Our Annual Parish Festival is Sunday, September 10th

Newcomers, long time parishioners, been-away parishioners, young, mature, very mature, 8:00ers, 10:30ers, … come one, come all to enjoy the fellowship, food, and games on the lawn and to celebrate life at Christ Church!
 
The 8:00 service will be held in New Brick, as usual.  The 10:30 service will be held outdoors, under the trees between the Parish Hall and New Brick, weather-permitting.  Following the 10:30 service (about 11:45), the festival will begin with food, cotton candy, music, inflatables for the young and young-at-heart, and displays of what’s happening this fall at Christ Church. 
 
Please participate!  Bring your favorite side dish or dessert to share.  Chairs or blankets are welcome to supplement the church’s supply.  Hotdogs and drinks will be provided.
 
Check the sign-up sheet on the table in the Narthex to see how you can help make this a success – set up, clean up, monitoring inflatables, doing crafts, …all sorts of assistance is welcome. SEE YOU THERE!

The Annual Christ Church Flea Market Is Coming!

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Mark your calendars! The Christ Church Annual Flea Market, hosted by the Women of Christ Church, will be held on Saturday, September 16th, and takes place on the front and back lawns of the church. If you’re cleaning out closets or garages, the Spiritual Life Commission will be sponsoring the white elephant tables & welcomes your unwanted treasures.

Forms for renting spaces are on the Narthex information table.  If you can help out on the day of the Flea Market or wish to donate baked items, books or other items for the food sale, sign-up sheets for these are also in the Narthex.

Come join us!

A Message From Bishop Eugene Taylor Sutton

Speak Out: A Response to the Tragedy in Charlottesville

Racism, anti-Semitism and violence rear their ugly head once again, this time in Charlottesville, Virginia. Reports are coming in of death and injuries there caused by a car driving through a crowd of persons protesting at a white nationalist rally.

Another display of bigotry and hatred. Another act of domestic terrorism. And another example of the collective failure of our nation to expend the moral and political capital needed to stop our spiral into racial and violent madness.

Now more than ever, we need people of good will to speak out clearly and courageously against the disturbing tide of white supremacist rhetoric that wants to divide and prevent us from coming together. Too often in our nation’s history, people of goodwill have chosen to remain silent in the face of bigotry, refusing to risk having unpleasant conversations that might disturb colleagues, friends and the ones we love.

All too often, we prefer maintaining a tenuous “peace” with bigots rather than doing the harder work of telling the truth and committing to a justice that leads to reconciliation.

We cannot make peace with hatred. We cannot let injustice go unchallenged…anywhere, anytime.

On this Sunday, I call upon churches to remember in their prayers the dead and injured today in Charlottesville.

I also call for a minute of silence in our worship services to reflect upon these events, and to consider how we might respond both individually and as a community of faith.

At last year’s annual convention I asked for the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland to live into the vision of being known as “a community of love.” I now call for us to devote this program year to consider ways of making that vision statement a deeper reality. We will initiate conversations this fall about building up loving communities, beginning with the clergy at their annual conference in October.

Let’s not let this tragedy go unnoticed and forgotten. Let’s not let this opportunity to challenge hate and bigotry pass us by.

If we in the Jesus movement do not speak out, who will?

+Eugene

The Right Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton
Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Maryland

It’s Vacation Bible School Time! July 17th-21st

It’s time to plan for Vacation Bible School! 

VBS will be held next week, July 17-21 from 9:30am to 12:30pm, for children ages 3 (potty trained only) through 5th grade. 

Registration forms may be found on the table in the Narthex.  The cost is $20 per child, with a maximum of $50 per family. 

Volunteers are very much needed!!  Service hours are available for youth volunteers.  Please contact Leigh Smith if you are available to help.

 

A Prayer for Our Nation for the Fourth of July

“Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage: We humbly beseech thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of thy favor and glad to do thy will. Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in thy Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that, through obedience to thy law, we may show forth thy praise among the nations of the earth. In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in thee to fail; all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”
May you and our country have a blessed 4th of July and may we recommit ourselves to the highest values undergirding our constitution and the vision upon which our nation is founded.
May God’s Blessing be upon us all.
Earl +

Christ Church’s Spiritual Life Theme For Our Next Ministry Year

Each year, the Spiritual Life Commission of Christ Episcopal Church selects a theme for us to use throughout our Church Ministry Year, which runs from September through early June. The theme serves as a guide during our walk with Christ, and helps us think about our lives and responsibilities as Christians in a different way.

The theme for 2017/2018 is “The Joy Of The Lord Is Our Strength”, which we adapted from the Book of Nehemiah.

