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HABITAT FOR HUMANITY BUILD, 6/24
As we join millions of Christians worldwide in 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World during this month of Ramadan, we are also encouraged to reach out to our Muslim neighbors by getting to know them and serving them. Christ Church has a terrific opportunity to do this in a truly hands-on, face-to-face way with a family we have known for some time.
On Saturday, June 24th, a team of Christ Church volunteers will personally serve a Muslim family by helping to construct their future Habitat for Humanity home! This house has been designed and equipped specifically for a special needs child and his family. That child is none other than little Hamdan Hassan—–yes, that Hamdan! His parents, Mohammed and Shama, have fulfilled their “sweat equity” hours and are anxiously awaiting completion of their new home. Habitat for Humanity is experiencing a seasonal shortage of volunteers so our help is truly needed. Every week of delay is very expensive for this family and every hour of our labor brings move-in date a bit closer.
Please join our Christ Church Habitat Build Team and take part in what is sure to be a hot, sweaty, challenging but very meaningful day of service and fellowship. No construction experience is necessary! We will work under the direction of a construction supervisor and with experienced Habitat builders who will teach us what we need to know. The home is located at 1714 Brooks Avenue in High Point, which is about a 30-minute drive from Christ Church. We will need to be on the job-site by 7:30am that morning and will work until about 3:30pm, taking a break for lunch.
To sign up for the team please contact Chris Borah as soon as possible (firstname.lastname@example.org). You will receive additional information and a waiver form to complete as the building date approaches.
RAISING FUND FOR OUR NEW ROOF
Dear Christ Church Family,
First, “Thanks be to God” for Christ Church! It is a blessing to serve this Christ-worshiping, vibrant, thriving, and generous Church. Perhaps the biggest blessing is the people who make up our congregation. Many of you have given—and continue giving—sacrificially to Christ Church, and we THANK YOU so much. Your faithful generosity to the Lord has enabled Christ Church Winston-Salem to stay financially healthy and also expand the Kingdom through efforts such as planting Church of the Good Shepherd in Davie County and starting Christ Church Lewisville Parish. None of these things would be possible without your willingness to give generously and faithfully to God and His Kingdom.
With that said, there is a new and pressing need for our humble building. Recently, we incurred wind damage to the roof at Christ Church. When the roofer came to make the repair, he informed us that we MUST begin thinking about replacing the roof sooner rather than later. It has reached the point in age where the roof shingles are breaking down and have only about two years of life left in them. We anticipate more shingles coming off in the future and more roof leaks.
Randy Ogburn, Christ Church’s Building Maintenance Team Leader, obtained estimates from four professional roofing companies for this project. Our Shepherd Team and Council of Advice reviewed the proposals and concluded that the total projected cost for the new roof (including labor) would be $23,000, essentially depleting our current building fund. After much prayerful discussion, we’ve decided it’s best to raise the funds for this project over the next 18 months with a goal to fully reroof Christ Church by Fall 2018. While $23,000 sounds like a lot of money, to put this in perspective, if 12 persons/ families at Christ Church were willing to give $100 more a month above and beyond their tithe, we could meet this goal very quickly. We have many other projects at Christ Church that we would also like to tackle in the near future—for instance, fixing the front walkway to resemble our side yard area, renovating the basement and updating the women’s bathroom—however, it’s prudent that we first address the leaking roof (that covers the entire building) before moving forward with other projects.
We hope you will join us and consider giving extra toward our new roof. If you are moved to give radically and support this need, please be sure to reference “Roofing Fund” on your checks placed in the offering on Sunday mornings. THANK YOU!
The Revd. Ben Sharpe
Rector, Christ Church
FROM THE TREASURER
Thank you for your additional contributions to fund the Building Fund for the Roof and the Designated Fund for specific ministries (e.g., Food Pantry, Lewisville Parish, Refugee Fund, Sudanese Ministry, Youth Fund, Clergy Support). Your generous support is very important to meeting these specific needs. You can help us properly account for your contributions by writing separate checks for each purpose. We have separate bank accounts for the Operating Fund, the Designated Fund, and the Building Fund. Checks that specify a split between two or more of these funds complicates deposits and accounting. Separate checks make record keeping easier and more reliable. If you ever have questions about our budget and finances, please let me know. I will be glad to provide answers and information. ~Tom McAllister
FOOD PANTRY UPDATE
First off, I want to give a great big MEGA Thank You to everybody that stayed after church on Sunday and helped unload the new freezer and file cabinet from the truck and put the pew on the truck. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! This will be Freezer #6 when it goes into service, and we can sure use the added capacity. Also a huge thank you to the folks that donated the freezer and that donated the filing cabinet. Your generosity is so appreciated!
