Weekly Parish Life Notes

News for the Week of February 19, 2017

EDUCATION:  “Testimonies: What We Christ Church Parishioners

  Get from our Worship here” - "Why I’ve Chosen to Worship at Christ Church… and What I get out of it."

o   Bible & Breakfast meets at 9:00 a.m. in the Parish Hall: All ages are welcome for breakfast, Bible study, and fellowship.

o   Adult Education meets at 10:15 a.m. in the Parish Hall

SERMON SERIES on the Gospel according to St. Matthew leads into a thorough examination of the Sermon on the Mount. If you have missed a sermon please listen to it at www.ChristChurchHW.org/visit/sermons

MISSION OF THE MONTH IS WORLD RELIEF: World Relief stands with the vulnerable, partnering with local churches to end the cycle of suffering, transforming lives, and building sustainable communities. With initiatives that focus on disaster response, health and child development, refugee and immigration services, economic development and peace-building, we work with the Church to provide holistic to care for the sick, the widowed, the orphaned, the alienated, the displaced, the devastated, the marginalized and the disenfranchised.

As Christians, we are deeply concerned by the recently announced moratorium on refugee resettlement. Our care for the oppressed and suffering is rooted in the call of Jesus to “love our neighbor as we love ourselves.” In the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37), Jesus makes it clear that our “neighbor” includes the stranger, and anyone fleeing persecution and violence, regardless of their faith or country.  While governmental policy may change, our commitment to standing alongside the persecuted, displaced, and vulnerable remains firm. Learn how you can help at www.worldrelief.org/welcome#welcome-refugees.  On Sunday, February 19th Ryan McDonnell will give his testimonial about working with World Relief.  Plate donations on that day will be donated to World Relief or you may donate by writing “World Relief” on the memo line of your check.

GOOD COMPANY: Do you ever miss those visits you used to have with your Grandad or Grandma or with some elderly friend who has gone to be with God? There is so much wisdom and life experience to be learned from older folks, and so many stories to hear! You can bring happiness to an elder who is alone by joining Good Company and training to be a Friendly Visitor. The training is brief and easy and the rewards are great! We can get you connected: Stella Goren, Congregational Coordinator, 978-356-0294 stellagoren@gmail.com, or Posie Mansfield, Director, 978-412-2241 GoodCompanyDirector@gmail.com.

KATHLEEN GEORGE will be exhibiting her work in the Preston Cutler Room during February. Kathleen graduated with a BFA from Gordon College in 2000. For the last decade she has been working as a nurse in Boston, caring for the homeless. This work teaches her about strength, fragility, tenacity and weakness and feeds her hunger to create beauty. The pieces included in her exhibition in the PCR, entitled New Year Light, are part of a larger collection and have been featured at Law and Water Gallery in Gloucester, MA, Providence Art Club in Rhode Island, and Witch Dr Gallery in Salem, MA as well as several businesses in downtown Gloucester.

ARTISTS OF CHRIST CHURCH: Our Annual Parish Art Show is coming in March and April!  Are you a photographer, painter, needle worker, pen and ink artist, or do you create other hangable art? Each Christ Church artist may submit two to four pieces of art - all work must be ready to hang. Photographs, paintings and drawings should be framed appropriately. Please contact any member of the Art Committee: Peggy Godin (margaretmgodin@gmail.com or 978-314-3622), George and Penny Wingate, Anne Pelikan, Rachael Galbraith, Anthony Falcetta or Denise Walter, if you would like your art to be included in the show.

THIS WEEK’S CALENDAR

OFFICE CLOSED Monday, February 20th in honor of President’s Day.

HAMILTON RESIDENTS for HARBORLIGHT COMMUNITY PARTNERS: Andrew DeFranza informs us that there is an opportunity this week to support the creation of affordable housing in Hamilton: On Tuesday, Feb. 21, there is a joint meeting of Hamilton's Affordable Housing Trust and the Hamilton Board of Selectmen, Hamilton Town Hall, 577 Bay Road, 7:00 p.m., to hear feedback on the three properties that the AHT/BoS have given Harborlight Community Partners permission to evaluate. Andrew, Harborlight's director and a Christ Church parishioner, advises us that this would be an excellent opportunity to affirm the efforts of the Affordable Housing Trust/Board of Selectmen seeking to make room in our community for people of diverse economic circumstances. At prior meetings, neighbors of the properties being considered turned out in considerable numbers to oppose affordable housing near them while also saying they were in favor of affordable housing elsewhere in Hamilton. How can we go forward as a community if this happens with site after site? If you would like to add your presence or your voice to this local conversation, please attend. Questions? Andrew DeFranza (adefranza@harborlightcp.org) or Robin Davis (redrobindavis@gmail.com).

DISCIPLE FAST TRACK BIBLE STUDY - NEW TESTAMENT Meets Thursdays at 6:30-7:45 p.m. in the Preston Cutler Room. 

THE CHOIR OF CHRIST CHURCH rehearses Thursdays at 7:45 p.m. in the Choir Room. Please contact Jack Russell at 440-781-7116 or JRussell@Wooster.edu if you would like to join.

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

UPCOMING EVENTS

SHROVE TUESDAY SUPPER:  Join us (and bring your kids) on Tuesday, February 28th from 5:00-7:00 p.m.  to welcome the arrival of Lent with pancakes and sausage in the Parish Hall.  For more information, or to sign-up to help, please contact Nate & Cheryl Etu at nathan.etu@gmail.com or 214-632-7952.

ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE on Wednesday, March 1st at 7:30 p.m. – Sung Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes. The Reverend Patrick Gray will preach.

GATHERING FOR HOPE/NORTH SHORE: All Christ Church women are warmly invited to join other women from around the North Shore at the March 6th meeting of Gathering for Hope/North Shore here at Christ Church at 6:00 p.m. For more information, contact Nancy Mering at nmering@msn.com or 978-852-1233.

MEN’S LIFE GROUP meets Saturday, March 25th 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

READERS & WRITERS GUILD: Come, bring a friend, to the next meeting on Friday, March 17th at 7:30-9:30 pm. Featured Reader is Mark Pawlak. There will be pot luck goodies and the opportunity to buy & sell books.  For further information, please contact Betsy Retallack at betsyretallack@hotmail.com.

THE VESTRY meets on Wednesday, March 22nd at 7:00 p.m. in the PCR.

Young Life:  (Middle School Ages) The Wyldlife dates are all set for the spring! 

2/17 Wyldlife Hangout @18 Folger Ave, Beverly  5:00-7:00 p.m.

3/10 Wyldlife Club- Donut Olympics @The Community House 5:30-7:00 p.m.

3/31 Wyldlife Club- PJ Club @TBD 5:30-7:30 p.m.

4/28 Wyldlife Club- Minute to Win It @The Community House 5:30-7:30 p.m.

5/19 Wyldlife Club- Beach Club @TBD 5:30-7:30pm