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BOHAM Children’s Choir, Wed Oct 3 6:30 pm, after WOW dinner, in the Sanctuary.  Come hear the Bridges of Hope African Ministries children’s choir from Uganda share their hope for a bigger and brighter future through song, dance, and music, while showing the world the hope of the good news of Jesus Christ.

Ministry Fair, Sun Oct 7 After both services.  Join us to help promote the ministries in which you serve, and/or to explore ministries where the Holy Spirit may be calling you to get involved.  No adult Sunday School.  Please contact Bethany at 683-9292 if your ministry needs a table.

Healing Prayer Service, Sun Oct 7 6:30 p.m.  Our speaker will be Deborah Norwood, a Christ Church parishioner, who alternates attending Sunday Eucharist with her husband in order to take care of their son.  Come hear this radiant Christian!

Women’s Bible Study, Tues Oct 9 Come join us for Beth Moore’s The Quest and learn to dig into the Word, to respond to the questions of God, and to bring your questions before Him.  We will also do this women’s study during WOW on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm.

Confirmation & Columbarium Dedication With Bishop Iker, Sun Oct 14 Combined Service, 9:30 am.  No adult Sunday School.

Office Volunteer The office is in need of a volunteer Friday mornings from 11-2.  If you are available to help, please call Elizabeth Greaves at 682-7549.

October Ministry Roster is available at http://ccanglican.com/ministry-roster/.

Congratulations to Diane Brown Elected National President of the Provincial Council for the 3rd Provincial Assembly of the Order of the Daughters of the Holy Cross.

 

 

This Week

 Morning Prayer, Wed Oct 3 7 am

 Fall WOW, Wed Oct 3 5:15 pm Eucharist, 5:45 Family Dinner + Childcare, 6:30 BOHAM Children’s Choir.  No adult or children’s classes.  Youth continues study of Thessalonians 1 & 2 and the “End Times.” Bring your friends along!

Rev. Canon Mark Eldredge, Thu Oct 4 7:30-8:30 pm.  Come meet & greet former St. Nicholas Church Associate Rector Mark Eldridge.  Mark helped implement the Alpha and Purpose Driven Life programs that helped build Christ Church.

Mom Gets a Break, Fri Oct 5 Canceled until next week.

SISters in Stitches, Fri Oct 5 Fridays, 11:30-1:30 pm.

BOHAM & Children’s Fellowship, Sat Oct 6 10 am. Bring your kids for a day of fun!

Choir Rehearsal, Sat Oct 6 Saturdays, 10:30 am-12:00 pm.  If the bucket you carry a tune in has a hole in it, Debbie will find you a new one!

Weekly 12 Step Meetings Room A:  AA, 7 pm Tues & 10 am Sat; La Ha Alum/Friends, 7 pm Thurs; CODA, 7 pm Mon, Fri & Sun; OA, 6 pm Mon & 7:30 pm Sat.

 

 

Next Week

Ministry Fair, Sun Oct 7 After both services.  Join us to help promote the ministries in which you serve, and/or to explore ministries where the Holy Spirit may be calling you to get involved.  Please contact Bethany at 683-9292 if your ministry needs a table.

Fall Sunday School, Sun Oct 7 9:45 am:  No adult Sunday school. Children:  Gospel Project HUB, preK-6th grade.  Youth Houses: 7th-12th grade.

Healing Prayer Service, Sun Oct 7 6:30 p.m.  Our speaker will be Deborah Norwood, a Christ Church parishioner, who alternates attending Sunday Eucharist with her husband in order to take care of their son.  Come hear this radiant Christian!

T3 Meeting, Sun Oct 7 7 pm. All students in grades 7-12, and their friends, are invited to join us for our weekly evening of Bible study & discussion, prayer & thanksgiving, recreation, and snacks.  Bob Hilton will be joining us to talk about sharing our faith.  Doors open at 6:30 pm for video games and hang time.

