Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.
1John 4: 7-8
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Parish Announcements March 2, 2014
Dates to Remember
Wednesday, March 5 Ash Wednesday Services at Noon and 7pm
Saturday, March 8 Stations of the Cross 9:15am
Sunday, March 9 Lenten Adult Forum on Forgiveness 11:15am
Thursday, March 13 Lunch Bunch 11am
Tuesday, March 18 Vestry Meeting 7:30 pm
EPISCOPAL CHARITIES ANNUAL APPEAL
“Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that you have received – only what you have given.”
- St. Francis of Assisi
Your support of the Episcopal Charities Annual Appeal in 2013 helped thousands of our friends and neighbors in Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk live better lives. Your support and your dedication to God’s Work of charity and justice allow us to serve the growing number of people who need shelter, nutrition, protection, health care – and support for spirit and soul.
Families displaced by Superstorm Sandy are returning to their homes and Episcopal Community Services continues to rebuild and support the Mastic Beach and Rockaway communities through job development, after-school programs, a community meal program and more.
More young people are connecting to their faith and experiencing God in a meaningful way through community, prayer, nature and play at Camp DeWolfe. And well over 2,000 people (young and old) came to retreats at Camp DeWolfe – enjoying the beautiful surroundings for reflection and contemplation.
Parish Ministries across the Diocese are engaging their communities and offering hope to thousands of people – sharing Christ’s love through food and fellowship, youth mentoring, support for caregivers, intercultural ministry, campus ministry and more.
Hundreds of individuals and families in crisis – clergy members and laypersons – were counseled with the support of Episcopal Charities ... and so very much more will be possible in 2014!
Thank you for your contributions!
WHY FORGIVE? A Lenten Adult Education Series
Beginning on Sunday March 9, we will begin 4 part series based on the award winning book, "Why Forgive?" from 11:15 to noon
Together, we will explore the true stories of ordinary people who live with scars from violent crime, abuse, and betrayal. The course will also examine how to deal with the everyday wounds from backbiting, gossip, strained families ties, and tensions at the workplace. Going beyond simple answers or platitudes, we will have open and honest discussions about the process of forgiveness and how to allow God to bring healing to our deepest hurts.
FOR GOD SO LOVED, He Gave ...
As we seek to become the people God calls us to be, let us remember this idea: when we love, we give. We don't give because we feel guilty, any more than we say "I love you" to our children because we'd feel guilty if we do not. When we love someone, we also honor our commitments that we make to them.
Did you know we have:
42 Pledging Families.
29 Families (69%) whose pledges are current through February 2014
8 Families (19%) whose pledges are behind in their pledged giving
5 Families (22%) who have not given yet toward their 2014 pledge
If you made a pledge to Christ Church and are unable to fulfill it due to unforeseen circumstances, please contact the church office. Otherwise, please check your financial records and confirm your pledged giving is up to date. Scripture reminds us, "Let us love not just with words and in our talk only, but with our actions and in reality."
Gracious God, may your Spirit continue your work within us, your people, so that we may be people who love like your Son loved, giving from a sincere and generous heart. Amen.
INTERGENERATIONAL SUNDAY SCHOOL
On Family Sunday, we will share an intergenerational Sunday school from 11:15 am to noon. We will share together, learn together and discuss together a biblical lesson with small groups that will include “grand” members and “junior” members of our congregation. We anticipate a fun, uplifting, and encouraging time together! Your voice is needed, so make plans to stick around!
Meets the first Saturday of every month at 9:15 am in the church at the side altar. If you have any questions, please contact Julian Sottovia.
COFFEE HOUR SIGN UP
Looking for an easy way to express your care for our church family? Sign up to make coffee and bring treats this winter during our coffee hour. Offering hospitality to your sisters and brothers is a wonderful act of worship. The signup sheet is available outside the office door.
Join us for Lunch Bunch on the second and fourth Thursday of each month from 11:00am to 1pm. Don’t forget to bring your sandwich.
BEING FAITHFUL STEWARDS
When you head out of town or miss a Sunday, please don’t forget to send in your weekly or monthly pledge in the mail or bring it the following week to stay current. Your faithful support ensures that we are able to continue to do the good work that God has called us to do, even when you’re away! Thank you for your generosity.
Where is your place of service?
Would you like to be a reader, lead us in our prayers, sing, or help serve at the altar? Would you rather help behind the scenes as an altar guild member or help with counting the offerings? What about serving as a greeter or an usher, or assisting one of our teachers in Sunday School? Do you have a heart for social justice and want to make a difference? You could help with outreach!
No matter what you’re good at, there’s a place for you to jump in!
