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Crossings is the insert in the service leaflet in church and also available here online.

January 25, 2014


CHILDREN’S MINISTRY: If it’s your child’s first time, a parent or guardian must attend with their child in order to register and provide vital health and contact information). Nursery care is provided for children ages 0-3 in the nursery during the 9:00 and 11:00 services.  Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is offered to children ages 3-12:
  • 9:00 — During the sermon, children of all ages are invited to gather in the Baptistery for a time of prayer, scripture, and song.
  • 10:00 — Children’s Formation Hour: Children ages 3-5 and 9-12 meet in the Sheepfold. Children ages 6-8 meet on the Parish Hall stage.
  • 11:00 — At the singing of the Gloria, children depart for Catechesis in procession, following the Cross. Children ages 3-5 go left to the Sheepfold; children ages 6+ go right to the Parish Hall. They return during the Offertory for Holy Communion.

DURING SERVICES the Retreat Room (in the back of the church) is provided for you to use with a restless child. From there you can see and hear the service.

ADULT FORMATION resumes today at 9:00 AM in the Parish Hall. Scott Sterner is teaching on the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible, in January and February:
  • TodayGod Uses Flawed Patriarchs
  • February 1: God Chooses the Hebrews
  • February 8: Why God Will Drive Out the Canaanites

A VERY SPECIAL VISITOR: We are honored to have the Rev. Dr. John and Dr. Ruth Senyonyi visiting Christ the Redeemer this morning. John is Vice Chancellor (President) of Uganda Christian University (UCU). Through our Africa Task Force, we have supported scholarships, faculty, and building projects at UCU since our founding in 2009. Dr. Senyonyi will give a presentation at 10:00 AM in the Parish Hall on the topic, The Vital Role of the Anglican Church in East Africa. He will preach at the 11:00 AM service. Please make a special effort to come and greet our guests. 

HEALING PRAYER: At the 11:00 AM service an experienced healing team will be available at the rear of the church to pray for you with complete discretion about any concern.

EOT PIZZA LUNCH FUNDRAISER FOR VICTORIA THORNBURG: At the close of the 11:00 AM service today, Victoria will be commissioned as she prepares to receive training and serve with Youth With a Mission (YWAM). EOT wants to raise another $320 for their portion of her support from her church through today’s Pizza Lunch. The Outreach Team (Fr. Malcolm, Aaron Mahnke, Gloria Liias, Lillian Harper, Scott Ames, Alex Miller, Kathy Bourgault, and Linda Dube) thanks you for your generous support.

HOSPITALITY: Please join us in the Parish Hall today, after the 11:00 service for food and fellowship. We need more people to participate in the Hospitality Ministry. Of special need right now is two or three more people to help with clean up, about once a month. If you would be willing to help with this ministry, please contact Allegra (email).


BAND OF BROTHERS, a group for Christ the Redeemer men, in their 20s and 30s, meets weekly on Monday nights at 7:00 PM for fellowship, Bible study, and prayer. Contact Adam Salter Gosnell (email) for more information.

TUESDAY BIBLE STUDY meets in the sacristy Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00 PM.  For more information, please call Richard Thorndike (978-922-3618).

ECUMENICAL CHORAL EVENSONG: The Choir of Christ the Redeemer and minister of music Dan McKinley will lead musically an ecumenical Choral Evensong, sponsored by the Community of St. Gregory the Great and its pastor, Fr. Jürgen Liias, at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Parish, 71 Central Street, Stoneham, 7:00 PM, Wednesday, January 28. Sean Cardinal O’Malley will preach; incense will be used. A reception follows the one-hour service.

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY: Join us on Thursdays from 10:00-noon. Our winter study is Reflections of Hope written by Campus Crusade for Christ and inspired by the film Magdalena, a story of tenderness, freedom, and hope. Come join us and see Jesus through the eyes of Mary Magdalene and the many other women Jesus encountered. Contact Kim (email).