Men’s Lunch, Mon Oct 8 Mondays 12-1 pm.  Back room at Mulberry Café.

Alpha, Mon Oct 8 6:30 pm. Come, and invite someone!  Alpha is for singles, couples & parents, younger or older.  Alpha is free & includes dinner, with childcare for ages 0-10. Info & register ccanglican.com/events/alpha or 683-9292.

Young Adult Fellowship, Mon Oct 8 7 pm.  Ages 18-30 meet in the South Youth House.  Dinner is provided.

Women’s Faithfully Fit Exercise Class, Tues Oct 9 9:30 am.  Instructor Abby Magness.  $4/session.  Yoga mats provided.  Room A.

Women’s Bible Study, Tues Oct 9 Come join us for Beth Moore’s The Quest and learn to dig into the Word, to respond to the questions of God, and to bring your questions before Him.  We will also do this women’s study during WOW on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm.

Morning Prayer, Wed Oct 10 7 am.

Fall WOW, Wed Oct 10 5:15 pm Eucharist, 5:45 Family Dinner + Childcare, 6:30 Classes For All Ages:

     Knowing Jesus Room A:  Get to know Jesus personally through Robby Gallaty’s in-depth study on the Gospel of John, with Fr. Jonathan.

     Women: The Quest Room B:  Daytime class meets Tuesdays, 10:30 am.

     Confirmation Class Parlor:  Confirm your faith in Christ through reflection, study & discussion, with Fr. Henry.

     Children’s Discovery Zone! HUB: preK-6th grade, Beth Moore’s The Quest.

     Youth Youth Houses: Girls’ & Guys’ Studies.  We’ll be continuing our study of Thessalonians 1 & 2 and the “End Times.” Bring your friends along!

Mom Gets a Break Starts Again, Fri Oct 12 Fridays, 9:30-11:30 am. Weekly free childcare, infant-5 yrs.  Space is limited.  You MUST sign up by Wed. prior at 683-9292 or Nursery clipboard.

SISters in Stitches, Fri Oct 12 Fridays, 11:30 am-1:30 pm.

Parents Night Out Starts Again, Fri Oct 12 2nd Friday, 6-8:30 pm.  Monthly free childcare, infant-10 years.  You MUST sign up by Wed. prior at 683-9292.

Alpha Weekend, Fri & Sat Oct 12-13 Alpha sessions in Sanctuary 6:30 pm Friday, and 9 am through early afternoon Saturday.

Choir Rehearsal, Sat Oct 13 3-4 pm this week only due to Alpha.  If the bucket you carry a tune in has a hole in it, Debbie says she will find you a new one!

Men’s Breakfast: Men & Politics: Taking A Stand & Being Christian About It, Sat Oct 13 In today’s world of political extremes, people call each other crazy, racist, offensive, liars, etc.   It’s no wonder many of us don’t stand for much of anything, at least not openly.  What would Jesus do?   Come share ideas on how to stand for God’s values and influence others, at the Men’s Breakfast, 8-9 am.

Teen Challenge 2018 Banquet, Sat Oct 13 6 pm.  Please let Marty know if you are interested in attending this free dinner.  683-9292.

Weekly 12 Step Meetings Room A:  AA, 7 pm Tues & 10 am Sat; La Ha Alum/Friends, 7 pm Thurs; CODA, 7 pm Mon, Fri & Sun.

  

Coming Up

Daughters of the Holy Cross, Sun Oct 14 3 pm, atrium.  Reports will be given by those who attended the 3rd Provincial Assembly in Dallas, and a service project will be chosen.

Life Center Fall Fundraiser, Tues Oct 30 6:45 pm.  Jay Sekulow will be speaking.  Please let Marty know if you are interested in attending this free dinner.  683-9292.

