Archives for November 2017

Opening Our Hearts to those in Need

During the Advent season, we will share our blessings with others by contributing to the St. Nicholas Boot Drive, the Annual Christmas Giving Tree, and the Cathedral Clothing Closet. We thank our many members and friends of Christ Church for their donations and generous spirit in bringing Christmas to many. Opportunities include:

Annual Giving Tree

Christmas is fast approaching and so we are putting our thoughts on Christmas and the Christ Church Annual Giving Tree. The agencies we serve would like to have our offering of gifts to the recipients by Monday, December 18th. So all gifts will need to be at Christ Church by Sunday, December 17th. Please consider donating one (or more) of the following:

Gifts for Children: Tags are on the Giving Tree for the children of the women living at Shepherd House. Please take a tag, check the number on your tag, and sign up on the “Shepherd House Childrens Gift” sign-up sheet.

– Gift Cards for Women at Transition House: We will also again be making gifts to Transition House, a battered women’s shelter in Cambridge. We will be collecting $25 gift cards to Target. We had 70 cards last year and will likely need about the same number of cards this year.

Women’s Winter Care Packages: We will be doing the Women’s Winter Care Packages again. These are bags for the women living at Shepherd House, a program for women in recovery run by Victory Programs. The items we include in each bag
are: hat, scarf, gloves or mittens, toothpaste and toothbrush, lip gloss, body/hand lotion and shampoo. You may add anything else to the bag (lipstick, night gown, jewelry, etc.) that you wish, including a note of encouragement to the woman who receives the bag. All are greatly appreciated! You may also fill up a bag of your own with all the items listed.

St Nicholas Boot Drive – for NEW Boots!

Please join the Chiappinelli family in helping Boston’s homeless children by contributing new boots to the St. Nicholas Boot Drive. Circle of Hope volunteers will give these boots to homeless children in the weeks to come to provide warmth throughout the winter months. We are deeply grateful to the Chiappinelli family for organizing the boot drive for the firth year in a row and we thank all who donate. DROP OFF boots in the labeled bins in the Upper Parish Hall at Christ Church by Sunday, December 17.

 

Cathedral Clothing Closet

In December, we hope to provide a set of thermal underwear, a warm hat and a pair of warm gloves to every guest of MANNA’s Monday Lunch who spends most of their day and night outside over the winter. Myra Anderson will be collecting cash donations on December 3rd and December 10th to purchase long underwear, gloves and hats at reduced prices to ensure that everyone is helped. Your donation of $15 will buy a set of all three! Checks can be made out to Christ Church, with “MANNA Clothing” in the memo line. As always, in our box in Upper Parish Hall, we will continue to collect warm clothing and outerwear, travel-size toiletries, backpacks and new socks to keep the Clothing Closet well-stocked all winter. If you would like
to help distribute clothing, join us on our next trip to Boston on December 11th.
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Contact Myra at myra.anderson@comcast.net.

Submit Your Nominations for Parish Leadership Positions

Members – please submit your nomination forms to elect our next slate of Vestry leaders, Warden, and other parish leadership roles. Forms are due in to the Parish Office or via email by end of day on Tuesday, November 28.  We ask that you check with any candidate you have in mind before you submit his/her name. We also welcome people interested in serving to nominate themselves. Voting will take place at the Annual Meeting on January 28, 2018.

Click here  for a description of positions and a ballot form. Also, you can find nomination forms in the Upper Parish Hall at church.

Join Festivities of Annual Christmas Party

Celebrate the season at the Christ Church Christmas party on Saturday, December 9, 6:30 – 9:30 pm. Lovely Christmas music, great fellowship, festive Christmas décor, and a cash bar (also alcohol-free punch). We encourage everyone to bring a food item to share … hot or cold hors d’oeuvres or finger desserts. (There will be sign-up sheets after coffee hour). Please contact Jo-Anne
Allen at 781-444-3271 for more information.

Massachusetts Bishops urge action in wake of gun violence

Our Bishops in the Dioceses in Massachusetts urge leaders and public to take action against gun violence. Their letter comes in the wake of the recent shooting in Texas. Read their response here.

Join Our Christ Church Choir!

An Invitation from Pam Goody, Music Director …

Dear Christ Church Family,

October and November are Stewardship months. While we are all stewards of our beautiful house of worship, we are also stewards of the spiritual life of the church and its people. Spirituality comes to us through the singing of hymns and through choral anthems. Ministry of music is essential to the life of the church, for it speaks to the heart in a way that nothing else can. Why not join the choir as your personal ministry and spirituality? It is lovely to reach out to others in ways you may never know. Another option is to become a leader or co-leader of a youth choir and help our enthusiastic children sing, for they are the future of the church.

You may be thinking that you and your children already have too many things to do. Think about what is most important to you and make a conscious decision to focus on a few things. A simpler life is less stressful and all around.When I was in my early teen years, choices weren’t in abundance, like they are today; yet, I had scheduling conflicts. I remember there were three groups I wanted to join, but they met on the same night. It was a dilemma. “Couldn’t I try them all?”My parents wisely told me I had to make a choice. I could join only one out of the three. They told me that once I made a commitment, I would be obliged to honor the commitment. Then my parents stepped back and let me make my own decision.

Are you curious what I chose? I chose choir. This was the first major decision I made totally on my own and I chose well. At the time, I didn’t know I was making a life-altering decision that would shape my future. If I hadn’t chosen choir, I wouldn’t have had so many wonderful opportunities in my life. I would not have gone to a college for music; I would not have met my wonderful husband, and I would not be your Music Director.

We know where our decisions will lead us, nor the impact they will have on our lives. I feel that if we listen to the guidance of our inner wisdom, we will make choices that will lead to greatness. What choices will you make that will lead you toward an exciting new direction? You won’t be able to do everything, so choose the one or two things that are most important to you. Financial stewardship is so necessary to keeping the doors open, but it just may be the music stewardship program that keeps your heart open. I’ll step back now and let you decide.

Peace,
Pam

Bishop Gates addresses Annual Convention

On November 4, Bishop Gates addressed the 232rd Annual Convention of the Eastern Diocese of Massachusetts. He shared his view of mission strategy, priorities, and staff re-organization. To see the video and read his address, click here.

 

Join us for Evensong – Sunday, Nov. 26

Join us this Sunday, Nov. 26 at 4 p.m. in the Chapel, just as daylight begins to fade. Evensong is a brief, simple service, which offers us a chance to experience God’s peace through prayer, choral music, and chanting in the Anglican tradition. We invite members of the greater community to join us and together, we will extend the spirit of Thanksgiving through the weekend.

Get Ready to Shop … at Holiday Gift Shop!

The Christ Church annual Holiday Gift Shop is back … this Sunday, December 3. The Shop opens for church members after the 10 a.m. service, and we welcome the public to join us at noon. Doors close at 2 p.m.

Our tables include the following: baked goods, jewelry, raffle items and experiences, and a “New to You” table.

Invite a friend or neighbor to join you, and together, enjoy the festive spirit of the Gift Shop, find your treasures, and support the missions of Christ Church.