General Announcements for the Week beginning Sunday, January 19
Annual Meeting will be Sunday, February 2, at 11:15 am in the Parish Hall. The meeting will include vestry elections, an overview of the budget, brief reporting on the previous year, and a presentation of our goals for the next two years. If that doesn’t excite you, there will be door prizes! The meeting should last about an hour. Supervision of children will be provided by youth in the nursery.
New Guidebook. Many of you received a guide book to the parish in your mailbox this past week. These were made to complete a contract with the organization that previously did our parish directory. Guidebooks will be used for visitors and newcomers, and if you do not want to keep your guidebook, you can bring it to the church and leave on the Welcome table to be used for newcomers. Thanks to Robert Richter for the cover picture.
Enneagram Workshop next weekend. We are looking forward to our enneagram workshop with Gravity leadership on Friday, January 24 (7:00 - 9:00 pm), and Saturday morning, January 25 (9:00 am - Noon). If you haven’t signed up yet, now is the time. Register at https://bit.ly/33DPjc1 using our discount promo code STCHRISTOPHER25 to lower the workshop cost to $25 per person.
Communion Workshop and Communion Recognition. Children second through fifth grade are invited, along with their parents and godparents, to learn more about the Holy Eucharist through hands-on activities and instruction. The Communion workshop will be Saturday, February 8, from 2:00 – 5:00 pm with the Communion Recognition occurring the next day during our 10:00 am service. This rite of passage recognizes the maturing faith of our children. Register through Realm at https://bit.ly/2ELUR9x or email the Rev. Cara Spaccarelli .
Slate of Candidates for Vestry. At our annual meeting on Sunday, February 2, we will elect three new Vestry members. The following slate of candidates is recommended by the Vestry for those three positions: Jane Dunnivant, Gina Frey, and John Holcombe. Additional nominations are welcome from the floor at the annual meeting.
Green Neighborhood CREW Gathering. In recent communications, we have mentioned CREW gatherings to be hosted in January, February or March. The first of these, for the Green CREW, will be hosted by Deb and Norm Callahan, on Sunday, February 16, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. If you are a member of the Green CREW, watch your email for an invitation to that event from Realm. It will contain the location and additional information about the gathering. When your invitation arrives, please be sure to RSVP (aka register) via Realm or contact Anita Walker by Thursday, February 13. If you are a member of the Green Crew and do not receive an invitation in your email by January 21, please contact Anita Walker .
What about other CREW gatherings? Hosts have been identified and events are planned in February and March. You'll learn more about those events in the coming weeks. Don’t know your CREW? Contact Margo Suttner.
Formation for All Ages
Children’s Formation. Kid's SPIN is our children’s program during the 10:00 am service. "When Jesus was a Boy" is the theme for lessons during January. Nursery is available during the service for children under age three.
Youth Formation. We gather from 9:00 to 9:45 am in the Youth Lounge on the second floor. Today we focused on how we can reword the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes in the more accessible language to reflect modern times and today’s wording. Next Sunday we will explore who exemplifies or rejects the Ten Commandments and Beatitudes in books or movies and which television characters, celebrities, and political figures deliberately embrace or reject the teachings of the Bible.
Youth Group. Join us for a parent and youth dinner on Sunday, January 26, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm in the Parish Hall. We will share our goals and plans for the coming year including youth formation topics, service projects, and information about confirmation plans. Volunteer sign-up sheets will be available.
Common Grounds. The Epiphany series on immigration continues as we discuss issues surrounding the complex topics of immigration. Common Grounds will offer a safe forum in which to discuss the immigration crisis despite differing political views. It is not necessary to have attended the first session to join us for the second session. Common Grounds meets at 9:00 am in Fellowship Hall, and coffee is served!
Outreach: Serving the Community
Weekend Back Sack Needs. With the New Year we are going to try a slightly different approach with the Weekend Back Sack Program. For the upcoming packing we would like to focus on just two items: individual-sized cereals and juice boxes/pouches. We now are supporting 105 children in the Carmel Clay Schools and still need 781 cereal boxes and 661 juice boxes for the February 16 packing. Cereals can be found at Meijer, Kroger, Market District, Sam’s Club, Walmart, and on Amazon. Juice boxes or pouches can be found at those same merchants as well as Costco. To ensure we have enough items to cover the children’s needs, we ask that you bring your donations to the Riser Room by February 9. We appreciate your support of this program!
Important Dates for Your Calendar
January 20 | Church office closed in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 24, 7:00 - 9:00 pm | Enneagram Workshop (Part 1 of 2)
January 25, 9:00 - Noon | Enneagram Workshop (Part 2 of 2)
January 26, 5:00 - 7:00 pm | Youth and Youth Parent dinner
February 2, 11:00-12:00 | Annual Meeting
February 8, 2:00-5:00pm | Communion Workshop - children second through fifth grade
February 16 | Scout Sunday