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Tenth Anniversary Celebration

of St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church calling the Rev. Dr. Mary Ann Mertz to serve as Rector

Today is a special day in the life of this parish when we will gather to celebrate the tenth anniversary of our calling of the Rev. Dr. Mary Ann Mertz to serve as our Rector. These has been momentous and transformative years together and we hope that you will join us for the Eucharistic liturgy that will be celebrate at 10:00 AM (live-streamed). It will be followed by fellowship and a time for remembrance. We are excited to mark our time together and to move into the next chapter of our parish future, strong in faith, and hope, and love.

We hope you will join us – tomorrow – and as we move into the future!

WORSHIP

Worship Leaflet for Sunday, December 5 – Second Sunday of Advent

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In the Episcopal Church, the Worship of God is at the center of our life together and forms us as a community of faith. We gather to worship God and to be made holy so that we may serve God and one another in all of the places where we live and work and where people are seeking someone to listen and to care, to offer kindness and an experience of Christ’s love.

Since worship is central to our life together, we celebrate Holy Eucharist on Sunday at 8:30 AM and again at 10:00 AM. We are now gathering INSIDE THE CHURCH. We have the chairs appropriately spaced so you can maintain a safe distance from other congregants. We CONTINUE TO WEAR MASKS in addition to remaining appropriately distanced. We are grateful that many, if not most, who are attending worship have been vaccinated and that approval has now been extended to children ages 5-11 to also receive the vaccine. We continue to wear masks in order to protect our youngest children and others who have not been vaccinated. so that all may feel and be safe. We continue to do this out of love for one another. Let us continue to pray for those who are sick and for those who may be fearful. May we continue to do all that we can to help others during this continuing time of concern for our loved ones, neighbors, and people across the country and around the globe, that other variants may not arise and that soon this pandemic will be alleviated everywhere on earth.

In addition to being able the attend the 10:00 AM liturgy in-person, it is also live-streamed for those who are not able to be with us. You are always invited to add your name to the Chat Box so that we know who is gathering in this way and you may offer a prayer for any of your loved ones or for a special need by placing it in the chat box as well. In whatever way you gather, you are always welcome at St. Christopher’s.

We will celebrate the liturgy with both Word and the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist. We will receive only in one kind, the bread, following the guidelines of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania. Please follow the guidance of the Ushers at the time for communion.

Following the liturgy, you may spend some time with each other. Please remember to remain appropriately distanced and continue to wear your mask during this time, as well.

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You can find us regularly on St. Christopher’s Church YouTubeSubscribe to our channel, check out what is live-streaming or watch videos that have previously been aired. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1EwdTY0RpDjU9O1cdg1aTA 

A Prayer for the Power of the Spirit among the People of God

Our Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry has asked all of us to pray for all who are mourning due to the coronavirus, keeping in mind that we have crossed a major threshold with over 750,000 people having died because of it. We were asked to continue to pray this prayer from Pentecost Sunday through the first Sunday in September, 2020, never imagining that the pandemic would continue much beyond that. Since the virus is still with us, we are choosing to continue praying this prayer until we return to a time when we can fully gather together to worship God in spirit and in truth. “This prayer – crafted by a team of Lutheran and Episcopal prayer leaders in light of the COVID pandemic – is meant to unite us in common prayer and revive us for common mission, wherever and however we may be gathered.”

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry praying the prayer: https://www.facebook.com/episcopalian/videos/2609858725901243/

God of all power and love,
we give thanks for your unfailing presence
and the hope you provide in times of uncertainty and loss.
Send your Holy Spirit to enkindle in us your holy fire.
Revive us to live as Christ’s body in the world:
a people who pray, worship, learn,
break bread, share life, heal neighbors,
bear good news, seek justice, rest and grow in the Spirit.
Wherever and however we gather,
unite us in common prayer and send us in common mission,
that we and the whole creation might be restored and renewed,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

May this be a time of grace and unity and may we use it to learn how to more deeply love and offer our lives in service to the common good.

May the peace of God which passes all understanding keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God and of his Son, Jesus, and may the blessing of God rest upon you this day and always.

The Rev. Dr. Mary Ann Mertz, Rector
(Most call me Pastor Mary Ann)
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Because we want everyone to be included, St. Christopher’s is so happy to be able to provide a hearing loop to those who wear hearing aids. Just switch your hearing aid to ‘T’ to access the loop. If you do not wear a hearing aid and wish to have the benefit of the loop, you may ask the ushers and they will give you a headset to use.

And now, the sound system has been connected to a professional live-streaming camera so that we may have high quality sound and picture when live-streaming our services. The 10:00 AM liturgy is live-streamed.

Please click HERE for the Order of Compline

Here is the Video of the Crosses made by parishioners for Good Friday liturgy and the Veneration of the Cross

PLEASE HELP! – Dottie Baker’s Son, Buddy

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Dottie Baker has been a long-standing member of St. Christopher’s and is beloved. Many of the children of the church walk in faith because of her teaching. Now, she needs our help!

