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YOU BELONG HERE . . . and we want you to know we will be praying for all in the community during this time that we will not be gathering together. All worship services are suspended on March 15, 22, and 29 due to the concerns over COVID-19.

Yet, whoever you are or for whatever reason that you are looking at this website, we want you to know that in the Episcopal Church and particularly from the people of St. Christopher’s you will receive the Welcome of Christ.

As all of us are all to aware, COVID-19 is radically reshaping how that “Welcome of Christ” looks during this time of national and global crisis. I never thought that I would ever write that perhaps the clearest way to show Christ’s love and welcome is to distance ourselves from sisters and brothers in order to protect them and those they love from a novel virus that has overtaken our world. Yet, that is what we are being advised by national health officials to do. This is a time like none other.

In the Scripture readings of March 15, we find in the passage from Romans 5: 1-11.

“Since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ . . . and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.”

This is indeed a time of suffering but it is in this time of darkness that we can see the light of hope. It is already happening with people caring for one another, sacrificing our wants and needs for the common good. Who would have ever thought that March madness would not refer to the fun of basketball being played and the millions of people gathered to enjoy the games, but rather to the unbelievable rise of a novel virus and a global pandemic sweeping not only our country, but disrupting lives and upending everything as we have known it. Who would have ever thought that during the holy season of Lent we would be fasting from gathering for Holy Eucharist and finding creative ways to remain connected to community worship through the wonders of online resources.

We are being encouraged to self-isolate and if ill to self-quarantine in order to “flatten the curve” and slow the progression of the virus. In our isolation, we perhaps are becoming more connected with others and more unified. I read recently that in Spain, people were encouraged to go to their balconies at a specific time to make noise and acclaim the health care workers. It was said that you could hear the unified voice of the people being raised across the city. I am praying that similar things will be possible in our own country, perhaps not through the raising of our voices together, but in our unified actions to put others first. While we cannot gather in common places, we can continue to connect with other people by phone or through electronic means. I invite you to pray for one another. If you think of someone, please consider that a nudge of the Spirit and give them a call. Follow the guidelines that are being set forth, but if you are able to help another with groceries or other needs, it could be a blessing. I understand some grocery stores are also delivering or packaging food so that it can just be picked up when you arrive.

The most important thing to do for one another, however, is to pray. Please know that each of you and all of you remain in my thoughts and prayers.

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.

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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 UNTIL THE ALL CLEAR IS GIVEN FROM THE ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION . YOU WILL BE HELP IN OUR PRAYER AND PLEASE CONTACT ST. CHRISTOPHER’S IF YOU HAVE A PASTORAL EMERGENCY. rector@stchrisoxford.org or 610-932-8134

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News Flash!

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

Parish Worship is suspended for three weeks, March 15, March 22, and March 29 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.

Lenten Book Study POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Our Lenten Book Study began on Thursday evening, February 27, with the viewing of the film, Harriett, followed the next week with the discussion of Part I of The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. Once we receive the all clear from health officials, we are hopeful that we can reconvene this Book Study, especially since it is helping us look at one of the three topics given to us by The Episcopal Church to address during this time until the next General Convention, that is, Racial Justice.

FRIENDS FOLK CLUB

The Friends Folk Club will have no concerts in the spring but will return with a Charlie Zahm Concert on September 25. Mark your calendar now!

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

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