Weekly Parish Life Notes

News for the Week of JuLY 22, 2018

REALM: Our Parish Database 

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MISSION OF THE MONTH IS ESSEX COUNTY COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION.  ECCO is a diverse coalition of congregations in Essex County who join together to work on various issues of common concern. There are many different ways to participate in ECCO, from skill-based trainings to large community gatherings and celebrations. If you are interested in being on our Christ Church ECCO team, being notified of events, or to hear more about what ECCO is like, please contact Heidi at hhorner4@gmail.com603-205-4439 or Liz Green at greenelizabeth@gmail.com508-596-6913.

CONFIRMATION DURING THE BISHOP'S VISIT: If any Christ Church member (defined in our by-laws as someone at least 16 years old who attends Sunday worship regularly and makes a financial pledge) is interested in being confirmed when Bishop Gayle Harris visits Christ Church on Sunday, October 28th, please contact Father Patrick ASAP at pgray@christchurchHW.org or 617-840-5562.

WORLD RELIEF UPDATE: Thank you for your generous support of World Relief this spring! I am delighted to report that Christ Church raised over $7,000 through April Missions of the Month, Vestry Support and through the recent benefit concert. All of those funds were generously matched by an organization called One Days Wages, releasing over $14,000 to World Relief's work in South Sudan. Thank you so much for responding to this call to support God's people!

You have all heard the heartbreaking news of immigrant children being separated from their families at the U.S. - Mexico border and the increasing legal needs of all immigrants. As this crisis at the border has unfolded, World Relief is working to keep families together. We are sending a team of attorneys to the front lines of this crisis to reunite these families as soon as possible. This week we launched a Family Reunification Fund, to provide love and compassion to vulnerable families. To learn more visit www.worldrelief.org/reunite

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.

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 Judith Thomson at judiththomson15@gmail.com. Thank you for your support.

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.

A MAN CALLED MARK: The biography of the Rt. Rev. Mark Dyer, former Christ Church rector, is available on Amazon. As many of know, Fa. Dyer was elected Bishop of the Diocese of Bethlehem (PA) in 1982 while he was our rector. In fact, Christ Church was the only parish for which he served as a rector; and the only rector “called” from the parish to become a bishop. The book includes an entire chapter on his years (1978 - 1982) at Christ Church.



JOIN CHRIST CHURCH PARISHIONERS FOR MONDAY NIGHT TRIVIA!  Tim Deik and Ryan McDonnell welcome anyone who likes fun and fellowship to join them for Stump Trivia at the Village Tavern (inside the Museum Place Mall) in Salem on Mondays at 7:30 PM.  Questions?  Call or text Tim at 978-578-3652 or Ryan at 978-257-1116.

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.

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


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. August 13th. 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 July 28th. Please plan to help at Spring Work Day.  Contact Paul Mason for more information at Rpaul@Mason.ch

NEW STEPHEN MINISTRY TRAINING STARTING IN SEPTEMBER! 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 this September.  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!!)

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. August 7 & 9, October 27-28. Register at NorthShoreMAHomePrograms.com

YOUNG LIFE SUMMER EVENTS: Campaigners will meet at 7:27 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. Snacks provided. Dates: August 2, 9, 16, 23. Location: The Bergner’s House (3 Blaisdell Terrace)  For more information and to get on the email list for Hangout Events contact Sam Reid at 804-647-2195 or Sam@BostonNorthShore.YoungLife.com

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

CHRIST CHURCH PARISH PICNIC: Please join your church friends, and meet some new ones, at the Parish Picnic on Sunday, August 26th 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 contribute to the picnic by signing up at www.PerfectPotluck.com.  Coordinator’s Last Name: Wilson.  Password: CCHW.
  • 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. 
  • Please review the following safety rules with your children before the picnic. 
  • The pool will have a 10-minute break each hour for “Adult Only Swim.”  This will give life guards and water-logged children a built in break.
  • Children who cannot swim well must be accompanied by an adult around and in the pool.

Spend the night in a box so a homeless family doesn't have to!

Join Family Promise North Shore Boston for our second Cardboard City, a popular overnight fundraiser held across the country.

Gather your friends, family and co-workers! Raise $100 per person to attend! If you don’t want to sleepover you may donate the following items: caution tape, duct tape, markers, hand sanitizer, bug spray, trash barrels, canopy tents, buckets, contractor trash bags.

August 11th, 2018, 6:00 p.m. at Patton Park in Hamilton, MA. Rain or Shine!

Email Linda Goodspeed at linda@familypromisensb.com to register for Cardboard City or volunteer at the event.



Women of all ages, come away with your sisters in Christ and with the beauty and power of the writings and music of Hildegard of Bingen, whom we will celebrate in our worship and meditation together.  Come to retreat, to find new ways of coming closer to God, for recreation and walks in the woods beside the lake, and to form intentions for our return. 


Where?        The Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center, our diocesan

                   retreat center, in Greenfield, NH.

When?         From Friday afternoon, Sept. 21 to Sunday noon, Sept. 23. 

Who?           Open to ALL women of Christ Church

Cost?           $150, which includes: 2 nights in “adult-friendly” cabins, 6 tasty

                   meals; meeting space; use of the chapel; evening campfires!

Led by?        Mother Susan and those who attend!

How do I sign up? 

