Greetings from the Vestry. This devoted group of individuals have been meeting regularly, and we have great news to share. The Invite, Welcome, Connect initiative is in full swing. You now see information cards in the narthex and greeters each Sunday. Recently you probably saw some familiar faces that have been away for a time simply because they were invited to worship with us. We continue to build these connections with our newcomers, those in the neighborhood, and longtime parishioners alike. Last
Our pews need attention! Our pews, like our church, have been in place for many years and are consequently showing wear and needing repairs and restoration. The cost per pew is approximately $1,000. Will you make a contribution to help with this project? If $1,000 is outside your budget limits, please make a smaller gift if you can. A plaque will be created and displayed at the church with names of all who contribute regardless of amount. Make your contribution to Christ Church
We hope you are making plans to attend the Pot Luck Lunch on Sunday, September 11th, after the 10:30 service! This will be our first all-parish social event in Fox Hall since COVID began, and we look forward to seeing our Christ Church family and friends, after a long hiatus. Please bring a side dish, salad, or dessert to share, and we will provide fried chicken and lemonade. To-go containers will be available for anyone who prefers to wear a mask
We had a lot to show for our two hours in the cool shade for our first Collection Saturday. For MetMin, you brought us 144 rolls of toilet paper, plus 3 family-sized jars of peanut butter. Ben and Ginger Sanzo delivered the donations last Monday, and the folks at MetMin were thrilled to receive them, reporting that the needs in our community continue in their upward spiral. For the Bethlehem Center, you shared 19 huge boxes of cereal plus $50 for milk
On Saturday, May 14, a few members of our Outreach Committee will be in the Christ Church parking lot from 11 am until 1 pm, sitting at our umbrella table. Eagerly, we will be awaiting other parishioners (you!) bearing gifts of toilet paper and nonperishable food that we will be sharing with two of our ministry partners–MetMin and The Beth–as well as our own front porch pantry
While leading our Ash Wednesday services last week, I was struck by the end of the exhortation that calls in the name of the Church, 'to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word.'
Lent begins on the 2nd of March this year. We will have a number of opportunities to slow down in anticipation of Easter and to recenter our faith once more on Jesus Christ. Our focus at Christ Church will be creating times to work on those holy habits of prayer, Scripture, and sacrament and to dwell in Christ’s presence.
One of the clubs at Chattanooga Charter School of Excellence needs board games. The club meets bimonthly to play, and students develop skills in creating strategies and solving problems while they have fun. They had been loaned some games, but those were returned when the owner moved away. These are middle school students, so games for ages 12 and up will be appropriate. Games need not be new. Clean out your closets and see what you find! If you have no
This past Sunday’s Adult Forum welcomed Bishop Brian Cole, who led our small group along with Fr. Will in exploring what it means to be a disciple of Christ in today’s changing social climate. As he does with each annual visit to our Adult Ed gathering, Bishop Cole engaged us in thought-provoking discussion, suggesting that COVID has brought the church not only a challenge, but also an opportunity. While East Tennessee churches have been struggling with attendance and funds, this unprecedented