Kidz at Kamp!  $30 deposit due Sun, Nov 3 3rd-6th graders are invited to Kidz at Kamp July 28-August 1, 2019, in Glen Rose, Texas. Total cost per camper is $300 paid over 6 installments.  Friends who attend CCA Kids’ services at least 3 times in the year are invited, but please ensure their deposit is turned in by this date as well.  Scholarships are available. Please see Avery Pullin with any questions.

Movie Night, Thu Nov 8 6:30 pm.  Sanctuary.  Enjoy popcorn and the movie I Can Only Imagine starring Dennis Quaid, Trace Adkins and Priscilla Shirer!

Church-Wide (Pre-) Christmas Party, Wed Dec 19 6:30 pm.  Mark your calendars now!

2018 Christ Church Sacred Music November 11: MOSC String Quartet, December 23: MOSC Lone Star Brass, 9:30 am Lessons and Carols, Combined Worship.

Congratulations to Tricia Boyd Children’s Volunteer of the Month!

Free Herbs from Children’s Ministry Herbs planted by the children’s ministry are available outside the kitchen in a raised bed.

Neighborhood Shepherd’s Prayer, October “O my soul, don’t be discouraged.  Don’t be upset.  Expect God to act!  For I know that I shall again have plenty of reason to praise Him for all that He will do.  He is my help, He is my God!” Psalm 119:63

 

Good News Daily Devotionals

Wednesday, October 3

Luke 5:27-39 Jesus said to them in reply, “It is not those that are well who need the doctor, but the sick.” (v.31)

In the busy life of the church, I often find that in the midst of programs, planning groups, and worship services, it’s often difficult to remember that we’re a group of people on a mission. My denomination enshrines that mission in this statement: “The mission of the Church is to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ.” I wonder what would happen if we actually made this mission the first priority in our congregation? What if we actually spent the majority of our resources of time, energy, and money on undertaking that mission?

Many of us first came to Jesus Christ and his Body, the Church, seeking to be healed, forgiven, and given a new start in life. We all encounter people who are seeking to find something that can transform and give meaning to their lives. We have a personal witness to bear to them about the love and transforming power of God, in and through Jesus Christ. Our mission is to share that witness!

Hosea 4:11-19; Psalms 101, 109; Acts 21:15-26

 

Thursday, October 4

Psalm 105:1-22 Seek Yahweh and his strength, tirelessly seek his presence! (v.4)

Recently, a friend of mine complained, “As the pace of my life speeds up, and the huge amount of information that comes my way each day increases, I often find myself feeling spiritually overwhelmed and emotionally drained. There are days I’m just too numb the think about God, or to pray.”

There are days I feel that way too! This leads me to some reflection about the matter. When I feel overwhelmed and drained, I find that I’m viewing my relationship with God and prayer as something to be engaged in when I have the time and energy. Yet, when I actually take the time for prayer and devotion in a hectic and information overloaded day, I don’t feel overwhelmed and drained, even though the pace of the day and the barrage of information are the same. Hmm!

Jesus promised us that when we are overburdened, overwhelmed or drained, we can come to him and be refreshed. He truly means it!

Hosea 5:8—6:6; Acts 21:27-36; Luke 6:1-11

 

Friday, October 5

Psalm 102 He will turn to hear the prayer of the destitute, and will not treat their prayer with scorn. (v.17)

For several years, I’ve joined other members of our congregation participating in a United Way Resource Day for homeless people in the Seattle area. Our ministry has been the washing of homeless people’s feet. This includes caring for their wounded feet (due to spending many days without being able to remove their wet shoes and socks). It is a profound experience!

In the intimate exchange of holding and washing their feet, they open up to us about their experience of homelessness. They often talk about longing for a different future for themselves. In that sharing, which is truly prayer, I’ve come to realize I have more in common with them than I could have ever realized. I’ve also come to know these people are very special to God, in ways I could never have imagined.

Most of all, I’ve learned that it’s actually the Risen Christ who is ministering to them through me, loving and not despising them! They have given me much more than I’ve given them.

