Weekly Parish Life Notes

News for the Week of may 7, 2017

CHRISTIAN FORMATION: Our own Alice Mathews has written a book titled, “Gender Roles and the People of God: Rethinking what we are taught about men and women in the church.” On May 7, 14, and 21 at Bible & Breakfast and Adult Education Alice Mathews will be discussing biblical issues for and against women in church leadership (with leading women as exhibit A in the New Testament churches). There will be some overlap between the book topic and the education class topics in May; please consider supporting Alice by purchasing her book!

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

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

ART EXHIBITION IN PRESTON CUTLER ROOM.  During the months of May and June, Sue Trent will be showing her work in the PCR. She is an adjunct professor at Gordon College where she teaches in the art department. Prior to Gordon she taught at Washington University, the University of North Carolina, University of Missouri-St Louis and the St. Louis Art Museum. Sue writes, “Ours is a visual culture. We manufacture pictures and use them to mold each other’s minds and behavior.” A Wenham resident, Sue can often be found in her beautiful garden which she tends avidly.

ACORD: Spring is on the horizon, though snow may still be on the doorstep at Acord! The preparations for the vacation lunch bag programs begin when the weather turns warmer. Acord is again collaborating with the HWRSD and the Ipswich YMCA to reach the youngest community members in need. Please consider donating juice boxes, healthy snacks, shampoo and toothpaste.  Donation baskets are located around Christ Church. Your constant support is appreciated! Please contact bergendaley@gmail.com with questions.

HEARTFELT THANKS from David Friedrich and David & Nancy Mering for Christ Church parishioners' most generous support of the Kijabe Children's Education Fund.   KCEF was the ministry of the month during April and when a presentation was made at all three services on April 30th parishioners opened their wallets as well as their hearts to support the vision and work of Educating and Nourishing God's Children in Kenya.  On behalf of all KCEF board members, we are deeply grateful.  We can assure all that every dollar goes directly to educating and feeding Kenyan school children in ways that can be truly life changing.


MISSION OF THE MONTH: FAMILY PROMISE NORTH SHORE BOSTON is May’s “ministry/mission of the month” at Christ Church.  Family Promise is an interfaith hospitality network for local families who find themselves without permanent affordable housing.  While in the program, families receive support such as job counseling, housing assistance, and other resources from the staff.  Meanwhile, area churches, synagogues, and other faith communities provide dinner and overnight housing to families in the program, one week at a time.  Christ Church is serving as host congregation for a fifth summer, preparing to welcome families in our Parish Hall from 18 June-1 July and 23 July-5 August.   Here are some ways you can help:

  • Cook a meal for guests during our hosting weeks.  You can provide a meal without being trained.
  • Let your online shopping help benefit Family Promise.  Visit smile.amazon.com and designate Family Promise as the charity recipient for a percentage of your eligible purchases.
  • Like Family Promise on Facebook to receive updates about families in the program, events, and other news.
  • Plate donations collected on Sunday, May 21st will benefit Family Promise or you may write a check with “Family Promise” on the memo line. 

Do you have questions or want to know more?  Contact Christ Church’s Family Promise co-coordinators:       

Dean Pedersen                          dped63@gmail.com

                   Jennie-Rebecca Falcetta             jennierebecca@gmail.com



BOOK CLUB: On May 22nd the final meeting of the Christ Church Book Club before our summer break will discuss Alice Mathews' new book Gender Roles and the People of God: Rethinking What We Were Taught about Men and Women in the Church. If you've ever wondered what the Bible teaches about women in the church - or how churches got God's purpose so distorted, you won't want to miss this discussion. A limited number of advance copies of the book are now available for $12 at Christ Church if you want to read it before May 22nd.

THE VESTRY meets on Wednesday, May 24th at 7:00 p.m. in the Choir Room.


