January 23, 2020


The Jan 26 service will begin at 9:00 AM (not 9:45am)!!!!!!

THIS SUNDAY!  January 26, 2020 is the Annual Parish Meeting. On this date we will have a 9:00 AM Holy Eucharist service. Sunday school will also begin at 9am.

The Annual Meeting will begin immediately following the 9:00 AM service. There will be a movie showing for all children so parents may be present at the Meeting.

At this meeting, we celebrate all that we have accomplished in 2019, we hold elections for open positions on the Vestry and to serve the larger church, and will receive a presentation on the budget for 2020. We cap this day off with a pot luck lunch. Every member of the church is invited. Elections — 2020 Open Positions:

(1) Jr. Warden, 2 Year Term

(4) Vestry Members, 3 year Term

(1) Vestry Member, 1 year Term

(3) Diocesan Convention Delegates, 1-Year Term

(3) Ocean-Monmouth Convocation Delegates, 1-Year Term

According to our bylaws, those eligible to vote are also eligible to run for office:  The voters shall be baptized, at least sixteen (16) years of age, domiciled in the parish or adjacent thereto, of good moral character, adhering to this church and no other religious body, regular attendance at the service of the church in said parish, meaning thereby those who are more frequently present than absent unless for a good cause prevented and regular contributors to the current expenses of the parish for six (6) months next before the said Annual Meeting in the manner prescribed by the vestry of said parish. If you would like to nominate yourself or someone for a Vestry or Delegate position, please contact the Church Office at 732-349-5506 or reply to this email

THIS SUNDAY!  Pot Luck Lunch following the Annual Meeting on Jan 26: If you would like to offer to assist or have any other questions, please call or text Allison Kobus at 609-709-0504. Please bring a dish to share as able. Thank you all!

THIS SUNDAY!  The American Guild of Organists presents its 41st Festival of Sacred Choral and Organ Music on Sunday, January 26th at 4:30pm at Christ Church. Free will offering


This Sunday! Belongings! a great follow-up course to the Alpha Course.  It is led by our clergy and is an easy way to learn (more) about the Episcopal Church, and Christ Church in particular.  The Course features conversation about our particular Anglican/Episcopalian understanding of faith, specifics about the worship, history and ministry of Christ Church, and what it means to be a member of the Parish. The Course is free. Attend any/all evenings that you can. The course will be on Sundays, immediately following the 9:45am service, on January 19, February 2,9,16, 23 and will meet in the Chapel.

This Weekend! Are you looking for something a little different in the coming New Year?  How about an exercise program for the spirit? The discipleship team will be offering discussion groups on the topic of “Growing in Personal Transformation” from the Discipleship for Episcopalians series.  The Saturday discussion group will start on January 11th immediately after the 5:00 p.m. service in the Chapel, and the Sunday group will begin on January 12th at 11:30 a.m. in the Library (downstairs). A six-week series is planned and will be finished before Lent starts. The topics include:

            Using Spiritual Journaling, and Surrendering your hopes and fears to the Holy Spirit

            Reflecting on and applying Scripture in your everyday life
Cooperating with God’s liberating work in your life
Bearing fruit of the Spirit in abundance
Living a life of loving obedience


TUESDAY!  Christ Church Book Club — Looking for a good read? Interested in discussing what you've read? Then the Book Club is for you. This group meets on the 4th Tuesday each month in the Library at noon. The January selection is The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin. Come and add your ideas. Questions? Call Joyce (732) 606-1165 or Patti (732) 506-0397.


NEXT FRIDAY!  All Parish Birthday Party! On Friday, January 31st from 6-8pm. Sign-up sheet on the Name Tag Table! All are invited to an All Parish birthday party. There will be games for all ages, music, cake and ice cream. Come celebrate your birthday with your CC family! If you will be celebrating a milestone birthday in 2020 please let us know! Please sign up at Name Tag Table or reply to this email by January 26th!


Thank you! to my sisters and brothers of Christ Church for your recent gift. My wife and I are blessed by your love, generosity, and support. Deacon José Cantos 

Dear Christ Church, At each weekend service, we pray the Collect of Welcoming in which we ask God to “empower us to welcome to Christ Church all who are hurting or in need.” Being welcoming is a sacred and holy tradition and is one that Christ Church takes seriously. However, we also are serious about the safety of our congregants and staff. How can we accomplish both? In September of 2019 the clergy, wardens and staff discussed these concerns and decided to make changes in a few areas. The biggest and most visible changes have been around access to the building during our weekend services. Both sets of glass doors have been locked shortly after the time that the services begin. If you arrive at church after the doors are locked, please go to the door by the Narthex (not Disciples Hall) and ring the white door bell (on the right side of door) and wait for the usher to come open the door for you. The ushers have been instructed to use their discretion in deciding whether to open the door. If you are near a door and someone knocks, please open it only if you recognize him or her. Otherwise, ask an usher for assistance.

It is important to remember that we have not received a specific threat of any kind.

We have made changes for now and our policies may evolve as we continue to pray and gather more input and information. We know that any change can be difficult. We ask for your patience and understanding. We love you all and pray that, as we improve the safety of our church, we will continue to be welcoming.  If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact the church office. The peace of God that passes all understanding,

The Clergy, Wardens & Staff of Christ Church

Pancake Supper Coordinator Needed! We are in need of someone(s) to organize our annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on February 25th. The organizer(s) will need to coordinate the shopping, cooking, food setup, setting tables and clean up of the event. A shopping list and event details will be provided to the volunteer. If interested or would like additional information, please reply to this email or call the church office 732-349-5506. Thank you

Lenten Soup Supper Coordinator Needed! We are in need of someone(s) to organize our annual Lenten Soup Suppers on Wednesdays, March 4,11,18,25 & April 1. The organizer(s) will need to monitor the Soup & Bread Sign-up sheet, help heat up any soups, set tables and clean-up of the event. If interested or would like additional information, please reply to this email or call the church office 732-349-5506. Thank you

The Food Pantry is currently MOST IN NEED OF:  rice, sugar, salt, long-life milk, vegetable oil, canned chicken, canned stew or chili, cereal, or canned fruit. We ALSO NEED: canned kidney beans, mac n cheese, flour, tuna. THANK YOU, as always, for your support. You are keeping it going!


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