Weekly Chimes, Nov. 15, 2015

Electronic Chimes
Christ Church
57 Main Street
Swansea, MA 02777
In order to save money on postage, our weekly Electronic Chimes are emailed out.
We will only be mailing hard copies of the publication to those who do not have email.
Thank you for your understanding.
Thank you veterans!

We hold in Prayer Our Veterans and their Families
Isadore Andrade
Kevin Brooks (living)
William R. Brown (deceased)
Michael J. Carvalho (living)
Clark Davenport (living)
Albert Deston, III
Timothy H. Graff
John Gregory
Henry Ibbotson (living)
Elizabeth Gross Kirkpatrick (deceased)
Jacob LaFlamme
Zachary LaFlamme
Roland Medeiros
Derwood Ormerod
Maurice R. Therrien
Anthony A. Waring (living)

Marking Nov. 11 with prayer and gratitude: A Veterans Day message from Bishop Gates
Last week during a family visit I happened upon mementos of my father’s naval service at the end of World War II.

My dad graduated from college in May 1945 and went immediately to basic naval training at the Great Lakes naval centCourtesy PhotoEdward Gateser. He was deployed from San Diego at the end of July to serve on the U.S.S. Currituck, an AV7 seaplane tender, in the Philippines.  Within days of his shipping out, the war ended.  In the months that followed, Dad served on the Currituck in Lingayen Gulf and Okinawa, and in support of the reoccupation of the Chinese mainland.

I am keenly aware, as ever was he, that my father was fortunate enough not to see combat-that he and his family were spared the fear and grief endured by so many in those years, and in the long list of wars since that time.

Veterans Day this year continues commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.  It is an occasion for us to recollect with solemn gratitude the cessation of that war, to pray for an end to warfare and strife in every time and place and to give thanks for those who have served with honor in the armed forces of our nation.

O Judge of the nations, we remember before you with grateful hearts the men and women of our country who in the day of decision ventured much for the liberties we now enjoy. Grant that we may not rest until all the people of this land share the benefits of true freedom and gladly accept its disciplines.  This we ask in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.
[The Book of Common Prayer, p. 839]

Faithfully and gratefully,


The Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates


On behalf of the Outreach Group, we wish to thank everyone who bought tickets to our Lasagna Supper and/or Thanksgiving Raffle Baskets.  As a result, we raised approximately $800 which will be going towards several charitable endeavors.

Cindy Brown
Peggy Deston
Pauline Doane
Marsha Gauthier
Sandy Grace
Florence Lawrence
Sue McMullen
Heather Oliver
Joan Padrenoss
Judi Rocha
Bruce Simbro
Carol Taylor
Nancy Teasdale
Sue Carvalho
Carole Aubin
Salvation Army Clothe-A-Child Program
Everyone who signed up in the back of the church should have received their child/item “tag”.  If you didn’t, please contact Nancy Teasdale, 508-672-6865, e-mail: teas620714@comcast.net.  If you didn’t sign up, but are still interested in participating, please let Nancy know and she’ll pick up extra tag(s).  Please remember that all items must be received in the church NLT Sunday, December 6.
Advent Wreath Workshops
Carole Aubin is  offering an Advent Wreath workshop on Tuesday Nov 17th from 7 to 9pm, and Sunday Nov 22 from 11:30 to 1:00.  The cost of materials is $10.00.  Please sign up in the church or leave a message with the church office.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2015 at 3:00pm
followed by a coffee/punch and dessert reception in the Parish House.
The Very Merry Dickens Carolers dress in Victorian costumes and perform selections in soprano, alto, tenor and bass four-part a cappella harmony, written expressly for the group.
Adult Tickets $18.00 ($15.00 purchased in advance), Children 12 & under – $10.00.
Checks should be made payable to Christ Church, put “Christmas Concert” in memo line, and mailed to the church at 57 Main Street, Swansea, MA 02777.
Please include a contact number or email so advance purchases can be confirmed. Tickets will be held at the door on the day of the concert.
Additional information, contact Peggy Deston at 508-674-2245; email to pegdeston@aol.com or the Christ Church office at 508-678-0923
Church Nursery

Parents of Little One’s at Christ Church, Closing of the Nursery for now so we may expand our ministry to the youth.
Hi all,
We cleaned and moved the nursery and Sunday school upstairs creating a lovely nursery space for our smallest church goers in the Mary Case Classroom adjacent to the stage. It is truly a beautiful and much loved space by the children.   It is designed to be a safe place for children from birth to 3 years of age.
Re-creating a nursery at Christ Church became a passion of mine, once I brought our daughter into the world 5 years ago.   I remember being so excited when the nursery was up and running and gratefully signed up to rotate in as a caregiver one Sunday a month. I cherished the time to worship in peace without my daughter distracting me, as much as I cherished the moment she was brought over to participate in communion. The nursery is still in place for the 10 a.m. service and I am still involved in care giving, though my daughter is now in a regular Sunday School class, and she can’t wait to go to church each week.
Bringing her to nursery was a great introduction for her to experience the love of a church community, and then join me in worship and communion.   One of the proudest moments of my parenting came when my daughter began to sign the alleluia and recite the lords prayer with us in the service. She has been a part of Christ Church since her birth and I pray that this foundation will serve her well for the rest of her days.
I have gratefully coordinated our nursery volunteers – all mothers, fathers, and grandparents in our church community.Thank you all.  We look forward to working with the young people of Christ Church in a new and different way.
Julie Sanders, aka Rachel’s mom
Nursery coordinator
Confirmation 2015-2016

We are off to a great beginning!  It’s still not too late to join!
Schedule for Confirmation; November 22, December 6, December 20, January 10, January 24, February 14, February 28
Confirmation will be June 11th, 2016
We could use some parents or grandparents to volunteer to provide lunch on those Sundays we are meeting.  If interested, please contact Father Al.
November 29th – No Sunday School


December 27th – No Sunday School


Children’s Pageant – Epiphany Sunday, January 3rd at 10am.


