Weekly Chimes November 8, 2015

Electronic Chimes
Christ Church
57 Main Street
Swansea, MA 02777
We will be honoring our Veteran’s on Sunday November 15th.  If you are a veteran or know of serving veterans in your family, please contact the church office so we may list them in the Sunday Bulletin. Thank you veterans!
The New Presiding Bishop!
the Most Reverend Michael Curry
November 3, 2015
On his first full day in office, the Most Reverend Michael Curry:
Now is our time to go.  To go into the world to share the good news of God and Jesus Christ.  To go into the world and help to be agents and instruments of God’s reconciliation.  To go into the world, let the world know that there is a God who loves us, a God who will not let us go, and that that love can set us all free.
This is the Jesus Movement, and we are The Episcopal Church, the Episcopal branch of Jesus’ movement in this world.
Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry: A Word to the Church
God came among us in the person of Jesus of Nazareth to show us the Way.  He came to show us the Way to life, the Way to love.  He came to show us the Way beyond what often can be the nightmares of our own devisings and into the dream of God’s intending.  That’s why, when Jesus called his first followers he did it with the simple words “Follow me.”
“Follow me,” he said, “and I will make you fish for people.”
Follow me and love will show you how to become more than you ever dreamed you could be.
Follow me and I will help you change the world from the nightmare it often is into the dream that God intends.  Jesus came and started a movement and we are the Episcopal branch of the Jesus movement.
Near the end of Matthew’s Gospel story of the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead, Mary Magdalene and some of the women go to the tomb to anoint his body.  When they get there they find that the tomb is empty, the stone has been rolled away and there is no body there.  Then they see and hear an angel who says to them, “This Jesus of Nazareth whom you seek, he is not here, he has been raised as he said he would be and he has now gone ahead of you to Galilee.  There you will see him.
It is in Galilee that the Risen Lord will be found and seen for he has gone ahead of us.”
Which is a way of talking about the world.
In the streets of the city.
In our rural communities.
Galilee in our hospitals.
Galilee in our office places.
Galilee where God’s children live and dwell there.
In Galilee you will meet the living Christ for He has already gone ahead of you.
A few years ago I was in a coffee shop in Raleigh, North Carolina, just a few blocks away from our Diocesan House there.  While in line I started a conversation with a gentleman who turned out to be a Mennonite pastor.  He had been sent to Raleigh to organize a church in the community on the streets without walls.  As we were talking over our coffee, he said something to me that I have not forgotten.  He said the Mennonite community asked him to do this because they believed that in this environment in which we live, the church can no longer wait for its congregation to come to it, the church must go where the congregation is.
Now is our time to go.  To go into the world to share the good news of God and Jesus Christ.  To go into the world and help to be agents and instruments of God’s reconciliation.  To go into the world, let the world know that there is a God who loves us, a God who will not let us go, and that that love can set us all free.
This is the Jesus Movement, and we are The Episcopal Church, the Episcopal branch of Jesus’ movement in this world.
God bless you, and keep the faith.
Serving Sunday

Celebrant & Preacher: The Rev. Alan R. Hesse; Minister of Music: Al Deston; Lay Eucharistic Minister: Sue Pavao (8:00), Sue Carvalho (10:00); Lector: Bruce Simbro (8:00), Steve Carvalho (10:00); Acolyte: TBA (8:00), TBA (10:00); Greeters: Pauline Doane (8:00), Bob and Shirley Stasiowski (10:00); Altar Guild:  Carole Aubin, Peggy Deson
Counters Bob and Shirley Sasiowski
Schedule for the Week of November 8
8:00 & 10:00 am Holy Eucharist
9:00 am.Choir Rehearsal
11:00 am Confirmation in the Loft
Wednesday –  Veteran’s Day
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.
Holy Eucharist
Join us in the Parish House for Communion
12 noon
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
Raffle Tickets !!  Each Thanksgiving Basket contains $60 in Gift Certificates to local stores, canned yams, green beans, cream of mushroom soup, can fried onions, pie crust mix, pumpkin pie filling, coffee, cranberry sauce, stuffing mix, gravy, pickles, olives, kitchen towels & pot holders.
Salvation Army Clothe-a-Child Project: Help a child in need this Christmas! There is a sign-up sheet in the back of the church for those interested in participating in this project to provide needy area children with a coat or outfit.  The assigned children’s name and clothing need will be available early in November.  The items, in an unwrapped package (box or gift bag) need to be brought back to the church by Sunday, December 13th or dropped off in the parish office during regular office hours (Tues. and Thurs., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.).  If you wish to participate but don’t like to shop, please contact Nancy Teasdale, tel. 508/672-6865, e-mail: nteas620714@comcast.net.  She would be happy to do the shopping for you.

Coffee Host Are Needed:

Please help with parish fellowship after 10 am.  Consider taking a Sunday to serve coffee, fruit or cake, etc. Nothing elaborate is needed, bring some donut holes, apples and a smile. The Sign-up sheet is on the back church table or call the church office.
In Our Prayers
Let us pray for those who are ill, troubled, or in any need or adversity:
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, and Dan Orwig.
In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, let us pray for St. Elizabeth’s Church, Wilmington; Parish of the Epiphany, Winchester; Union of Black Episcopalians, The Diocesan Convention, and The Officers of the Diocese
In the Swansea Cycle of Prayer,
today we pray for our brothers & sisters at New England Bible Church.

Let us give thanks for the birthdays Charles Reed, III; Sheila Potvin, Brian Munro, Carol Taylor, Molly McMahon, Mercedes Baker, Kelsey Hastings, and Nathaniel Gifford.
We Remember Especially, Edward Mello and William & Jean Nault, in whose memory the altar flowers have been given by Esther Mello & Paula Rivers, and Keith L. Doane, in whose memory the pulpit flowers have been given by Pauline Doane.
Let us pray for those who have died; David Pierce.
Confirmation 2015-2016

Our first Sunday for Confirmation is this next Sunday, November 8th following the 10am service.
Schedule for Confirmation; November 8, 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.
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

Sunday School Information

November 29th – No Sunday School

December 27th – No Sunday School

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


Thanksgiving Service
Thursday, 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.

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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