News Archive

The articles below are selected news highlights. See the Newsletters page for current and past issues of our monthly newsletter The Visitor.

Unite thru Interfaith Music Concert Oct. 20.

We invite you to an interfaith concert titled “We Build the World with Love” on Saturday, October 20th at 7:00 p.m. in the Christ Church sanctuary. Please join cantorial soloist Jodi Blankstein and bandmates of the ensemble “Sanctuary”. They will perform, surrounded by members of the Christ Church Choir, directed by Pamela Goody. After the concert, Christ Church will host a reception in our Community Art Gallery. Guests will be able to view and purchase artwork made by youth, with proceeds going to Kids4Peace Boston, a nonprofit organization that trains interfaith youth to be peace leaders.

Here’s a preview of the concert: “Peace by Piece” by Robbie Solomon; performed in rehearsal by “Sanctuary” and members of Christ Church Choir

 

 

Join Men’s “On Being” Podcast Discussions

Men of Christ Church: Join us in breaking bread and enjoying conversation based on podcasts from Krista Tippet’s “On Being”.  Meetings take place on the following Sundays: November 4 and 18, and December 2 and 16, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. in the Lower Parish Hall.  Topics include big questions of meaning, purpose and value found through spiritual inquiry, science, social healing, and the arts. “On Being” is a ground-breaking, Peabody Award-winning NPR program. Enjoy the podcasts … and join a rich discussion!

 

Fund blankets for Boston homeless

Help us contribute mylar blankets to the homeless. Christ Church is fundraising throughout the month of October to purchase mylar blankets for the homeless community we serve at the MANNA Monday Lunch Program at the Cathedral in Boston.  The cost of the blankets is only about 80¢ each, so a little money goes a long way!   To donate, please see Debby Rempis at coffee hour.  Cash or checks are accepted. (Please make checks out to Christ Church and put MANNA Blanket Drive on the memo line.)

Come to Circle of Hope Event Oct. 13

Join us at Full Circle, which is Circle of Hope’s annual family event. We will be back for our third year on Saturday, October 13, 10 am-12 noon on the Needham Town Common. Last year, nearly 300 parents and children participated in this event, both fun and meaningful.  Each child receives a “Passport of Giving” and moves through different stations, collecting stamps and completing fun hands-on activities. The focus is on helping homeless individuals and families. This event is free and all are welcome … so, please join us!

 

Circle of Hope Open for Business

Help us outfit children who are homeless as they return to school and fall routines. A new school year and new hope … we’re in this together.

Circle of Hope has returned to its school year hours, as follows for Sept. – June:

Monday: 9 am-11 am
Tuesday: 9 am-11 am and 3 pm-5 pm
Wednesday: 9 am-11 am and 3 pm-5 pm
Thursday: 9 am-11 am
Saturday: 9 am-11 am

Over the summer, COH helped 850 people in just one week in July! More than 400 infants and children, along with 450 women and men, received essential clothing, sneakers, and toiletries from COH for a healthier summer. We made sure each shelter and clinic had an ample supply of clothing for emergency needs of homeless families, refugees, and people struggling with chronic homelessness to carry them through until September.

For more information, visit www.circleofhopeonline.org

Celebrate Bounty: Art Show and Mini Market

On Sunday, Sept. 23 at 11:15 a.m., please join us in the Upper Parish Hall for “Tending the Garden”, celebrating a season of growth and bounty. We will have a “Meet and Greet the Artists” community reception, with the opportunity to meet talented artists who have shared their creative visions of nature and bounty. We are also holding our first mini Farmer’s Market, with flowers, baked goodies, and cookbooks for sale. We will be celebrating the abundance in our lives. 100% of the proceeds from the market (and a portion of the month’s art sales) will go to Community Servings. This organization’s mission is to prepare and deliver hot, nutritious, culturally sensitive food to people with medical and emotional illnesses in Rhode Island and the greater Boston area, while also training individuals for work in the food service industry.

 

Youth Choir: Sing to the Lord a New Song!

Christ Church is proud to announce the revitalization of its youth choir program! Aspiring singers (that’s all of you!) ages 12-18 are invited to participate in weekly rehearsals (Mondays 5:30pm – 7:00pm, beginning Sept. 10) that will culminate in performances at occasional Sunday services and other musical happenings. This is a great opportunity for young people to learn about music, community, and fellowship, as well as deepen their appreciation for the role of music in our worship traditions.
The group will be directed by Lea Peterson, with assistance from Myra Anderson. Myra is a long-time parishioner and singer at Christ Church as well as the former leader of the youth choir program. Lea has been working at Christ Church for the past 2 years as a section leader, soloist, and occasional conductor in the adult choir. She is a freelance musician in the Boston area who frequently works with high-school-age students while also maintaining her own singing career as a classical mezzo-soprano. She began her music directing path with Rejoice! Inspirational Choir, a non-denominational gospel choir, and has a special aptitude for new religious music. Lea is passionate about
choral music of all genres, including classical, musical theatre, spiritual and folk, a cappella and chamber, and traditional gospel. She is’very excited to work with Christ Church’s young community and hopes to create a group in which mutual respect, collaboration, and desire to learn come together to make
great music.
For more information, please reach out to one of us. We look forward to bringing the youth choral tradition back to Christ Church!
Lea Peterson: lea.peterson95@gmail.com
Myra Anderson: myra.anderson@comcast.net
Pamela Goody, Music Director at CEC: pamela.goody@ccneedham.org

Join Fall Bible Study: “Good Girls, Bad Girls”

Beginning September 19, Wednesday Bible Study will be examining the role of the major female figures of the Old Testament–their individual choices, the historical and cultural context, Jewish and Christian interpretations, and the relevance to our own times. The companion text for this class is Good Girls, Bad Girls by T. J. Wray. Copies are available in the church office are are free to participants (through the Scripture Study Fund). Please sign up for the class when you pick up your copy.  You can attend either the morning (10am-noon) or evening (7-8:30pm) session. This will be a discussion-based opportunity led by Tracy Rubin, MTS, Harvard Divinity School.  Any level of participation is welcome. Please plan to join us this fall as we begin an exciting year of communal study and sharing to deepen our faith through mindful attention to scripture.

Begins on 9/16 … Program on Episcopal Faith

Everything you’ve wanted to know … about Christ Church Needham and the Episcopal faith. This fall, a six-session program called “Putting Down Roots” will address beliefs, worship, theology, sacraments, governance and history of the Episcopal church as well as how members of Christ Church live out love of God and neighbor in the world. Taught by Christ Church clergy and lay leaders, the program is open to all: new residents of Needham, people considering joining and people who are already members.

The class will be held from 6:30-8:00 pm on the following Sunday evenings: September 16, 23 and 30 and October 14, 21 and 28.

To sign up or for more information, please email Rector Rev. Nicholas Morris-Kliment.

Men’s Group Kicks off New Season

Please join the Men’s Fellowship on October 3 at 7 p.m  in Lower Parish Hall for Pasta and Podcast.  We’ll decide which podcasts from Krista Tippet’s “On Being” Podcast catalogue will be the subject of Men’s Fellowship discussions in November and December. And we’ll eat….pasta! Questions? Be in touch with John Carr (johncarr268@gmail.com) or Brian Mukherjee (brmu@comcast.net)