November 7, 2013
E Crier Welcome to Christ Church Waltham's
archived weekly on blogspot. A version of the rector's meditation appears
occasionally on the blogs at Waltham Patch.
This Sunday, November 10, at Christ Church:
Happy Birthday to
8:30am Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist with Baptism &
Servers this Sunday:
Leader of Prayers
Mary Lou Beermann
Anna Jones & Byron Garcia
Add: Jose Borras
Pre-K & K
Jose Borras/Jenn Hughes
Christine Dutt/Kiersten Sorin
Jennifer Coates, Suzanne Hughes, and Joy Tibekyinga
How Can I Help This Week?
plans to help with the Fieldstone Fair! Kitchen help is needed at dinner, with more to do on Saturday as
If you lead a ministry at CC that could use an extra hand, let admin Karen know to put it in here!
Fieldstone Fair! Sign
up here to help or email
Thanks to all those who have generously signed up for lawn mowing duties! November dates are open. Please sign up online here
, on the bulletin board in the hall, or be in touch with Doug Whittington or
We collect diapers for Diaper Depot the
first Sunday of every month. Please consider donating larger size diapers-
sizes 4 through 6- for the Depot. If you have any "pull-ups" left over from potty training, we can use those as well since
we do have several slightly older children with medical needs who need pull-ups. We also need volunteers to shop for diapers
(you can be reimbursed). Please talk toVictoria Sundgren, our new organizer, if you can help. Open the third Saturday of every month from 10-noon.
Please bring tea, veggies of
all kinds and cereal/instant oatmeal. Open Fridaymornings from 9-11 to Waltham seniors.
November 23, 10am-12pm
We take donations year-round and can accept household items,
lightly worn clothing & shoes, books, DVD's, CD's and small furniture that can be lifted by one person. We do not accept
TV's, computers or large furniture. Please contactSuzanne Hughes if you have any questions.
Please consider a donation of a gift
card to Hannaford in the amount of $15. Checks may also be made out to Christ Church with "food assistance" in the memo
line. These cards are made available to people who stop by the church looking for assistance buying food. Due to limited
quantities, at this time, visitors are permitted aid once every four months. Thank you!
Community Day Center Lunch
We serve lunch every thirdThursday
at 34 Alder Street, Waltham. Volunteers are asked to prepare and serve food for 40 people.
Appropriate meals include pasta, sandwiches, soups & stews. The people served are very grateful for this simple act of
kindness. After serving, feel free to sit, eat, play games and enjoy the company. Please contact Anna Jones
or the Day Center's Marilyn Lee-Tom (781-3962-6311) with questions, or sign up on the bulletin board in Fales Hall
if you'd like to help. Our next visit will be November 21
Dear People of
This week, of course, I'm thinking about Marcia Luce, who
died last Friday. It was definitely a first when during our children's sermon on Sunday it
was the priest who burst into tears and not a worried toddler who didn't want to go sit at the front of the church! She will
be missed, and even though it's been almost a week now, somehow it was only the experience on Sundayof
having to deliver the news that made it real. Marcia was senior warden when I came to Christ Church eight years ago,
and was such a great source of support and counsel. She was also always the first to tell me I'd done something wrong, but
always in the context of such rapid forgiveness that it was nothing short of holy.
In planning for the burial on Sunday,
I've been so struck by what a blessing it is to be a truly multigenerational community. Other than in our own families,
there are few places in this world in which the very young and the very old are in relationship with each other, and even
fewer where we believe all of us to be equals. Every time I meet with a family to talk about baptizing a baby, I emphasize
that their child will never be more of a Christian, never more included, never more important, than on that day of their baptism-and
never less, either. When we say we are brothers and sisters in Christ, we mean it: the transcendence of the God who brings
us all together also enables us to transcend all those differences. This is not to say that we all need the same thing
in the community, but it is to say that we need each other.
