For Convention Sunday:
20th Sunday after Pentecost, October 18, 2020Livestream on YouTube Link
The Annual Convention of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut concludes Sunday, October 18 with a celebration of the Holy Eucharist at 10a.m. Here's the YouTube link. Here's where to download the worship bulletin. The service will come from a variety of locations, including a choir drawn from across the diocese. (These "Brady Bunch" anthems are very time-intensive creations!), a performance by the Ekklesia Ballet Company, and an offering by the Cathedral's string quartet. Bishop Suffragan Laura Ahrens will preach. Bishop Ian Douglas will preside at the Eucharist and Spiritual Communion.
Convention worship is usually the reward for sitting through the not-so inspiring portions of convention. This year the whole diocese gets to enjoy being together!
The offering received online at the Convention Eucharist will support ECCT's "Building the Beloved Community" anti-racism initiative, part of a larger "Joining Jesus" campaign.
Morning Prayer in the Garden will be offered at its usual 9a.m. time and place. This will be the only worship arising specifically from our space this Sunday. Please remember to bring a mask and a lawn chair.
Virtual Coffee Hour... will be an opportunity to ask questions about convention generally and the Convention Eucharist specifically, or whatever else is on your mind. It's also a great opportunity to see one another. So, join the conversation via Zoom this Sunday, October 18 by clicking this new link. If asked, the Meeting ID: 810 0548 8448, and Passcode: 925217
Sunday School Families will meet in the Garden this Sunday, October 18, at 2p.m. for fellowship, fun, snacks (of course!) and a Bible Story discussion led by Children & Youth Ministries Director Tyler Jarvis. Like many of you, I always learn something from Tyler's Bible storytelling. And I find his joy in the telling to be infectious (not a bad thing in this connection!) Tyler has asked that we let him know if we are coming so that he can have enough snacks. You can reach him here.
Outreach through Personal Care Bags:
Our Outreach Team is joining with our ECW for a fall program to provide bags of personal care items for those on the margins. Following the pattern initiated by our ECW earlier this year, parishioners are invited to take a quart zip-lock bag and fill it with the personal care items on a provided shopping list. These bags will be available at the Garden Service, the Sunday School afternoon event, and during weekday office hours.
The bags will be shared with those served by New Haven's Chapel-on-the-Green on a Sunday evening later this fall.
Please send the people and concerns you would like included in the Prayers of the People. by replying to these announcements or the "Let us pray" message. Please consider this the digital version of the clip board on which names and concerns were written when we gathered for worship in the nave.
St. Luke -- Order for the Evening on Wednesday:
Although the Church's annual occasion to celebrate the life and witness of St. Luke the Evangelist is October 18, we will transfer that observance to our Order for Evening on Wednesday.
Thursday Bible Study moves on to Genesis Chapters 37 and 39 for the beginning of the Joseph saga. Here's the link. In case your are asked: Meeting ID: 859 9654 1732 Passcode: 233895
Parish Directories and Estimate of Giving Cards:
I hope that you received your new Parish Directory and an Estimate of Giving Card for 2021. Thanks so much to the almost 60 households who have already responded with their Estimate of Giving for our operating budget in 2021! If you haven't received Parish Directory or a 2021 Estimate Card, please reply to this message. Thanks to your help, needed updates have already been made to the Directory; if your contact information needs to be edited, please send a message to our Parish Administrator Donna Tafel at email@example.com
Thanks to all who are mailing in your offerings!
Although our in-person connections remain limited, the routine of the parish continues amidst all the ways that support and maintain our common life. Thanks so much, for your faithfulness in fulfilling your giving estimate for 2020. Please continue your financial support of our common life by bringing your offering to the 9a.m. service in the Garden, or 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, as you remain safely elsewhere.
In the faith, hope and love of Christ,
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