Jul
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LETTER FROM OUR RECTOR

A letter from Our Rector

 

Dear Friends,

I want to share with you what I love about Christ Church. We are an open and affirming parish. We affirm the dignity of every human being. We try to follow Jesus’ command to love God and love one another. We have exceptional music each Sunday and we have a legacy of exquisite art glass windows which form a beautiful space for worship. Most of all, our worship includes our service to our community and the world.

At Christ Church, we are engaged in an energetic ministry of service to our community and beyond: *We are dedicated to an Interfaith collegial ministry and have exceptional relationships with our neighboring temple, Temple Adas Israel and the churches in our area. We have partnered to serve the homeless, in our Upper Parish Hall, (through Maureen’s Haven) with our friends from Temple Adas Israel, The Unitarian Universalist Meeting House and others from the community. We have been serving the homeless for over five years.

*For three years, at the annual Mother’s Day Brunch, we have held a “Baby Shower” for the Moms giving birth at St John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway.  Everyone attending brings a baby gift. 

*During Advent we have adopted a family through St John’s Episcopal Hospital, in Far Rockaway, and congregants eagerly purchased Christmas gifts for each member of the family. Many of these families would have no Christmas if it were not for this program.

*Parishioners are having fun collecting quarters for Laundry Love. This simple, life changing idea is to collect quarters, which our Hispanic Missioner uses to pay for washers and dryers each week at the Amagansett laundry. Clean clothes affirm the dignity of people and our donations alleviate the burden on the budget of the cost of laundry.

*Our oldest outreach project is our Vassar Haiti Art Sale, will be held July 20, 21 and 22, 2018. When last we hosted, together we raised $30,000 for the remote village, Chermaitre, which is located four hours from Port Au Prince (two hour drive and a  two hour climb).  The monies raised were used to complete a medical room and staff it with a doctor.  Some people are seeing a doctor for the first time. All of the proceeds from this years Christmas Tea and Sale will go to aide Chermaitre, Haiti through the Vassar Haiti project. By giving this money we aid the families in rebuilding their lives. We are, also, sponsoring a young man to attend secondary school. For more information go to http://www.thehaitiproject.org

*Looking to the future, our newest endeavor is a Community Cafe to serve those in our area who are lonely and/or hungry.  The cafe will alleviate some of the food insecurity in our community where over 7.9% of the people do not know from where their next meal will come. Statistics show that East Hampton has the most people who are food insecure in Suffolk County. Our desire is to hold a free dinner, once a week for the community. On advice from the Diocese we are applying for a construction grant for $25,000. Our next step is the construction of a commercial kitchen. We are accepting donations.

Please contact the parish office if you are interested in any of our ministries, we can always use more hands. If you have questions about Christ Church or The Episcopal Church, please contact us at:

the office 631-725-0128 the Rector’s cell 978-835-2672 our web site: christchurchshny.org our e-mail address: info@christchurchshny.org

Blessings, Karen

 

The Rev. Karen Ann Campbell, Rector of Christ Church

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