Crossings is the insert in the Sunday bulletin handed out before each church service. This is an online version of that document.

July 24, 2016


VISITORS AND NEWCOMERS: The “We’re Glad You’re Here” cards will help us get to know you. The cards are located at the ends of the pews and at both entrances. If you’d like more information about CTR, or would like to know how to get connected, please complete the card and place it in the offering plate. Thank you.


CHILDREN’S MINISTRY: Younger children are invited to attend Catechesis of the Good Shepherd during services. This is a prayerful environment in which children will experience times of developmentally appropriate presentations, corporate worship, and personal “work.” If it’s your child’s first time, a parent or guardian must attend with their child in order to register and provide vital health and contact information.

  • Nursery Atrium: Care is provided for children ages 0-3 throughout the 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.
  • During the 9:00 a.m. service, children ages 3-9 are invited to the Baptistery during the sermon.
  • During the 11:00 a.m. service, children ages 3-8 are invited to follow the cross out of the church during the Sermon hymn for Catechesis in the Parish Hall. They will return at the Peace for Holy Communion.
  • During all services, the Retreat Room (in the back of the church) is provided for you to use with a restless child. From there you can see and hear the service.


THANK YOU: After a summer break, the Hospitality team will again offer meals in the fall. Please pray about how YOU can contribute to this ministry. There is need for more cooking teams, for people willing to help with prep, serving and clean up about every 4-6 weeks. We also welcome groups (like 2:42 groups, college student groups, mission teams) who are willing to take the responsibility for a meal. We pray that the Lord will lay it on your heart to come forward in the fall when the call goes out for more people to serve in this way.


BAND OF BROTHERS, Christ the Redeemer men in their 20s and 30s, meets on Monday nights. Contact Michael Schwandt ( for more info.

WEEKLY BIBLE STUDY meets in the sacristy Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Contact Richard Thorndike (978-922-3618) for more information.


ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL: Membership renewal forms for fiscal year 2016-2017 were emailed to all those listed as ACTIVE members in the church database last year. Please complete and return them via e-mail (, snail mail, or in the offering plate not later than July 15. Thank you.


HOME MEALS MINISTRY: We have recently started meal calendars for families with newborns. If you love to cook or love to help families in practical ways (or are expecting a new baby) please contact Erin Cherry ( She would love to have an email list to contact whenever a new family is added. To view the current calendars go to Recipient: Gosnell, Password: Gosnell. Meal calendars are also shared on our Facebook CTR Parent’s and Women’s pages.


OUR THIRD SATURDAY HEALING SERVICE takes place on Saturday, August 20, 5:00 p.m. Come and take advantage of this special time in the Lord’s presence.

MUSIC OPPORTUNITIES: God gives us gifts with which to serve him; use your musical talents by participating with Christ the Redeemer music ensembles. New members welcome!

  • Choir of Christ the Redeemer, for adults and high school students, rehearses in the church, 7:15-9:15 p.m., Thursdays starting September 1. Fr. Tim has said that the choir is like a small church, in that we are a community that prays and cares for each other. New members are welcome and needed. Child care might be available on request. The choir will sing the 11:00 a.m. service most Sundays, September 11 through Trinity Sunday in June, as well as special services such as Festal Days, Choral Evensong, All Souls, Christmas Lessons & Carols, Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, and the Holy Week Triduum. Contact Minister of Music Dan McKinley (978-774-3163×105;
  • Seraphim Choir (grades 4 and up), starting Wednesday, September 14, 4:00-5:15 p.m. By participating in the choir program, children will be equipped to make music to the Lord their whole life. Contact Dan McKinley.
  • Cherubim Choir (grades 1-3), starting Wednesday, September 14, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Establish the foundation of music making with this engaging program. Contact Dan McKinley or Cyndi Kreyling (


PARISH PICNIC: On Sunday, July 31, following the 11:00 a.m. service, we will hold our annual Parish Picnic. Join us at the home of Barbara Sears (25 Gardner St., Hamilton). Pack up your sandwiches, salads, snacks, desserts, and beverages. There is a swimming pool, tennis court, and area to play baseball; bring your suits, towels, and tennis & baseball equipment. Enjoy a fun time with fellow parishioners.

