Christ Church Annual Meeting 2020
The Annual Meeting was held on January 26 in the parish house complete with a wonderful Pot Luck meal. Mother Lisa thanked the vestry members completing their terms: Stephen Craven, Jamie Green, Sue Napoletano, Walter Burrell, Jim O’Connor, and Beverlee Akerblom. Newly elected members are Elaine Feyereisen, Peggy James, Walter Dein, Joanne Montgomery, Mark Roth and Larry Nibbling. Kim Roberts and Allie Cummings were elected to serve as Alternate Deputies to the Diocesan Convention. A full slate of 2019 Vestry members can be seen in the About Us tab of the web site.
Mother Lisa gives Jamie a million dollars.
Epiphany Pageant at Christ Church
Christ Church celebrated the 12th Day of Christmas with a play that was written and directed by Donna Devlin
Christ Church offers two services for Christmas Eve: a Children’s Service and a later service attending mostly by adults. This year during our Children’s Service there was a special visit from St. Nicholas. St. Nicholas shared with the children how his story came to be and gave the children a reminder of his story: a gold coin (chocolate). During the service children read the lessons and rang bells to welcome the Christ child.
Greening of Christ Church
Each year several volunteers gather after the service closest to Christmas to “green” our church for the coming of our Savior.
CHRISTMAS EVE 2019
Christ Church held its annual Christmas Eve midnight service preceded by Lessons and Carols. Music was provided by St Gregory’s choir.
Annual Four Corner Historic Lantern Tour
On Friday, December 6th, 2019 the organizations of Christ Church, The Allen House, The Quaker Meeting House and the Presbyterian Church conducted their 27th Annual Historic Lantern Tour of each of the locations. There were two tour times – 6 pm and 8 pm. The tour took approximately two hours. The tour is conducted by costumed actors who retell the historic story of each location.
The Holiday Bazaar was on Friday, December 6th as part of the Lantern Tour and then a full day on Saturday, December 7th. There was baskets auctioned, sales of jewelry, handmade textiles, baked goods, specialty objects and sundries along with refreshments.
Sarah Grimke (Connie Gaddard) welcomes some Halloween visitors to her father’s final resting place.
Florence Hazard Murphy (Jamie Green) dressed (sort of) as an Austrian princess
Halloween Party and Scavenger Hunt
The last of our 300th anniversary events in October included a Scavenger Hunt in the graveyard followed by a Halloween Party in the Parish Hall. While our interred friends might not have anticipated hosting such visitors, many of them have stories of their own to tell, as the hunters wandering from one grave to another they learned, following clues devised by organizers Andrew Brown and Lauren Birkmire.
Celebration co-organizer Lauren Berkmire assisting two Ghostbusters.
GRAVESTONE CLEANING/RUBBING WORKSHOP
The second of three events celebrating October is Graveyard Month was held in the graveyard on Saturday Oct 12. The effort was led by Friend of Christ Church Jennifer Shamrock and parishioner Jenn Lovekin. There were about 12 participants most of whom are members of the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Some husbands came as well. Many granite gravemarkers were spruced up.
CROES FAMILY DESCENDANTS VISIT
The Reverend John Croes was our Rector from 1809 to 1824. He with his wife and two daughters are buried in a family grave plot in our graveyard. In conjunction with our gravestone restoration grant, we have restored these four gravemarkers, the perimeter stone post and steel rod border and have removed vines from then the plot and planted vinca. Descendants of Reverend Croes still live in New Jersey and many of them came to the graveyard tour. Ryan Radice and Bob Kelly told them of the plot and what we know about the family.