Please read the following letter from Bishop Robert Hirschfeld about suspending the Call Committee at St. Christopher's.
"....it is my judgement to suspend the work of the Search Committee. Instead, the members of the Committee can lend their support to the Bishop's Committee and Interim-Vicar in renewing the vibrancy of the community. ....."
Read the letter in its entirety by clicking on the link below.
Being a member of the Call Committee is very important to the future of our church community. We will center our time together with prayer asking God for guidance in each phase as we develop and plan for our new spiritual leader for the coming years. The Call Committee will work in three phases:
In Phase 2, the Parish Profile is then used to solicit names of potential candidates from the Office of Transition Ministry and from other diocesan sources. These curricula vitae are reviewed by the Bishop and Canon to the Ordinary and then shared with the Calling Committee who then narrows the list and invites the remaining candidates to partake in a Skype interview.
Phase 3. begins when the Calling Committee determines which three candidates will be presented to the Bishop's Committee. The Calling Committee will then work together with the Bishop's Committee to welcome and schedule the two-day visit of final candidates to our community. The Bishop's Committee will elect the next Vicar and advise the Bishop who notifies the candidate of the "call".
We hope that all parishioners who are contemplating candidacy of the Call Committee will submit your application by our scheduled deadline of next Sunday, February 26th.
With God's guidance our call will reach the person who is being called by God to find us.
The Episcopal Church of NH desires the following qualities for the Calling Committee:
In the body of Christ, no one member possesses all the gifts, so we need one another. Likewise, no one Calling Committee member will have all the desired characteristics listed below. Together, we can discern the will of God for the community.
This Sunday, October 9, an announcement was made after services that the Bishoph's Committee had chosen an interim priest. The Rev. Richard Matthews will join us in January to guide us through our journey after Miriam's retirement. Rev. Matthews recently completed an interim call at St. Peter's in Londonderry. A biographical sketch of Rev. Matthews can be found on page 3 of the October 16 Signpost.
On Sunday June 19 Miriam announced her plans to retire in early January. Here are her words:
Last Saturday and Sunday I announced that I will retire effective January 8, 2017. This was not an easy decision, but I need more time to care for my mother’s needs. It has been my privilege and my pleasure to be your Vicar for sixteen years. You are very much a part of my life and I will miss all of you. I am excited about the future of St. Christopher's. New clergy leadership will walk with you as I have done but they will take you into a new future of faithful service in the name of Christ. You will have your challenges but you will also flourish. This may be a small parish but you are healthy and vital. You have excellent lay leadership in Wayne Trombly and Karen Groves who will be calling on you to step up to serve the parish during the period of transition. Miriam
The Bishop's Committee along with The Rev. Canon Hannah Anderson from the Diocese of New Hampshire will help guide the parish through celebrating Miriam's sixteen years as our Vicar and the transition period that will follow.
To all who took part in our Spring Festival and Yard Sale last Saturday we would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation! This year we had some new and fun offerings: face painting, balloon hats, a LEGO contest, kid's games, live music, and even breakfast! We had nine entries into the LEGO contest and the kids and their families seemed to really enjoy it. It truly was a happy sight to see families sitting on the church lawn, listening to music, watching the kids (and adults) getting their faces painted or a balloon creation made just for them. We sold a lot of yard sale treasures, good food and bakery treats, cold drinks, maple syrup, veggie plants and artwork! The weather was perfect too! It took many hands to make it happen and many months of planning by the fundraising team. We heard many wonderful comments about how nice and welcoming everyone was and what a great time everyone had. Be sure to take a look at the slideshow of photos in the Gallery to see for yourself. So far the festival numbers look like this: Ten Talents activities: $1475, Yard Sale: $3414. These preliminary numbers will change as some expenses were incurred and funds are still coming in. The fundraising team will be meeting again soon to recap the event so if you have any feedback please email us. Thanks to an outstanding and committed fundraising team: Del Dooling, Laura Madison, Peggy Baker, Karen Groves, Marcia Tapley, and Terri McDermot.
With gratitude, Kathy Trombly and Dianne+Copeland
In the third episode of A Spirited Life Today, St. Christopher's Rev. Miriam Acevedo and Rev. Ed Koonz from Hampstead Congregational Church UCC speak with Rev. David Yasenka about the work of Isaiah 58 in helping homeless families.
In Episode 2 of A Spirited Life Today Rev. Acevedo and Rev. Koonz speak with Maggie Morgan, Director of Family Promise of Greater Rockingham County, a program to assist homeless families regain independence. A Spirited Life Today is a production of Hampstead Cable Television.
The Tri Town Times ran the following article about our new endeavor, the Ten Talents Challenge, written by Penny Williams.
St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church has launched a Ten Talents Challenge fundraiser.
This is a parish-wide endeavor based on the Parable of the Talents. Those interested in participating were given $10, no strings attached, to creatively increase their $10 investment. Participants are to come up with a project by offering a service, planning an event, selling something, or hosting a workshop. The culminating event is Yard Sale Festival Day May 30, when the projects, plans, and sales will be presented to others.
Many parishioners are already knee deep in planning their project. The seed money can be used to advertise the event or service, get necessary equipment, or do whatever is needed to get started.
Projects already in the works include tomatoes grown to sell and 30 pints of dark amber maple syrup to sell at the yard sale. The syrup was produced in Plaistow from trees tapped in just about every town served by St. Christopher’s.
Another parishioner is offering his services as a light handyman, and use of his trailer and manpower for dump runs. Another service offered is a writing coach to help with a family history or story writing for children. The Rev. Miriam Acevedo of St. Christopher’s will provide a house blessing, something that dates back to early Christianity.
Others are making items to be sold such as jewelry, receiving blankets, handcrafted items, and a quilt for a raffle. A photographer will have matted prints for sale, and also for sale will be model trains and vintage tools, as well as sunglasses and skin care products. Massages will be available from another parishioner, and a bake sale and a gluten-free bake sale are planned.
The church is accepting donations of clothing, toys, clothes hangers, household goods, tools, sporting goods, camping items, yard and garden items, furniture, bikes, office supplies and anything else appropriate for a yard sale for its May 30 event. To arrange for items to be picked up, contact Kathy Trombly at 867-**** or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trombly said of the Ten Talent Challenge, “It is a fundraising effort, but with the added call to search out our own special God-given gifts and use them for the common good.”
The yard sale will be in front of St. Christopher’s on East Road
Click here to view the new Spirited Life Today show which is broadcast on Hampstead Cable Television. Miriam and Rev. Ed Koonz from Hampstead Congregational Church UCC co-host this new program, talking this week about Easter and the signs of life here in our community.