November Red Door Chronicles
Red Door Chronicles

 

As you’ll see, the November 2018 newsletter is pretty rough and ready. This is because our talented editor Cathy Walston has had a medical setback and is unavailable for a while. She is doing well in physical therapy and asks us for our continued prayers. I certainly hope Cathy will be feeling better soon and able to resume the Red Door Chronicles. Catherine Flynn has offered to fill in, while Cathy is out, for which I am very grateful. The December issue will be more of what we are used to, once Catherine gets to work on it. In the meantime, vital parish information for November is to be found below.

 

Let me add that the article from me was written before I knew Cathy was out. I’m going to run it just as I sent it in however, and hope you enjoy this issue, humble though it appears!

 

Rector’s article

 

It’s the time of year that the church invites her members to think ahead, to next year, and also to think back, over the ways God has provided and cared for each of us hitherto. How will we manage what God will give us in the coming months, and especially in regard to the church? The result of all this reflection will emerge on that special day called “Stewardship Sunday,” which is November 25 this year. Once again Christ Church invites all her members and friends to join in making a pledge to the parish for the coming year.  Also, just like last year, the signed pledge forms will be burned in a festive blaze following the 10AM service. As a note on the card explains, “This symbolizes that we are committing together, and that the promises we make are between us and God.”

 

As I was musing on what I could say to encourage prayerful reflection, something popped into my head. It is the brief set of “practice for Jesus-centered living” created recently by our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. He calls it, The Way of Love. It goes like this:

 

  • TURN: Pause, listen and choose to follow Jesus.
  • LEARN: Reflect on Scripture each day, especially on Jesus’ life and teachings.
  • PRAY: Dwell intentionally with God each day.
  • WORSHIP: Gather in community weekly to thank, praise, and dwell with God.
  • BLESS: Share faith and unselfishly give and serve.
  • GO: Cross boundaries, listen deeply and live like Jesus.
  • REST: Receive the gift of God’s grace, peace and restoration.

 

Following these practices is guaranteed to give a person a more loving and confident spirit in daily life. I think that is why it popped into my head in relationship to stewardship. In reality this theme is about much more than just a financial pledge. Stewardship is about how we manage everything that we do, to God’s glory. Anyone who follows these practices will find that they want to “unselfishly give and serve.” 

 

Please listen and pray as our focus continues this month. Shortly you will receive a letter from senior warden Colby Wood, giving her ideas about stewardships. This letter will contain the pledge card we ask you to return by November 25.

 

On November 4, the children of Christ Church are asked to share one-tenth of the candy they receive on Halloween. Their generous gift will go to the Red Door Pantry.

 

On November 11, members of the congregation will speak from the heart about how they live gratitude in their lives.

 

On November 18, just before Thanksgiving, all are asked to bring extra donations for the Red Door Pantry.

 

Then on November 25, the feast of Christ the King (our special day at Christ Church!) we will make our joint commitment as described above.

 

May we all grow together as we follow in the Way of Love!

 

Faithfully,

 

Donnel O’Flynn+

 

 

Other Special Events in November

 

 

Sunday November 11: Nightcap for the Soul, 8:00 PM

 

Thursday, November 29: Christ Church provides the meal at Feeding the Flathead.

 

Friday, November 30: Monthly midweek Eucharist celebrates St Andrew the Apostle, 12 Noon.

 

 

 

 

 

Serving in November

 

 

11/04/18

11/11/18

11/18/18

11/25/18

 

ALL SAINTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lay Reader 8

JT Taylor

Ed Myers

Peggy Stout

JT Taylor

                   10

TBA

John Faure

Marilyn Eberly

B Bridges

 

 

 

 

 

Lector 8

J Fischer

volunteer

Kathy Larson

volunteer

                    10

D Amundson

Colby Wood

Julie Crandell

Tom Carlson

 

 

 

 

 

Prayers       10

John Faure

TBA

Patty Basko

Peggy Stout

 

 

 

 

 

Acolyte         8

JT Taylor

Barb Myers

Peggy Stout

JT Taylor

                    10

J Reese

Holly Ward

D Warrant

TBA

 

 

 

 

 

Thurifer      10

Holly Ward

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ushers 

D Warrant

John Faure

Bill Basko

Tom Carlson

 

Pat Sylvia

Larry Taylor

B Bridges

Larry Taylor

 

 

 

 

 

Counters

D Warrant

TBA

Marilyn Eberly

D Amundson

 

Pat Sylvia

Holly Ward

MB Bertram

 

J Fischer

 

 

 

 

 

Draft Vestry Minutes, October 2018

 

Present:  Fr. Donnel O’Flynn, David Curtis, Jesse Newby, Julie Crandell, Colby Wood, John Bertram, Kathy Larson, Holly Ward.  Absent:  David Reese, Sam Detwiler, Nancy Faure.  

 

Reflection:  Julie Crandell read from “Sabbath” by Wayne Muller, an encouragement for us to find rest and renewal in our busy lives.  

 

Minutes:  Sept. minutes were approved by Colby, seconded by Julie, and accepted.  

 

Treasurer’s Report:   Sam has been seriously injured and hospitalized.  During his recovery Barb Alsbury will pay bills.  John Bertram and Jamie Loran will monitor our financial business.   

 

Jr. Warden Report:  David Reese. No report.

 

Senior Warden Report:  Colby Wood.  No report.

