OUTREACH NEEDS FOR OCTOBER
For the month of October, the Outreach Committee is asking for donations of any non-perishable food items. Items may be left in the baskets in the Cloister and Narthex at church!!
EPISCOPAL RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT (ERD)
Re: Hurricane Matthew: ERD is already in place at the most critical sites. We have received word through the diocese that what ius needed most by all disaster relief agencies is monetary donations as soon as possible!!
You may donate through the ERD website: www.episcopalrelief.org and click on the "donate now". or send a check payable to Episcopal Relief and Development, PO Box 7058, Merrifield, VA 22116-7058, or call 1-855-312-4325.
Thank you for supporting this much needed effort!!!!
All Saints' Sunday, November 6th, Our young people will be ringing the handbells at the 10:30am service.
Following the service, the young people will meet in the Parish Hall to make cards for the veterans!!
FRESH START TO THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR!
On Sept. 11th at the 8 am and 10:30 am services, we joined together for a "fresh start" as a parish community. Overwhelming response to the items needed for school supplies were acknowledged.
Thank you to everyone who had their photo taken for our new directory! The church directory serves many purposes, one of which helps new families get to know us a little easier. Thanks again!!!! The directory's are now ready to be picked up at the church office or following the Sunday services.
2016 STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL
WAS A HUGE SUCCESS!! THANK YOU TO THE LOCKPORT COMMUNITY FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!
Oct. 1st - Annual Altar Guild Mtg. 9 am
Oct. 2nd - "All Creatures Great & Small" Join in the celebration of all of God's creation and creatures. Blessing of animals will take place at noon. Bring your children and grandchildren...invite your neighbors and friends to the services as we give thanks for the beauty of creation and pray for our fragile earth and all of God's creatures!!
The children are invited to bring their favorite stuffed animal to the services. They will also be ringing the handbells during the 10:30 am service! Please bring a donation of pet food for distribution to the Lockport community through the Pet Food Pantry at Grace Church. Thank you!!
Oct. 9th - Fall Parish Breakfast 9 am
Oct. 28-30 - Diocesan Convention
UTO Ingathering is in October and monies collected are presented at convention. The United Thank Offering is an on-going gathering of coins showing our thankfulness for blessings that come our way during the year. UTO is not a drive or fundraiser but an offering of each of us in appreciation of our many blessings.
Now is the time to be placing coins of thankfulness into a "blue box" or any container each time you feel gratitude or happiness in your life.
Nov. 6th - All Saints Day (observed)
Nov. 13th - Veterans Day (observed)
Nov. 23rd - "Now Thank We All Our God"
PENTECOST SUNDAY 2016
Hanging dove with streamers
Getting ready in the Narthex
Flying fast and high!!
Whoa...that dove has a life of its own!!
Doves at rest after a long procession!!
The butterfly emerges!!!!
During the month of April, the Outreach Committee will continue to welcome donations of warm socks, mitten/gloves, hats, granola bars and small bottles of water. These items will be used to prepare Care Bags which can be distributed to homeless persons or those in need. The bags will be available in the cloister. Anyone who feels comfortable to take a bag or two to keep in their car to give to someone when the need arises, is invited to do so!
Also...We are still accepting donations of pet food, kitty litter and other pet needs for the Pet Food Pantry at Grace Church.
Don't forget...we are sending care packages to our troops on a regular basis. A list of appreciated items can be found near the collection totw in the Cloister!!!
COCOONS AND BUTTERFLIES!!
As Lent continued, we watched for a cocoon to appear near the Altar...and then watched each week to see what happened to the cocoon. Is that a little crack? Is the crack growing bigger? Is there something inside the cocoon? Guess what happened on Easter Sunday! (And it did...see the photo above...)
Our young people learned about this in Sunday School and made butterflies to decorate the Altar for Easter Sunday. We encouraged everyone in our congregation to help our young people experience the transformation of Lent at a level they may understand. The symbolism of the cocoon and butterflies applies to our young people and the rest of us too!
The cocoon represents a dark, safe, dealed place to stay warm and insulated from the world outside. The gradual cracking open of the cocoon represents our willingness to do the hard work of transforming (growing and changing) over the weeks of Lent so that we may leave the darkness of the cocoon, step out in faith and enter into the light of the Risen Christ.
How do we break out of the warmth and safety of our private "cocoon"? Are we afraid of the brilliant light that awaits our transformation from inside our "cocoon" to the world outside? Do these questions give us pause? Bring us a feeling of discomfort or fear? Although we each must answer these questions for ourselves, we are invited to learn, grow, seek forgiveness and allow ourselves to be transformed...individually and together as a faith community.
Be not afraid. We are not alone. Our God...Father, Son and Holy Spirit...is with us always, with every step we take as we travel together through Lent and beyond.
Each Sunday of Lent, we were invited to pray, listen, observe and experience the Liturgy together...and then...finished this sentence together as we ventured toward the "new", the light, the resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday!
First Sunday in Lent
Third Sunday in Lent
(KEEP WATCHING EACH WEEK!!!)
Fifth Sunday in Lent
THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY TO OUR 2015 OUTREACH PROGRAMS!
Every month we asked for specific items to be gathered for our Christmas Outreach. The response has been wonderful and we thank you very much. 50 to 75 families will receive multiple bags of groceries on Sunday, December 13th due to your help. It's not too late to give a gift of money as there are still items to buy AND THE PROJECT IS ONGOING 12 MONTHS OF THE YEAR! Donations can be brought to the church or sent (checks made out to Christ Church). Again THANK YOU!!!!
The military donation project has also been going well and several boxes have already been sent...
ANNUAL BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS
The Faith Community of Christ Church celebrated the beauty of God's creation and all of God's creatures with special services at 8 am and 10:30 am on Sunday, Oct. 4th, followed by a Blessing of the Animals at Noon! Children brought their favorite stuffed animal for a Blessing as well!!
Fr. Sam blessing some really cute puppies!!
"Fresh Start to the New School Year"
The annual Back Pack Drive was held on Sunday, September 13th. Items to fill these back packs were donated in abundance...a VERY BIG THANK YOU to all!!!! The following items were received:
highlighters, erasers (cap & "pink" ones), notebook paper (wide rule), inexpensive ear buds/headphones, underwear (for boys and girls sizes 6, 7 & 8 (in new, unopened pkgs), childrens socks (also new and unopened) and for older students: notebooks, folders (with pockets) and pens, plus several new backpacks!!
Special collection bins were placed at the entrances of the church!
ANNUAL STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL TIME WAS AWESOME!!
On Wed. June 17th, Great food, including: hotdogs, pulled pork, BBQ beef, salads, baked beans, strawberry shortcake, beverages, a wonderful bake sale and much, much more were enjoyed by a record crowd in attendance!
All were entertained by the Lock City Glee Club and the Lockport Chorale!