Our Annual Meeting is this Sunday, October 22nd

Christ Episcopal Church’s Annual Meeting will be held this coming Sunday, October 22nd. There will be updates on our various parish ministries, as well as the election of five new Vestry members. We will only have one service that day, and it takes place at 9:30am. A buffet breakfast will be served after the service, and is immediately followed by our meeting.

Information & bios of those running for Vestry are available in the Narthex.

Please also note that there are no Christian education classes on this day.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

Going Once! Going Twice! SOLD! – Saturday, November 4th

The Christ Church Auction, our church’s largest fund-raiser, will be held on Saturday, November 4th at 6:30pm.

Please put your thinking caps on as we welcome large and small items: meals, vacation places, services, baskets of goodies, and other wonderful things. The success of this event is because of generous contributions for the live and silent auctions.

 

This year, the time-sensitive auction items are:

  • Beer tour of Howard County Breweries : November 18th
  • Two tickets to an NHL game – Calgary Flames at Washington Capitals : November 20th
  • Two tickets to Handel’s Messiah by Pro-Cantare : December 3rd
  • Christmas in Hampden : December 8th
  • Gospel Brunch : June, 2018

 

If you wish to donate items for the auction, you can fill out the form below. Forms are also located in the Narthex.

The deadlines to submit general forms for the auction is this Saturday, October 21st.

The deadline for donating of time-sensitive items has passed.

 

QUESTIONS? Please contact Brenda Hurford by emailing bhurford (at) pangeare (dot) com

(replace the parentheses with the appropriate email punctuation)

 

Christ Church Auction Donation & Volunteer Form

 

Verification

 

Please Welcome Christ Episcopal Church’s New Rector!

Christ Episcopal Church is very excited to welcome our new Rector! The Reverend Emmanuel Ato Mercer joins us after spending the past six years at St. Paul’s Church in Philadelphia, PA. He will be the Celebrant at both Holy Eucharists this coming Sunday, September 10th, and then join us during our Parish Festival following the 10:30am service. Reverend Manny will be heading to Columbia this autumn along with his wife, Monique, and their four children, and we look forward to having them join our wonderfully vibrant and loving Christ Church family!

You can read more about Reverend Manny here.

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!

 

 

 

The CEC Annual Parish Festival

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!

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 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.