The Chi Rho News
The Newsletter of Christ Church
September 2012 Volume 26 Issue 9
From the Rector s Desk
Jesus Christ said, Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing
them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them
to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to
the end of the age. (Matthew 28:19-20). Part of being a disciple is the ongoing
process of growth and learning. At Christ Church, we do not think that education
and formation cease when one is an adult. Growing in our faith should be a
Last month, our Sunday School for our children began afresh for the
2012-2013 academic year. This month I want to remind the adults that we continue
to offer classes for them as well. On Sundays, Dr. Robert Baker will be offering adult
classes on a variety of topics beginning at 10:15 and concluding prior to the 11:00
service. Robert s knowledge and easygoing teaching style is always appreciated.
In September, he will be doing classes on Book of Job and a summary class on the
Cruelty of Heresy class that he and I co-taught last spring. He will then be leading a
longer class on the Minor Prophets of the Old Testament.
The Wednesday Evening Bible study will be on hiatus for September but will
resume with a new Bible study beginning on October 10. We will study Paul s
longest epistle, his Letter to the Romans. This is the Book that in many ways inspired
the Reformation. Martin Luther came to understand the doctrine of justification
from his interpretation of Paul s famous Letter. In recent years, modern scholars
have come to question these understandings that go back to the patristic writings
of St. Augustine of Hippo. We will read and study Romans using the English
Standard Version of the Bible. I hope for a great deal of class participation and
good-natured give and take as we study this often misunderstood work of the great
apostle. I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday evenings!
Grace and peace, Father Joel+
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Please follow the prompts on the menu to leave a Matthew 28:18-20
And Jesus said, Go therefore and make disciples of
The Clergy all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father
and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them
The Rev. Joel J. Morsch, Rector, ext. 227 to observe all that I have commanded you. And
behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
The Rev. Gretchen M. Platt, Deacon
C. J. Howard Sr. Warden
Hospitalization and Other
Janet Welch Jr. Warden Pastoral Concerns:
Heather Whelan - Secretary As a result of the Health Insurance Portability and
Jeanette Edwards - Treasurer Accountability Act (HIPAA), parishioners and
family members who find themselves hospitalized
Terri Teigland can no longer expect the hospital authorities to
Paula Adams, Janet Argeros inform the clergy of their pastoral needs. The
clergy depend on you to call the Parish office
Wylene Graham, John Kendzior
(747-3709) with as much information as possible.
Buz Zoller, Andrew Sewell, Kevin Oden
Dolly Young, Alternate
H. Hamilton Rice - Chancellor
TABLE OF CONTENTS
General Information & Staff 2
Lynda Botzenhart Youth Director, ext. 285
Chi Rho Deadline 3
Richard Odell Facilities Manager, ext. 236
Evelyn Pratt Office Manager, ext. 230 Office Information 3
Maryam Whitaker Administrative Assistant, ext. 221 Bible Studies 4
Pamela Willey Parish Coordinator, ext. 223 Music Notes 5
Music Opportunities for Gifting 6
Richard Benedum, D.M.A. Organist/Choirmaster, ext. 226
CPC Sunday/Spiritual Direction 7
William Holt Associate Organist/Choir Director
Margaret Sanford Jubilate Handbells Ministry News 8
July Financial/Let s Do Lunch/Empty Bowls 9
Christian Education & ECW Calendar 10
Outreach Cruise 11
Clergy Emergency Cell Phone:
September Birthdays 12
Rev. Joel Morsch: 773-6018
September Anniversaries/Saint Stephen s 13
Clergy Email: Anglican Cycle of Prayer 14
Rev. Joel J. Morsch: Sunday Scripture Readings 15
Service Schedule 16
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CHURCH OFFICE INFORMATION
You may reach the Church staff by calling (941) 747- 3709
Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
(See phone extensions for staff on Page 2)
Office will be closed for Labor Day, September 3, 2012.
There will be no noon day service in the Chapel on this day.
BIBLE STUDY AND LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES ABOUND!
CHECK OUT THE CHOICES BELOW
DR. ROBERT BAKER will be offering the final classes on the Book of
Job and then a summary class on the Cruelty of Heresy on SUNDAY
MORNINGS at 10:15 a.m. in the Parish Hall for all adults.
There will not be Wednesday evening Bible Study during the month
of September. In October, Father Joel will begin a Bible Study on
the Book of Romans.
MEN S GROUP BIBLE STUDY always welcomes new members.