Jr. High and High School Youth
Very soon please join us on Sunday Mornings in the loft.  We are about to do a new thing!

Join us for conversation and hanging out.  We will also begin to plan youth outings, directing the children’s pageant and talking about what outreach programs God might be calling us to do in the world.  Everyone is welcome!!!

Please contact Julie Sanders juliecharisse@comcast.net, Shelagh Wood Gouveia at Shelagh_wood@yahoo.com or Father Al for more information.

Christ Church Christmas Cards
Christ Church will be offering this beautiful image of the church for this year’s Christmas Card, along with note cards.

We will be selling Christmas Cards and note cards in packages of 5 for $7.50.

They should be coming from the printers shortly!
Christ Church Cookbook
Didn’t get the recipe from Aunt Hazel’s peanut brittle in to the cookbook by the deadline?  Don’t feel panicked!
Next year will mark Christ Church’s 170th Anniversary of her founding and we want to celebrate with an even larger cookbook and add a bit of history to it too!


Simply leave your tried and true recipes at the back of the church on the formatted sheets.


Good eating with God’s love!!


Thanksgiving Service
Wednesday, November 25th at 7:00pm
Christmas Service Schedule
Christmas Eve –
4:30 Special Music,  5pm Mass
Christmas Day — 10am
December 27th — 8am Holy Eucharist
— 10 am Lessons & Carols
January 3rd, Feast of the Epiphany — 8am Holy Eucharist
—  Children’s Epiphany Pageant with Holy Eucharist at 10 am.

Help Us a Celebrate Monumental Birthday! Bea Johnson,  turns 99! November 19th.  Send Bea send a card at 780 Brayton Pt. Road, Somerset, MA 02725
It’s not too late!!! Are you interested in offering God praise through music? Consider joining the Hand Bell Choir, Practice Begins Saturday, November 7th from 9:00 to 10:00a.m., for Christmas Eve Service. New members are welcomed. You don’t have to read music or commit to long term membership – just a joyful spirit. If you’re interested, let Al Deston know on Sunday morning or by e-mail at aldeston@aol.com
In Our Prayers
Let us pray for those who are ill, troubled, or in any need or adversity: Family and Friends of David Pierce; Ellen Mockas, Brian Boutin, Tom King, Heather Oliver, Janice & Bill Turner, Lawrence Aubin Jr., Lourdes Melo, Vicki Piazza, Claire Casey, Estelle Keilty, Wendell Pols, Charles Ottley, Edith Miranowicz, Lena Stafford, Raymond W. Dube, Jr., Bob MacGregor, Olive Ormerod, Susan Pritchard, Richard Gauthier, Michael Fino, Patricia Yarborough, Joyce Sokolski, Nelson and Christopher Julius, Richard Casey, Daniel Casey, Richard Perkins, Kristin Frazier, Maureen W., Deborah Hooker, Judy Gagliardi, Bruce Baldwin, Dan Orwig, Melissa Davol, and Missie Sokolski.
In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, let us pray for St. John’s Church, Winthrop; Trinity Church, Woburn; Church of the Messiah, Woods Hole; Trinity Church, Wrentham; and The Diocesan Staff.
In the Swansea Cycle of Prayer, we pray for our brothers & sisters at New Hope Christian Church.
Let us give thanks for the birthdays for Raymond Boutin, John Rogers, Bea Johnson, David Motta, Jennifer Lussier, and Isaiah Heikila.
We Remember Especially, Burnley Allen Johnson, in whose memory the altar flowers have been given by Beverly DeBlois.
Serving Sunday

Lay Eucharistic Minister: Nancy Teasdale (8:00), Alan Scott (10:00);
Lector: Judi Rocha (8:00), Peggy Deston (10:00);
Acolyte: Christ Gillett (8:00);
Greeters: Charlie Oliver (8:00), Betty Traynor & Tony Waring (10:00);
Altar Guild: Carole Aubin & Peggy Deston;
Counter: Cindy Brown.
Schedule for the Week
8:00 & 10:00 am Holy Eucharist
9:00 am.Choir Rehearsal
12 noon Holy Eucharist in the Parish House Chapel
6:00 pm Women’s AA Meeting
Parish Office Hours: Parish office hours are Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The church phone number is 508-678-0923 and our email address is christchurchswansea@yahoo.com.  To reach Father Alan may be reached at FrAlan@verizon.net or by calling his cell at 508-505-5668.
Vestry: Rick Kirkpatrick, Co-Warden; Sue Pavao, Co-Warden; Alan Scott & Bruce Simbro, Co-Treasurers; Jackie Bates, Clerk; Michelle Ahern, Bruce Baldwin, Cathy Hague, Judith Mulrooney, Christina Peterson, Judi Rocha, and Julie Sanders.
Father Al’s Office Schedule
I am in and out of the office most of the time.  Please feel free to call me on my cell at 508-505-5668 or email me at
FrAlan@verizon.net to set up an appointment.
Generally I will be in the office, when not on a visitation or an offsite meeting:
Monday       11am – 9pm
Tuesday      10am – 4:30
Wednesday 10am – 4:30
Thursday     10am – 4:30
Yours in the Risen Christ,

Father Al

The Rev. Alan R. Hesse, Rector
Christ Church
57 Main Street
Swansea, MA


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