Change in meeting time to Tuesdays, through June 27 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Though we are all formed spiritually by our worship and fellowship, one can always “go deeper” into the life of the Spirit that Jesus breathed into his disciples and still breathes into us.  Desiring to come closer to God, we will gather in small groups to pray and share our responses to spiritual disciplines, which have benefitted Christ’s followers over centuries.

We will use as our principal resource material produced by RENOVARE, an international Christian movement founded by Richard J. Foster.  Renovare is Latin for “renewal” and renewal of the Church and its members is this movement’s primary goal. 

Sessions will include silent and spoken prayer, readings to provoke discussion, the introduction of each of the six traditions of the Church that arise from knowing Jesus’ own life habits, and trying out spiritual practices between sessions.  The hope is that members of the group will volunteer to lead some of the sessions.

Text: “A Spiritual Formation Workbook: Small Group Resources for Nurturing Christian Growth” by James Bryan Smith and Lynda Graybeal.  Copies may be purchased online through Amazon.com or Christianbook.com for about $9.

Session continues through June, when we will evaluate what we have done, hoping to continue in the fall.  We’ll meet from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in room #6 upstairs next to the parish office.  All are welcome.  If you are interested in participating please contact Mother Susan at revsusan54@gmail.com or call her cell phone – 440-781-1614.

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.

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 has begun and continues into August.  Any regular attendee Christ Church who is 15 years of age or older is eligible to play. Cost is $40. Please contact Scott Harlan at ScottWHarlan@hotmail.com if you are interested.

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


SUMMER SCHEDULE begins next week.  May 28th through September 3rd please join us for Holy Eucharist at 8:00 a.m. in the Chapel or 10:00 a.m. in the Church.  Coffee Hour follows the 10:00 a.m. service. 

YOUNG LIFE:  Capernaum ClubFor middle & high school students with special needs.  June 3rd 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall here at Christ Church.  If possible, please bring $5 to cover pizza.  Contact Philip Bowling at philipbowling@gmail.com

MEN’S LIFE GROUP meets Saturday, June 17th 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

CHRIST CHURCH PARISH PICNIC: Please join your church friends, and meet some new ones, at the Parish Picnic on Sunday, June 25th 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. 








Experience the Adventurous SPIRIT!

Children entering grades 4 – 12 are invited to spend a week or more of their summer at camp! The Barbara C. Harris (BCH) Camp is a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts and is located in the southern Monadnock region of New Hampshire (1.5 hours north of Boston). Our mission is to serve diverse youth from the diocese and to meet them where they are at in their personal faith journeys. Our program is focused on traditional New England camp programming (archery, adventure, arts & crafts, swimming, boating, ropes course, dance, drama, nature, music, sports) and spiritual formation.


2017 Summer Camp Schedule

Session 1: Sunday, 6/25 – Friday, 6/30

Session 2: Sunday, 7/2 – Friday, 7/7

Session 3: Sunday, 7/9 – Friday, 7/14

Session 4: Sunday, 7/16 – Friday, 7/21

Session 5: Sunday, 7/23 – Friday, 7/28


Registration Information

Register Online: bchcamp.campbrainregistration.com.

Financial Aid: We are committed to providing the financial aid needed so that each and every child may attend camp. If you are seeking assistance, apply for a Campership during the online registration process.

Transportation: We offer one-way and round-trip transportation on opening and closing days of camp. Our bus stops are at Episcopal churches in Medford and Bridgewater, MA.


BCH Camp is accredited by the American Camp Association.  The ACA accreditation assures parents that camp practices have met national standards around health, safety, program quality and facilities.


Learn More: www.bchcenter.org/camp

Schedule a Tour: (603) 547-3400

Ask us a Question: camp@bchcenter.org



Sunday, May 28, 2017 – The Seventh Sunday of Easter (Common English Bible)

1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11

12 Dear friends, don’t be surprised about the fiery trials that have come among you to test you. These are not strange happenings. 13 Instead, rejoice as you share Christ’s suffering. You share his suffering now so that you may also have overwhelming joy when his glory is revealed. 14 If you are mocked because of Christ’s name, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory—indeed, the Spirit of God—rests on you. 6 Therefore, humble yourselves under God’s power so that he may raise you up in the last day. 7 Throw all your anxiety onto him, because he cares about you. 8 Be clearheaded. Keep alert. Your accuser, the devil, is on the prowl like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith. Do so in the knowledge that your fellow believers are enduring the same suffering throughout the world. 10 After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, the one who called you into his eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will himself restore, empower, strengthen, and establish you. 11 To him be power forever and always. Amen.

