PRAYER TESTIMONIES
As we continue our emphasis on PRAYER in 2017, we’re collecting your written testimonies of answered prayer. Please send us a description of YOUR answered prayer in no more than two or three paragraphs long: info@christchurchws.org.

FALL CHILDREN’S CHURCH MEETING, 10/8
Calling all Children’s Church volunteers! Please join us for an important teachers’ meeting to discuss our fall curriculum and Children’s Ministry plans.

When?: Sunday morning, Oct. 8th at 10:30 am (immediately following the 9 AM service)
Where?: Upstairs in the Children’s Church Atrium

Have YOU thought about volunteering with our Children’s Ministry? WE NEED YOU! Join us on Oct. 8 to learn more, OR email Betsy Pace at children@christchurchws.org.

FROM THE FOOD PANTRY
We recently received an email from Second Harvest telling us that the amount of salvage boxes of food we could buy was being reduced. This isn’t specific to Christ Church; it is system-wide and affects all partner agencies. In the past, we could (and did) purchase 9 banana box-sized boxes of salvage food per week. Every single week. It formed a large part of what we distributed to our guests on distribution day – over 90% – and is where your support dollars go – to pay the bill at Second Harvest. As of now, we are only allowed to buy 6 banana box-sized boxes of salvage per week, reducing the amount of food we can give to our guests on distribution day by one third.

The folks that come to our food pantry have the same needs that we do, day in and day out. They need the same food and cleaning supplies and toiletries that we all use. Normally, I would ask for more food and cleaning supply donations for our pantry to make up for the Second Harvest shortage, but as I type this, I am keenly aware that we have seen natural disasters that are unprecedented. We are being pulled in so many directions right now for donations.

So here’s what I would offer:
– Pray more. Ask God what He wants you to do, where He wants you to put your money and donations. With so many different relief organizations trying to help those in need, we are all receiving many “asks”. If ever there was a time to spend more time in prayer, asking God for His guidance, it is right now.
– If your money and donations need to go somewhere other than the food pantry, do what you are led to do and feel good about it. IF you have time you can donate to our Food Pantry, that would be helpful. Contact me at bill@billbledsoe.com and let me know what your availability is, and we’ll work out times and schedules for you to help.
– The Food Lion program we are in right now can really help fill in the food donation gap that we’re experiencing from Second Harvest cutting back our salvage. Through this program, we’re picking up a lot of food every other week, and it’s helpful to our guests. It’s different than cans of soup and beans, but it’s still very much good and useable food. BUT we need help with it. This gets back to donating your time, instead of money or food items. Again, please contact me if you want to help.
– And we can always use your food donations, if that’s where you are led. Our guests’ food needs are the same as yours – canned soup, spaghetti, canned vegetables, cereal, diapers, soap, shampoo, bleach – you name it, they can use it.

Thank you,
Bill Bledsoe

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.

CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER & PRACTICES
ALL are invited to meet on the 1st & 3rd Thursdays at 10:30am at Christ Church for this dedicated time learning the practice of Lectio Divina using the Gospel Reading in the Lectionary for that day. After the Lectio, we will have some silence and teaching about contemplative practices. We plan for about an hour of content and then time for folks to fellowship or leave as their schedule allows. Some may want to go to lunch together. We are willing to be flexible with time and length of meeting depending on who is interested! Please contact Pat Weaver for more information. PLEASE NOTE FOR OCTOBER: We will NOT meet on Oct. 5th, but we WILL meet on Oct. 19th.

CHEERING ON THE ARDMORE RAH!
The annual Race Against Hunger (RAH) will be running throughout Ardmore—and right past Christ Church on Melrose Street—on the morning of October 21st to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC. Beginning at 8am, we’d love to show our support for this special event (that features a 1-mile fun run, a 5K run/walk, a 10K in our community) by handing out water bottles and cheering on the runners from our church lawn. If you have not already committed to serving with our monthly Food Pantry Distribution from 9-11am on Oct, 21st, please email info@christchurchws.org for more info. on how you may help us cheer on the Ardmore RAH!

GROWING OUR ALTAR TEAM
Our Altar Team needs more members as we move into Fall 2017. Altar Team members usually serve one Sunday after the 11am service, every 6 weeks, and assist after special services. The Altar Team functions “behind the scenes” and serving provides a wonderful opportunity for spiritual growth through humble service. The Altar Team might be for you if you would like to (1) serve in a quiet yet important way, (2) be involved but don’t feel comfortable “up front”, or (3) would enjoy the opportunity to learn more about the elements and symbolism liturgy. If you think this team may be a good fit for you or someone you know, please contact Peyton Wright for more information.

COLLECTING SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
Please begin preparing your boxes now! Ages for boxes are 2-4, 5-9 and 10-14. We will not be collecting shoe boxes until the end of October, but we wanted everyone to know that Walmart, Staples, etc. are having their back to school sales right now. Some of the most needed items are school supplies. Often, children attend schools or are in orphanages but don’t have necessary supplies. Many of them can be picked up for under $1 if you purchase them now. Please contact Paula Berry or Janet Longstreth if you have questions.

OUR A/V TEAM NEEDS TO GROW
Do you know how to use a computer? Then you are a perfect fit for our Audio/Visual Team. Please help us grow our volunteers for Sunday mornings. Contact Deacon Jim ASAP to learn more.

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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