Christ Church East Norwalk eNews
The Third Sunday in Lent

Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Dear friends and members of Christ Church,
The situation regarding the corona virus continues to evolve. From day today we do not know how exactly it affects our community or our church locally. Rest assured that your bishop and priest are on top of it and that all measures are being taken care of by your fellow members to ensure your safety while at church. Extra cleaning is being done and the chalice is not being offered on Sundays. We are not shaking hands at the door or during the peace. Certain gatherings in small places have been canceled and anyone who is at high risk or who has traveled abroad to one of the endangered countries or who is sick or shows any symptoms of illness is asked not to come to the church.

As I said, the situation is evolving and emerging and it may change even between now and Sunday. In New York State churches which draw a certain crowd are being closed. Broadway and the NBA are shutting down. We are not there yet and may not be there ever. I will keep you posted. We will experiment this Sunday with streaming our service on Facebook in case we need to do that just as Yale University and others are doing for their students who are not on campus for the near future.
Above all let us not give into hysteria or overreaction but in all things give thanks and rejoice in the Lord.

in Christ,

Fr Ian Montgomery

Now that the Property Committee has completed the Vestibule rehabilitation, we would like to thank four of the Christ Church members for their most valued help to make this project a wonderful success. Ruth Lovallo for her keen eye in choosing the color, tile style, and donating accessories. Jennifer and Bud Krouse for their generous donation of the beautiful chandelier, and last but so important, Lou Lavallo who was a pleasure to work with. He is dependable and a stickler for detail. Most of all, he is a real craftsman. Take a moment to look at this work. I must say that without Lou's help, this project would not have come out this well. It seems there is nothing he can't do, and do well. 
God Bless you all,
 The Property Committee

ECCT CYCLE OF PRAYER:  Pray for the Church of England: The Most Revd and Right Hon Justin Welby - Archbishop of Canterbury.
ANGLICAN CYCLE OF PRAYER:  Pray for Grace & St. Peter’s, Hamden; Christ Church Cathedral, Hartford; Good Shepherd, Hartford; Bishops, ECCT staff, and parish employees, and their families.

ALTAR FLOWERS:   The flowers near the Altar are offered to the Glory of God, and in loving memory of Marge Owens by the Christ Church Parish Family.

VIGIL LIGHT:  The vigil light burns this week in memory of Mario and Marian who entered into the larger life this week.

WOMEN'S GROUP:     The next meeting will be on March 15, at 11:15 am.  This is an important meeting to plan for the Easter Season.  A reminder: on the first Sunday of every month, the coffee hour will be hosted by the women's group. It is pot luck so bring in something small to share: cookies, cheese & crackers, etc. The coffee hour on the other Sundays of the month will be simple refreshments.  The family brunch on March 22, has been canceled due to health concerns.

AUTUMN LAKE: The March service of hymns and Eucharist has been canceled due to health concerns.  Information on the April service will be announced at a later date.

BOOK BUNCH:   For the March 19, meeting, we will review One In A Million Boy by Monica Wood.  The book chosen for the meeting on April 16, is Boys In The Trees by Carly Simon.  Please contact Debbie Ross at for more details.

WELLNESS FAIR:  message from Joyce Generoso:
 Christ Church will host the Fairfield County Wellness Fair on Saturday, April 18, from 9:30-4:00 pm.   This is our first major event of the year.  What better time than the Spring to gain some insight into weight loss through healthy eating and exercise!  Our Title Sponsor is Access Health CT which will talk about affordable health care.  So far we have Norwalk Hospital on board conducting blood pressure screening and bicycle safety.  Brain Balance will be here along with Crunch Fitness and F45 which is circuit training located in Westport.  The Center for Vein Restoration will be here.  I will be conducting Yoga and Pilates demonstrations.  We are working on lining up dietitians as well, and my daughter will be preparing healthy snacks and meals.  Each vendor will have great raffle prizes as well.  Hope to see you all at the fair!
Please save the date to volunteer and let Joyce and Paul know if you have any ideas for sponsors!

