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Recent News and Announcements

Farewell to Aubrey Smith: On Sunday, August 1, we will wish a heartfelt farewell to our wonderful Director of Youth Ministries, Aubrey Smith. Aubrey has a farewell video to share with us which can be found on our YouTube channel. Thank you Aubrey for your hard work and dedication to the youth of Christ Church. We will miss you!

No Adult Forum for August 1: The Adult Forum will not meet on Sunday, August 1. We instead encourage you to attend the farewell party for our Director of Youth Ministry, Aubrey Smith. The Adult Forum will resume our meeting next week. We are discussing the book “People of the Way: Renewing Episcopal Identity.” This book was recently recommended by Father Bob in the July/August edition of The Clarion. You can purchase a copy on Amazon or Church Publishing. We encourage you to join us each Sunday at 9 a.m. upstairs in room 202 for Christian education and discussion. For more information, please contact Mary Ellison at 417-844-1318.

Vacation Bible School Next Weekend: Our Vacation Bible School day will be held on August 7. Our theme this year will be “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” and will be held at Camp Shawio. The activities for the day will include crafts and lessons, lunch, and water games. To register your child or to volunteer for VBS, please visit our RSVP.Church page or contact Mary Bohlen, Director of Christian Formation for Children and Families, at maryb@christepiscopalchurch.com.

St. Cecilia Choir: Do you have a child between the ages of 9-16? They should join the St. Cecilia Choir! Has your child mastered the anthems of Moana, Frozen, and other Disney/Pixar films? They should join the St. Cecilia Choir! Does your child have a potentially undiscovered passion for the classical greats of Mozart, Handel, and Beethoven? They should join the St. Cecilia Choir! Does your child eat food? They should join the St. Cecilia Choir! Does your child breathe? They should join the St. Cecilia Choir! We will be recommencing our weekly choir rehearsals on Wednesday, August 18th from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. This year will be full of lots of adventures including service opportunities, a community yard sale, and a big end-of-year trip! Please get in touch with St. Cecilia Choir Director, Kenny Kabak,
(kennykabak1@gmail.com) if your child meets any/all/none of the criteria above. We'd love to get your kiddos plugged in!

Retirement Party and RSVPs: If you have not yet RSVP’ed for either of Father Ken’s retirement parties on August 25 (children and family) and August 29 (adults) please do so. You can RSVP by calling the church office at 866-5133 or email your RSVP to cec@christepiscopalchurch.com. RSVPs are a must for seating and catering needs. Please note that due to the surge in COVID-19 cases, details and planning for both parties may be subject to change.

Christ Church featured on KY3: Christ Church was recently featured on KY3! If you missed it on air be sure to check it out on the homepage of our website, ChristEpiscopalChurch.com, or on our YouTube channel (Christ Church Springfield, MO).

The Interesting People of Christ Church: We will have a new video to show you next week as part of this series. Our next interesting person to be featured is Julia Taylor! Look for the video to be released on Friday, August 6.

The Support Group for Dementia Caregivers will meet on August 15 at 2 p.m. via Zoom.  For more information and a link to join please contact Dr. Eloise Thomas at 417-343-9884 or email thomase@otc.edu.

Summer Community Dinner and Vaccine Clinic: The Outreach Committee will sponsor a to-go dinner on Thursday, August 19 at 5 p.m. We will also be partnering with the Greene County Health Department to distribute COVID-19 vaccines for our church members as well as our guests. We will have a summer theme picnic with grilled hamburgers, baked beans, chips, fresh summer corn relish, and fresh-baked brownies and cookies. The dinner will be prepared to-go and delivered to our waiting guests outside. If you would like to donate seasonal clothing, please drop your donations off at the church office. We will also accept donations of cash and checks as we have done for previous community dinners. If you want to contribute money towards the dinner, please place your donation in an envelope and mail it in or leave it in the church office with “community dinner” on the memo line. If you have questions or would like to volunteer at the dinner, please email hmbfoster@att.net or call 573-718-9937.

Next to New Next to New would love to help you free up your closet space. Gently-loved late summer and early fall items are particularly welcome. Drop off your donations and then take some time to shop with us: Tuesday through Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thank you for thinking of Next to New!

Garden Gatherings: We encourage you to continue gathering with us in the garden after the 10 a.m. service each Sunday for fellowship and refreshments. We look forward to seeing you this Sunday.

Faith Hospice of the Ozarks is seeking volunteers to meet with patients to visit with them, provide comfort, and share any other talents you may have to offer. If you would like to volunteer or would like more information, please contact Jenny Fortner at 417-753-7757.

Donations for our ministries: Please continue with your donations to Safe to Sleep, Crosslines, and Rare Breed. Safe to Sleep donations can be placed in the boxes past the church offices. Donations for Rare Breed can be labeled and placed in the kitchen for pickup, or you can sign up to deliver food at bit.ly/3hksaSX. Donations for Crosslines can be taken directly to Crosslines at 615 N. Glenstone Ave, or placed in the basket located in the back of the sanctuary (by the doors). If you have any questions about donations or what to donate, please contact the church office at 866-5133.

