INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY
Christ Church will always have services regardless of weather. Please use discretion in traveling during dangerous conditions.

ASH WEDNESDAY, 2/14
Our Ash Wednesday service is THIS WEDNESDAY, February 14th at 6:30pm. Childcare is provided. If you are unable to join us for the evening service, ashes will also be offered at Morning Prayer at 7:00am.This year we are adding an extra “Imposition of Ashes” service at Christ Church at 12:15pm. Anyone is welcome. The service should last approximately 30 minutes.

WELCOMING BISHOP STEVE AND SALLY BREEDLOVE THIS SUNDAY
It’s an important weekend at Christ Church! Please join us in welcoming the Right Reverend Steve Breedlove and his wife Sally to Christ Church on Sunday morning. Bishop Breedlove is presiding over our 9 & 11am services. During our 11am service, 8 congregants of Christ Church will be confirmed in the Anglican church, and our Simeon Fellow, Christopher Borah, will be ordained to the Diaconate. Please plan to stay for a reception honoring Chris Borah following the 11am service.

FROM THE FOOD PANTRY
Our monthly distribution is THIS SATURDAY, February 17th from 9am to 11am. We are still collecting donations for distribution – all the usual items are gratefully accepted:

– Crackers
– Cleaning products, dish soap, laundry pods, bleach, household cleaners
– Toiletry products, bath soap, shampoo, toothpaste, dental floss
– Dry goods – mac and cheese, spaghetti and sauce, dinner kits (Tuna helper, Taco kits, etc), baking goods (flour, sugar, salt, pepper)

Also, if you’d like to help on Saturday morning, please contact me at bill@billbledsoe.com and let me know. We ask volunteers to be downstairs by 8:30am on Saturday morning. We’d love to have you come join us. It’s a great time of fellowship and service. You don’t need any training and you’ll have plenty of help to get you acclimated. Thank you for your support of this ministry!

STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Christ Church will have Stations of the Cross, led by Fr. David, every Friday during Lent. This will begin at 6pm and last approximately 30 minutes.

THE LENT PROJECT BY BIOLA UNIVERSITY
If you are looking for a daily devotional to focus your prayer life during Lent, please visit http://ccca.biola.edu/lent/. The Lent Project is a daily devotional series celebrating the Lent season through art, music, poetry, and Scripture. Biola’s goal is to help individuals quiet their hearts and enter into a daily routine of worship and reflection during this meaningful season. Beginning February 14th, you may click on the calendar to read a devotion. Alternatively you may visit the website and sign up to receive daily emails.

LENTEN HOSPITALITY
Dear Christ Church Family,

This season of Lent, as a whole body, we want to press in to the Christian discipline of hospitality.

“Hospitality is the act or process whereby the identity of the stranger is transformed into that of guest” (Joshua Jipp). Simply put, the gospel is God’s hospitality to us, welcoming those who are strangers to join the heavenly feast as sons and daughters. The life of Jesus, over and over again demonstrates the Father’s hospitality extended to us, his lost children.

We can only celebrate hospitality by first remembering this good news. The Father’s hospitality towards us, the rest we have in Christ, should lead us first to praise God for his welcome. The truth of the gospel is the power for hospitality.

So how can we practice a holy lent, remembering the hospitality of God?

Be creative. Hospitality takes all different shapes and forms. The hospitality of an extrovert is far different than that of an introvert. Obedience for you might not be obedience for me.

Hospitality extends God’s welcome to those who are not like us. If you’re young, go out to lunch with an older person. If you’re single, find a married couple and invite them out to coffee. If your home is loud with the noise of children, go on a play date with an empty nester or a single person. Sit down and eat with an outcast at work. Welcome the interruptions of the poor and needy, buy them lunch at Wendy’s, and enjoy a surprising conversation.

These are just ideas, not new laws! Be creative! In this season of Lent, ask the Spirit of Christ to soften your heart to the stranger, even if they’re super strange!

“Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man, Jesus, extends hospitality to sinners and eats with them.” (Luke 15:1–2)

Let us go and do likewise.

Yours ever,
Chris Borah

GROUNDS TEAM VOLUNTEERS
The Grounds Team is looking for new members to assist in mowing and yard maintenance. Please contact E. B. Hiatt for more information.

MORE PRAYER SHAWLS NEEDED
Dear Prayer Shawl Warriors,

We have no prayer shawls. Please get out the knitting needles or crochet hook, and pray some loving prayer shawls into existence. Don’t forget to attach a “Handmade by…” tag that I gave you. Please hand your shawl to me, and I’ll see that it gets blessed at the altar.

Thank you! ~Deacon Ann

UPCOMING WORSHIP SONGS
You may familiarize yourself with some of the new songs we’ll be singing at Christ Church by checking out the following on YouTube (click on the song to link to the video):

Jesus, I Come

Sing to Jesus

I Will Arise and Go to Jesus

JAFC BENEFITS FROM AMAZON ORDERS
We’re spreading the word and supporting our Anglican Chaplains (including Fr. Jesus Dominguez and Fr. Stephen Linkous from Christ Church). Please consider selecting “JAFC” as your designated charitable group benefiting from your online orders at AmazonSmile. For ANY customers who select the JAFC in the charitable groups listing, and shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmileFoundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to our chaplaincy. This adds up!

CAMP BOOYAH FOR OUR YOUTH
The Youth of Christ Church (rising 6th graders-graduating seniors) have an exciting opportunity from June 17-22, 2018, to attend Camp Booyah, an Anglican summer camp at Watermarks Camp outside of Charlottesville, VA. CLICK HERE to view a brief video about Camp Booyah, or visit http://campbooyah.com/ to read more.

We’re asking for generous supporters who would be willing to match the funds that our youth individually raise towards the $429 (per youth) cost. Camp sign ups are “first come, first serve” with most of the spots for camp filling up quickly so we’re encouraging our youth to register ASAP. If you are willing to contribute scholarship money for this event, please place a check made out to Christ Church in the offering with “Camp Booyah” referenced on the memo line. Thank you for your support of our Youth Ministry.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Morning Prayer in Spanish Every Saturday at 8am
  • 2/14, 7am: Morning Prayer with Ashes
  • 2/14, 12:15-12:45pm: Ash Wednesday “Imposition of Ashes” service
  • 2/14, 6:30pm: Ash Wednesday Evening Service
  • 2/16, 6pm: Stations of the Cross During Lent
  • 2/17, 10am: Council of Advice Meeting
  • 2/17, 2pm: Bishop Breedlove meets with Confirmands & Sponsors
  • 2/18, 9&11am: Visit from Bishop Steve Breedlove & Sally Breedlove
  • 2/18, 11am: Chris Borah’s Ordination to the Diaconate & Reception
  • 2/23, 6pm: Stations of the Cross During Lent
  • 3/24 – SAVE THE DATE!: Baby Shower for Lea Bentley Lemon, hosted by CC Lewisville Parish
  • 3/29, 7-8:30pm: Maundy Thursday Service
  • 3/30, 6-7pm: Stations of the Cross
  • 3/30, 7-8pm: Good Friday Service
  • 3/31, 8pm: Easter Vigil
  • 4/1, 9&11am: Easter Sunday
  • 6/9-6/10, 2018: Christ Church’s 10th Anniversary Weekend

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 info@christchurchws.org as you would like it to be worded.