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									CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH
        157 Shore Road
     Somers Point, N.J. 08244



Parish Profile




  www.christchurchsomerspoint.org
                                             TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction and Welcome.....................................................................3
Our Parish Discernment Prayers.......................................................... 4
Our Mission Statement...........................................................................4
A Brief History Of Christ Episcopal Church....................................... 5
Our Community......................................................................................6
About Us.................................................................................................. 7
Our Staff and Vestry...............................................................................8
Programs and Organizations.................................................................9
  Service:........................................................................................................................................ 9
  Worship:.....................................................................................................................................10
  Altar Guild................................................................................................................................. 10
  Choir and Organist.....................................................................................................................10
  Lay Eucharistic Ministers and Worship Leaders....................................................................... 10
  Acolyte Guild.............................................................................................................................11
  Lectors........................................................................................................................................11
  Oblation Bearers........................................................................................................................ 11
  Ushers.........................................................................................................................................11
  Childcare.................................................................................................................................... 11
  Evangelism:................................................................................................................................11
  Education:.................................................................................................................................. 12
  Pastoral Care:.............................................................................................................................12
  Lay Eucharistic Visitors.............................................................................................................12
  Youth Ministry........................................................................................................................... 12
  Youth Group ..............................................................................................................................12
  Altar Flower Delivery................................................................................................................13
  Hospitality and Fellowship........................................................................................................ 13
  Inreach........................................................................................................................................13
  Stewardship:...............................................................................................................................14
  Finance Committee.................................................................................................................... 14
  Property Committee...................................................................................................................14
Affiliations............................................................................................. 14
Our Parish Finances............................................................................. 16
Our Needs and Expectations of Our New Rector.............................. 24
Photos.....................................................................................................25




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                            Introduction and Welcome
                     “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord,
                            Plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
                              Plans to give you hope and a future.”
                                                                                Jeremiah 29:11

                                   Welcome to Christ Church!

At Christ Church, you will find people who share common concerns, who listen and provide
hope for a new beginning. We are a church family that is ever mindful of the importance of faith
and serving others. We have many talents and treasures through which the Good News can be
shared, and seek direction and inspiration in this mission.

Our Vestry discerned and sought volunteers from the congregation to serve on our Parish Study
Team and our Discernment Committee. Thus, this process began with careful examination by
members of The Parish Study Team who were guided in the creation and preparation of this
Parish Profile through prayer, gathering information and utilizing a professional survey by The
Hartford Institute for Religion Research. Of the surveys sent to parishioners, forty-two percent
were returned. The data compiled from these surveys represents the core of this profile, and gives
us much information that will be useful for our growth and future. We believe this document
represents Christ Church.

                           Patti Meunier, Discernment Committee Chair
                           Tom Aishton
                           Nora Broszeit
                           Jim Franklin
                           Dennis Huey, Vestry Liaison
                           Sue Meyer
                           Walter Minot
                           Charlotte Murdoch
                           Amanda Zipf, Youth Representative

We pray you will join us in our journey of faith and discovery of what God has in store for us,
and look forward to meeting you!

God’s peace,

   Patti Meunier
   149 W. Dawes Ave., Somers Point, N.J. 08244
   609-927-6749        cell: 609-335-3070
   meun1009@aol.com




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                      Our Parish Discernment Prayers
 Our Prayers for Discernment were found for us by our interim rector, Fr. Fred, and are prayed
                                “faithfully” at each service.


                 Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known,
                              and from you no secrets are hid:
                              help me to not hide from myself.
                             Open my heart to your will for me
                                  and for my congregation.
   Help me to see where my own desires, needs, and motivations may be getting in the way.
                              Empty me, purify me, guide me,
                      as I seek to serve your will and your will alone.
                                 As I pray the Lord’s prayer,
                          help me to hear anew the familiar words,
                       “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

                Prayed at the Saturday Evening and Sunday 10:00 a.m. services
                  Taken from Calling Clergy by Rev. Canon Elizabeth Geitz


  Almighty God, giver of every good gift; Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the
 minds of those who shall choose a rector for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor,
 who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
                                            Amen.

