February 18, 2018


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, Stella, Debbie, Caccalo, Nicholas, Teresa


BIRTHDAYS:   Dan Weber, Janet Ross, Jean Donaphon, Patrick Pannah, Jr., Jennie Henchel

Worship Attendance

Sunday, February 11, 2018  -  112 

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. 

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:

                Feb. 18 – Bible Sermon and Discussion

                Feb. 25 -  Bible Sermon and Discussion

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

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 ashumosk@gmail.com

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

2018 LENTEN PROGRAM  Mother Nancy and Holly Cunningham will lead a Lenten Program Forgiveness – A Lenten Study, by Marjorie J. Thompson on Wednesdays, Feb. 21 & 28, March 7 & 14.  The evening begins at 6:00 pm with dinner (provided by Mother Nancy & Holly) followed by discussion and closing with Compline.  Note change in venue – this group will meet in St. Joseph’s Hall.  

2018 LENTEN DEVOTIONAL BOOKLETS  The 2018 Lenten Devotional booklets are available today at both entrances to the church.  We hope this booklet will encourage you to explore more deeply the scriptures and discern what God is calling you to be and do on your spiritual journey.  We thank all those who contributed and shared their thoughts, faith, doubts and experiences.  Special thanks to Holly Cunningham for her time, talent and coordinating efforts.

ARCHIVES COMMITTEE  will meet on Tuesday, February 20, 10 a.m. in the Van Roden Room.

VESTRY MEETING will be held on Tuesday, February 20, at 7pm.  All meetings other than executive sessions are open to parishioners, so please feel free to attend.  Vestry minutes are available in the book rack located in hallway outside side entrance to sanctuary and in the Library.

ST. MARY’S FOOD CUPBOARD Christ Church continues to volunteer packing food at St. Mary’s Food Cupboard in Chester on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.   We meet this month on Wednesday, February 21st from 10:30a.m.-12pm.  If interested or would like more information, please contact Diana Buckley-Motley at 610-565-0169. 

AID FOR FRIENDS  Due to kitchen renovations, there is no Aid for Friends cooking this month. We will resume regular scheduled cooking in March.

INTERFAITH SEDER - Sunday March 18, 2018- 4:30 to 7:30 pm

Mark your calendars for our 9th annual Interfaith Seder, with Christ Episcopal Church and Congregation Ohev Shalom.  This year, we will be focusing our texts, discussions, songs, symbols, and even foods around the theme of inclusion and exclusion.  How do we, as Jews and as Christians, welcome The Other? What are barriers to inclusion and acceptance?  How can we be free to express our beliefs, be respectful of differences, and break bread – or matza—together?  Come join the discussion!  Space is limited – you must register by March 5 by emailing Pat Rizzo at patricia.l.rizzo@gmail.com or sign up on the parish bulletin board and let us know that you are coming, and what you will be bringing to our vegetarian potluck meal.

ALTAR FLOWERS AND ALTAR ELEMENTS  You can donate the altar flowers or the altar elements to commemorate an anniversary, birthday, other special occasion, or in memory of a loved one.  Just sign the sheet on the bulletin board in the hallway and write your dedication in the space provided.  The donation requested for flowers is $50 and for altar elements it is $25.  You can give your donation to Rita in the church office or drop it in the collection plate on any Sunday.  Make checks payable to Christ Church memo: flower fund or altar elements. This makes a beautiful and thoughtful gift!  Charts for 2018 are now posted.

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.             

PARISH OFFICE CLOSED   The Parish Office will be closed Monday, February 19th in observance of Presidents’ Day.

Rest eternal grant to her, O Lord; and let light perpetual shine upon her.  On January 28, 2018 occurred the death of Margaret Snear.  Her memorial service will be celebrated on Saturday, February 24th, at 10:30 a.m. at Christ Episcopal Church.  The family requests memorial donations be made to Christ Episcopal Church, 311 S Orange Street, Media, PA 19063   


Liturgical Ministers Schedule

1 Lent, February 18                                                                         2 Lent, February 25

8AM                                                                                                      8AM

Altar – Jim Ross                                                                                 Altar – Jim Ross

OT/Psalm – Jan Ross                                                                       OT/Psalm – Randy Bullitt

PP – Holly Cunningham                                                                 PP – 

NT/CB - Peter Falcone                                                                    NT/CB – Don Glackin

10AM                                                                                                    10AM   

Altar/Book Bearer-Sophia Lenderman                                    Altar/Book Bearer –  Sophia Lenderman

Altar – Caroline Lenderman                                                         Altar –  Caroline Lenderman

Crucifer – Stephen Hann                                                               Crucifer – Hannah Wible

Torch 1 – Nicholas Handago                                                        Torch 1 –  Dillen Wible

Torch 2-  Aidan Peterson                                                              Torch 2 –  Ava High

OT/Psalm – Amy Shumoski                                                          OT/Psalm – Jay Townsend

NT- Ann Haslanger                                                                           NT – Sean Seeney

PP – Mary Ellen Maatman                                                            PP – Pam Smith

CB1-  Carol Hann                                                                              CB1 – Erin Cochran

CB2 – Kurt Brunner                                                                         CB2 – Mike Gay


Ushers                                                                                                  Ushers

8AM –Holly Cunningham, Ron Mecklin                                   8AM -  Geoff Kitson, Suki Seeney

10AM – The Wible Family                                                             10AM – The McKeown Family


Weekly Calendar

1 Lent, February 18

8am Holy Eucharist, Rite I

10am Holy Eucharist, Rite II

11:30am Christian Ed

Monday, February 19

Office Closed

Tuesday, February 20

10am Archives, VR

7pm Vestry, SJH

Wednesday, February 21

10am Prayer Group

10:30am St. Mary’s, Chester

11am Bible Study, SJH

12pm Holy Eucharist/Healing

6pm Lenten Program, SJH

7pm Choir Rehearsal

8pm AA Meeting, SJH

Thursday, February 22


Friday, February 23

12pm AA Meeting, SJH

Saturday, February 24

10:30am Margaret Snear Memorial Service

2 Lent, February 25

8am Holy Eucharist Rite I

10am Holy Eucharist Rite II

11:30am Christian Ed for all



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



2019                                                                                       2021

Susan Mayer, Membership                                          Geoff Kitson, Property

Mary Ellen Maatman, Communication                    Maggie Dunn, Secretary of the Vestry

Faith Elcock, Hospitality/Pastoral Care                    Laurie Weber, Parish Life

Mike Estabrook, Christian Formation                       Jim McKeown, Stewardship

Ann Haslanger, Membership                     


2020                                                                                       Search Committee

Marylee Bunting, Outreach                                          Mary Ellen Maatman, Jim McKeown, Maggie

John Nee, Rector’s Warden/Preschool                    Dunn, Brett Lester, Karen Mason, Doug Sisk,

Kurt Brunner, Finance                                                    Marianne Spiotta

John Donaphon, Accounting Warden




8am Holy Eucharist Rite I

10am Holy Eucharist Rite II


12pm Holy Eucharist/Healing, Chapel






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