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

August 21, 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.

PARISH PICNIC: Join us following the 11:00 a.m. service today for our annual Parish Picnic. It is being held 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.

THANK YOU: After their summer break the Hospitality Team at Christ the Redeemer is looking forward to preparing meals again starting in September. When many participate the work is shared and the fellowship is enhanced. We welcome new participants in this ministry and invite any who might be interested to join us. We try to schedule teams so that you are responsible every 4-6 weeks, depending on your availability. If you would like to help on a cooking team, a prep team or a cleanup team, contact Allegra (


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.

MEN’S COOKOUT: Christ the Redeemer’s Men’s Ministry is hosting a cookout at the home of Caleb & Bonny Loring on Saturday, August 27 at 2:00 p.m. If you have not already received our email invitation with details and would like to attend, contact David at the church office (; 978-774-3163). It will be a great opportunity to fellowship with one another and talk about our plans for the fall.

GORDON COLLEGE RIDE SHARE: We would like to provide rides for Gordon College students desiring to attend either our 9:00 or 11:00 a.m. services. If you live in a reasonable proximity to the college and would be willing to be an “on call” ride to and from church, please let us know. There will be a Ride Share link on our website ( for students to contact the office for help with rides. Your phone/cell/text info would be protected and only given to specific students for direct contact with you. If you can help, even occasionally, respond to or call Jo Ann at the office (978-774-3163, ext. 102).



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 (


SAVE THE DATE NOTES: The following dates are of note; more information to come. Mark the dates in your calendars now.

  • September 10 – Kayaks for Clean Water
  • September 18 – Kickoff Cookout and Annual Meeting
  • October 6-8 – Becoming Whole Conference


PC NEEDED: The church office is in need of a desktop or laptop PC, in good working condition, running Windows Vista or later. If you have one you’d like to donate, please contact David (; 978-774-3163).

LOST & FOUND ITEMS: We have accumulated a number of Lost & Found items, including clothing items. They will be available to peruse in the Parish Hall.  Anything not claimed in the next couple of weeks will be donated to charity.

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.

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.

DECISION AMERICA TOUR: Members of Christ the Redeemer will join with churches from across New England at the upcoming Decision America prayer rally to stand together and publicly confess our sins as individuals, and as a nation, and call on God to heal our land. The tour, organized by Rev. Dr. Franklin Graham, comes to Boston Common on Tuesday, August 30, from 12:00-1:00 p.m. For complete details visit:



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