We've all been to
meetings where we're not sure why we are there, where someone is droning on and
on in front of us, and we are not really involved or engaged in what is being
said; whether we are there out of some sense of obligation. As we sit there, we
wonder why we made this commitment, and in the bottom of our hearts. we would
rather be doing something else. Anything else. Because meetings can be needless.
And we don't need to go to another meeting. We've been to those
I cannot promise you what the Annual Meeting of the Cathedral
on January 22nd will be like, but I invite you to imagine this:
Book of Acts, 1:12-26, we hear about a meeting. It was not an 'annual meeting,'
but it was a meeting. It was held in a large upstairs room, and in attendance
were 11 disciples, Mary and her sons, women followers and others, about 120 in
all. The purpose of the meeting was the election of a disciple to replace Judas,
who had betrayed Jesus and left the group.
Peter was the facilitator of
the meeting, and he offered some scripture from the Psalms, and invited the
community to pray. The community nominated two candidates: Matthias and Joseph.
They chose Matthias. It was, by all accounts, a successful meeting, and a great
example we can follow.
We ask: Do we have a clear purpose for our Annual
meeting, as clear as the purpose of the meeting in Acts?
Yes, the purpose
is to discuss the business of the church, elect a few people, and gather for
prayer as a body.
We ask: Do we have a clear sense of the stakes and the
importance of our annual meeting?
Yes, it is an important time in the
life of the Cathedral, a time of transition, and just like in Acts, everybody
who holds a steak should be there.
And we ask: Do we have a clear sense
of the presence of God in our deliberations for the annual meeting this year,
just as the Disciples had in the time of Acts?
And the answer is also
yes. We face an important time in the life of the church, a time when God's
presence and guidance are desperately needed not just for the whole but for each
of us individually. It is a time when we, too, must remember that the Lord knows
our hearts and invites us to open our hearts to him.
It is not a small
thing to meet as the Body of Christ and make deliberations, hear reports, and
pray. It is a big thing. And we are part of the big thing, each of us.
is a privilege to be that same body of Christians as those who met in Acts ,
that same body today. Our work is still important. God is still speaking to our
hearts. And we are still needed to participate.
Hope to see you there,
January 22nd, 1:30. Bring a dish to share,
|What’s on at your
Flowers on Sunday will be
given to the glory of God and in thanksgiving for the lives of Marge and Ken
Conway, given by the LaRochelle-Wheeler-Betsher Family.
YOU to everyone who attended last week’s Ministry Fair, and special
thanks to Sr. Warden Roland Holstead for organizing the fair. If you would like
more information about getting involved with the ministries at the Cathedral,
information will be available in the Annual Report.
MEETING ADULT FORUM: Following the 10 a.m. Sunday
Service, the Adult forum will hold a discussion in preparation for the
Annual Meeting, including copies of the proposed budget and the agenda and
biographies of those running for the Executive
WOMEN’S MARCH FOR AMERICA - January 21,
2013. Women from various communities will gather in solidarity with the
Women’s March on Washington - on the Town Common in Greenfield at 12:30 p.m.,
and at 11 a.m. starting at the Boston Common in Boston. For information on
Greenfield, call (877) 925-2999, for information on the Boston rally, visit:
CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL ANNUAL
MEETING 2017: Sunday, January 22 – Following the 12:15 p.m.
Service. A potluck luncheon will be held after the meeting. A sign-up
sheet is available in the Sanctuary.
The 2017 Parish Directory is almost ready. Please take a moment and review your
information in one of the 'Sample' directories on the table leading to the
Foyer. Is everything correct? Please make any changes. If you would prefer not
to list your information, including cell phone number, please make a note of
that or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Executive Committee of Christ Church Cathedral voted unanimously to
recommend to the Chapter of Christ Church Cathedral the appointment of Tom Adams
Callard as the next Dean. The Chapter will vote on January 24, 7
p.m. in the Kendrick Room. Shortly after a new Dean has been named, we
hope to appoint a new Canon (Assistant).
MINISTRY: Meeting will be held on January 25, 1 p.m.
in The Rev. Tom Callard’s office. For questions, please call him at
MEN’S MINISTRY: Meeting will take place
on February 3, 6:30 p.m., Kendrick
OUTREACH MINISTRY – Meeting will
take place on February 4, 9 a.m.,
STEWARDSHIP: Envelopes for 2017 are Available.
Please pick them up. If you have not yet pledged, please fill out and hand in an
Estimate of Giving card. Your support makes all our ministries possible. As of
this week, we have received a total of 128 pledges for $259,619.
Our goal is 200 pledges and $300,000 in money pledged,
so we still need $40,381 more. As your heart is stirred and you
are able, we ask all members to support the Cathedral financially and as
volunteers. Pledges help guide our budget and the planning for the year.
If you want envelopes, you must complete a pledge card.
COFFEE HOUR: Please sign up to be a
coffee hour host. It’s easy! Just greet people, and bring cookies or snacks, and
cream. Coffee will be set up. Please sign up for the following Sundays
Feb. 5, 12, & 26. Thank you. If you have questions, contact
Coffee Queen Judy Cooke, (413) 847-1298 or email:
WEDNESDAY WORSHIP: Come for a boost in the
middle of the week. 8 a.m. Lectionary Bible study in the Kendrick Room.
11:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist in the All Saints
FLOWERS: To contribute for flowers, please
email, call or send a note to our Cathedral Administrative Assistant, Migdalia
Vazquez at email@example.com, or 413-736-2742,
at least one month in advance of the date for the
flowers. Please provide the donor’s name and phone number, date
for the memorial flowers, specific wording and flower-color preference. Each
flower memorial costs $40. Please make a check payable to: Christ Church
PARKING: Please remember that in addition to
parking at the Cathedral’s lot, you may park in the Museum’s parking lot on
Edward Street for the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Services. Our new sexton, William Diaz,
is available on Sundays to help with parking. NOTE: The lot across
the street from the Cathedral is not available at this time.
SPANISH CLASS: Wednesdays, 4-5:30 p.m. in
the Dougout on the 2nd Floor. The class is open to everyone
regardless of proficiency level and is conversation-based. The setting is
informal and fun!
DONATIONS FOR THE DISENFRANCHISED:
Due to the generous support for the homeless, we have exceeded our storage
capacity for large items such as blankets and coats, but gloves, socks,
underwear and mittens are always needed. Thank
January 21-10 a.m.:
Richard Mahaffey to the Priesthood
January 22-1:30 p.m.:
of the Cathedral, 1:30 p.m. Potluck.
January 25-1 p.m.:
Children’s Ministry meeting.
Adult forum led by Seminarian Duncan
February 2-6:30 p.m.:
Solemn Evensong (with incense) for the Feast of the Presentation of
February 3-6:30 p.m.:
Men’s Ministry, Kendrick Room
February 4-9 a.m.:
Adult Education, Library
February 12 10 a.m.
Mark Shapiro preaches
SAVE THE DAY!
Sunday February 19 is our “Undie” Sunday event! For those who
are new or have forgotten (how could you?) we collect new men's underwear and
socks for the Springfield Rescue Mission. We have a bit of fun with it - for a
very good cause. Please save the date!
Holiness” - Learning from Judaism's Spiritual Path for Developing
Virtue: Wednesdays, February 1, 8,
15, 22: Four conversations exploring the idea and possibility of
BEING GOOD. Let's take a journey into the Jewish spiritual tradition called
MUSSAR, a Hebrew word that means “ethics.” Mussar involves studying
Scripture and other written sources, and various practices designed for
cultivating our virtues. The virtues to be explored include humility, patience,
simplicity, gratitude, and enthusiasm.
Iglesia Catedral de Cristo
January 22, 2017 -
22 de Enero, 2017 - 1:30 p.m.
|Lo Que Esta Pasando en tu
Las flores este domingo
son dadas en la gloria del Señor por las vidas de Marge y Ken Conway, y dadas
por la familiar LaRochelle-Wheeler-Betscher.
DISCIPULADO: En el 2017 vamos a enfocar en el discipulado. El autor
Dieterich Bonhoeffer escribió que, “La Cristiandad sin el discipulado es
Cristiandad sin Cristo.” Cada miembro de la Catedral esta invitado a orar y
pensar por ellos mismos y por el discipulado de los demás. Comenzando el 10 de
enero vamos a tener unos cursos de seis semanas sobre “El Discipulado Básico.”
Esperamos que pueden atender. Los
Martes, Enero 17, 31, Febrero 7, 14, y 21, 2017, 6 p.m.
en la Biblioteca.
MANIFESTACION DE LA MUJERES – 21 de
enero, 2017. Este día en el pueblo de Greenfield varias mujeres van a
tener una manifestación para apoyar la manifestación grande en Washington DC el
mismo día. Se van a reunir en el centro (“Town Common”) de Greenfield a las
12:30 p.m. y en el centro de Boston a las 11:00
a.m. Si quieren información sobre la actividad en Greenfield, llamen
(877) 925-2999, y por información sobre el evento en Boston, se puede visitar
TRANSICION CON LOS
CLERIGOS: El Comité Ejecutivo de la Catedral voto a recomendar el Padre
Tom Callard para ser el próximo Deán. El “Chapter,” el grupo de líderes de la
catedral, votara el 24 de enero. Después de un nuevo Deán esta
nombrado habrá una búsqueda para el nuevo Canónigo
REUNION DE LOS HOMBRES DA LA CATEDRAL: El 3 de
Febero, 6:30 p.m. en el salón
MAYORDOMIA: Hay sobres para los que han hecho
el compromiso para el año 2017. Si usted todavía no ha hecho un compromiso, por
favor llenan la Carta de la estimación y habrán sobres la próxima semana. Hasta
esta semana hemos recibido 128 promesas por una cantidad de
$259,619. Pídanle al Señor que somos dispuestos para ser sus
discípulos dignos en el 2017.
FLORES: Si usted desea
contribuir flores, pueden llamar, escribir, o mandar un email a Migdalia Vazquez
la Administradora Asistente de la Catedral. 413-736-2742. Cccspfld@gmail.com.
Por favor proveen el nombre del donador, el teléfono, la fecha para las flores,
y lo que quiere que el memorial dice. Cada memorial de flores cuesta
NINOS Y NINAS: El discipulado con los niños
comienza con la Escuela Bíblica. Hay un “Tiempo con Jesús” para los niños de 3
años en adelante los domingos. Salen al comienzo de la Misa y regresan por la
Paz. Habrán actividades, enseñanzas y oraciones. Dale buena educación al
niño de hoy, y el viejo de mañana jamás la abandonará. Proverbios