Weekly Parish Life Notes

News for the Week of October 2, 2017

BRINGING LIGHT TO PUERTO RICO: As we all have, parishioner, Huntley Skinner has been overwhelmed by the devastation following Hurricanes Irma & Maria and wonders if there is anything she can do to help.  Since it looks like Puerto Rico will be without power for quite some time, she has found a small, solar-powered, inflatable lantern that only costs $4.99.  Would you be interested in supporting her endeavor to send these to those in need?  If so, please contact Huntley at Huntley.Skinner@gmail.com for more details.  This is a very simple action that could make a large impact in the lives of our brothers & sisters in Puerto Rico. 

CHRISTIAN FORMATION TOPICS:  "Bridging the Gender Gap: Eyes of Compassion for One Another’s Hardships." 

September 24, October 1, 8, and 15: What are some of the primary hardships American women face today? What about American men? Robin Davis will lead us through some of these challenges which face men and women in our society--and in our parish,--with the goal of promoting understanding and compassion for one another. 

  • Bible & Breakfast meets at 9:00 a.m. in the Parish Hall: All ages are welcome for full, hot breakfast, Bible study, and fellowship.
  • Adult Education meets at 10:15 a.m. in the Parish Hall

SERMON SERIES: Although “one another” is two words in English, it’s only one word in Greek, and that word appears 100 times in 94 New Testament verses.  We are going to take a look at some of the usages of that word throughout the fall in “One Another: A Sermon Series on Christian Community in and through Jesus”.  If you miss a week you may catch up by listening to the sermons on our website at www.ChristChurchHW.org/parish-life/sermons. 

MISSION OF THE MONTH for October is Christ Church Parish Day School. On Sunday, October 29th the Day School Director, Grace Chmura, will speak at all three services about the role the school plays at Christ Church and in the greater community.  She will also talk about the Molly Tyack Scholarship Fund and scholarships that are awarded each year to families in need and Hamilton-Wenham high school seniors.

ART GUILD: Please enjoy artwork by Christen Borgman Yates in the Preston Cutler Gallery.  Her show is Land & Sea, a new series of oil paintings exploring her connection to the landscapes of Cape Ann. The show will remain up through October. www.christenyates.com

ACORD FOOD PANTRY: Many thanks to the Christ Church community for their generous and consistent support of the Acord Food Pantry. Fall and winter volunteer schedules are being formed now, so please contact Michelle Horgan, at acord.volunteer@gmail.com if you would like to get involved on a monthly basis this upcoming school year. Please contact Mike, Scott or Bergen Daley at bergendaley@gmail.com with questions about volunteering - they highly recommend it! If time doesn't allow, please consider donating personal care items, coffee, and canned soups during October. Donation baskets are located around Christ Church.

Christ Church needs a new 9am coffee hour coordinator. The coordinator creates the schedule for coffee hour hosts after the 9am service, recruits new coffee hour hosts, and keeps an eye out for when paper goods are running low. 

We are also looking for new volunteers to help host coffee hour after the 9am service. Coffee hour is a wonderful time to catch up with old friends, meet new ones, and watch adorable children try to sneak off with extra cookies. But we need more volunteers to keep it going strong! Hosts' responsibilities include making the coffee and providing snacks about once every three months - the more volunteers we have the easier it is for everyone.  If you'd like to help out, please contact Joanna Kline at 651-274-4133 or joannagreenlee@gmail.com.


JOIN PARISHIONER Dr. MEGAN DeFRANZA, PhD (Marquette University) author of Sex Difference in Christian Theology, for a four-week series exploring the diversity of biological sex and gender. Watching Interviews with intersex people of faith, pastors, and theologians we will discuss various perspectives on how to faithfully interpret the Bible, science, and our experience in this new world of gender complexity. Sundays, October 15, 22, 29, and November 5 at 6:00 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. at Community Covenant Church (33 Lake Street, West Peabody – full disability access).  Light refreshments will be served.  All are welcome each week, though the program builds on itself through the four weeks.  To request childcare please email office@communitycovenatlive.org, for more details contact Megan at Megan.DeFranza@gmail.com.

