October 22, 2017


Good and gracious God, thank you for uniting our Parish of Christ Church as we continue to be a beacon of light.  Empower us to love, serve, and lead in your name. We pray for Your grace and mercy during this time of transition.  Help us to continue to be patient and prayerful. 

Open the hearts of the Search Committee and our Vestry to trust in Your perfect timing and guidance.  Please prepare the heart of Your chosen candidate to join our parish to lead us, care for us and inspire us according to Your will.  Amen.

SEARCH COMMITTEE: Mary Ellen Maatman, Co-chair; Jim McKeown, Co-chair; Maggie Dunn, Brett Lester, Karen Mason, Douglas Sisk, Marianne Spiotta


INTERCESSORY PRAYER LIST – (friends, family and acquaintances of parishioners) 

Sylvia, Brian, Elizabeth, Sandra, Jim, Jane, Joe, Denise, Shirley, Emily, John, Patrick, Kenny, Tyler, John, Jessica, Brian, Colin, Jackie, John, Patrick, Stephen, Bette, Michael, Patty, Vic, Flor, Bill, Helen, Pat, Christina


BIRTHDAYS:  Alexsa McKeown

ANNIVERSARIES:  Aura & Brett Lester, Judith & Charles Rehm, Sheila & Bill Roberts


Sunday, October 15, 2017            

8am – 36; 10am - 79


Year-to-date actual         $ 196,396

Year to date budget        $ 212,750

NURSERY CARE  Nursery care is available today from 9:30am—12:30am  for infants to 4 years of age in the Rainbow Classroom located on the lower level.  Andrea Cruz and De Anna Hickson, Nursery care givers.

MID-WEEK WORSHIP SERVICE  Every Wednesday, the Holy Eucharist/Healing Service is offered at noon in the Chapel.    

ADULT FORUM All adults are invited to participate in Adult Forum that follows our 10am worship service each Sunday and meet in St. Joseph’s Hall.   Upcoming topics:

Oct. 22 – Food Ministries 1 & 2: Community Garden, Maggie Dunn and Aid for Friends, Suzie Laborda

Oct. 29 – The Altar in the Liturgy, Jan Ross & Altar Guild

Adult Forum Hosting/Snack Donations: A sign-up sheet is posted on the bulletin board for you to volunteer to host a Sunday coffee hour.  It’s easy…you simply provide half/half, a peanut/tree nut free snack and help clean up after.   Thank you in advance for your ministry.

CHURCH SCHOOL  Children meet immediately following the 10am service in the Godly Play room on the lower level.  If you are new to our church and wish to have your child/children participate please don't hesitate to ask one of our ushers or parishioners for assistance before or after 10am service. Church school ends promptly at 12:15pm.  Please come join us.  Questions?  Please contact Amy Shumoski at ashumoski@gmail.com

WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY  Adults of the parish are invited to come together for Bible Study every Wednesday at 11am in St. Joseph’s Hall.  We welcome all seekers of a deeper understanding of the Bible and God’s message which comes through group reading and sharing with others.

CLASSES FOR CONFIRMATION The bishop will be coming to Christ Church for a special service on December 3, 2017. Those young people who would like to be presented for Confirmation on that day will be involved in a class during the education hour on Sundays, October 15th - November 19th. This class will be offered for all 8th-12th graders, including confirmation candidates.  The class will involve looking at who God is, what it means to be the Church, and why Church?  The class will be taught by Mary Ann Klassen and Randy Williamson and will ask the students to explore their own ideas and questions about God and the Church. Sign-up sheet for confirmands is on the bulletin board in the hall.

STARFEST MEETING - TODAY!  The final planning meeting for this year's STARFEST will be held TODAY - after Adult Forum (approximately 12:15pm).  All chair persons should have final reports for their area of responsibility.


Chaplain Lynne Samson will be presenting a program on “Grief Counseling” to the Pastoral Care Ministry Group at Christ Church on Thursday, November 9 at 3 PM.    Chaplain Samson is a grief counselor who also runs a caregiver program once a month. Since 2014, she has worked at Holisticare Hospice and Jefferson University Hospital, providing emotional and spiritual support to patients and families.  

