OUTREACH FOR SEPTEMBER
For September we are looking for donations of canned meals such as spaghetti, ravioli and beef stew. Please continue to also bring in personal hygiene articles such as men's 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. Thanks so much!!
FRESH START SUNDAY
We'll gather together at the 8 am and 10:30 am services on Sunday, September 10th, to kick off the "new year" with special blessings for our young people, their families, and all of us who are beginning our activities anew! We will bless all who minister to God's people in any way, through any organization within and beyond the doors of Christ Church.
Attention Students: Please bring your backpack or book bag to the service for a special blessing. Our young people will be ringing the handbells at the 10:30 am service.
THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR YOUR GENEROUS DONATION OF BACKPACKS AND SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR THE CHILDREN OF OUR COMMUNITY! yOUR GENEROSITY BRINGS THE LOVE OF GOD TO THE GRATEFUL CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES!!
Forms are available in the Church Parish Office to make a contribution to the Episcopal Relief and Development to assist the families in Texas and Florida who have been devastated by the recent hurricanes and flooding. Forms are also available in the Fellowship Hall and Cloister!
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!