November 23, 2014
TODAY AT CHRIST THE REDEEMER
THIS MORNING WE WELCOME BISHOP BILL MURDOCH and The Rev. Canon Dr. Andrea Mueller to Christ the Redeemer. Bishop Bill is confirming several of our parishioners at the 11:00 AM service this morning and Canon Andrea is our guest preacher at all three services. At the end of the service, during the Te Deum, incense will be used.
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.
ADULT FORMATION takes place TODAY at 10:00 AM in the Parish Hall. Fr. Tim concludes a three week series on Christopher West’s book, Fill These Hearts.
HEALING PRAYER: Teams are available after the 11:00 service, following the postlude. One team prays at the altar on the left side; another team (including a priest) is available in the library (off the front lobby).
HOSPITALITY: Please join us in the Parish Hall today, after the 11:00 AM service for a meal and fellowship.
CHRISTMAS FLOWER ENVELOPES are available in the racks at the entrances and on the Welcome Table in the Parish Hall. 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) and place it in the offering plate, or return it to the office no later than Friday, December 12.
REMINDER: Please do not bring coffee or other refreshments into the church, and please do not take flash photos during worship services. Thank you.
THIS WEEK AT CHRIST THE REDEEMER
CHURCH OFFICE MOVING THIS MONDAY: On Monday, November 24, the church office staff will be relocating to the new office suite at Liberty Tree Office Park, Suite 2B. During that day our phone and email will be offline. Thank you for your understanding.
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).
WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY: We are not meeting this Thursday, Thanksgiving Day; we will resume our study on Thursday, December 4 at 10:00 AM in the Parish Hall. Contact Carol (email) or Kim Ober (email) for more information.
THANKSGIVING POTLUCK DINNER: Our annual Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner will take place at 2:00 PM on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27 in the Parish Hall. The turkeys will be provided by the church, but culinary contributions are welcome from those attending. We’ll need salads, vegetable dishes, potatoes, stuffing, bread, relishes, desserts, appetizers, and beverages. Arrive after 1:00 PM to smell the turkeys cooking and enjoy some appetizers before dinner. If you would like to attend, contact Becky Cottingham (email) and let her know what food you will be bringing, how many will be attending, and if you can help in some way.
CHRIST THE REDEEMER CHRISTMAS ANGELS officially begins Sunday, November 30. Be an angel for a child living in poverty on Cape Ann. Take an angel off our tree in the Parish Hall on Sundays, November 30 and December 7. Record your name and contact info on the second part of the tag, meant to serve as your sign-up for this ministry. That part stays on the tree until one of the coordinators takes the tag off and records the info on the master list. Bring the gift back no later than Sunday, DECEMBER 14 in a Christmas gift bag with tissue paper tucked on top; tie the angel tag you took onto the bag. Gifts are checked in and moved from under the tree regularly. Please pray throughout Advent for the child you chose. Every child receives two much-needed new clothing requests. To help in other ways, contact Maud (email). For example:
- Volunteer to help process gifts on December 7 & 14 after the 11:00 AM service
- Assist with deliveries
- Pray for this ministry
CHRISTMAS GIFT SALE: The Bolivia short-term mission team will be selling beautiful goods that we brought home from Bolivia this summer. We have colorful shawls, children’s sweaters, hats, jewelry and much more. We will also be selling our alternative gift cards for the people in your life who have everything! These items will be on sale after the 11:00 AM service on November 30 and December 7, in the Parish Hall. All proceeds will go to Niños con Valor, our Christ the Redeemer supported ministry that runs two orphanages in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Please come and do your Christmas shopping while supporting a great cause! If you have questions, please contact Shaina (email).
KIRKIN’ O’ THE TARTAN EVENSONG: Celebrate the Feast of St. Andrew on Sunday, November 30, 5:00 PM, with a Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan Evensong in the church. St. Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland, and bagpiper Jared Samost will provide festive Scottish-Celtic sounds. You are invited to bring items from your own national heritage to place on the altar for blessing, and if you have a traditional national costume, you’re welcome to wear it. (These are not limited to things Scottish.) Above all, participate in the service of Evening Prayer as we pray for the peoples of all nations with music sung by the congregation. A festive reception will follow in the Parish Hall.
NEW ONLINE GIVING OPTION — secure, fast and automated! Visit our website home page and scroll down to the lower left corner of the page. There you will see Support CTR with an E-Giving link immediately below, 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.
REFRIGERATOR NEEDED: For our downsized church office we are in need of a 4.0-5.0 cubic foot under counter frost-free refrigerator (approx. 3 feet tall). If you have one in good working condition, or would like to give a donation to purchase one, please contact David (email).
PLUMFIELD ACADEMY, a positive and confidence building school for grades 1-8 in Danvers, is hosting two Open Houses on November 24 and December 8, 10:00 AM – noon OR 5:30-7:30 PM. Come for a visit and discover Charlotte Mason’s Gentle Art of Learning. We have space for students this year and are accepting applications for next year. Contact Jennifer (email) or visit the website.
HOUSING NEED: Peter and Janelle Amadon are in need of a temporary (6 months) rental opportunity beginning in December. They have two small children and a well trained dog. If you have, or are aware of, any short-term apartment/house/in-law area, please contact Janelle (email).
HOUSING NEED: Jolene Nunez, a Gordon College student and friend of Tiffany Baxter, needs affordable housing after she graduates in December. She is willing to live with a family and offer services such as cleaning or childcare; or to rent a low-cost apartment or room. If you have space or know of an opportunity, please contact Jolene (email).
THE CONNECTION is a team of welcoming Christ the Redeemer parishioners who meet and greet newcomers before and after each service in the front lobby (Elliott Street). Arrive 10-15 minutes before your favorite service to greet friends and unfamiliar faces. Be available in the same spot after the service to say hello to new faces who might feel a bit invisible. Something simple like, “We’re glad you came; hope you’ll join us again…” Welcome cards will be available. You would serve on a rotating basis. If you would like to serve in this area or want more info, contact JoAnn (978-774-3163).
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.
MEMORIAL LIBRARY FUND: We are accepting special donations for the Greg Russo Memorial Library, as a way of honoring Greg’s ministry to us in helping get a CTR library started and healthy.
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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