Weekly Parish Life Notes

News for the Week of OCTOBER 13, 2019


MISSION OF THE MONTH for October is Christ Church Parish Day School. On Sunday, October 20th the Day School Director, Grace Chmura, will speak at all three services about the role the school plays at Christ Church and in the greater community.  She will also talk about the Molly Tyack Scholarship Fund and scholarships that are awarded each year to families in need and Hamilton-Wenham high school seniors. You may donate to the loose plate collection on October 20th or write “PDS scholarship” on the memo line of your check.

CAPERNAUM CAMPAIGNERS is a Young Life ministry for middle & high school students with special needs.  Our campaigners group is a place where students dive deeper into what it means to be in a relationship with God.  Leaders facilitate discussion about Bible stories in a way that is accessible and engaging to this special group of students so they can understand how God connects to their everyday life.  Capernaum campaigners meets in the Parish Hall on the following Fridays 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. (Please eat dinner before you arrive and bring Action Bible if you have one.)

November 1 & 15

December 6

HAMILTON/IPSWICH WYLDLIFE CLUB will be meeting at the Ipswich Town Hall gym from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Don’t forget to send your child with $5 for pizza!

Other Club Dates this Semester: 

October 18

November 15

December 20


KIJABE CHILDREN'S EDUCATION FUND (KCEF) is putting the Fun back in Fundraiser!!  Join us Thursday night, October 17th, any time between 4:00 and 9:00 pm at Shea's Riverside restaurant in Essex.  10% of the restaurant's sales during that time will come to KCEF!  Make your reservation NOW (978.768.6931) and come with family and friends to support the vision and work of KCEF, partnering with primary schools in the slums of Nairobi and in rural Kenya, and helping make it possible for primary school grads to continue on to secondary school--and beyond.  More information at www.KCEFund.org and from board members David Friedrich (david.r.friedrich@gmail.com), Ann Pelikan (annepelikan@mac.com) and Nancy Mering (nmering@msn.com). Follow us on Facebook at Kijabe Children’s Education Fund, or email us to be added to our mailing list. 

CHRISTIAN FORMATION in the Parish Hall: Bible & Breakfast 9:00 a.m. with full hot breakfast served – or Adult Education 10:15 a.m. with coffee served.

October 13th Dr. Joanna Kline will be presenting “Part II: Understanding The Old Testament Prophets"

Upcoming: The Rev. Dean Borgman will be presenting a 3-part series

October 20: Child-like Theology (toward a God who wants to love and be loved, the Shema)

October 27: Loving Theology (soaking up and using Shema’s love from God, Self, and Others)

November 3: Working Theology (How love and the Shema wants to change the world)

NEW TESTAMENT CONTEXT VIDEO AND DISCUSSION GROUP: Next class Thursday, October 10, at 6:15p.m., a group will meet in the Preston Cutler This group will meet weekly, ending on November 14. Contact Randall Wetzig (rwetzig@gcts.edu) if you have any questions.

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


OUR ANNUAL FALL LEAF RAKING DAY is Saturday, November 16th at 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  A work detail from Middleton Correctional is coming to help us rake, but the task is tremendous.  Please come help for all or part of the day.  Breakfast & lunch will be provided.  IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND, we could use a few volunteers to make & drop off lunch (soup, chili, cookies, etc.) ahead of time.  If you wish to drop off food earlier than Saturday, please leave it in the Parish Hall kitchen, covered and labeled.  We also need donations of tarps and work gloves.  I look forward to this event every year: It is a wonderful time of ministering to a part of the community we don’t often have contact with.  If you are able to help in any way, please contact Abigail Butt via call or text at 978-979-4582 or abigail.st-hilaire@gordon.edu. 


Old and new artwork by Robert & Patty Hanlon, priced to sell!

100% of proceeds will benefit North Shore Packathon for Haiti.

When: Saturday & Sunday, October 19 & 20, open 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. each day

Where: 356 Concord St., West Gloucester. (map will be posted on Walker Creek Artworks Facebook page)

From Hamilton/Wenham area: Take Route 133 toward Gloucester, turn left on Harlow St., which becomes Concord St. at the Essex/Gloucester line. (Conomo Point Rd. will be on your left.) Continue to driveway on the right with two mailboxes: 368 and 356. Follow driveway 900 feet and stay to the left for 356.

From Route 128: Take Route 133 toward Essex, turn right onto Sumner Street, then left on Concord Street. Turn left onto driveway with two mailboxes: 356 and 368. Follow driveway 900 feet and stay to the left for 356.

