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

February 14, 2016


CHILDREN’S MINISTRY : All children are invited to attend Catechesis of the Good Shepherd during services and Formation Hour. 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 services.
  • During the 9:00 a.m. service, children ages 3-9 are invited to the Baptistery during the sermon.
  • During the Christian Formation Hour, at 10:00 a.m., children ages 3-5 and 9-12 meet in the Sheepfold; children ages 6-8 meet on the Parish Hall stage.
  • During the 11:00 a.m. service, children are invited to follow the cross out of the Church during the Gloria for Catechesis. Children ages 3-5 follow the cross to the left and go to the Sheepfold. Children ages 6-8 follow the cross to the right and go to the Parish Hall stage.
  • 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.

ADULT FORMATION takes place at the 10:00 a.m. hour, in the Parish Hall:

  • Our primary topic is Anglican Spirituality. We will take occasional breaks as other topics of note arise.
  • Elizabeth Ostling will share reflections on her sabbatical journey next Sunday, February 21. She is studying spiritual formation at Gordon-Conwell and has been attending Christ the Redeemer while on sabbatical as Associate Principal Flute of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
  • CTR Orientation begins February 28 in the Baptistery. Watch for details. 

HOSPITALITY: Please join us in the Parish Hall today after the 11:00 a.m. service for food and fellowship. If you are interested in being part of the lively fellowship in the kitchen, to cook, prep, or clean up or if you would like more information, please contact Allegra Smick (email). We’d love to have you join us!

STAFF POSITION OPEN: We are currently seeking applicants for the position of church Sexton. This is a half time hourly position (20-23 hours/week). If you are interested and would like to receive a detailed job description, please contact David (email); 978-774-3163, ext. 101).

END OF YEAR GIVING STATEMENTS: We’ve received several contribution statements back in the mail marked as return to sender. If you have moved and would like your 2015 tax statement, please contact JoAnn (email; 978-774-3163, x102).


THE OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED tomorrow, February 15, for Presidents’ Day.

BAND OF BROTHERS, a group of Christ the Redeemer men, in their 20s and 30s, meets on Monday nights. Contact Joshua Eipper (email) for more info.

WINTER PLAYGROUP! Parents and preschoolers are invited to come get your wiggles out on Tuesday mornings January through March, 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall. Bring a ride-on toy (no bikes, please), a snack, a friend, and come play! Coffee, tea, and an opportunity for parents to escape to the sanctuary for quiet prayer will be provided.

WEEKLY BIBLE STUDY meets in the sacristy Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00 PM. Contact Richard Thorndike (email) for more information.

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY meets on Thursdays, 10:00-11:30 a.m. We are studying the book of Esther led by Carol Powers Sheridan. For more info, contact Kim Ober (email).

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: are observed every Friday at noon throughout Lent.

 MEN’S FELLOWSHIP BREAKFAST: Our next fellowship breakfast will take place on Saturday, February 20, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Join us as we talk and pray together about God’s call to walk as men of faith and to seek His purpose and destiny for our lives, our families, and our church. This month’s topic will be Friendship. All ages welcome; come and bring a friend. If you can provide a breakfast food item, please email David Greening.

OUR NEXT THIRD SATURDAY HEALING SERVICE takes place Saturday, February 20, 5:00 p.m. Continuing in February, and March the focus of the Third Saturday Healing Service will be on generational healing. Generational healing is an opportunity to reflect on the influence of our family tree and see where the present generation needs help in breaking a cycle of addiction or behavioral and attitudinal problems. An assessment packet is available to help you see where there are issues needing attention. No one but you will ever see your information. Our third Saturday Healing Service on March 19 will include a special Generational Healing Eucharist where we can place our completed family trees on the altar as a symbol of our desiring healing of different issues. At the conclusion of the Eucharist these papers will be burned as a sign that the past has been dealt with and that as a healed person we are ready, by God’s grace to embrace the future. Come and experience this special time in the Lord’s presence. To receive a packet please email Bob Craig.


