Pentecost: Ways to Experience Life in the Spirit
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by Julie Chewning
4d ago
Dear Christ Church,   In this Pentecost-themed e-news, I want to point out three ways we experience life in the Spirit.   Pentecost. Fifty days after Easter we celebrate the Spirit poured out upon the Church. Did you know our Faith & Arts leaders commissioned the artwork behind our Communion Table for Pentecost? You can read the artist statement here. The side panels represent our own journey, often winding, through the mountains and valleys of life. The center panel represents the Triune God as steel, wood, and wax flow together to form a complete panel. This Sunday ..read more
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Character and Calling – Bill Walker
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by Julie Chewning
4d ago
This week’s E-News is guest-written by Bill Walker. Dear Christ Church,   Perhaps you’ve heard it said that God doesn’t call the equipped but rather equips the called. There is truth and biblical basis to this! God does indeed call and use even the most ordinary and unexpected people to accomplish his mission in the world. At the same time, this does not mean that we get a pass on the long and slow work of growing into mature character. Christians are certainly not immune to letting our apparent gifts and callings get the best of us.  Things like ability and passion in life tend to b ..read more
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Vestry Candidates 2024
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by Julie Chewning
4d ago
Dear Christ Church,   I am pleased to announce our new Vestry candidates for 2024: Clay Davis and Amy McLaughlin. You can learn more about them here. Collectively, they represent many years of servant-leadership in contexts such as Small Group Leadership, Altar Guild, Kids Quest and Children’s Ministry, Living Waters, and other forms of quiet service. They are iconic representatives of whole-life disciples, seeking their own healing in Christ and then loving and serving faithfully in response. During the 11am service on Sunday, May 12th, the parish will have the opportunity to r ..read more
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Upcoming: Men’s Retreat + Mother’s Morning Out
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by Julie Chewning
4d ago
Dear Christ Church, The Men’s Retreat is coming up soon (May 24-26) and registration is open! Josh Coulter, a member of the retreat planning committee who attended last year’s retreat, has a personal appeal for all the men of Christ Church. For those who attend the men’s retreat and have young children, a donor has generously made it possible for moms to have help with childcare Saturday morning. Read details below. Men of Christ Church, I currently have young kids and it feels trickier than ever to make time for friendship as I try my best to honor and give attention to my ..read more
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People of the Ampersand
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by Julie Chewning
3w ago
Dear Christ Church,   Cliff and Christine charged us in “The Letter to the Church at 112 Medina” to be a “People of the Ampersand.” A people who can hold the both/and of our faith. God is three and one. Jesus is human and divine. And this week, following the ending of Fr. Cliff’s time as rector of Christ Church and my own beginning, we are grieving & hopeful. As your Associate Rector for the past 6 years and so intimately woven into the life of this parish, there have been moments during this leadership transition where I have needed to take off my “pasto ..read more
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Letter to 112 Medina
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by Julie Chewning
3w ago
Dear Christ Church,   The unseen and devoted faithful run the world. This is my final “CliffNotes” to you, a weekly practice I started 15 years ago when Deacon Nancy Lewis (née Scamacca) was our first operations director. She helped us to improve our communications (like creating this enews) and take some other “growing up” steps as a small parish transitioning to a medium-sized parish. If you have ever been grateful for something I’ve written here, or that we have announced in the sections below, you can thank Nancy, or Julie Chewning who currently manages our communications. Or Kristie ..read more
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Open to love. Open to God.
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by Julie Chewning
3w ago
Dear Christ Church, These days, with every rising and setting of the sun, things feel ephemeral–beginnings and endings, letting go and picking up, the carousel of people, places, things, and time. At the center of it all is a still point, the unchanging and eternal habitation of love, beauty, friendship, glory, the holy of holies. That remains; that holds the center. This Sunday, my penultimate with you as your Rector, Christine and I will share some pastoral words, marking the moment before our Farewell Weekend. Since I will not be preaching on my final Sunday (April 21), this will be my ..read more
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Come and Celebrate!
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by Julie Chewning
1M ago
Dear Christ Church, “Servant of the Servants of God.” That is the title Gregory the Great gave to pastors. And that is what Cliff and Christine have been to Christ Church these past 18 years. I remember my first meal with the Warners. Lexie and I were eating lunch and hearing about their love for a local congregation, Christ Church, and how it was filled with everyday saints, people from all walks of life who were blessing one another and blessing Austin. I remember my first week serving in Christ Church working under Cliff. I remember Christine’s accident and how Christ Church prayed and rall ..read more
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Walking the Paschal Triduum
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by Julie Chewning
1M ago
Dear Christ Church,   Last night Jesus invited us to his table, where we dined with him as his guests and participated in the servant mysteries of Christ. Many participated in the foot washing as a symbol of sacrificial care for one another, each of us weary pilgrims who pick up dirt and sorrow from the road. Today we walk with Jesus to the cross, where he laid down his life for us, whom he calls “friends.” We not only accompany Jesus to the cross, but also pick up on our own cross and follow him. Tonight we will hear parishioners tell their own cruciform stories, sharing from t ..read more
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Holy Week
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by Julie Chewning
2M ago
Dear Christ Church, This Sunday we enter Holy Week. This is the week where we walk daily with Jesus towards his cross and resurrection. Every year during this week I slow down and imagine myself entering the story. In my imagination, I’m part of the crowd waving palm branches on Sunday with my own hopes about what I think Jesus might do for me. By Thursday, I’m in an upper room sitting near a table hearing the sound of water poured over my companions’ feet. Friday I walk furtively with others to the cross, noticing only Mary Magdalene and Mary the Mother of Jesus are brave enough to ..read more
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