Archives for September 2016

Come Hear about Parish Trip to Haiti

Join us for a parish-wide forum this Sunday, October 23, from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Memorial Room. We will provide highlights of our annual Parish Partnership trip to Lazil, Haiti, which took place in August.

Margaret Pantridge will share her memorable impressions (with words, pictures, and music) as a first-time visitor to Haiti. We will also cover an update on the school, the music program (with a sample video), and the goat program.

There will be a raffle of a beautiful bowl for those attending!

Join our Bible Study Groups this Fall

Wednesday Bible Study is a vibrant experience with The Bible. Our theme this year is “Love Actually, Actually” and we will use the text, “Strong as Death is Love” by Robert Alter to guide our discussion. Classes begin on Wednesday, September 21 and are offered at 10 a.m. to noon and 7 – 9 pm. You are welcome to join either class.

Although the jumping off point is the text itself, group discussion brings the passages we read into relevance to our lives today. By keeping to the theme of “Love Actually, Actually”, we will be thinking critically about the Bible books we read and what they tell us about love in our world today. The Book of Ruth is about an immigrant and the reception she is given in a foreign land, a timely subject for our time. The Book of Esther shows how a female can wield power, even if it means going against the husband she loves. Wrestling with the choices God presents to us is a major theme of the Book of Jonah, how to recognize God’s love for us even when we fall short of His vision for us. We will consider history, current research, and difficulties of translation to understand why and how these stories take the form they do. The goal is personal spiritual growth through broadened understanding.

You can purchase the book  “Strong as Death is Love” (Robert Alter) or  borrow it from the Minuteman Library Network.To prepare for the first class, if you have the time: read the book’s introduction, its introduction to the Book of Ruth, and the first two chapters of Ruth. You may also be interested in reading the Book of Ruth in your own Bible to compare with Alter’s translation.

Simply join class when you can; there is no need to sign up ahead of time for class.

Let Us Entertain You … This Sunday!

Sunday, October 16 at 3:00 PM.  “An Afternoon Concert at Christ Church” directed by Pamela Goody.   Enjoy an entertaining concoction of musical treats for the ears.  Ranging from the silly to the sublime, this concert with include show tunes as well as Classical.  Vocal soloists include sopranos, Evelyn Griffin and Kim Lysaght, as well as mezzos, Lea Peterson, Donna Ames and Pamela Goody, plus bass, Mark Anderson.  The Christ Church Adult Choir will be on hand to sing a few choral numbers with Charles Raines on the organ and Steve Sussman at the piano.  Resident flute and guitar duo, Bruce Goody and Jonathan Moretz will enthrall us with their unique sound.  The public is invited to this delightful FREE concert.   Location: Christ Church Sanctuary at 1132 Highland Ave.   Needham, MA 02494. Handicapped accessible and parking available.

Sunday, November 27 at 4:00 PM.  “Evensong at Christ Church”

Experience a traditional Anglican Evensong in the Chapel.  A brief, simple service of prayer, choral music and chanting.  If you have never attended an Evensong, this is a lovely way to center yourself after a hectic week.  It is a time to be reflective and find inner peace through prayer and song.  The service is open to the public.  Location: Christ Church Chapel at 1132 Highland Ave.   Needham, MA 02494. Handicapped Accessible; parking available.

Please Note:  “Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria’ at Christ Church”, previously scheduled on Sunday, December 18 has been cancelled.

For more information, contact the church office: 781-444-1469








Bring your Pet or Photo for Blessing

Join us with your pet (or bring a photo) for a special blessing of the animals.  The blessing will take place at a short service next Sunday, October 2, at 1:00 p.m. on the lawn on Highland Avenue. We will give thanks and ask blessings for our animal friends and companions in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals. We will have treats for our furry and feathered friends!

Come to Family Event Supporting Homeless

Circle of Hope will be hosting a free family event on the Needham Center Common on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to noon. The event, “Full Circle”, will give families with preschool and elementary school-aged children a chance to volunteer their time, talents and creativity to help individuals and families facing homelessness. Participating children will experience the power to make a real difference in our communities through their contributions. For families seeking a religious connection, this event can help “connect the dots” between serving others and loving God and neighbors as Jesus teaches.

Families will receive a “Passport of Giving” and will collect stamps as they move through six meaningful, age-appropriate activity stations—each illustrating the challenges faced by homeless individuals. At the “The Basics Brigade” station, children will pack a bag filled with essential items like toothbrushes, toothpaste, hand wipes, shampoo and soap. These Dignity Bags will go directly to Circle of Hope where they will be distributed to homeless families and individuals. At the “Appreciation Station” children will write and decorate notes explaining the things in their own lives they are grateful for. These notes will be hung around The Common throughout the event. Once completing his/her passport, each child will be thanked and honored by one of the Full Circle volunteers for helping others.

Please join us in creating a Circle of Hope around the more than 7,660 people who are homeless in the greater Boston area through “Full Circle”. The needs of the homeless are growing. Family homelessness in Boston has increased 25% in the past year. “Full Circle” will be a fun and important morning for families in our area as we show even the youngest members of our community that they can use their time and talents to make a real difference and be caring kids.

The event is free and there is no need to RSVP – just show up!


Break through Stigma of Addiction

Come to this powerful community outreach event about addiction and healing at 4 p.m. on October 23.. “Four Legs to Stand On,” is a drama about families and addiction, presented by the Rhode Island group, Creating Outreach About Addiction Together (COAAST). The event encourages us to break the stigma of addiction, so that healing can begin.

Details: Fellowship Hall, Christ Episcopal Church, on Sunday, October 23 at 4 pm.

The 35-minute play explores the dynamics of relationships and addiction. Following the play, Carol Read, Program Coordinator for Substance Abuse Prevention and Education in Needham, will facilitate a conversation with the audience.

A free will offering of $10/person, $30/family is suggested to cover the expenses of bringing the production to Needham. Proceeds over expenses will go to Learn2Cope, a peer-led support network for families dealing with addiction and recovery.