YOGA FUSION: Joyce Generoso teaches Yoga Fusion, a blend of Yoga and Pilates, in the large parish hall on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30.  All levels are welcome. Call or email Joyce with any questions or concerns.  All classes have a $10 suggested donation.   Bring a yoga mat, a small pillow and a bottle of water.  
Joyce:  Cell 203-984-3050: Email:

BACKPACK CLUBS:   Barbara Felter, the point person, (203-847-5237) will collect donations so that the schools can distribute food to kids in need.  Items may be left in the basket near the pulpit or presented at the offertory.
Items needed:
Juice Boxes                       Milk Boxes (same style, like Parmalat)
Single Serve Cereals       Instant Oatmeal Packets (not cardboard)              
Fruit Snacks                     Chef Boyardee Ravioli Cups w/pull tops
Fruit Cups                         Macaroni and Cheese Cups w/pull tops
Granola Bars                     Single Serve Chips/Popcorn          

Organist:  Stephen Rumpf   
Usher:   Anita Hughes
Reader and Intercessor: Barbara Judson
Altar Guild:  Barbara Judson and Laura Demms
Celebrant: Fr. Ian Montgomery


The Old Testament Lesson
Exodus 17:1-7

From the wilderness of Sin, the whole congregation of the Israelites journeyed by stages, as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. The people quarreled with Moses, and said, “Give us water to drink.” Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the Lord?” But the people thirsted there for water; and the people complained against Moses and said, “Why did you bring us out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and livestock with thirst?” So Moses cried out to the Lord, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.” The Lord said to Moses, “Go on ahead of the people, and take some of the elders of Israel with you; take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. I will be standing there in front of you on the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it, so that the people may drink.” Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel. He called the place Massah and Meribah, because the Israelites quarreled and tested the Lord, saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?”

Psalm 95
Venite, exultemus

1 Come, let us sing to the Lord; *
let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.

2 Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving *
and raise a loud shout to him with psalms.

3 For the Lord is a great God, *
and a great King above all gods.

4 In his hand are the caverns of the earth, *
and the heights of the hills are his also.

5 The sea is his, for he made it, *
and his hands have molded the dry land.

6 Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee, *
and kneel before the Lord our Maker.

7 For he is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand. *
Oh, that today you would hearken to his voice!

8 Harden not your hearts,
as your forebears did in the wilderness, *
at Meribah, and on that day at Massah,
when they tempted me.

9 They put me to the test, *
though they had seen my works.

10 Forty years long I detested that generation and said, *
"This people are wayward in their hearts;
they do not know my ways."

11 So I swore in my wrath, *
"They shall not enter into my rest."

The Epistle
Romans 5:1-11

Since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person-- though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us. Much more surely then, now that we have been justified by his blood, will we be saved through him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more surely, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life. But more than that, we even boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

The Gospel
John 4:5-42

Jesus came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon.

A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” (His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?” (Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” The woman said to him, “Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?” Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.”

Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come back.” The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; for you have had five husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband. What you have said is true!” The woman said to him, “Sir, I see that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you say that the place where people must worship is in Jerusalem.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When he comes, he will proclaim all things to us.” Jesus said to her, “I am he, the one who is speaking to you.”

Just then his disciples came. They were astonished that he was speaking with a woman, but no one said, “What do you want?” or, “Why are you speaking with her?” Then the woman left her water jar and went back to the city. She said to the people, “Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah, can he?” They left the city and were on their way to him.

Meanwhile, the disciples were urging him, “Rabbi, eat something.” But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” So the disciples said to one another, “Surely no one has brought him something to eat?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to complete his work. Do you not say, ‘Four months more, then comes the harvest’? But I tell you, look around you, and see how the fields are ripe for harvesting. The reaper is already receiving wages and is gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.”

Many Samaritans from that city believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I have ever done.” So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them; and he stayed there two days. And many more believed because of his word. They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the Savior of the world.”

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