New Course in Christian Formation

Coming Soon – a New Course in Christian Formation

Have you ever wanted to know more about your Christian tradition, to have a deeper understanding of the Old and New Testaments?  Coming this fall, we will be offering a course called Deepening Roots: A Course for Formation, which provides the opportunity to sink your roots more deeply into your Judeo-Christian heritage, grow a clearer sense of God, and  begin to think theologically about life and the world around.

The course, developed and presented by Mary Ellen Ashcroft—Episcopal priest, retreat leader, English professor—gives participants an opportunity to grow in understanding and ownership of the faith.   Past participants have described this course as transformational.  The course meets about once per month for nine months with a two day retreat and the cost is $300 per person.  There may be funds available to help defray the cost of the program – more information and sign up will be coming soon!  In the meantime, please contact the church office with any questions.

 

Hope for the Journey Home (HJH)

Our Hope For The Journey Home (HJH) mission week is quickly approaching. We are in a coalition with 4 other churches during the week of January 11th-17th, to fill spots for the three shifts. The three shifts we need to fill that week; 2:45-5:15 p.m., 5:00-8:15 p.m., and 8:00 p.m.-9:15 a.m. The earlier you sign up, the better chance you will have to get the shift you want. You will need to have completed Safe Church Training and have a background check done before you can volunteer, and we can help if you are unsure if you are current.

We would especially like to encourage families for the overnight shifts as this is a great learning and giving experience for both kids and adults. (Note: the Thursday 2nd shift will consist of cleaning and disinfecting as the residents go to another location that day).

Janeen Lieck and Laura Niederhofer will be available before and after both services to help you sign up online during the Dec. 21st, Dec. 28th and Jan. 4th services to sign you up on the spot. (It is all done via website and we thought this would be an easier avenue).

Hope for the Journey Home

We need your help!

Would you like to be a part of a critical mission right here in our backyard?

We are very excited that Christ Church will be participating in Hope for the Journey Home – a homeless shelter for families. You might be surprised to learn that there is a need for a shelter right here in our east metro suburbs.

In this ministry, the shelter is provided by Guardian Angels Church and volunteers are provided by participating churches. The volunteer positions consist of three different shifts, and so there are options! The first shift is mid afternoon to about dinner time and consists of visiting with the guests and helping children with homework if needed. The second shift is the dinner shift and consists of serving a meal, visiting with the guests and cleaning up. The third shift is an overnight shift and consists of visiting with the guests and providing an overnight presence and serving a light breakfast in the morning.

We need two volunteers for each shift. Christ Church is providing volunteers for May 14, May 16, June 24 and June 28. Individuals and families are welcome to volunteer. Since this is a family shelter, children can also play a role in this ministry by playing with the children at the shelter. Please consider this important ministry and help us to promote God’s kingdom in this world.

You can sign up on the sheet in the Narthex or you can sign up online at:
http://www1.mysignup.com/cgi-bin/view.cgi?datafile=hjh_christ_episcopal_may_june_signup

Episcopal 101

Episcopal 101
May 4th
3:30 to 5:00 pm

On Wednesday evening May 28th Bishop Brian will visit Christ Church to bless our new rain garden and landscaping. He will also confirm the young adult members of our confirmation class and receive adults into membership of the Episcopal church who have come to us from other denominations.

If you are interested in learning more about the Episcopal Church and exploring the possibility of becoming an Episcopalian, I invite you to attend the Episcopal 101 class to be held on Sunday afternoon May 4th at 3:30 pm.

Please sign up in advance and indicate if you will need childcare.

Ash Wednesday Services – 3/5

12:00 PM (no music)
7:00 PM (with music)

Preceded by Soup Supper at 5:30 pm

Education forms 1/12 & 19

January 19

Internet Safety Skills for Adults
Led by Alison Feigh

  • Do you have the basic information you need to help protect your digital footprints?
  • Do you feel confident in your internet safety skills?
  • Do you have children or teens that you need to have these conversations with as well?

Many people wonder how to keep up with themselves safe in the face of changing technology.
If internet, facebook, social media make you nerv-ous…this session is for you.
This session may be the first step to trigger needed conversations about Internet safety with you and your loved ones.