Currently we are studying ABBA S CHILD by BRENNAN MANNING.
Come and join us in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 a.m. on Thursday
DAUGHTERS OF THE KING meet on Wednesday mornings at 11:00
a.m. in the Parlor and would like to invite all Churchwomen to join
them for an adventure in discipleship. They are studying Jesus
Instead by Harry C. Griffith. This is a Bible study that will lead
participants to discover what Jesus would have his disciples do in
today s world.
THE EVENING DAUGHTERS OF THE KING is offering a Bible study
called Nurturing a Heart of Humility (The Life of Mary) on Thursdays
at 7:00 p.m. in Meeting Room #1. All are welcome!
Special music events for the coming year are now posted on the Church web site; be
sure to check that out and mark the dates on your calendars. And why not invite a
friend or neighbor? While you re looking at the web site, look at the photo gallery of the
magnificent Létourneau organ; you can see pictures taking the organ from the shop in
Canada, through unloading, to the final installation in the Church.
We also invite members of Christ Church to consider making a contribution to help
support the concert series and other special music activities and needs; names of
contributors will appear in all concert programs or donors can be listed anonymously.
If you would like to make a contribution, please write Concert Series on the memo
line, and send your check to the Church.
We re very grateful that the Vestry has continued to support the Music Program at
Christ Church in spite of the Church s tight budget. Nevertheless, we ve had to put off
many of the things that we d like to do or buy. We ve even had to defer or minimize
maintenance on the Church s organs and pianos we can get by for a short time, but
not indefinitely. We d also like to build an endowment for special music activities and
needs. We ve put together the beginnings of a special needs list, and invite each
Church member to consider offering special support. Each contributor will be listed in
the music programs for special events during 2012-2013.
Call or e-mail either of us if you have any questions. We thank you in advance for your
consideration and support and hope to see many of you at the next season s special
Dr. Richard Benedum William Holt
OPPORTUNITIES FOR GIFTING
New anthems for Christ Church Chorale $70 per composition
Tune pianos $75 each
Guest musicians from Sarasota Orchestra for
November 25 performance of Mozart Missa brevis in C
during the 11:00 service $1,250
Music for February 3 performance by Christ Church
Guest musicians from Sarasota Orchestra for
February 3 performance of Schubert s Mass in G
during the 11:00 service $1,250
Underwrite one concert $1,500-3,000
Annual maintenance of organs in church and chapel $2,000
I d like my gift to help build an endowment fund for the Music Program
Use my gift where it s needed the most.
AMOUNT OF GIFT
Concert Sponsor $2500 and above Crescendo $250-499
Standing Ovation $1000 - 2499 Arpeggio $50-249
Applause $500 - 999 A capella under $50
Name as you would like it to appear________________________________________
City, State, ZIP________________________________________________________
Church Periodical Club
The Church Periodical Club, an independent
organization of the Episcopal Church, is dedicated to
the ministry of the written word. In our Diocese
one-half of the offering may be retained by the
congregation for books, Bibles, Sunday School curricula,
grants to those seeking ordination etc. The other half is
sent to the Diocesan ECW Periodical Club chair and
Seminarians may apply to her for a grant for books.
September 9th has been designated Church Periodical
Club Sunday. The offering will be taken on that day.
The Church Periodical Club s Miles of Pennies is an
outreach program to provide books for children. One
mile of pennies equals $844.80 and a grant is for that
amount. There is a jar in the office and another in the
Narthex where you may drop in your pennies.
Have you wondered about Spiritual Direction? Have you hungered for a chance to
discover and grow in a deeper relationship with the Mystery we call God? Maybe the
prayer life that you ve had all of your life seems to have dried up lost its meaning.
Or, your life seems to be going very well, but you know that there just has to be more.
That more you are looking for may be a different kind of being, or relating, or
listening. Each of us seeks a spiritual path that is uniquely ours. With a Spiritual
Director, a trained companion, it is possible to discover a new knowing of who and
whose we are in Christ. Meetings are scheduled in advance and generally occur
The purpose of Spiritual Direction is to redefine one s self in relation to God. Although
a lifetime undertaking, we do get side tracked and confused. A director can help the
directee clarify God s message. Where is God in my life? What is my story? Where
does my story fit into our common Christian story? How is the Holy Spirit at work in my
life? What is missing?
