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

May 29, 2016


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.


HOSPITALITY: Today is the final Hospitality Meal before the summer break. Please join us for food and fellowship at the 11:00 a.m. service. We want to thank all who have participated in the Hospitality Ministry this year. Thank you to the many individuals who offered themselves for service in the kitchen. Their regular contributions made table fellowship an important part of our community growth this year. We had teams of lead cooks, prep cooks, servers, clean up crews, sandwich makers, and soup makers, who gave regularly of their time and resources. 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, missions 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.



THE OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED on Monday, May 30 for the Memorial Day holiday.

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

TUESDAY PRAYER: Please join us this Tuesday, May 31, in the Parish Hall, from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., to pray for our clergy, churches, our country and the elections, Israel and the Middle East, and the persecuted church. “You do not have because you do not ask God.” (James 4:28). For more information, please contact Linda (

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

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY is now on summer break. They will resume in September.




RECTOR’S FORUM: Fr. Tim will hold a Rector’s Forum on Sunday, June 5, 10:00 a.m., in the Parish Hall.

CHURCH MUSIC PRESENTATION: Minister of Music Dan McKinley will present a 3-week discussion of the history, theology, and glory of church music on Sundays, June 12, 19, 26, 10:00 a.m., in the pews near the organ. Come, and discover what you didn’t know you wanted to know!

SUMMER NURSERY HELP NEEDED: We are looking for help (paid position or volunteers) in the nursery this summer; our regular team will be a bit thin, and we really need assistants. No long term commitment, even if we could get a few people to help 1 or 2 Sundays (particularly at 9:00 a.m.) this summer, we would really appreciate it. Please contact Ericka Shepard (

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: Neill, Password: Neill; Recipient: Hanson, Password: Hanson. Meal calendars are also shared on our Facebook CTR Parent’s and Women’s pages.

MOVIE NIGHT: Mark your calendars now! On Friday, June 17 at 7:00 p.m. we will be screening War Room. This is the fifth release from brothers Alex and Stephen Kendrick, whose previous projects include: Facing the Giants, Courageous, and Fireproof. War Room follows the lives of Tony and Elizabeth Jordan, a couple who seemingly have it all – great jobs, a beautiful daughter, and a dream home. But appearances can be deceiving. In reality, their marriage has become a war zone and their daughter is collateral damage. With guidance from Miss Clara, an older, wiser woman, Elizabeth discovers she can start fighting for her family instead of against them, as the power of prayer and Elizabeth’s newly energized faith transform her life. This film is rated PG for thematic elements.

ROMANIA NEWS: This summer a team is traveling to Romania to work with our missions partners Dana and Brandi Bates, from August 7-20, to join the New Horizons mission to help them build a new ropes course and participate in one of the Viata summer youth camps with Romanian teens. Dana and Brandi use the tools of outdoor adventure to bring the message of the gospel to young teens. Our team is raising money to help subsidize the cost of the trip and for purchasing materials to build the ropes course. Please pray for them as they plan and raise funds for this mission. If you are in high school or college and interested in this trip, contact Fr. Tim ( or Allegra Smick (




CLOTHING NEEDED: The guests at the Action Shelter are in need of one new bra and two pairs of panties, each, for 11 women and new boxer briefs and men’s dark colored undershirts for 23 men. If you can help, and to get size and delivery info, contact Maud Warren, Cape Ann Interfaith Commission (978-283-8150;

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 booms/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, feel free to use the bio-compostable plates, bowls, utensils, and cups that are stored under the island. If you have any questions, please see Karen O’Keefe.

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.

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

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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