Contact Pat at the church office, and let us know how and where you’d like to serve. Her email is: firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office.
CHILDREN’S ACTIVITY AREA
Please find at the back of the church an area with materials for children to take to the pews. There are special activity sheets for the children each week in addition to kid-friendly worship booklets, books, Bibles, toys and other items to help children feel at home in worship. Kindly return borrowed items.
2 John McNaboe
9 Dylan Stringer, Stacey Pedone
15 Emily Stollberger
18 Joyce Martin 30 Barbara Seylar
HAPPY BIRTHDAY from your Christ Church Family!!!!
A Lenten Reflection from The Rev. Matt Oprendek
Have you heard of the One Minute Bedtime Story? It’s for parents who want to trim their bed-time routine with their children down to a snapshot moment. Something that could be savored and enjoyed (some quiet time at the end of the day with someone you love) can now be completed with a fast-food speed and ease. How about that? The truth is, a one minute bed-time story is better than no bed-time story at all. But the popularity of this book suggests we’re obsessed with speed as a society.
Journalist and author Carl Honore wisely observed that we wear our speed with honor. The busier you are, the more important you must be. That speed and business also serves another function besides boosting our ego. It keeps us from asking ourselves the harder questions. Questions like:
How are you doing? Ever feel like you’re just going through the motions? Do you feel like there’s not enough time in each day? Are you really actually happy right now?
An Episcopal church in Boston had a large banner hanging outside, asking those same kinds of questions. At the bottom of the banner, it read, “Then get your a#$ back in church!” While I don’t think the Boston style of “encouragement” would work in Garden City, I do think they’re on to something.
The season of Lent invites us — woos us, perhaps — with gentle whispers saying, “Hey, my friend — slow down for a minute! I want you to have a good life! But you gotta set aside some time to care for your inner life.”
I’ll confess that I used to dread the coming of Lent every year. I thought to myself, “It’s such a downer. All this talk about sin, feeling guilty, giving up stuff I really like, and all the talking about Jesus’ death. Can it get more depressing?”
Then I started to see things differently. The image of Jesus on the cross became an image of love. One that said, “I love you so much that I will die to restore our relationship.” The giving-things-up part? It became an opportunity to put down “the baggage” that I’ve been carrying around. Stuff that weighs me down — stuff like bitterness, ungratefulness, callousness. Repentance became a simple “turning back towards God, the source of Love.”
At Christ Church during Lent, our Sunday Morning services will “slow down” a little bit. We’ll have more silence and reflection. We have the chance to slow down when we walk through the stations of the cross together on three Saturday mornings. During our Lenten Education Series, we’ll share in some real life stories of people who learned to forgive after suffering unspeakable hardships. People who’ve found joy on the other side of grief and heartache. We’ll also have some wonderful special services, and a very helpful seminar presented by our own Dr. Fred Smith on end of life issues after our Palm Sunday service.
The Benedictine monk David Steindl-Rast reminds us that the key to being grateful and happy is actually pretty simple. We learned it as children, before crossing the road: Stop, look both ways, and then go.
This Lent I I hope you’ll join us — before you cross into the next season of your own life. I hope you’ll dare to slow down or even stop. I hope you’ll look around and think about what you might be carrying that’s weighing you down. I hope you’ll find that Lent is really an invitation from Love itself — our Savior Jesus who says, “My friend, I want you to have a good life. Will you set some time aside for your inner life?” May we have the strength and courage to say, “Yes.”
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Baptized Christians from other denominations become members of the Episcopal Church upon Confirmation or reception. Full preparation for Baptism or Confirmation is arranged with the clergy. Families of infants and young children will meet with the clergy to discuss the meaning of Baptism and their responsibility as Christians, godparents and congregational sponsors. Adults, older children and youth who are interested in preparing for Baptism are individually mentored by clergy and congregational sponsors in a year-round program.
Confirmation is the rite in which a Christian makes a statement of faith and responsibility in the church. Christ Church provides classes for youth and adults who wish to take this important step. Youth who desire to make an informed choice about being confirmed are mentored by the rector and other adults prior to general Confirmations by the Bishop.
Reception is a rite in which a Roman Catholic, Orthodox Christian or Lutheran is received into the Episcopal Church.
Membership at Christ Church involves two additional commitments: first, a person participates regularly in the worship, study, fellowship and service of our parish community, and second, he or she makes a pledge of support to our congregation and its mission. When one meets these requirements, he or she becomes a full voting member .
Not everyone in church on a Sunday is a parishioner. Seekers, sojourners and inquirers are most welcome and enrich our worship and common life.
To inquire about Baptism, Confirmation, Reception or parish membership, please contact the church office.