                            Prayed at the Sunday 8:00 a.m. service
                      Taken from The Book of Common Prayer, page 818

                              Our Mission Statement
   The mission of Christ Episcopal Church is proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ to
                              everyone in the way we worship.

           Christ + You = Christ Episcopal Church. Spread the Good News!!!

     We celebrate traditional Episcopal worship, utilizing Rite I and Rite II, and teaching by
proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ through service, worship, evangelism, education, pastoral
                                care, fellowship and stewardship.




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              A Brief History Of Christ Episcopal Church
Beginning as a dream in the spring of 1961, a small group of Episcopalians led by Mrs. Thomas
Daggett petitioned the Rt. Rev. Alfred L. Banyard, then Bishop of New Jersey, to establish a
diocesan mission in Linwood or Somers Point. Following a canvass which produced a list of
approximately fifty interested persons, Bishop Banyard directed the Archdeacon, the Ven.
Samuel Steinmetz, Jr. to work with the group and begin the preparations for the organization of
the mission. The group enthusiastically began to fulfill the canonical requirements by searching
for a suitable property, led by Messrs. Harold Appleyard, Thomas Daggett and Emerson Johnson.

The property finally acquired was an old Tudor-style mansion
on Shore Road in Somers Point, which had been vacant for
many years and needed a tremendous amount of work. Christ
Church became a “house church” when a vicar was appointed
by the Bishop and the Rev. Adolph W. Kahl, took up residence
in an apartment on the second floor. The living room we now
admire was at that time the nave and sanctuary for the first
service which was held on Christmas Eve, 1961.

Under the leadership of Rev. Kahl and his wife Marjorie, the          The living room where services
church soon outgrew its worship space. In 1965, an addition on were first held
the north side of the mansion was completed and dedicated by Bishop Banyard. This addition
was built with plans to convert it to a parish hall when a church building on the south side was
constructed in 1976. Soon after this, the first rectory was built several blocks from the church.
The mission became a parish in 1971.

In 1978, Canon Kahl retired and moved to Florida with his wife. He died in July of 1990 and
was interred in a vault in the Chapel, which has been dedicated to his memory. Upon his
retirement, the Bishop of the Diocese, Bishop Van Duzer, appointed the Rev. Robert K. Thomas
as locum tenens until a new rector could be called. In March, 1980, the Rev. Roger Hamilton
was called from Christ Church, Woodbury, New Jersey, to become the second rector of Christ
Church and served until 1999.

In 1999, the Rev. Geoffrey Collis came to Christ Church and served as interim rector until the
Rev. Stephen Beatty was called from Warrensburg, Missouri, interviewed and hired by our
Vestry in 2000. Rev. Beatty served as rector until January, 2008. Upon his leaving, the Rev.
Douglas Eberly served as a supply priest until March, 2008. On March 1, 2008, the Rev.
Frederick Miller, interviewed and hired by our Vestry, began serving as interim rector. February
17, 2010, was Rev. Miller’s last celebration of the Holy Eucharist with us. As of February 20,
2010, we began “supply priest” status.




