For 8th Sunday after Pentecost, July 26, 2020: Sunday School Celebration; Middle School Game Night; Lunch for Community Soup Kitchen; Worship Schedule to Continue; Reading Group Update; Drive-in for Justice; Attention Gardeners; Virtual Coffee Hour; EC
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Sunday School Celebration:
Instead of a Digital Sunday school this week. Sunday School families are invited to meet in the church building's backyard at 4:30 pm. Remember your masks for a gathering of socially-distanced games, pizza, and a short bible lesson. Plan to join us this Sunday! If you haven't sent Tyler Jarvis an RSVP yet, please do so soon so that we know how many people to expect! TylerJarvis.CEC@gmail.com.
Middle School Game Night:
After a fun Game Night last month, another was scheduled for this upcoming Tuesday, July 28th from 7-8pm. Like our last Game Night, this will be done over Zoom. Tyler Jarvis, our Children & Youth Ministry Director, will send out the link to the Zoom chat on Tuesday morning. He looks forward to seeing our upcoming 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th graders for a fun time on Tuesday evening! RSVP to Tyler at the address above.
Lunch for New Haven's Community Soup Kitchen:
Thanks to all who signed up so quickly to make sandwiches and brownies for the Community Soup Kitchen that operates in the Parish Hall of Christ Church, New Haven. The Sign-up Genius went out on Wednesday afternoon and was fully subscribed by Thursday afternoon!
Participants: please remember to pick up your sandwich and brownie makings from our Parish Hall Kitchen between 10a.m. and 5p.m. on Tuesday, July 28, and to return the sandwiches and brownies in their individual baggies between 9 and 10:30a.m. on Wednesday, July 29.
Worship Schedule to Continue:
The recommendations of our Worship Options Group for August into September, were adopted by the Vestry at their meeting July 22. With Phase 3 of re-opening currently on hold as COVID-19 rages in much of the country, the decision is to continue our current pattern of Sunday worship.
Morning Prayer in the Garden will continue at 9a.m., alternating Rite I & Rite II, and adding a brief children's sermon while (Digital) Sunday School goes on vacation. This will continue to be our only in-person worship offering, with masks, distancing and most worshipers bringing their own lawn chairs.
Our celebrations of The Holy Eucharist will continue to be livestreamed at 10a.m., with Spiritual Communion, hymns, and organ; the Vestry authorized continuing to engage professional vocalists through the end of the year.
The one major change is that the Wednesday Order for Evening service will take a summer vacation beginning August 12, with September 16 the likely return date.
Reading Group Update:
As of mid-week, enough of you had responded to the Senior Warden's invitation to discuss Robin Diangelo's book White Fragility, that it looked like there might be a need for two groups. If you would like to participate and haven't already done so, please respond to Susan Leonard at email@example.com noting the days or evenings that would be good for you.
Drive-in for Justice Film Night:
Mark your calendars now for the Guilford Racial Education Project's "Drive-in for Justice" on Monday, August 10. The film will be "Just Mercy," a moving account of the work of activist attorney Bryan Stevenson in Alabama. Details about the evening will be forthcoming; find out more about the work of GREP on their FaceBootk page here
Among the Project's leaders are our own Mariam Kish, Gabby Perez and Natalia Perez. I hope we will support these young parishioners and their colleagues!
Whether or not you were part of the mulching brigade in May, the front gardens are calling out for some attention! Well actually, it is Junior Warden Alicia Bacon who is inviting anyone who wants an excuse to be outside in the cool of the morning or evening, to choose a bed to weed along the street front and driveway. Bags are available; feel free to put your "harvest" in the garbage bins.
Virtual Coffee Hour:
Please join us for Coffee Hour via Zoom this Sunday July 26 at 11:30a.m. by clicking this new link; please disregard past ones.
You can also participate by phone at 11:30a.m. Sunday by dialing 646.558.8656. You'll be asked for the Meeting ID: 871 9427 0261 and Password: 899817..
ECW's Drive for Guilford Food Bank:
Our ECW ladies have a keen eye for bargains. When they learned that the Guilford Food Bank could turn a $10 gift into $100 retail value of food, they saw that as too good a deal to pass up. So, they've had a "Pandemic Food Bank" project announced in the weekly letter that Diane Link sends to the ECW's mailing list. If you have questions or want to receive this newsletter, you can reach Diane at (203) 458-1806. If you'd like to participate, contributions may be sent directly to ECW treasurer, Rhoda Whitman, 21 Aberdeen Way, Durham, CT 06422. They are also offering the opportunity for donations to be made in memory of someone who has died, regardless of the cause. They have a card to send to the family of the deceased with the donors' name included.
ECW Gift CardHolders are still available!
ECW's popular gift cardholders, especially for graduation and birthdays, as well as all-occasions, are still available. Please call Diane at the number above to place your order; be sure and tell her about your graduate's school and school colors, or your special occasion. They are still $1.00 each plus $.50 postage per card.
Please continue sending me the people and concerns you would like included in the Prayers of the People. This request is the online version of the form on which you would note petitions, intercessions and thanksgivings, as you entered the church nave for worship. Please reply to this message by 8a.m. Sunday morning.
Our Sunday intercessions, remembrances and thanksgivings will be included in the "Let Us Pray" letter, and remembered again during Wednesday Evening Prayers.
Wednesday Order for Evening:
Our livestream mid-week evening service of prayer and music continues this Wednesday at 7p.m. July 29 being the Feast of SS. Mary & Martha of Bethany, our readings, prayers and hymns will give thanks for their roles as steadfast friends of Jesus and supporters of his earthly ministry. Devotees of Lent Madness will remember that Martha of Bethany "won" the "Golden Halo" for 2019.
Thursday Bible Study meets 9:30-10:30a.m. via Zoom. We are continuing our study in Genesis of Jacob's story. This week's question: Has Rachel now become a "triickster" like Jacob? To join our Zoom conversation, click here. Participation by telephone is also possible; I'll the connection number on request.
Thanks to all who are mailing in your offerings!
Although our in-person worship remains limited, the full life of the parish continues in prayer, worship, education and service -- and in all the ways that support and maintain our common life. So, as you are able, in your current financial situation, please continue your financial support of our common life by sending your offerings to Christ Church, PO Box 574, Guilford, CT 06437. Your offering will be presented at the altar; it will be physically present, even as you remain safely at home.
In the faith, hope and love of Christ,
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