Weekly Chimes, September 20, 2017

Please take note: Our two Sunday Worship Services, 8 and 10am, will resume on October 1st.
Sunday School starts October 1st at 10am in the Parish House

Christ Church ~ Swansea, MA

I will be assisting in the facilitation for the Diocese’s

Racial Reconciliation and Social Justice Ministry Team
This work we do is so important for our identity as Christians.

I invite you to participate; Friday-Saturday, Sept. 29-30 at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul (138 Tremont Street) in Boston.

We will have  opportunities to share experiences, reflect on current issues and develop tools for change.

If you are interested, please visit the diocesan website and sign up.


Since the 1991 General Convention, the Episcopal Church has approved resolutions that invite Episcopalians, lay and ordained, to repent the sin of racism and to work for its eradication.  During the 2012 General Convention, the Episcopal Church recommitted to the resolution and dedicated itself to continuing to work against the sin of racism for the next three triennia, until 2018.
Antiracism training, oversight and implementation is to be carried out on provincial and diocesan levels, to develop new programs to dismantle structures of racism and integrate the practices of antiracism into ongoing life.   The Committee of the Church, a committee of the Episcopal Church’s Executive Council, has been tasked with guiding, monitoring and evaluating this ongoing work and recommending best practices.
Presently, as an initiative of the canons of Province I (the seven New England dioceses), a task force is in the process of developing a resource that will be used, adapted and replicated by dioceses collectively and/or individually to enhance clergy and lay cultural competency. The canons have expressed a desire to move beyond antiracism training to stress positive competency and broaden the parameters to include cultural aspects and explore other forms of “-isms.”
The Diocese of Massachusetts is committed to this work of reconciliation and has engaged it through programming on a variety of levels:  bishop-led discussion, self-study, exploration of collusion with oppression, worship, parish initiatives, Resource Days and other workshops.
The training method involves participatory education which offers participants opportunities to share experiences, reflections on current issues and develop tools for change.
The goals of Seeing the Face of God in Each Other are:
1. To create an environment which will promote a collegial community of mutual learning.
2. To promote learning which is both experiential and intellectual by having participants analyze the dynamics of power and oppression on the personal, the interpersonal, the institutional and systemic levels so that they can engage in the visioning of an alternate reality for the church and society.
3. To explore ways all Episcopalians can transform racist and other oppressive structures in the church and community and work to promote cultural competency, an antiracist multicultural and fully inclusive country.
Bless you as we continue to seek and see Christ in each other!   

Fr. Alan+

The 232nd annual Diocesan Convention takes place on
Saturday, Nov. 4 at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul (138 Tremont
Street) in Boston.
Pre-convention forums in October will offer an
important opportunity for learning and discussion about the issuesand business to come before the convention, including resolutions and the proposed budget.
Forums are scheduled to take place from
7 to 9 p.m. on:
* Wednesday, Oct. 18
at the Church of the Good Shepherd (74 High Street) in Wareham;
* Thursday, Oct. 19
at Emmanuel Church (5 Bryant Street) in
* Tuesday, Oct. 24
at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul (138Tremont Street) in Boston; and
* Wednesday, Oct. 25
at St. Elizabeth’s Church (1 Morse Road) in

Christ Church
Vestry and Leadership

Rick Kirkpatrick and Susan Pavao

Bruce Simbro

Jacki Bates

Vestry Members
Susanna Baker,
Bruce Baldwin
Muriel Driscoll,
Cathy Hague,
Christina Peterson,
Shirley Stasiowski.

