STATE OF THE MISSION MEETING
THIS SUNDAY, November 19th is our annual State of the Mission Meeting at 2:30pm. You will have time to lunch with your families and friends and then return to hear:
~personal testimony of God’s work in the lives of congregants,
~a celebration of what God has done amongst us in 2017,
~the presentation of the 2017 budget,
~and we’ll prayerfully look forward to where God is leading us in mission in 2018. 

What 2017 moments were significant for our parish? Please take a prayerful moment and think of the highlights for Christ Church in 2017. EMAIL US your favorites by clicking here!

SATURDAY MORNING PRAYER IN SPANISH
Our own Pat Jones is now leading us in Morning Prayer every Saturday at 8am in Spanish. Please spread the word to your friends and neighbors who may be interested in participating.

FROM THE FOOD PANTRY
This coming weekend is a busy one in the Food Pantry. On Saturday, we have our November main distribution at 9am as well as a Food Lion pickup. Then Sunday, we have another Food Lion pickup. We are still really short of canned good and non-perishable items. If you can help, your donation will go to good use this weekend!

We are collecting the following items:
–          canned soups
–          frozen and canned vegetables
–          frozen single meal items that heat in a microwave for those without an oven
–          crackers, saltines, snacks, etc.
–          baking supplies – flour, sugar, salt, pepper, spices, etc.
–          cleaning supplies – bleach, glass cleaner, furniture polish, general purpose cleaners (like Comet or Fantastic), laundry detergent & laundry pods
–          toiletries – soap, shampoo, feminine hygiene products, toothpaste, toilet paper, paper towels
–          canned meats – tuna, chicken, salmon, etc.
–          peanut butter, jelly
Please keep us in mind as you use your coupons and shop your sales and BOGO’s at the grocery store.

Also, if you are able to help with either of the Food Lion pickups or with the main distribution on Saturday from 9-11am, please email me and let me know. Thank you for your support of this ministry!
~Bill Bledsoe

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY HOME FOR THE ABDALLA FAMILY
On Saturday morning, November 11th, Mohamed Sharaf and Shama Abdallah were presented with the keys to their new home built by Habitat for Humanity and scores of volunteers. The official dedication ceremony was attended by officials from the City of High Point and Habitat for Humanity, volunteers who worked on the house, and people from the Washington Terrace neighborhood who proudly welcomed the newcomers.
 
The couple’s children, Sarah, Thuraiya, Billal and Hamdan, were excited beyond words and can hardly wait for moving day. The family thanked all volunteers with special mention of those from Christ Church. Christ Church was represented with a prayer of blessing offered by Paula Thomas.

CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER DURING THE SEASON OF ADVENT
Please join us this Advent season as we prepare our hearts through deeper times of prayer. On Thursday, Nov. 30th, we are having a Pre-Advent Evening Prayer service at 6pm for the Feast of St. Andrew. Then, we will meet for the next three Thursdays in Advent for a time of Contemplative Prayer Retreat from 10:30-11:30am. We will practice Lectio Divina and Contemplative Prayer as a group and then have individual daily readings for practice.
 ALL OUR WELCOME!! Questions? Please contact Pat Weaver.

WOMEN’S MINISTRY EVENT, 12/2
SAVE THE DATE! Our next Women’s Ministry Event is Saturday, Dec. 2nd from 10am-12noon. All Women of Christ Church are invited for a morning of fellowship including the opportunity to make an Advent Wreath. Please bring scissors & greenery. $5 donations on the day of the event for the cost of the other wreath supplies is appreciated. Please mark your calendars now! RSVP to Ashley Alger or Jane Gerbrandt if you plan to be there.

YOUTH SERVICE PROJECT: FOOD BOXES FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Our youth assembled 50 holiday meal packs for our Nov. 18 distribution – so proud! And thankful to our life groups who contributed so very generously. God is so good!!!

Blessings,
Deacon Jim Reed

COVENANT RENEWAL FORMS DUE
Are you a Covenant Member of Christ Church looking for a Covenant Renewal Form to sign? CLICK HERE. Thank you for returning your form to Church Administrator, Lisa Breeding!

WALK WITH RWANDA GROUNDBREAKING
The Walk with Rwanda effort toward financial sustainability for the Anglican Church of Rwanda is planning its ground-breaking event for January 2018. To learn more (and better yet, to travel & view the groundbreaking in person!), please visit the Walk with Rwanda website. Please keep this mission in your prayers!

GIFTS OF HOPE
“Want to give a gift that makes a difference? Use this catalog to give a gift of hope to people in Rwanda!
~John Craig, Missionary to Rwanda (from Christ Church) since March 2016

Learn more by clicking on the link above or download the PDF: CLICK HERE.

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!

Faithfully,
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

PRAYER ROCKS
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 or 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. Just find a Prayer Team member and ask!
  • 2nd & 4th Sundays at 10:25am: Anglican Prayer Rosary (meets in the Library).
  • 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 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.
  • 1st & 3rd Thursdays of each month at 10:30am: Contemplative Prayer meets in the Sanctuary.
  • Saturdays at 8am: Morning Prayer with the Book of Common Prayer in SPANISH

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • 10/1, 1-3pm: Youth Group (with lunch)
  • 10/8, 10:25am: Anglican Prayer Rosary (Library)
  • 10/8, 10:25am: Fall Children’s Ministry Meeting (Upstairs Atrium)
  • 10/12, 6-7pm: The Convergence Lecture Series Presents: “Foundations for Christian Dying”
  • 10/14, 8:30am: Ministry Council Meeting
  • 10/14, 10am: Council of Advice Meeting
  • 10/15, 11am: Baptism of Isaac Fort
  • 10/19, 10:30am: Contemplative Prayer
  • 10/21, 9am: October Food Pantry Distribution
  • 10/21, Morning: Cheering on the Ardmore RAH
  • 11/2-11/4: SYNOD 2017 in McLean, VA
  • 12/3, 11am: Jesus Dominguez’ Capstone Service
  • February 16-18, 2018: Episcopal Visit from Bishop Steve Breedlove

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