Weekly Parish Life Notes

News for the Week of DECEMBER 17, 2017

VESTRY OPENINGS!  All parishioners are invited to suggest another parishioner to be considered as a candidate to serve on vestry, and write a couple of sentences in answer to the following questions - 1) Why are you suggesting this person be considered for vestry? & 2) How does this person manifest the Core Values of Our Life Together (THANKS, CARE, LISTEN, TELL)?  Please send your nominations with answers to one of the following Nominating Committee Members:

  • Posie Mansfield at Posie_M@verizon.net
  • Judy Riggs at JudyRiggs5@gmail.com
  • Jonathan Kline at JGreenleeKline@gmail.com


Sunday December 17th: Ann Krantz, a stay-at-home-mom from Wenham, has become an “accidental activist” with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense following the school shooting in Newton, CT in 2012.  Moms Demand Action is a non-partisan grassroots movement of Americans demanding new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws as well as educational programs to keep our families safe from gun violence. Moms Demand Action respects the Second Amendment and responsible gun ownership, but believes we can do so much more to prevent the gun violence epidemic killing 30,000 Americans every year.

The Be Smart program was created by Moms Demand Action to bring together responsible adults to reduce the number of unintentional shootings that occur when children get a hold of an unsecured firearm.

The Be Smart presentation by Ann is designed to start a conversation about kids, guns, and safety, and is for all adults concerned about protecting their families from gun violence. More information can be found at: http://besmartforkids.org/

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

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

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR GOOD COMPANY! Can you spare an hour a week to bring cheer into the life of an elderly or disabled neighbor who is lonely?  Become a Friendly Visitor for the Good Company team at Christ  Church. There is training, but it's quick and easy, and the rewards of helping out are great! Right now we are in particular need of some MEN to volunteer! Join us by contacting Stella Goren, Congregational Coordinator, 978-356-0294 stellagoren@gmail.com, or Posie Mansfield, Director, 978-412-2241 Good Company Director@gmail.com. You can also speak to Father Patrick or Mother Susan.

HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: While the idea of hospice is often misunderstood, our volunteers have found spending time with patients to be wonderfully rewarding experience! From reading books, sharing music or simply just sitting and listening, volunteers make a huge difference in the lives of patients and their families. Please consider sharing a small amount of your time by visiting a hospice patient on the North Shore.  No special skills, lifting, medical or physical care of any kind if required. Please contact Tara Duplaga at Beacon Hospice at Tara.Duplaga@amedisys.com or call 978-524-9510 ext. 107.  You may also contact Mother Susan for more details. 

ACORD FOOD PANTRY:To feel safe and warm on a cold wet night, all you really need is soup.” ~Laurie Colwin  From November-January, Acord is in need of soup donations for the cold New England winter. Please place your donations in the Acord baskets located around the church. Questions can be directed to Bergen Daley at bergendaley@gmail.com. Thank you for your support.

LIGHTS FOR PUERTO RICO: Thanks to the ongoing interest in this project I have sent 14 more lights to the mountains of Puerto Rico this week bringing the total to 30 lights to 30 families!! My contact in Salina will get the latest batch to the most needy up in the mountain communities when they arrive around the 14th of December.  The word from Dr. Martinez, who delivered our first round, is that these remotely located folks will not have light until February at the earliest.  Now that I have a way to keep sending lights, I am happy to buy more if others would like to participate.  Contact huntley.skinner@gmail.com

FEEDING CHILDREN IN HAITI: As a follow up to The Future Forward for Haiti presentation some folks wanted to know how they could contribute to this effort. The Packathon will be packing 180,000 meals for children's only daily meal at school for the next year. Checks can be sent to Bert Minerley - 75 Stockton Street Hillsdale NJ 07642. Other monies for teacher's salaries or ongoing projects go to Treasurer for Future Forward for Haiti Joyce Baynes 144 Hamilton Road Teaneck NJ 07666. Thank you from Tom and Huntley Skinner for your interest in Haiti and the children of the mountain communities. 100% of checks and cash go directly to Haiti.


Christ Church has supported RIM for many years but we are now hoping to ‘beef up’ our activities in behalf of immigrants, refugees, and most especially asylum seekers.  Those who have been uprooted because of war or a well-founded fear of persecution and cannot return home without fear of incarceration, injury, or death, apply for asylum.  Currently the North Shore Cluster of RIM is supporting a family of four from Africa.  The father was severely injured with a machete but has recovered well.  The application for asylum and attendant vetting takes a long time, usually years, and during that time the adults are not permitted to work.  RIM clusters, of which there are 8 in the Boston area, support these families by paying their rent ($1800/month is the going rate), food, transportation, telephone, heat, laundry, and by collecting paper products, laundry soap, and toiletries at the member churches. 

