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!
Baptism instead of Baby Shower! Alison Hadley Hilburn and Anne Frey were hoping to throw a church baby shower for Nikki and Mary, a couple of weeks ago but baby boy Zadkiel surprised everyone and came early! His baptism is coming up on Sunday, June 26th.at the 11:00 service. Anne and Alison still want our church family to have the opportunity to shower them with baby gifts. So if you would like to do so, the registry info is below. Gifts can be brought on that Sunday or simply ordered and shipped.
Store: Toys R Us First Name: Nikaury Last Name: Rivera-Antongiorgi Registry Number: 57554916
The list can be found either under Nikki’s first and last names, or the registry number and they still have a good If you need more info, call Anne Frey – 956-285-2754
Saturday June 18 8 to 12 noon
Cleaning up our act!
We are having a parish work morning. We will be focused on cleaning, tree trimming, sweeping, cleaning the parking lot and more. Our Senior and Junior Wardens, Edward Glassford and Rich Gillard have a list of simple tasks that anyone over the age of 12 can help with.We have a beautiful spot, but like all places, it needs some tender loving care. Wear work clothes and bring your gloves and hats!
Growing Deeper - Sharing & Service
1. Churches grow warmer through fellowship. 2. Churches grow deeper through discipleship. 3. Churches grow stronger through worship. 4. Churches grow broader through ministry. 5. Churches grow larger through evangelism. (Pastor Rick Warren, “The Purpose Driven Church”)
I need fellowship and I need ministry. Sharing and Service. Both of those keep me sane. Both of them give me perspective on my joys, sorrows, and problems. Sharing in Christ means I can actually share my life with other Christians. I can let my hair down and talk about what is going on. Service is the opportunity to do something for someone else, which keeps me from being totally self-centered. Sharing and Service. This Saturday provides an opportunity for some of both. We will serve by cleaning our building and grounds. And hopefully we will get to share some of who we are with other members of our congretation.
Last week, at the 11:00 service, our Treasurer, Jim Moore, gave us the news that our giving has improved, our Yeti Cooler Raffle is beginning to get traction, and we have done some cost cutting and have refinanced the remaining balance of our loan for the roof, which has improved our monthly cash flow. Thank you!! One area of stewardship that could help Christ Church over the long term is legacy giving. Bequests or endowment funds are invested, and only part of the interest can be withdrawn to fund ministry. That insures that the endowment keeps growing and continues to generate money for the long haul. This Fall we will talk about how even smaller gifts can contribute to fund future ministry.