COMPLINE: Join us for Compline Sunday, February 21 at 7:00 p.m. in the church.

DYING WELL SEMINAR: A seminar to help navigate the decision making process around end of life issues will be held Saturday, March 12. As a culture, we know more about medicine than ever before. As we approach death, we often rely upon high-tech medical interventions and potent drugs, hoping to prolong life even when these kinds of medical care may no longer be helpful and may actually cause harm. As Christians, we feel comfortable talking about what happens after we die, but we are often uncomfortable talking about the process of dying. Through Jesus’ death and resurrection, we are assured this world is not the end – there is life after our physical death. So how might this assurance change the way we prepare for and approach dying? How do we make medical decisions in light of this assurance? How do we die well from a Christian perspective?


SUNDAY NIGHT SUPPER TEAM: Having led the CTR Sunday Night Supper Team for the past several years we’ve decided to step down in 2016 and open the way for two new leaders. If you feel called, please contact us (email). Duties for six dinners annually (served on the 2nd Sunday of each even numbered month) include planning the menu, sending out advance emails to the CTR team, opening and closing the church, and generally leading the team in kitchen duties, meal prep, and dining hall setup and breakdown. Our next Supper will be held on February 14 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. ~ Blessings, Paul & Linda Dube

WE NEED YOU! Our Christ the Redeemer Welcome Committee needs to fortify its ranks! This means tending the Welcome Table in the Parish Hall for about 20 minutes after the 11:00 a.m. service once every 5-6 weeks. It gives us the opportunity for greeting and directing newcomers, especially during the fellowship lunch time. Some of our members are also ushers and we weave the schedule accordingly. Please talk to Jon or Laurie Matson in person or email us.

REMINDER: Please place HYMNALS ONLY in the pew racks. Bibles are kept at the ends of each pew.

SNOW ALERTS: If a major snow event causes us to cancel, or delay Sunday or weekday worship services or events, we will post a notice on our website, FOX TV Channel 25 Boston, and via the e-Lectio distribution list.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AT THE CHURCH: We have some minor property maintenance and cleaning tasks needing attention at the church building. If you can spare some time to tackle any of these tasks, please contact David (email).

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 increasing number of announcements directly related to the mission and ministry of Christ the Redeemer, the ADNE and other mission partners, we can no longer 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. Thank you.

CROSSINGS DEADLINE is end of workday on Tuesdays. The office staff is happy to edit your Crossings notices; however we do not have the time to write them for you. Please help us by composing a concise draft of your announcement and include all important information: dates, time, location, etc. Thank you.

PARKING REMINDER: There are designated shoulder parking areas on both sides of Elliott Street, down to, and past the entrance of the Danversport Yacht Club. You will find additional shoulder parking zones on both sides of Elliott Street just over the Beverly line. We encourage our “regulars” to park in the back portion of the church lot or on the street to leave spaces onsite for visitors, newcomers, and those needing proximity to the building. Thanks.

SERMONS AND SOME ADULT FORMATION PRESENTATIONS: Did you know that you can listen to sermons and adult formation presentations and view visuals on our website here?

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 are off, and all doors are locked when you exit the building. If you need any instruction, please ask Bryan Petko, Sexton or David Greening, Lay Minister for Administration.

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, and checking areas where you sit to be sure you’ve not forgotten to take anything home.


  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 the west side of the building and await further instructions in that location. If Christian Formation classes are in session, your children will be brought there to meet you.
  3. DO NOT MOVE YOUR CAR as this may impede fire apparatus. Await the All Clear.

CHRIST THE REDEEMER HAS A PORTABLE RAMP: If you need help with stairs, inside or outside, please contact an usher and the ramp can be placed where needed.

REMINDER: Whether you are scheduling a meeting or any other event you need to contact David (email; 978-774-3163) to get it on the calendar, and to confirm that the space you’d like to use is available.


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