There are so many dividing lines in the world-whenever we meet someone our tendency
is immediately to put them in a category. There's nothing wrong with the categories in themselves: being gay or being from
Waltham instead of San Francisco or being young or old are all part of how we understand ourselves. But Christian community
also teaches us that while we can identify with those categories, we are still bound to each other in other ways. This
is a profoundly radical way of being in the world. If we really know one another across these differences, it's much harder
to dismiss each others' concerns. Even if you don't have a kid in church, you can probably see how hiring a part time
director of religious education-and even increasing your pledge a teensy bit to try to help pay for it!-is food for your faith.
Even if the crazy-time children's sermon drives you bonkers, you can see how asking questions in a different way might teach
everyone something. You might be too much of an introvert to enjoy parish dinners, but you also might sneakily donate
something to the silent auction to support the cause. Being part of a community isn't about getting your way, it's about
finding your way.
in the meantime, pray for me, as I prepare for Saturday-and pray for each other, in thanksgiving
for the grace that leads you together.
Children this Sunday
This Sunday we
will learn about the Ark and the Temple in Godly Play, and read the lectionary texts for this Sunday in
Rest in Peace, Marcia
We'll celebrate Marcia's life with a burial service at Christ
Church at 10am on Saturday, November 9. Please also keep Marcia's library family
in your prayers, as well, and check out this lovely blog anthology of memories here. Baked
goods for the memorial reception are welcome; please contact Cathy Hughes. Please also bring your spade to church on Sunday; we'll
have bulbs to plant in Marcia's memory after the service, and in early spring find a lawn full of crocus!
This Sunday, we hear from Bill Fowler and
Anna Jones about outreach.
Stewardship Month: Did you know?
Christian formation is a life long
project! We often associate "Sunday school" with children, but if there's something you want to learn
about or discuss, tell us! Your gifts of time and talent in choosing to learn about your faith are an important part of your
pledge as well,. If a particular time of day or the week works best for you, you can let us know that, too!
**A note from the Counters: Please remember to
use your numbered donation envelopes, if you have them, on Sundays. Thank you!
The new rubber roof inside the tower has been built. So now with the repointing of the tower and interior
roof done, we don't expect to have water leaking into the narthex anymore. The city still needs to inspect the work in order
for us to receive the CPA money to pay our contractor. We will wait a bit to make sure the narthex stays dry and put the plaster
work out for bidding early next year.
The handicap bathroom project is moving right along with most of the work
already done. We've been very happy with the crew from Perry Brothers as they are doing a great job. They will probably be
done in 2 more weeks or so. Feel free to have a look to see the progress. This is your capital campaign money at work!
Chasing Ice - A Film on Climate Change
join us for a screening of Chasing Ice, a breathtaking documentary about climate change. We'll
watch this visually stunning (as well as heartbreaking) film at the Waltham Library at 7pm on Thursday, November
14. We are partnering with the Appalachian Mountain Club to host this viewing, one of many
across Eastern Massachusetts.
Fieldstone Fair Update
The Fieldstone Fair is quickly approaching!
If you have not already done so, please purchase your tickets soon. Advance ticket purchases help us to know how many people
to purchase food for. If you cannot attend, consider donating a ticket for someone that cannot afford to attend. Tickets are
$20.00 for adults and $10.00 for seniors and juniors (age 5-10).
If you have a child ten years or older that
would like to wait tables at the dinner, please let Suzanne Hughes know atSuzanneHughes@comcast.net
. We still need adult help in the kitchen and cleaning up after dinner. The fair set up will be onMonday, November 18th
. All are welcome to come help set up the tables even if you can't help the day of the fair. We will have
pizza on set up night too. We are looking for donations for the silent auction, gift table, craft table and bake sale. The
Fieldstone fair dinner and craft fair is our biggest fundraiser of the year. Any way you can participate is greatly appreciated.
Please feel free to contact Suzanne Hughes with questions.
