Mission at Christ Church
Mission is not fundamentally something we do as Christians but a quality of God’s own being. It is not a program of ours but the path of God’s action in the world. The mission of the church, therefore, derives from the mission of God, and it has meaning only in relation to what God is up to in the universe. Already engaged in mission, God simply invites us to participate in what God is doing.
Titus Presler, in Horizons of Mission © 2001
(Volume 11 of the New Church’s Teaching Series)
Here at Christ Church our mission is to discover where God is at work in the world – giving life, hope and help to those in need wherever they may be around the globe – and to discern through prayer and careful deliberation, where we are being called to join in.
Lord God, empower our missionaries in the Holy Spirit as they go, as they point to and proclaim Jesus. May each of us be open to the invitation to go ourselves. We pray that all of us may be empowered and living in the Holy Spirit that we will all live the mission no matter where we are, to the Glory of God and the building up of Your Kingdom. Amen.
Lent Series 2017
Throughout Lent we will share short videos for “Mission Mondays”where congregants talk about the power mission has had in their lives and their own personal transformation. Consider adding this as a spiritual discipline throughout Lent and ask yourself “How is God calling me to mission?” To help you learn more about our missions, contact chair of the Mission Committee Tom Linthicum or Melanie Gray.
The March 6 video was from Tom Linthicum. He has been part of several mission trips, including a year-long trip with his wife Dorothy at an Anglican seminary in South Africa.
On March 13 we heard from Kris Amundson. Kris is a 30-year member of Christ Church. She is a former Vestry member and a former chair of the Mission Committee. She has gone to Honduras on more than 20 mission trips starting in 1996. With two other Christ Church members, she co-founded la BECA, which provides scholarships for many of the OLR girls.
On March 20, we heard from Witney Schneidman a parishioner of Christ Church for 30 years He is chair of the Mengo Committee, has made several mission trips to Mengo Hospital, Witney works to strengthen our parish by supporting our mission work.
On March 28, it was the Rev. Ann Gillespie's turn. The Rev. Ann Gillespie had never seen love like she saw at our Little Roses in Honduras. Let yourself be transformed by the power of Christ’s love in this ministry.
On April 3, it's Anne Shine. Anne has been a member of Christ Church for most of her life. Participation in groups and activities is always important, particularly in mission and outreach. Anne is the vestry liaison to mission and wants everyone to know more about the staggering amounts of work the mission groups do.
Nancy Knapp is the final Mission Monday video. She has been a member of Christ Church for 27 years. At one time she was Senior Warden of Vestry. Today she is Chair of Ministry to Diocese of Renk. Nancy took a pilgrimage to South Africa with Rev. Mpho Tutu in 2003, which included sessions with former Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Her last mission trip to South Sudan was in 2006 for consecration of St Matthew's Cathedral where she spent time with former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams.
Diocese of Renk. Christ Church has maintained a covenant relationship with Bishop Daniel Deng Bul and persecuted Christians in the Diocese of Renk in South Sudan. We have lived faithfully into our covenant through
- reciprocal visits, including three mission trips to Renk
- public prayers
- financial support for vital projects, including construction of St. Matthew’s Cathedral, translation of several books of the Bible into the Dinka tribal language, and the operation of a medical clinic
Friends of Mengo. Christ Church’s relationship with Mengo Hospital was born out of prayer in 1982, when a group of parishioners encountered Gwen Whitaker, a British missionary nurse who served at Mengo for 30 years. She suggested that the group pray for Mengo Hospital, which had just emerged from the chaos and violence of Idi Amin’s rule. Friends of Mengo U.S. grew out of that providential meeting. Contact Betsy Thompson.
Our Little Roses. For over twenty years, Christ Church parishioners journeyed to San Pedro Sula, Honduras for a 10 day mission trip at Our Little Roses, which is a home for fifty-six young girls. Ranging in age from 2 ½ to 18, the girls have previously been abandoned or abused and have lived in extreme poverty. Contact Sarah DeCamps and Liz Hoekstra McAlister.