December 15, 2013
TODAY AT CHRIST THE REDEEMER
THE FLOWERS AT THE ALTAR TODAY are given to the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ, in loving memory of Howard L. Bardsley.
takes place at 9:10 AM in the Parish Hall; last class until January 5:
- Today: Fr. Ray concludes his three-week class on Preparing for the Prince of Peace: Forgiveness, Reconciliation, and Restoration. The topic will be Restoration.
CHILDREN’S FORMATION takes place at 9:10 AM in the Sheepfold with Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is for children ages 3-12+.
CHILDREN’S MINISTRY ON SUNDAY MORNINGS
at the 10:30 AM
(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 service.
- Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: Children ages 3-5 follow the cross to the left during the singing of the Gloria and go to the Sheepfold; they return at the offertory.
- Christ’s Lambs Liturgy: All registered children ages 6+ are invited to their own liturgy during the 10:30 AM service. Children follow the cross to the right during the singing of the Gloria for their own Liturgy of the Word (music, scripture, homily, prayer, confession, the peace, snacks, and fun activity) and return at the offertory. Registration forms are at the entrances and on the Welcome Table in the Parish Hall.
- 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: Teams are available after the 10:30 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: Today we welcome two new cooks to the Hospitality Team—Mike Sheridan and Laura Williams. Join us in the Parish Hall for fellowship and a meal today after the 10:30 service. WE ALSO NEED more help with clean-up after the meals. If you can give one or two Sundays a month to help with clean-up or serving, please contact Allegra (email).
NIÑOS CON VALOR CHRISTMAS CARD AND GIFT SALE: Alternative Christmas cards will be on sale after the 8:00 and 10:30 AM services on December 8, 15, and 22. You may purchase an alternative card for $10 or any amount, give the card to a loved one for Christmas, and 100% of your donation is given to the children of Niños con Valor. This year we also have a selection of beautiful Bolivian goods, including children’s items, available for purchase. Please take a moment to stop by our table in the foyer after the 8:00 and 10:30 AM services. For more information about this mission, please visit our web page or contact Ericka Shepard (email).
CHRIST THE REDEEMER CHRISTMAS ANGELS: Your Christmas Angel gift should be returned to the Parish Hall TODAY. Your gift should be in a Christmas gift bag with tissue paper tucked on top. Tie the angel tag you took onto the bag. Make sure your gift is checked in.
The coordinator is Julie Pierce (email).
FREE CHILDREN’S GIFT-MAKING WORKSHOP: Join us on the stage in the Parish Hall immediately after church today, until 2:00 PM. Children are invited to make ornaments, hair ties, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and candles to give as gifts for Christmas.
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 office no later than Monday, December 16.
VESPERS NOTE: Vespers will resume in January; date to be announced.
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
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 meets Thursdays at 10:00 AM, with refreshments/treats, followed by scripture study, reflection, discussion, and shared prayer. We’re studying the Gospel of John with the study book Abiding in Christ by J.I. Packer, with a focus on John 13-17. To abide in Christ is to experience a vital connection and relationship with him that produces love, joy, peace, transformation and fruitfulness. If you have any questions, please contact Kim Ober (email).
FRIDAY PRAYER: We invite all our parishioners to join in prayer and fasting for the needs listed on the blue FOR YOUR PRAYERS insert on Fridays at noon, either at Christ the Redeemer or wherever you may be.
FRIDAY PRAYERS AT GORDON: In conjunction with Friday noonday prayers at Christ the Redeemer, a group of Gordon College faculty, staff and students will gather to pray, using Noonday Prayer and the Sunday bulletin insert as our guide, on Fridays, 12:15–12:45 PM, in MacDonald Room 201. Contact Kathy Carpenter (email).
MEN’S BIBLE STUDY study meets weekly on Saturdays in the Parish Hall for an in-depth study of Romans. Breakfast at 6:30 AM.; study at 7:00 AM, ending at 8:00 AM sharp. Our aim is to know more about Jesus at the end of each gathering than we did at the beginning. For more information, contact Phil Jamieson (email) or Caleb Loring (email).
OUR THIRD SATURDAY HEALING SERVICE takes place Saturday, December 21, 5:00 PM.
THE THREE CORDS COFFEEHOUSE takes place Saturday, December 21, at 8:00 PM. The local group, Maeve, will perform a special Christmas concert. You won’t want to miss it! (Please see our web page.)
BLESSING OF PREGNANT WOMEN: On Advent 4, Sunday, December 22 , the liturgies will include the blessing of pregnant women. If you are pregnant and would like to be blessed that morning, please contact Fr. Tim (email) or Fr. Brian (email) and let them know if you will be attending the 8:00 AM or 10:30 AM service.
OUR ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF CHRISTMAS LESSONS AND CAROLS takes place Sunday, December 22, at 5:00 PM. The Choir of Christ the Redeemer will give the world premiere of Seth Garrepy’s “Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen” (Lo, how a Rose e’er-blooming) and will sing music of Andrew Carter, John Leavitt, Roderick Nimtz, Walter Pelz, Michael Praetorius, John Rutter, and Healey Willan. The Seraphim Choir and Cherubim Choir will sing. The congregation will sing hymns of the season, accompanied by organ and brass, 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. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall.
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, 2013. Otherwise, by law we cannot include that gift among your donations for 2013.
CPR CLASS – HOLD THE DATE: Claudia Ketcham and Andrew Neill have kindly offered to instruct a class in CPR techniques and the operation of the church’s Auto Defibrillator. The class will take place on Saturday, January 11, from 11:00 AM–3:00 PM. If you are interested in participating, please send an e-mail to David Greening (email) so we can order the necessary instructional equipment and materials.
FILMS WORTH TALKING ABOUT presents its next feature on Saturday, January 11, starting at 6:30 PM. The movie is The Big Night, starring Stanley Tucci as a recent immigrant from Italy trying to open a restaurant with his brother. This movie is a valentine to the joys and tragedies of good food, and brotherly love, as the two concoct a crazy scheme to save their restaurant venture from bankruptcy. You’ll laugh and cry at the same time, and bon appetit! RSVP to Michael Chiusano (978-927-3095).
UPCOMING BAPTISM: Our next baptismal Sunday is the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord, January 12. If you are interested in being baptized on this date, please contact Fr. Brian as soon as possible (email).
SHORT TERM MISSION TRIP TO HONDURAS: We are setting dates sometime this Spring of 2014 to visit Ana Reid and Jack Melvin in Honduras. The time and work will depend on who is available to make the trip. Please pray about this opportunity and let Wendy Wyman (email) know as soon as possible if you are interested.
CTR PICTURE DIRECTORIES are still available in the Parish Hall for $10.00.
FOUND: A woman’s earring was found at the church. To claim, call the church office (978-774-3163).
PERSON IN CHURCH looking for home assisting or cleaning opportunities. Please contact Fr. Tim (978-774-3163; email) for more information.
FILE CABINET NEEDED: The Pastoral Counseling ministry here at Christ the Redeemer if in need of a donated locking two-drawer file cabinet. Please contact Heather Thornburg (email) if you are able to help out in this way. Thank you!
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.
- 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.
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.
WHERE DO I DONATE 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, and clothing items. Christ The Redeemer however, is NOT one of them. While we appreciate and encourage your generosity, we do not have the resources to process these items at the church or the space to store them. We encourage you to take your donations to your local thrift shop.
CTR 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.
THE DEMANDS OF THE OFFICE are many. We ask that you please plan ahead and give us one week’s notice when you need something from the office; please include full details. This allows us time to adequately fit the request into our weekly schedule.
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