Parish Notes 1/25-1/31

Refugee Training Rescheduled for THIS SATURDAY, 1/30
The snow only slightly delayed the second part of our World Relief training to prepare us for serving refugee families. The rescheduled training will now be held at Christ Church this Saturday, January 30th from9:30am-12noonAnyone desiring to serve on a Good Neighbor Team needs to attend this session. Joe McCann will lead us through a program on cross-cultural communication. He will also provide more detail on the the various roles we will perform and help us begin to organize our Good Neighbor Teams. Childcare will be available, but please RSVP to Nicki Carpenter to let us know how many children to expect.

If you plan to serve on a Good Neighbor Team and have not yet completed the online application for World Relief, please do so as soon as possible.

  • Visit:
  • Click on Volunteer Opportunities
  • Click on Application Process. 
  • Complete the application and the background check online.

If you have questions about the training schedule or World Relief, please contact Paula Thomas. We hope everyone can join us this Saturday!!

Episcopal Visit and Confirmations
Our Bishop, the Rt Rev’d Steve Breedlove, and his wife Sally will be visiting Christ Church on February 12-14th. Bishop Breedlove will be presiding at the Service of Confirmation at 11:00am on Sunday, February 14th. He will spend time on the day before, Saturday, Feb. 13th, with all Confirmands at 2:00pm and with the Council of Advice at 10:00am.

Church-wide ALL CLEAN, 2/6
In preparation for Bishop Breedlove’s visit and to begin the New Year with a fresh start, we need everyone’s help to spruce up the church with our annual Spring Cleaning on Saturday, February 6th. This is always a great day—seeing our Christ Church Clean Team members working along side CC volunteers—-serving together to clean up areas of the church that need a little extra TLC. Please mark your calendars and plan to contribute an hour (or more) of your time anytime between 11am and 2pm. Bring the whole family! If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Breeding.

2016 Faith Promise Sheets
Please don’t forget to fill out your 2016 Faith Promise sheets and place them in the offering this Sunday. Click here to print the PDF. These commitments are KEY to Christ Church’s Financial Planning for next year. 

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 2 CORINTHIANS 9:6-­‐8

Wednesday Men’s Breakfast
Did you know we have a Men’s Group that meets every Wednesday morning? Join us after morning prayer at Cloverdale Kitchen. For more information, contact Ty Rice.

Blue Ridge Region Diocesan Retreat Hosted at Christ Church
Christ Church is pleased to be hosting the Blue Ridge Region Diocesan Retreat on March 11-12th. If you are willing to host visiting Bishops, clergy and lay leaders on Friday night, March 11th, please contact Lisa Breeding for more information

Attention Youth and Mentors:
Mark your calendars! Our next youth and mentors meeting will be Sunday, Feb. 21st at 1:00 PM here at Christ Church. This will be a good Sunday to come casual or bring a change of clothes – we will be moving around some and would hate to mess up your good clothes. We will meet the third Sunday of the month throughout the spring (March 20th, April 17th, and May 15th) so please put these dates on your calendars as well!

 The mission of the Youth Ministry (middle school and high school) at Christ Church is:

  • To win lost youth to Jesus Christ
  • To help our youth become authentic followers of Jesus Christ
  • To send our youth into the world for transformational ministry and mission 

In order to facilitate our mission, the youth ministry at Christ Church places its primary focus on developing mentoring relationships between our youth and more mature Christians in the body of Christ Church who meet together weekly. This is supplemented by a once-a-month gathering of all youth and mentors together. If you have a middle school or high school aged student you would like to get plugged into the youth ministry at Christ Church,please contact Jim Reed.

Food Pantry News
38 people came to our doors for this month’s Food Pantry Distribution. Imagine if you were one of them. How would you want to be treated? And how would it feel to be given food and a few of life’s necessities?  YOU can make a huge difference in an individual’s and families’ life. For more info. on our Food Pantry Ministry, please contact Jane Welch.

Christ Church Women’s Retreat
Dear Women of Christ Church:

We are in the process of planning our women’s ministry for 2016. For many years we have gone to St Francis Springs Prayer Center (SFSPC) in Stoneville, NC for a weekend retreat. The cost and popularity of the Center have risen dramatically since our first retreat making that location restrictive in terms of participation. Therefore, we are looking at other options in the area, and we’ll be in touch later with more info.

For those of you who might still want to get your “SFSPC” experience this year, I have asked for information about other retreats at the Center. There is always a three day Advent weekend open to anyone. Check their

Thank you,
Pat Weaver

2016 Spring Life Groups
Our Life Groups are back to “doing life together” with fresh new topics of discussion for the Spring season at Christ Church. Click here to view our Spring 2016 Life Group Flyer. If you are interested in joining a group, please use the contact info. for the Life Group Leader provided in the flyer. We hope you will get connected!

Latest Update: John Craig’s Mission to Rwanda
God continues blessing John’s path toward Rwanda:

  • John has raised 90% of the funds needed to move to Rwanda.
  • His home in Ardmore is now under contract
  • The Anglican House of Bishops formally approved his position on Dec. 28th. 

John plans to move to Rwanda on March 1st. Please pray for the final 10% of his funding to be raised before he departs.

You may also read more about how God is blessing John’s Mission to Rwanda in John’s latest blog post:

Flower Donations
If you would like to purchase flowers for the altar on a particular Sunday to be given to the GLORY OF GOD in honor or in loving memory of a loved one, please contact Flower Team Leader, Marci Fricke


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