Weekly Parish Life Notes

News for the Week of SEPTEMBER 23, 2018

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 is Septembers 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, coffee, tea, and canned pineapple on Sundays and drop them in the donation baskets located around Christ Church.

• You may contribute to the Acord Food Pantry anytime during the month of September 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.  

Refugee Immigration Ministry (RIM) Update!

The family we have been helping to support has achieved independence.  They have a place to live and the parents have jobs.  They, with much help from the North Shore Cluster of RIM, have complied with all government regulations for asylum-seekers and are very close to being “on their own!”  Thanks be to God!  A celebration potluck for them will be held on Sunday, Sept 23rd at the Emerson Center in Topsfield. 

We have been asked for one further bit of help.  We are looking for clothing for the mom - size 16W pants and extra-large tops.  She will need these for working. Look for a box in the hallway marked ‘RIM’ and thanks for your help.

HARBORLIGHT COMMUNITY PARTNERS (HCP) is reaching out with a unique opportunity to make an impact in the life of someone starting over. Help us say “Welcome Home” to formerly a homeless resident when he or she moves in to a new home at HCP’s newest project in Salem Boston Street Crossing (Salem) is HCP’s newest project (43 Boston Street - 12 units and 179 Boston Street - 14 units). It is the transformation of two buildings which will, in turn, transform lives. The buildings, badly in need of renovation, will provide 26 units of supportive-living permanent, affordable housing for formerly homeless individuals (case management in collaboration with Lifebridge, Salem). This is in response to a local commitment made by Salem, Beverly and Peabody to work together to directly impact the need for housing in our region. Each unit is approximately 200-250 square feet with a kitchenette and private bath. 43 Boston Street is occupied, each with Welcome Home Baskets provided by community members like you. Christ Church has signed up to provide one of the Welcome Home baskets containing basic household items. Please see the list of requested items on the Sign-up Genius link below. Items should be delivered to the designated laundry basket outside Preston Cutler room by Sunday, September 30th. Please also make a handwritten note to accompany our basket to let our recipient know someone cares and welcome them to the community. Contact Kellie Gentry with questions: KellieGentry@gmail.com or 978-884-9085. She can email or text you the following link:


If you would like to be part of the Future Forward for Haiti Team we are looking for you. We are in  the early stages of creating meaningful relationships with Saint Louis d'Haiti and would like to include you in developing lasting friendships with this mountainous community. We will be meeting in early October to start planning our trip to Haiti, possible packathon, gift bag preparation for the children and teachers, book drive and many more possibilities. Contact Huntley and Tom Skinner at huntley.skinner@gmail.com

If you are interested in developing a Packathon at Christ Church to provide food for the children of Saint Louis d'Haiti our team is traveling to Teaneck NJ on the weekend of November 9-11 to participate in the Future Forward for Haiti Packathon and meet the folks from Feed the Hunger to learn about what details we need to know to have our own Packathon-Hamilton/Wenham. If you are interested in going with us contact Tom and Huntley Skinner at huntley.skinner@gmail.com.


THE CHOIR OF CHRIST CHURCH: The Choir will begin 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.

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

VESTRY MEETING Wednesday, September 26th at 7:00 p.m. in the Preston Cutler Room.


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. October 15th. 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 October 13th. Contact Paul Mason for more information at Rpaul@Mason.ch

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. 

  • September 25  Addressing the stigma of help-seeking
  • October 23  Helping your care receiver (and others) through the holidays
  • January 22  How to be a process oriented Stephen Minister
  • February 26  Identifying and referring substance abuse
  • March 26  What is different in short term and long term care giving relationships
  • May 28  Preventing Stephen Minister burnout through self-care

NEW STEPHEN MINISTRY TRAINING STARTING IN 2019! Do you enjoy being able to truly help someone who is bearing a heavy burden?  Have you thought of preparing to be a Stephen Minister?  Did you begin a training session but were unable to finish*?  Join the new class staring January 2019.  Hamilton Congregational Church already has a list of parishioners who are excited about becoming Stephen Ministers so we’ll combine our training sessions once again.  Contact Father Patrick or Mother Susan. (*Those who have already taken part of the course may, after a brief review, begin where they left off!!)

READERS & WRITERS GUILD: Friday, November 16th 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.

GATHERING FOR HOPE NORTH SHORE meets the first Monday of each month (October 1st) 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.

We walk to end homelessness.

