Weekly Parish Life Notes

News for the Week of April 22, 2018

REALM: Our Parish Database 


We are overdue for an updated Parish Directory! These days, privacy laws keep us from simply printing out the contact information you have shared with the parish office unless we have your permission. Fortunately, your account in REALM, our secure database, is easily edited to allow such permission.  It’s also easy to upload your photo, helping us all put faces with names – both in the online database, and in a printed version we can make available to those who prefer it.


On two upcoming “REALM Sundays” – April 29 and May 6 – we will have laptops and technical support available for you in the Preston Cutler Room following worship at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.  We will help you log in to your account and edit permissions for your contact information to be available to other members of the parish. 


We encourage you to upload a photo to your account.  If you don’t have a photo, or would like an updated one, parishioner Ian Drummond of Drum Drum Photography will be present to take your photo, so it can be added to your account.  You will also receive a digital copy of your headshot for personal or professional use.


Those who attend 8:00 a.m. worship in the Chapel, please come over after Bible and Breakfast!


If you are able to log in to REALM on your own, please go ahead and update your account:


  • Visit https://onrealm.org/ChristChurchHamiltonWenham

  • Log in or click “Register Now” to create a new account.

  • Click the lock icon and change your privacy setting to “Everyone in Our Church” so other parishioners can look up your contact info like a regular church directory. (Pledge/payment information is not viewable.)

  • Click “Edit Profile” to update your contact and personal info.

  • Click the profile photo box to upload a photo.

  • On the far right, click the 3 dots to add or link to a family member. (Click through to other family members’ profiles to update their info and photos, too.)

PARISH ART SHOW in the Preston Cutler Gallery runs through April. Come to see the art work of some of our parishioners and greet the artists: Huntley Skinner, David Bergquist, Leslie Bloss, Anthony Falcetta, Robert Hanlon, Patricia Hanlon, Bruce Herman, Meg Herman, Lea Parson, Anne Pelikan, John Pelikan, Teddi Steltenpohl, and George Wingate. We celebrate their creativity in our midst!

APRIL MISSION OF THE MONTH IS WORLD RELIEF: Poverty is complex, but as the church our calling is not. Today, 1.3 billion people live below the poverty line, surviving on less than $1.25 per day. The church is in a unique position to overcome poverty. Not only is it the largest and broadest social network on the planet, but in sub-Saharan Africa the church is at the epicenter of communities. The church and its leaders have unparalleled influence and opportunity to reach the world's most vulnerable. Over the last decade, World Relief has pioneered a unique church-led model of development, equipped God's people to push back darkness and break the cycle of poverty. Learn more at www.worldrelief.org. You may donate by writing “World Relief” on the memo line of your check.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR GOOD COMPANY! Can you spare an hour a week to bring cheer into the life of an elderly or disabled neighbor who is lonely?  Become a Friendly Visitor for the Good Company team at Christ Church. There is training, but it’s quick and easy, and the rewards of helping out are great! Right now we are in particular need of some MEN to volunteer! Join us by contacting Stella Goren, Congregational Coordinator, 978-356-0294 stellagoren@gmail.com, or Posie Mansfield, Director, 978-412-2241 Good Company Director@gmail.com. You can also speak to Father Patrick or Mother Susan.

HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: While the idea of hospice is often misunderstood, our volunteers have found spending time with patients to be wonderfully rewarding experience! From reading books, sharing music or simply just sitting and listening, volunteers make a huge difference in the lives of patients and their families. Please consider sharing a small amount of your time by visiting a hospice patient on the North Shore.  No special skills, lifting, medical or physical care of any kind if required. Please contact Tara Duplaga at Beacon Hospice at Tara.Duplaga@amedisys.com or call 978-524-9510 ext. 107.  You may also contact Mother Susan for more details. 

UPDATE – FUTURE FORWARD FOR HAITI: 175 gift bags have been packed and are on their way to Saint Louis d'Aityi children. Teacher supplies have been sent as well and a picture of the Christ Church Parish Day School students, teachers, staff and Father Patrick.  Our relationship with Pastor Marius Paul and his church and community has begun. Thank you to the children and families of Christ Church and the Parish Day School for their generosity of time and resources to acquire the contents of the gift bags and packing them.  We will soon have pictures of the Haitian children and their community.  Pray for a safe trip this Friday April 20-25. If you are interested in sponsoring  a teacher contact huntley.skinner@gmail.com.  We have sponsored 6 of the 8 teachers requested. Let's get this school up and running!

UPDATE - LIGHTS FOR PUERTO RICO: Thirty-two more lights have been sent to Puerto Rico with an expected distribution date of April 24th.  Say a prayer that delivery goes smoothly!  The mountainous region is still without power.  Thank you to all the people who have given generously to bring these solar lights to those in greatest need.  With the delivery of this final shipment we are concluding this project. Thanks be to God for His Mercy and Love!

PLAN YOUR FUNERAL: Christ Church keeps a file of your preferences for your funeral or memorial service.  It is a gift to your family and close friends if you record the scripture readings, music, speakers you would like to have included in a celebration of your life. Ask Father Patrick or Mother Susan to help you fill out the Christ Church form for Funeral Plans.

