Are you interested in joining other Episcopalians and their friends in studying the Paul’s Letter to the Romans during the season of Epiphany? You don’t need to go any place or make an appointment or re-arrange your schedule. Just do it when you can. Find out more by visiting www.goodbookclub.org . A great way to grow into God’s Word with others!
CALLING ALL MEN OF CHRIST CHURCH ITHAN:-We are going to have our annual pancake/sausage breakfast for our Lenten kick off on March 3rd after the Sunday liturgy in Ithan Hall. This event is traditionally a male event for prepping, cooking, cleaning, etc. Ladies, take a seat and enjoy…the men have this in hand. Ron Spinelli will be chairing the event with his Husband, Albert Keenan. We are looking for all positions. A sign up board will be in the sanctuary starting in February. See you in the Kitchen
DO YOU MAKE SOME KICKIN’ CHILI? – We’ve been invited by St. Martin’s to participate in their “Chili Cook-Off” on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 3rd. Bring your amazing chili in a crock-pot to share. Drop off before the 10AM Service and come back afterwards for tasting and judging. Email Maggie, the administrator at St. Martin’s, to let her know you will participate: firstname.lastname@example.org
We will have a visit from Bishop Rodney Michel, our Assisting Bishop, on Sunday, February 24, 2019.
A Bishop’s visit is a time for Baptism, Confirmation and Reception into the Episcopal Church. If you have been practicing in the Episcopal Church for a long time and have come to us from another faith tradition, being received by the Bishop makes your membership in the Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement “official.”
What do you have to do? Not much! If you would like to find out more about this, Fr. John will provide a time to meet following both Services on Sunday, January 20th to provide you with more information. If you have questions or would like to meet privately, please contact him via email at email@example.com or see him after the Service.
Christmas isn’t over until the Wise Men arrive with their gifts for the Christ child. You can be a Wise Man, or Woman, this year by choosing a card from the Epiphany tree in the front of the church and bringing in a gift for our Goodworks community initiative tool box. The Goodworks initiative, a join project of Christ Church Ithan and St. Martin’s church, is completely volunteer driven and runs on a budget of $0; so filling our supply box is key to us being able to help families in our community with basic household projects. If you would like to know more about Goodworks, please help yourself to a brochure in the narthex. If you would like to be part of Goodworks, contact Christ Church Ithan and one of our coordinators will be in touch to tell you how you can be help with this important community outreach project.
We would like to support the Ardmore Food Pantry in their annual Thanksgiving Meal drive. They expect to provide 125-135 meals this year! To participate, we ask that the following items be purchased and then place each complete meal in a reusable bag. Please bring the meal bags to church with you on Sunday, November 4th or they can be dropped at the office on November 5th. They will then be brought to the food pantry for distribution on Monday, November 12th.
Here is the meal shopping list and suggested sizes:
Turkey Gravy: 2 cans/jars (12 oz), Cranberry Sauce: 1 can (14 oz), Deluxe Mac & Cheese: 1box (14 oz), Stove Top Stuffing: 1box (6 oz), Applesauce: 1jar (24 oz), Sweet Potatoes: 1 can (16 oz), Vegetables: 2 cans (15 oz), Brownie Mix: 1 box (18-20 oz), Giant or Acme Gift Card: $10
On Sunday, October 28th, we will be starting our Christmas Gift Tag Craft Project turning the many lovely greeting cards everyone donated into beautiful gift tags. We will then be selling the tags to raise funds for the Southern Poverty Law Center, the non-profit organization that Jay Harper brought to our attention. If you would like to be part of this fun project, bring a sharp pair of scissors, and join us immediately after the 8:30 service or during 10:00 hospitality time. Hope to see you there!
Our annual in-gathering collection for the United Thank Offering totaled $992. Thank you for your generous support of this outreach by the Episcopal Church Women. Special thanks to Jo Parker who coordinates this collection for us every year.
The United Thank Offering is a personal and family devotional program of The Episcopal Church. It has centered around the UTO Blue Box, an offering box that Episcopalians keep within their home and as they recall God’s blessings in their lives, they make a monetary donation to the box. The practice is meant to deepen our life in Christ by daily prayers and gifts of thanksgiving. These gifts of thanksgiving – coins and bills dropped in the UTO Blue Box – from each man, woman, and child are combined with others at parish and diocesan celebrations and finally within all of The Episcopal Church.
This year, the UTO Board received 68 grant applications and was able to fund 34 grants, totaling $1,257,778 for the mission and ministry of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. These grants continue to support and strengthen the mission and ministry of the Church throughout the world. Every penny of the Offerings is allocated each year for grants.
Once again we will be participating in the “Unity in Our Community” Block Party on Sunday, August 18th, 2018 from 12:00 Noon to 4:00 PM on Highland Avenue in Wayne. We will again provide a table for arts and crafts and games. In our effort to develop relationships with the Highland Avenue community, we will be asking our members to assist with hosting this table throughout the day.
On Sunday, June 3, 2018, we will have one service at 9:30 am followed by a parish meeting. The worship service will be the last one for the choir before summer. We will be honoring the Choral Scholars who will be leaving the choir at the end of the season. How blessed we have been by their talent and commitment!
The focus of our parish meeting will be a six-month review of our Holy Covenant and to address any concerns you may have about our relationship with St Martin's. Members of our Vestry will also be present to bring you up-to-date about the work we have been doing together, discerning our purpose and how we can better live as Christ's Body in the community and our world.
Please mark your calendars and plan to join us. Our Vestry strives to be transparent with our membership and they want to hear from you. Before we dive into summer, this meeting is a great opportunity to be together. Please come.