Weekly Parish Life Notes

News for the Week of March 26, 2017

EDUCATION: Today there will be special guest lecture by Dr. Perry Phillips on the topic of “The Land Between: How Fresh Insights about the Geography and Topography of the Holy Land Can Deepen Our Understanding of the Life and Ministry of Jesus.”  Dr. Phillips, who has earned the Ph.D. from Cornell and two additional master’s degrees, has made over 60 trips to the land of Israel, and is an expert on biblical geography.  Come and join us for this fascinating and informative session.

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

EASTER FLOWER ENVELOPES are found in the pews and at the entrances to the Church and Chapel.  These envelopes are provided for you to make a donation for flowers in memory of loved ones.  Please print clearly on the front of the envelope, enclose your donation and place the sealed envelope in the offering plate.  The envelopes are due on Sunday, April 2nd.

MISSION OF THE MONTH IS GOOD COMPANY:  Today at all three services, Sara Ratichek will speak about her involvement as a leader with 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.

THE PARISH ART SHOW is in the Preston Cutler Gallery and runs through April. Come to see the art work of some of our parishioners: David Bergquist, Priscilla Deck, Anthony Falcetta, Robert Hanlon, Patricia Hanlon, Bruce Herman, Sean Kelly, Lea Parson, Anne Pelikan, Teddi Steltenpohl, and George Wingate. We celebrate their creativity in our midst!

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.

HELPFUL MEALS: Christ Church would like to provide meals to Marianne Cannon as she gets back on her feet after a hospital stay. If you are able to provide the Marianne with a meal, please go to www.takethemameal.com and use Canonn as the last name and CCHW as the password.

HELPFUL MEALS: Amanda and Ben Murray have recently had their first baby, a boy named Liam. Christ Church would like to provide meals to the Murray family during this time of transition, especially as Ben goes back to work. If you are able to provide the Murray family with a meal, please go to www.takethemameal.com and use Murray as the last name and CCHW as the password.

LOOKING FOR AN AFFORDABLE APARTMENT (2 bedroom) to rent in the North Shore area. I am a mother of two young boys and a very responsible tenant. If you know of anyone offering such a place please email me at: jenny.leigh.stevens@gmail.com or call 207-232-4092 . Thank you!


CHORAL EVENSONG: This afternoon, March 26, the combined choirs of Christ Church, Andover, and Christ Church of Hamilton & Wenham will offer Lenten Choral Evensong at 6:00 p.m. here at Christ Church of Hamilton & Wenham. The featured musical work will be Cantata 150, “Lord, Unto Thee Do I Lift Up My Soul” for choir and chamber orchestra. Choral Evensong is one of the practices of The Episcopal Church that is uniquely Anglican in its origin and offers the worshipper a rare opportunity to offer thanksgiving for the unconditional love that God has shown to all and to continue the thread of prayer and intercession for God’s entire creation. March 26 marks the arrival of mid-lent and this holy time is traditionally been observed as Laetare or “Refreshment” Sunday, a time when the practice of fasting was relaxed. 

Bishops to convene March 26 "Immigration & The Church 101" for clergy and lay leaders: The current discussion of U.S. policy on immigration raises issues of justice and values in the church and society.  In response, Bishop Alan M. Gates and Bishop Gayle E. Harris are convening a special event for education and strategizing about the church's response and responsibility in ministry with immigrants.  "Immigration and The Church 101: The Lord's Song in a Foreign Land" will be held on Sunday, March 26, 4-8 p.m., at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul (138 Tremont Street) in Boston.  Guest speakers will share expertise in legal and other aspects of the issues at hand.  All clergy and lay leaders in the congregations of the diocese are invited to participate. Refreshments will be served.  To ensure that there will be enough food, seats and materials for everyone, RSVP to Ryan McDonnell at RyanScottMcDonnell@gmail.com.

In partnership with Grace Chapel and the Greater Boston Refugee Ministry, World Relief is hosting a special event on Tuesday, March 28 at 10:00 a.m. at Grace Chapel Adult Learning Center, 2 Militia Drive, Room 105, Lexington.  Special Speaker Matthew Soerens, author of Seeking Refuge: On the Shores of the Refugee Crisis, will help to separate fact from fiction, answer questions, and provide practical applications for living out our faith in response to this crisis. Come learn how you and your church can missionally engage with and respond to the refugee crisis, both in the Middle East and right here in our community. Please RSVP to Ryan McDonnell at RyanScottMcDonnell@gmail.com.

WEDNESDAY EVENINGS IN LENT: First Church in Wenham has invited us to share in a brief worship service with them on Wednesdays in Lent. The services are from 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. in the church at 1 Arbor Street in Wenham. Each week someone will share their spiritual practices for Lent. Posie Mansfield will speak on April 5. All are welcome!

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.


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 begins on May 1st and continues into August.  Any regular attendee of 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.