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                                    Our Community
Welcome to Somers Point, Atlantic County, New Jersey. Somers Point is conveniently located
just ninety minutes from Philadelphia and two hours from New York City. You can travel to
Baltimore in about two hours and Washington, DC in three hours. We are located only eight
miles from Atlantic City and just minutes from the wonderful Atlantic Ocean beaches,
boardwalks and the well-known family resort of Ocean City.
The lean-to wood huts and teepees of the Lenni Lenape Tribe once occupied what is now Somers
Point. These early Native Americans inhabited the region for almost 10,000 years. Their strong
sense of community was a constant and driving force in their lives. This same sense of
community continues to be alive today.
Somers Point was founded in 1886 on the northern bank of the Great Egg Harbor River when
boating was a major local industry. The area continues to enjoy the benefits of a waterfront city
with numerous docks for private boats, charters and commercial fishing. Local history includes
many homes and settlements that date back to pre-revolution days when the British Navy and
pirate ships sailed along the coast into the bays.
Over the years, industry in the area has included ship building, glass works, farming, numerous
family run businesses, wineries and Lenox China. Medicine also plays an important part in
Somers Point today with Shore Memorial Hospital presently undergoing a major expansion and
located just one mile from Christ Church. Our other area hospital is Atlanticare Regional
Medical Center, with two divisions each located twenty minutes away, one in Galloway
Township and the Trauma Center in Atlantic City. Today, many Somers Point residents are part
of the 40,000+ employees and executives in the casino industry. Atlantic County also includes
the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center, our nation’s premier air traffic R&D facility.
Education opportunities include excellent local public, parochial and charter schools. The
nearest high school, Mainland Regional, is located in Linwood, right “next door” and is known
for its academic excellence. Higher education is available at nearby Atlantic Cape Community
College, as well as the four year Richard Stockton State College. The prestigious Academy of
Culinary Arts is minutes away and continues to gain popularity and helps to expand career
opportunities to residents of Atlantic and Cape May counties.
There are several churches of various denominations located on the same street as Christ Church.
These include Lutheran, Methodist, Roman Catholic, and a non-denominational community
church, all within a four mile radius. Grace Lutheran is located across the street and St.Joseph’s
Roman Catholic Church is located one mile south.
Numerous civic organizations, senior citizens groups, Boy and Girl Scout Troops, a fine library,
championship golf courses and many cultural, historical and recreational activities provide “big
city amenities” without the big city hassle. Nearby Atlantic City offers a wide variety of
entertainment, fine-dining and night life. Atlantic County, with a population over 270,000, is
ethnically diverse, including African-American, Hispanic, Middle Eastern, Jewish and Pacific
Rim peoples who have put down their religious and cultural roots in this area. The community
of Somers Point is comprised of approximately 13,000 people. State-of the-art schools,
shopping, dining, recreational and sports activities are all within walking distance from most
points in the city.



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    Throughout Somer’s Point history, the city has grown to meet the challenges and necessities of
    the times, and continues to do so. The incredible sunsets on the bay remind us that the founders
    made the right choice for their new home!

                                        About Us...........
    We welcome “all” persons to worship with us!
    Our parish has approximately 160 families registered, however, we have experienced a decrease
    in the number attending, especially those with young children. The average attendance at our
    services:
           Wednesday Healing, 10:30 a.m., is 5
           Saturday Evening, 5:30 p.m., is 15
           Sunday, 8:00 a.m., is 20
           Sunday, 10:00 a.m., is 60
           * Larger numbers attend Christmas and
             Easter services

•     The majority of parishioners are over the age of
    45, with half being age 65 and older.
•     40% of our parishioners have belonged to
    Christ Church for over twenty years. In fact, some             Recent 10AM Service
    of these parishioners are the founding members!!
•     57% of our parishioners grew up as Episcopalians.
•     63% of our parishioners are married, 17% are widowed, 15% are separated or divorced, and
    5% are single.
•     50% of our parishioners have a college or postgraduate degree.
•     51% of our parishioners are retired, 32% work full-time and 10% work part-time.
•     40% of our parishioners will definitely not move and 30% probably will not move “out of the
    area.”
•     33% of our parishioners take 16 to 30 minutes to travel from home to church, 29% take
      11 to15 minutes, 21% take 6 to 10 minutes and 14% take 5 minutes or less.
•     49% of our parishioners have professional occupations.

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    Our property is well maintained and handicapped accessible.

    We repaved our parking lot, replaced the outside doors in the front of the building facing the
    main road and painted all of the outside doors “inviting red.”

    There are always volunteers around “sprucing, painting, fixing or cleaning up.”

    Our landscape has been beautified and is maintained by hard-working “garden angels.”



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    Transformed from an untended playground behind the Rectory you will find St Christopher’s
    Garden, with interesting flowering vines, perennials and vegetables.
    There are two buildings on the Christ Church property:
•    The main building is comprised of:
          The Sanctuary, with our Sunday School classrooms, Children’s Chapel and Acolyte Guild
          Room are located in the basement below,
          The Chapel is adjacent to our main church building,
          A Memorial Garden along the south side of the Sanctuary in front of the Chapel entrance,
          Beautiful stained-glass windows are featured throughout our church and chapel depicting
          the life of Jesus Christ and His Apostles.
          The converted mansion is connected by a “breezeway,” which houses our church office,
          rector’s office, choir meeting room, a large living room and two bathrooms downstairs.
          Our vestry meeting room, youth group meeting room and a two-bedroom apartment are
          located upstairs.
          Our newly decorated Parish Hall is adjacent to the living room, with a fully equipped
          kitchen, and “his and her” restrooms.

