Archives for February 2020

Participate fully in Lenten offerings

HOLY WEEK SERVICES – Click on Holy Week 2020 Services (1) for a listing of all services, beginning on April 5, Palm Sunday. In late March, we will provide an update regarding when/whether public services will take place at the church. This is due to coronavirus.

LENT-TO-GO BOXES – These boxes contain aids for prayer and reflection during the season of Lent.  They will be available at church for members of the congregation beginning Sunday, March 1. Each kit contains a tiny package of consecrated ashes, prayers, instructions, a battery-operated candle, a mini altar cloth, and a few other surprises!

LENTEN PREACHING SERIES AT CATHEDRAL OF ST. PAUL – We live in an age of widespread violence – physical, verbal, and spiritual. How are people of faith called to respond to, resist, and reverse the scourge of violence in our times? What does Christ call us to do and be, individually and together as the church? This Lent, hear from pastors, clinicians and scholars who are prayerfully engaging with these questions. You are invited to join a brief worship service at 12 pm, at the cathedral (138 Tremont Street, Boston: map), followed by a light lunch and conversation with the preacher. Sign-up is not required. Click here to view a pdf of the speaking schedule.

LIVING WELL THROUGH LENT 2020 – Interested this Lent in learning to live your life with more courage? Of living bravely in a time that calls for us to stand against spiritual, verbal, and physical violence? The daily meditations in this booklet can get us started living with more heart and courage in a time that calls forth our best selves. Pick up a copy in the Upper Parish Hall, in the Narthex of the main church, or in front of the church office. Visit LivingCompass.org/Lent to learn more or to sign-up for daily emails.

Join 3/22 church service via Zoom

WORSHIP ON ZOOM – This Sunday, March 22 at 10am!
 
Thank you for giving this different on-line worship platform a try.
“Wherever two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18.20)
Jesus is present among us on-line as surely as he is with us when we gather in person, even though we experience that presence differently.
Here is how to access the Zoom Morning Prayer Service. Click here for the PDF bulletin. It is recommended to log in to the meeting 5 or 10 minutes early, so as to be ready when the meeting begins. Please email the office (office@ccneedham.org) for the Zoom link.
Preaching and presiding: The Rev. Elise Feyerherm, PhD
Assisting: Myra Anderson
For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ. (Letter to the Colossians, 2:5)

3/15 Natural Resources Event – CANCELLED

This month our Community Art Gallery features an exhibit that highlights art celebrating our Mother Earth and exploring the use of recycled and natural materials in the making of art. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, we have cancelled public viewing of the artwork, beginning March 14. We will reevaluate the situation in late March.

We are also cancelling our “Green Team” reception on March 15th from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm to meet the artists, see their artwork, and also view demonstrations of green energy opportunities from a variety of vendors.

 

Help us plan for summer B-SAFE Camp

The Diocese is preparing for Summer 2020 B-SAFE Camp. B-SAFE is a five-week, full-day academic and enrichment program serving young people from first grade through high school. The goal of the program is to build a community where all people feel safe, feel big, and feel connected.

If you would like to volunteer to assist with the 2020 program, please email Liz Steinhauser at liz@ststephensbos.org.

Please join us at the annual B-SAFE Partnership Gathering on Sunday, March 1 from 1 pm to 3 pm, at the Church of the Redeemer in Chestnut Hill, 379 Hammond Street. Christ Church will be partnering with the Church of the Redeemer and other area churches to coordinate lunches for campers on a couple of days. On March 1, we will meet the B-Safe staff, learn more about the program, and begin to coordinate plans for summer 2020. Lunch will be served.

 

Join today’s 10 a.m. service via live-stream

JOIN US SUNDAY, MARCH 15 AS WE TRY OUT VIRTUAL WORSHIP AT 10:00 A.M. EASTERN TIME.

This isn’t the Lent we expected! But surely, God must have blessings in it.

Below is everything you need to join in worship. If you need assistance, call Ali in the church office at 781-444-1469, ext. 110, between 9:15 to 9:45 am or right after the service starts.

To prepare:

  • Find a comfortable place to sit.
  • Get some bread and wine/grape juice/juice and have it in front of you. You’ll need them when we get to the Eucharistic Prayer.
  • Click here for the bulletin and (we are struggling a little with file size, so the text is still a bit blurry) a special prayer; click here for the hymns. We may sing a little.
  • Click here at 10 am to join the live-streamed service
  • Instead of Passing the Peace in the usual way, reach out after worship to those who come to you in your mind’s eye, by phone, email, or text, and connect to them with the Peace of Christ.
  • Let us know how this experience was for you! (office@ccneedham.org)

Additional Reading

The live-stream service will be the only service offered today. All in-person services are cancelled for the foreseeable future due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Christ Church Ministries for Women and Men

Christ Church welcomes your participation in special activities designed to deepen fellowship and camaraderie among women and among men.

The next “Women’s Dinner Out” will take place Tuesday, March 3, at 6:30 PM at District 118 Kitchen and Bar at 118 Needham Street, Newton. If you’d like to attend, please email donna.vello@gmail.com to RSVP. The  January dinner attracted 16 participants. Dinners are held periodically during the regular church year (September-June).

Men’s dinners are held on selected Wednesday evenings at the Echo Bridge Restaurant in Newton Upper Falls. The next one on Wednesday, February 19, will feature a “mystery, world-renowned speaker.” If you’d like to attend, please contact organizer Bill Eichhold at weichh@yahoo.com. Christ Church men also meet for informal prayer and conversation on Tuesday mornings from 8:00-8:45 in the Memorial Room. For more information, please contact the Rev. Nick Morris-Kliment at nick@ccneedham.org.