FAMILY PROMISE FUND RAISERS: On Saturday, October 21, join neighbors and friends to support Family Promise. The 4th Annual Walk begins and ends at seaside Lynch Park. Enjoy coffee and breakfast pastries before heading off for a scenic 3-mile loop along the shore and through downtown Beverly. Tee-shirt pick-up starts at 8:00 a.m. Helping families who experience homelessness has never been so easy or enjoyable. Please join us and show your support! Register or donate online to “Team Christ Church”, and find out more at www.familypromisensb.org.  For more information please contact Dean Pedersen or Jennie-Rebecca Falcetta. 

THE CHOIR OF CHRIST CHURCH: The Choir rehearses on Thursday evenings at 7:45 pm 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 440-781-7116 to learn more about the choir and its ministry.

AA MEETINGS: In the Parish Hall, Sunday 3:30 p.m., Monday 8:30 p.m., and Wednesday 7:30 p.m.

It’s time to GO DEEPER once again!

A new opportunity to join a small group engaged in deepening spirituality meets Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in Room #6 upstairs.  All are welcome! Here’s what we do:

  • learn about six traditions of the Church which have arisen over centuries by those who seek to live as Jesus lived.
  • decide on a spiritual practice to “try out” during the week, between sessions.
  • report the results of our efforts to the group (or not, if you would rather just listen to the others).
  • learn from one another’s experiences, encourage each other, pray with and for each other, and sing. And laugh. And eat chocolate.

It’s an exercise in community, in coming closer to one another in an effort to come closer to God.  In the words of the founder of the Renovare program and material which we are using, Richard Foster: “No one is supposed to live the Christian life alone.”

Our book, which is available on Amazon for about $10 - A Spiritual Formation Workbook: Small Group Resources for Nurturing Christian Growththe revised edition, by James Bryan Smith and Lynda Graybeal

Come and explore with us.


SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR SYRIAN REFUGEE CAMP:  Gathering for Hope has joined with St. John's Beverly Farms parishioners and NuDay Syria to collect warm clothing for women and children, hygiene products, school supplies--including backpacks, and sewing and craft supplies to be sent in December to a refugee camp of 450,000 in NW Syria.  Items can be left on the table in the Preston Cutler Room bay window on Sunday, November 5th.  For more information contact Nancy Mering at nmering@msn.com or 978-852-1233 or visit the St. John's website:  http://www.stjohnsbeverlyfarms.org/outreach/syrian-relief/

ALL SOULS’ REQUIEM: Within the Christian tradition, All Souls’ Day has long been observed with a mass for the departed. Together with All Hallow’s Eve (Halloween) and All Saints’ Day this observance provides an occasion when we can recall those who have preceded us on the journey of life. Sunday, November 5th at 6:00 p.m. with guest preacher, The Rev. Jeffrey A. Hanson, we will celebrate a Solemn Requiem Eucharist during which we shall remember our beloved dead. Through the ritual of a particular liturgy, we seek to honor their continued life among us. It is without question that we have been guided, formed, and encouraged by many who have by now departed this earth. Recalling their time with us, and their influence upon our lives helps us to “re-connect” and, hopefully, to find in that connection a source of courage for our continued path in life upon this earth. The choir of Christ Church of Hamilton & Wenham will offer the Requiem, Opus 48, by Gabriel Fauré. This sumptuous music will not, however, be offered in concert, but rather as the fully integrated musical portions of the liturgy itself. The liturgy will unfold and be ordered essentially according to the form found in the Book of Common Prayer. In the movement, reflection, prayer, and communion of this service we will remember before God those people whom we carry now and forever in our hearts. 

The Rev. Jeffrey A. Hanson is a research associate in the Program for Integrative Knowledge and Human Flourishing at Harvard University and the curate for Christian education at the Church of the Advent. He is the author of Kierkegaard and the Life of Faith: The Aesthetic, the Ethical, and the Religious in “Fear and Trembling,” the editor of Kierkegaard as Phenomenologist: An Experiment and the co-editor of Michel Henry: The Affects of Thought. He will convene the “Anglo-Catholicism: Uncovering Roots” conference at the Church of the Advent in November.