•     The two-story air conditioned Rectory is located across
    from the Parish Hall and has a living room with brick
    hearth fireplace, eat-in kitchen, three bedrooms, two full
    bathrooms, dining room/study, screened-in veranda,
    irrrigated lawn and one car garage.




                                     Our Staff and Vestry
    Our Staff
           Supply Priest, as of February 20, 2010

           Bookkeeper/Administrative Assistant                   Sharon Losco
                 (part time, paid position)

           Organist/Music Director                               Christine Smith-Fellows
                  (paid position)

           Sexton                                                None at present

    Our Vestry
    Our vestry meets on the third Sunday of the month at six o’clock in the evening.
    Our current Vestry members and their terms are:
           Senior Warden, Mark Kelsey                           serves until 2012
           Junior Warden*                                       serves until 2012


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       Amy Seaman, Clerk                                     serves until 2012
       Marilyn Anderson                                      serves until 2011
       Jean Eichorst                                         serves until 2012
       Ralph Henkel                                          serves until 2013
       Dennis Huey                                           serves until 2013
       Ann Smith Gray                                        serves until 2013
       Carol Stratten                                        serves until 2012
       Edward Zipf                                           serves until 2011

       *Our vestry is in the process of seeking a Junior Warden.

                          Programs and Organizations

In February of 2009, SWEEPS program was introduced: Service, Worship,
Evangelism, Education, Pastoral Care and Stewardship, following the Great
Commission from Matthew, was introduced and initiated.
Vestry members serve as commissioners overseeing each area.
Service:
Our Episcopal Church Women meet the first Sunday at 9:00 a.m. and the first Wednesday of
each month following the 10:30 a.m. Healing Eucharist. Their purpose is three-fold: Ministry
and Mission, Fundraising and Sociability. Their
principal fundraiser is an annual Rummage Sale held in
October. They raise funds for various charitable
organizations such as The Episcopal Relief and
Development Fund, The Atlantic City Rescue Mission,
The Atlantic County Women’s Shelter, The Seamen’s
Inst., The Salvation Army, The American Red Cross,
The Community Foodbank of N.J., The ECW Mission,
and supporting needs within Christ Church.
We actively support our local ecumenical foodbank
                                                              A recent ECW luncheon
located at Grace Lutheran Church and The Community
Foodbank of New Jersey. Baskets are placed in the back of the church where parishioners can
donate food, dry goods and money for our local foodbank. On the first Sunday of each month, a
special collection is taken for The Community Foodbank of N.J.
We collect warm clothing, coats and warm bedding for The Atlantic City Rescue Mission and
The Community Foodbank.
We offer financial assistance and local supermarket giftcards to those outside the parish as well
as those within our own church family.
Parishioners knit caps and baby blankets for newborns at Shore Memorial Hospital.
We hold two blood drives a year.



