Early look at Sunday’s Scripture Readings

Do you know each Sunday’s Scripture readings are posted, with links to the text, a few days early on the CTR website? Visit: http://ctrnorthshore.org/scripture/ if you’d like to familiarize yourself with any week’s reading in advance. Be sure the date at the top of the page is correct, since updates aren’t posted at the same time each week.  ...

How to join the CTR Romania trip without leaving your couch

It’s not too late to join this summer’s CTR Youth Mission Trip to Romania — at least in spirit. And doing it this way won’t require spending more than 11 hours in airplanes in each direction or perhaps even more difficult, convincing the leaders you’re a teenager. To become a regular prayer partner, please send your email address to journey2lupeni@gmail.com.  From the organizers: “We will put you on a list to receive regular updates on prayer requests, and the status of our journey.  Your prayer support is important to us.” To follow along, frequently visit journey2lupeni.blogspot.com. Leaders and students will update the blog as often as they’re able with text and photos. It’s also not too late to chip in toward the cost of the trip by attending a CTR event that will include fundraising or making a direct donation online through the church’s online giving portal (be sure to select Romania Short Term Mission”) or by check.  ...

CTR Romania team within $1,000 of fundraising goal (updates: surpasses!)

  UPDATE (June 23): Great news from Allegra Smick, who reports, “The $1,000 we needed has come in from several generous donors. We have $500 toward the $4,000 needed for the ropes course in hand. Thanks be to God. “ —– After efforts that included washing cars and preparing food the congregation, The Christ the Redeemer team of young people and adult advisers heading to Romania this summer is within $1,000 of its fundraising goal with two weeks to go before its July 1 target date. If the group surpasses the goal, excess funds will go toward supplies for the ropes course the team will build with the Viata program run by CTR missions partners Dana and Brandi Bates. The CTR team will be led by Father Tim Clayton, Allegra Smick and Peter Smick. Student participants include Ian Clayton, Jairen Milette, Matthew Ravichandran, Amy Thissell, Joe Sherratt and Katie Steininger. If you’d like to help, you can buy snacks from Romania team members at on the evening of Friday, June 17, during the 7:30 p.m. showing of War Room at the church. Other  options for supporting the team financially include visiting the CTR online giving page and selecting the Romania Short-term Mission option or placing a check in a Sunday collection plate with Romania Short-term Mission in the memo field. The trip is scheduled for August 7 – 21 (this is a new return date) and also is being supported by the CTR Executive Outreach Team.          ...

Summer Sundays and children’s service

Please note there is no 10 a.m. Children’s Formation Hour during the summer. Young children will, however, continue to meet in the baptistry for special instruction. Children will continue to leave the 11 a.m. service upon cue for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and will return before...

Romania beckons CTR young people and adult leaders

A group of Christ the Redeemer young people and  adult leaders is preparing to fly 4,500 miles to Romania this summer to help build a ropes course at an adventure camp and stretch themselves spiritually at the same time. Led by Father Tim Clayton, Allegra Smick and Peter Smick, the team is scheduled to work with the Viata program run by CTR missions partners Dana and Brandi Bates. Student participants include  Ian Clayton, Jairen Milette, Matthew Ravichandran, Amy Thissell, Joe Sherratt and Katie Steininger. Members of the group are continuing to raise funds for the August 7-21 trip, which is being sponsored by the CTR Executive Outreach Team. (Please note the return date is new following a change.) As of the first week in June, they needed to raise $1,000 more for the trip and hoped to raise additional funds to help defray the cost of $4,000 in materials for the ropes course. Dana and Brandi Bates are graduates of Gordon College and have been working in Romania for 16 years, focusing their energies on the country’s teenagers. Father Tim helped with the project at the time it was founded.    ...