Questions? patricia.clemmer.hanlon@gmail.com

SAVE THE DATE: Future Forward for Haiti Packathon has been re-scheduled for October 25 & 26, 2019. We will be packing food for children in 2-hour sessions. Sign up at futureforwardforhaiti.org under North Shore Packathon.

  • Educational, family event for everyone, ages 5-105
  • Help pack 50,000 meals for needy students in Haiti
  • Each 2-hour shift will pack about 12,500 meals
  • We must raise $17,000 for ingredients
  • For more info, call Huntley Skinner at 978-998-2312

HOE DOWN: Wear your cowboy hat and come to the all-church hoedown on Sunday, October 20, from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Lindsay Peabody will teach us some fun square dances/contra dance. Pizza will be provided with a suggested donation of $5 for an individual and $10 for a family. Please bring beverages of your choice and a salad or desert if you are able. All ages welcome! Please contact Naomi Gray if you would like to be on the set-up or clean-up crew.


STEPHEN MINISTRY FOR EVERYONE: All adults in the congregation are welcome to the Preston Cutler Room 7:00-8:30 p.m. for the following educational topics.  No prior experience necessary.  Questions? Contact Karen Mason at Karen@Mason.ch

  • October 22: How people process trauma (Bonnie Prizio, LMHC, DMIN)


Sunday, October 13, 2019 – Proper 23

Jeremiah 29:1-14

These are the words of the letter that the prophet Jeremiah sent from Jerusalem to the remaining elders among the exiles, and to the priests, the prophets, and all the people, whom Nebuchadnezzar had taken into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon. 2 This was after King Jeconiah, and the queen mother, the court officials, the leaders of Judah and Jerusalem, the artisans, and the smiths had departed from Jerusalem. 3 The letter was sent by the hand of Elasah son of Shaphan and Gemariah son of Hilkiah, whom King Zedekiah of Judah sent to Babylon to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. It said: 4 Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: 5 Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat what they produce. 6 Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. 7 But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. 8 For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Do not let the prophets and the diviners who are among you deceive you, and do not listen to the dreams that they dream, for it is a lie that they are prophesying to you in my name; I did not send them, says the Lord. 10 For thus says the Lord: Only when Babylon’s seventy years are completed will I visit you, and I will fulfill to you my promise and bring you back to this place. 11 For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. 12 Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. 13 When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart, 14 I will let you find me, says the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.

2 Timothy 2:8-15

Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, a descendant of David—that is my gospel, 9 for which I suffer hardship, even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But the word of God is not chained. 10 Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, so that they may also obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory. 11 The saying is sure:

If we have died with him, we will also live with him;
12 if we endure, we will also reign with him;
if we deny him, he will also deny us;
13 if we are faithless, he remains faithful—
for he cannot deny himself.

Remind them of this, and warn them before God that they are to avoid wrangling over words, which does no good but only ruins those who are listening. 15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved by him, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly explaining the word of truth. 

Luke 17:11-9

On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, 13 they called out, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 14 When he saw them, he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were made clean. 15 Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. 16 He prostrated himself at Jesus feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. 17 Then Jesus asked, “Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? 18 Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.”

Sunday, October 20, 2019 – Proper 24

Jeremiah 31:27-34

The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of humans and the seed of animals. 28 And just as I have watched over them to pluck up and break down, to overthrow, destroy, and bring evil, so I will watch over them to build and to plant, says the Lord. 29 In those days they shall no longer say:

“The parents have eaten sour grapes,
    and the children’s teeth are set on edge.”

30 But all shall die for their own sins; the teeth of everyone who eats sour grapes shall be set on edge. The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 32 It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt—a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, says the Lord. 33 But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34 No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, “Know the Lord,” for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.

2 Timothy 3:14-4:5

But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it, 15 and how from childhood you have known the sacred writings that are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work. In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I solemnly urge you: 2 proclaim the message; be persistent whether the time is favorable or unfavorable; convince, rebuke, and encourage, with the utmost patience in teaching. 3 For the time is coming when people will not put up with sound doctrine, but having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own desires, 4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander away to myths. 5 As for you, always be sober, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, carry out your ministry fully.

Luke 18:1-8

Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. 2 He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people. 3 In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Grant me justice against my opponent.’ 4 For a while he refused; but later he said to himself, ‘Though I have no fear of God and no respect for anyone, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear me out by continually coming.’” And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7 And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them? 8 I tell you, he will quickly grant justice to them. And yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”