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Our youth group collects soda can tabs for the Ronald McDonald House along with organizing
fundraisers for other various causes throughout the year.
Our Sunday School purchased one goat and five mosquito nets which were donated through The
Episcopal Relief and Development Fund.
This past Spring, one of our youth held a concert in our Parish Hall in an effort to raise funds for
Autism: New Jersey.
Each Christmas, a “Giving Tree” is set up in the Narthex with tags for gifts to be purchased by
parishioners and socks are filled with candy for the residents at the Atlantic City Rescue Mission.
This year, our Sunday School members, along with our parishioners, made Valentine cards and
collected candy to send to our service men and women via a service project sponsored by a local
radio station.
Worship:
We offer three Holy Eucharists weekly: Saturday Evening at 5:30 and Sunday mornings at 8:00
and 10:00, along with a Healing service on Wednesday mornings at 10:30.
Many people devote themselves as faithful servants in the ministries of corporate worship.
Altar Guild
Our Altar Guild consists of ten parishioners who, under the
direction of our Sacristan, prepare our sanctuary for
worship and ensure there are enough supplies to meet the
needs of our worshiping community. They arrange for the
flowers, prepare the altar for Holy Eucharist, Baptisms,
weddings, funerals and other special services. This group
also decorates and adorns the church for the holiday
services, and meets as needed at church for polishing of the
silver and approximately every three months outside the
church for discussion and fellowship.
                                                                  Polishing Silver in the Sacristy
Choir and Organist
Our choir sings at the 10:00 Sunday service, as well as holiday services, September through June
and on the Sunday closest to the Fourth of July. These eight men and women inspire us with
their beautiful voices, leading us in song and praise during these services. They are under the
guidance of a new organist/music director, and practice each Sunday before and after the 10:00
service.
Our sanctuary has both an electronic pipe organ and an Estonia baby grand piano.
Lay Eucharistic Ministers and Worship Leaders
Our Lay Eucharistic Ministers serve at the Saturday 5:30 p.m. and the two Sunday services.
When available, they serve at weddings and funerals.
At present, we have seven adult Lay Eucharistic Ministers licensed by the Diocese, and four
teenaged Eucharistic Ministers, all young women, three of whom are trained and licensed, and



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one who is trained and awaiting licensing. Five of the seven adults and one of the teenaged
Eucharistic Ministers are also trained as lectors.
We have three worship leaders, trained and licensed, to lead us in Morning and Evening Prayer
in the absence of clergy.
Acolyte Guild
Our acolytes encompass a group of fourth graders through adult, and perform altar duties during
the two Sunday services and holiday services. Training is held annually, and on an as needed
basis, by our Acolyte Master. Experienced acolytes provide direction and encouragement to
those acolytes with less or little experience. This group travels annually to participate in the
National Acolyte Festival in Washington, DC and The Diocesan Acolyte Festival at Trinity
Cathedral in Trenton, N.J.




               30th Annual National Acolyte Festival, October 2009
Our acolytes engage in activities in conjunction with the acolytes at Saint Mark and All Saints
Church in Galloway Township, N.J. In years past, we have held special recognition services for
the acolytes and their ministry, alternating the site between our church and St. Mark and All
Saints. At present, we have eleven active youth acolytes and one adult acolyte. Five acolytes are
inactive due to family obligations or extracurricular activities. Three of the active acolytes also
serve as Lay Eucharistic Ministers.
Lectors
Our lectors are trained in reading Scripture and the Lessons and leading us in reading the Prayers
of the People. Currently, we have sixteen adults and one teenager trained and active.
Oblation Bearers
Volunteers put their names on a list in the Narthex or may be asked at each Eucharist (not
including the Healing service) to bring the gifts of bread and wine to the altar. When oblation
bearers are not available, the gifts are brought to the altar by the ushers.
Ushers
Our ushers consist of men, women and youth who serve at all Sunday and holiday services. We
currently have eleven adults and one youth serving.
Childcare
At present, there is minimal need for childcare.
Evangelism:

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•     We promote the spreading of the Good News in various ways:
•     We reach out through our website, our road-side sign and advertising.
•     Handwritten notes are sent to newcomers and visitors welcoming them to Christ Church.
•     We organize, participate in and fundraise for many outreach and inreach “service” projects.
•     We have greeters at the Sunday services to welcome everyone coming to worship with us.
•     Blessing of the Pets is held on the Sunday nearest St. Francis Day and has become quite a
    community event!
    Education:
    Sunday School is held each Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. prior to the 10:00 service.
    The curriculum being utilized is the multi-age version of Living the Good News from Morehouse
    Education Resources. We have four children who attend consistently: one nursery age, one
    kindergardener, one second grader and one sixth grader. There are three other children who
    attend sporadically.
    Adult Bible Study is held Sunday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. and is led by one of our
    parishioners.
    Adult Book Study was held following the 10:00 a.m. Sunday service and was led by our interim
    rector.
    Pastoral Care:
    This area encompasses Lay Eucharistic Visitors, Youth Ministry, Youth Group, Altar Flower
    Delivery, Hospitality, Fellowship and Inreach.
    Lay Eucharistic Visitors
    At present, we have three trained Lay Eucharistic Visitors, to visit and share the sacraments with
    parishioners who are homebound or infirm. We currently have approximately ten parishioners
    requiring visits, monthly or as requested.
    Youth Ministry
    Youth Ministry consists of a group of seven adults concerned with the spiritual growth and
    fellowship of our youth, and increasing the number of youth attending Christ Church.
    Included in this group is our Youth Group
    Leader, Sunday School Director and Acolyte
    Master. These adults are involved with all
    youth programs and events, and meet monthly.
    Youth Group
    Youth Group meets on Sunday mornings from
    8:45 to 9:45, includes youth grades six through
    twelve and is led by one of the adults from
    Youth Ministry. The Youth Group leader
    reaches out to twenty of our youth. At present,
    there are four active members. Others attend
    when able. They engage in spiritual and fun activities relating to Liturgy and Church views from
    a teenage point of view, and actively fundraise for various causes. Annually, they host a

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Passover Seder held in our Parish Hall, and at Easter decorate a large wooden cross with flowers
donated by parishioners which is put on display outside following the Easter Day Services.
During the school year, they meet in our Youth Group Room. This past summer, meetings were
held on the beach in Ocean City and the group visited other Episcopal parishes, including a 100
year old summer mission in Longport, N.J. In February 2009, they attended the Bishop’s Ball
for the first time.
Altar Flower Delivery
Altar flowers are delivered by a group of volunteers to the homebound or infirm after the 10:00
Sunday service. There are currently four volunteers.
Hospitality and Fellowship
Hospitality Hour is held in our Parish Hall each Sunday after the 8:00 and 10:00 services.
Volunteers sign up each week to donate baked goods, fruit, etc.. Brunch is served during
Hospitality Hour on the second or third Sunday of
each month and is organized by our ECW.
All are invited to attend for fellowship and a
continuation of the “Love Feast”, as quoted by
the Rev. Douglas Eberly, a frequent supply priest
at Christ Church.
We hold different events throughout the year
organized by the various groups within our
church: a day ski trip in the winter, a canoe trip in
the summer, a Fourth of July boat ride to see
fireworks, a bowling outing, potluck dinners and
holiday activities, i.e., Halloween Carnival,
Christmas Party, Easter Egg Hunt and a Passover
Seder. Parishioners join our acolytes in traveling
to the National Acolyte Festival, turning this spiritually inspiring
trip into one of fun and fellowship as well!! Groups within Christ
Church organize social gatherings for fellowship amongst
themselves.
Inreach                                                  Christmas Potluck, December 2009
College Care packages are sent to our college students twice a year,
near the end of their winter and spring semesters. Items are donated
and “thinking of you” notes are written by parishioners, then the
packages are assembled by our Sunday School and Youth Group.
At Christmas time, parishioners bake batches of cookies, and tins of
Christmas cookies are then delivered to our homebound parishioners.
Our parish family comes to the aid of fellow parishioners needing pastoral counseling, financial
assistance, clothing, local supermarket gift cards, home repairs and anything else put before
them. In the last two years Christ Church volunteers put new roofs over the houses of two
parishioner families.


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    Stewardship:
    There are two committees under Stewardship: Financial and Property. Parishioners serving on
    these committees assume the responsibility of taking care of our church’s property and financial
    matters.
    Finance Committee
•    Our Finance Committee has four members, consisting of parishioners with extensive business
    management, investment, financial and computer experience.
•     This committee meets at the end of each quarter, with additional meetings held as needed, and
    is charged with the oversight of the accounting procedures and maintenance of the financial
    records for the church.
•     Presently, we have one volunteer with an extensive business background, who, along with our
    bookkeeper/administrative assistant, works in the office under the direction of the Finance
    Committee.
    Property Committee
•     Our Property Committee has six members, consisting of parishioners with experience in
    carpentry, electric, painting, plumbing, and gardening.
•     This committee is charged with maintaining, restoring and beautifying our church buildings
    and grounds, and meets only as needed.
•    All volunteers working on our church property do so under the direction of the Property
    Committee.
•     At present, we are without a Sexton. A cleaning service comes every two weeks, lawn care and
    snow removal are also contracted out.
•     Our property was last inspected on May 19, 2008. This inspection revealed damage from
    animal invasion in the attic above the apartment, and damaged roofs over the Parish House near
    the Bell Tower and the vestibule in the mansion. These repairs have been completed.