ACORD FOOD PANTRY: Did you know that Acord is a fully self-supported food pantry that relies on private donations, such as yours, to stock the shelves each month?  Please think of Acord when you at the grocery store and pick up a few extra items to donate.  We are in most need of: coffee, meals in a can, baked beans, canned pineapple, toilet paper, toiletries, hot & cold cereal, cooking oil, mayo, and healthy snacks. Questions can be directed to Bergen Daley at bergendaley@gmail.com. Thank you for your support.


Dear Church, If word gets out how loving, thoughtful, caring you are AND what creative cooks and bakers are among you, the lines will wrap around the church for folks wanting to come to take a second look at what the Church is all about.  After Jud died and now, since my knee surgery, you’ve fed more than my physical hunger.  You’ve provided soul food through your generosity and thoughtfulness in meals, cards and calls.  Thanks to each of you.  I love Christ Church!

NORTH SHORE YIMBY HAS LAUNCHED! North Shore YIMBY (Yes In My Back Yard) is a growing grassroots coalition of affordable housing advocates, community groups, and residents living in the mostly subrurban cities and towns between Boston and Cape Ann.  We are part of a national YIMBY movement. Through education and advocacy, we seek to engage in public conversation that includes under-represented groups; to encourage thoughtful, smart planning and policy; and to empower community stakeholders to advocate for more housing in our region.  Check out North Shore YIMBY on Facebook.  Contact Deanna Fay at dfay@harborlightcp.org if you would like a YIMBY sticker for your car or mailbox to show your support. 


VESTRY MEETING Wednesday, April 25th at 7:00 p.m. in the Preston Cutler Room.

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 28th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Rain Date May 5th). 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.

KUPENDA FOR THE CHILDREN is hosting a fun, FREE night to raise awareness and support for children with disabilities in Kenya! Please join us on Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 6:00-9:00 at the Grand View Farm and Tavern in Burlington, MA for a night of appetizers, drinks, dancing, a silent auction, raffle and more! Admission is FREE but please RSVP to let us know you’re coming: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kupenda-for-the-children-spring-celebration-tickets-34927282442 For more information contact Jeff Gentry at Gentry13@gmail.com or 978-590-4466.

THE NEW GOING DEEPER SPIRITUALITY GROUP meets Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in the Preston Cutler Room.  We are using the book A Spiritual Formation Workbook: Small Group Resources for Nurturing Christian Growth, by James Bryan Smith.  If you have questions please contact Mother Susan at  440-781-1614 or revsusan54@gmail.com  

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

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.


FAMILY PROMISE FUNDRAISERS: Taste the Promise: May 2nd 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Danversport Yacht Club - Taste the Promise is a fundraising celebration of volunteers, friends and supporters of Family Promise NSB. More than a dozen generous restaurants from across the North Shore serve delicious samples from their menus. Our Taster's Passport includes admission, unlimited delicious samples, live auction, raffles, and jazz. Tables for Ten make it easy to relax together. Our silent auction has been upgraded to first class, so it's on-line 24X7 - no need to wait until The Taste to bid on a fantastic array of interesting item.

www.FamilyPromiseNSB.org.  You can speak to Dean Pedersen or Jennie-Rebecca Falcetta for more information.

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. May 14th. 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 the 2nd & 4th Saturdays of the month at 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. in Preston Cutler Room.  Connect with other men, share, pray, read the upcoming scripture, and enjoy breakfast.  We need each other, don’t go it alone. The next meeting will be held on April 28th. Contact Paul Mason for more information at Rpaul@Mason.ch

CHRIST CHURCH WOMEN’S RETREAT! Friday, Sept. 21 - Sunday, Sept. 23 at the Barbara C. Harris Episcopal Camp and Conference Center in Greenfield, NH. Get away with us for fun and fellowship, prayer, worship, conversation, and a chance to renew your spirit, led by Mother Susan. We have 5 adult-friendly cabins with 4 beds in each, so 20 places are available to us.  The food is great!

The camp is a beautiful spot in the woods on scenic Otter Lake with several walking trails. We’ll have evening campfires. To save a place, please contact Lorrie in the church office and send in $150 (two overnights, six meals, and meeting space for the group). Make out checks to Christ Church with "Women’s Retreat” on the memo line or choose “Special Programs” for online giving.  Plan now so you don’t miss this opportunity! To check out the site, go to bchcenter.org  and for more info, contact Mother Susan at revsusan54@gmail.com or  Abigail Butt at Abigail.St-Hilaire@gordon.edu 

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 on Monday evenings May 7 thru July 23 with the elimination tournament on July 30, August 6 & 13.  Any regular attendee of Christ Church who is 15 years of age or older is eligible to play. Cost is only $40. Please contact Father Patrick at pgray@gchristchurchhw.org if you are interested.