Get Your COVID-19 Vaccine, Delta Variant Spreading: Anyone over the age of 12 can now receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Missouri. We urge you to get vaccinated for COVID-19 if you are able and have not yet done so as we are seeing a spike in the delta variant of COVID-19 among the unvaccinated. If you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, the Greene Co. Health Department has many useful tools on its website to answer your questions. You can learn more at health.springfieldmo.gov/5068/Coronavirus.

Vestry Votes to Reinstate Masking Due to COVID-19 Surge, July 24, 2021

The Vestry of Christ Church has voted to temporarily reinstate our masking policy again at Christ Church due to the surge in the delta variant of COVID-19. We ask that you please bring a mask with you when attending in-person worship at Christ Church. As of right now, temperature checks will not be administered nor will any limits on attendance be enforced. Please see the letter and email blast below from our Sr. Warden, Mary Chiles. If you have any questions please contact the church office at (417) 866-5133.

 

Dear members of Christ Church,

There has been a discussion about temporarily reinstating masking for the church.

I received an email from Fr. Ken yesterday morning in which he stated "In my absence, please do what you think best, including undertaking a vestry discussion of this one matter, reinstatement of the policy of masking of all, including the vaccinated, at public gatherings at church, including worship."

He further authorized me as Senior Warden to either hold a vestry meeting via GoTo Meeting or initiate an email vote on this topic.

A motion was made and seconded and the vestry including Fr. Ken has approved to temporarily reinstate masking of all, including those vaccinated, at public gatherings at church, including worship.

I have just received a majority. So far the ten votes received have voted in favor of temporarily reinstating masks as described above.

Please proceed accordingly as this is to go into effect immediately.

Thank you,

Senior Warden Mary Chiles

Vestry Amends Reopening Plan, May 27, 2021

Modifications to the Christ Church COVID-19 protocols were discussed during the May vestry meeting including how the church should move forward after the most recent decisions and guidelines coming from the City of Springfield and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The vestry has voted to approve the following amendments to our reopening plan effective Sunday, May 30:

1. The church urges its members to get vaccinated if they are eligible and able.2. Mask wearing in the church building is optional for those fully vaccinated.
3. Mask wearing in the church building is encouraged for those not vaccinated.
4. The wearing of masks by children not vaccinated will be at the discretion of their parents.
5. The St. Gregory Senior Choir may have as many as eight fully vaccinated members singing at services.
6. Hand sanitizer remains available throughout the facility.
7. Temperature checks are no longer required, but members are encouraged to monitor their own health and to stay home if they have a fever or are feeling ill.
8. Occupancy in the church and parish hall is no longer limited, and pre-registration for services is no longer required.
9. All other previous limitations and policies remain in place.

Please see this chart from the Center for Disease Control regarding vaccinations and safety. As we move closer to the end of the COVID-19 pandemic we look forward to fully reopening at Christ Church.

Vestry Amends Reopening Plan, Increasing Sunday Attendance in a Sign of new Life

“Alleluia! Christ is risen! The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!”

These simple words proclaim our Christian hope: as God has raised his son Jesus from the tomb, so he will raise us from death and will give us the gift of eternal life in his name.

We delight in this future hope and in a more immediate one: the eradication of the Coronavirus and end of the pandemic.

We are thankful that we have witnessed a steady decline in COVID-19 infections in the last several weeks as people continue to observe safety protocols and as increasing numbers of us receive vaccinations.

It is now time for the church to look to the next stage in our science-based, gradual reopening plan.

After the city of Springfield moved to its “yellow” phase of its Road to Recovery Plan, the clergy, staff, wardens, and vestry of Christ Episcopal Church considered our next steps regarding in-person worship.

We reviewed the updated city guidelines and consulted medical professionals in the church before revising our existing reopening plan. Our updated plan, which was approved by the vestry, will increase the number of people who may gather for worship while maintaining our safety protocols. The following plan will be in effect here, beginning Sunday, April 25, 2021:

  • Occupancy at the Sunday services will be increased from 40 to 75, in addition to ministers and members of choral ensembles.
  • Registrations are still required and can be made by going online or calling the church office.All church pews will be available for seating, but physical distancing will be encouraged outside of family units.
  • Face masks and frequent hand washing/sanitizing will be required while inside the building.
  • Temperature checks, for now, will still be taken at the door, and members will be strongly encouraged to monitor their own health status and stay home if they have a fever or feel unwell.
  • Holy Communion will continue to be in one-kind only, per Bishop Field’s dispensation and direction.
  • The 10 a.m. Sunday service will still be livestreamed on the church's YouTube page, with a link to the stream on the church's Facebook page and website.

Christ Church will follow these guidelines throughout the summer, until and unless the city of Springfield issues new directives, which might cause further changes in our plan.

Please understand that our decisions are based on a desire to provide worship opportunities for as many people as possible while providing for the safety and well-being of those who gather.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Father Ken, Senior Warden Mary Chiles or Junior Warden Nancy Hopkins, or a vestry member.