                                           Affiliations
    We “open our doors” to all persons, area groups and organizations. Our Parish Hall is newly
    decorated and we have an Estonia baby-grand piano in our Sanctuary. The following
    groups/organizations utilize our facilities year-round:
    Alcoholics Anonymous: Meet every Thursday in our choir room, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    Grace Lutheran Church: In the recent past we have conducted joint services on Good Friday
    and Thanksgiving emphasizing music with combined choirs and guest musicians.
    Mainland Choral Society: Meet in our sanctuary on Wednesday, September through
    December and February through May for practice, 7:30 p.m.
       · Hold two wonderful concerts annually in our Sanctuary
       · Sponsor two Spaghetti Dinners annually in our parish hall
       · Both events receive great community support!!


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Polish-American Club: Meet in our parish hall on the fourth Sunday of each month,
September through June, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Several other groups (dance clubs, etc.) use the Parish Hall on a regular basis as you will often
find activity there days and evenings.




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                                Our Parish Finances
The following data represents Christ Church’s finances for the years 2007 through 2010. Due to
changes in accounting software, the formats for the following reports are not all the same. Note
that our parish finances were recently certified by the accounting firm of Murray & Becker, LLC.
The Wardens and Vestry of Christ Church are aware the following financial data show significant
deficits in 2008 and 2009 which were the result from decreased revenues and increased costs.
While a modest surplus is projected for 2010, this is largely the result of a decrease in costs due
to the switch from a full time Interim Rector in early 2010 to the use of Supply Clergy for the re-
mainder of the year. Should Christ Church be blessed with a new permanent Rector during 2010,
then we will likely see a deficit in 2010. While our endowment is approximately $200k, we can-
not sustain deficit spending indefinitely. Our sincere hope is the arrival and ministry of a new
permanent Rector will result in increased attendance (and revenues) and thereby return our bal-
ance sheet to profitability.




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           Our Needs and Expectations of Our New Rector
Increasing the number of parishioners attending our church.
       Over the past few years, we experienced a fluctuation in the number of parishioners
       attending. At present, we are experiencing a decrease, especially of young families and
       youth.

Deepening our personal and spiritual relationship with God through:
      spiritually moving and inspirational sermons that guide us in living faithful lives;
      planning and leading worship sensitive to the needs of our congregation;
      developing/supporting educational and spiritual groups.

Taking an active role with our youth, especially being involved with our youth programs and
including children in the worship service.

Increasing our morale and sense of excitement about our congregation’s future, as changes
in our recent past have caused a decrease.

Making our presence known by increasing our visibility in the community, reaching out to
those in need and sharing the Word with the unchurched.

Providing a caring ministry for the homebound, infirm and bereaved.

Providing pastoral care to parishioners dealing with personal problems.

Promoting open communication between our parish leaders (rector and vestry) and
members of our congregation regarding important decisions about the life of our church and
handling of conflicts.

Being “visible” to all groups within our church organization.

Promoting spiritual growth and fellowship by encouraging parishioners to discover their gifts
for ministry and service, and to participate in our church programs and events.

Promoting a good stewardship campaign.

Providing strong parish leadership.

In summary, we seek to serve our Lord’s will and spread the Good News by growing
spiritually and in number, and pray for a rector who will guide us, care for us and equip us
in our journey.




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             Photos




Our Chapel          Original House and Parish Hall




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Installing our new Choir Director, February 2010




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  Acolyte Festival, National Cathedral October 2009




Fourth of July Boat Trip   Chapel Window   The Sign in Front




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Fundraising for Autism       Seder Supper 2009




     Seder Supper 2009     Halloween Party 2009   Easter Cross of Flowers




                         Ski Trip Survivors




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