Hosea 10:1-15; Acts 21:37—22:16; Luke 6:12-26

 

Saturday, October 6

Luke 6:27-38 “Instead, love your enemies and do good to them, and lend without any hope of return. You will have a great reward, and you will be children of the Most High, for he himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.” (v.35)

I admit that I have some difficulty not viewing people with whom I disagree as “enemies”. As I overhear conversations, watch TV, read magazines and newspapers, I’m becoming more and more aware other people are having the same difficulty.

What bothers me most about this is I was a Marine in Vietnam, willing to kill and harm people I did not know. I’ve thought a great deal about this recently. What I’ve realized is I was willing to do this violence to others because I’d depersonalized the people I considered enemies. It troubles me that I see and hear myself and others doing that same depersonalizing here and now.

Jesus gives us a vision of reunion and reconciliation of all people. He asks us to live out that vision in everyday life. That doesn’t mean we have to agree with everyone, or even to like them and their behavior. It does mean mean we are called to be kind and loving toward all people, not to depersonalize them into enemies. Tough stuff!

Hosea 11:1-9; Psalms 107:33-43, 108; Acts 22:17-29

 

Sunday, October 7

1 Corinthians 2:6-16 However, as it is written: “No eye had seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.” (v.9 NIV)

I was talking with a friend who is having severe marital struggles. There is a lot of emotional pain and the idea of hanging on to work on the marriage is almost daunting. Being apart doesn’t hurt as much as being together. Yes, they are seeking counseling.

Ultimately issues in our relationships with people reflect our relationship with God. The emotional struggles these two precious people have stem from hurts that only God can heal. And I believe He can heal them.

Throughout our conversation, the above verse kept running through my head, so I shared the words the Holy Spirit gave me. Don’t make any big moves but wait on the Lord and submit to Him. I know you don’t have the strength or courage or resolve right now. You are in pain and the idea of more pain is overwhelming. So, by the Lords’ strength do the hard work, and let Him heal both of you. You can’t imagine the plans God has for your marriage if you trust Him.

Hosea 13:4-14; Psalm 118; Matthew 14:1-12

 

Monday, October 8

Luke 6:39-49 “But the one who has heard, and not acted accordingly, is like a man who built a house on the ground without any foundation; and the torrent burst against it and immediately it collapsed, and the ruin of that house was great.” (v.49 NASB)

In the last couple of weeks (as I am writing this), the Americas have experienced 3 hurricanes and 2 earthquakes. The destruction has been unimaginable—homes leveled, lives taken, epic flooding, and so much despair. Furthermore, in some places power may not be restored for months and rescue workers can’t get to these areas to distribute badly needed supplies like food and medicine. The wake of the destruction is great. My heart breaks for those people who have lost everything and there isn’t a way forward yet.

This Scripture (while in no way referring to those suffering as a result of the natural disasters) is a powerful visualization about building your life and relationships on a solid foundation with the Lord. I’ve seen the natural disasters of life attack many people and those who have the strong deep foundation of their faith survive them. How is your flood insurance?

Hosea 14:1-9; Psalm 106:1-18; Acts 22:30—23:11

 

Tuesday, October 9

Psalm 122 I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD.” (v.1)

I like going to church. I feel at peace there and it’s one of the places the Lord speaks to me. Also, the group worship can be so powerful. If I have missed a week, I start to thirst for it.

My teenagers don’t always feel the same. It’s not necessarily for a particular reason. They would just rather do other things like sleep. I am sure there are those reading this who can relate. I am aware of the argument that it’s my house and my children need to adhere to my rules. I don’t like the idea that going to church is a rule though.

This arose recently on a Sunday morning, and we did attend church as family. My prayer that day was that my son would feel God’s love for him while he was there. I want my children to not feel that church is something they have to do. I want them to feel connected to the Lord there. I want them to worship and learn there. I want them to eventually thirst for it.

Micah 1:1-9; Psalms 120, 121, 123; Acts 23:12-24; Luke 7:1-17

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