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

April 17, 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 a.m. 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.
  • 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.

     Today – Anglican Spirituality

HOSPITALITY – SUPPORT ROMANIA TRIP: Today the Romania Youth Missions Team is sponsoring the Missions Pizza Lunch. Funds will be used to subsidize the cost of the travel and contribute to supplies used to build the new Ropes Course at the New Horizons Mission in Romania, run by Dana & Brandi Bates. Please donate $5-$10 today as you pick up your pizza. Look at the flyer to hear more about both the trip and ways you can help make it happen as well as the Mothers’ Day Casserole opportunity. The team has added a new member this week, and another is praying about joining us as well. God is blessing us. We invite you to join in this blessing by offering your generous financial support; so please join us in the Parish Hall today after the 11:00 a.m. service for food and fellowship.



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

FIRST TUESDAY PRAYER: Due to last week’s weather First Tuesday Prayer has been rescheduled to this Tuesday, April 12, in the Parish Hall, from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., to pray for our churches, state, elections, country, Israel and the Middle East, and the persecuted church. “…that you may know His incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of His mighty strength, which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 19-20). For more info, 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 meets on Thursdays, 10:00-11:30 a.m. We’re studying Ruth then Esther; led by Carol Powers Sheridan. Contact Kim ( for more information.

CHURCH RETREAT: Join us this Saturday, April 30 from 9:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. for a retreat on the topic “Is that you God?” Distinguishing Between Our Voices and God’s. What tools do we have to discern if it is God who is “speaking” to us (or leading us) versus our own will that is doing the prompting? What’s the difference between wishful thinking and God-given desire? The retreat will include a blend of teaching, quiet time, and sharing. Bring journals and/or sketch pads. Questions? Ask retreat facilitator Wendy Dixon, ( A donation of $10 is suggested, but not required.



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. We currently have two families with newborns and two families with babies due in April. 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.

CHORAL EVENSONG: Sunday, May 1, 5:00 p.m., in the church, with incense. Choral Evensong is possibly the most distinctive Anglican service and is noted for its thrilling music. The Choir of Christ the Redeemer and the Seraphim Choir will sing music by David Cooper, Gideon Cox, Charles Stanford, and Toby Wardman. The congregation will sing hymns; Fr. Brian Barry will officiate; Fr. Malcolm Reid will preach a brief homily. Child care will be provided; a reception will follow. Invite family, friends, and neighbors.

10 DAYS OF PRAYER NORTH SHORE MAY 5-14: We once again are joining with other churches on the North Shore to worship and pray as a demonstration of unity in the church. Christ the Redeemer will be hosting on Thursday, May 5, 6:00 p.m. Join us for Holy Eucharist as we celebrate the Feast of the Ascension and unite together in prayer. More information to come.

SPRING CLEANUP DAY: Mark your calendar now! Helpers are need on Saturday, May 7 to assist with a variety of cleanup tasks around the church property. We’ll plan to start around 8:00 a.m. and finish by 1:30 p.m. A couple of assignments may require experience with power tools (chain saws, leaf blowers, etc.) but most involve rakes, clippers and brooms. All ages welcome. 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 (978-774-3163, x101;

RACHEL WEEPING: A service of healing for those affected by the loss of life in the womb will take place on Saturday, May 21 at 5:00 p.m. as part of the Third Saturday Healing Service. This service is planned as a time of healing for mothers, fathers, grandparents, and all whose lives have been touched by loss through abortion, miscarriage, or stillbirth. Please invite anyone you know who may be struggling with such a loss. More details to come.

HOMEGOING GIFT: As you may know Bin Xia, his wife Nan, and son, Thomas, have been with us at Christ the Redeemer while Bin was completing his seminary degree at Gordon-Conwell. They have been active within our faith community serving in many ways and will likely be leaving us soon, perhaps as soon as the end of May. We would like to send them off with our prayers, blessings, and a financial homegoing gift to help in their transition. If you would like to contribute, make checks payable to Christ the Redeemer, and include EOT-ASIA on the memo line. Deadline is Sunday, May 22. For more info email Jo Ann (

ROMANIA NEWS: This summer a missions team is planning a trip to Romania to work with our missions partners Dana and Brandi Bates. They’ll travel 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 in Romania. They’ve begun 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 the trip 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 34 guests at the Action Shelter have asked for help in getting 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, please 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 (

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.

SERMONS AND SOME ADULT FORMATION PRESENTATIONS are available on our website. Go to our homepage and click on the banner “Missed a Sermon?”

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.


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