December 21, 2014
TODAY AT CHRIST THE REDEEMER
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).
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.
BLESSING OF PREGNANT WOMEN: Today the liturgy at 11:00 a.m. includes the blessing of pregnant women.
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.
HOSPITALITY: There will be no hospitality meal today or December 28. Lunches will resume on January 4 with Sandwich Sunday.
LAST CHANCE! CHRISTMAS FLOWER ENVELOPES are available in the racks at the entrances, on the Welcome Table in the Parish Hall, and in the pews. If you would like to make a donation for the purchase of flowers in memory of or in thankfulness for loved ones, complete the information on the front of the envelope (please PRINT CLEARLY). If you put your gift in today's offering plate, we can still include names in the bulletin.
OUR ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF CHRISTMAS LESSONS AND CAROLS takes place today at 5:00 PM. Invite your family, friends, and neighbors to this wonderful event. The Choir of Christ the Redeemer and the Seraphim Choir will sing music of Richard Rodney Bennett, Franz Biebl, John Carter, Gideon Cox, John Foster, Jacob Handl, Berkeley Hill, and Mack Wilberg, accompanied by organ, strings, brass, oboe, and timpani. The congregation will sing hymns of the season, and the nine Scripture lessons will be read by parishioners and clergy. The service will last approximately an hour-and-a-half. Child care will be provided. Refreshments will follow in the Parish Hall.
REMINDER: Please do not bring coffee or other refreshments into the church, and please do not take flash photos during worship services. Also, now that the weather is colder and coats, hats, and gloves are being used, please remember to check the areas where you sit to be sure you are not forgetting to take anything home. Thank you.
THIS WEEK AT CHRIST THE REDEEMER
TUESDAY BIBLE STUDY meets in the sacristy Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00 PM. For more information, please call Richard Thorndike (978-922-3618).
THE OFFICE CLOSES at Noon Wednesday, December 24 and reopens Monday, December 29.
Wednesday, December 24 - Christmas Eve
Thursday, December 25 - Christmas Day
- 5:00 PM — Holy Eucharist and Children’s Crèche
- 7:30 PM — Evening Prayer with Christmas Carols
- 10:00 PM — Christmas Prelude Music
- 10:30 PM — Holy Eucharist with Choir of Christ the Redeemer
- 11:00 AM — Holy Eucharist
MEN’S BREAKFAST: Our January breakfast gathering will take place Saturday, January 10, 8:30-10:30 AM in the Parish Hall. Invite a friend.
OUR THIRD SATURDAY HEALING SERVICE takes place Saturday, January 17, at 5:00 PM. Come and take advantage of this special time in the Lord’s presence.
SAVE THE DATE! Our next Three Cords Coffeehouse takes place Saturday, January 17, 7:30 PM. Watch for more information.
BAND OF BROTHERS, a group of Christ the Redeemer men in their 20s and 30s, is taking a break until January. For more information, contact Adam Salter Gosnell (email).
WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY: The group is taking a break until January 15. Contact Kim Ober (email) for more information.
IN GRATEFUL APPRECIATION: As in past years, John Thissel has once again generously offered his time and equipment to keep our church lawns professionally cut and trimmed. Thank you John, for your faithful stewardship and care of our property.
WANTED: A slightly used doll house is need for a little girl for Christmas. Please contact Stacey (978-876-2486).
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.
END-OF-YEAR GIFTS: The IRS has strict rules for accounting for end-of-year gifts. All donations must be constructively received by the parish by December 31. That means ALL DONATIONS INTENDED FOR 2013 MUST BE RECEIVED OR POSTMARKED by December 31, 2014. Otherwise, by law we cannot include that gift among your donations for 2014.
MISSION SUPPORT REQUEST: Victoria Thornburg is beginning Discipleship Training School (DTS) in January and is requesting both prayer support and financial support. DTS is run by Youth With A Mission (YWAM). The program is split into two phases: a 12 week lecture phase with intense training and one-on-one discipleship; and an 8 week outreach phase which will take place overseas. 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. Service in the field will involve working in teams and in partnership with local ministries through evangelism, awareness campaigns, working with children of prostitutes, and other projects. Total cost of the program is approximately $7,500. If you would like to support Victoria and receive a tax deduction for your donation, please make your check out to Christ the Redeemer and clearly write V. Thornburg YWAM on the memo line. For more info or if you have questions, contact Victoria (email).
NEW ONLINE GIVING OPTION — secure, 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.
SPIRITUAL DIRECTION: Are you feeling a pull to have a more dynamic relationship with God, more back and forth “conversations” with Him? Christ the Redeemer is blessed to have several trained spiritual directors who can help. To learn more about what spiritual direction is, see this page. For a list of Anglican Spiritual Directors by geography, email Wendy Dixon. For a broader list of evangelical spiritual directors trained by a variety of excellent programs in the last twenty years, see the Evangelical Spiritual Directors Network directory. May the Spirit guide you.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
IN THE EVENT OF A FIRE ALARM SOUNDING
- Proceed in an orderly manner to the nearest FIRE EXIT. Notify an usher if you need assistance.
- 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.
- Await further instructions in that location.
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.
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.
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