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Crossings is the insert in the service leaflet in church and also available here online.

September 21, 2014


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 3-12:
  • 9:00 — During the sermon, children of all ages are invited to gather in the Baptistery for a time of prayer, scripture, and song.
  • 10:00 — Children’s Formation Hour: Children ages 3-5 and 9-12 meet in the Sheepfold. Children ages 6-8 meet on the Parish Hall stage.
  • 11:00 — At the singing of the Gloria, children depart for Catechesis in procession, following the Cross. Children ages 3-5 go left to the Sheepfold; children ages 6+ go right to the Parish Hall. They return during the Offertory for Holy Communion.

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.

ADULT FORMATION takes place at 9:00 AM in the Parish Hall.
  • Today: God’s Sovereign Salvation (Isaiah 43-45)
  • September 28: Our New Shepherd (Ezekiel 34)

HEALING PRAYER: Teams are available after the service, following the postlude. One team prays at the altar on the left side; another team (including a priest) is available in the library (off the front lobby).

HOSPITALITY MINISTRY: Please join us for a fellowship meal in the Parish Hall following the 11:00 AM service. Thanks to all of you who have volunteered to help, especially with clean-up and soup making. We still need a few more volunteers. We need more help with prep and serving on Sunday mornings, and assistant cooks to help on an occasional basis depending on the schedule. If you can help, please contact Allegra (email).

FAMILY PROMISE GUESTS: We are hosting Family Promise guests this evening, September 21 to Sunday morning September 28.  Contact Kathy Bourgault (email) or Ann Droppers (email) for more information or questions. 

ACTS 2:42 SMALL GROUPS REGISTRATION is winding down! Join one of many small groups forming in a variety of towns serving as home to Christ the Redeemer parishioners. Groups will meet weekly-ish or monthly. Let us know your preference and availability by filling out a KNOCK, KNOCK card located at each doorway. Place your registration card in the offering plate or in the ACTS 2:42 boxes. You may also register online from here. We hope to have a least one group that will serve families with children. Space is limited to keep groups smaller, so please register immediately to allow for geographic placement and choice of meeting night as far as possible. Experience life in community as the model of the early church in Acts 2:42.

REMINDER: Please do not bring coffee or other refreshments into the church, and please do not take flash photos during worship services. Thank you.


BAND OF BROTHERS, a group, for Christ the Redeemer men in their 20s and 30s, meets weekly on Monday nights at 7:00 PM for fellowship, Bible study, and prayer. Contact Adam Gosnell (email) for more information.

TUESDAY BIBLE STUDY meets in the sacristy Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00 PM.  For more information, please call Richard Thorndike (978-922-3618).

NEW TO CHRIST THE REDEEMER? If you are new to CTR (arrived in the past few months) please join us Wednesday evening, September 24, 7:00 PM, at the Claytons. For info or directions, contact Fr. Tim (email) or JoAnn (email).

10 DAYS OF PRAYER: From September 24 through October 4, multiple churches on the North Shore will come together in unity to worship, pray, and celebrate the Lord’s table together, from 7:00-9:00 PM each evening. Please save these dates; locations will follow.

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY:Join us on Thursdays at 10:00 AM. This fall Carol Powers is leading a study on “Women in Scripture.” Soak in scripture and see that as women we are His beloved, His delight, and His daughters. Hear God’s calling and purpose for you in the home, in the church, and in the world. Join us for fellowship, refreshments, scripture study, discussion, and shared prayer. Contact Carol (email) or Kim Ober (email) with questions or to request materials.

MUSIC OPPORTUNITIES: God gives us gifts with which to serve him; use your musical talents by participating with Christ the Redeemer music ensembles. New members welcome!
  • Choir of Christ the Redeemer, for adults and high school students, rehearses in the Church, 7:15-9:15 PM, on Thursdays. Child care can be available if needed. The choir will sing the later service most Sundays, September 7 through Trinity Sunday in May, as well as special services such as Choral Evensong, All Souls, Christmas Eve, Christmas Lessons & Carols, Ash Wednesday, and the Holy Week Triduum. Contact Minister of Music Dan McKinley (978-774-3163x353; email).
  • Children’s Choirs (grades 1-8), starting Wednesday, September 10, 4:00 PM. Contact Dan McKinley or Cyndi Kreyling (email).


CHORAL EVENSONG, Sunday, September 28, 5:00 PM, in the Church with incense. Choral Evensong, possibly the most distinctive Anglican service, is noted for its extraordinarily thrilling music. Developed by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer in the mid 1500s, this classic service is based on the ancient monastic practices of awaiting God’s presence, hearing him speak through his word, and offering intercessory prayer. The Officiant and choir chant or sing the prayers and canticles. The Choir of Christ the Redeemer will sing for the Feast of St. Michael & All Angels, including works by Malcolm Archer, Richard Ayleward, Jacob Handl, and William H. Harris. The congregation will sing hymns; Fr. James will officiate; Fr. Malcolm will preach a brief homily. Pray to God by candlelight and with glorious music. Reception follows in Parish Hall. 

LECTURE AT GORDON COLLEGE, free and open to the public. Katie Kresser (Seattle Pacific University) speaking on “The Surprising Muse: Reflections on Art and Faith.” Time: Tuesday, September 30, 4:30 PM. (Reception at 4:00 PM). Place: Ken Olsen Science Center, Chairman’s Room. For more information, contact the Center for Faith and Inquiry at Gordon College (email).