Identifying our new theme each year is a task we deeply value and, as always, we have prayerfully and carefully considered our theme for this important and very special year ahead during which Christ Church will call our next Rector. We thank our truly exceptional Interim Rector, The Reverend W. Earl Mullins, for joining us in our planning meeting.

Throughout the year, Christ Episcopal Church will introduce events and gatherings that help spread this year’s theme, so stay tuned!

 

 

 

Christ Church at the 2017 Maryland Diocesan Convention

Last weekend, our own Fr. Earl Mullins, Sonni Aribiah, Duane Smith and Rebecca Warlow represented Christ Episcopal Church at the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland’s 233rd Annual Convention.  The enriching and enlivening Convention began on Friday with a revival-style “Big Tent Meeting” led by our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, and concluded later that weekend with an address from Bishop Eugene Taylor Sutton. Others in attendance included Bishop Chilton Knudsen, Assistant Bishop of Maryland, as well as our “Lutherpalian” partners in congregations, mission starts, campus ministry and seafarers ministry.

 

More photos can be found by visiting the Christ Church Facebook page, as well as our new Instagram page.

You can also view more Convention coverage by clicking here, and here, and by visiting the Diocese of Maryland Facebook page.

We Welcome The Rev. W. Earl Mullins As Our Interim Rector!

This week, our entire Christ Church Community so joyfully welcomes our new Interim Rector, The Reverend W. Earl Mullins. Rev. Mullins is so deeply appreciated by our Christ Church family for his leadership, his care and his guidance, as they are truly gifts from God.

Welcome Father Earl!

For more information about The Rev. W. Earl Mullins, click here.

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s Easter Message For 2017

It’s taken me some years to realize it, but Jesus didn’t just happen to be in Jerusalem on that first Palm Sunday. He wasn’t on vacation. He wasn’t just hanging out in town. Jesus was in Jerusalem on purpose. He arrived in Jerusalem about the time of the Passover when pilgrims were in the city. When people’s hopes and expectations for the dawn of freedom that Moses had promised in the first Passover might suddenly be realized for them in their time.

Jesus arranged his entrance into Jerusalem to send a message. He entered the city, having come in on one side of the city, the scholars tell us, at just about the same time that Pontius Pilate made his entrance on the exact opposite side of the city. Pilate, coming forth on a warhorse. Pilate, with soldiers around him. Pilate, with the insignias of Rome’s Empire. Pilate, representing the Caesars who claimed to be son of god. Pilate, who had conquered through Rome the people of Jerusalem. Pilate, representing the Empire that had taken away their freedom. Pilate, who represented the Empire that would maintain the colonial status of the Jewish people by brute force and violence.

Jesus entered the city on the other side, not on a warhorse, but on a donkey, recalling the words of Zechariah:

Behold your King comes to you
Triumphant and victorious is He
Humble and riding on a donkey

Jesus entered the city at the same time as Pilate to show them, and to show us, that God has another way. That violence is not the way. That hatred is not the way. That brute force and brutality are not the way.
Jesus came to show us there is another way. The way of unselfish, sacrificial love. That’s why he entered Jerusalem. That’s why he went to the cross. It was the power of that love poured out from the throne of God, that even after the horror of the crucifixion would raise him from death to life.

God came among us in the person of Jesus to start a movement. A movement to change the face of the earth. A movement to change us who dwell upon the earth. A movement to change the creation from the nightmare that is often made of it into the dream that God intends for it.

He didn’t just happen to be in Jerusalem on that Palm Sunday. He went to Jerusalem for a reason. To send a message. That not even the titanic powers of death can stop the love of God. On that Easter morning, he rose from the dead, and proclaimed love wins.

So you have a blessed Easter. Go forth to be people of the Resurrection. Follow in the way of Jesus. Don’t be ashamed to love. Don’t be ashamed to follow Jesus.

Have a blessed Easter. And bless the world. Amen.

The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s Easter message 2017

Easter Sunday : A Day Of Joy, Celebration and the Gift of Life to God’s People

12075713_mEaster Sunday, The Day of Resurrection – Sunday, April 16th 

We invite all to come join us in celebration of this most special day.

At the 9:00am service, children are invited to bring a flower to help decorate the cross.  This is also the day for everyone to bring their mite boxes.  This liturgy is followed by our traditional Easter Egg Hunt for young children.  Instructions will be given.

At both services, a full choir and procession with all of the ritual appointed for the day helps us celebrate and express our joy.  The Easter sermon is given; the choir anthems are spectacular and the glory of the day radiates from our worship into the community.

9:00 AM –  Holy Eucharist with Hymns

11:30 AM – Solemn Festival Eucharist