GATHERING FOR HOPE/NORTH SHORE invites all Christ Church women and their women friends at the FINAL meeting of Gathering for Hope here in the Preston Cutler Room on Monday, May 7th 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.   The speakers who will inform and inspire us include Bonnie Gatchell, founder and director of Route One Ministry ministering to women working in strip clubs, and Joyce Holt, founder and director of Hager's Sisters, supporting and advocating for women in or coming out of domestic abuse situations.  Additionally, several GFHNS women will speak about the ways they find to serve others, including Christ Church parishioner Marcia Lier, director of Community Strings in Lawrence which provides violins and lessons for disadvantaged children in that city.  For more information, contact Nancy Mering at nmering@msn.com or 978-852-1233.

READERS & WRITERS GUILD: Friday, May 18th at 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the Preston Cutler Room. E. D. Galbraith is the Feature Reader. E. D. Galbraith has been published in Relief and New Letters. Originally from the Midwest, she now calls New England home, where she works as a caregiver, nonprofit administrator, and freelance editor. She has an MFA from Seattle Pacific University. She's currently working on a book exploring the intersection of death anxiety, fantasy, and faith. 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.

HARBORLIGHT COMMUNITY PARTNERS is partnering with North Shore Association of Realtors for a First-Time Homebuyer Course.  Learn from industry experts including Realtors, mortgage lenders, home inspectors, insurance agents, attorneys, and credit counselors.  Graduates of the course are given a certificate that allows access to MassHousing Partnership’s One Mortgage, HUD mortgages, lotteries, and more. Course is $45 for single or $75 for couple. Classes are located at 398 Essex Street, Beverly. May 15 & 17, August 7 & 9, October 27-28. Register at NorthShoreMAHomePrograms.com

CHRIST CHURCH PARISH PICNIC: Please join your church friends, and meet some new ones, at the Parish Picnic on Sunday, June 24th 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!

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. Saturdays, May 5 .  $5 is suggested to cover pizza.

YOUNG LIFE WYLDLIFE: Wyldlife is for local middle school students.  For more information contact Shannon at 860-841-6790.

Club:                    Ipswich Town Hall 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Fridays, April 27, May 18.  $5 is suggested to cover pizza. Super high energy with lots of games!

Campaigners:        104 Essex Rd, Apt A, Ipswich 5:00 – 6:15 p.m. Mondays,  April 9, May 7. Smaller group of students who want to go deeper into the Bible. Snacks & games provided.

YOUNG LIFE: For high school students. For more information contact Shannon at 860-841-6790.

  • April 26- Club BonFire at the Knudsen’s (14 Elliot Street) 7:30-9pm.


Sunday, April 22, 2017 – The Fourth Sunday of Easter

Acts 4:5-12

The next day their rulers, elders, and scribes assembled in Jerusalem, 6 with Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly family. 7 When they had made the prisoners stand in their midst, they inquired, “By what power or by what name did you do this?” 8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders, 9 if we are questioned today because of a good deed done to someone who was sick and are asked how this man has been healed, 10 let it be known to all of you, and to all the people of Israel, that this man is standing before you in good health by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead. 11 This Jesus is ‘the stone that was rejected by you, the builders; it has become the cornerstone. 12 There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved.”

1 John 3:16-24

16 We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us—and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. 17 How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help? 18 Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action. 19 And by this we will know that we are from the truth and will reassure our hearts before him 20 whenever our hearts condemn us; for God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. 21 Beloved, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have boldness before God; 22 and we receive from him whatever we ask, because we obey his commandments and do what pleases him. 23 And this is his commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. 24 All who obey his commandments abide in him, and he abides in them. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit that he has given us.

John 10:11-18

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away—and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 The hired hand runs away because a hired hand does not care for the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. 17 For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. 18 No one takes[a] it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it up again. I have received this command from my Father.”

Sunday, April 29, 2017 – The Fifth Sunday of Easter

Acts 8:26-40

Then an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Get up and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is a wilderness road.) 27 So he got up and went. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury. He had come to Jerusalem to worship 28 and was returning home; seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah. 29 Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over to this chariot and join it.” 30 So Philip ran up to it and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah. He asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31 He replied, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to get in and sit beside him. 32 Now the passage of the scripture that he was reading was this:

“Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter,
    and like a lamb silent before its shearer,
        so he does not open his mouth.
33 In his humiliation justice was denied him.
    Who can describe his generation?
        For his life is taken away from the earth.”

34 The eunuch asked Philip, “About whom, may I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?” 35 Then Philip began to speak, and starting with this scripture, he proclaimed to him the good news about Jesus. 36 As they were going along the road, they came to some water; and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water! What is to prevent me from being baptized?” 38 He commanded the chariot to stop, and both of them, Philip and the eunuch, went down into the water, and Philip baptized him. 39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. 40 But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he was passing through the region, he proclaimed the good news to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.

1 John 4:7-21

Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us. 13 By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father has sent his Son as the Savior of the world. 15 God abides in those who confess that Jesus is the Son of God, and they abide in God. 16 So we have known and believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. 17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness on the day of judgment, because as he is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love. 19 We love because he first loved us. 20 Those who say, “I love God,” and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. 21 The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also.

John 15:1-8

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. 2 He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. 3 You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. 5 I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. 6 Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. 7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.