Thanks for Consecration Sunday!
"We don’t always do things the way we’ve always done them.” That was never more true than on November 6, when we combined our All Saints Sunday celebration with Consecration Sunday. Thanks to your good will, and lots of preparation by the Vestry and committee, we seemed to celebrate both occasions admirably. We sang the great hymns of All Saints, the choir provided two moving anthems, and we claimed our abiding fellowship with parish saints who died in the past twelve months. In her sermon, our guest preacher, the Rev. Ann Broomell, inspired us to embrace the faithfulness of those who have gone before, and to take to heart God’s call to us to respond to God’s love with our financial substance. As the service concluded, Ann offered the consecration prayer, “Estimate of Giving Cards” were distributed, and we placed our completed cards on the altar as we moved into the parish hall for our Celebration lunch. By the end of the lunch, we had received 54 estimates, including nine from first-time participants! In one morning, we were over half-way to matching the pledges for the current year!
Special thanks go to Senior Warden Pat Daunic for shepherding the Consecration Sunday program from first to last. Thanks also to Lisa Ste. Marie for organizing the Celebration lunch prepared by Debbie & Antonio Greco’s La Rossticeria. Diane Link creatively dressed the tables, and the Sunday School colored a Consecration Sunday banner. Other committee members -- Bill Cuddy, Carol Iovanna, Jen McShane, Kay Claiborn, and Susan Leonard, supported by Vestry members and other willing hands -- helped with the mailings, talks, charts, calls, and set-up and clean-up. Thanks to one and all!
On Monday, November 7, letters with Estimate-of-Giving cards were mailed to those who were unable to participate in Consecration Sunday. So, every household should have received an “Estimate of Giving card” during worship or in the mail. If for some reason you need a card, please pick one up from the ushers’ table or call the parish office. However you receive(d) one, please return your Estimate-of-Giving Card as soon as you can. As of the posting of this article, we have received giving estimates from two-thirds of our active households; your rate of return is terrific! I am so grateful! Our shared life and witness in 2017 depends upon our collective response to God’s call to us.
N.B.: Vestry member Don Pogue was part of the Consecration Sunday team. Following his untimely death on October 26, we missed him, and his help and wisdom. May he rest in peace and rise in glory!
An Amazing Journey Into
Vestry Highlights for October 2016
At its regular, monthly meeting on Wednesday, October 19, the Christ Church Vestry:
· Learned from Treasurer Ted Sands that the parish had received a generous bequest from the estate of the late Robert Sperry. To honor Bob’s wishes, his bequest will be placed in the parish’s restricted endowment;
· Received a report from Junior Warden Sue Shackford that she is seeking bids to repair roof leaks in the chancel, and that repairs to the Sunday School thermostats and air-handler had been completed;
· Heard that the wardens, rector, and Bobbi Stuart had met with representatives of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation to learn about three kinds of matching grants: for assessment and plan development; for maintenance and repair; and for construction;
· Celebrated the success of the September 24 Tag Sale!
· Discussed preparations under way for the “Consecration Sunday” stewardship education program, and the completion of the four home gatherings on “Service within the Parish,” “Parish Financial Vitality,” “Service to our Neighbors,” and “Support for Families with Children & Youth.”
Since the Parish Bylaws require the Vestry to meet only 11 times a year, and having met monthly through October, the Vestry did not meet in November. The Vestry will meet next on Wednesday, December 14.
Greetings from the ECW
Our regular ECW meeting was held on Thursday, November 10, at 11 a.m. in the Guild Room. We enjoyed a plentiful carry-in luncheon at 12 noon. We did not hold a formal business meeting, but we discussed plans for our upcoming events, cheese sale, cookie sale at the annual Chili Supper, and our annual Christmas Luncheon.
While discussing these projects, we put the final touches on the 100+ cheese spread containers. The cheese spread and assorted cheese spreaders were sold on Sunday, November 13, and the remaining supply will be available at all Sunday coffee hours after the 10 a.m. services, as well as the Chili Supper.We also discussed the upcoming cookie sale during the Chili Supper. We request that the entire parish help us again this year by baking their favorite cookie recipes for us to sell on December 2. They may be dropped off Thursday, December 1, in the Guild Room or Friday, December 2. The proceeds from this project help us to present a scholarship to a graduating Christ Episcopal Church high school student.
Finally, we discussed our annual Christmas Luncheon. We will meet at the Maritime Grill, Thursday, December 8, at 12 noon. The cost has remained the same as previous luncheons, $25 per person, for a complete dinner, including tax and gratuity. All meals start with your choice of a cup of clam chowder or a side salad. Entree choices are: Roast Beef Dinner, Chicken Francaise, Stuffed Scallops, Grilled Salmon, Caesar Salad with choice of Grilled Shrimp, Chicken, or Steak, and Cup of Chowder, Deli Sandwich with French Fries and Cole Slaw, Choice of Roast Beef or Roast Turkey and Side Salad or Cup of Chowder. All meals come with dessert, coffee, or tea.
Please look for order forms on the table in the back of the church, or on the table under the window next to the bathroom in the parish hall.We will also have our FUN exchange gift game, so bring a $5 wrapped gift to join in the fun. All are welcome to join us. R.S.V.P. by Sunday, December 4, to Diane W. Link at (203) 458-1806.
We would like to thank you all for your continued support of all our projects, especially our cookie sale, roses for Mom/Mommy, and especially the socks and underwear for the homeless. We have collected several dozen pairs of socks and sets of underwear that have been delivered tothe homeless men, women, and children in this area. We especially want to thank Lee Hubbard for delivering them to those less fortunate. A Big THANK YOU, LEE! Please continue your generous donations, especially now as winter approaches and these items are much needed.
All Episcopal Church Women are members of our ECW, and we hope you will join us in the Guild Room on Thursdays. The second Thursday of each month is our regular business meeting at 11 a.m., with a carry-in dish to share. All other Thursdays we meet at 10:30 a.m. after Bible study. We bring a sandwich and a hostess makes tea and brings dessert. We hope you will join
us. Please note that there will not be a meeting on Thursday, November 24 or December 1. We will resume our meetings on January 5, 2017.
All of us in our ECW wish you and yours a very blessed Christmas, and peace, good health, and happiness in the New Year.
Diane W. Link
Mitten Tree, O Mitten Tree
This year we have decided to devote our "Mitten Tree" to the homeless of New Haven. We will donate items via "Chapel on the Green," so that they can help the many homeless people that attend their Sunday service and receive free lunch (Christ Church is involved in this program).
The items that they are requesting are small things, items that you can easily pick up during your holiday shopping, many you may even have on hand, and some you can prepare while making your own holiday treats. These items will mean a lot to those who are less fortunate during this holiday season.
Here is the list of items, should you like to contribute -- just put them on or under our Mitten Tree (which will be up and waiting on Sunday, November 27).
Toiletries -- toothbrushes, toothpaste, travel-size soaps and lotions
Clothing -- gloves, socks, hats, scarves, hand warmers
Treats -- candy and cookies
Handmade Christmas cards
Let’s help warm the hearts of those less fortunate and "Fill Our Tree!!"