Rejoicing in the resurrection, we pray that God be with us on our continued journey to recovery.

CHRIST CHURCH REOPENING BULLET POINTS

Christ Church Reopens
Dear People of Christ Episcopal Church:

Bishop Field gave us the approval to reopen Christ Church for worship. Our first service was held on Sunday, June 28, at 10 a.m.

We have a limited capacity of 75 for seating. We ask that you please reserve a seat ahead of time by visiting this link and picking your service date and time, and how many of your family will attend.

You may also call the church office at 866-5133 and we will reserve a spot for you if we have openings.

Below are guidelines for you to follow when attending in-person worship. You may view the full reopening plan by clicking here.

IN-PERSON WORSHIP
● Limited seating will be available in the nave
● Those desiring to attend must reserve a place by visiting https://rsvp.church/r/Zkst53kb and completing the online form or by contacting the church office
● The Sunday 10 a.m. service will be livestreamed to our YouTube channel and will also be shared to our Facebook Page.
● Live Evening Prayer services will also continue to be offered on the church’s Facebook page

IN-PERSON SUNDAY SCHOOL

● Children will gather in the Parish Hall prior to the 10:00 am service. If the weather is nice, we may spend time outdoors.

● Masks will be worn at all times by all participants and social distancing will be maintained as practical.

● Mary Bohlen (or another teacher) will lead the lesson and story for all of the children.

● The church service will be playing on the video screen in the background. While it will be muted for most of the service, the volume will be turned up and we will listen to the Gospel reading.

● Children will break into smaller groups with their Sunday school teacher and complete an activity or craft. We will stay in the Parish Hall or outdoors.

● At the Peace, parents will come into the Parish Hall and families will watch/listen to the Eucharistic prayer together.

● A priest will bring communion into the Parish Hall for families and Sunday school teachers. A hand-washing station will be available in the Parish Hall.

● Youth will be invited to attend and listen to the lesson and the Gospel. They will then be given the option of working on a project or assisting the children during the craft/activity period of Sunday school.

PLEASE STAY HOME IF
● You fall into a high-risk category and you, in consultation with your doctor, determine that it is unsafe to attend in-person worship
● You have a cough, fever, or are feeling sick
● You suspect you might have contracted COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who has
● You feel uncomfortable returning to in-person worship
….but please join us in online worship

ATTENDEE GUIDELINES
● Masks or face coverings must be worn (except for children under the age of two)
● Temperature checks will be taken upon entry into the building
● Members with a temperature above 100.3 will be asked to return home
● Sanitize hands when entering the building and prior to receiving communion
● Maintain physical distancing of at least six feet outside of family units
● Do not congregate for fellowship inside the building, and when outside maintain proper distancing

DURING THE SERVICE
● No congregational singing
● Bathrooms will be closed except for emergencies, and water fountains have been disabled
● Child care will not be available, but children are welcome to sit with their families in the worship space
● Physical contact outside of family units during the passing of the Peace and at other times is prohibited

HOLY COMMUNION
● Will be offered in one-kind only (bread)
● Follow the directions of the ushers to approach and receive
● All participants, including the clergy, will wear masks or face coverings during communion
● After receiving the host, return to the seats before pulling down the mask to consume
● At the conclusion of the service, please exit the church when dismissed by the ushers

PARISH RESOURCES
● Facebook: facebook.com/christepiscopalchurchmo
● YouTube: youtube.com/user/CECSpringfield
● Email: frontoffice@christepiscopalchurch.com
● Telephone: 417.866.5133

CHRIST CHURCH REOPENING PROPOSAL

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WORSHIP RESOURCES

Links To Episcopal Resources To Aid With Worship

Bible Gateway: A useful site to quickly search the bible in multiple translations. We commonly use the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV).

The Lectionary Page: This website allows you to view the Episcopal Liturgical Calendar, and has links to lessons for Sundays and Holy Days.

The Book of Common Prayer Online: This resource allows you to view the Book of Common Prayer online in its entirety.

EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

Links to Episcopal Education

The Episcopal Church: The official page for the Episcopal Church. A great resource to learn about the church as a whole.

Education For Ministry: A four-year distance learning certificate program through Sewanee: The University of the South.

Forward Movement: This site offers books and other media for Christian education.

THE DIOCESE OF WEST MISSOURI

Links To Information About The Diocese of West Missouri

The Diocese of West Missouri: The official homepage of The Diocese of West Missouri.

Map of Episcopal Churches: A map showing the locations of churches within the Diocese of West Missouri.

eSpirit: The electronic newsletter of The Diocese of West Missouri; it provides a short and easy to read digest of up-to-the-minute news, events, and general information. It is emailed twice monthly.

Spirit: Another newsletter of The Diocese of West Missouri; it features longer articles which explore and reflect on the interests of Episcopalians in West Missouri. It includes more detailed reporting on news and events and is emailed quarterly.