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

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

We are so excited for this semester! Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions to Shannon Petersen at ShannonPetersen@gmail.com. 

GATHERING FOR HOPE/NORTH SHORE: All Christ Church women are warmly invited to join other women from around the North Shore at the April 3rd 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.

VOICES OF HOPE to benefit Amirah on Saturday, April 8th 10:00 a.m. – Noon at Ipswich Country Club, 149 Country Club Way, Ipswich. The pre-registration deadline is approaching: April 4th is the last day to get your discounted tickets for $50.  We hope you will be joining us for this inspirational morning as we learn more about the incredible work that each survivor does in her journey from exploitation to liberation. www.amirahboston.org

MEN’S LIFE GROUP meets Saturday, April 8th 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

THE VESTRY meets on Wednesday, April 26th at 7:00 p.m. in the PCR.

ESSEX COUNTY COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION (ECCO) is coming together to strategize how to protect immigrant families, create sanctuary spaces, and help anyone in need by finding opportunities to respond with compassion to those suffering most from violence, corruption, and injustices.  For more information please contact Heidi Horner at HHorner4@gmail.com or Liz Green at GreenElizabeth@gmail.com.

·       Documentary: Path from Slavery to Mass Incarceration, Monday, April 27th 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Parish Hall, 571 Boston Street, Lynn.

FAMILY PROMISE will host their 4th Annual Taste the Promise at Danversport Yacht Club on Wednesday, May 3rd. Gather with friends to sample cuisine from more than a dozen fine restaurants from across the North Shore. This festive evening will include an auction, cash bar, raffles, live jazz entertainment and more...Overflow crowds in the past years have made it difficult to for everyone to find a seat, so tickets will be limited this year. Don't miss out. Reserve your individual Taster's Passport or Table for Ten early and be part of our most exciting event of the year. With your help, Family Promise will end homelessness one family at a time. For more information contact Jennie-Rebecca Falcetta at JennieRebecca@gmail.com

SPRING WORK DAY: We need all available able-bodied men, women, and children to come help us clean up the facilities and grounds on Saturday, May 6th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Rain Date May 13th). Come for the whole day or just a few hours. We are looking for people to help mulching, planting, cleaning, completing small repairs and construction projects, raking leaves, and uprooting trees, as well as many other tasks both inside and out.  Please bring rakes and work gloves if you have them. There will be coffee & breakfast in the morning, lunch in the afternoon and libation at the day’s end.  For more information please contact Abby Butt at Abigail.St-Hilaire@gordon.edu.

EXPRESS (RETURN) TRIP TO FLORENCE!  Parishioners of Christ Church have an opportunity to return to the Italian Renaissance -- and to Florence -- which we visited in October through the Della Robbia exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts.  On Saturday, May 6th, we will tour the new MFA exhibit, Botticelli: Search for the Divine.  We will meet with Frederick Ilchman, who is a renowned scholar on Italian Renaissance art and is Chair, Art of Europe, for the museum.  Then he will join us for lunch and more discussion of the show and the meaning of the masterpieces it contains, many of which were conceived for private and public Christian devotion.  After lunch, parishioners will be free to explore the new Matisse in the Studio exhibit at their own leisure.  We will assemble in the Christ Church parking lot at 9:00 a.m. and plan to return by 4:00 p.m.  Please bring some change for gas/parking and a check for lunch.  Limited to first 20 respondents.  Please RSVP to Bill Cross at wmrcross@gmail.com

READERS & WRITERS GUILD: Friday, May 19th 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, March 26, 2017 - The Fourth Sunday in Lent  -  (Common English Bible)

1 Samuel 16:1-13

 The Lord said to Samuel, “How long are you going to grieve over Saul? I have rejected him as king over Israel. Fill your horn with oil and get going. I’m sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem because I have found my next king among his sons.” 2 “How can I do that?” Samuel asked. “When Saul hears of it he’ll kill me!” “Take a heifer with you,” the Lord replied, “and say, ‘I have come to make a sacrifice to the Lord.’ 3 Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will make clear to you what you should do. You will anoint for me the person I point out to you.” 4 Samuel did what the Lord instructed. When he came to Bethlehem, the city elders came to meet him. They were shaking with fear. “Do you come in peace?” they asked. 5 “Yes,” Samuel answered. “I’ve come to make a sacrifice to the Lord. Now make yourselves holy, then come with me to the sacrifice.” Samuel made Jesse and his sons holy and invited them to the sacrifice as well. 6 When they arrived, Samuel looked at Eliab and thought, That must be the Lord’s anointed right in front. 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Have no regard for his appearance or stature, because I haven’t selected him. God doesn’t look at things like humans do. Humans see only what is visible to the eyes, but the Lord sees into the heart.” 8 Next Jesse called for Abinadab, who presented himself to Samuel, but he said, “The Lord hasn’t chosen this one either.” 9 So Jesse presented Shammah, but Samuel said, “No, the Lord hasn’t chosen this one.” 10 Jesse presented seven of his sons to Samuel, but Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord hasn’t picked any of these.” 11 Then Samuel asked Jesse, “Is that all of your boys?” “There is still the youngest one,” Jesse answered, “but he’s out keeping the sheep.” “Send for him,” Samuel told Jesse, “because we can’t proceed until he gets here.” 12 So Jesse sent and brought him in. He was reddish brown, had beautiful eyes, and was good-looking. The Lord said, “That’s the one. Go anoint him.” 13 So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him right there in front of his brothers. The Lord’s spirit came over David from that point forward. Then Samuel left and went to Ramah.