Silent Auction at the Fair
The Fieldstone Fair and Silent Auction date is fast approaching! Please help out
by donating your time, treasure or talent to the auction. Jose started it off with his gift of Spanish paella for 6,
Byron has donated 3 hours of computer tech support, Rev. Sara her own home-brewed beer, and Betsy Moseley 2 tickets each
to the N.E. Aquarium and Museum of Science.
kinds of donations have been made in past years: restaurant gift cards, jewelry, carwash coupons, antiques, prints,
books, wine, food dishes (chili, soups, scone breakfast, gourmet dinners, etc.), babysitting, errands, movie tickets,lessons
in canning or bellydancing. Do you have a talent for something that might be a wonderful gift for someone-- crafts or
an intro music lesson, a boat ride, piecrust or bread making, organizing a room, a weekend at a cottage? The possibilities
We do well if we have about
35 donations to bid on. Please see me at church, call me at 781-899-6230
or email email@example.com
with your ideas. Thanks. --Sue Burkart
The 8th Annual Thanksgiving Basket Outreach Program sponsored by Christ Church is currently
underway. Recipients are families of Plympton and Stanley Elementary School
students who are having financial
difficulty during these economic times. We encourage our Christ Church families to share their blessings with others as we
have done in the
past. This is a wonderful opportunity to have our children help with the shopping or to
donate some of their allowance to buy a canned good for a basket. Any and all donations are gratefully appreciated. Each basket
1 pkg stuffing mix
2 cans diced tomatoes
2 cans green beans
2 cans black beans
bag of onions
5 lbs rice
1 can cranberry sauce
$25 gift certificate from
The last day for donations is Sunday, Nov. 24. The
Annual In-Gathering is every Sunday in November. If you would like to organize or distribute
these baskets, please contact Sally Lobo or Bill and Maureen Fowler. Thanks to Michael Mailman and Cub Scout Pack 250 who
have committed to 10 baskets!
Raise UP Massachusetts
As Rev. Sara has mentioned in her sermons the last few weeks, there is an effort
in Massachusetts to raise the minimum wage and secure earned sick time for all workers. To this end, signatures for
ballot initiatives for 2014 are now being gathered. We will host Harold Jones of the Interfaith Committee for Worker
Justice, who are partnering with our own Episcopal City Mission to get the word out. Read more at http://raiseupma.org
and come hear Harold speak on Sunday, November
Pastoral Care Emails
As a way for
our congregation to care for and support each other better, Sara will begin to send out pastoral care emails when asked to
do so by a member of the congregation. Any number of instances may apply, such as an accident, illness, surgery, hospitalization,
death in the family, or anything else you'd like support for. The email would say whether you'd appreciate cards, visits,
phone calls or emails, meals , or prayers. This method has been very helpful at First Parish Church over the last four years.
Important things to remember:
1. These pastoral emails will be totally separate from the weekly E-crier
and will only go out to those who have signed up. They will not be shown on the church's website.
will be respected. Church members will need to ask Sara to send a pastoral email about their situation and needs.
Members without email may request to be sent mailed notices.
Sara has asked me to help compile a list of people who
would like to receive pastoral emails. If you would like to do so, there is a signup sheet on the bulletin board in Fales
Hall. You may also call me at 781-899-6230
or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
. --Sue Burkart
From our Music Director, David
sign up here
for details about Advent and Christmas handbells and special Christmas Eve Choir. Don't forget to mention these
dates to your kids in case they are interested. Please let me know if you have questions or suggestions. Thanks! --David Collins
Welcome, Perry Brothers!
The sacristy bathroom handicap accessibility renovations are
coming right along. We have walls, new cabinet hardware, and plumbing comes in next week.
- November 14: Showing of the
documentary Chasing Ice, 7pm
- November 22: Fieldstone Fair Dinner & silent auction, 6:30pm
- November 23: Fieldstone
Fair--crafts, baked goods, jewelry, raffle, Grandma's Attic and more! 9am-2pm
- December 1: Dedication of altar
bells in memory of Muriel Nurse, at 10am service
IN THE WIDER CHURCH & COMMUNITY
from Backpages Books
and our friends at First Parish UU:
How Wounded Veterans Return from War:
Evening with Andrew Bacevich & Ann Jones
November 12 at 7pm.
Parish in Waltham, 50 Church Street
Join us for a major event with two of America's foremost writers on
the military and our wars abroad. Celebrated journalist Ann Jones and New York
Times bestselling military scholar Andrew Bacevich will provide an unflinching
and unsparing account of the indignities suffered by wounded veterans returning home.
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