Sunday, June 20, 2021, Fathers' Day:
Our Youth Mission Challenge are actually three challenges this Monday-Wednesday June 21-23: These challenges for our rising, continuing and graduated high schoolers involve: Assembling Re-Entry Bags for those newly released; Meal Prep of to-go meals for the CT Violence Intervention Program; and Lunch for Community Soup Kitchen at Christ Church, New Haven. Typically 9a.m. to noonish. It's not too late to let YFNR know of your interest!
Sunday Morning Worship:
9a.m. Morning Prayer in the Garden. Please remember a mask, a lawn chair, and to watch your distance. Service moves into the Parish Hall with open windows in case of rain.
10a.m. Holy Eucharist. Two options: 1. Participate inside the nave; 2. Participate via livestream.
For the inside, in-person option, please remember to wear a mask, and maintain distance between "bubbles" of families and friends. Communion will be distributed in one kind (wafers) to those who wish to receive at the Children's Altar; Spiritual Communion prayer will remain available.
Last Sunday, we experimented with "Lemonade in the Shade," following the 10a.m. service, in place of a Virtual Coffee hour, or gathering inside under the balcony; and it was well-received. Fingers crossed that the weather will permit it again this Sunday.
Our Outreach Team invites us all to use our gifts of hospitality to support the mission of CT Violence Intervention Program with at-risk teens in New Haven. Let's help get the young folks' attention by providing snack items for program participants. Please leave contributions on a window sill in the nave, or, if you'd prefer to provide a donation, the Team will shop for you.
Sunday School is now on summer vacation. Nonetheless, the Sunday Papers will continue once I learn how to post them. Look for this week's midweek.
Thanks to all who provided a card and/or a donation for a farewell "purse" for Tyler Jarvis. Our gifts, plus a donation from the Rector's Discretionary Fund, brought the "purse" to $950!
Was great to welcome our next Director for Children and Youth Ministries, Dorota Xeller, to our staff meeting, on Tuesday! Look for announcements on June 29 for the dates of Vacation Bible School and about the return to in-person Sunday School in September.
Wednesday's Order for Evening will celebrate the Eve of the Nativity of John the Baptist. Join our livestream prayers and hymns, Wednesday evening, June 23, at 7p.m.
Thursday Bible Study did not quite make it, last week, to when the walls of Jericho , "... came tumbling down" in the Book of Joshua. We'll begin with that at 9:30a.m. Thursday, June 24 via Zoom.
Intercessory Prayer: Please help shape the Prayers of the People, by replying to this message with the people, birthdays, anniversaries, and concerns you would like included in the Prayers of the People.
We are continuing our experiment with leaving the door closest to the Guild Room unlocked between 10a.m. and at least 3p.m. Please enjoy a quiet moment of prayer, likely alone, and pick up a candle stub for prayers at home.
Thanks to all for your faithfulness! Thanks to your faithfulness, we are able to continue our shared life of worship and witness, and look with renewed hope to the future. Please continue your financial support of our common life by bringing your offering to a service, or by mailing to Christ Church, PO Box 574, Guilford, CT 06437.
In the faith, hope and love of Christ,
p.s. Honoring Juneteenth: A Celebration of Resilience!
Click here for our Bishops invitation to learn about, and respond to, the history of this newest national holiday. Juneteenth celebrates the liberation of enslaved people in Texas on June 19th, 1865, almost two and one half years after the proclamation of the Emancipation Proclamation. Slavery would not end throughout the country until the ratification of the 13th Amendment almost six months later. Our struggle continues to live into our Baptismal Promise "to respect the dignity of every human being."
We feature various authors from around our parish, commenting on topics of interest to our community. Enjoy! Comment if you are so moved!