In collaboration with St. Martin’s, Christ Church, Ithan is planning a special centennial celebration on Sunday, November 10th. The event will commemorate the first church service celebrated in the new church building 100 years ago. It will celebrate our ties to one another (CCI was a mission of St. Martin’s) and the future we are shaping as we search for one Rector for both churches. CCI invites everyone to join in the recognition of this historic milestone.
Episcopal Community Service (ECS) is once again holding their “Fill the Bus” campaign to provide backpacks and school supplies for children in need. This year’s campaign is happening early as children will earn backpacks by their participation in ECS’ summer camp. So, beginning this Sunday, we will accept monetary donations that will be converted into backpacks filled with necessary school supplies. Each backpack costs between $40 - $50 to complete. Place your donation in the jar provided at the front of church. We will be doing this collection for the next two Sundays through July 14th. If donating by check, please make it payable to Christ Church, Ithan and in the memo line indicate “ECS backpack drive.” Thank you for your support of this outreach effort.
Plan on a special joint Pentecost Celebration with St. Martin’s Church on Sunday, June 9th, starting with an outdoor worship service at 10:00 AM on the lawn at St. Martin’s . In the event of rain, worship will be in Ithan Hall. A picnic will follow the service and include food, drinks, games, and lots of fun and fellowship! Remember to wear red to symbolize the joy and fire of the Holy Spirit. Sandwiches and beverages will be available.
Christ Church is responsible for desserts.
Suggested items to bring: a dessert, lawn chairs or blankets, and friends!
Are you interested in joining other Episcopalians and their friends in studying the Paul’s Letter to the Romans during the season of Epiphany? You don’t need to go any place or make an appointment or re-arrange your schedule. Just do it when you can. Find out more by visiting www.goodbookclub.org . A great way to grow into God’s Word with others!
CALLING ALL MEN OF CHRIST CHURCH ITHAN:-We are going to have our annual pancake/sausage breakfast for our Lenten kick off on March 3rd after the Sunday liturgy in Ithan Hall. This event is traditionally a male event for prepping, cooking, cleaning, etc. Ladies, take a seat and enjoy…the men have this in hand. Ron Spinelli will be chairing the event with his Husband, Albert Keenan. We are looking for all positions. A sign up board will be in the sanctuary starting in February. See you in the Kitchen
DO YOU MAKE SOME KICKIN’ CHILI? – We’ve been invited by St. Martin’s to participate in their “Chili Cook-Off” on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 3rd. Bring your amazing chili in a crock-pot to share. Drop off before the 10AM Service and come back afterwards for tasting and judging. Email Maggie, the administrator at St. Martin’s, to let her know you will participate: email@example.com
We will have a visit from Bishop Rodney Michel, our Assisting Bishop, on Sunday, February 24, 2019.
A Bishop’s visit is a time for Baptism, Confirmation and Reception into the Episcopal Church. If you have been practicing in the Episcopal Church for a long time and have come to us from another faith tradition, being received by the Bishop makes your membership in the Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement “official.”
What do you have to do? Not much! If you would like to find out more about this, Fr. John will provide a time to meet following both Services on Sunday, January 20th to provide you with more information. If you have questions or would like to meet privately, please contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or see him after the Service.
Christmas isn’t over until the Wise Men arrive with their gifts for the Christ child. You can be a Wise Man, or Woman, this year by choosing a card from the Epiphany tree in the front of the church and bringing in a gift for our Goodworks community initiative tool box. The Goodworks initiative, a join project of Christ Church Ithan and St. Martin’s church, is completely volunteer driven and runs on a budget of $0; so filling our supply box is key to us being able to help families in our community with basic household projects. If you would like to know more about Goodworks, please help yourself to a brochure in the narthex. If you would like to be part of Goodworks, contact Christ Church Ithan and one of our coordinators will be in touch to tell you how you can be help with this important community outreach project.
We would like to support the Ardmore Food Pantry in their annual Thanksgiving Meal drive. They expect to provide 125-135 meals this year! To participate, we ask that the following items be purchased and then place each complete meal in a reusable bag. Please bring the meal bags to church with you on Sunday, November 4th or they can be dropped at the office on November 5th. They will then be brought to the food pantry for distribution on Monday, November 12th.
Here is the meal shopping list and suggested sizes:
Turkey Gravy: 2 cans/jars (12 oz), Cranberry Sauce: 1 can (14 oz), Deluxe Mac & Cheese: 1box (14 oz), Stove Top Stuffing: 1box (6 oz), Applesauce: 1jar (24 oz), Sweet Potatoes: 1 can (16 oz), Vegetables: 2 cans (15 oz), Brownie Mix: 1 box (18-20 oz), Giant or Acme Gift Card: $10
On Sunday, October 28th, we will be starting our Christmas Gift Tag Craft Project turning the many lovely greeting cards everyone donated into beautiful gift tags. We will then be selling the tags to raise funds for the Southern Poverty Law Center, the non-profit organization that Jay Harper brought to our attention. If you would like to be part of this fun project, bring a sharp pair of scissors, and join us immediately after the 8:30 service or during 10:00 hospitality time. Hope to see you there!