July 4 2017

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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.

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Vinegar Bible 2017

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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.

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1717 MOTHER LISA, BISHOP STOKES, AND BOB KELLY

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LYNN, MIMI, PEGGY, PRISCILLA

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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.

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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.

Campbell Lee

Campbell Lee

 

Pentecost Conversations 2017

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PENTECOST CONVERSATIONS

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.

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Easter 2017

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CHRIST CHURCH AT EASTER 2017

The parish celebrated Easter with a service with great music, the decorating of the cross by the children, the Easter Egg hunt in the graveyard, the lamb cakes, and abundant decorations.

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Cub Scout Visit 2/2017

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ANOTHER TROUPE OF OCEANPORT CUB SCOUTS VISITS

This group of cub scouts accompanied by many of their parents visited the church on February 11. They heard about the history and what a church really means. Patrice Thornton portrayed Graham Kearney Cooke for them.

Annual meeting 2017

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CHRIST CHURCH ANNUAL MEETING JAN 22 2017

 Our annual parish meeting was held with Mother Lisa on sabbatical. As usual, a wonderful pot luck meal was provided by the parishioners. In Mother Lisa’s absence, outgoing senior warden Elaine Feyereisen presided.

The new 2017 Vestry and Wardens are depicted below. From left to right are Nancy Stewart (Vestry Clerk), Sarah Schmid, Peggy James (Senior Warden), Elaine Feyereisen (Junior Warden), James Craven, Sue Napoletano, Walter Dein, Jamie Green, Kit Saible, Joanne Montgomery, and Dave Regeic (Treasurer). (Jim O’Connor and Rachelle Spencer-Mikita were not present.)

Memorial Day Service 2016

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Veterans Memorial Commemoration

The Reading of the Names

The parish held its annual Churchyard Memorial Service, including the Reading of the Names. The names of all veterans interred in the graveyard were read on Sunday, May 29th after the 10 a.m. service.  These veterans span the eras from the French and Indian War to Vietnam. This event occurred about 11 a.m. in the churchyard at the southeast corner of the church. There was a short performance of patriotic songs by the choir and the choral group Madreglia.

The veterans’ names were read by Judi and Stuart Buncher in costume. Judith Buncher portrayed Sister Veronica of the Sisters of the Holy Cross. The Sisters were the first Naval Nurses on the very first Navy Hospital Ship the Red Rover. Stuart Buncher portrayed a Sergeant from the 2nd NJ Cavalry Company A, part of the 2nd NJ Brigade.

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Mother Mary Frances Schjonberg recently was awarded an honorable mention for her video piece below on Christ Church’s 2014 Memorial Day service. The award was presented during the annual Episcopal Communicators organization’s Polly Bond Awards for outstanding communications efforts in 2014.

The judge who gave the award noted that “the video looks great …music is mixed nicely …the concept is great … the piece is a perfect length.” The award came in the Video-Short Form Ultra Low Budget category (the ultra low budget qualification means less than $250 was spent in production).

Worship in an Historic Setting

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-In-Person Services Suspended for Two Weeks; Return April 24, 25, 2021–

Out of an abundance of caution, we are pausing our in-person Sunday and Saturday
evening services and all other in-person gatherings from April 10-11 for two weeks.
In-person services are scheduled to resume Saturday, April 24, 2021,
at 5:00 pm outdoors, 
and on Sunday, April 25 at 9:00 am in the church.

Happy Easter to all!

Happy Easter to all!

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Welcome.  Whether you have been to Christ Church many times or whether you have just discovered us, we are delighted that you are here. For over three hundred years Christ Church has been known as a place to deepen your relationship with God, nurture a sense of community, and make an impact on the world.

As the Rector, I am firmly committed to three goals: Worship that is dynamic and meaningful; Learning that is creative and engaging, and Service that passionately spills out into the community and world beyond.  Many have found respite, sustenance, and personal challenge within our walls, but there are many ways one can connect with us even from a distance.  My hope and prayer is that you will find a place here, too.

Peruse our website; I am certain you will find just the right thing for you and your family.  And do contact us at 732-741-2220 or TheParish@ChristChurchShrewsbury.org.

I would be happy to begin a lifelong conversation with you.

Peace,

Lisa S. Mitchell, Rector
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