The Pastoral Care Ministry would like to invite anyone who would like to attend this presentation to join us.  We can all benefit from Chaplain Samson’s experience and ideas.  If you plan to attend, please sign up on the bulletin board so we will be able to know how many will be attending.  When you come, please arrive at the church by 2:50 PM so that the lecture can begin promptly at 3 PM.


Check out our newly decorated bulletin board for the latest information:

  • Gift Card Solicitation signup and Merchant Letters
  • Gift Basket signup information
  • Easy Reference Sheets - what you can donate.
  • Bazaar Chairperson contact list.
  • Flyers to take and distribute to publicize the event – We need volunteers to help distribute flyers in the Media area.  Please see Pat Rizzo if able to help.

Collection boxes are available on the stage in St. Joseph's Hall for Silent Auction (contact Jim Ross); Holiday Decor; Gifts/Collectibles; and Books. Tickets will be pre-sold beginning October 22nd after both services for both lunch (11:30 - 1:30) cheesesteaks, and dinner (5 - 7pm)  spaghetti/meatballs on Saturday November 11th.

Starfest Luncheon and Dinner tickets on sale now! Tickets will be on sale for the Starfest Luncheon and Dinner after both the 8am and 10am Sunday services on 10/22, 10/29 and 11/5 outside St. Joseph’s hall by the water fountain. You may sign up and pay the day of Starfest if you would like.  We would appreciate having an idea of how many will be attending.  Prices for lunch are $7 for ribeye cheesesteak on a roll, chips, and beverage and $4 for hot dog, chips  and beverage.  Prices for Spaghetti Dinner $8 for adults and $5 for children, dinner includes, salad, bread and beverage.  Desserts may be bought at the baked goods table if you so desire.  Contact Judy Rehm (lunch chairperson) or Mary Conlin (dinner chairperson) if you have any questions.  We hope to see you there!

Starfest Plant Table​ - ​Indoor gardeners! We are going to have a new plant table at Starfest this year. Do you have any house plants you'd like to supply or clippings you can root? Please contact or Maggie Dunn at  margaretelizabethdunn@gmail.com  or Mike Gay at mikeg825@gmail.com  if you have any herbs or house plants you would like to  donate for this event. If you have cuttings you'd like to root, there are 4 inch pots available for your use. We will collect the final donations on Friday, November 10th.  If you have any questions, please call Mike at 610-308-0562.

Starfest Soup Table –  Do you love soup?  Beautiful Soup waiting for you.  We are going to have a new soup to go table at Starfest this year.  I am looking for some volunteers.  Do you have a favorite recipe to share and would like to make a batch?  Or I can give you a recipe to use.  I will supply 1 quart containers and labels.  Please contact Susan Schriver at 610-544-1998 or email: snowgeese3@gmail.com

PASTORAL CARE If you are in need of support due to illness, loss of a loved one, loss of employment or someone to pray for you or a family member or friend, a ride to church or anything that has you down, we want you to know your church family is here for you.   The Rev. Canon Nancy James Deming, Ruth LeStourgeon, the Prayer Group Ministry and the Pastoral Care team coordinate a variety of ministries under this umbrella.  If you find yourself in need, please let us know by contacting The Rev. Canon Nancy James Deming (610-724-0525) or Ruth LeStourgeon (610-565-2065).

SUPERDOLLARS  GIANT and ACME giftcards are available in denominations of $25, $50, and $100.  Every dollar you spend adds 5 cents to Christ Church’s bottom line without you spending an extra penny!  When you shop at either of these stores, use these gift cards just like cash.  If you do not use the entire amount on one shopping trip, continue to use the card until the value is exhausted.  Look for Jim Ross after the 8am service and Joyce Glackin after the 10am service.  You can also stop by the parish office, Monday through Thursday, 8:30am to 4:30pm and purchase them from Rita Caserta.   

