been set free from sin, you have become slaves of righteousness. 19 (I’m speaking with ordinary metaphors because of your limitations.) Once, you offered the parts of your body to be used as slaves to impurity and to lawless behavior that leads to still more lawless behavior. Now, you should present the parts of your body as slaves to righteousness, which makes your lives holy. 20 When you were slaves of sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. 21 What consequences did you get from doing things that you are now ashamed of? The outcome of those things is death. 22 But now that you have been set free from sin and become slaves to God, you have the consequence of a holy life, and the outcome is eternal life. 23 The wages that sin pays are death, but God’s gift is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Matthew 10:40-42

40 “Those who receive you are also receiving me, and those who receive me are receiving the one who sent me. 41 Those who receive a prophet as a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward. Those who receive a righteous person as a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. 42 I assure you that everybody who gives even a cup of cold water to these little ones because they are my disciples will certainly be rewarded.”