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Table of Contents for April 15, 2021
 
PULSE OF THE PARISH -  The Lord Who Heals & Covid Policy Update
REMINDERSNew Healing Service, 4 PM Outdoor Service, Wednesday Midday Eucharist, Retreat on the Book of Common Prayer
WORSHIP - Sunday, Online Worship Resource Links, Bishop's Visit-Date Changed, Flower Memorial
MISSION
LIFE TOGETHER -  Introducing Erin MacDonald, Thank You
CATECHESIS - Save the Date- Camp Araminta, Gospel Play: The Faces of Easter: Part 2
PRAYER -
For the Discouraged and Downcast, Gulf Atlantic Diocesan Prayer Cycle Second Quarter
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PULSE OF THE PARISH


The Lord Who Heals

Fr. Craig invites us all to come together tonight for our first Healing Prayer Service at 7 p.m. in the Nave. This monthly gathering is for all who are looking for wholeness in body, mind, or spirit or who are petitioning God on behalf of others. Come and pray with us.
 
To meet with one of our Priests, email:

Fr. Craig - cstephans@ccasav.org
Fr. Joe – jgasbarre@ccasav.org
Fr. Drew – dmiller@ccasav.org

COVID POLICY UPDATE

From the CCA Vestry, April 15, 2021

The leaders of CCA recognize the ongoing differences in opinions, habits, and needs regarding wearing masks at church functions including our worship services. The diversity of individual conviction regarding requiring masks within the church covers the spectrum from those who are adamant to wear them and those who are adamant not to wear them. 

At this point in time, we believe it is a reasonable approach to allow wearing masks at church functions to be optional according to those personal convictions. The city's latest mask mandate allows churches flexibility in setting expectations for gatherings. We also believe wearing masks or not wearing masks is not indicative of any characteristic that justifies commending one over the other in terms of spiritual or moral virtues. It is simply a matter of preference that we want to acknowledge. 

Please humbly respect those who demonstrate a different conviction than your own. We ask you to also understand that CCA leadership is trying to go forward faithfully and carefully regarding these decisions which, with so many voices, are simply not straightforward.

Our love for each other and mutual respect is what we want to keep in mind and honor.

 "How good and pleasant it is when the people of God dwell together in unity."

Your feedback is welcome and will be taken seriously. 


REMINDERS


NEW HEALING SERVICE
Tonight (Every 3rd Thursday), 7 PM, Nave
 
4 PM OUTDOOR SERVICE 
This service is no longer offered for the time being. 
 
WEDNESDAY MIDDAY EUCHARIST
Wednesdays, 12 PM, Nave (Continuing Through Eastertide)


RETREAT ON THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER
Saturday, May 1, 9 AM – 12 PM, Wesley Gardens Retreat Center

RSVP HERE> by April 28 Contact Fr. Joe to learn more.

WORSHIP


Third Sunday of Easter
April 18, 2021

Holy Eucharist Services 
  • 8 AM, Holy Eucharist, Nave
     
  • 10:30 AM, Holy Eucharist, Nave & Livestreaming.

    Nursery available for this service. Infants through 4 years old.

Compline
  • 8 PM in the Nave & Livestreaming
Masks are required for all indoor services.
For more details visit our Worship Services & Online Resources page or use the links in the Online Worship Resources section of this newsletter.
Collect

Almighty God, you gave your only Son to be for us both a sacrifice for sin and an example of godly living: Give us grace thankfully to receive his inestimable benefits, and daily to follow the blessed steps of his most holy life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Readings for this Day
  • Micah 4:1-5
  • Psalm 98:1-5
  • 1 John 1:1—2:2
  • Luke 24:36-49
Online Worship Resource Links

Did you know that we have a Worship Services & Online Resource page located under the Worship menu on our website. The links below are direct links to access service bulletins and other online worship resources on our website. These links are great to save as favorites on your device. The church website is www.ccasav.org.

Bishop's Visit

May 7 - 9, 2021 Multiple Events  - Date has been changed - please mark your calendars.

Bishop Neil Lehbar’s dates to visit CCA have recently changed.  

Fr. Craig’s Installation service will now be held on Friday, May 7 at 7 p.m. in the Nave.  

Other gatherings that will be impacted include:  

  • Confirmands to Meet with Bishop – Saturday, May 8, 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Hebron Hall
  • Vestry to Meet with Bishop – Saturday, May 8, 12 – 2:30 p.m., Hebron Hall
  • Holy Eucharist Services & Confirmation at 10:30 AM with the Bishop – Sunday, May 9

Look for more information to come regarding this special weekend.

Flower Memorial


LIFE TOGETHER


What's in a Name?

Now that we are back in person, please wear your CCA name tags to help us with our life together. This fosters community and is especially helpful for our new members and visitors. If you don’t own a CCA name tag, please let the office know and we will order one for you.

