Newsletter November/December 2019

Sunday Service

November 10th: Father Bruce N. Torrey of Food for the Poor, will be our guest preacher. He will also be the Adult Forum speaker during coffee hour. Food For The Poor, Inc. is an ecumenical Christian nonprofit organization based in Coconut Creek, Florida, United States that provides food, medicine, and shelter, among other services, to the poor in Latin America and the Caribbean. Food for the Poor was established as a 501(3)(c) nonprofit corporation in 1982. Since 1982, Food For The Poor has distributed more than $12 billion worth of food, medicine, housing materials, water and other aid to the poor of the Caribbean and Latin America.

Veteran’s Day. We will celebrate Veteran’s Day on Sunday, November 10th. There will be a table in the sanctuary for photos of loved ones who were veterans.

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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!

❖ Spaghetti Dinner. Last chance in 2019 to enjoy one of Christ Church’s spaghetti suppers –the date is Saturday November 9th, from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Come to eat and socialize, or come to volunteer (or both!) – or drop by and get a carryout or two. Proceeds benefit the parish.

MIDWEEK BOOK STUDY. Join me on a journey through Parker Palmer’s book, Let Your Life Speak. It can be downloaded from several websites or purchased at Amazon, Goodreads, eBay, etc. The cost is approximately $10. A little book with tons of wisdom, compassion, and gentle humor, 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, 10th, 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

❖ Thanksgiving Luncheon. The annual Thanksgiving Luncheon will be held on Sunday, November 24th, following the service. Bring a side dish to share. Turkey will be provided by the vestry.

❖ Advent. The First Sunday in Advent is December 1 st. We will put up a Christmas tree in the sanctuary on that day.

❖ St. Nicholas Sunday. We will celebrate the birthday of St. Nicholas, the first “Santa Claus,” on Sunday, December 8th .

At the heart of our newly-adopted strategic plan is the conviction, widely shared throughout the diocese, that our congregations cannot and need not address their challenges alone, nor can we accomplish our God-inspired dreams alone. We need one another. We have identified three specific goals for the first year, one for each arena of our diocesan mission, with a plan for regional implementation. As a key component for regional implementation of our strategic goals, we will build regional leadership networks led by regional deans. Regional deans will serve as adjunct diocesan staff, working roughly 10-12 hours per month to help organize regional clergy and lay leaders. Of the 8 regions that make up our diocese, two are significantly larger than the other 6–Southern Maryland and Central DC. For those two regions, we will either name two deans, or one with double the time commitment and compensation. The ideal regional dean is an established clergy or lay leader with a passion for collaborative ministry and good community organizing skills.

November 22-23, 2019, 6:30 PM – 8:30 AM, Washington National Cathedral
Ages: Middle and High School (Grades 6-12)
Check-in: 6:30 pm Friday, November 22
Pick-up: 8:30 am Saturday, November 23
Cost: $50 (Money should not be an option for not attending, financial assistance available)
Come gather with friends old and new from the diocese and discover the Unseen Indescribable Power of God as we explore the magical world of C.S. Lewis.
NOTE: You may register up to 6 youth participants and up to 2 adult chaperones. If you are registering 5 or less youth participants, there needs to be at least one adult chaperone.
If you have any questions, please contact Mildred Reyes, Missioner for Formation and Diocesan Initiatives.

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.

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.