 

Rector Report:  Fr. O’Flynn.  

 

    • 2019 Parish Retreat dates have been set for Sept. 13-14.

 

    • Worship Committee has been contacted regarding Dec. 8th Advent Quiet Day.  PattiAn Bennett will be the leader.

 

    • Diocesan Convention.  Many heartfelt words were directed to Bishop Brookhart and Rt. Rev. Carol Gallagher, who is also leaving on November 1.  It is felt Bishop Brookhart is leaving the Montana Diocese better than when he arrived.  John reported he missed having workshop sections that were offered in the past.  

       Significant changes will be made for the 2019 Convention which will not be in October.  Instead  it will be July 26-28 in Bozeman.  It will involve election of a new Bishop as well as the usual business.  Whoever represents CCE will need to be morally committed to also attending several regional walkabouts.

 

    • Parish Assessment.  A new system of assessment has been adopted.  Now 19% will be taken from an average of 3 years revenue.  It will now be easier to budget because parishes will know ahead of time what is due.  This will favor parishes whose income is rising and not those whose income is going down.  

 

    • Gift for Bishop Brookhart.  Many congregations are giving scholarship gifts to Camp Marshall in honor of the Bishop.  Colby moved and David Curtis seconded that Christ Church commit a minimum of $1000 to the Bishop’s Scholarship Fund.  We will solicit gifts from individual CCE members, and the Vestry will make up any difference.  

 

Prayer for Raising Up Of Deacons.  We prayed as usual that God will raise up a deacon at CCE. 

 

Old Business: 

 

    • Janitor job description is looking good.  “Dusting the pews” was added.  Attention was drawn to flies behind the altar.  Our current janitor has announced his retirement at the end of December.  As we plan for a new janitor, it is believed an individual will be less expensive than a company service but both will be investigated.   

 

    • Bishops final visit.  Colby is taking care of a cake.  We will forego the Bishop’s traditional visit with the Vestry.

 

    • Stewardship 2018.  Fr. O’Flynn handed out a campaign draft schedule which follows the same pattern as last year.  The Vestry agrees.   It will be tweaked if necessary.  Fr. O’Flynn is looking for someone to present a gratitude testimony at both services Nov. 11th.  Fr. O’Flynn has asked Bishop Brookhart to focus on stewardship in his presentation at the service Oct. 28th.  

 

 

New Business:

 

    • Copier.  Our current copier works but needs parts which can’t be replaced.  A new one like this would cost $400-$450.  Toner and other supplies from Amazon would cost $250-$300/year.  A leased copier would cost $1200-$1500 and it is often difficult to get timely service when needed.  John Bertram has researched this situation and suggests we purchase a Brother copier which he has found is always ready to go regardless of the frequency of use, and toner is easy to replace.  John will continue to monitor the purchase of a Brother copier, hoping for a good price Black Friday or Cyber Monday.  Julie moved, and Holly seconded, we make this purchase.

 

    • Nov. Vestry will be the 14th, as the 21st is the day before Thanksgiving.  Dave Reese is scheduled to leave the Vestry and John Bertram is retiring.  John will organize a new member nominating committee.   Fr. O’Flynn will check the 2017 Annual Meeting report to see who else will not be returning.

 

Announcements.  

 

  • Healing service after the 10 am service, Oct. 14th.
  • Compline at 8 pm, Oct. 14th.
  • Feast of St. Luke, noon Friday, Oct. 19th
  • Fall Clean-up Day, Oct. 27th beginning at 9 am.
  • Bishop Brookhart’s visit, Oct. 28th.   Reception to follow.

 

 

Closing Reflection.   Further reflection by Julie from the book Sabbath.  

 

 

Addendum:  later in October John Bertram prepared a treasurer’s report in lieu of treasurer Sam Detwiler who is unavailable while recovering from a bad fall. John commented, “There were no quarterly bills in Sept so expenses were down and the fundraiser income was moved to the general fund so income was up. This left us with a 2,146 surplus for the month. Hurray! That brings the ytd deficit down to 4881, that is small enough that we may be able to overcome it with a strong Nov and Dec.”

 

 

Bishop’s Farewell Gift

 

On Sunday October 28 CCE had our final visit from retiring Bishop C Franklin Brookhart. It was a lovely service at which Kurt Larson was confirmed. Thank you to all who helped prepare for his visit, especially the folk who came to the yard cleanup on Saturday the 27th, and those who brought food and drink to the reception.

 

Christ Church, along with many other parishes, has decided to recognize Bishop Brookhart’s ministry over the past 16 years by contributing to a new scholarship fund for campers at Camp Marshall. Sunday November 4 is “last call” for any who wish to add your donations to the check we will send in. Please make your check to Christ Church, and put “camp scholarship” in the memo line, and thank you for your generosity.

 

 

Montana Moves Ahead

 

Until a new bishop is in place at the end of next year the “ecclesiastical authority” of our diocese is in the hands of the Standing Committee of Montana. These three clergy and three laity will be working hard to keep things on track, and all are urged to keep them in your prayers.

 

Last but not least, please consider if you would like to stand for election at our own annual meeting in January, for the important post of delegate to the convention which will elect our next bishop. This convention is July 25-28 in Bozeman. Since this is an unusual time for a convention we are starting early to see who might represent us. If you are interested, please tell John Bertram, David Reese, or David Curtis. (They are the nominating committee for our next annual meeting).