From the Rector:
will be a very full month! First and foremost, we celebrate the great
worship services of Holy Week and Easter. But we will also be observing
Earth Day in a special way, and are also expecting to hear from the
Bishop Search Committee as to their slate of nominees.
I’ll let the Bishop Search Committee speak for itself, and as for the
Earth Day observance let me just ask everyone to read the section in the
Vestry Minutes (below) that relates to Creation Care. Please also have a
look at Barb Myers item on how she is trying to personalize Creation
Care in her own life. For more information just look up “Episcopal
Creation Care” on the internet and learn all about it. I promise I’ll
explain more going forward.
So what I most want to highlight is the importance of the big worship
events this month. In particular, I have been promoting the Great Vigil
of Easter ever since I arrived at CCE. The Great Vigil occurs the
evening before Easter Day, ie, Saturday at 7:30 PM. Here is what I said
in my first Report to the Congregation at my first Annual Meeting in
January of 2017: “I’d really like attendance at the Great Vigil of
Easter to be strong. As I explained to the worship committee, this
service is the most beautiful, most impressive, and most important
liturgy of the year, and I asked their support for doing PR to make it
well attended. I hope for at least 75 people.”
Well, we haven’t gotten 75 yet, but we’ve come close: 60 attended in
2017 and 55 in 2018. Maybe 2019 will be the year! Remember, the Vigil
Service, which starts outside with an impressive lighting of the New
Fire, is when Easter baptisms occur. As we go to press I am expecting to
have two baptisms this year. So… hope to see you here on
Saturday, April 20, at 7:30 PM, to celebrate resurrection with this
Also important to highlight is that we are trying a different time for
the main Good Friday service. It will be at 5:30 PM instead of Noon, so
that more people can be free to attend. The church will be open for
silent meditation at Noon, and the Godly Play version of Stations will
still be at 4:30PM. The full schedule for Holy Week and Easter is found
later in the newsletter.
Last but truly far from least, two events relating to members deserve
special notice. Kaedan Wagar (the one who calls Pat Sylvia “Grandma
Pat”) is being adopted by Pat’s daughter Rachel and her husband Cody
(they are Kaedan’s grandparents) on April 4. There will be a reception
for them Saturday, April 6 from 2-4PM in Griffiths Hall. We are counting
on the fact that Kaedan does not usually read the bulletin or the
newsletter, to promote the event without him knowing! He is a fine young
person and it will be great to help celebrate his new beginning. Also,
April 14 is Marilyn Taylor’s 90th birthday. We will have some cake and
good cheer in her honor following the 10AM service. Marilyn has been a
very significant member of the parish for many years and so we wish her
all the best!
Donnel O’Flynn +
March 2019 Vestry Minutes
Christ Church Vestry Minutes, March 20, 2019
Present: Fr. Donnel O'Flynn, Jesse Newby, Kathy Larson, Julie
Crandell, Colby Wood, Holly Ward, Sam Detwiler, Larry Taylor, Kurt
Larson. Absent: Nancy Faure, Don Amundson.
Reflection: Holly Ward presented an art reflection involving assigning a color to a sacred word.
Clerk Report: Colby moved and Holly seconded Feb minutes be approved. All accepted.
Treasurer's Report: Sam reported the second $1700 donation for St
Nicolas school, which the bank mistakenly wired twice, has been
designated as our 2019 donation, thus correcting the imbalance in our
ledger. Pledge and Plate income for the first two months of the
year is running behind schedule. However, the Foundation’s contribution
of $3,000 to offset 2018 General Fund deficit has helped to create a
surplus in our bottom line year-to-date. Sexton pay is
undetermined at this time as we continue to determine what will be
required/necessary in that job. Our Organ Fund Balance is good.
The Red Door Pantry is doing ok as well. It was moved and
seconded by Holly and Kathy, and all accepted the approval of the Budget
Jr. Warden Report: Fr. O'Flynn reported, on behalf of Nancy, that
the ceiling fan in the sanctuary doesn't work properly, and the light
over the front entry won't turn off. Nancy added that, with the
melting snow, we must keep an eye on the need to use the sump pump.
Fr. O'Flynn reported that Dave Reese has set up the pump. He and
Kurt will take a look at the situation after the Vestry meeting, to see
if it has a float, is set up to operate automatically, and how it can
responsibly be monitored.
Senior Warden Report: Colby will report as the meeting progresses.
Janet has returned to Haiti. A Travel Alert is still in place
which prevents faculty in the U.S from flying in. Fr. O'Flynn has
cancelled his plan to visit soon. Prayers are requested.
Fr. O'Flynn will be participating in a continuing education seminar, The
Theology of the Land, being presented at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church.
Fr. O'Flynn supports the local ecumenical clergy letter condemning the
recent mass shooting tragedy at Christ Church, New Zealand. The
letter has been sent to local newspapers. He says we all need to
respond to a higher calling in these kinds of matters.
Prayer for Raising Up of Deacons was offered, including a prayer for priests and Bishops as well.
Christ Church membership roll updates are progressing.
We reviewed and discussed the Diocese of Montana's Policy For
Safeguarding God's People. In the past, Vestries were required to
participate in a training. Now only those individuals working
directly with children are required to do so. Kurt noted that the
text needs to be corrected as Bishop Brookhart's and Joan Grant's names
still appear. All vestry members are required to read and become
familiar with the Policy.
