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Cabin on the Cliffs

Posted by Melanie, August 12, 2015

Why would any woman in her right mind, desire, or need,  rent a cabin alone in the middle of the summer for two weeks, a cabin that overlooks the river and sits on a cliff, a place that ensures either loneliness or alone-ness, why would her desire be so great? 

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Back from Vermont

Posted by Chris, August 5, 2015

Last week Christ Church sent some youth, and a couple of chaperones, on a mission trip to Rutland Vermont through Youth Works. The programming by Youth Works was quite strong and well organized. The service sites, and relationships with various organizations, have been maintained by Youth Works for over a decade in Rutland. Christ Church was one of many churches serving with Youth Works during the week.

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Hi God, it’s us again

Posted by Development , July 29, 2015

Parishioner and Vestry member Emily Bryan is our Guest Blogger this week, with a different approach to bedtime prayers.

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Omnipresence

Posted by Jason, July 22, 2015

Like most of you, I was fascinated with the spacecraft “fly-by” last week of Pluto. Amazing to be looking at something so clear which the human eye had never seen before. Equally remarkable is the fact that it was only 112 years ago that the Wright brothers developed the airplane. That’s a big jump from just getting something off of the ground to sending something flying to the furthest point in our solar system in just over a century.

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Reflections following last night's Stewardship Meeting at Christ Church

Posted by John, July 15, 2015

At the moment, the Stewardship Committee at Christ Church is a small band of disciples – even now being reconstituted – not knowing exactly what the challenges and obstacles will be found on the road ahead. Like Abraham and Sarah called by God to journey to the land of Canaan even as they were unsure of the way, the Stewardship Committee (and all of us at Christ Church) shall forge forward led by the inspiration and generosity of God. As Abraham and Sarah trusted, even and especially in the face of doubt and bewilderment, they fulfilled God's will. They believed and trusted that God would guide and care for them along the way. (Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1)

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The Power of One, Four, Six and Twelve in Outreach

Posted by Melanie, July 8, 2015

Last Tuesday was a busy day at Christ Church. And yes, Christ Church is always busy, but let’s just say things were bustling in Outreach. We had 6 volunteers, some seasoned and some brand new, making 65 bag lunches in the Auditorium kitchen to be brought and served at Meade Memorial Church down the street. On the menu were homemade egg salad sandwiches, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, fresh fruit, cookies, and lemonade. Christ Church is part of a rotation of 7 churches that take turns making and serving lunch. The hospitality that is given to our brothers and sisters during bag lunch is as important as the food itself. For many of the people who come for lunch this fellowship may be their only fellowship.

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Do You Know about the General Convention?

Posted by Chris, July 1, 2015

The Episcopal Church is in the midst of General Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Episcopal Church gathers every three years to review and plan for the future of the church. Various committees will meet about various items from Liturgy to Faith Formation.

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God of our silent tears

Posted by Jason, June 24, 2015

Last week, I attended the annual convention of the Association of Anglican Musicians. As many of you know, this is one of my favorite weeks of the year – getting new ideas from my colleagues and friends and experiencing truly transformational worship. The singing is always unlike anything I’ve ever heard anywhere. On Thursday, the mood was a bit subdued as we were all shocked and horrified at the events that took place in Charleston on Wednesday evening. In the quiet before our closing Eucharist, I opened the hymnal and read the marvelous words to hymn #599 with fresh eyes.

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The Deepest Identity

Posted by Heather, June 17, 2015

A couple of news stories have me thinking about identity. To be honest, I haven’t delved deep into either story but it has been hard to avoid surface-level stories about Caitlyn (formerly Bruce) Jenner or Rachel Dolezal (the NAACP local branch executive whose racial background is white but who identifies as black). These are people who have changed their outward identity dramatically. Both would say, I think, that they have tried to make their inward self-identity match with what the world now sees externally. Their quest to do this is not unique – I’m guessing that each one of us has tried to do that at one point or another. 

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Adam Gopnik

Posted by John, June 10, 2015

Adam Gopnik, a regular contributor to The New Yorker, once wrote an article for the magazine about learning to draw. His story reminds me of many Christians learning to pray.Though one may assume that Christians know how to pray (considered by some a second language), this is far from the truth. Unfortunately, prayer, especially public prayer, makes many Christians cringe.

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