Christ the King-Stewardship Sunday
November 21, 2021
"Grateful for All God's Love"
-- our Stewardship Program for 2022 -- culminates this Sunday, Christ the King Sunday, with the Rev. Ellen Tillotson preaching and leading us in offering our Giving Estimate Cards on the altar. Cards were mailed on Tuesday with an encouraging letter from Vestry Member Sandy Beatty; additional cards will be available on Sunday morning.
Gift Estimate cards will be received throughout the coming Thanksgiving Week. Outside of service times, the side door, closest to the Guild Room is open daily between 10am and 3p.m. for your personal prayer-time in the church.
Gift cards for Thanksgiving Food Baskets --
Again this year, the Guilford Food Bank invites us to provide grocery store gift cards between $10 and $25 for their Holiday Food Basket program. The Food Bank will provide supported households “with a turkey, fresh vegetables and a gift card for participants to purchase their own non-perishables according to their own dietary needs and family traditions.”
Your gifts may be left on the altar, placed in an offering basin, or delivered to the Parish Office. Please make checks payable to Christ Church with "Food Basket" on the memo line, and we'll purchase cards for you.
This is the Guilford Food Bank’s one appeal to support their food basket programs for both Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Big News from Shoreline Interfaith Resettlement
Shoreline Interfaith Resettlement (SHIR) has received confirmation of a family for us to co-sponsor with IRIS. Much to our surprise thefamily is a family of 11 - parents, four daughters, ages 19, 17,13 & 5, and five sons, ages 15, 11,10, 9 & 7! With the extensive support received and many volunteers ready to give their time, energy and shared skills SHIR is confident that we will be able to provided assistance and guidance to all the members of the family. IRIS advises to expect them within two weeks. The Housing Committee is hard at work to secure a house for the family.
Thanks to all Christ Church parishioners who have responded so generously with financial support! We're passing along over $3K, with more on its way; as you can imagine, the needs for this family will be significant.
Other ways to help: SHIR is asking for coats/hats/gloves and NEW underwear, socks and pajamas. Please leave them by the Children's Altar. If you have like-new furniture to donate, please reply to this message and you'll be connected to the Furnishings Committee.
Shoreline Interfaith Resettlement includes First Congregational Church of Guilford, St. George Catholic Church, Temple Beth Tikvah, North Madison Congregational Church, Christ Church and other community individuals and groups.
Episcopal Church Women Announcements:
Dear Ladies of Christ Church, You all are invited to the ECW's December 9th Annual Christmas Luncheon! Fliers are available in the church and parish hall, and just outside the parish office.
The ECW will also offer their “Cookie-Less Cookie Boxes" this year. Reserve yours now in the parish hall or December 3rd, he ECW's high school scholarship program. Holiday cardholders will also be available on the table in the Parish Hall. There will be honor-system collection boxes for each.
Christmas Wreaths may be ordered on Sunday mornings; forms are available in the church or outside the Parish Office, and sample bows are displayed next to more forms in the Parish Hall. Wreath decorating will happen on Thursday, December 2, between 3 and 6p.m.; all are invited! Wreaths may be picked up then, or during the Chili-to-Go Event between 5 and 7p.m. on Friday, December 3.
Christmas Market -- December 3, 5-7p.m.
Your Tag Sale Team is trying something new! Come and see ouroutdoor Christmas Market during Chili-to-Go, and the Wreath and Cookie-Box Sales. The Market will feature holiday entertaining and decorating items, as well as NEW gifts and holiday baskets. Proceeds will fudn needed building improvements. Thank you for your support!
From Cecelia: Poetry Retreat/Poetry Table
Hello Christ Church! As a lover of the arts and creativity, I often find that one of the ways I most easily connect with God is while reading or writing poetry. There's just something about these little packets of words that seem to hit right where and when I need them to. Poetry, for me, is often an answer to prayer and it is a gift I would love to bring to Christ Church during my time here. That being said, you can look forward to a poetry table located under the balcony with copies of poems on different topics that I hope God may use to speak into your life. Additionally, you can look forward to a Poetry Retreat, now moved to Saturday December 11th from 11-1 where we will talk and experiment in more depth with the ways poetry can connect us with God, each other, and ourselves.
Tag Sale Jewelry Pop-up Sale Come see our costume jewelry display in the Parish Hall! There were many nice pieces left from our September sale and all items are reasonably priced. Display will be refreshed with new items frequently, so check back often. Please use the RED box on the table for your “honor system” payment. Thank you from your Tag Sale Team!
As requested by 9a.m.'s regular worshippers, this service will remain at 9a.m. However, the morning's cold temperatures will often move the service inside the Parish Hall. Windows will be cracked open and the exhaust fan turned on.
The Path: Journey through the Bible --
-- will take a Thanksgiving Week Break and next meet on Monday, November 29 and Thursday, December 2.
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.
The door nearest the Guild Room is unlocked daily between 10a.m. and at least 3p.m., for a time of quiet in the church or to listen to Mark rehearse.
We feature various authors from around our parish, commenting on topics of interest to our community. Enjoy! Comment if you are so moved!