Christ Church will be asked to supply these necessities in April, 2018.  We will also continue to support the bulb sale in the fall and the RIM Walk in the spring. 

23 more asylum-seekers from Haiti, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Bangladesh, Uganda, and Sierra Leone are on the waiting list for placement in our area. They currently live in cramped quarters with friends or family members, or in shelters or on the streets.

This month RIM will be our Monthly Mission.  The loose plate offering on Sunday, Dec. 17 and any checks you write that day or anytime (with RIM on the ‘memo’ line) will be included.  Please let Mother Susan know if you would like to become active in RIM, or reactivate your regular support.  Sarah Nickerson can tell you about the current activity of RIM, as she has continued to attend steering committee meetings.  Here is the link to the website for the North Shore Cluster of RIM: https://sites.google.com/view/rim-north-shore-cluster/home


ANGEL TREE: In the same way we did last year, we are buying for families in Gloucester.  We will be providing winter clothes and there are also opportunities to purchase grocery store gift cards for the families. The gifts will be picked up at Christ Church for delivery; they will need to be put under the tree by Sunday December 17th.  Any questions please contact Rachael Galbraith at rachael.stahl@gmail.com or 978-239-5464.

NEW E-Mail: Beginning, Saturday, December 2nd Lorrie, the Parish Secretary, will have a new e-mail address.  You may contact her at LManganaro@christchurchHW.org or at Secretary@christchurchHW.org

THE CHOIR OF CHRIST CHURCH: The Choir rehearses on Thursday evenings at 7:45 pm 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 440-781-7116 to learn more about the choir and its ministry.

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


THE VESTRY meets on Wednesday, December 20th at 7:00 p.m. in the Preston Cutler Room.

L.I.F.E.  (Living in Faith Everyday) GROUPS: These small groups meet monthly for Bible study, support, and mutual encouragement.  All are welcome to their respective groups. 

  • The Women’s L.I.F.E. 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. January 8th. For more information, please contact Abigail Butt by email (abigail.st-hilaire@gordon.edu) or call/text (978-979-4582).
  • The Men’s L.I.F.E. Groups meets Saturday, December 9th at 8:30 a.m. in Preston Cutler Room.  Contact Paul Mason for more information at RPaul@Mason.ch

GATHERING FOR HOPE/NORTH SHORE invites all Christ Church women to join other women from around the North Shore at its monthly meeting here in the Preston Cutler Room on Monday, January 8th 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.   For more information, contact Nancy Mering at nmering@msn.com or 978-852-1233.

READERS & WRITERS GUILD: Friday, January 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.

HAP HASZARD AWARD: One of the most pleasurable aspects of the Annual Meeting is recognizing the volunteer efforts of a member of the parish with the presentation of the Hap Haszard Award.  Each year the previous year’s recipient takes on the responsibility of soliciting the parish for the name(s) of a person or couple whose efforts best exemplify quiet, selfless service to the parish.  Criteria for consideration are simple: the person is a lay member of the parish and one whose contributions are characterized by a quiet, behind the scenes dedication. Please prayerfully think about a person whom you feel is deserving of this recognition and communicate the nomination to Kaye Cook at Kaye.Cook@gordon.edu

ANNUAL REPORTS: To all ministry and committee chairs; please begin thinking about your annual report for the 2017 Annual Meeting Report.  These reports will be due to the office by January 15th.  Reports must be in writing and preferably sent by email in a Word document to Lorrie in the office at Secretary@christchhw.org.  If you have any questions, please call Lorrie at 978-468-4461 Ex 23.

OFFICE CLOSED Monday, January 15th in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

YOUNG LIFE CAPERNAUM CLUB: Young Life Capernaum Club will provide a time of fun activity and socialization between your student with special needs and our outstanding buddies and volunteer leaders.  At Club, kids will eat pizza, play games prepared by leaders, and hear a little about the Christian faith – there might even be a dance party!  Come play games, experience the inclusion and love Capernaum has for middle & high school students with special needs. For more information contact Philip Bowling, Young Life Area Director at 978-473-0587 or PhilipBowling@gmail.com.