Introducing Erin MacDonald

CCA's New Children's Ministry Coordinator
We are very excited to announce a new staff position at Christ Church Anglican. Erin Macdonald has accepted the position as our new Children’s Ministry Coordinator. Erin’s experience with children, teaching/education, curriculum development, but especially her theological grounding in the Gospel expressed through liturgical worship all greatly qualify her for this position. 

The purpose of this position is to:
  • Organize and oversee volunteer recruitment and training related to Little Church and Gospel Play.
  • Communication and preparation of ministries.
  • Supervising the nursery and developing its own spiritual formation.
  • Working towards missional opportunities connecting the church to children’s ministry. 
This ministry will be in collaboration with Fr. Joe and is a part time position. Erin begins this month, and we are excited to see various ministries brought back into the life of the Church and even to wonder how God is doing something new for our children. We ask for your patience and grace as we work towards the re-starting of these ministries. 

Please welcome Erin and pray for us as we seek God’s direction in ministry together. Learn more about her below:

Erin and her husband Alec have been members of Christ Church Anglican since their marriage in 2018. She joined staff as Children's Coordinator in 2020 after nearly a decade serving children as a teacher and soccer coach in public schools in Florida and Georgia.
Erin grew up the daughter of a Christian Chaplain in the US Army Special Forces, and learned to call many places home. She first communicated a personal understanding and acceptance of the Gospel as a toddler, and believes children have a unique role in the church both as learners and teachers. She is passionate about intergenerational discipleship, the centrality of the Gospel, and experiential learning.

As a graduate of Florida State University, where she studied Literature and Religion, Erin is a fan of FSU Football as well as St. Louis Blues Hockey. In her free time, Erin enjoys hiking with Alec and their dog Zephyr, reading both for entertainment and edification, pursuing opportunities for SCUBA diving, museum hopping with friends, making music, and tending her garden.

To contact Erin or volunteer to assist in the Children's ministry, please email emacdonald@ccasav.org

Thank You!

Notes of Thanks for Easter Lilies
Thank you to the Flower Guild for this beautiful ministry and to all the CCA families that helped deliver 13 lilies to our home bound parishioners in love and celebration of Easter!
 
Dear Christ Church Clergy, Flower Guild Members, and Staff,
I would like to express my sincere appreciation for the thoughtful and beautiful gift of the Easter Lily. As illness has kept me close to home for the past two months, the message of cheer and reminder of our Lord’s Resurrection has been very healing for my soul. Thanks to Bridget and Jim Gardner who delivered the Lily to me Easter Sunday.

In Christ, Ginny Nease
Thanks for the lovely Easter lily.
So very thoughtful!

Thank you, Mary Waddell

CATECHESIS


Eastertide Sunday School 

Beginning this Sunday , 9:15 AM, Hebron Hall
The season of Easter is all about the new. The resurrection turned everything upside down, but how does Scripture reveal what’s new to us? God has done something new for us and is doing something new in us. What does that look like? This Eastertide we will be exploring these questions of the “new” with some of Paul’s letters from the New Testament, particularly Colossians. We begin this Sunday focusing on our new status with God. 

Save the Date - Camp Araminta

July 19 - 24, 2021
Camp Araminta is a Gulf Atlantic Diocese camp for 4th – 12th graders. CCA’s Nickles family has been an active part of this camp, experiencing discipleship as they have gone from campers to councilors over the last many years. Last year Carol Dennison and Emily Grace James had a chance to participate virtually due to Covid. They had a blast! Registration will open soon.

LEARN MORE>

Gospel Play: The Faces of Easter (Part: 2)

We continue to walk with Jesus in the great 50 days of Easter. Jesus loves surprising His disciples. Today He is going to surprise them with breakfast, commission them for ministry, His ascension to the Father, and the ultimate surprise of the Holy Spirit. Let’s wonder.

PRAYER


For the Discouraged and Downcast

(As we prepare for tonight's Healing Service . . .)
O God, almighty and merciful, you heal the broken-hearted, and turn the sadness of the sorrowful to joy, Let your fatherly goodness be upon all whom you have made. Remember in pity all those who are this day destitute, homeless, elderly, infirm, or forgotten. Bless the multitude of your poor. Lift up those who are cast down. Mightily befriend innocent sufferers, and sanctify to them the endurance of their wrongs. Cheer with hope all who are discouraged and downcast, and by your heavenly grace preserve from falling those whose poverty tempts them to sin. Though they be troubled on every side, suffer them not to be distressed; though they are perplexed, save them from despair. Grant this, O Lord, for the love of him who for our sakes became poor, your Son our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

From The 2019 ACNA Book of Prayer

For the Diocese


GULF ATLANTIC DIOCESAN PRAYER CYCLE  Second Quarter 2021
 
"For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake."
2 Corinthians 4:5






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