Direction is a conversation concerned with helping persons place themselves freely
before a loving God who is continuously reaching out. Directors help their directees
become more sensitive to God s personal call to them. As a person s relationship with
the Divine becomes more intimate, one lives out this richness in everyday life.
E. C. W. by Joyce Cory
The women of Christ Church join in fellowship for the purpose of deepening
their spiritual life and to foster active participation in the whole Church
program. All adult churchwomen in Christ Church are members of the ECW
and are cordially invited to become active in the Church.
ST. ANNE S CHAPTER by Joyce Cory
St. Anne s Chapter has been one of the Episcopal Church Women's
organizations here at Christ Church for many years. Our focus is to enable
women to grow in Christian fellowship. St. Anne s meets once a month from
October through May, on the second Wednesday of the month in the Church
Parlor at 9:00 am. Call Joyce Cory at 761-4269 for further details.
THE CENTER FOR SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT is staffed by Mary Buonagura and
Sarah Miller. Mary and Sarah have special expertise to complement the
Rector in spiritual and pastoral matters. The Center offers free and confidential
pastoral counseling, guidance and direction for various challenges we all face
such as grief, depression, marriage and family, addiction, conflict resolution,
and spiritual growth. For an appointment, please call Mary at 941-778-2851 or
Sarah at 941-388-8743.
OUR LORD S PANTRY by Christina Mason
We are in need of individual packets of oatmeal, peanut butter, cereal, small
cans of soup, spaghetti sauce (no pasta) and small cans of canned fruit. We
appreciate your continued support of this important ministry.
THE CHRIST CHURCH THRIFT SHOP by Eileen Alleman
The Thrift Shop has had a very good summer. Because sales have been so
good donations are really needed. Furniture ,cookware, and men s shoes are
especially needed now. Anything you enjoy having or need in your home will
appeal to our customers. However, we do not take TV s, electronics or
computers and computer accessories. Beginning October 1st the shop will be
open from 10:00 to 4:00. More volunteers will be needed to staff the additional
hours. Come by the shop and see what we do - you might like to join a great
group of people who have a good time working to raise funds for outreach
and also have time for partying.
Christ Episcopal Church
Operating and Combined Financial Statements
July 31, 2012
Revenue $ 455,375 $ 518,915
Expenses (513,045) (542,927)
Transfer in from other Funds 77,134 79,925
Transfers out to other Funds (2,520) (79,925)
Net Revenue over Expense $ 16, 944
Net Expense over Revenue $ (24,012)
LET S DO LUNCH - SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2012
We begin our 2012-2013 with food, wonderful
fellowship, music and special speakers who will highlight
the active ministries of Christ Church.
Join us at 12 noon in the Parish Hall. Donations are
accepted at the door. Be sure and sign up to
attend. Door Prizes!
EMPTY BOWLS - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2012
The Empty Bowls event is held to raise money to combat
hunger in our community. You may purchase a
delicious home-made soup in a bowl you get to keep.
The bowl is a reminder that someone else s bowl
is always empty. The event takes place in the Parish
Hall between 10:30 am and 12:30 pm.
All proceeds go to Outreach.
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CALENDAR OF EVENTS
SEPTEMBER 9, 2012 SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES BEGIN
SEPTEMBER 9, 2012 ACOLYTE TRAINING AND
OCTOBER 7, 2012 ST. FRANCIS DAY, PET BLESSING 1-2 p.m.
Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will
not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
EPISCOPAL CHURCH WOMEN
LET S DO LUNCH SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2012
EMPTY BOWLS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2012
LET S BUILD A SALAD FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2012
ECW ANNUAL MEETING WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2012
WALK/TALK AT ROBINSON S PRESERVE SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2013
ST. ANNE S ENGLISH TEA THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2013
MINI-MIRACLE DAY SATURDAY, MARCH 2, 2013
A SURPRISE SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 2013
7 NIGHT CRUISE - SAILING ON THE RYNDAM
NOVEMBER 25, 2012 - DECEMBER 2, 2012
Nov. 25 (Sunday) - Tampa - Departs 5 PM
Nov. 26 (Monday) - Key West, FL - Afternoon
Nov. 27 (Tuesday) at Sea
Nov. 28 (Wednesday) Mahogany Bay, Roatan, Full Day
Nov. 29 (Thursday) Santo Tomas de Castilla (Guatemala), Full Day
Nov. 30 (Friday) - Costa Maya - Full Day
Dec. 1 (Friday) at Sea
Dec. 2 Tampa, FL (Welcome Home)
BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY. RATES INCLUDE ALL TAXES.