Ephesians 5:8-14

8 You were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord, so live your life as children of light. 9 Light produces fruit that consists of every sort of goodness, justice, and truth. 10 Therefore, test everything to see what’s pleasing to the Lord, 11 and don’t participate in the unfruitful actions of darkness. Instead, you should reveal the truth about them. 12 It’s embarrassing to even talk about what certain persons do in secret. 13 But everything exposed to the light is revealed by the light. 14 Everything that is revealed by the light is light. Therefore, it says, Wake up, sleeper! Get up from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.

Matthew 7:13-20

13 “Go in through the narrow gate. The gate that leads to destruction is broad and the road wide, so many people enter through it. 14 But the gate that leads to life is narrow and the road difficult, so few people find it. 15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you dressed like sheep, but inside they are vicious wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruit. Do people get bunches of grapes from thorny weeds, or do they get figs from thistles? 17 In the same way, every good tree produces good fruit, and every rotten tree produces bad fruit. 18 A good tree can’t produce bad fruit. And a rotten tree can’t produce good fruit. 19 Every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore, you will know them by their fruit.

Sunday, April 2, 2017 - The Fifth Sunday in Lent  -  (Common English Bible)

Ezekiel 37:1-14

The Lord’s power overcame me, and while I was in the Lord’s spirit, he led me out and set me down in the middle of a certain valley. It was full of bones. 2 He led me through them all around, and I saw that there were a great many of them on the valley floor, and they were very dry. 3 He asked me, “Human one, can these bones live again?” I said, “Lord God, only you know.” 4 He said to me, “Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, Dry bones, hear the Lord’s word! 5 The Lord God proclaims to these bones: I am about to put breath in you, and you will live again. 6 I will put sinews on you, place flesh on you, and cover you with skin. When I put breath in you, and you come to life, you will know that I am the Lord.” 7 I prophesied just as I was commanded. There was a great noise as I was prophesying, then a great quaking, and the bones came together, bone by bone. 8 When I looked, suddenly there were sinews on them. The flesh appeared, and then they were covered over with skin. But there was still no breath in them. 9 He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, human one! Say to the breath, The Lord God proclaims: Come from the four winds, breath! Breathe into these dead bodies and let them live.” 10 I prophesied just as he commanded me. When the breath entered them, they came to life and stood on their feet, an extraordinarily large company. 11 He said to me, “Human one, these bones are the entire house of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope has perished. We are completely finished.’ 12 So now, prophesy and say to them, The Lord God proclaims: I’m opening your graves! I will raise you up from your graves, my people, and I will bring you to Israel’s fertile land. 13 You will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and raise you up from your graves, my people. 14 I will put my breath in you, and you will live. I will plant you on your fertile land, and you will know that I am the Lord. I’ve spoken, and I will do it. This is what the Lord says.”

Romans 8:6-11

6 The attitude that comes from selfishness leads to death, but the attitude that comes from the Spirit leads to life and peace. 7 So the attitude that comes from selfishness is hostile to God. It doesn’t submit to God’s Law, because it can’t. 8 People who are self-centered aren’t able to please God. 9 But you aren’t self-centered. Instead you are in the Spirit, if in fact God’s Spirit lives in you. If anyone doesn’t have the Spirit of Christ, they don’t belong to him. 10 If Christ is in you, the Spirit is your life because of God’s righteousness, but the body is dead because of sin. 11 If the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, the one who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your human bodies also, through his Spirit that lives in you.

Matthew 7:21-29

21 “Not everybody who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will get into the kingdom of heaven. Only those who do the will of my Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 On the Judgment Day, many people will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in your name and expel demons in your name and do lots of miracles in your name?’ 23 Then I’ll tell them, ‘I’ve never known you. Get away from me, you people who do wrong.’ 24 “Everybody who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise builder who built a house on bedrock. 25 The rain fell, the floods came, and the wind blew and beat against that house. It didn’t fall because it was firmly set on bedrock. 26 But everybody who hears these words of mine and doesn’t put them into practice will be like a fool who built a house on sand. 27 The rain fell, the floods came, and the wind blew and beat against that house. It fell and was completely destroyed.” 28 When Jesus finished these words, the crowds were amazed at his teaching 29 because he was teaching them like someone with authority and not like their legal experts.