News Flash! We met the challenge once again, and we are most grateful, as are Buzz and Amy. When the regularly scheduled group was unable to be on hand on this Friday, the Lighthouse staff emailed St Christopher’s and asked if we could help. Most grateful to Ken, Erin, Brian, Niki and Bram for being available to assist in the prep, serving and cleanup. Also on hand to observe were Erica and Jenna Muschelli, who have indicated they want to be on the distribution list of Christ Bearers. Thanks again one and all. Have a blessed and safe weekend and see you in church. THE WEEKLY WORD August 11, 2019 If you are new, or visiting for the first time, please sign our guest book in the back of the church. We hope you will consider making St. Christopher’s your church home. Don’t forget Our YARD SALE next Saturday, August 17th (rain date Saturday, August 24th) 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM. If you have items you’d still like to to donate to the church, please email John Vavala at firstname.lastname@example.org. PLEASE remember to only donate items that are gently used and still in decent/good shape. THANK YOU for your interest and support of this FUNdraiser! We hope to have a good time together, and to raise a little extra funding for our church. Friends Folk Club of Oxford Schedule: Sept. 14th – The Shades of Blue Orchestra Nov. 1st – The Heather Pierson Trio Dec. 13th – Charlie Zahm Christmas Show Sanctuary Candle: The Sanctuary Candle burns whenever the blessed elements from the Eucharist are in the Tabernacle. You can help offset the cost of this by having the candle burn in Memory, Honor or Thanksgiving. There are forms on the table in the back. An announcement will be placed in the leaflet on the Sunday you choose. The cost is $10.00. Checks can be made payable to St. Christopher’s with the notation “Sanctuary Candle” in the memo line. If you have any questions, see Mary or Pastor Mary Ann+. Ways to Support St. Christopher’s: · Purchase Giant / Martins Gift Cards · Shop at Redners with “save-a-tape” cards and turn in your receipts · Shop at smile.amazon.com and choose to support “St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church of Oxford” · Bring your used toner cartridges for us to recycle · Attend the Fundraisers: Friends Folk Club Concerts Breakfast with Santa, Cookie Walk, Soup Sales The next Vestry meeting will be held August 13th at 7:00 p.m. All members are welcome to attend. Come see how your Vestry works for this community! Commemorating 400 years of African American History and Culture: An invitation to participate in Healing Day National Bell Ringing August 25 at 3:00 pm EDT [August 6, 2019] Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia Bishop James B. Magness invite Episcopal churches to take part in a national action to remember and honor the first enslaved Africans who landed in English North America in 1619 by tolling their bells on Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 3:00 pm ET. Mark your calendars! St. Christopher’s is going to participate by having a picnic. Bring your bells and we’ll ring them at 3:00. Stay tuned for more information. A day away in a quiet place Maya Angelou said, “Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.” Similarly, when Jesus’ disciples were consumed with ministry, he urged them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest” (Mark 6:31, NIV). The late days of summer might be just the time to seek “a day away” not only from problems but even from ministry. While serving God and others can be energizing, we must balance work with rest. God set that example, resting after creating the world; Jesus set that example, calling his disciples away — not just alone, but with him — to be refreshed. Spend a relaxing day at a lake. Go on a scrapbooking retreat or a leisurely hike with a friend. Find a monastery that welcomes guests, and experience 48 hours of prayer and silence there. Invite Jesus into that time and space. And remember another message he shared: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28, NIV). The Mission of St. Christopher’s Church is to make disciples by: Embracing the lost, Encouraging the seekers, and Energizing the found to spread the Good News of Christ’s love.