(GRATUITIES ARE NOT INCLUDED) PRICE INCLUDES A $25.00 PER PERSON DONATION
OUTREACH WILL RECEIVE A $100.00 PER CABIN DONATION
CATEGORY K (INSIDE) $770.00 per person
CATEGORY E (OUTSIDE) $978.00 per person
CATEGORY B (BALCONY) $1,610.00 per person
(Book early for best cabin and pricing)
DEPOSIT OF $350.00 PER PERSON DUE WHEN BOOKING
(DEPOSIT IS FULLY REFUNDABLE PRIOR TO FINAL PAYMENT)
FINAL PAYMENT IS DUE SEPTEMBER 11, 2012
Holland America Lines reserves right to impose a fuel supplement on all guests.
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Saint Stephen's welcomes back all of its' students! We are excited to have
over 645 students in grades Pre-K3 through Twelfth Grade join us for the
2012-2013 school year with many classes filled to capacity.
Jan Pullen begins her twenty-fifth year at Saint Stephen's and ten years
serving as Head of School and we are very blessed to have her as our school
Save the Date: Friday, October 5th is our Homecoming and Tailgating
Extravaganza. Gates open at 3:00 pm with fun festivities for children of all
ages. The game kicks off at 4:00 pm and a BBQ dinner will be served at
halftime. Come join us!
Anglican Cycle of Prayer
September 2, 2012 Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
The Episcopal Church of the Sudan The Most Revd Dr Daniel Deng Bul Yak,
Archbishop of the Episcopal Church of the Sudan & Bishop of Juba.
September 9, 2012 Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
The Anglican Church of Tanzania, The Most Revd Valentino Mokiwa,
Archbishop of Tanzania & Bishop of Dar-es-Salaam.
September 16, 2012 Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
The Church of the Province of Uganda The Most Revd Henry Orombi,
Archbishop of Uganda & Bishop of Kampala.
September 23, 2012 Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
The Episcopal Church in the USA, The Most Revd Katherine Jefferts
Schori ,Presiding Bishop of TEC.
September 30, 2012 Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
The Church in Wales, The Most Revd Barry Morgan, Archbishop of Wales &
Bishop of Llandaff.
Yet have regard to the prayer of your servant and to his plea, O
LORD my God, listening to the cry and to the prayer that your
servant prays before you. II Chronicles 6:19.
SUNDAY SCRIPTURE READINGS
These lectionary citations are from the Revised Common Lectionary
as used by the Episcopal Church. We are now in Year B.
September 2, 2012 Song of Solomon 2: 8-13; Deuteronomy
Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost 4:1-2, 6-9; James 1:17-27; Mark 7: 1-8,
14-15, 21-23; Psalm 45: 1-2, 7-10; Psalm
September 9, 2012 Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23; Isaiah 35:4-7a;
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost James 2: 1-10, (11-13). 14-17; Mark 7: 24-
37; Psalm 125; Psalm 146.
September 16, 2012 Proverbs 1: 20-33; Wisdom of Solomon
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost 7: 26-8:1; Isaiah 50:4-9a; James 3:1-12;
Mark 8: 27-38; Psalm 19; Psalm 116: 1 8.
September 23, 2012 Proverbs 31:10-31; Wisdom of Solomon 1:
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost 16-2:1, 12-22; Jeremiah 11:18-20; James
3: 13-4:3, 7-8a; Mark 9: 30-37; Psalm 1;
September 30, 2012 Esther 7: 1-6, 9-10; 9: 20-22; Numbers 11:
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost 4-6, 10-16, 24-29; James 5: 13-20; Mark 9:
38-50; Psalm 124; Psalm 19: 7-14.
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a
workman that needeth not to be ashamed,
rightly dividing the word of truth.
2 Timothy 2:15
Scripture readings can be found on
Christ Episcopal Church
4030 Manatee Ave. W
Bradenton, Fl 34205
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SUNDAY COMMUNION WEEKDAY COMMUNION
All Sunday Services are All Weekday Services are held
in the Chapel of the Good
held in Church Shepherd
7:30 a.m. Rite I Monday, 12:00 p.m. Rite I
(Traditional Music) Wednesday, 12:00 p.m. Rite I
9:00 a.m. Rite II with anointing
(Contemporary Music) Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. Rite II Rite I
(Traditional Music) with anointing.
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FOR WORSHIP FOR WORSHIP