                   Through Lorrie Manganaro, CCHW Parish Secretary either -

  • With a check, made out to Christ Church with “Women’s Retreat”

on the memo line OR

  • Online, choose ‘Special Programs.”

Sign up right away!  We have 20 spaces at the camp and 10 are already taken.

A waiting list will be kept in case someone needs to change plans.

You can see the Center online by going to bchcenter.org.

Questions?  Contact Mother Susan at


or Abby Butt at





Sunday, July 22, 2018

2 Samuel 7:1-29

Now when the king was settled in his house, and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies around him, 2 the king said to the prophet Nathan, “See now, I am living in a house of cedar, but the ark of God stays in a tent.” 3 Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that you have in mind; for the Lord is with you.” 4 But that same night the word of the Lord came to Nathan: 5 Go and tell my servant David: Thus says the Lord: Are you the one to build me a house to live in? 6 I have not lived in a house since the day I brought up the people of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving about in a tent and a tabernacle. 7 Wherever I have moved about among all the people of Israel, did I ever speak a word with any of the tribal leaders[a] of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, saying, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?” 8 Now therefore thus you shall say to my servant David: Thus says the Lord of hosts: I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep to be prince over my people Israel; 9 and I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. 10 And I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, so that they may live in their own place, and be disturbed no more; and evildoers shall afflict them no more, as formerly, 11 from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel; and I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover the Lord declares to you that the Lord will make you a house. 12 When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come forth from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.  14 I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me. When he commits iniquity, I will punish him with a rod such as mortals use, with blows inflicted by human beings. 15 But I will not take my steadfast love from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away from before you. 16 Your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me; your throne shall be established forever. 17 In accordance with all these words and with all this vision, Nathan spoke to David. 18 Then King David went in and sat before the Lord, and said, “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far? 19 And yet this was a small thing in your eyes, O Lord God; you have spoken also of your servant’s house for a great while to come. May this be instruction for the people, O Lord God! 20 And what more can David say to you? For you know your servant, O Lord God! 21 Because of your promise, and according to your own heart, you have wrought all this greatness, so that your servant may know it. 22 Therefore you are great, O Lord God; for there is no one like you, and there is no God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears. 23 Who is like your people, like Israel? Is there another nation on earth whose God went to redeem it as a people, and to make a name for himself, doing great and awesome things for them, by driving out before his people nations and their gods? 24 And you established your people Israel for yourself to be your people forever; and you, O Lord, became their God. 25 And now, O Lord God, as for the word that you have spoken concerning your servant and concerning his house, confirm it forever; do as you have promised. 26 Thus your name will be magnified forever in the saying, ‘The Lord of hosts is God over Israel’; and the house of your servant David will be established before you. 27 For you, O Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, have made this revelation to your servant, saying, ‘I will build you a house’; therefore your servant has found courage to pray this prayer to you. 28 And now, O Lord God, you are God, and your words are true, and you have promised this good thing to your servant; 29 now therefore may it please you to bless the house of your servant, so that it may continue forever before you; for you, O Lord God, have spoken, and with your blessing shall the house of your servant be blessed forever.”

Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. 31 He said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. 32 And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves. 33 Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them. 34 As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.  When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored the boat. 54 When they got out of the boat, people at once recognized him, 55 and rushed about that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. 56 And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

2 Samuel 11:1-15

In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab with his officers and all Israel with him; they ravaged the Ammonites, and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem. 2 It happened, late one afternoon, when David rose from his couch and was walking about on the roof of the king’s house, that he saw from the roof a woman bathing; the woman was very beautiful. 3 David sent someone to inquire about the woman. It was reported, “This is Bathsheba daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite.” 4 So David sent messengers to get her, and she came to him, and he lay with her. (Now she was purifying herself after her period.) Then she returned to her house. 5 The woman conceived; and she sent and told David, “I am pregnant.” 6 So David sent word to Joab, “Send me Uriah the Hittite.” And Joab sent Uriah to David. 7 When Uriah came to him, David asked how Joab and the people fared, and how the war was going. 8 Then David said to Uriah, “Go down to your house, and wash your feet.” Uriah went out of the king’s house, and there followed him a present from the king. 9 But Uriah slept at the entrance of the king’s house with all the servants of his lord, and did not go down to his house. 10 When they told David, “Uriah did not go down to his house,” David said to Uriah, “You have just come from a journey. Why did you not go down to your house?” 11 Uriah said to David, “The ark and Israel and Judah remain in booths; and my lord Joab and the servants of my lord are camping in the open field; shall I then go to my house, to eat and to drink, and to lie with my wife? As you live, and as your soul lives, I will not do such a thing.” 12 Then David said to Uriah, “Remain here today also, and tomorrow I will send you back.” So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day. On the next day, 13 David invited him to eat and drink in his presence and made him drunk; and in the evening he went out to lie on his couch with the servants of his lord, but he did not go down to his house. 14 In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah. 15 In the letter he wrote, “Set Uriah in the forefront of the hardest fighting, and then draw back from him, so that he may be struck down and die.”


John 6:1-21

After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias 2 A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. 3 Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. 4 Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. 5 When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?” 6 He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. 7 Philip answered him, “Six months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.” 8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, 9 “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?” 10 Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all. 11 Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. 12 When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, “Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.” 13 So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets. 14 When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say, “This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world. 15 When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself. 16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, 17 got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. 18 The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing. 19 When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were terrified. 20 But he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” 21 Then they wanted to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the land toward which they were going.