I hope everyone will respond generously to the Go Fund Me appeal for her son, Buddy. He has been diagnosed with Stage 3 cancer and needs unbelievably expensive treatments. Dottie received some good news this week. Enough has been raised so that he can have his first treatment soon. Now we need to continue to contribute so that he can receive the other two scheduled treatments. You are amazing and Dottie and her son are so grateful.

FYI – the parish itself has helped Dottie who has given her life in loving service to this parish and its children. The Outreach Committee has given some of its budgeted fund, I have contributed out of the Rector’s Discretionary Fund that you so generously contribute to on the first Sunday of every month (Oh wait! That’s today!) and our bishop, +Bishop Daniel Gutierrez has also made a contribution from his Bishop’s Discretionary Fund. I thought you should know. Thanks to all of you too! Dottie told me recently he is making some improvement. Let’s keep going!

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Upcoming Events

ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP EVERY FIRST SATURDAY – 10 AM

A group has been started here at St. Christopher’s with leaders trained by the Alzheimer’s Association. The Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group is now meeting the FIRST Saturday of EVERY month. It is intended be a group that will support anyone who is caring for a person who has Alzheimer’s, dementia, or any other memory issue. This is a group where you will receive materials to help you learn more about the disease and how to care your loved ones. Please spread the word if you know someone who might need a group like this. It is open to caregivers throughout the area. Come and receive a little care for yourself and leave feeling encouraged and supported.

DUE TO COVID-19 AND THE DESIRE TO LIMIT THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, THE ALZHEIMER’S GROUP WILL NOT MEET AGAIN IN PERSON UNTIL THE ALL CLEAR IS GIVEN FROM THE ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION. PLANS ARE BEING MADE, HOWEVER, TO HOLD VIRTUAL MEETINGS. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL BE FORTHCOMING.

YOU WILL BE HELD IN OUR PRAYER AND PLEASE CONTACT ST. CHRISTOPHER’S IF YOU HAVE A PASTORAL EMERGENCY. rector@stchrisoxford.org or 610-932-8134

Giving

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News Flash!

How fun it was to celebrate COOKIE WALK – CHRISTMAS IN JULY! The vestry enjoyed packaging the cookies and delivering them to parishioners. Thanks to Zach Slaughter for putting together this great video for us so that we get to see our parish family! We hope you enjoyed the cookies and that you know how much you are loved! Enjoy this feast for your eyes!

“Exalt the LORD our God and worship at his footstool; [for] he is holy” (Psalm 99:5, NIV).

In-Person Parish Worship is suspended UNTIL THE END OF AUGUST AND POSSIBLY LONGER due to precautions taken to “flatten the curve” of COVID-19 in hopes that in doing so we can slow the spread of this virus that has been declared a global pandemic.

In addition, all parish events, rehearsals, meetings, and gatherings are canceled until further notice. We will be following the advice of +Bishop Gutierrez and the Diocese of Pennsylvania, government officials, health officials, and “common sense” as Dr. Fauci recently encouraged us.

We hope that you will be able to use part of this time of self-isolation in prayer for those who are suffering in body, mind, or spirit. May we love one another by protecting each other’s health and that of our families by doing all that we can to think first of how our actions affect the common good. And may we not be overcome by fear but be blessed by God’s grace and peace and live in Christ’s love even though we cannot now gather together.

FRIENDS FOLK CLUB

The Friends Folk Club will have no concerts this summer or fall. The earliest that we will resume is the Annual Charlie Zahm Christmas Concert in December. Stay tuned! Keep your fingers crossed!

What a wonderful concert that will be with family and friends together again!

OTHER

While we have canceled live events, the parish is still working and striving to “spread the Good News of Christ’s Love.” Many parishioners have been involved in making and distributing masks so that other may stay safe and in compliance with the state regulations to wear masks when shopping for groceries or other essentials. The vestry continues its work. During this time, the members are making calls to all parishioners in order to remain connected and to see if there are any needs. We know that parishioners are serving other parishioners, even as they as practicing social distancing. We continue to grow strong in faith, hope, and love during this time and continue in prayer and works of mercy. If you need anything from the rector or from the vestry, please do not hesitate to ask.

Contact Us

We look forward to the time when health officials clear us to once again hold services following the suspension of them due to COVID-19. When we return to having services again, we invite you to come worship on Sunday Morning at one of our two Holy Communion services:

8:30 a.m. is a quieter and more reflective celebration of Holy Communion. At the 10:30 a.m.  liturgy, we worship in prayer and song. Congregational singing is an important part of our worship and we sing hymns and songs using both traditional and contemporary resources. The choir and musicians add beauty and spirit and liturgical ministers of all ages serve in various capacities throughout the liturgy. The full and active participation of all who gather is important, including our children and youth. All are welcome in this place.

At 9:30 each week, we offer Christian Formation and Education between the services. Episcopal 101 is for adults and youth who want to grow in their faith and fulfill their baptismal promises of being “faithful to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship.”

Join us for Fellowship Time after the services

St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church

116 Lancaster Pike

Oxford, PA 19363

email: stchris@stchrisoxford.org

Telephone: 610-932-8134

Rector: Rev. Dr. Mary Ann Mertz

Email: rector@stchrisoxford.org

Phone: 502-489-1337

Parish Administrator: Mary Clark Admin@stchrisoxford.org