Saturday, October 13, 2018 at Lynch Park in Beverly at 8:00 a.m.

Join Jennie-Rebecca & Nico Falcetta on the walk or donate at www.FamilyPromiseNSB.org or contact JennieRebecca@gmail.com


Sunday, September 23, 2018

Proverbs 31:10-31

10 A capable wife who can find?
    She is far more precious than jewels.
11 The heart of her husband trusts in her,
    and he will have no lack of gain.
12 She does him good, and not harm,
    all the days of her life.
13 She seeks wool and flax,
    and works with willing hands.
14 She is like the ships of the merchant,
    she brings her food from far away.
15 She rises while it is still night
    and provides food for her household
    and tasks for her servant-girls.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
    with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
17 She girds herself with strength,
    and makes her arms strong.
18 She perceives that her merchandise is profitable.
    Her lamp does not go out at night.
19 She puts her hands to the distaff,
    and her hands hold the spindle.
20 She opens her hand to the poor,
    and reaches out her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid for her household when it snows,
    for all her household are clothed in crimson.
22 She makes herself coverings;
    her clothing is fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the city gates,
    taking his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them;
    she supplies the merchant with sashes.
25 Strength and dignity are her clothing,
    and she laughs at the time to come.
26 She opens her mouth with wisdom,
    and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
27 She looks well to the ways of her household,
    and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children rise up and call her happy;
    her husband too, and he praises her:
29 “Many women have done excellently,
    but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
    but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Give her a share in the fruit of her hands,
    and let her works praise her in the city gates.

James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a

13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not be boastful and false to the truth. 15 Such wisdom does not come down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, devilish. 16 For where there is envy and selfish ambition, there will also be disorder and wickedness of every kind. 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy. 18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for[a] those who make peace. Those conflicts and disputes among you, where do they come from? Do they not come from your cravings that are at war within you? 2 You want something and do not have it; so you commit murder. And you covet something and cannot obtain it; so you engage in disputes and conflicts. You do not have, because you do not ask. 3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, in order to spend what you get on your pleasures. 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.

Mark 9:30-37

They went on from there and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; 31 for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.” 32 But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him.33 Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way?” 34 But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest. 35 He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” 36 Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, 37 “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.”

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22

So the king and Haman went in to feast with Queen Esther. 2 On the second day, as they were drinking wine, the king again said to Esther, “What is your petition, Queen Esther? It shall be granted you. And what is your request? Even to the half of my kingdom, it shall be fulfilled.” 3 Then Queen Esther answered, “If I have won your favor, O king, and if it pleases the king, let my life be given me—that is my petition—and the lives of my people—that is my request. 4 For we have been sold, I and my people, to be destroyed, to be killed, and to be annihilated. If we had been sold merely as slaves, men and women, I would have held my peace; but no enemy can compensate for this damage to the king.” 5 Then King Ahasuerus said to Queen Esther, “Who is he, and where is he, who has presumed to do this?” 6 Esther said, “A foe and enemy, this wicked Haman!” Then Haman was terrified before the king and the queen. 9 Then Harbona, one of the eunuchs in attendance on the king, said, “Look, the very gallows that Haman has prepared for Mordecai, whose word saved the king, stands at Haman’s house, fifty cubits high.” And the king said, “Hang him on that.” 10 So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then the anger of the king abated. Mordecai recorded these things, and sent letters to all the Jews who were in all the provinces of King Ahasuerus, both near and far, 21 enjoining them that they should keep the fourteenth day of the month Adar and also the fifteenth day of the same month, year by year, 22 as the days on which the Jews gained relief from their enemies, and as the month that had been turned for them from sorrow into gladness and from mourning into a holiday; that they should make them days of feasting and gladness, days for sending gifts of food to one another and presents to the poor.

James 5:13-20

 Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. 14 Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective. 17 Elijah was a human being like us, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. 18 Then he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain and the earth yielded its harvest. 19 My brothers and sisters, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and is brought back by another, 20 you should know that whoever brings back a sinner from wandering will save the sinner’s soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.


Mark 9:38-50

John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” 39 But Jesus said, “Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. 40 Whoever is not against us is for us. 41 For truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ will by no means lose the reward. 42 “If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea. 43 If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than to have two hands and to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. 45 And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame than to have two feet and to be thrown into hell.47 And if your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and to be thrown into hell, 48 where their worm never dies, and the fire is never quenched. 49 “For everyone will be salted with fire. 50 Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”