General Announcements for October 13 - 20, 2021
Masks at the 10:00 am Service. Due mainly to the virus spread, but also the presence of unvaccinated children, we are requesting that everyone wear a mask at the 10:00 am service until further notice. When the spread in our community returns to the low rates of late spring and summer, we will once again worship mask-free. This is one way we care for one another as a community. The 8:00 am service does not require masks. Church groups that meet indoors on campus may mask, but are not required to, unless there are children/youth present. We are following our school district's masking policy for children.
Virtual Worship. If you are unable to attend the in-person Sunday worship, we 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. 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.
New to St. Christopher’s? On Sunday, October 24, at 11:15 a.m., we will offer St. Christopher’s 101, an introduction to the life of our church in the Parish Hall. RSVP is helpful; a supervised play space for children will be provided.
If you have been here for a while and you are ready to make your membership official and call St. Christopher’s your church, there will be a New Member Welcome on Sunday, November 14. Contact email@example.com if you are interested in participating and/or to RSVP for St. Christopher's 101.
LIFT Women's Group, Monday, October 18, 6:30 p.m. Ladies in Fellowship Together (LIFT) meets a 6:30 p.m. on the third Monday of the month at Bar Louie. This monthly gathering is a great opportunity to get to know church members in a casual setting.
Sanctuary Acoustic Analysis Presentation, Sunday, October 24, 9:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. With the help of a grant from the Center for Congregations, we had an acoustical analysis of the sanctuary over the summer. Robert Richter, our music director, will cover the highlights of the analysis and the recommendations for changes to the space made by Haverstick Designs.
Dismantling Racism, Tuesday, October 26, 7:00 p.m. Come join us in the parish hall as we kick off the the Dismantling Racism Program for 2021-22. The Dismantling Racism Team will utilize the Catechism as the foundation for the year. Each month will be devoted to a question in the Catechism and to a topic in racism. The curriculum will culminate with a pilgrimage to The Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama. Join us on October 26 to get more information and to learn how red-lining has resulted in continued injustices in our communities. For more information, please see the program flyer.
Save the date: Bible Basics Formation Workshop, Sunday, November 7, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Bible Fact: In the original languages, the Bible contains 611,000 words. That's 3 times longer than Moby Dick, 35% longer than the Lord of the Rings trilogy and 24,000 more words than War and Peace.
Want to know more about the Bible? Join us on November 7, from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m., to walk through The Library of God: Building Generations Through Story. There will be activities for all ages to choose from, including games, trivia, creating an art piece, learning how to read the Bible through the Episcopal tradition, and the "7 Passages: What the Bible Does and Does Not Say about Sexuality."
Children and Families
Common Grounds, Sunday, October 10, 9:00 a.m. Common Grounds
New Bible Basics Series, Sundays, October 17, 24, and 31, 9:00 a.m.
The Bible tells one unified story, and yet it cannot all be read in the same way. Join Rev. Chana as we explore this week's topic: "What's In the Bible?" Using material from the Bible Project, we will explore your questions about the Tanakh, Apocrypha, Epistles, and why they matter to us today. Don't know what those words mean? Come and find out!
Please note: This series does not refer to the workshop mentioned above in the General Announcements.
Youth Formation, Sunday, October 10, 11:00 a.m. Youth will gather upstairs in the youth room for this week's topic: My Place. How can we identify our talents and how we can we use them to serve God?
Children's Formation, Sundays, 10:00 am (All families and children begin in the sanctuary.)
Preschool - 2nd grade children will be led to the Chapel (upstairs) for a children's chapel service after the Collect. They will return at the time of the Peace. The theme for October is Job.
The 3rd - 5th grade children will remain in church with their families for the entire service. Children's bulletins, pew activities, and books will be available just outside the sanctuary doors. Empty worship bags will be nearby for children to fill with themed worship activities, which include coloring, puzzles, and other related activities for the month. This Sunday, we will share the story of St. Francis.
Upcoming dates for your calendar
October 24, 11:15 a.m. | St. Christopher's 101
October 24, 9:00 a.m. & 11:15 a.m. | Sanctuary Acoustic Analysis Presentation
October 18, 6:30 p.m. | Women's LIFT Group (Bar Louie)
October 26, 7:00 p.m. | Dismantling Racism
November 7 | Daylight Saving Time Ends
November 7, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. | Bible Basics Formation Workshop