For 17th Sunday after Pentecost, September 27, 2020 Pop-Up Tag Sale; Gun BuyBack & Swords-to-Plowshares; South Central Region Convocation; Consecration Sunday Open House; Outreach through Personal Care Bags; Early Fall Worship Schedule; Virtual Coffee H
Pop-up Tag Sale is almost ready to go in the parish driveway! It opens 9a.m., Saturday, September 26, until Noon Hats off to this great team of volunteers! There's been a steady stream of folks checking it out; so, I imagine there'll be a distanced rush at 9a.m. They're all set up for shopping at distances.
Gun BuyBack & Swords to Plowshares:
Partnering with the Ethan Miller Song Foundation and Swords-to-Plowshares Northeast, the Guilford Police Department will hold a voluntary gun buyback and safe firearm storage event on Saturday, September 26 from 10a.m. to 2p.m. As part of the event, our Bishop Jim Curry (suffragan, retired) who led the organizing of Swords-to-Plowshares in the Northeast, is bringing a demonstration of reforging abandoned firearms into gardening tools to Guilford as part of the event.
The South Central Region Fall Convocation will meet via Zoom on Saturday, September 26 from 9-11a.m. to discern the "Next Right Thing(s)" to advance Racial Justice, Healing and Reconciliation. Speakers will include Milford's Chief of Police, the Rev. Rowena Kemp and Dr. Suzy Burke. The convocation is open to all parishioners within our South Central Region of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut. Get more information and register here.
Consecration Sunday Open House,
Sunday, October 4, 1-4p.m.
We're adapting our Consecration Sunday program to our pandemic. circumstances. We are all encouraged to ask ourselves, "What is God asking me to give in 2021 to support our common life as the parish of Christ Church?" And, we'll welcome a guest preacher for our Consecration Sunday, 10a.m. worship. And, we'll have an opportunity to place our Estimate-of-Giving Cards on/or near the altar. That will happen during an Open House from 1-4p.m.
We've moved Consecration Sunday early in the fall; so that we can have all the doors and windows of the rectory and church open for brief, safe visits. Please reserve a time for your visit on Sign-Up Genius. Link to follow.
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 provided shopping list. Bags are available just inside the Parish Hall center door during the Tag Sale and Office Hours 10a.m.-3p.m. Bags may be returned there, or during the Consecration Sunday Open House on Sunday, October 4.
The bags will be shared with those served by New Haven's Chapel-on-the-Green on a Sunday evening later in October.
Early Fall Worship:
While pleasant fall weather continues, we will maintain our current two-service schedule:
Morning Prayer in the Garden is offered at 9a.m., with a brief version of the sermon. This remains our only in-person worship offering. Please remember to bring a mask and a lawn chair.
Our celebration of The Holy Eucharist is offered via livestream at 10a.m., with Spiritual Communion, hymns, organ and a soloist.
This Sunday, September 27, in addition to the vocal solo, we will also enjoy an instrumental solo -- one of the first expected during the fall. This Sunday, Olivia Ste. Marie returns with her violin to share an Allemande by J.S. Bach.
Virtual Coffee Hour:
YFNR will host Coffee Hour via Zoom this Sunday, September 27 at 11:30a.m. by clicking this new link. We experienced a Zoom failure last Sunday. Fingers-crossed for this week's opportunity to visit with one another.
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.
Wednesday Order for Evening & Thursday Bible Study .. have both returned. See the calendar to the left for times and links.
Thanks to all who are mailing in your offerings!
Although our in-person connections remains limited, the routine of the parish resumes amidst 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 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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