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June 30, 2015

Welcome to the Christ Church e-Communicator.  This weekly publication is designed to give you the most up-to-date information on events here in the parish. Please feel free to forward it to a friend. If you wish to contribute or have comments about its content, please contact the parish office at 
New Presiding Bishop-elect 
Bishop Michael Curry
Presiding Bishop-elect Michael Curry makes a point at his first news conference a few hours after his historic election at the 27th presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church. Photo: Janet Kawamoto/For Episcopal News Service 

[Episcopal News Service - Salt Lake City] Several hours after being
elected as the Episcopal Church's 27th - and first African-American - presiding bishop-elect, Michael Curry fielded a range of media questions with characteristic humility and humor June 27 and said he intends to build on the good work of his predecessor "because that's the way the Spirit works."


Current Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori introduced Curry at a crowded press conference at the Hilton Hotel in Salt Lake City, saying the House of Bishops handed him "a major mandate" with the historic landslide victory.


Click here to view the news conference which begins at about 6:30 in the video. 


This week at Christ Church
Wonderful Wednesdays
Starts tomorrow!!
Your child will have a blast. There is still space available for tomorrow's session!
There is still space in tomorrow's Building Faith program. Come by and check it out your child may attend any session - commitment to the entire month is not a requirement. Wonderful Wednesdays are free and open to 10 participants, ages 5-10 years. Just let Charlette Preslar know you're coming to ensure a spot.

July 1 -  2-3pm - Building Faith
July 8 -  2-3pm - Creating Faith
July 15 - 2-3pm - Building Faith
July 22 - 2-3pm - Creating Faith
July 29 - 2-3pm - Building Faith


Celebrate Our Armed Forces
Give thanks for those who serve
Continue this weekend's festivities with a celebration of our armed forces at the 10 o'clock service this Sunday, July 5. Plan to attend as we honor those, past and present, who serve our country. A special brass quartet will be joining us in worship as well as CDR David Thames, Command Chaplain, USS Carl Vinson who will be our guest speaker. Parishioners are encouraged to don their best red, white, and blue; military personnel may wear their dress uniform. Former military members should either wear their uniforms or if in civilian clothing, wear their miniature medals. 

RED, white and blue
Help save a life.
SD Blood Bank
Bloodmobile this Sunday, July 5.
Yes, the 4th of July is the day we celebrate our nation's independence, and on the 5th we'll celebrate the members of our armed forces and the sacrifices that come with their service. We've selected this very important weekend to host the San Diego Blood Bank's Bloodmobile to help those who are often fighting for their very own lives. Your donation this Sunday can literally save a life. Won't you take a moment from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and stop by to give the gift of life. You may register online now or just walk-in that day. 


General Convention
Underway in Salt Lake City
There have been many exciting events at the 78th General Convention of the Episcopal Church, especially the election of the presiding bishop Michael Curry. You can go to the Episcopal News Service  and the House of Deputies News to get up-to-date information all that is going on including resolutions on gun control, same-sex marriage, the environment, and much, much more. 


Mark Your Calendar  
Campfire Christ Church
Someone say "s'mores"?
Roasting Marshmallows
Campfire in the courtyard, July 9th
So many wonderful memories are made around campfires. It is a chance to roast marshmallows, sing songs, visit with friends and just relax. On Thursday, July 9th at 7:00 p.m., Christ Church will have a campfire in our courtyard. Please bring your camp chair, friends and beverage of choice. Christ Church will provide the fixings for s'mores, the fire and of course the fun. Oh, and if you play a guitar or a ukulele, feel free to bring it with you!


Rahill Funeral
July 11 - 1:00 p.m.
Marjorie Rahill
The funeral service for our dear friend Marjorie Rahill will be Saturday, July 11 at 1:00 p.m. with a reception following in the parish hall. Her kind words, caring way, and pastoral care and concern will be sorely missed. Donations may be made to Christ Church in Marjorie's name.
Church Al Fresco
Sunday, July 12 - 10:00 a.m.
Now that summer is here, it's time to enjoy our beautiful weather and surroundings and worship together outdoors. The Blue Grass Band will provide music for the service, and everyone is encouraged to "come casual"- wear your jeans, shorts, flip flops, whatever you're comfortable in. There will be folding chairs but you can bring beach chairs and blankets and sit on the "lawn." Consider bringing a neighbor or friend.



