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


November 22, 2015

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY : 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 care is provided for children ages 0-3 in the nursery during the 9:00 and 11:00 services.
  • Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is offered to children ages 3-9 during the 9:00 and 11:00 services. Children depart for Catechesis immediately before the sermon to hear and reflect on Scripture, responding in prayer and song. They return at the Peace for Holy Communion. During the 9:00 service, children meet in the Baptistery. During the 11:00 service, they meet in the Parish Hall, following the cross out during the Sermon hymn.
  • Children’s 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. This will resume next Sunday, November 8.
  • During 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.The Anglican Spirituality class will take place at the 9:00 a.m. hour ().

ADULT FORMATION IN ADVENT: These offerings take place in the Parish Hall at the 10:00 a.m. hour.

  • November 22: Anglican Spirituality
  • November 29: No Adult Formation
  • December 6, 13, 20: Fatherhood

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 (email). There is always room for more workers in this ministry. Friendships bud and grow in in the warm environment of the CTR kitchen. We’d love to have you join us!

NEW TO CHRIST THE REDEEMER? Hopefully you’ve filled out a Connection Card (found in the pews or at the entrance doors), but even if you haven’t, we invite you join us at the Newcomers Event Sunday night, November 22, 6:00-8:00 p.m., in the Parish Hall. College students, singles, family friendly – Come for pizza, salad, and more; bring your questions and mingle with the clergy and a few CTR folks in a smaller setting. RSVP to JoAnn at the church office (978-774-3163; so we have an estimate for food prep. “Consequently you are no longer foreigners and strangers but fellow citizens and members of His household.” Ephesians 2:19

LOVE WORKING WITH CHILDREN? There is a paid position available in our nursery. We are also in need of regular volunteers for both the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. services. Volunteers would only be scheduled once per month, so this is a family-friendly ministry! If you are interested, or would just like to learn more, please contact Blake or Ericka Shepard (email).

MISSING: One of the church’s Epson video projectors is missing. If you have seen it anywhere around the building, or borrowed it and forgot to let us know, please contact David (email).


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

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

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY will not meet this Thursday, November 26, but please join us when we resume on Thursday, December 3, 10:00-11:30 a.m. We are studying the book of Ruth. Come to the shepherd’s fields of Bethlehem and glean God’s riches from his word, his love, his faithfulness to us as our kinsman-redeemer. A study of Esther will follow mid-winter, both led by Carol Powers Sheridan. For more information, contact Kim Ober (email).

HOLY EUCHARIST will be celebrated on Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 10:00 a.m. 

THANKSGIVING POTLUCK DINNER: Our 6th annual Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26 in the Parish Hall. The turkeys will be provided by the church, but culinary contributions are welcome from those attending. We’ll need salads, vegetable dishes, potatoes, stuffing, bread, relishes, desserts, appetizers, and beverages. Arrive after 1:00 p.m. to smell the turkeys cooking and enjoy some appetizers before dinner. If you would like to attend, contact Becky Cottingham (email) and let her know what food you will be bringing, how many will be attending, and  if you can help in some way. 

THE OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED on Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29. 


CHRIST THE REDEEMER ANGEL MINISTRY begins Sunday, November 29. Be an angel to a child living in poverty. Take an angel off our tree in the Parish Hall by Sunday, December 6. Record your name and contact information beside the child’s name and tag number in the sign up folder. Bring the gift back no later than Sunday, December 13 in a Christmas gift bag with tissue paper tucked on top. Tie the angel tag you took onto the bag. Gifts are checked in and removed from under the tree regularly. Please pray during Advent for the child you chose. Every child receives two items of much needed new clothing. Want to help in other ways?

  • Help process gifts on December 6 & 13 after the 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. services
  • Assist with deliveries
  • Pray for this ministry

To help, contact Maud (email).

KIRKIN’ O’ THE TARTAN EVENSONG: Celebrate the Feast of St. Andrew on Sunday, November 29, 5:00 p.m., with the Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan Evensong in the church. St. Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland, and bagpiper Jared Samost will be on hand to provide festive Scottish-Celtic sounds. You are invited to bring items from your own national heritage to place on the altar for blessing, and if you have a traditional national costume, you’re welcome to wear it. (These are not limited to things Scottish.) Above all, participate in the service of Evening Prayer as we pray for the peoples of all nations with music sung by the congregation. A festive reception will follow in the Parish Hall.

HOLD THE DATE – WORK DAY:  Helpers are needed on Saturday, December 5, to assist with a variety of tasks (mostly inside) around the church property. We’ll plan to start around 8:00 a.m. and finish by 1:30 p.m. Any time you can give us will be greatly appreciated and we thank you in advance! A couple of assignments may require experience with power tools, but generally no particular skills are necessary. It’s a great way to make new friends as we labor together caring for God’s house. If you can join us, please contact David at the church office (


NURSING HOME OUTREACH OPPORTUNITY: Hunt Nursing Home (Lindall Street, Danvers) is looking for people in the community who play bridge and who might be willing to stop by and play on occasion with a couple of the residents. If you are interested, contact Sue Berg, Activities Director (978-777-3740, ext. 226). This is a great opportunity to bring some good news to shut-ins. Parishioner Lewis Austin visits shut-ins regularly and talk to you about the joy it brings to those he visits (email).

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.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AT THE CHURCH: There are some minor property maintenance and cleaning tasks that need to be completed at the church building. If you can spare some time to tackle any of these tasks, please contact David (email).

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.

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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.

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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