Weekly Parish Life Notes

News for the Week of August 18, 2019

MISSION OF THE MONTH IS ESSEX COUNTY COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION.  ECCO is a diverse coalition of congregations in Essex County who join together to work on various issues of common concern. There are many different ways to participate in ECCO, from skill-based trainings to large community gatherings and celebrations. If you are interested in being on our Christ Church ECCO team, being notified of events, or to hear more about what ECCO is like, Liz Green at greenelizabeth@gmail.com508-596-6913. If you would like to donate towards ECCO please write ECCO on the memo line of your check payable to Christ Church.

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


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, August 20 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).



The Cape Ann Museum has recently opened an exhibition called Homer at the Beach: A Marine Painter’s Journey, 1869-1880.  It is the first close examination of the formation of Winslow Homer (1836-1880) as a marine painter, setting his work in its social, cultural, historic and geographic contexts.  The exhibition’s curator, Bill Cross, has arranged for a special tour on Sunday, September 1st, preceded by lunch at noon near the museum, in downtown Gloucester.  The price of the event is $50 per head, including a two-course lunch with wine and beer, admission to the museum and the tour led by Bill ($40 for museum members).  Note that this event is near capacity already, as it is limited to 20, but we will build a waitlist in case of last-minute cancellations.

Please email Bill Cross at WilliamRCross@outlook.com and let him know if you wish to join this special event.  Thanks.

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. Next meeting is Monday, September 9th 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).

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 contribute to the picnic by signing up at www.PerfectPotluck.com.  Coordinator’s Last Name: Wilson.  Password: CCHW.
  • 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. 
  • Please review the following safety rules with your children before the picnic. 
  • The pool will have a 10-minute break each hour for “Adult Only Swim.”  This will give life guards and water-logged children a built in break.
  • Children who cannot swim well must be accompanied by an adult around and in the pool.

CONTEMPORARY PRAISE: A time of praise Sunday night September 8th, 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 or song suggestions email Paul Mason at RPaul@mason.ch


Sunday, August 18, 2019 – Proper 15

Luke 12:49-56

“I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! 50 I have a baptism with which to be baptized, and what stress I am under until it is completed! 51 Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division! 52 From now on five in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three; 53 they will be divided:

father against son
    and son against father,
mother against daughter
    and daughter against mother,
mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law
    and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”

54 He also said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, you immediately say, ‘It is going to rain’; and so it happens. 55 And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, ‘There will be scorching heat’; and it happens. 56 You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?

Sunday, August 25, 2019 – Proper 16

Jerimiah 1:4-10

Now the word of the Lord came to me saying,

5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
and before you were born I consecrated you;
I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

6 Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Truly I do not know how to speak, for I am only a boy.” 7 But the Lord said to me,

“Do not say, ‘I am only a boy’;
for you shall go to all to whom I send you,
and you shall speak whatever I command you.
8 Do not be afraid of them,
for I am with you to deliver you,
says the Lord.”

9 Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth; and the Lord said to me,

“Now I have put my words in your mouth.
10 See, today I appoint you over nations and over kingdoms,
to pluck up and to pull down,
to destroy and to overthrow,
to build and to plant.”

Luke 13:10-17

Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. 11 And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up straight. 12 When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, “Woman, you are set free from your ailment.” 13 When he laid his hands on her, immediately she stood up straight and began praising God. 14 But the leader of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had cured on the sabbath, kept saying to the crowd, “There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be cured, and not on the sabbath day.” 15 But the Lord answered him and said, “You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger, and lead it away to give it water? 16 And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen long years, be set free from this bondage on the sabbath day?” 17 When he said this, all his opponents were put to shame; and the entire crowd was rejoicing at all the wonderful things that he was doing.