Sunday Follow Up & Looking Toward August...and beyond
From Fr Montgomery
ERRATUM: Accidentally left one digit off the "Priest-on-Call" Cell Phone. Here it is in full:203-278-3029. The rest of the message is the same as before....
Sunday Follow Up
We had another good Sunday in Church and online. If you missed it, you can catch the sermon by clicking on the link below:
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Looking Toward August
On Sundays we will continue with our 9am service which will be the Order of Morning Prayer offered by Lay Leaders. Jamie Kircher (our faithful Senior Warden) and Joyce Generoso (a faithful member of the Vestry and leader in many ways) will be taking turns leading our worship.
We will not be livestreaming on FaceBook or Zoom during the rest of August. If you are at a distance and/or do not feel comfortable worshipping in person yet (a position that is cautious and which I fully support!) you have a great opportunity. To become a liturgical explorer on Sunday mornings.
Many, many churches offer worship on Sunday mornings digitally. I encourage you to visit them virtually. I give you a few links here to explore! Please take notes and give suggestions on things we might do differently here at Christ Church!
1) St. Mary the Virgin, Times Square Livestream 11am Sunday: https://www.facebook.com/stmvnyc/
2) Canterbury Cathedral Livestream Sunday 12Noon: https://www.canterbury-cathedral.org/#eucharist
3) Christ Church, Greenwich, Sunday Livestream 10am https://christchurchgreenwich.org/eucharist-livestream/
4) St. Clement's Church, Philadelphia -- super high church with lovely music:
Livestream Sunday 10am: https://www.youtube.com/c/SClementsChurchPhiladelphia/live
5) Or browse the ECCT listings of online opportunities if none of these work out for you: https://www.episcopalct.org/Customer-Content/www/CMS/files/ECCT_Service_5_6_2020.pdf
While I am gone
For regular church business that may arise (hard to think of much that would in Covidtide, but in case it does, contact Jamie Kircher, Senior Warden email@example.com. In a pastoral emergency when you need a priest, my friend and seminary classmate, Mo. Pam Strobel lives just 20 minutes or so away and will be happy to respond to your needs. She can be reached either by email mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or by cell phone: 203-278-302.
When I return
The Vestry and I had a discussion last evening and here are some highlights I'd like to share with you. In fact, they are the notes from our time together. They acknowledge both excitement and hope and also, an awareness of anxiety or even anger shared by some in this time. Working together with Christ as our guide. We cannot fail! Here are some notes that show what I and the Vestry will be thinking about and planning toward during the next month and for the Fall. Join us!
Sent to the Vestry earlier this evening:
So, here are my notes:
1. Worship for the rest of August
Morning Prayer with lay leadership
9/9 - Jamie
9/16 - Joyce
9/23 - Joyce
9/30 - Jamie
2. Next Vestry meeting — tentatively scheduled for Monday Sep 14 at 6pm in Joyce’s yard
3. We will plan, beginning in the fall, to use the SPH for a social room equipping it with a dining table (already in hand from our children) arm chairs and sofas and coffee tables for movie watching (if St. Saviour’s has not already given them away) And we will plan program accordingly for those comfortable coming together in a safe way early in the Fall as Diocesan guidelines allow. I have emailed the wardens of both parishes (and Joyce who said she had access to a truck).
4. We were all (as were worshippers at Church 2 weeks ago who were consulted in a congregational conversation after Mass) in favor of exploring using the Parish Hall Building as a Church Nursery School with a (tentative) opening date of January 1. The first steps are for us all to talk to people we know in early childhood education and begun to cast around for someone to advise us. I will do this with the SSOG Nursery School Directors now (in concept) as I leave and follow up when I return after they open their school year.
The benefits are huge as is the need and demand in the community. This (the consensus was) feels right.
5. We acknowledged that some parishioners, though little has has been expressed directly to Fr Montgomery, have been feeling discontentment (for lack of a better word) in recent weeks/months. Much of this is natural during Covidtide and is being experienced by every church everywhere and by every person everywhere. Small things in normal times seem bigger during Covidtide. Nonetheless real…..but bigger. Fr Montgomery noted that he would not engage in triangulation by talking about people and their issues further, however would contact names given to him and invite them into conversation for when he returns from vacation. Surely, all Christians of good will can get beyond the changes and chances of this world, or, to quote the collect last Sunday, can so pass through things temporal that they lose not the things eternal.
6. Fr Montgomery acknowledged that there was a consensus emerging amongst the Vestry that did not hinge on control by individuals and hinged on collective ownership and vision. And that it was good!
This is Montgomery, Signing off…….see you all in September! I will not be checking email and will give Jamie my double secret family only email which will be the only one on my phone in case of emergency!