If you would like a loved one remembered in the bulletin please submit their name to Lorrie at 978-468-4461 Ex. 23 or CCHWSecretary@gmail.com by Tuesday, October 31st.

*If you would like Nursery Care for this service please RSVP to Naomi Gray at naomiRgray@yahoo.com.

L.I.F.E.  (Living in Faith Everyday) GROUPS: These small groups meet monthly for bible study, support, and mutual encouragement.  All are welcome to their respective groups. 

  • The Women’s L.I.F.E. 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. EXCEPT due to Columbus Day when it will meet Monday, October 16th instead. For more information, please contact Abigail Butt by email (abigail.st-hilaire@gordon.edu) or call/text (978-979-4582).
  • The Men’s L.I.F.E. Groups meets Saturday, October 14th at 8:30 a.m. in Preston Cutler Room.  Contact Paul Mason for more information at RPaul@Mason.ch

OUR ANNUAL FALL LEAF RAKING DAY is Saturday, November 11th at 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  A work detail from Middleton Correctional is coming to help us rake, but the task is tremendous.  Please come help for all or part of the day.  Breakfast & lunch will be provided.  IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND, we could use a few volunteers to make & drop off lunch (soup, chili, cookies, etc.) ahead of time.  If you wish to drop off food earlier than Saturday, please leave it in the Parish Hall kitchen, covered and labeled.  We also need donations of tarps and work gloves.  I look forward to this event every year: It is a wonderful time of ministering to a part of the community we don’t often have contact with.  If you are able to help in any way, please contact Abigail Butt via call or text at 978-979-4582 or abigail.st-hilaire@gordon.edu. 

THE VESTRY meets on Wednesday, October 25th at 7:00 p.m. in the Preston Cutler Room.

FAMILY PROMISE FUND RAISERS: On Saturday, October 21, join neighbors and friends to support Family Promise. The 4th Annual Walk begins and ends at seaside Lynch Park. Enjoy coffee and breakfast pastries before heading off for a scenic 3-mile loop along the shore and through downtown Beverly. Tee-shirt pick-up starts at 8:00 a.m. Helping families who experience homelessness has never been so easy or enjoyable. Please join us and show your support! Register or donate online, and find out more at www.familypromisensb.org.  For more information please contact Dean Pedersen or Jennie-Rebecca Falcetta. 

Art Show to benefit Family Promise: First Presbyterian Church Danvers is hosting the 1st Annual Art Show thru October 7th. The art show is at 67 High Street, Unit 8U, Danvers, MA.  The opening reception is TODAY from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 20% of the sales go to Family Promise.


YOUNG LIFE CAPERNAUM CLUB: Young Life Capernaum Club will provide a time of fun activity and socialization between your student with special needs and our outstanding buddies and volunteer leaders.  At Club, kids will eat pizza, play games prepared by leaders, and hear a little about the Christian faith – there might even be a dance party!  Come play games, experience the inclusion and love Capernaum has for middle & high school students with special needs. For more information contact Philip Bowling, Young Life Area Director at 978-473-0587 or PhilipBowling@gmail.com.

Club:                              Parish Hall 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Saturday, November 4th & Saturday, December 9th.  $5 is suggested to cover pizza.

Outings:                November 18th Dinner at Bertucci’s in North Beverly 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Campaigners:        Go deeper into what we talk about at Club at Philip Bowling’s house (34 Hart Street, Beverly) 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on October 27th, November 10th and December 1st.

READERS & WRITERS GUILD: Friday, November 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.