Financial Clerk-
Nancy Teasdale

Delegates to Diocesan Convention-
Peggy and Al Deston

Delegate to Mount Hope/Buzzard’s Bay Deanery-
Carole Aubin

Loving God, Yourself and Others in Disaster Response
Many Christians know that the greatest commandment is to love God with all of our heart, soul and mind. We are also commanded to love our neighbor as we love ourselves (
Matthew 22:37-40).
Episcopal Relief & Development’s partners respond to disasters.Episcopal Relief & Development is not a first-responder organization. They don’t wait for a disaster to happen, then immediately arrive to rescue folks. There are organizations who already do that very well. Instead, they find it much more effective when they work with communities and let them take the lead.
Work begins by partnering with dioceses and congregations, in many cases well before a disaster happens. The Church is there before a disaster happens, during the peak of a disaster and long after the TV cameras have gone, the Church will still be there. That is why they partner with dioceses and congregations, because they are the bedrock of their communities – called on by Jesus to care for the most vulnerable among them.
ERD Partners In Response team, reminds those responding locally to a disaster that they will be cared for throughout the duration of the response. They are also encouraged to go back to their usual routines. When it’s safe for them and their congregation to return to worship, do that. If they regularly have an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting or a food pantry or work with the homeless, keep those things going. They explain that disaster recovery is not the best time to take on something new.
Responders are remarkable people. They find out what their most vulnerable neighbors need and try to give it to them. They do this with the assets they have such as church buildings, washing machines or even vehicles. Many times, the generosity of others throughout The Episcopal Church might provide our partners with gift cards to major stores where folks can buy food, medicine, diapers and other needed items. These small cards can go a long way in sharing love and care for others.
And that brings me back to loving God with all our heart, soul and mind. When we act to restore the most vulnerable in our communities, we reflect God for our neighbors, giving them a sense of what it means to love, including the love of self. When we show this love to others, we show God to others, because God is love.
Please pray for the partners of Episcopal Relief & Development who are actively responding to disasters at this time. Pray that they will have the tools they need to care for themselves, the resources and planning they need to meet the needs of their communities and that they will know the grace of God as they respond in love to the needs of others.

In our Prayers
Let us pray for those who are ill, troubled, or in any need or adversity:  Ellen Mockas, Brian Boutin, Tom King, Heather Oliver, Janice & Bill Turner, Lawrence Aubin Jr., Lourdes Melo, Vicki Piazza, Charles Otley, Edith Miranowicz, Bob MacGregor, Olive Ormerod, Susan Pritchard, Michael Fino, Joyce Sokolski, Richard Perkins, Kristin Frazier, Maureen W., Deborah Hooker, Missie Sokolski, Mark & Vicki Walmsley, Dale Davol, Brian Vieira, Simone Baugh, Joyce Sunderland, Nancy Hall, Bobby Colantonio, Sue Pavao, Michael Heffernan, Debra Barbosa, Anthony Waring, Beverly Silva, Theresa Scott, Mark A., Rosalie George, Dylan Bednarik, Jenny, Ali, Judith Fardig, Donna Moore, Donna Triggs, Bob Brown, Richard Soughers, Esther Mello, Raymond & B. Joyce Dube, Dorothy P., Claudine Stanton, John Cormier, and Kathleen Lomen.
In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Parishes of the North Shore Deanery: St. Michael’s Church, Marblehead; St. Mary’s Church, Rockport; Grace Church, Salem; St. Peter’s Church, Salem; and Secretaries and Administrators.
In the Swansea Cycle of Prayer: We pray for our brothers and sisters at New Hope Christian Church.
Let us give thanks for birthdays: E. Virginia Orzechowski, Kevin Munro, Sharon Munro, Gloria Smith, Stephanie Reed, Sandy Grace, Jordon Martin, and Carter Cantafio.
Flowers have been given to the Glory of God to enhance the beauty of our worship. We remember especially,     
Dr. Donald & Doris Peters, and Mae C. Bridge, in whose memory the altar flowers are given byChris & Garry Gillette.

All are welcome to Christ Church! 

Please feel free to participate fully in our worship and in the life of the parish.
We are a joyful community celebrating Jesus Christ.

Wherever you are on your spiritual journey,  
you are welcome here.
Those serving Sunday  
Minister of Music:  Al Deston,
Lay Eucharistic Minister: Sue Carvalho,  
Lector: Pam Kirkpatrick,

 Greeter: Betty Traynor,  
Altar Guild: Nancy Teasdale & Cindy Brown,  
Counters: Sue & Steve Carvalho.
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57 Main Street
Swansea , MA 02777
Christ Episcopal Church, 57 Main Street, Swansea , MA 02777
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