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


July 26, 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 summer 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.
  • 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.

HOSPITALITY: Fellowship meals have ended for the season. Regular Sunday meals will resume in September. If you wish to join this ministry in the fall, please contact Allegra (email). There is always a warm welcome in the kitchen.



BAND OF BROTHERS, a group of Christ the Redeemer men, in their 20s and 30s, will not meet formally over the summer. Contact Adam Salter Gosnell (email) for more information.

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



MID-SUMMER WORK DAY: Volunteers are needed for a Mid-Summer Work Day on Saturday, August 1, from 8:00 AM – 1:30 PM. Any time you can give us will be greatly appreciated and we thank you in advance! We have a variety of maintenance tasks to undertake including: boiler room cleanout, gutter and masonry repairs, interior and exterior painting, ceiling tile replacement. This is a great opportunity for newcomers to make new friends at Christ the Redeemer. If you can help, please contact David (email).

OPEN HOUSE FOR THE ROBINSONS: As many of you know, Jim and Sharon Robinson are moving to the San Diego area at the end of the summer. Please join them and their friends for an afternoon tea (iced) on Saturday, August 8; drop in anytime between 3:00 and 5:00 PM. It will be held at the Loring home (567 Hale Street, Beverly); carpooling is highly recommended. Consider bringing Jim and Sharon a picture, note, or card to add to our collection basket. Contact Daryl Townsley (email) if you have questions.

PARISH PICNIC: On Sunday, August 9, following the 11:00 AM service, we will hold our annual Parish Picnic. Join us 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.

MUSIC OPPORTUNITIES: God gives us gifts with which to serve him; use your musical talents by participating with Christ the Redeemer music ensembles:

  • Choir of Christ the Redeemer, for adults and high school students, rehearses in the church, 7:15-9:15 PM, Thursdays starting September 3. 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 AM service most Sundays, September 13 through Trinity Sunday in May, 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. The choir will sing a Sunday morning at MCI Framingham, the state women’s prison. Contact Minister of Music Dan McKinley (978-774-3163 x 353; email).
  • Seraphim Choir (grades 4 and up), starting Wednesday, September 2, 4:00-5:15 PM. 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 9, 4:00-5:00 PM. Establish the foundation of music making with this engaging program. Contact Dan McKinley or Cyndi Kreyling (email).



PARISHIONER LOOKING FOR WORK:A parishioner is looking for an opportunity to help members of the body in tangible ways. Anyone needing a house cleaner and/or babysitter a few days a week or just once per week, please contact Jennarose (email). 

RENTAL NEED: Christian couple with small child in need of a one bedroom apartment in Beverly. Can afford $950.00/mo. Responsible, neat, always pay rent on time. As their landlord, I will give them an excellent recommendation. I have sold my house, so tenants must move at buyer’s request. Please call Lori Masi (978-927-7999;

APARTMENT FOR RENT: Three room, 1st floor Gloucester apartment, washer/dryer, dishwasher, disposal, gas range, refrigerator, parking available. June availability. Tenant pays gas heat and electric; monthly rent $900. Contact Maud (978-283-8150).

FREE TO CHRIST THE REDEEMER PARISHIONERS: 2 new blue Adirondack chairs, 3 tan 1’X2’ over-the-railing planters, large 30”x42” glass in brass frame coffee table, Sony DVD player, terra cotta pot feet, large framed Homer print, equipment for homecare of the elderly, and a few other things. Call 867-852-5149.

LASER COPIER: An unneeded Canon PC-7 laser copier to donate; this is an office-level machine, heavy duty. Call Mike (978-828-0741).



ARE YOU RECEIVING E-LECTIO? If you would like to receive e-Lectio, the weekly newsletter of Christ the Redeemer, or you have recently changed you e-mail address please contact David Greening (email) at the church office or sign up here and we’ll add you to the distribution list.

DONATING FURNITURE, CLOTHING, AND HOUSEHOLD ITEMS? There are many charitable organizations on the North Shore who will gladly receive your slightly used furniture, small appliances, kitchenware, clothing or toys. Christ the Redeemer however, is NOT one of them. While we appreciate and encourage your generosity, we do not have the resources to redirect these items or the space to store them. We encourage you to take your donations to your local thrift shop. Thank you.

SERMONS AND ADULT FORMATION PRESENTATIONS: Did you know that you can listen to sermons and adult formation presentations and view visuals on our website? For example, all three weeks of the audio and visuals for Fr. Ray’s recent series on Preparing for the Prince of Peace: Forgiveness, Reconciliation, and Restoration are available here. This page contains sermons and presentations from the last ten weeks. This page also has a link to earlier sermons and presentations here.

WE ASK that you please refrain from taking flash photos during worship services.

TO HELP US KEEP THE CHURCH NEAT and save extra work for the usher team and sexton, we request that you not bring coffee or other refreshments into the church, take your bulletin and inserts home with you to read, and check the areas where you sit to be sure you are not forgetting to take anything home. Thank you for your help.


  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.

BUILDING SECURITYIf 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, thermostats turned down and all doors are locked when you exit the building. If you need instruction with any of these tasks, please ask the Sexton, Julian Vance or Lay Minister for Administration, David Greening.

CHANGE OF MAILING ADDRESS: If you have made arrangement to have your offering checks mailed to the church office, please advise your financial institution or check writing firm that our suite number has changed. We are now in SUITE 2B at 85 Constitution Lane, Danvers. Thank you.

ON STREET PARKING INFORMATION: The Town of Danvers recently painted the parking shoulder areas on Elliott Street (Rt. 62) on both the east and westbound sides. Thank you for your cooperation; we greatly appreciate those who park on Elliott Street to leave room on property for those needing to park closer to the building.

CROSSINGS DEADLINE is noon on Mondays. The office staff is happy to edit your Crossingsnotices; 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.

NEW ONLINE GIVING OPTION — secure, fast and automated! Scroll to the bottom of this page where you will see Support CTR with an E-Giving link, which connects directly to a new system for online tithing. In order to simplify your weekly or monthly giving, you can use the system either by creating your personal Log-in and Password or as ‘Guest’ if you are still unsure of using an online format for your regular giving. The site uses either debit cards or ACH (check transfers), whichever you prefer. The site does not accept credit cards as a reflection of our church policy. It’s fast, easy, and relatively painless. Now your giving can be between you and the Lord, and in the cloud! Call JoAnn at the office (978-774-3163, ext. 356) if you have questions or need help.

PASTORAL COUNSELING: Christ The Redeemer now offers confidential pastoral counseling to individuals, couples, and families in our parish. For more information, please contact Heather Thornburg (email; 978-774-3163 ext. 357).

SACRISTY ACCESSIBILITY: A new policy has been put in place regarding the sacristy (the room behind the altar where clergy and lay ministers robe and prepare for the worship services). In order to prepare their hearts for worship, the door to the sacristy will be closed 15 minutes prior to each service! If you need to talk to a clergy member or lay minister serving any given day, please wait until AFTER the service. 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.

PHOTOS FOR THE WEBSITE: We’re always in search of photos for our website that display the rich variety of ministries and activities taking place at Christ the Redeemer. Please capture photos that show your ministry in action and email them to our webmaster, Susan Russo,  but please do not take flash photos during worship services.

BIO-COMPOSTABLE PRODUCTS: If you are using Christ the Redeemer’s kitchen for one of your meetings, please feel free to use the bio-compostable plates, bowls, utensils, and cups that are stored under the island. They are not paper or plastic and, therefore, are better for the environment. It you have any questions, please see Karen O’Keefe.



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