Weekly Parish Life Notes

News for the Week of June 16, 2019

Buy-A-Brick and Help Support the Rectory Renovation

We are in the final stages of completing extensive renovations on our rectory. These changes have made this important part of our church life a safe and beautiful place for Father Patrick and his family to live.

As we move to the final phase of this project, we have a gap of about $40,000 in the overall renovation expenses. One of the remaining projects is replacing the brick walkway to the front door of the rectory.

From now until Monday, June 10th, you will have an opportunity to help close the gap in the rectory renovations at the same time leaving a long-lasting legacy by purchasing a brick (or two or more!) to be used on the new walkway that will be installed this summer. Each brick costs only $200, a portion of which is tax deductible.

Each brick purchased can be personalized with an engraved message of up to 3 lines. Here are just a few suggestions:

       your name or your familys name

       the name of a loved one

       a Bible verse that has been meaningful to you

To order your brick(s) please visit www.polarengraving.com/ChristChurch. If you need any assistance please contact Parish Administrator, Lorrie Manganaro, in the church office at 978.468.4461 or lmanganaro@christchurchhw.org. Please place all orders no later than Monday, June 17th.

This is a fun and easy way to support the extensive renovation of the rectory. Thanks in advance for your support of Christ Church.

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!

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.

MISSION OF THE MONTH: Three Sisters Garden Project is a non-profit community farm in Ipswich, working to increase access to fresh, healthy, local produce across the North Shore, especially for low-income families, seniors, and others left behind in the local/organic food movement.

We work with several local partners including Acord Food Pantry, The Open Door, and Nourishing the North Shore to distribute our produce in Gloucester, Essex, Hamilton and Wenham, Ipswich, Topsfield, Manchester, and the Newburyport area through traditional food pantries, mobile markets, cooked meals, summer meals for kids, community gardens in public housing, and more. Three Sisters also manages the SNAP (food stamps) machine at the Ipswich Farmers' Market, making the market more accessible for our low-income neighbors.

Any financial gifts directly support these food access programs in our community. You may write a check payable to Christ Church of Hamilton & Wenham with “Three Sisters” on the memo line.   Liz Green is the founding farmer at Three Sisters and now a board member; you can contact her with any questions or to get involved: greenelizabeth@gmail.com. Many others at Christ Church are actively involved at the farm, through their CSA (community supported agriculture) membership, and volunteering in the field and greenhouse. 

Essex County Community Organization is seeking volunteer English teachers for adults and volunteer childcare providers for a range of ages.

What: The leaders of ECCO's immigrant co-op project are committed to learning English to move their work forward. We have begun a small program of English instruction to support this group, and are seeking additional teachers as well as childcare providers to help take care of children while parents are in class. Experience in teaching or childcare preferred but not strictly necessary.

When: Weekday evenings 6-8 PM. Teachers must have consistent availability on one night of the week - either Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.

Where: Downtown Lynn.

For more details or to express interest please contact ECCO organizer Aviva Herr-Welber: aviva@eccoaction.org


SOFTBALL: Christ Church's Crushin' Crozers are ready to take the field tomorrow, Monday, June 17th vs. CABC at Mattos in Gloucester at 6:30 p.m.  Thanks to the fans that cheer the team on! 

AA MEETINGS: In Preston Cutler Room, Sunday 3:30 p.m., Monday and Wednesday 7:30 p.m.

GARDEN GUILD TURNS 10 THIS YEAR! Join us on TUESDAY, June 18 at 5:30. NO PRIOR GARDENING EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY! The more, the merrier. Please bring any small gardening tools you may have as well as something to toss on the grill/share during our potluck meal (e.g. bottle of wine, pack of sausage, salad, etc.). 

Our church grill is even older than Garden Guild and has begun showing wear that brings into question the safety of using it any longer. In that regard, please keep us in mind as you think about the summer. If you're ready to upgrade your grill, please consider donating your gently-used old one to the Garden Guild. Thanks for your support and prayers. Contact Abby Butt for further information (Abigail.st-Hilaire@gordon.edu, 978-979-4582).


VESTRY MEETING Wednesday, June 26th at 7:00 p.m. in the Red Room.

CONTEMPORARY PRAISE: A time of praise Sunday night July 7th, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. in the Preston Cutler Room. All ages welcome including children & families. A simple supper will be a part of our evening together. Come to sing or just listen and praise in your heart.  Guitars, some light rhythm accompanying songs. If you have questions email Paul Mason at RPaul@mason.ch

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


CHRIST CHURCH PARISH PICNIC: Please join your church friends, and meet some new ones, at the Parish Picnic on Sunday, August 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. Looking forward to a fun afternoon together - let's hope for sunny weather!


Sunday, June 23, 2019 – Proper 7

1 Kings 19:1-15a

Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. 2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So may the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life like the life of one of them by this time tomorrow.” 3 Then he was afraid; he got up and fled for his life, and came to Beer-sheba, which belongs to Judah; he left his servant there. 4 But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a solitary broom tree. He asked that he might die: “It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my ancestors.” 5 Then he lay down under the broom tree and fell asleep. Suddenly an angel touched him and said to him, “Get up and eat.” 6 He looked, and there at his head was a cake baked on hot stones, and a jar of water. He ate and drank, and lay down again. 7 The angel of the Lord came a second time, touched him, and said, “Get up and eat, otherwise the journey will be too much for you.” 8 He got up, and ate and drank; then he went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb the mount of God. 9 At that place he came to a cave, and spent the night there. Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 10 He answered, “I have been very zealous for the Lord, the God of hosts; for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are seeking my life, to take it away.” 11 He said, “Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; 12 and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence. 13 When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. Then there came a voice to him that said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 14 He answered, “I have been very zealous for the Lord, the God of hosts; for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are seeking my life, to take it away.” 15 Then the Lord said to him, “Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus.”

Luke 8:26-39

Then they arrived at the country of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee. 27 As he stepped out on land, a man of the city who had demons met him. For a long time he had worn no clothes, and he did not live in a house but in the tombs. 28 When he saw Jesus, he fell down before him and shouted at the top of his voice, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, do not torment me”— 29 for Jesus had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. (For many times it had seized him; he was kept under guard and bound with chains and shackles, but he would break the bonds and be driven by the demon into the wilds.) 30 Jesus then asked him, “What is your name?” He said, “Legion”; for many demons had entered him. 31 They begged him not to order them to go back into the abyss. 32 Now there on the hillside a large herd of swine was feeding; and the demons begged Jesus to let them enter these. So he gave them permission. 33 Then the demons came out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned. 34 When the swineherds saw what had happened, they ran off and told it in the city and in the country. 35 Then people came out to see what had happened, and when they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid. 36 Those who had seen it told them how the one who had been possessed by demons had been healed. 37 Then all the people of the surrounding country of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them; for they were seized with great fear. So he got into the boat and returned. 38 The man from whom the demons had gone begged that he might be with him; but Jesus sent him away, saying, 39 “Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.” So he went away, proclaiming throughout the city how much Jesus had done for him.