Next steps in our organ situation were discussed, that is, how to
proceed. Colby reports that in preparation for a new Hauptwerk
organ, Craig wants to move forward with removal of the old organ,
and the changed placement of the pipes. Most of this work
will take place in the summer. Craig submitted a $20,057
estimate of costs for Hauptwerk organ and accessories. He will
watch for Hauptwerk sales.
Kurt moved, Julie seconded, and it was agreed that we set a goal
of raising an additional $10,000 for the organ. Discussion
included asking the congregation for money, using money from the
Memorial Fund, and setting up scheduled individual contributions.
We will continue to consider ideas for a fund-raising campaign.
Vestry Retreat will be May 5th rather than April 28th. We will
begin with worship at 8 or 10 o'clock, then enjoy a catered Mexican
lunch which Colby will arrange ($15/person has been budgeted), proceed
with a getting-acquainted activity, then planning for Vestry
expectations and goals, how to take action toward them, and who will do
A Creation Care pledge has been adopted by the National Episcopal
Church. We watched a related You Tube address by Bishop Michael
Curry encouraging us to love the earth as God loves the earth.
Christ Church seems oriented to this idea as evidenced in the past
by individual members committing to do things such as collecting
batteries to recycle, and committing to decreasing plastic purchases.
Some parishioners, however, may not agree with some of what is
included in the National pledge. Still, we can agree that most
will want to further our awareness of how people in far-away locations
are affected by how we “use” the earth. We agreed to make further
plans, and set future goals, to communicate with parishioners who may
wish to sign the pledge. We will not “tie people's hands” to do,
or not do, any particular thing as stated in the Creation Care handout.
Rather individuals may set their own goals. We propose
Earth Day, April 22nd, as a possible time for individuals interested in
signing pledges to further plan and set goals. Julie moved, Holly
seconded and the motion passed that CC Vestry supports the ideas set
forth in the Creation Care pledge, and that we will invite Christ Church
people to become involved and consider signing the pledge. We
agree that further ideas will evolve.
Reflection leader next meeting will be Kathy
April 14 Palm Sunday 8 and 10 am
Marilyn Taylor 90th birthday. Julie volunteered to get a
celebration cake which will be served in the narthex following the 10
April 18 Maundy Thursday 5:30 pm
April 19 Good Friday. Church open 12 noon-l pm
Godly Play Stations 4:30 pm
Liturgy of the Day 5:30 pm
April 20 Easter Vigil w/baptisms 7:30 pm
April 21 Easter Day 8 and 10 am
April 22 Earth Day
Next Meeting: April 24
No Vestry meeting in May. Retreat will be May 5th.
Reflection: Holly further developed our reflection by providing paint for us to paint a bookmark cross.
April Birthdays & Anniversaries
Mark Norley; Ed Eberly
14 Bob & Monica DesJeans
6 Sierra Crandell
28 Janelle &
9 Garrison Reese; Meghan Hodges
14 Marilyn Taylor; Jeni Scarff
22 Gwen Biggar
27 JT Taylor
24 Sage Litchfield
Congratulations to Budding Scientists at CCE!
Sarah Loran competed in the 4th Grade
Physical division with her project "Effect of Changes in Atmospheric
Pressure on Weather". She received first place in the Hedges Science
Fair and advanced to County where she was awarded a Reserve Grand
Thomas Bertram competed in the 5th Grade Physical division with his
project "Liquids Effects on Rust". He received first place in the Hedges
science fair. At County he received a Grand Champion Medal and a
special award called A Day at the Station which is a day of doing
research at the Flathead Lake Biological Station. He advanced to the
Regional Science Fair in Butte where he was awarded a first-place ribbon
and a gold medal.
Fourth graders are only allowed to advance to the county level, fifth
graders are allowed to advance to regionals. In sixth grade they will be
able to compete in the state science fair if their project qualifies.
(submitted by John Bertram)
On Giving Up Plastic for Lent
take morning coffee seriously in our family. We grind Montana
Coffee Traders beans and press them in a bistro pot, wait the 5 minutes
before pouring and settle in to sipping Buffalo Blend. Last year,
our kids gave us a Keurig coffee maker for a gift and despite our
skepticism, we began to appreciate how quick and easy the coffee ritual
could be. However, I began to get a nagging feeling about all
those little plastic containers I was adding to the landfill.
When Lent came on and I listened to Michael Curry’s plea to take the
pledge to Care for Creation, I decided to take a look at how I could
change a habit in order to live more gently on the Earth.
Plastics. I decided to try to stop using plastic whenever I
could. No more plastic grocery bags from the store. No more
Keurig plastic cups in the landfill. It takes longer to do the old
coffee ritual, but I am remembering that taking a little time to prepare
it, can make it taste even better. I am even using the coffee
grounds in my compost bin. So, now my challenge is what do I
freeze garden veggies in, when harvest time comes? I have all
summer to figure out a plan to replace those great little Ziplock bags!
Special Events in April 2019
Saturday April 6 Reception to honor Kaedan’s adoption 2-4 PM
Friday April 12 Worship Committee follows Noon Eucharist
April 14, Palm Sunday Palms and HE, 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM
April 18, Maundy Thursday Agape Meal and
Liturgy of the Day,
April 19, Good Friday
Church open for meditation
– 1:00 PM
Godly Play Stations of the Cross,
Liturgy of the Day, 5:30 PM
April 20, EASTER EVE Great Vigil of Easter, 7:30 PM
April 21, EASTER DAY Festival worship
8:00 AM and 10:00 AM
22, Earth Day
All invited to take Creation Care pledge