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Strategic Resolutions

Posted by Pierce, January 9, 2014

The New Year is a time for resolution. Here at Christ Church we have an instrument that guides the health of our congregation into making resolutions to prosper and be faithful.

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Make It Manifest!

Posted by Heather, December 18, 2013

This blog is based on the homily I preached at the 8:00 am service on December 15, 2013.

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Non-Judgment Day Is Coming!

Posted by Ann, December 1, 2013

I saw recently on Facebook a poster that had a beautiful sunrise and the words, Non-Judgment Day is Coming! My first impulse was to laugh. This is so different from the image of a doom and gloom judgment day where the world ends and only the righteous will be saved. But then I started to think how much judgment we participate in every day.

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Your Christ Church Family

Posted by Pierce, November 13, 2013

There are a thousand ways to give back to God.  You work hard for your money and why not get a little joy by giving to the less fortunate? But what if we gave a little more blindly than simply picking your favorite low-overhead, high-impact charity? 

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Baptism, (Christening), and Confirmation

Posted by Heather, October 24, 2013

I was baptized when I was about six months old. I don’t remember it, obviously, but I have heard the stories. Somewhere, there is an old reel to reel audiotape of the service where I was (apparently) screaming my little head off. I do, however, remember my confirmation service well. I was a senior in high school and was confirmed by the Bishop in the very small chapel at my school. The cross I wear every day was given to me by my grandparents on that day.

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Freedom from Fear

Posted by Heather, September 25, 2013

As I was preparing to preach at our Wednesday Eucharist on September 11th, I kept being drawn back to memories from high school history classes about President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s State of the Union address from January 6, 1941. This speech, given before the United States had been attacked at Pearl Harbor but after we had heard the stories of atrocities against Jews and seen the fighting that was happening in Europe, was preparing the country for the possibility and necessity of engaging in the war. At the end of the speech, President Roosevelt refers to four essential human freedoms – this is the part that sticks in the back of my mind. He wrote this:

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Friend or foe?

Posted by Pierce, September 18, 2013

Is this something everybody knows and I’m just beginning to notice? We hear a lot about the United States’ political gridlock, and when I get close enough to our legislators to have more than a thirty second sound bite, all of them agree that what distinguishes the current political climate from the recent past is the total breakdown of friendships across the aisle. Moreover, together they are becoming rigid about their ideologies on both the left and the right.

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Open House Sunday

Posted by Pierce, August 21, 2013

Many churches across the land have homecoming Sundays in the first week of September – presumably to welcome back those who have been away on vacations and other kinds of activities to relax and recharge. We have changed this and now call it Open House Sunday. We encourage our folks to bring new people and families to church to receive the same spiritual benefit that we all enjoy at Christ Church and to learn about our partners in outreach and mission.

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Conversation and Listening

Posted by Heather, July 31, 2013

I have been thinking about a pair of youth, brothers, who were in the first congregation where I served. That church had a bit of racial and ethnic diversity, similar to Christ Church, but was fairly white. These teenage boys were born in the US with parents from Nigeria. At that time, there was a lot of concern about racial profiling in the northern suburbs of Chicago where the congregation was. The elder of the brothers, and the more talkative of the two, had some surgery and so I had a chance to have some longer conversations with him while I and one of the youth group leaders visited him in the hospital.

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