Club:                              Parish Hall 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Saturdays February 3, March 3, April 7, May 5 .  $5 is suggested to cover pizza.


Sunday, December 17, 2017 – Common English Bible

Isaiah 61: 1-4, 8-11

The Lord God’s spirit is upon me,
    because the Lord has anointed me.
He has sent me
    to bring good news to the poor,
    to bind up the brokenhearted,
    to proclaim release for captives,
        and liberation for prisoners,
2     to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
        and a day of vindication for our God,
    to comfort all who mourn,
3     to provide for Zion’s mourners,
    to give them a crown in place of ashes,
    oil of joy in place of mourning,
    a mantle of praise in place of discouragement.
They will be called Oaks of Righteousness,
    planted by the Lord to glorify himself.
4 They will rebuild the ancient ruins;
    they will restore formerly deserted places;
    they will renew ruined cities,
    places deserted in generations past.

8 I, the Lord, love justice;
    I hate robbery and dishonesty.
I will faithfully give them their wage,
    and make with them an enduring covenant.
9 Their offspring will be known among the nations,
    and their descendants among the peoples.
All who see them will recognize
    that they are a people blessed by the Lord.

10 I surely rejoice in the Lord;
    my heart is joyful because of my God,
    because he has clothed me with clothes of victory,
    wrapped me in a robe of righteousness
    like a bridegroom in a priestly crown,
    and like a bride adorned in jewelry.
11 As the earth puts out its growth,
    and as a garden grows its seeds,
    so the Lord God will grow righteousness and praise before all the nations.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

16 Rejoice always. 17 Pray continually. 18 Give thanks in every situation because this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 19 Don’t suppress the Spirit. 20 Don’t brush off Spirit-inspired messages, 21 but examine everything carefully and hang on to what is good. 22 Avoid every kind of evil. 23 Now, may the God of peace himself cause you to be completely dedicated to him; and may your spirit, soul, and body be kept intact and blameless at our Lord Jesus Christ’s coming. 24 The one who is calling you is faithful and will do this.

John 1:6-8, 19-28

6 A man named John was sent from God. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning the light, so that through him everyone would believe in the light. 8 He himself wasn’t the light, but his mission was to testify concerning the light. 19 This is John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him, “Who are you?” 20 John confessed (he didn’t deny but confessed), “I’m not the Christ.” 21 They asked him, “Then who are you? Are you Elijah?” John said, “I’m not.” “Are you the prophet?” John answered, “No.” 22 They asked, “Who are you? We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” 23 John replied,

I am a voice crying out in the wilderness,
    Make the Lord’s path straight,

just as the prophet Isaiah said.” 24 Those sent by the Pharisees 25 asked, “Why do you baptize if you aren’t the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?” 26 John answered, “I baptize with water. Someone greater stands among you, whom you don’t recognize. 27 He comes after me, but I’m not worthy to untie his sandal straps.” 28 This encounter took place across the Jordan in Bethany where John was baptizing.

Sunday, December 24, 2017 – Common English Bible

Romans 16:25-27

25 May the glory be to God who can strengthen you with my good news and the message that I preach about Jesus Christ. He can strengthen you with the announcement of the secret[a] that was kept quiet for a long time. 26 Now that secret is revealed through what the prophets wrote. It is made known to the Gentiles[b] in order to lead to their faithful obedience based on the command of the eternal God. 27 May the glory be to God, who alone is wise! May the glory be to him through Jesus Christ forever! Amen.


Luke 1:26-38

26 When Elizabeth was six months pregnant, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a city in Galilee, 27 to a virgin who was engaged to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David’s house. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 When the angel came to her, he said, “Rejoice, favored one! The Lord is with you!” 29 She was confused by these words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 The angel said, “Don’t be afraid, Mary. God is honoring you. 31 Look! You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32 He will be great and he will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of David his father. 33 He will rule over Jacob’s house forever, and there will be no end to his kingdom.” 34 Then Mary said to the angel, “How will this happen since I haven’t had sexual relations with a man?” 35 The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come over you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore, the one who is to be born will be holy. He will be called God’s Son. 36 Look, even in her old age, your relative Elizabeth has conceived a son. This woman who was labeled ‘unable to conceive’ is now six months pregnant. 37 Nothing is impossible for God.” 38 Then Mary said, “I am the Lord’s servant. Let it be with me just as you have said.” Then the angel left her.