OUR BODIES PROCLAIM THE GOSPEL: Join us for an all day conference on Saturday, January 31, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, led by best selling author and popular theologian Christopher West, as we discuss the theology of our bodies. Cost: $25 in advance; $30 at the door (includes lunch and $10 study guide).


MEN’S BREAKFAST: The next Christ the Redeemer Men’s Breakfast takes place on Saturday, February 14, 8:30-10:30 AM in the Parish Hall. Bob Craig will lead us in a new series of discussions exploring The What, Why and How of Prayer. Join us and bring a friend. Please let David (email) know what you would be willing to bring in the way of breakfast food.

ANGLICAN ORIENTATION AND MEMBERSHIP CLASS takes place Saturday, February 14, 9:00 AM –12:30 PM. Fr. Malcolm and Dr. Bill Harper will answer questions you have about “the Anglican Way.” Please let Fr. Malcolm (email) or Bill (email) know of your interest so they can have enough handouts.

FILMS WORTH TALKING ABOUT presents its next feature Saturday, February 14; food and fellowship start at 6:30 PM. The movie is I Am David, a 2003 indie production from Walden Media. It’s a story of a young boy given a chance to escape a Communist prison camp, and his emotional journey from darkest despair to belief in the goodness of people. This is a Christian film through and through. RSVP to Michael (978-927-3095).

SHROVE TUESDAY SUPPER: Our annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper will take place on February 17. Mark your calendars now and watch Crossings for further details.

THREE CORDS COFFEEHOUSE: Our next Three Cords Coffeehouse will take place Saturday, March 14 and will be a St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Mark your calendars.

OUR NEXT THIRD SATURDAY HEALING SERVICE takes place Saturday, February 21, 5:00 PM. Come and take advantage of this special time in the Lord’s presence.

WOMEN’S RETREAT: A Women’s Ministry Retreat is planned for Friday evening to Sunday noon, May 29-31 at Adleynrood in Byfield, MA. Susan Currie is the speaker. The cost estimate is $275 with a DEPOSIT OF $100 NEEDED BY MARCH 1. Watch Crossings, our website page, and visit the Adleynrood website. Contact Jennifer (email) or Kathy Riquier (email.

MISSION SUPPORT REQUEST: Victoria Thornburg requests prayer and financial support for Discipleship Training School (run by Youth With A Mission (YWAM). The focus of this program is learning how to combat human trafficking by experiencing God’s redemptive love and giving it away to those who are spiritually or physically enslaved. Approximately $7,500 needed. Approximately $7,500 is needed. Checks can be made out to Christ the Redeemer; clearly write V. Thornburg YWAM on the memo line.  For more info or if you have questions, contact Victoria (email).


GORDON COLLEGE’S Center for Faith and inquiry is hosting an interview of Dr. Marv Wilson by Dr. Kirsten Heacock Sanders on his new book, Exploring Our Hebraic Heritage: A Christian Theology of Roots and Renewal. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at a book signing before the event. The event takes place in the Ken Olson Science Center on Thursday, January 29. Reception and Book Signing at 4:00 PM, interview at 4:30 PM.

A MEMORIAL SERVICE: A memorial service celebrating the life of the Rev. Martha Giltinan will take place on Saturday, February 7, 11:00AM, at Christ Church of Hamilton & Wenham. Following the service, a light lunch will be offered in the Parish Hall. Please join us as we celebrate Martha’s life and share memories.

HOUSING NEED: Members Josh and Ashleigh Vanada (and their 5 year old dog) are looking for a house/townhouse/apartment to begin renting in April. They are looking for a place with at least 2 bedrooms. If you know of any options, please contact Ashleigh (email).


SERMONS AND ADULT FORMATION PRESENTATIONS: Did you know that you can listen to sermons and adult formation presentations and view visuals on our website? For example, all three weeks of the audio and visuals for Fr. Ray’s recent series on Preparing for the Prince of Peace: Forgiveness, Reconciliation, and Restoration are available here. This page contains sermons and presentations from the last ten weeks. This page also has a link to earlier sermons and presentations here.

WE ASK that you please refrain from taking flash photos during worship services.

