Sermon, January 25, 2015
CHOW Food Pantry
The Clothing Closet
If you are interested in helping out, please contact Rick Pescatore.
- Purchases and keeps supplies available for coffee hours, pot luck suppers, and other events where refreshments are served
- Hosts coffee hours after worship services
- Hosts brunches and pot luck meals during parish events
- Organizes the Pancake Supper/Mardi Gras celebration on Shrove Tuesday
- Assists with Sacred Sites open houses
- Plans, organizes, and provides food and supplies for the Parish Picnic
- Maintains and decorates the awesome bulletin boards in the Great Hall
- Cleans, organizes, and maintains the kitchen and pantry
Thank you to everyone who bakes, cooks, cleans, serves, and cleans up – as well as to those who support the ministry financially through the collection basket. You keep the fellowship mission alive and thriving!
Participation in fellowship activities is needed and welcome! Please contact Barb Stanton or Sue Sarzynski, Ministry Co-Chairs.
The Stewardship Ministry encourages our church family to become grateful, responsible stewards of all the gifts we receive from God. The Episcopal Church sees stewardship as more than simply contributing money to the church; it’s also about contributing time and talents, and volunteering for ministry and mission. It’s about reaching out to build relationships from a perspective of abundance instead of scarcity.
The Stewardship Ministry:
- Carries out the annual stewardship campaign
- Tracks pledges and campaign results
- Ensures that stewardship is not just an annual focus through year-round activities
- Acknowledges gifts and thanks people for their contributions
- Engages guests to preach about stewardship
“Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.”
- God’s love is for all people.
- Doubt and questioning are important pieces of the spiritual journey.
- Authenticity is the key to spiritual growth.
- We make sense out of our lives and find hope by immersing ourselves in scripture and engaging in conversation about our experiences of God. We strive to make connections between the stories of Jesus and our lives today.
- In times of struggle, pain, and confusion, our lifeline is our friendship with God and with one another. In times of joy, clarity, and hopefulness, we give thanks for God’s presence among us.
- We worship in the lounge at Christ Episcopal Church (when you enter the building from the Water St parking lot, go up the stairs and you find the lounge on the right)
- We read scripture from a modern English Bible
- Our worship is contemplative: we use soft music and quiet reflection
- After reading scripture, we have a conversation about what we’ve just heard. Those who wish to may share reflections or questions. No one is put on the spot.
- We have adapted traditional Episcopal worship to include uncomplicated language and prayers that are relevant to our lives in the 21st Century
- On the second Wednesday of each month we share Holy Communion and a potluck dinner
The dedicated women (and a few men!) of St. Margaret’s Altar Guild serve God in His church by preparing the altar for worship services and occasions such as weddings, funerals, and baptisms. They perform a “behind the scenes” ministry so that we may worship and glorify Christ. Members polish and maintain the brass and silver, wash and iron linens, set out the wine and bread, wash the marble floor, and prepare the candles. Through the generosity of some of our parishioners, new Fair Linen was purchased for the altar in 2014. It is beautiful – so white and crisp!
We are always looking for individuals who are looking to serve the Lord in a quiet but meaningful way. As the saying goes, “many hands make light work.” If you feel called to serve in this ministry, please contact Shirley Simeck.
- Actively and warmly greeting people and offering assistance
- Maintaining a welcome table and pew cards
- Providing welcome bags for newcomers and visitors
- Contacting those who submit completed pew cards and request the contact
- Sending thank you notes to visitors who provide their mailing address in the Guest Book
- Scheduling the Sunday service ushers
- Hosting coffee and snacks at events
- Collaborating with other ministry teams on communication and outreach activities
- Participating in community events to represent Christ Church
Charlie Babcock is the leader of the Welcome Ministry Team – contact him if you’d like to join this vital ministry team! (You can find him in or around “Pew 33” on Sunday morning!)
- Documents and preserves historical information about the church
- Conducts tours of the church
- Participates in the Preservation Association of the Southern Tier (PAST) Open House events featuring churches and synagogues in the Triple Cities
- Fulfills requests for historical information about the church and past Rectors from individuals, groups, and the media
- Assists individuals seeking genealogy information related to the early days of the church
The Chimer’s Guild plays the bells for each Sunday service, as well as funerals and special days such as Veterans Day and 9/11.
We were very pleased and proud of the article in the Binghamton Press in May 2014 featuring the chimers and the bell tower. Our bells are unique among church bells in this area and across the country in that they are played by hand and not electronically. The only other bells that we know of in the area that are played by hand are bells in St. James Church in Johnson City and the Methodist Church in Endicott.
Beginning chimers are welcomed! We would be happy to show you how the bells are played and give you instruction. If you’d like to try it out, please contact Sue Sarzynski.
The Property Ministry is responsible for ensuring that our beautiful historical buildings are properly maintained. In the past few years, we have upgraded the heating system, replaced the back exterior door, replaced the Great Hall windows, installed a new security and fire alarm system, and installed new EMS lights in hallways. Next we will be replacing new gutters on the church, with work expected to begin in spring 2015.
To get involved with this ministry, please contact Mary Olshefski, Property Ministry Chair.
The Worship Team meets with clergy on a regular basis to plan and coordinate the various aspects of worship services. They elicit and communicate feedback from the congregation. Representatives from the Choir, Altar Guild, Eucharistic Ministers, Readers, and members of the congregation participate and offer any necessary assistance to the clergy.
If you feel called to help with this important aspect of spiritual life at Christ Church, please contact Lettie Trevarthan.