General Announcements for the July 8 - 15 , 2020
Sunday Worship will remain virtual at this time and will be streamed to Facebook Live. on Sundays at 10:00 am. The worship service also will be available anytime on the Worship page of the website.
Virtual Coffee Hour. We will not have coffee hour on July 5.
In-Person Gathering on Wednesday, July 15
We will hold outdoor Wednesday morning and evening services until further notice. Bring a lawn chair and a mask; we have extras of both if you don’t have them. If you are feeling ill in any way, please don’t come; we’ll see you next time. The communion service lasts about 25 minutes. You are free to stay and chat afterward, as long as you maintain six feet of distance and wear masks. If it is raining, the service is cancelled. By registering ahead of time, you will get the bulletin electronically (there will be no paper ones) and it will make the arrival process easier. Registration is strongly suggested. Please use the links below to register for Wednesday, July 15 worship.
Church Staff Changes
For office needs previously handled by our parish administrator, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. This email will be checked several times a week and your question forwarded to the appropriate person. A staff person will be in the office from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for phone calls and deliveries. If you want to talk in-person with someone during or outside these times, please request an appointment directly with them instead of the general office email
Formation news for this week and beyond
Children's Programming. We will resume Zoom calls for children after July 17. We hope your children are enjoying the Summer Activity Boxes. Now that they have had time to play with the items and ideas in them, we would love to get your feedback on our first formation box experiment. Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey to help us adapt for the next children's program summer offering.
If you are new to St. Christopher's and would like to have additional information about Children's Programming and be added to the distribution list, please contact the Children's Coordinator.
Rev. Cara will lead a Bible Study on several Epistles (Philemon, Philippians, 1 and 2 Timothy) for high school youth via Zoom on Wednesdays at 1:00 pm, now through July 29. Gathering information will be sent via Google group email and Remind.
Youth Formation, Grades 7-12. On Sunday, July 12, we continue the formation series focusing on Uncertainty. The topic for the day will be "Following Jesus." The series includes a weekly challenge and/or activity to use with parents, siblings or friends and other family members. As we are all dealing with Caronavirus, finding ways to connect with each other is important. Please feel free to "bring" a guest to our Zoom meetings.
Youth Formation, Grades 5-6. Starting this Sunday, July 12, at 10:30 am, our rising fifth and sixth graders will begin a 4-week series on what it means to be “All In” our relationship with God. On Sunday, July 12 - August 2, we will cover heart, soul, mind, and strength. We begin this Sunday with heart. Zoom gathering information will be in the Sunday email.
Please note: the links for meetings and other important information to attend are being sent to youth and their parents via text. If you are not on the youth contact list and want to receive this information, please contact our Youth Leader.
Adult Programming - Common Grounds
Our summer series explores the destruction of the first and second temples and the ways it affected the development of Judaism and Christianity. During the Sunday, July 12 session, we will have a guest speaker. Steve Bishop, Professor of Old Testament at Seminary of the Southwest, will join us for our questions about the second temple time period. A link to the 9:00 am Zoom call will be included in the Sunday morning email.
Outreach: Serving the Community
Activity Bags for Children Unable to Attend Camp
Each year St. Christopher’s sponsors children from the Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center to attend summer camp at Waycross, which sadly has been canceled this year. Help the children have some summer fun by putting an activity bag together for them. Consider filling a sturdy (possibly reusable) bag with age-appropriate games/activities to help them have some fun at home. Label your bag to indicate the age group: 5-7, 8-10, or 11-12.
We have extended the deadline for delivering the activity bags to July 13 in order to give to more children. You may now drop off the bags at church. Please place them in the large Rubbermaid container located OUTSIDE on the covered area next to the office door. You will find links to two lists below.
St. Christopher’s Crops
In a few weeks, St. Christopher's Garden will begin to produce vegetables. The need for the produce this year is greater than ever. The quantity and quality of the harvest depends in large part on our care now. If you have missed being able to contribute to St. Christopher's in your familiar ways, have youth who want and need service hours, or are searching for a way to make a tangible difference in our community, please consider giving an hour or two. You can volunteer once or regularly. This will ensure we are able to provide for those who have been impacted by food insecurity due to the pandemic. We need anyone who isn't physically restricted to seriously consider lending a hand. Use the link to Signup Genius below to choose your date and volunteer.
Summer Meals Program
Despite the many challenges caused by the pandemic, the SMP has succeeded with great support from the St. Christopher’s community. Our current number of recipients is 51 families and 126 children, which is the highest number we have ever served. Most slots are filled through our ending date of August 2. However, a few more people are needed for distribution on Sunday, July 12 ,and packing on Saturday, July 25. Volunteer by selecting the link below and choosing a date.