General Announcements for July 22- 29, 2021
Indoor Worship. The 10:00 am service will be in the sanctuary. There will be designated seating on the far right side of the sanctuary for those who prefer masks and distancing; please only sit in that section if you are willing to mask through the service. The 8:00 am service continues in the sanctuary with plenty of room to be as distanced and as masked as is your preference.
Children's Chapel for Pre-K to second grade will start on August 15 during the 10:00 am service. We will be following our school district's policies on mask-wearing for chapel. Nursery is not available, but the space in the library has toys and the sound from the service.
Virtual Worship. For those of you unable to attend the in person Sunday worship, we will livestream the 10:00 am worship service. The service will be available via the worship page of our website beginning about 9:55 am and then available later after the service ends. Technology is our friend until it’s not; there will be days that things do not go right, and we can’t do much to correct them in the moment. When things go wrong with the livestream, we will put a video offering on our website by Monday afternoon. Whether you view the service livestreamed while it is happening or later, the link below will get you to it.
Fall Festival. Mark your calendar for the Fall Festival, September 18, 4:00 pm-7:00 pm. We are coming together to celebrate the gift of connection. We are at work planning a great event with food trucks, activity booths for kids, social areas for adults, and just a lot of fun in being together. We have invited the groups who share our campus to take part and will invite our neighborhood. The festival will not be a fundraiser, and it is not something we budgeted for this year, so we are asking for donations to help make this a great event. If you are grateful for our ability to celebrate together once again, and you are able, please donate:
Children and Families
Mission Possible! Vacation Bible School. The last VBS camp of this summer will be held on Sundays, July 25 a, from 5:00-7:00 pm. Children and one or more adults (parent, grandparent, or other adult) will gather for a casual picnic. During each of the camps, we will do an outreach project, read and discuss a story related to our mission, play a game, and conclude with music and prayer. We are excited about this week's outreach project! The children will make fleece blankets (for the Linus project for sick children) and get well cards. Your child need not have participated in the previous camps to enjoy this one.
VBS is for children who are in pre-school to those going into fifth grade this fall. Please email Children's Coordinator Cathy Scott to let her know your child will attend. Having this information is helpful to setting up for the project.
Parents wanting to attend "parents night out" during VBS will meet Cortney Ogrzewalla at the church when they are dropping off their kids. They will walk over together for appetizers and meet and greet conversation at Noble Roman and return to the church 10 minutes before the program ends.
St. Christopher's Crops Garden
We are now at the harvesting stage of the season where we are picking ripe tomatoes, green beans, kale leaves, peppers, and some herbs, which are then taken to local food banks. The drier, warmer weather will undoubtedly help with this production and the food pantries are always grateful for the supply (and they are noticeably busy this year).
As always, we are grateful to the volunteers who help. This year two of our regular volunteers have been Elizabeth and Hannah Oyer. They came to St Christopher’s last year and have enthusiastically helped with the weeding and harvesting in the garden this summer. Elizabeth explains that they enjoy being able to contribute to the local community. Hannah is a Junior at Carmel High School.
No gardening experience is necessary - there is always a team leader present to advise. We typically get more volunteers on Saturday mornings (9:00 to 10:30) than Wednesday evenings (6:00 to 7:30). Signing up in advance is helpful but not compulsory! A number of volunteers find they have a free hour and turn up at short notice. All are welcome!
A Word About Our Packing, Picnic & Popsicle Event
Many Thanks to All!
t was a smooth running machine as members of the congregation packed 425 hygiene kits for Wheeler Mission Shelter for Men in one hour! Thank you to approximately 50 youth and adults who joyfully participated in this summer outreach program. It wouldn’t have been possible without the many donations given by the congregation over the past two months. In addition to the 9 hygiene items, 53 pillows and 62 pillow cases were collected. A special feature was that 9 of the pillow cases were decorated by children during Vacation Bible School. Due to poor weather the picnic didn’t happen, but there were popsicles!
Upcoming dates for your calendar
July 25, 5:00-7:00 pm | Vacation Bible School
August 8,10:00 am | Backpack Blessing
August 15, 10:00 am | Children's Chapel Begins
September 18, 4:00-7:00pm | Fall Festival