Archives for January 2016

Join Vestry in Pledging to Annual Appeal

It is an exciting time to be part of Christ Church! As we continue our journey to discover our shared vision for ministry, your Stewardship Team hopes that you will join the Vestry and all of us in committing to pledge in this year’s Annual Appeal. 100% of the current Vestry and clergy, along with those rotating off the Vestry, have made financial commitments to support our emerging vision. Two pledges are new; 80% represent an increase in support. If you are able, please consider increasing you financial commitment this year.

If you have never participated in pledging, we hope you will take this important leap in your spiritual practice and your commitment to our shared ministry. Don’t hesitate to contact one of the clergy or a member of the stewardship team below if you have questions about how to begin this important step in your spiritual life.

Pledge cards were sent out in January, along with important information about our proposed church budget and tools for discerning an appropriate annual pledge consistent with our varied circumstances. If you did not receive this information, please contact the Church Office and we will send it to you right away. You can send in your completed and signed commitment card at any time, bring it to the office or deposit it in the offering plate on any Sunday.

We hope all will join on March 6th, Consecration Sunday, as we drop our commitment cards or symbols of already submitted cards into baskets on our way to the Communion rail at our worship services. After the 10am service, we will gather for a special lunch to celebrate God’s goodness, and our shared accomplishment. Together, we can continue to proclaim the love of God and neighbor in new and powerful ways. Your 2016 Stewardship Committee Duncan Allen, CEC Treasurer Myra Anderson, Lyman Bullard, Craig Conrad, Duff Lingard

We Need Your Voice … via “the Discover Survey”

We need your voice in shaping the future vision for Christ Church! Please share your thoughts by  filling out theDiscover Survey sent to your e-mail address. (This survey follows on the heels of the MAP survey, which helped us listen to members’ perspectives on Christ Church today).
If you would prefer a hard copy, please call or email the office. The survey is due by the Annual Meeting, January 31. Questions? contact Nick or a member of the Discovery Team (below). Thank you for your continued commitment to our congregation and its future.Our MAP survey helped us listen for where Christ Church is; theDiscover Survey will help us shape our shared vision

For the next six months, six parishioners (our Discovery Team) will guide the next phase of our strategic work, together with our clergy, the Vestry, and our consultant, Kairos. Our objectives are to create a shared vision, nurture generosity, and build leadership capacity. The parishioners are: Myra Anderson, Lyman Bullard, Rich Gatto, Alyssa Kence, Nancy Langford, and Ellen Volpe.

Please contact any one of them if you have questions or concerns. Stay tuned for regular announcements.

Join our Pancake Supper/Mardi Gras Party

Lent is just around the corner! Join us on Shrove Tuesday for Pancake Supper/Mardi Gras party on February 9 from 6 – 8 p.m. We will sing out our last Alleluias and eat sugary treats before the start of Lent the following day (Ash Wednesday). There will also be fun activities for kids of all ages.
As the party comes to a close, we will gather on the Church patio to burn last year’s palms to make our ashes for Ash WednesdayPlease bring your palms.

 

Our Bishops Re-affirm Full Inclusion

The Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates and the Rt. Rev. Gayle E. Harris of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts have made several re-affirmations, following this week’s communication by the Primates of the Anglican Communion. Our Bishops’ statement (from the Diomass website) follows below:

A moment for re-affirmation

The communiqué issued by primates of the Anglican Communion this week is part of the ongoing conversation within our Communion regarding matters of authority, scriptural interpretation and sexuality.  While articulating no new convictions, the communiqué includes recommendations which have come in terms unexpected and dismaying to many of us.  In the face of that distress, we, your bishops, wish to make the following affirmations.

First:  We re-affirm our commitment to the full inclusion of all Christian persons, including LGBTQ Christians, in the life of the church–its fellowship, its leadership and its sacramental life.  This commitment is firm in the Diocese of Massachusetts, where we have known the immeasurable grace brought to our life together by such full inclusion.  Presiding Bishop Michael Curry reaffirmed the commitment of the wider Episcopal Church to full inclusion in his statement to the primates earlier this week:

“Our commitment to be an inclusive church is not based on a social theory or capitulation to the ways of the culture, but on our belief that the outstretched arms of Jesus on the cross are a sign of the very love of God reaching out to us all. While I understand that many disagree with us, our decision regarding marriage is based on the belief that the words of the Apostle Paul to the Galatians are true for the church today: All who have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male or female, for all are one in Christ.”

