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

July 27, 2014


IMPORTANT ON STREET PARKING INFORMATION: At a recent meeting with planning and traffic personnel from Danvers we discussed concerns regarding the current on street parking situation on Elliott Street. We also learned that the town is considering future modification to the shoulder areas designated for on street parking to make them wider and safer. As they study the current Sunday morning traffic volume and parking patterns they 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.

NO SUMMER ADULT FORMATION TODAY: Join us next week at 9:10 AM in the Parish Hall as Scott Sterner leads a series of studies focusing on parts of the less frequently read New Testament books that are particularly relevant for us today. Come as you are able.

  • August 3: False and True Teachers (1 & 2 Timothy)

NURSERY NEWS–REMINDER: The nursery will be open but NOT STAFFED TODAY and on Sunday, August 10, due to vacation schedules. Feel free to use the space without us! If you are interested in joining our team and you are 16+, please contact Jean Sword (email). We’d love to have you and the help!

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY ON SUNDAY MORNINGS at the 10:30 AM service (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 service. 
  • Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: Children ages 3-5 follow the cross to the left during the singing of the Gloria and go to the Sheepfold; they return at the offertory.
  • Christ’s Lambs Liturgy: All registered children ages 6+ are invited to their own liturgy during the 10:30 AM service. Children follow the cross to the right during the singing of the Gloria for their own Liturgy of the Word (music, scripture, homily, prayer, confession, the peace, snacks, and fun activity) and return at the offertory. Registration forms are at the entrances and on the Welcome Table in the Parish Hall.
  • 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.

HEALING PRAYER: Teams are available after the 10:30 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: Even though our hospitality team is off for the summer, coffee and tea are available in the Parish Hall following the 10:30 AM service.

THE FUNERAL for our dear brother Greg Russo will be held at the church at 1:00 today. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall. All are invited to celebrate his life. He served as our parish librarian and died serving on a mission trip to Ninos con Valor in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Here is his obituary.

MEMBERSHIP REMINDER: If you were a member of Christ the Redeemer during the fiscal year 2013-2014, you should have received your 2014-2015 Membership Renewal Form by e-mail. Please return the forms at your earliest convenience. If you are a current member and have not received the form, please contact David (978-774-3163; email). Thank you.

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


IT’S SUMMER: Due to staff vacation schedules there may be times when there is no one in the office. In cases of emergency please refer to the clergy and staff contact information on the website.

SOAKING PRAYER will be offered on Mondays, from 6:00-8:00 PM, beginning Monday, July 21. We will offer soaking prayer weekly through August 25, in the trailer. You can come and go quietly as needed. If you are not familiar with soaking prayer it is coming into the presence of God in a posture of receiving, allowing Him to minister to you directly in body, mind, soul, and spirit. It involves either sitting with open hands or lying in stillness, relaxed and inwardly turning toward Jesus. Often gentle music in the background helps to focus on God and experience His presence. Soaking prayer is unique in that it does not involve exertion of effort in either prayer or study. Initially it may take time for our minds and spirits to clear of our other responsibilities or concerns, or to let go of the habit of coming before God in petition for others. This is a time set apart for you to simply rest in His presence and give him and opportunity to minister to you directly. He knows exactly what you need in any given moment. Your role simply is to receive!

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 Preston Conger (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).

ARE YOU INTERESTED in learning how to hear God’s voice? We will be offering a drop-in group utilizing Mark Virkler’s How To Hear God’s Voice curriculum. We will watch a DVD and then practice what we’ve learned. Come and get a taste of what you can expect to hear from him at our October conference. We will meet in the Parish Hall on Wednesdays, beginning Wednesday, July 16, from 7:00-9:00 PM. Those who have watched the DVD’s have been surprised at how their “listening skills” have grown. Come and bring your friends and learn together!


PARISH PICNIC: On Sunday, August 3, following the 10:30 AM service, we will hold our annual Parish Picnic. Join us at the home of Barbara Sears (25 Gardner St., Hamilton). Pack up your sandwiches, salads, snacks, desserts, and beverages. NO GRILL AVAILABLE! There is a swimming pool, tennis court, and area to play baseball; bring your suits, towels, and tennis & baseball equipment. Enjoy a fun time with fellow parishioners.

YOUNG ADULTS SUMMER SUMMIT 2014 will take place Saturday, August 9, from 9:00 AM–4:00 PM with a cookout afterward. Those in their 20s-30s (married or single) are invited to spend the day at the Ipswich home of JoAnn Buccigrosso. Heather Thornburg, a pastoral counselor at Christ the Redeemer, will speak on Appealing to Christ as our Mediator; Bob Craig, a spiritual director at Christ the Redeemer, and his wife Fran will speak on Our Identity as a People who Belong to Christ. Please email Preston Conger to RSVP or for more information.

OUR NEXT THIRD SATURDAY HEALING SERVICE takes place Saturday, August 16, 6:00 PM.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW for the HOW TO HEAR GOD'S VOICE healing conference, taking place October 3 & 4 with Dr. Mark Virkler. It’s not too early to register: $65 Registration fee includes lunch and materials.


A CAR & HOUSING IS NEEDED the week of August 12-23 by missionaries Dana and Randi Bates and their two children. If you can help, contact Lillian Harper (email).

FURNISHED in-town, Manchester-by-the-Sea one bedroom sublet, available August through December. $950 (negotiable) plus utilities per month. Contact Wendy Dixon for details (email).

FALL RENTAL AVAILABLE: 4 bedroom, 2 full bath, 2 half bath townhome available for rent in Beverly. Sunny kitchen, easy access to schools, gorgeous hardwood floors. Rent is $1900. Reduction available for rentals longer than a year. If interested, contact Julie Pierce (email).

NEED AN OFFICE SPACE? If you, or someone you know, is in need of an office or cubicle workspace to rent on a month-to-month basis, consider The Collective, located inside the Christ the Redeemer office suite in Danvers. Pick up an information card in the entrance lobbies for full details, visit the website, or talk to David Greening or Aaron Mahnke.

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).

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.
  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.

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.

WHERE DO I DONATE FURNITURE, CLOTHING, AND HOUSEHOLD ITEMS? There are many charitable organizations on the North Shore who will gladly receive your slightly used furniture, small appliances, kitchenware, and clothing items. Christ The Redeemer however, is NOT one of them. While we appreciate and encourage your generosity, we do not have the resources to process these items at the church or the space to store them. We encourage you to take your donations to your local thrift shop.

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.

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.