Sunday January 19
Several non-profits operate in Minnesota “under the flag” of the Episcopal shield. Two schools (Breck and Shattuck-St. Mary’s), and the Sheltering Arms Foun-dation (a grant making organization serving children) are examples.
Since 1894, The Episcopal Church Home has been serving seniors in St. Paul. Today, Episcopal Homes provides housing and services for over 600 seniors. From independent living to skilled nursing care, in market rate and subsidized housing, we believe that limited income need not mean limited quality of life!
Join us on Sunday, January 19th, to hear the story of how Episcopal Homes has evolved over 120 years to become a regional leader in innovative senior care. Presenters will be Bette Ashcroft, past chair of the EHM board of trustees; Catherine Myers, EHM board member; Deb Veit, EHM Director of Marketing and David Gemmel, Deacon

Ladies Night Out – 1/15

Ladies Night Out

6:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 15

All Christ Church ladies and friends are welcome to join us for Ladies’

Night Out, a time to meet new friends and catch up with long time friends.

This month’s event will be held at Brix Coffee, 572 Commons Drive, Woodbury. It would be great if you can join us. Please contact Sue Bertrand if you plan to attend. If you don’t know if you can join us, please come anyway as we can always add more space. Hope to see you there!

Episcopal Youth Music Camp 8/3-9

Episcopal Youth Music Camp
One Heartland, Willow River, MN
www.episcopalmnyouth.com

August 3-9, 2014

While it has everything you’d come to expect about camp (swimming, games, arts & crafts, campfires), this is not your ordinary week in the woods. In addition to the typical wilderness shenanigans, this camp focuses on many musical and performing arts experiences, including choir hand bells, orchestra, recorders, choreography, drama, piano theology, musical adventures and more. We are always looking for the next great thing: what else would you like your camp experience to include?

Be warned that you will make new friends, unleash new creativity, and make memories that will be remembered for the rest of your life!

Any questions about EYMC can be directed to Sheila Foster at fostercreations@gmail.com

Camp Brochure 2014
EYMC Registration 2014

Registration link: https://www.thedatabank.com/dpg/432/donate.asp?formid=meet&c=2429858

Episcopal Youth Event – apps due 2/9

Philadelphia, PA

July 9-13, 2014

What does it mean to be a young Episcopalian and Christian in a postmodern world? Whoa, tough question! What if the answer rests with authentic engagement with others like you from across The Episcopal Church? It just may – and an opportunity to do just that arrives this next summer and YOU are invited to join us!

Commonly referred to simply as “EYE”, Episcopal Youth Event is quite possible the greatest opportunity for youth in the Episcopal Church. Approximately 1500 young people gather at a college campus and engage God’s mission. It is an unparalleled time of togetherness from youth from every diocese throughout the country – and beyond.

Each diocese can only bring a limited number of youth and adults. The Episcopal Church in Minnesota will be bringing a maximum number of 24 youth and 6 adult chaperones. We would like to bring a diverse Minnesota delegates that accurately represents our identity here in the North Star State.

Below you will find all necessary information about this year’s trip and the application process, which ends promptly at 11:59PM on Sunday February 9.

Where is it? The cradle of America and home to a cracked-up bell: Philadelphia! We will be staying at Villanova University.

Who can go? Any high school youth currently in 9th-12th grade during the 2013-14 academic year. We are sorry, but no exceptions can be made.

When are we going? We will depart from Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport and fly to Philadelphia on July 9. We will return from Philadelphia on the afternoon of July 13.

What is the cost? $850. This cost includes room, meals, flight, and transportation in Philadelphia. The first payment ($150) will be due by February 15 and will secure your spot. Following payments are due March 1, April 1 & May 1 ($200/each). You will be able to pay by check or credit card. We realize that this is an expensive trip and we are happy to work with individuals/faith communities and strategize ways to raise money for interested individuals.

To apply to be part of this amazing event, please go here (including interested adult chaperones). Please be aware that since there is a limited number of young people who can participate, all youth will be asked to complete an essay question and supply two references. You will also need to submit medical information for each person applying to be part of this experience. Again, the absolute deadline for signing up is Sunday February 9.

To learn even more about the nitty-gritty details of EYE, please visit this FAQs page prepared by the National Church. If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact me or Mindy Boynton at mindy@aechurch.org

6th, 7th & 8th Grade Winter Retreat

when: 7pm, Friday Feb. 21 until 4pm Feb 22, 2014.  Parents and siblings are encouraged to attend a closing Eucharist service at 4pm, arrive 3:45pm.

where: YMCA Camp St. Croix, 532 County Road F, Hudson, WI

cost:  $50 – includes lodging, meals, and supplies

This is an opportunity for 6-8th graders from several Episcopal churches to come together and develop skills to:  build healthy friendships, put faith into action and learn radical hospitality.

Fill out the accompanying application form and give to your youth minister by February 2. Ask your youth minister if you have any questions.

JrHigh Winter Retreat Consent Form 2014