Weekly Parish Life Notes

News for the Week of February 17, 2019

CHRIST CHURCH is saddened to hear of the death of James Eugene Hampson, son of former Christ Church Reverend James E. Hampson Sr.  Hampson is survived by his wife and three children.  Donations to support the Hampson family may be made to Coracle, 2883 Quicksburg Road, Quicksburg, VA 22847 with “Benevolence Fund” in the memo line or at www.inthecoracle.org/support

MISSION OF THE MONTH: Kijabe Children’s Education Fund, was founded in 2009 to educate and nourish God’s children in Kenya.  KCFE partners with schools – most in the slums of Nairobi – and several organizations, enhancing and expanding education and opportunities for close to 2,000 Kenyan children.  In Kenya over 50% of people live below the (low) poverty line and less than 50% of children complete grades 1-8.  One proven way of increasing students’ attendance and performance is by providing meals at school.  KCEF helps its partner schools provide both breakfast (porridge) and lunch (rice & beans) – often the only meals those children will eat those days.  KCEF also provides One Laptop per Child and other computers, with training for teachers; continuing education and increased salaries for teachers; facility improvements and expansion; and experiential education.  Every year Kijabe helps more 8th grade graduates continue onto secondary school.  A secondary school education is one of the most significant factors in breaking the cycle of poverty.  You may donate to Kijabe by writing “Kijabe” or “KCEF” on the memo line of your check.

RECTORY UPDATE: Now that the mold remediators have finished their work, the plumber, electrician, and contractor have moved back in.  Insulation, blueboard, and plaster will be going in soon, and you might have noticed that the dormers and some of the windows are in the process of being replaced. Replacing the windows, some from the 1950s, that were in the poorest condition and adding insulation will greatly improve the energy efficiency of the building. The Rectory Committee is celebrating the pouring of the “rat slab” to cover the crawlspace, which will help to ameliorate the water problems in the house, along with re-grading the landscape so that water moves away from the house and not towards it, and installing an industrial-grade dehumidifier and pump to manage the constant water in the basement. As always, we, the members of the Rectory Committee, invite your questions, comments, and prayers, and we are happy to schedule a walk-through if you wish.  Rectory committee members, in alpha order, are Kaye Cook, Naomi Gray, David McKay, Graham Messier, Dean Pedersen, and Jim Reynolds. Completion date for the project is still planned for late April.

GAY COX – EXIBITING ARTIST IN THE PCR.  During January and February Gay Cox will be sharing her work with our parish.  Gay is well known to Christ Church as she frequently serves as a deacon and has preached from our pulpit many times.  Gay studied at Leeds Metropolitan University, England and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. She has exhibited her work locally and nationally over the last several years. She writes that her “relationship with God is at the heart of all my work.”

HELPFUL MEALS: Christ Church would like to bless the Villa Family with meals.  Please sign up to deliver a meal to them at www.TakethemAMeal.com using their last name and password: CCHW.  If you have questions or would like to help with the Helpful Meals Ministry please contact Father Patrick at pgray@christchurchhw.org or 617-840-5562.

PLAN YOUR FUNERAL, STEP 2: Many of you began the process of planning your funerals in a November Adult Formation class.  But that was only step one.  The next step is to get your preferences on file at the church office.  Please make an appointment to go over your choices with either Father Patrick or Mother Susan soon.  It shouldn’t take long.  And you don’t need to make every decision, just whether you would like to celebrate Holy Communion, your favorite hymns and readings, other choices you’d like to make.  Planning even this much relieves your family of the burden of making choices for you, especially when they have lost your physical presence.  It’s a good thing to do.  You can reach Father Patrick at the church - 978-468-4461 Ex. 24 or Mother Susan on her cell at 440-781-1614.

STEPHEN MINISTRY NEWS: Do you know someone who could benefit from the companionship of one of our trained Stephen Ministers?  Right now several are free to help a new care receiver.  If you have a neighbor or friend who is suffering because of a life transition, the death of a loved one, worry over a family member, illness, aging, any one of life’s upsets, please tell them about Stephen Ministry.  Then, with their permission, ask Mother Susan or Father Patrick to help you match them with a Stephen Minister.  Perhaps you yourself would benefit from such support.  We would be happy to provide you with a Stephen Minister who will listen to you, pray with you, support you as you navigate a difficult time, always supportively and confidentially.  All you have to do is ask!

The 2019 training class has begun and will meet on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at First Congregational Church on Bay Road.  As their program is just beginning, they have 10 members in the training while we have 5.  Please hold the group in prayer as well as 5 leaders from FCCH who are training to administer the program this month in Florida.  Our trainees are: Caroline Teague, Leslie Bloss, Sandra Sudak, Mary Lou and Paul Day.

CANCER - NOW WHAT? We have copies of this Stephen Ministry book for those with cancer and their loved ones.  It is a comprehensive guide for navigating the medical, emotional, relational, and spiritual challenges of cancer.  Ask the clergy for a copy of this book.



PARISH OFFICE CLOSED: Monday, February 18. 