Sunday, October 15, 2017 – Common English Bible

“Share what you have with one another”

Exodus 32:1-14

The people saw that Moses was taking a long time to come down from the mountain. They gathered around Aaron and said to him, “Come on! Make us gods who can lead us. As for this man Moses who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we don’t have a clue what has happened to him.” 2 Aaron said to them, “All right, take out the gold rings from the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.” 3 So all the people took out the gold rings from their ears and brought them to Aaron. 4 He collected them and tied them up in a cloth. Then he made a metal image of a bull calf, and the people declared, “These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!” 5 When Aaron saw this, he built an altar in front of the calf. Then Aaron announced, “Tomorrow will be a festival to the Lord!” 6 They got up early the next day and offered up entirely burned offerings and brought well-being sacrifices. The people sat down to eat and drink and then got up to celebrate. 7 The Lord spoke to Moses: “Hurry up and go down! Your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, are ruining everything! 8 They’ve already abandoned the path that I commanded. They have made a metal bull calf for themselves. They’ve bowed down to it and offered sacrifices to it and declared, ‘These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!’” 9 The Lord said to Moses, “I’ve been watching these people, and I’ve seen how stubborn they are. 10 Now leave me alone! Let my fury burn and devour them. Then I’ll make a great nation out of you.” 11 But Moses pleaded with the Lord his God, “Lord, why does your fury burn against your own people, whom you brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and amazing force? 12 Why should the Egyptians say, ‘He had an evil plan to take the people out and kill them in the mountains and so wipe them off the earth’? Calm down your fierce anger. Change your mind about doing terrible things to your own people. 13 Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants, whom you yourself promised, ‘I’ll make your descendants as many as the stars in the sky. And I’ve promised to give your descendants this whole land to possess for all time.’” 14 Then the Lord changed his mind about the terrible things he said he would do to his people.

Hebrews 13:1-16

Keep loving each other like family. 2 Don’t neglect to open up your homes to guests, because by doing this some have been hosts to angels without knowing it. 3 Remember prisoners as if you were in prison with them, and people who are mistreated as if you were in their place. 4 Marriage must be honored in every respect, with no cheating on the relationship, because God will judge the sexually immoral person and the person who commits adultery. 5 Your way of life should be free from the love of money, and you should be content with what you have. After all, he has said, I will never leave you or abandon you. 6 This is why we can confidently say,

The Lord is my helper,
    and I won’t be afraid.
What can people do to me?

7 Remember your leaders who spoke God’s word to you. Imitate their faith as you consider the way their lives turned out. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever! 9 Don’t be misled by the many strange teachings out there. It’s a good thing for the heart to be strengthened by grace rather than by food. Food doesn’t help those who live in this context. 10 We have an altar, and those who serve as priests in the meeting tent don’t have the right to eat from it. 11 The blood of the animals is carried into the holy of holies by the high priest as an offering for sin, and their bodies are burned outside the camp. 12 And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy with his own blood. 13 So now, let’s go to him outside the camp, bearing his shame. 14 We don’t have a permanent city here, but rather we are looking for the city that is still to come. 15 So let’s continually offer up a sacrifice of praise through him, which is the fruit from our lips that confess his name. 16 Don’t forget to do good and to share what you have because God is pleased with these kinds of sacrifices.

Matthew 22:1-14

Jesus responded by speaking again in parables: 2 “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding party for his son. 3 He sent his servants to call those invited to the wedding party. But they didn’t want to come. 4 Again he sent other servants and said to them, ‘Tell those who have been invited, “Look, the meal is all prepared. I’ve butchered the oxen and the fattened cattle. Now everything’s ready. Come to the wedding party!” ’ 5 But they paid no attention and went away—some to their fields, others to their businesses. 6 The rest of them grabbed his servants, abused them, and killed them. 7 “The king was angry. He sent his soldiers to destroy those murderers and set their city on fire. 8 Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding party is prepared, but those who were invited weren’t worthy. 9 Therefore, go to the roads on the edge of town and invite everyone you find to the wedding party.’ 10 “Then those servants went to the roads and gathered everyone they found, both evil and good. The wedding party was full of guests. 11 Now when the king came in and saw the guests, he spotted a man who wasn’t wearing wedding clothes. 12 He said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without wedding clothes?’ But he was speechless. 13 Then the king said to his servants, ‘Tie his hands and feet and throw him out into the farthest darkness. People there will be weeping and grinding their teeth.’ 14 “Many people are invited, but few people are chosen.”