John 17:1-11

When Jesus finished saying these things, he looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, so that the Son can glorify you. 2 You gave him authority over everyone so that he could give eternal life to everyone you gave him. 3 This is eternal life: to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you sent. 4 I have glorified you on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. 5 Now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I shared with you before the world was created. 6 “I have revealed your name to the people you gave me from this world. They were yours and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7 Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. 8 This is because I gave them the words that you gave me, and they received them. They truly understood that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. 9 “I’m praying for them. I’m not praying for the world but for those you gave me, because they are yours. 10 Everything that is mine is yours and everything that is yours is mine; I have been glorified in them. 11 I’m no longer in the world, but they are in the world, even as I’m coming to you. Holy Father, watch over them in your name, the name you gave me, that they will be one just as we are one.

Sunday, May 21, 2017 – The Sixth Sunday of Easter (Common English Bible)

Acts 17:22-31

22 Moses learned everything Egyptian wisdom had to offer, and he was a man of powerful words and deeds. 23 “When Moses was 40 years old, he decided to visit his family, the Israelites. 24 He saw one of them being wronged so he came to his rescue and evened the score by killing the Egyptian. 25 He expected his own kin to understand that God was using him to rescue them, but they didn’t. 26 The next day he came upon some Israelites who were caught up in an argument. He tried to make peace between them by saying, ‘You are brothers! Why are you harming each other?’ 27 The one who started the fight against his neighbor pushed Moses aside and said, ‘Who appointed you as our leader and judge? 28 Are you planning to kill me like you killed that Egyptian yesterday?’ 29 When Moses heard this, he fled to Midian, where he lived as an immigrant and had two sons. 30 “Forty years later, an angel appeared to Moses in the flame of a burning bush in the wilderness near Mount Sinai. 31 Enthralled by the sight, Moses approached to get a closer look and he heard the Lord’s voice:

1 Peter 3:13-22

13 Who will harm you if you are zealous for good? 14 But happy are you, even if you suffer because of righteousness! Don’t be terrified or upset by them. 15 Instead, regard Christ as holy in your hearts. Whenever anyone asks you to speak of your hope, be ready to defend it. 16 Yet do this with respectful humility, maintaining a good conscience. Act in this way so that those who malign your good lifestyle in Christ may be ashamed when they slander you. 17 It is better to suffer for doing good (if this could possibly be God’s will) than for doing evil. 18 Christ himself suffered on account of sins, once for all, the righteous one on behalf of the unrighteous. He did this in order to bring you into the presence of God. Christ was put to death as a human, but made alive by the Spirit. 19 And it was by the Spirit that he went to preach to the spirits in prison. 20 In the past, these spirits were disobedient—when God patiently waited during the time of Noah. Noah built an ark in which a few (that is, eight) lives were rescued through water. 21 Baptism is like that. It saves you now—not because it removes dirt from your body but because it is the mark of a good conscience toward God. Your salvation comes through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who is at God’s right side. Now that he has gone into heaven, he rules over all angels, authorities, and powers.

John 14:15-21

15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 I will ask the Father, and he will send another Companion,who will be with you forever. 17 This Companion is the Spirit of Truth, whom the world can’t receive because it neither sees him nor recognizes him. You know him, because he lives with you and will be with you. 18 “I won’t leave you as orphans. I will come to you. 19 Soon the world will no longer see me, but you will see me. Because I live, you will live too. 20 On that day you will know that I am in my Father, you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Whoever has my commandments and keeps them loves me. Whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.”