Moravian chicken pies
Moravian Pies are once again available! You can pick one up on Sundays or during office hours until we are sold out! (Our last batch of pies sold like hot cakes!) Each pie serves four generously and comes to you at a low cost of $14.00. Pies come frozen and ready to go straight into your freezer or into your oven. Never had a Moravian Chicken Pie? They are similar to a chicken pot pie – however they do not contain any of those pesky vegetables your mother so wanted you to eat. Simply dark and light meat chicken with a sprinkling of salt, pepper, butter, and just enough flour to turn its own juices into a light gravy.
THE FIRST HISTORICAL VIGNETTE
Our first Historical Vignette is complete! Appropriately, the topic is the Vinegar Bible. This brief multimedia video can be viewed at
CHRIST CHURCH CELEBRATES INDEPENDENCE DAY
On July 4th, the parish joined the Monmouth County Historical Association and many Shrewsbury residents in commemorating the nation’s founding. The day began with a reading of the Declaration of Independence at the Allen house where Mother Lisa provided an invocation. Subsequently attendees were invited to cross the street to the Church to view the Vinegar Bible and to be entertained by performances by members of the Dead Actors’ Guild. Bob Kelly described the various special features of the Vinegar Bible to about 70 visitors. Jamie Green portrayed William Leeds and Robert Maber did the same for Louis Casimir DeCoppet. Stuart and Judi Buncher also participated in costume.
On September 30th the parish held a special event in celebration of the 300th anniversary of our treasured Vinegar Bible. This event consisted of several presentations regarding its History and musical performances of choral selections of that era. Below are some photos of the event. The presentations, the program booklet, additional photos and other information can be found at the blue button near the top of this home page.
THE VINEGAR BIBLE
2017 is the 300th birthday of our treasured Vinegar Bible. We are planning a celebration of this special year and this segment of the web site will document these activities.
THE VINEGAR BIBLE, LIBERATED
The Vinegar Bible, one of the parish’s treasured religious artifacts was extracted from its display case on June 19th. Its freedom allowed us to use it for our Gospel reading on June 25th and for all to see pages that have not been on view for many decades. The Bible is in remarkably good shape with a binder that is in good shape and pages, that while they show the wear of many page turnings for about 175 years, that are sturdy in their handling.
Vinegar Bible Art Internship
In this 300th anniversary of our treasured Vinegar Bible, we have explored many aspects of this beautiful historic and religious document. After removing it from its display case in June, we have seen many remarkable aspects of this impressive tome. One such aspect is the set of numerous illustrations in the Bible. There are two full page drawings as well as head and tail pieces for each Book of the Bible. These were made from engravings by various artists but who these artists were and what the depictions represent are not known.
In order to build our knowledge of these illustrations we have engaged a student in the Art Department at Monmouth University to study these images. The parish has had student interns over the past four years focused mostly on aspects of our history. This is the first time we will have an art student performing such an internship.
The internship will align with the current (Fall) semester at the University. The student is Campbell Lee and she is a junior. Campbell is an English major in Creative Writing and an Art History minor.
Her mentor for this Independent Study will be Art Professor Corey Dzenko.
Please join me in welcoming Campbell and her adviser to the Christ Church community.
Christ Church celebrated Pentecost with a special outdoor service held on the south side of the churchyard. The service was also special since the sermon was a family of interactive discussions among the congregants about an important aspect of the parish’s future. This aspect is how we can grow our connections and involvement in the Community and the Community’s awareness of Christ Church. Many ideas were generated and will be assessed shortly.