Newsletter November/December 2019

Schedule for our Christmas Eve Celebration on December 24th

2:00pm Celebration of the Holy Eucharist
4:30pm Christmas Pageant with the children
5:00pm Christmas Concert
5:30pm Celebration of the Holy Eucharist

Sunday Service

This Sunday will be the Third Sunday in Advent. We will celebrate the Holy Eucharist using Rite I.

Download our bulletin: The Third Sunday in Advent 9 AM December 15 2019

PRAYER LIST. We try to keep the prayer list up to date, so please let us know if you, or someone you asked prayer for, needs to be removed. Thank you.

Mark Your Calendars!

❖ Advent Retreat on Saturday, December 14th is CANCELLED.

❖ Ugly Christmas Sweater. On Sunday, December 15th, don’t forget to come to church wearing your “Ugly Christmas Sweater.” It’s the annual “Ugly Christmas Sweater” contest.

❖ Advent Lessons and Carols. We’ll have a service of Advent Lessons and Carols on the fourth Sunday in Advent, December 22nd.

❖ ADULT FORUM: There will be a forum on Matthew’s Gospel on December 22nd during coffee hour. Rev. Fanny Belanger will lead the discussion

MIDWEEK BOOK STUDY. Parker J. Palmer invites us to listen to the inner teacher
and follow its leadings toward a sense of meaning and purpose. Telling stories from his own life and the lives of others who have made a difference, he shares insights gained from darkness and depression as well as fulfillment and joy, illuminating a pathway toward vocation for all who seek the true calling of your life, whatever season you are walking through. I’ll see you on Tuesdays (November 19th, 26th, December 3rd and 17th) from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM. Bring a snack or bag lunch and join me as we walk this short journey together. Faithfully, Deacon Joan

THURSDAY ADVENT MEDITATIONS. Hope Lutheran Church, located at 6201 Coventry Way, Clinton, MD has invited us to join them on the following Thursdays during Advent at 5:00 PM for a series of meditations. The dates and themes for each week’s meditations are:
❖ Thursday, December 12th: “Experience Wonder.”
❖ Thursday, December 19th: “Hold on to Hope.”

MORE JESUS MORE LOVE REVIVAL. Diocesan staff is excited about the opportunity to bring Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry to Washington DC the weekend of January 24-26, 2020. We’re hard at work refining the logistics involved in hosting a joyful and Spirit-filled weekend, especially the More Jesus, More Love Revival at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 26 at the Entertainment and Sports Arena in Southwest DC.

My dear friends in Christ,
I will be stepping down as your Deacon at the beginning of January. My last Sunday here at Christ Church will be January 5th. I have been praying fervently about what to do, as the drive up and down the busy highway became more cumbersome. Thank you for opening your hearts and love to me in our short time together. I am truly blessed to have been a part of your lives, your church, your faith. I remain always, your friend and will continue to hold each of you in prayer.
Deacon Joan

BROTHERHOOD OF ST. ANDREW. The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus. John 1:41-42
The Brotherhood of St. Andrew is a missionary and evangelism ministry of the Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion. Its goal is to bring men and boys to Jesus Christ. Its disciplines are prayer, study and service. Contact Don Appold (301-498-5096) or Quentin Banks (301-868-6339) if interested.

CHRIST CHURCH MITTEN AND HAT TREE. Help the children in our area by donating mittens, gloves and hats to keep little hands and heads warm this winter. Grab a clothespin and hang yours on the tree. Donations will be accepted until December 22nd.

POINSETTIAS. Forms are now available to donate Poinsettias for Christmas Eve. Please pick one up at church – directions are on the form.

ALTAR FLOWERS. Altar flower donations may now be scheduled for 2020. Please contact Gail Russell to arrange donations – check the date(s) to ensure the availability of the Sunday(s) you wish.

TRACT RACKS. Copies of Forward day by Day for November, December and January are now in the tract racks. Several large print are included. Copies of Our Daily Bread for December – February are now in the tract rack. In addition, there are materials for Advent:
✓ Joy of Heaven, to Earth Come Down
✓ Joy to the World
✓ Finding Christ – Advent and Christmas Customs
✓ The Advent Wreath
✓ How to Keep Advent
✓ Things Not to Do During Advent

CHRIST CHURCH CONFERENCE CALL INFORMATION. Christ Church has been assigned a phone number for free conference calls. This is the number to be used when inclement weather causes cancellation of a Sunday worship service or for church organization meetings. The number is 641-715-3200. When prompted, please enter 941656. Please join and invite your relatives, friends and neighbors.