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November 7, 2013
E Crier  Welcome to Christ Church Waltham's weekly newsletter
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This Sunday, November 10, at Christ Church:


8:30am Holy Eucharist


Holy Eucharist with Baptism & Choir


Servers this Sunday:
Altar Guild

Phil Killewald


Victoria Sundgren


Jonathan Duce
First Reading

Victoria Sundgren
Second Reading

Ken Johnson

Leader of Prayers

Byron Garcia

Oblation Bearer

Mary Lou Beermann 


Anna Jones & Byron Garcia


Marjorie Hartman

Coffee Hour

Dutt-Whittington Family

Add: Jose Borras 


Godly Play


Doug Whittington 

Pre-K & K

Erin Jensen/Jennifer Hobin

Grades 1-3

Jose Borras/Jenn Hughes

Grades 4-6

Christine Dutt/Kiersten Sorin


Happy Birthday to 
Jennifer Coates, Suzanne Hughes, and Joy Tibekyinga 

How Can I Help This Week?

Make your plans to help with the Fieldstone Fair! Kitchen help is needed at dinner, with more to do on Saturday as well.  

If you lead a ministry at CC that could use an extra hand, let admin Karen know to put it in here!

Coming Up  

Fieldstone Fair! Sign up here to help or email 


Fall Lawn Sign-Up

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 
Mike Hughes to volunteer to mow the lawn.



Diaper Depot 

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


Grandma's Pantry

Please bring tea, veggies of all kinds and cereal/instant oatmeal. Open Fridaymornings from 9-11 to Waltham seniors.


Grandma's Attic

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.


Hannaford Gift Cards

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 Christ Church,

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.


So 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 grades 4-6.



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 HughesPlease 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!



Sunday Stewardship Speakers

 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!


Building Update

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!                   --Jonathan Duce 
Chasing Ice - A Film on Climate Change
Please 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 at 6PM. 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.


All 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 are endless.


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  ejb267@aol.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 will contain: 
1 pkg stuffing mix  
2 cans diced tomatoes  
2 cans corn  
2 cans green beans  
2 cans black beans 
5 lbs potatoes
bag of onions
5 lbs rice
1 can cranberry sauce
$25 gift certificate from Hannaford
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 17.


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. 
2. Privacy will be respected. Church members will need to ask Sara to send a pastoral email about their situation and needs. 
3. 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 ejb267@aol.com. --Sue Burkart  
From our Music Director, David
Please 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. 


Upcoming Events
November 14 Showing of the documentary Chasing Ice7pm 
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


from Backpages Books and our friends at First Parish UU:   
How Wounded Veterans Return from War: 
An Evening with Andrew Bacevich & Ann Jones 
November 12 at 7pm
First 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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