ROMANIA NEWS: The Christ the Redeemer Youth Mission Trip to Romania has been meeting to prepare for their trip in August. The team has nine CTR members, including Fr. Tim, Peter and Allegra Smick, four high school students and two college students. They depart August 7 for two weeks of mission to the New Horizons Viata mission in the mountains of Transylvania, where they will help build a new Ropes Course for their Viata program. They have their packing list, itinerary, reservations and airline tickets. Their last fundraiser was on Friday, but they are still hoping to raise $1,000 through donations. Any donations in excess of our travel expenses will go toward the $4,000 cost of the Ropes Course materials. You may donate to this mission by check, marked Romania Mission on the memo line, or by donating on the website using the Online Giving button and the Romania Short Term Mission category. They are also looking for a team of prayer supporters. If you want to support the trip with your regular prayers email us ( They are grateful for all the support from our congregation. Thank you.


AMIRAH DIRECT CARE VOLUNTEER TRAINING: Amirah, one of the local missions we support, is holding a training event on Wednesday, July 27 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Living Hope Church (556 Cabot Street, Beverly). Amirah strives “to provide a refuge for those seeking to break free from exploitation and heal in community on their journey toward lasting hope.” If you are in interested in volunteering please attend this event or email: for more information.


CONTAINER GARDENER NEEDED! We are in need of a volunteer to take charge of our container gardens at the entrances to the church. Tasks would involve purchasing and planting seasonal blooms/grasses/greens in the containers, as well as keeping them watered throughout each season and pulling the occasional weed. If you have a creative bent for container gardening and feel called to minister in this area, please contact David Greening (; 978-774-3163, x101).


IN THE EVENT OF A FIRE ALARM SOUNDING: 1) Proceed in an orderly manner to the nearest FIRE EXIT. Notify an usher if you need assistance. 2) Walk to the Rallying Point on the lawn in front of the Sheepfold trailer on west side of building; await further instructions in that location. If Formation classes are in session, your children will be brought there to meet you. 3) DON’T MOVE YOUR CAR as this may impede fire apparatus. Await the All Clear.


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AT THE CHURCH: We need one or two volunteers to do some interior and exterior painting. Some prior experience is a plus. If you are interested, please contact David Greening (


BIO-COMPOSTABLE PRODUCTS: If you are using Christ the Redeemer’s kitchen for one of your meetings or events feel free to use the bio-compostable plates, bowls, utensils, and cups, provided by the church, that are stored under the island. If you have any questions, please see Karen O’Keefe.

CROSSINGS DEADLINE is end of day on Tuesdays. Please compose a concise announcement including all important information: dates, time, location, etc. Thank you.

ARE YOU RECEIVING E-LECTIO? If you would like to receive e-Lectio, the weekly newsletter of Christ the Redeemer, please visit our website ( On the lower portion of the homepage you will find instructions for subscribing.

PERSONAL ANNOUNCEMENTS IN CROSSINGS: Due to the number of announcements directly related to the mission and ministry of Christ the Redeemer, the ADNE and other mission partners, we do not accept personal announcements. We encourage you to post your employment, housing and other “classified ad” announcements (in as few words as possible) to our CTR Facebook page at: Thank you.

BUILDING SECURITY: If you are the person in charge of a ministry event or meeting at the church, it is your responsibility to see that lights and space heaters are off, and all doors are locked when you exit the building. Questions, call David Greening at the office.

THANK YOU FOR HELPING US KEEP THE CHURCH NEAT by not bringing coffee or other refreshments into the church, taking your bulletin and inserts home to read or dropping them in the blue recycle bins, and checking areas where you sit to be sure you haven’t left anything behind.

THURSDAY MORNING MEN’S BREAKFAST IN BOSTON: Would you enjoy a mid-week Bible teaching and an excellent breakfast in the company of some good men? Then the Thursday Morning Men’s Breakfast may be just what you need. We meet in Boston just down from the State House, 7:30-8:30, every Thursday morning (we might even be able to give you a ride in-and-out!). For info, please contact Dennis Dixon (; 978-526-4795) or Willard Cook.



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