Our needs in collecting for the next distribution day, Saturday, June 17th, remain the same:
– Jugs of bleach (only $1 each at Dollar Tree)
– Jugs of laundry detergent (only $1 each at Dollar Tree)
– Cleaning supplies (Windex, Fantastic, Comet, etc.)
– Ensure and Boost drinks
– Toilet paper, paper towels, Kleenex, wipes
Also, we can always use any & all of the usual food we distribute, such as canned vegetables, canned meats, crackers, peanut butter, soups, etc. If you’d like to be involved in the food pantry ministry, catch me at church or drop an email to me at: email@example.com. Thank you so much for your support, and thanks again to everyone who helped this past Sunday!
SUMMER CHILDREN’S CHURCH
We’re taking a summer break from our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd curriculum for children ages 4 (potty-trained) up to the 4th grade. This summer, we’re pleased to dive into The Jesus Storybook Bible – Every Story Whispers His Name by Sally Lloyd Jones. There are lots of stories in the Bible, but all the stories are telling one big story: the story of how God loves his children and comes to rescue them. Through memory verses, fun and engaging activities and stories within the award winning Jesus Storybook Bible, your children will discover that Jesus loves them and that he is the Great Rescuer. Just as you’ve experienced with Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, the children will be dismissed from the service before the first reading and will return during the passing of the peace. Questions? Please contact Children’s Ministry Leader, Dana Huffman: firstname.lastname@example.org.
CC LEWISVILLE PARISH SERVICES
Christ Church Lewisville Parish has new dates to mark on your calendar! As the summer begins, we’ll meet earlier at 5pm on:
- June 25th at Galloway Reynolds Community Center,
- July 23rd at Galloway Reynolds Community Center, and
- August 13th at at Unity Moravian Church .
Please join us in prayer as we anticipate—God willing—moving towards weekly meetings on Sunday mornings beginning this Fall. Visit www.lewisvillechurch.com to stay connected and spread the word to your friends!!
Let’s watch God answer our prayers. At the state of the church meeting Father Ben asked us all to keep prayer journals over the next year so we have a record of the way God is moving in our lives. In the front window of the church there is a glass jar. This jar is for us to watch God answer each other’s prayers and be encouraged. There are two small containers of rocks—one next to the glass jar in the Sanctuary and one upstairs in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Atrium for our children. As God answers your prayers take a rock from one of the small containers and place it in the jar. Feel free to take a rock home and use it as a reminder to pray, and bring it back when answered to add to the jar.
WE ARE A PRAYING CHURCH
There are going to be many offerings as we begin our new year with an emphasis on PRAYER. Please join us as we pray together…
- Every Sunday During Communion, our Prayer Team members will be located at the front & back of the sanctuary. Please be encouraged to go and request prayer for yourself or for a loved one, for such things as physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual healing; employment, financial or relational issues; the Lord’s specific guidance in an area where you need clarity. If you permit, they will lay hands on you (usually on shoulders) and /or anoint you with a dab of oil on your forehead. If you choose to forgo the laying on of hands/and anointing with oil, they will still be glad to pray with you.
- Every Sunday Before & After Worship, our Prayer Team members will also be available for extended times of prayer upstairs.
- Every Other Sunday at 10:30am: Anglican Prayer Rosary (meets upstairs).
- Weekday Morning Prayer at 7am: Morning Prayer with the Book of Common Prayer
- 1st & 3rd Sundays at 7pm: Have you tried our Virtual Contemplative Prayer? This focused time of prayer is held on the 1st & 3rd Sundays of every month from 7-7:40 pm. We meet “virtually” by conference call. Contact Jan Hinton (email@example.com or 336-414-2635) for details.
- 1st Thursday of each month at 12noon: Don’t forget we are Praying for the Church (Local Church, Diocese and worldwide Church) on the 1st Thursday of each month at 12:00noon for one hour. Contact Amanda Rice, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Saturdays at 8am: Morning Prayer with the Book of Common Prayer
- 6/17, 9am: June Food Pantry Distribution
- 6/24, 7:30am-3pm: Habitat for Humanity Home Construction for Hamdan Hassan’s Family
- 6/25, 5pm: CC Lewisville Parish Worships at Galloway Reynolds Community Center
- 7/15, 9am: July Food Pantry Distribution
- 7/23, 5pm: CC Lewisville Parish Worships at Galloway Reynolds Community Center
- 8/12, 8:30-10am: Life Group Leader Meeting
- 8/12, 10am: Council of Advice Meeting
- 8/19, 9-11am: August Food Pantry Distribution
If you would like to place an announcement in the weekly parish notes, please turn it in by 5:00 pm on Monday. Please send the announcement via email to email@example.com as you would like it to be worded.