CHRIST CHURCH IS ON TWITTER! You can quickly check what is going on in the week to come by following us on Twitter at CCEpiscopalMediaPA. Our feed includes posts from Bishop Curry, Bishop Gutierrez, St. James School, The Episcopal Church, Diocesan Youth Programs, and the PA Diocese.

Liturgical Ministers Schedule

20 Pentecost, October 22                                            21 Pentecost, October 29

8AM                                                                              8AM

Altar – Peggy Levesque                                                 Altar –  Jim Ross

OT/Psalm – Doug Sisk                                                   OT/Psalm –Geoff Kitson

PP- Jan Ross                                                                 PP – Randy Bullitt

NT, CB – Bob Levesque                                                  NT/CB-  Peter Falcone

10AM                                                                            10AM

MC – Megan Spiotta                                                      MC – Casey Loper

Altar –  Sophia Lenderman                                             Altar – Jonah Loper

Crucifer –  Caroline Lenderman                                      Crucifer – 

Torch 1 –-  Madeline Beck                                              Torch 1 – Aidan Peterson

Torch 2 – Emily Beck                                                     Torch 2 – Nicholas Handago

OT, Psalm – Jay Townsend                                             OT, Psalm – Susan Mayer

NT – Sean Seeney                                                         NT – Mary Ellen Maatman

PP –  Patti Davis                                                            PP – Dan Mistichelli

CB1 – Kurt Brunner                                                       CB1 – Patti Davis

CB2 – Emma Young                                                       CB2 – Don Glackin


Ushers                                                                       Ushers

8am ––Randy & Leslie Bullitt                                       8am – Geoff Kitson, Suki Seeney

10am –The High Family                                               10am – The McKeown Family


Weekly Calendar


20 Pentecost, October 22

8am Holy Eucharist Rite I

10am Holy Eucharist Rite II

11:30am Christian Ed

11:30am Confirmation Class, Chapel

12:15pm Starfest Meeting, SJH 

 Monday, October 23

12pm AA Meeting, SJH

Tuesday, October 24


Wednesday, October 25

10am Prayer Group

11am Bible Study, SJH

12pm Holy Eucharist/Healing

7pm Adult Choir Rehearsal

8pm AA Meeting, SJH    

Thursday, October 26

4:30pm Youth Choir

Friday, October 27

12pm AA Meeting, SJH

6pm Wedding Rehearsal

 Saturday, October 28

 9am Altar & Flower Guilds

 3pm Esther Nyaga & Doug Mwoi Wedding

 21 Pentecost, October 28

 8am Holy Eucharist, Rite I

10am Holy Eucharist, Rite II

11:30am Christian Ed

11:30am Confirmation Class, Chapel



Interim Rector: The Rev. Canon Nancy James Deming, nancyjd610@aol.com

Organist/Choir Director: Mr. Joel Lenderman, jslenderman4@gmail.com

Parish Administrator: Mrs. Rita Caserta, racaserta@gmail.com

Preschool Director: Ms. Joanne Petrosina, joannepetrosina@yahoo.com




2018                                                                            2020                                                                      

Mary Ann Klassen, Secretary of the Vestry                      Marylee Bunting, Outreach

Geoff Kitson, Property                                                   John Nee, Rector’s Warden/Preschool

Donald Hann, Parish Life                                               Kurt Brunner, Finance

Ann Haslanger, Membership                                          John Donaphon, Accounting Warden   



Susan Mayer, Stewardship                                    Search Committee

Mary Ellen Maatman, Communication                    Mary Ellen Maatman, Jim McKeown, Maggie

Faith Elcock, Hospitality/Pastoral Care                    Dunn, Brett Lester, Karen Mason, Douglas Sisk,

Mike Estabrook, Christian Formation                      Marianne Spiotta




8am Holy Eucharist Rite I

10am Holy Eucharist Rite II


12pm Holy Eucharist/Healing






CHURCH OFFICE 610-566-7525

HOURS: Monday – Thursday – 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM



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