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Sing your song! #MakeItHappen

Posted by Heather, March 11, 2015

What a wonderful celebration we had on Sunday for International Woman’s Day! There was powerful and challenging preaching by parishioner Pauline Muchina and the singing of familiar and new hymns written by women at the 10:00 a.m. worship service. At the international marketplace that followed, organized along with our partners at Empowered Women International, we were enriched, cheered, and challenged by the singing poetry of Anna Mwalago and the sharing of stories of the other women entrepreneurs. Across the day, we moved from strength to strength and from joy to joy.

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Look up from your phone

Posted by Pierce, September 23, 2014

As social media becomes epidemic, one concern I hear repeatedly is the fear that we are abandoning an essential piece of our humanity as everyday experience becomes ever more virtual. I actually overheard someone say, “Why bother talking to anyone when you can text them a message!” Reliance on digital devices is accelerating and one wonders about the implications of a virtual world overwhelming our contact and learning from the actual physical universe. We have been “created from dust” but unto digital devices shall we return? As we lose touch with each other and diminish our presence to God’s glorious creation, aside from what we can squeeze out of it while on vacation, do we risk the hazards of artificial relationships that seem to have no limits of forever demanding us to be online?

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Transition Conversations

Posted by Pierce, August 27, 2014

One of the wisdoms of transitions, I am learning, is to have mentoring conversations with powerful coaches in order to leave this amazing congregation and so many I have come to love—to leave well. The most helpful discussion I have had has been with my ingenious predecessor, Mark Anschutz. His advice was so insightful; I thought it would be useful to report to you.

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The Word is Near You

Posted by Ann, August 13, 2014

While you all were worshipping at Christ Church in Alexandria on Sunday, I was celebrating the Eucharist at Christ Church in Bethel, Vermont. This is the church my parents attend in the summer, and my dad, a retired Episcopal priest, often helps them out by taking the Sunday services. Once a summer, they get the Gillespie tag-team – I am invited to celebrate while my dad preaches.

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Seek the physician and let me know too

Posted by Heather, August 6, 2014

Recently I had a conversation with an older couple, one of whom is having some health issues. They have been Sunday-in and Sunday-out attenders of their church for a few decades and now their church has a new senior pastor. They mentioned that the pastor hasn't been in contact with them to ask about his health. So I asked if they had told the pastor about the health issues. Their answer? No. Why, I asked? Well, he should know about it.

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Please enjoy this blog from first time missioner Joby Dupuis, currently on the Our Little Roses mission trip in Honduras

Posted by Development , July 23, 2014

Greetings from San Pedro Sulla! The OLR Mission Team arrived without incident (unless you count a detour to Ft Lauderdale because of thunder storms). 

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It's not a recessive trait

Posted by Heather, July 9, 2014

A few Sundays ago, June 29, the Episcopal Church had a voluntary day to stretch its capacity and participate in Social Media Sunday. Christ Church participated in this endeavor at all of its services. Some of you know this because you were there and are in one of the photos that I took during the announcements.

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We Will!

Posted by Heather, June 4, 2014

It was a rock concert Sunday! Last Sunday was our annual visit from the Bishop, which this time was our diocesan bishop, the Rt. Rev. Shannon Johnston. Bishops are expected to do many things on their annual visitations to churches: in worship to baptize, confirm, receive into the Anglican Communion, reaffirm, and celebrate the Eucharist, as well as connect with vestries, clergy, and the whole congregation. Bishop Shannon did a wonderful job of being very present and available for all of Christ Church and I am thankful to God for his ministry and the gifts that he shared with us.

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Love: An Act of Will (Sermon from February 23)

Posted by Ann, March 5, 2014

And so the great thaw has begun. This week, in our wild and variable weather patterns we only had the threat of a tornado. Many of us have found ourselves positively giddy at temperatures in the mid-60’s. It feels different in your body, doesn’t it? It feels free. We are naturally more relaxed. My shoulders, which have been hunched against the cold since Christmas, are finally able to let go in the warm breeze and sunshine.

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The Power of Communion

Posted by Heather, February 19, 2014

We have been using Eucharistic prayer C during the season after the Epiphany this year at our 9:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 5:00 p.m. services. This Eucharistic prayer is different from the others in the Book of Common Prayer in a variety of ways, including the amount of praying out loud that the congregation does in the celebrating of the Eucharist.

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