OUTREACH FOR JULY & AUGUST
For July we are looking for donations of dry bagged pinto beans and rice, either boxed dor bagged.
Starting in August you can bring in personal hygiene items: mens and ladies shampoo, deodorant and body wash, toothbrushes and toothpaste, as well as dry cereal.
There are baskets in both the Cloister and Narthex where you can place your donations.
SCHOOL SUPPLIES 2017
The Worship Planning Group and Outreach Committee will once again sponsor the collection of school supplies for our area children in need. However, we're doing something a little different this year! We're starting earlier in the summer because.............
we will be donating backpacks and supplies to be distributed through Youth Mentoring Services to benefit children in Eastern Niagara County (outside the City of Lockport). We will begin and end our collection of supplies earlier this year to allow time for Youth Mentoring Services to assemble the backpacks with supplies!
Our parish deadline for collection of items is Sunday, August 6th!! Supplies received after August 6th will be donated to help students during the school year.
A collection area is set up in the Choister and the Narthex!!
When purchasing items, please remember that we are providing backpacks to students of all ages, including older children/teens!
BACKPACKS (standard 17" or 18")
Notebooks (spiral) Pocket folders Crayons
3-Ring binders (1 1/2") Erasers
Colored pencils Pens*, Pencils*
Composition books notebook (filler) paper*
*There is a great need for these items, as the students run out of these often throughout the year.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR DONATIONS!!
PARISH LIFE SPONSORED UPCOMING EVENTS:
July 23rd (Sunday): Adult Dinner at the Basket Factory, 2 Watson Ave. in Middleport, Social Hour at 4:30 pm with dinner at 5 pm! We have to pre-order our dinner selections by JUly 19th as follows: Delmonico Steak, Prime Rib, Seafood Platter, Chicken Marsala, Chicken Parmesan, Cobb Salad. Burgers and Appetizers may be ordered off the menu. To reserve, contact Beth Cook 433-2322 or Pat Few 433-8937.
August 6th (Sunday): Family Parish Picnic at Tim McQueen's, 7770 Rochester Rd., Gasport! Bring a dish to pass, your own beverage, table service and chairs. Lawn games and folding tables also appreciated if you have them!! PLEASE sign the sheet in the Fellowship Hall or contact the church office 433-9229. If it rains, we'll picnic in the Fellowship Hall!!!
July 5th through August 30th (Wednesdays): Join with our friends from our neighboring parishes in worship at Brookside Chapel 7 pm, at the corner of Day Rd. and Slayton Settlement Rd in the Town of Lockport. We are thankful for Grace Church as they open this "chapel in the woods" for summertime evening services!!
ERD SUNDAY 2017
Through the generous contributions of the members of our parish family, Christ Church has made a donation to Episcopal Relief and Development in the amount of $2,000.00!!
My gratitude for your generosity is deep within my heart. May God bless you all for your generous response to our annual Episcopal Relief and Development campaign.
ERD Parish Coordinator
"Create in Me a New HEART, O God"
On the first Sunday in Lent (March 5th), hearts were distributed to everyone. There were soft hearts for the children, and smaller hearts for the adults. These hearts helped remind all of us throughout Lent to open our hearts to God's Grace.
The children had an activity each week in Sunday School where they wrote on a paper heart something that they did the previous week to share God's love. The children then brought the hearts up to the Sanctuary and affixed them to the wooden cross near the Altar. Over the weeks of Lent, our rough, bare wooden cross became colorful with the love our children expressed on those paper hearts.
The adults placed their hearts, maybe in a coat pocket, or the kitchen sill, in the car, on a desk or purse where it was seen or felt often, as a reminder of our Lenten journey and the opening and softening of our hearts to God's Grace.
As in past years, the ERD Meditation Books were distributed beginning on Ash Wednesday. The Reflections in this years book were beautiful, thoughtful and filled with the Grace of God!
2016 FRESH START TO THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR!
On Sept. 11th at the 8 am and 10:30 am services, we joined together for a "fresh start" as a parish community. Overwhelming response to the items needed for school supplies were acknowledged.
This year, we will be collecting school supplies with the deadline being August 6, 2017!!!! See above!!
ANNUAL BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS
The Faith Community of Christ Church celebrated the beauty of God's creation and all of God's creatures with special services at 8 am and 10:30 am on Sunday, Oct. 4th, followed by a Blessing of the Animals at Noon! Children brought their favorite stuffed animal for a Blessing as well!!
Fr. Sam blessing some really cute puppies!!
"Fresh Start to the New School Year"
The annual Back Pack Drive was held on Sunday, September 13th. Items to fill these back packs were donated in abundance...a VERY BIG THANK YOU to all!!!! The following items were received:
highlighters, erasers (cap & "pink" ones), notebook paper (wide rule), inexpensive ear buds/headphones, underwear (for boys and girls sizes 6, 7 & 8 (in new, unopened pkgs), childrens socks (also new and unopened) and for older students: notebooks, folders (with pockets) and pens, plus several new backpacks!!
Special collection bins were placed at the entrances of the church!
ANNUAL STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL TIME WAS AWESOME!!
On Wed. June 17th, Great food, including: hotdogs, pulled pork, BBQ beef, salads, baked beans, strawberry shortcake, beverages, a wonderful bake sale and much, much more were enjoyed by a record crowd in attendance!
All were entertained by the Lock City Glee Club and the Lockport Chorale!