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

THE CHOIR OF CHRIST CHURCH: The Choir 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.


SHORT STORIES BY JESUS, a Lenten Discussion: The Parables of Jesus are stories we know very well.  How about a new ‘take’? Join the journey in Lent this year as we look at 6 of these time-honored parables with the allegories and interpretations stripped away.  A.J. Levine, Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School, will lead us to see Jesus’ short stories through the eyes of the first century Jew, as we watch 10-minute recorded talks and open our minds and hearts in discussion of a new way of seeing these enigmatic parables.

Classes begin Thursday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the Preston Cutler Room and continue for the 6 weeks leading up to Holy Week.  Join us.  Sign up with Mother Susan at revsusan54@gmail.com  or 440-781-1614, her cell phone.


Our Annual Parish Art Show is coming in March and April! Are you a painter, photographer, visual artist? 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 (




), Penny and George Wingate, Anne Pelikan, Rachael Galbraith, or Patty Hanlon.

SHROVE TUESDAY SUPPER:  Join us (and bring your kids) on Tuesday, March 5th from 5:30-7:00 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 Grace Chmura at GChmura@christchurchhw.org or 508-654-2548 (call or text.)

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. 

  • 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

GATHERING FOR HOPE NORTH SHORE meets the first Monday of each month (March 4th) 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.

THE WOMEN’S L.I.F.E. (LIVING IN FAITH EVERYDAY ) 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.. For more information, please contact Abigail Butt by email (abigail.st-hilaire@gordon.edu) or call/text (978-979-4582).

READERS & WRITERS GUILD: Friday, March 15th 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.


Sunday, February 17, 2019

Jeremiah 17:5-10

Thus says the Lord:
Cursed are those who trust in mere mortals
    and make mere flesh their strength,
    whose hearts turn away from the Lord.
6 They shall be like a shrub in the desert,
    and shall not see when relief comes.
They shall live in the parched places of the wilderness,
    in an uninhabited salt land.

7 Blessed are those who trust in the Lord,
    whose trust is the Lord.
8 They shall be like a tree planted by water,
    sending out its roots by the stream.
It shall not fear when heat comes,
    and its leaves shall stay green;
in the year of drought it is not anxious,
    and it does not cease to bear fruit.

9 The heart is devious above all else;
    it is perverse—
    who can understand it?
10 I the Lord test the mind
    and search the heart,
to give to all according to their ways,
    according to the fruit of their doings.

1 Corinthians 15:12-20

Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised; 14 and if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation has been in vain and your faith has been in vain. 15 We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified of God that he raised Christ—whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised. 17 If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have died in Christ have perished. 19 If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. 20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died.

Luke 6:17-26

He came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea, Jerusalem, and the coast of Tyre and Sidon. 18 They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. 19 And all in the crowd were trying to touch him, for power came out from him and healed all of them.20 Then he looked up at his disciples and said:

“Blessed are you who are poor,
    for yours is the kingdom of God.
21 “Blessed are you who are hungry now,
    for you will be filled.
“Blessed are you who weep now,
    for you will laugh.

22 “Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man. 23 Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets.

24 “But woe to you who are rich,
    for you have received your consolation.
25 “Woe to you who are full now,
    for you will be hungry.
“Woe to you who are laughing now,
    for you will mourn and weep.

26 “Woe to you when all speak well of you, for that is what their ancestors did to the false prophets.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Genesis 45:3-11, 15

 Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph. Is my father still alive?” But his brothers could not answer him, so dismayed were they at his presence. 4 Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come closer to me.” And they came closer. He said, “I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. 5 And now do not be distressed, or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life. 6 For the famine has been in the land these two years; and there are five more years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest. 7 God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors. 8 So it was not you who sent me here, but God; he has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt. 9 Hurry and go up to my father and say to him, ‘Thus says your son Joseph, God has made me lord of all Egypt; come down to me, do not delay. 10 You shall settle in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near me, you and your children and your children’s children, as well as your flocks, your herds, and all that you have. 11 I will provide for you there—since there are five more years of famine to come—so that you and your household, and all that you have, will not come to poverty. 15 And he kissed all his brothers and wept upon them; and after that his brothers talked with him.

1 Corinthians 15:35-38, 42-50

But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?” 36 Fool! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. 37 And as for what you sow, you do not sow the body that is to be, but a bare seed, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain. 38 But God gives it a body as he has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body. 42 So it is with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable, what is raised is imperishable. 43 It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. 44 It is sown a physical body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a physical body, there is also a spiritual body. 45 Thus it is written, “The first man, Adam, became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 46 But it is not the spiritual that is first, but the physical, and then the spiritual. 47 The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. 48 As was the man of dust, so are those who are of the dust; and as is the man of heaven, so are those who are of heaven. 49 Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we will also bear the image of the man of heaven. 50 What I am saying, brothers and sisters, is this: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.

Luke 6:27-38

“But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. 29 If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. 30 Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you. 32 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33 If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34 If you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. 35 But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. 37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven; 38 give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.”