[The presiding bishop’s statement, made after the primates’ communiqué, may be found here, and the statement he made during the meeting is included in Episcopal News Service’s report here.]

The president of the House of Deputies, the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, has also issued a clear statement of the mission and purpose of the Episcopal Church in response to the primates’ communiqué [available here].

Second:  We re-affirm our identity as Anglican Christians.  That identity, since its inception, has included two foundational principles:  the ecclesiological autonomy of the church in a given land, and a comprehensive inclusion of divergent theological viewpoints.  Our identity as Anglicans has never been a matter of credal or doctrinal subscription, nor of conciliar membership requirements.

News media reports that the Episcopal Church has been “suspended from the Anglican Communion” reflect a misconception regarding our polity and identity.  Indeed, the surprise to many this week is that the primates have called for certain sanctions which they do not have the authority to impose.  We commend a full and very fine review of this question by the Very Rev. Andrew McGowan, Dean of Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, as may be found here.

We look forward to clarification from the next meeting in April of the Anglican Consultative Council–whose very name suggests the autonomous affiliation around which our Communion is structured.  Meanwhile, we claim in its fullness our identity as Christians in the Anglican Communion.  Here in the Diocese of Massachusetts we rejoice in that identity, as manifest in mission partnerships and fruitful relationships with our sister and brother Anglicans in El Salvador, Honduras, Tanzania, Jerusalem and elsewhere around the Anglican world.

Third: We re-affirm our gratitude for our own primate, the Most Rev. Michael Curry.  The presiding bishop’s statements, both before and after the Canterbury communiqué, were strong and faithful and encouraging.  This morning Bishop Curry spoke of his hope and vision for our church and its calling:

“The truth is, it may be part of our vocation to help the Communion and to help many others to grow in a direction where we can realize and live the love that God has for all of us, and we can one day be a Church and a Communion where all of God’s children are fully welcomed, where this is truly a house of prayer for all people.”

We offer grateful prayers for our presiding bishop and his leadership of our church at this challenging time.

The reconciling beauty of Anglicanism at its birth was the conviction that unity of doctrine and theology is less central to Christ’s Gospel than unity of spirit.  Our voice and our prayer are lifted in support of maintaining this comprehensiveness.  We hope you will join us in praying not only for unity, but equally for justice, integrity, grace and mutual respect throughout the Anglican Communion.

The Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates, Bishop
The Rt. Rev. Gayle E. Harris, Bishop Suffragan

Attend Annual Meeting This Sunday (Jan. 31)

welcome.church.building2The Christ Church annual meeting and parish election will take place Sunday, January 31. All parishioners are invited to participate.

The meeting will begin at 11:30 following a single worship service at 10:00 am. Childcare will be available starting at 9:30 am and will continue through the annual meeting.

The Vestry and Finance committees will present the proposed 2016 budget for a vote at the annual meeting.

The slate of candidates is as follows:

Warden (two-year term, vote for one)
Rich Gatto

Vestry (three-year term, vote for four)
Julie Bullard
Kimberly Conrad
David Keener
Jeff Murphy

Vestry (two-year term, vote for one)
Bob Begin

Delegate to Diocesan Convention (one year term, vote for two)
Bob E. Eaton
Barbara Baker

Delegate to Charles River Deanery (one-year term, vote for two)
Patty Smith
Elaine Sweet

 

Candidates Forum

 

Meet the candidates standing for election at the Candidates Forum on Sunday, January 10, after the 10 am service. All candidates will be asked to discuss their activities at Christ Church and other parishes, and to describe how they can best serve the life and mission of Christ Church. In addition, parishioners may ask questions directly.

The slate of candidates is as follows:

Warden (two-year term, vote for one)
Rich Gatto

Vestry (three-year term, vote for four)
Julie Bullard
Kimberly Conrad
David Keener
Jeff Murphy

Vestry (two-year term, vote for one)
Bob Begin

Delegate to Diocesan Convention (one year term, vote for two)
Bob E. Eaton
Barbara Baker

Delegate to Charles River Deanery (one-year term, vote for two)
Patty Smith
Elaine Sweet