REGISTER NOW! Have you ever wondered why people in the Bible seemed to easily hear God speaking directly to them? Have you wondered if it was possible for you to hear God's voice? Our speaker, Dr. Mark Virkler, will address the topic, HOW TO HEAR GOD'S VOICE, at our October 3 & 4 healing conferenceYou won't want to miss this interactive learning experience on communing with God. Don’t wait until the last minute; register now and invite your friends and relatives! Brochures, with registration form, can be picked up on one of the information racks at the entrances or on the Welcome Table in the Parish Hall, or downloaded from our website. Registration fee of $85 includes lunch and materials.

CONFIRMATION: Our next Confirmation service will be held on November 23. All who are interested, please contact Fr. Brian (email). Confirmation classes will be held in the Baptistery from 1:00-2:30 PM on Sundays, October 4, 12, 26, November 9, and 16.

STUDENTS AND YOUNG ADULTS GATHERING coming on Friday, October 10. Save the date! More details later. Come and receive a free copy of Christopher West’s book, Fill These Hearts: God, Sex, and the Universal Longing, which we’ll discuss this fall. For info contact Fr. Tim (email) or JoAnn (email).

FILMS WORTH TALKING ABOUT begins another season of fellowship, good food, and fine movies starting on Saturday, October 11, at 6:30 PM. Our opening feature is Fearless, starring Jeff Bridges as a survivor of a plane crash who bonds with a woman whose child is killed in the crash. This is a thoughtful, meditative film from director Peter Weir, a film that takes on the big questions; many thought it should have won an Oscar for Best Picture in 1993. Please be mindful that the crash itself is tasteful but intense. RSVP to Michael Chiusano (978-927-3095).

5K WALK TO END HOMELESSNESS: Join Christ the Redeemer’s team ("Walking in Christ’s Love”) on Saturday, October 18 at Lynch Park in Beverly as we raise funds for Family Promise, and spread the word about how to “End Homelessness, One Family at a Time”. To join the team, simply click here, click on Registration, then Join Team, and select our team—“Walking in Christ’s Love.” Registration begins at 8AM, and the walk begins at 9. Food, raffles, prizes, and music to follow at 11AM.


THANK YOU: Ron & Kathy Bourgault would like to thank Christ the Redeemer parishioners for their love, prayers, and the beautiful Peace Lily. The Peace Lily will be a beautiful reminder of the tremendous healing, love, and peace we have experienced through your prayers.

REVERSE MISSION HOUSING NEED: Jack Melvin and Fr. Roberto, one of our missionaries to Honduras and the priest he works with, are in need of housing for 2-3 weeks in October. Exact dates will be available soon. They will be visiting area churches and speaking at Christ the Redeemer on October 12. If you can help, please contact Wendy Wyman (email).

THE CONNECTION debuts this fall with a welcoming Christ the Redeemer parishioner poised to meet and greet newcomers before and after each service in the front lobby (Elliott Street). It’s easy. Arrive 10-15 minutes before your favorite service to greet friends and unfamiliar faces. Be available in the same spot after the service, as soon as the Postlude begins, to say hello to new faces who might feel a bit invisible. Something simple like, “We’re glad you came; hope you’ll join us again…” Welcome cards will be available. You would serve on a rotating basis with three or four others from the same service. Jump on board with WORD & SACRAMENT to WORSHP & SERVE! It’s a way to worship at one service and serve at another. If you would like to serve in this area or want more info, contact JoAnn (978-774-3163).

NURSERY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Volunteers are needed during the 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM services to provide childcare in our nursery one Sunday per month. Please consider working in the nursery during the hour that you will not be attending a service. If you are interested, please contact Jean Sword (email; 978-473-9587). Volunteers should be 16+ in age.

ONE BEDROOM HOUSE FOR RENT October 8 – December 30 on Great Neck, Ipswich. Views of ocean and Plum Island; access to private beach & kayak. Winterized sun porch futon for additional sleeping.
Contact Catherine (email).

BEVERLY FARMS HOME FOR RENT November 1 (possibly earlier). Four bedrooms, 3 full/1 half bathrooms, fireplace, eat-in kitchen, large basement storage area, backyard, front porch; across from library, near shops and park, walking distance to West Beach. Contact Susannah (sketchumglass@gmail.com).

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!

IMPORTANT ON STREET PARKING INFORMATION: Planning and traffic personnel from Danvers have asked that Christ the Redeemer attendees ONLY PARK their vehicles on the westbound side (towards Rte. 128) on Elliott Street and NOT on the eastbound (towards Beverly) side. Please see the parking map for our designated parking areas. Thank you for your cooperation; we greatly appreciate those who park on Elliott Street to leave room in our lot for those needing to park closer to the building.

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.

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).

MEMORIAL LIBRARY FUND: We are accepting special donations for the Greg Russo Memorial Library, as a way of honoring Greg’s ministry to us in helping get a CTR library started and healthy.

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.

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.

  1. Proceed in an orderly manner to the nearest FIRE EXIT. Notify an usher if you need assistance.
  2. Proceed to the Rallying Point on the lawn in front of the Sheepfold trailer on west side of building. DO NOT GO TO YOUR CAR. Your children will meet you there.
  3. Await further instructions in that location.

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.

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

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