Parish Luncheon Sunday July 3rd Please join us @ 12:15 even if you don't make it to church! Bring a dish or a drink to share.
Welcome team & Prayer team We have some wonderful gift bags for visitors. But we need people to help give them to people. So, if you like being hospitable, consider being a church host one Sunday a month. Many people need our prayers, often done in a personal way. You don't have to be a great, articulate orator, but you do have to have compassion. God can help you with words if you have the will. Consider being a member of the prayer team.
Giving and Stewardship Anne and I decided to give at least 10% of our net income to the local church back in 1984. We were both working, I was also a student, and we were going to have our first child. We knew that the Christian understanding of giving is not a legalistic one, but we also noticed all the 10% giving in the Old Testament, and decided it was a goal to shoot for. Over the years we still use that as a benchmark. We also decided we would do our giving to the church first, and pay all our other bills second. Quickly I discovered that we could be more generous than I realized. For years, I had only given after I'd taken care of everything else. Suddenly it was obvious that my appetite for entertainment, gadgets, and more meant that many weeks there was nothing left to give. Slowly my money priorities have grown closer to my stated values. Occasionally I think about the things we could have done with the money we've given away. But more often than not, I am grateful for all the good that has been done.
4th of July! Our offices will be closed Monday. Have a safe, blessed Independence Day!
Summer Church As I child I loved summer! For me it meant more time outside, more time with family, and often a trip to the beach. What never really dawned on me until I was a parent, was how we still made time to go to church even on vacation. Almost every Sunday we were on vacation we went to a local church, usually but not always the Episcopal Church. My father is a clergyperson, but often it was my mom who was the instigator. A couple of weeks ago, on a short two day journey to Colorado for a nephew's wedding, my dad and I went to the Episcopal Church in the small town of Granby. I was very grateful to be there. The Bishop of Colorado was there, and his sermon was superb, and I am still processing some of the things he said. I was uplifted and encouraged. And it gave me time to remember and pray for our Christ Church family and those who were leading worship here in Laredo. If you are away over a Sunday this summer, plan on going to a Church, Episcopal or otherwise wherever you are. It is a way of connecting with God, and with our brothers and sisters in Christ. And you might find they are doing something worth emulating that would help us here at Christ Church, so then come back and share it with the rest of us!