July Happy Hour
Ahhh summer evenings...
Happy Hour at Il Fornaio.
Thanks to Edye Denney for once again arranging a perfect happy hour get-together at Il Fornaio on the bay, Thursday, July 23 from 400-6:00 p.m. What better spot to enjoy the lazy days than with friends, good conversation, a spectacular view, and happy hour treats. Don't miss - mark your calendars now.  
News and Updates 
Episcopal Night at the Padres
Ticket pick up.
Padres night
If you're one of the lucky parishioners going to the ballgame on Friday night, July 17, you can pick up your tickets on Sunday, July 12 from 9-10 a.m. in the courtyard. They will also be available in the parish office (hopefully by) next Wednesday, July 7th. But call before you come to make sure we've received them. If you wish to go but didn't purchase tickets, there is one pair available at $25 each. Contact Christie Tugend
Special Summer Music
A unique offering each Sunday
The choir is on summer break, but not to worry; there is lots of great musical talent as we worship during the summer months. Why, in June alone, look what's planned:
  • July 5 - Armed Forces Sunday - brass quartet 
  • July 12 - Blue Grass Band
  • July 19 - Dale Sorenson, professional organist
  • July 26 - Dale Sorenson, professional organist

For more info on August click here

The Younger Set
Food Distribution Event
Looking for 10 good volunteers
A great project for families.
Come help with the mobile food pantry distribution at St. Mark's on Saturday, July 18. This is a great project for youth and families. Contact Charlette Preslar to let her know that you will be attending. Carpools can help with transportation and parking. 
Important Parish Events

Mark Your Calendar

July 9
Campfire at Christ Church

July 12

Church on the Lawn
Backpack Drive Begins

July 19
Blessings in a Bag

July 23
Happy Hour

July 26
Newcomer's Luncheon

July 30
Movie on the Lawn

Summer Office Hours
The office will be open 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, closed on Fridays.  
Serving this Sunday....


8:00 - John O'Brien, Stu Swett
10:00  -  Karen Ray Nelson          

Chalice Bearers

8:00 -  Suzie Heap, John O'Brien
- Sue and Sam Ward

8:00 - Sandra Vickers       
10:00 - Bud Edney, Ted Geer

8:00 - Suzie Heap
10:00 - Bill Green       


8:00 - Dave Sweeney, Fritz Warmbrodt 
10:00 - Jen Ellinger, Chris Ellinger, Bryn Reina, Calder Epes

8:00 - Dixon Bridgers
10:00 - Sam & Sue Ward

Welcome Center 
Sam Ward

Calvin Peckham

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Service & Outreach
Annual Backpack Drive
Begins next Sunday, July 12
Backpack  supplies

We'll begin our fifth annual backpack drive for low-income and homeless kids on Sunday, July 12. While it may seem too early to start on this project with summer having just began, the major retailers have already started their back-to-school specials.     


Last year we helped over 150 children get the school year off to a great start. The need is especially great this year as we are hoping to support two diocesan Back 2 School Bash sites - St Mark's and St John's Fallbrook, as well as providing packs for homeless kids in the Vista Unified School District through North County Lifeline.


As you shop for back-to-school supplies for your own children or grandchildren, pick up an extra set to help these less fortunate students. Visit the table in the courtyard for a list of the supplies needed. If you would prefer, you may donate $35 for a kindergarten through grade five child or $45 for a 6-12 grade child; and service ministry members will shop for you. There will be a table in the courtyard every Sunday beginning July 12 for six weeks where you may pick up a supplies list or make a donation. We'll decorate the church with backpacks and bless them on August 16.



Weekly Food Donation
Help with non-perishable food  
Any and all donations to the St. Mark's Neighborhood Food Pantry are appreciated; your contributions each week are very important to help insure the pantry is well-stocked. St. Mark's has seen visitor numbers steadily increase in the last year. Our items are delivered to St. Mark's each contribute if you can: 
  • July 5 - pasta & sauce
  • July 12 - rice
  • July 19 - canned protein (tuna or chicken)
  • July 26 - canned vegetables