TO HELP US KEEP THE CHURCH NEAT and save extra work for the usher team and sexton, we request that you not bring coffee or other refreshments into the church, take your bulletin and inserts home with you to read, and check the areas where you sit to be sure you are not forgetting to take anything home. Thank you for your help.

  1. Proceed in an orderly manner to the nearest FIRE EXIT. Notify an usher if you need assistance.
  2. Proceed to the Rallying Point on the lawn in front of the Sheepfold trailer on west side of building. DO NOT GO TO YOUR CAR. Your children will meet you there.
  3. Await further instructions in that location.

SNOW CANCELLATIONS: Should it be necessary to cancel a worship service or other event at Christ the Redeemer due to severe weather, a notice will be posted on FOX News Channel 25 Boston and on our website.

BUILDING SECURITY: If you are the person in charge of a ministry event or meeting at the church, it is YOUR responsibility to see that lights are off, thermostats turned down and all doors are locked when you exit the building. If you need instruction with any of these tasks, please ask the Sexton, Julian Vance or Lay Minister for Administration, David Greening.

CHANGE OF MAILING ADDRESS: If you have made arrangement to have your offering checks mailed to the church office, please advise your financial institution or check writing firm that our suite number has changed. We are now in SUITE 2B at 85 Constitution Lane, Danvers. Thank you.

ON STREET PARKING INFORMATION: The Town of Danvers recently painted the parking shoulder areas on Elliott Street (Rt. 62) on both the east and westbound sides. Thank you for your cooperation; we greatly appreciate those who park on Elliott Street to leave room on property for those needing to park closer to the building. 

CROSSINGS DEADLINE is noon on Mondays. The office staff is happy to edit your Crossings notices; however we do not have the time to write them for you. Please help us by composing a concise draft of your announcement and include all important information: dates, time, location, etc. Thank you.

NEW ONLINE GIVING OPTIONsecure, fast and automated! Scroll to the bottom of this page where you will see Support CTR with an E-Giving link, which connects directly to a new system for online tithing. In order to simplify your weekly or monthly giving, you can use the system either by creating your personal Log-in and Password or as ‘Guest’ if you are still unsure of using an online format for your regular giving. The site uses either debit cards or ACH (check transfers), whichever you prefer. The site does not accept credit cards as a reflection of our church policy. It’s fast, easy, and relatively painless. Now your giving can be between you and the Lord, and in the cloud! Call JoAnn at the office (978-774-3163, ext. 356) if you have questions or need help.

PASTORAL COUNSELING: Christ The Redeemer now offers confidential pastoral counseling to individuals, couples, and families in our parish. For more information, please contact Heather Thornburg (email; 978-774-3163 ext. 357).

SACRISTY ACCESSIBILITY: A new policy has been put in place regarding the sacristy (the room behind the altar where clergy and lay ministers robe and prepare for the worship services). In order to prepare their hearts for worship, the door to the sacristy will be closed 15 minutes prior to each service! If you need to talk to a clergy member or lay minister serving any given day, please wait until AFTER the service. Thank you!

CHRIST THE REDEEMER HAS A PORTABLE RAMP: If you need help with stairs, inside or outside, please contact an usher and the ramp can be placed where needed.

REMINDER: Whether you are scheduling a meeting or any other event you need to contact David (email; 978-774-3163) to get it on the calendar, and to confirm that the space you’d like to use is available.

PHOTOS FOR THE WEBSITE: We’re always in search of photos for our website that display the rich variety of ministries and activities taking place at Christ the Redeemer. Please capture photos that show your ministry in action and email them to our webmaster, Susan Russo,  but please do not take flash photos during worship services.

BIO-COMPOSTABLE PRODUCTS: If you are using Christ the Redeemer’s kitchen for one of your meetings, please feel free to use the bio-compostable plates, bowls, utensils, and cups that are stored under the island. They are not paper or plastic and, therefore, are better for the environment. It you have any questions, please see Karen O’Keefe.

SUPPORT CTR: Go to E-Giving