Archives for January 2014

Reflect on 2015 Stewardship Campaign

Thank you to all who are making a pledge towards the mission of Christ Church for 2015.

Over the next two months, we will post several reflections on stewardship from members.

John and Myra Anderson:

“We remember a few years ago when a visiting bishop stated, “Never suppress a generous impulse.” What would make you impulsively generous
toward Christ Church this year?
– The inspiration you take from the sermons,
– The beauty of the music program,
– The formation programs that benefit our families,
– The pastoral care lovingly provided by lay ministers and clergy,
– The outreach programs that connect us to our communities?
 
It is much easier for our family this year, after being afraid that we might lose Myra to a brain infection over the summer. The love and support that
flowed from our clergy and this congregation was a wonderful gift and source of strength to us. Thank you all so much for your generosity of spirit
and action at that time. We encourage you all to give as you are able, as generously as you can, as Jesus gave, recognizing that all gifts are precious to
our shared ministry here at Christ Church.
May the Lord continue to bless all of you who make up the body of Christ Church in Needham”.

EmilyOYouth Group member Emily Ounanian shared her message at the Nov. 2 service :

Good morning, my name is Emily Ounanian, I am 16 years old, I am a Junior at Dover-Sherborn High School and I have been attending Christ Episcopal Church since I was 3 months old. I was baptized 16 years ago, on November 1st, 1998 in the main church. I cannot remember a time when I was not a regular at this church. You could say our family has a history with this church, we have been attending Christ Episcopal Church since 1955 and have been actively involved for the last 60 years.

            I essentially grew up in this church. I was part of the Children’s Choir, I was one of the last acolytes that our church had. I am a current member of our Youth Group and I volunteer every week at Circle of Hope. I went to Children’s Chapel, Gather Round, Rite-13, and Confirmation Class. And although these programs have different names and age groups from when I was in the “system”, the programs still remain the same. I’m unsure of how my life will change when I go off to college in a year and a half, but the one thing I am sure of, is that an Episcopal Church is a definite requirement.

            As I have grown up, many things have changed in my life. From moving towns, and trying countless sports. My environment has changed drastically as I have been through pre-school, elementary school, middle school, and currently working through high school. Friend groups and other things have changed in my life, but this church and the people in it, for the most part, have stayed the same. And that is incredibly powerful to me. Having the ability to come to the same building and see the same people every week has been extremely therapeutic for me.

            When I was in 3rd grade, I had attended Nobles Day Camp in Dedham for a few years, and I was… ready to fly the nest for a week, or two. Now in retrospect, I haven’t really met any 3rd graders who really think like that. So in my search for an overnight camp, my mother and I weren’t finding anything that really stuck with me. Before we knew it, it was July and my mother and I couldn’t find anything. But then again I was also an incredibly picky child. So while out on a limb, my mother and I went asking around if anyone knew of a summer camp that I would like. And while at Church on a hot Sunday, we saw a pamphlet for the Barbara C. Harris Camp. The Camp is affiliated with the Diocese of Massachusetts and we decided to drive up to Greenfield New Hampshire to take a look. After driving around in a golf cart with the camp director, I decided that this camp was definitely for me. And I, being the impatient person that I am, demanded that I attend the next session, which was just a few short days away.

            So we packed my duffle bag and bought a sleeping bag and prepared to send me to this “church camp” for a week. When my parents dropped me off for that week, none of us imagined how much I would love that camp. After the session was over, I demanded that I go for another week and my parents surprisingly obliged. I never grew old of going to BCH camp each summer. And I have gone back every year since.

            During the summer going into Sophomore year, Sam Gould, the former director of youth ministries approached me about Diocesan Youth Council. He said he had seen my love for the camp and asked me if I would be interested in helping run retreats during the school year similar to camp. As soon as I got home I started working on the application. I was so excited for the experience, and as a returning member of the Diocesan Youth Council, I can tell you that I am just as excited

            Members of the Diocesan Youth Council represent the youth of the Diocese at Diocesan Convention. They also plan and run Diocesan youth events and work towards making the church a nurturing environment for spiritual growth for the young people in the Christian community.

            As a member of Diocesan Youth Council, I am encouraged to take up a project within the church each year. Last year I helped with the Gather Round Sunday school class and this year I am working on something a little different. My passion is working with others and being a mentor in the hope of mirroring the fabulous mentors I had growing up. This year, I am working with the Confirmation class as a youth mentor. The process of confirmation was one of my favorite Sunday School years, I enjoyed having the amount of freedom and trust that was given to us by Lynn and our other mentors. In class on Sunday mornings, we would not only talk about preparing for confirmation, but experiencing life as a Christian teen in the 21st century.

            Growing up in the 21st century isn’t easy. When I was still in elementary school I sometimes questioned why I got up early on Sunday mornings when my classmates didn’t. I didn’t understand at the time that the number of families across the nation that attend a church service regularly has been decreasing by 10% every decade. But as I have matured, I realized that if I was like my classmates and didn’t wake up early on Sunday mornings, I would be left with a large hole in my life. Christianity for me has provided me with support, advice, and relationships that will last for a long time. And I am incredibly thankful to Christ Church for providing me with such a great and individually beneficial opportunity that I don’t think I could receive anywhere else.”

 

 

Join us for Bible Study … World Religions

This year our Bible Study program embraces the world. We will be learning about the world’s major religions … enabling us to reach out to all people with love and understanding. Bible Study meets on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon. The program is led by Tracy Rubin. You are welcome to join the group occasionally or for every session. Questions? Call the church office at 781-444-1469.