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Crossings

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


March 29, 2015

TODAY AT CHRIST THE REDEEMER

HOSPITALITY: Today the Hospitality team is serving brunch. We will begin serving at 9:00 AM and continue serving until 10:45 a.m. We encourage those who come to each of the three services to take advantage of this opportunity for fellowship. If you would like to join this ministry, or if you would like to know more about it, please contact Allegra Smick (email) or Mike Sheridan (email). LUNCH WILL NOT BE SERVED TODAY OR ON EASTER! 

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 Shepherdis 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.
  • NO 10:00 AM CHILDREN’S FORMATION TODAY OR ON EASTER!
  • 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.

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.

THIS WEEK AT CHRIST THE REDEEMER

LAST CHANCE to give an Easter Flower offering! We tend to think that flowers are only given in memory of a loved one, but it is just as appropriate to give a gift in thanksgiving for a particular person or for the Lord’s provision. Is there something you are particularly thankful for at this time? Envelopes can be found in the pews, at the entrances, and the welcome table and need to be received by this Wednesday, April 1.

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: 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 Ober (email).

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Throughout Lent, we will observe the Stations of the Cross every Friday at noon. At each station, there will be time for intercession as we focus on Bringing our Burdens to the Cross of Christ.

UPCOMING EVENTS

THE HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE is here.

HEADS UP REGARDING EASTER SUNDAY PARKING: Next Sunday with the anticipated attendance at our single worship service at 10:00 AM and the lingering snow banks in our parking lot, we may be facing some parking challenges. Unfortunately our friends at Danversport Yacht Club will not be able to offer us any overflow parking as their lot will be full due to their Easter brunch.For those arriving early, please help us by parking in the designated curbside areas on both sides of Elliott Street and, where permitted, on the side streets off of Elliott.There is additional curbside parking on both sides of Elliott Street, just beyond the traffic lights, within a short walk of the church.We will have attendants on duty to direct parking in our lot and accommodate those needing to park close to the building.Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

EASTER EGG HUNT: An egg hunt, for children ages 1-6, will take place Sunday, April 5 after the 10:00 a.m. service. Older children are invited to help out with hiding the eggs prior to the hunt. Please bring baskets or other suitable egg collectors for your children. There will be an egg limit per child based on how many children participate and how many eggs we have. If your children plan to participate, please contribute one dozen hard boiled or filled (stickers, coins, food) plastic Easter eggs per child. Non-parent contributions are also welcome! Filled eggs will be collected in a basket in the Parish Hall prior to the service.

MITE BOXES: Our children were given Mite Boxes this Lent (name derived from the Bible teaching about the widow’s mite) as part of an Anglican Relief and Development giving program. On Sunday, April 5, children comfortable approaching the altar will be invited to bring their Mite Box up when they return to the service. They will gather at the rear of the church with their boxes and come forward at the beginning of the Offertory to place their boxes in a basket, which will then be blessed by the Celebrant. The children then return to their seats.

ADULT FORMATION: On Sunday, April 12, at 10:00 AM, Jim Pocock will teach a one-session class on Personal Devotions for Busy People. Daily devotions are a basic building block of the spiritual life. This class will teach not only busy people, but everyone, practical methods on how to connect with God regularly throughout the week.

NEWCOMERS GATHERING: There will be an informal gathering for any Christ the Redeemer newcomers (children welcome) on Sunday, April 19 at 7:00 PM, in the Parish Hall. Pizza and salad will be served. Meet with Fr. Tim, ask questions, and hear about various entry points for involvement at CTR. Call JoAnn to RSVP (978-774-3163, ext. 102).

NOTES

FOUND: If you lost a ring, please contact David Greening (email). 

IMMEDIATE JOB OPENING AT THE ANGLICAN DIOCESE OF NEW ENGLAND: Bishop Bill is looking for an Administrative Assistant. The position is up to 20 hours per week, staffing the office in Amesbury. Responsibilities revolve around managing the Bishop’s appointments, being the receptionist in the office, processing diocesan communication, and reporting income to the bookkeepers. For more information, contact the ADNE office (email) or Bishop Bill (email).

SHADOWS, a moving musical presentation of the Passion of Christ, will be presented by the combined music ministries of Sacred Heart (Manchester by the Sea) and St. John the Baptist (Essex) with orchestral ensemble on Sunday, March 29, at 3:00 PM. It will take place at Sacred Heart (62 School Street). Based on the ancient service of Tenebrae, it is a compelling introduction to the “agony and the ecstasy” of Holy Week. Parishioner Lyn Shields’ husband Tom is singing in the program.

PARISHIONER LOOKING FOR CAR: A parishioner of limited means is in need of a reliable car. If you have a vehicle and are interested in giving it as a gift or selling it for a low price, please contact Fr. Brian to discuss.

MOPS (Mother’s of Preschoolers) NORTH SHORE is an amazing ministry that supports moms of young children all across the North Shore, including several mothers in our church. It meets every other Thursday at North Shore Community Baptist Church. They need Mentor Moms: moms with older children (middle school age and beyond) who have wisdom and experience to share with those just starting out in the beautiful mess of motherhood. If interested in either, contact Jana (email). Thank you.

GENERAL CTR INFORMATION

DONATING FURNITURE, CLOTHING, AND HOUSEHOLD ITEMS? There are many charitable organizations on the North Shore who will gladly receive your slightly used furniture, small appliances, kitchenware, clothing or toys. Christ the Redeemer however, is NOT one of them. While we appreciate and encourage your generosity, we do not have the resources to redirect these items or the space to store them. We encourage you to take your donations to your local thrift shop. Thank you.

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.

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.

IN THE EVENT OF A FIRE ALARM SOUNDING:
  1. Proceed in an orderly manner to the nearest FIRE EXIT. Notify an usher if you need assistance.
  2. Walk to the Rallying Point on the lawn in front of the Sheepfold trailer on the west side of the building and await further instructions in that location. If Christian Formation classes are in session, your children will be brought there to meet you.
  3. DO NOT MOVE YOUR CAR as this may impede fire apparatus. Await the All Clear.

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.

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