Sunday, October 22, 2017 – Common English Bible

“Serve one another; carry each other’s burden”

Exodus 33:12-23

12 Moses said to the Lord, “Look, you’ve been telling me, ‘Lead these people forward.’ But you haven’t told me whom you will send with me. Yet you’ve assured me, ‘I know you by name and think highly of you.’ 13 Now if you do think highly of me, show me your ways so that I may know you and so that you may really approve of me. Remember too that this nation is your people.” 14 The Lord replied, “I’ll go myself, and I’ll help you.” 15 Moses replied, “If you won’t go yourself, don’t make us leave here. 16 Because how will anyone know that we have your special approval, both I and your people, unless you go with us? Only that distinguishes us, me and your people, from every other people on the earth.” 17 The Lord said to Moses, “I’ll do exactly what you’ve asked because you have my special approval, and I know you by name.” 18 Moses said, “Please show me your glorious presence.” 19 The Lord said, “I’ll make all my goodness pass in front of you, and I’ll proclaim before you the name, ‘The Lord.’ I will be kind to whomever I wish to be kind, and I will have compassion to whomever I wish to be compassionate. 20 But,” the Lord said, “you can’t see my face because no one can see me and live.” 21 The Lord said, “Here is a place near me where you will stand beside the rock. 22 As my glorious presence passes by, I’ll set you in a gap in the rock, and I’ll cover you with my hand until I’ve passed by. 23 Then I’ll take away my hand, and you will see my back, but my face won’t be visible.”

Galatians 5:13-6:5

13 You were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only don’t let this freedom be an opportunity to indulge your selfish impulses, but serve each other through love. 14 All the Law has been fulfilled in a single statement: Love your neighbor as yourself. 15 But if you bite and devour each other, be careful that you don’t get eaten up by each other! 16 I say be guided by the Spirit and you won’t carry out your selfish desires. 17 A person’s selfish desires are set against the Spirit, and the Spirit is set against one’s selfish desires. They are opposed to each other, so you shouldn’t do whatever you want to do. 18 But if you are being led by the Spirit, you aren’t under the Law. 19 The actions that are produced by selfish motives are obvious, since they include sexual immorality, moral corruption, doing whatever feels good, 20 idolatry, drug use and casting spells, hate, fighting, obsession, losing your temper, competitive opposition, conflict, selfishness, group rivalry, 21 jealousy, drunkenness, partying, and other things like that. I warn you as I have already warned you, that those who do these kinds of things won’t inherit God’s kingdom. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against things like this. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the self with its passions and its desires. 25 If we live by the Spirit, let’s follow the Spirit. 26 Let’s not become arrogant, make each other angry, or be jealous of each other.  Brothers and sisters, if a person is caught doing something wrong, you who are spiritual should restore someone like this with a spirit of gentleness. Watch out for yourselves so you won’t be tempted too. 2 Carry each other’s burdens and so you will fulfill the law of Christ. 3 If anyone thinks they are important when they aren’t, they’re fooling themselves. 4 Each person should test their own work and be happy with doing a good job and not compare themselves with others. 5 Each person will have to carry their own load.

Matthew 22:15-22

15 Then the Pharisees met together to find a way to trap Jesus in his words. 16 They sent their disciples, along with the supporters of Herod, to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we know that you are genuine and that you teach God’s way as it really is. We know that you are not swayed by people’s opinions, because you don’t show favoritism. 17 So tell us what you think: Does the Law allow people to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” 18 Knowing their evil motives, Jesus replied, “Why do you test me, you hypocrites? 19 Show me the coin used to pay the tax.” And they brought him a denarion. 20 “Whose image and inscription is this?” he asked. 21 “Caesar’s,” they replied. Then he said, “Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” 22 When they heard this they were astonished, and they departed.