This Sunday, September 11
is Homecoming at St.C's! We've got a new sign, new landscaping, and we're ready for an exciting new year of parish life. Homecoming is the perfect opportunity to meet new people, reconnect with old friends, register for Church School, and learn about our upcoming calendar of events and activities. If you've been away all summer you can also meet our two newest staff members: Music Director, Delvyn Case, and Micah Fellow, Hannah Pommersheim.
Our Sunday worship will begin with a special 9.11 Memorial. This brief candle lighting ceremony will honor the brave service members in our Police and Fire departments, and will include a prayer for all of the lives lost on September 11, 2001. We are honored to have our very own parishioner and Boston Fire Lieutenant, Glenn McGillivray, lead us in this special ceremony. After church we've planned a special Cookout & Coffee Hour on the front lawn, complete with hot dogs, balloons, and an inflatable "bouncy house" for the kids.
But that's not all! We've also got a new supply of St.C memorabilia! This Sunday we'll be giving away one FREE St.C Tote Bag per family. Additional bags are available for $1.50 each. We also have new St.C Coffee Mugs available for $2 each. Buy some for yourself, or even better, give some to your friends!
Welcome to Homecoming Sunday at St.C's!
Instructed Eucharist next Sunday
Have you ever thought of Sunday worship as a drama? When church begins do you ever think of yourself as an actor in the ancient Christian story? Next Sunday, September 18, we invite you to (re)discover the drama of Christian liturgy. Our Eucharist next week will include regular commentary on the words, deeds, and music that form the backbone of our worship at St.C's. Whether you're a lifelong Episcopalian or a first-time visitor, next week's Instructed Eucharist will deepen and strengthen your participation in Christian worship.
Did you Know: The word "liturgy" comes from the ancient Greek word "leitourgia", which described public works of the people. Often these works included public service or other resources donated for the public good. The Church has commonly used the word to describe the Eucharist: the chief act of public worship.
Susie Lynch Day
Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch recently issued the following Proclamation in honor of St.C parishioner Susie Lynch, mother of Pat Lynch:
Whereas; Susie Lynch was born on August 30, 1911 to Albert and MaryAnn Richards and was one of 8 children; and Whereas; Susie married John Lynch on October 24, 1940; and Whereas' Susie and John's family continued to grow as they welcomed to the world two children Patricia and John... Over the years; Susie has become a source of wisdom and inspriation for those who have come to know her. Her faith in God and love of family has never waivered. Now, therefore, I Thomas P. Koch, Mayor of Quincy, do hereby extend my sincerest congratulations to you on the occasion of your 100th birthday, and proclaim Tuesday, August 30 2011 to be 'Susie Lynch Day' in the city of Quincy.
Fundraiser for Boston Healing Hands
Come to a party that makes a difference! Boston Healing Hands (BHH) is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to providing, fostering, and expanding quality rehabilitation services for countries in need. BHH is currently sending teams to Haiti and they are hosting a fundraiser this Saturday, September 10th, from 7-12pm at the Tamboo Restaurant, 252 Main Street in Brockton. This fun-filled event includes a prize drawing for an iPad 2 (!) along with each $25 admission. There will also be a 50/50 raffle, cash bar, complementary appetizers, a slide show of the work BHH is doing in Haiti - and the DJ cranks up around 10pm! Please contact former BHH President & St.C's Warden, Judy Keith, to learn more about this event.
New Staff Member: Hannah Pommersheim
This week our newest staff member, Hannah Pommersheim, joined Fr. Eric at Eastern Nazarene College for the annual Church Fair (see photo). We introduced many students to St.C's, gave away some free candy, and even used Holy Water to pray for a student's schedule! Hannah comes to us from a Diocesan program called the Micah Project. The Micah Project is a year-long fellowship for emerging young leaders to explore questions of social change, spirituality, and vocation (learn more HERE). Hannah's work at St.C's will include youth & families, young adults, and she will also help us explore new partnership possibilities with the Chinese Ministry.
I grew up in a small town in South Dakota. I left the Midwest to go to Davidson College in North Carolina and just graduated with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Religion. College was a very transformational time for me, especially in terms of my spiritual journey. I was raised Catholic, but at a Presbyterian college I really got the chance to explore within Christianity. Both the experiences of studying abroad in India and working with homeless neighbors and recovering addicts in Charlotte spurred me to look for a Christian service opportunity after college. I was drawn to the Micah Project as a place to continue learning and discerning about social justice and ministry with other young people asking similar questions about the meaning of call, church, and discipleship. I enjoy monasteries, bluegrass music, reading about different religious traditions, traveling to new places and swimming.