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Christ Church Quaker Farms, 470 Quaker Farms Rd, Oxford, CT 06478 www.ccqf.org [email protected] (203)888-4936
The Rev. John Donnelly, Rector [email protected]
THE MESSENGER September, 2018
Homecoming Party w/ Lunch & Fun For All
Bring a Friend to Church Sunday
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SMALL GROUPS BEGIN THE WEEEK OF SEPT. 30. Sign Up by contacting your
Small Group Leader, fill out a yellow card @ church, or call 203-888-4936 DAY OF WEEK TIME & PLACE LEADER(S) FOR
Sundays Begins 9/30/18
Men and Women
Mondays Begins 10/1/18
7:00 pm at Church Sue Evancho (Small Group Coordinator) & Bob Knapp
Women and Men
Wednesdays Begins 10/3/18
Fridays Begins 10/5/18
Fridays Begins 10/5/18
7:15 pm @ Church
Fridays Begins 10/5/18
7-9 pm Check box if you will want to use this service
Kids Bible Boot Camp Kids w/parents attending Friday Small Groups
The wilderness. Maybe you know it well. The Israelites sure did. After
all, they spent forty years wandering the desert. Victories were scarce.
Progress was slow. They were free from Pharaoh but not free from fear.
Saved but stuck.
Sounds a lot like midlife misery. Caught in a rut. Stalled out. Running
on empty. Are you mired in the same? Isn’t the Christian life supposed
to be better than this? Jesus offers abundant joy. Yet you live with
oppressive grief. The epistles speak of grace. You shoulder guilt. You
are more than a conqueror yet are commonly conquered by temptation
or weaknesses.
But there’s good news. With God’s help you can close the gap between
the person you are and the person you want to be. Like Joshua and the Israelites, you can move from a
wilderness existence into a promised inheritance.
This is God’s vision for your life. You, at full throttle. You, as you were intended. You, as victor over the
Jerichos and giants. You, minus the stumbles, hurts, and hate.
You and your Promised Land life.
Max Lucado invites us to leave the wilderness and discover a life defined by grace, refined by challenge,
and aligned with a heavenly call. By studying the life of Joshua and the biblical book that bears his name,
Lucado reveals God’s promises for every step and reminds readers that God still fights for them.
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*** PRAYER FOR HEALING, in person, is offered every last Sunday
of the month, or any other time by request.
***INTERCESSORY PRAYER is offered by the new CCQF Email Prayer Chain.
submit requests to: [email protected]
*****ALL PRAYER REQUESTS are strictly confidential.
Prayer releases God's love and healing (James 5;16). Let us pray for you.
----Patti & Paul Doyle, Healing Ministry & Email Prayer Chain Coordinators
What are small groups? By Susan Evancho, Small Group Coordinator
Is an intentional gathering. This group of people agrees to share life together. They plan where and when
to meet and arrange their schedules to be there. They have a purpose for getting together.
Meets regularly. A small group has a regular meeting time and schedule. The groups know when to
expect their next gathering.
For the purpose of joining God’s mission. People in small groups desire to be formed as Christ’s
disciples and as such they will naturally join in God’s mission. Jesus defined disciples as those “who love
one another the way I love you.”
Where we form new friendships in Christian Love.
And where we can ask questions, make mistakes, learn to pray, talk with and listen to others, learn
about God’s Word, and open our hearts to be touched by God.
What an exciting program we are offering this fall “Glory Days” by Max Lucado. There are multiple
groups being offered. Groups begin the week of September 30.
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey
everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew
The friendliness of the group members.
I could open up to the group.
Fellowship, Sharing, learning form one another.
Being able to open up to the group and share in each others’ experiences, thoughts, and perspectives.
Felling the presence of the Holy Spirit in our group and how much we learn from one another.
The open, accepting, and nonjudging atmosphere which frees me to be the person God wants me to
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ALTAR GUILD MEMBER REQUEST By Kim Wentz, CCQF Altar Guild Directress
The altar guild at CCQF is seeking 2 new members to fulfill
an opening in our schedule. No experience is necessary,
just a love of our Lord! Everyone seems to be a little
intimidated by our crew, so I’ve come up with a little punch
list to help put your minds at ease! Here it goes:
2: Time needed is about 45 minutes on Friday or Saturday, 10 minutes between services on
Sunday and about 20 minutes after the 10:00am service on Sunday.
3: The schedule for set up is up to you! I do not micro manage!
4: We are an equal opportunity employer! Women and men are welcome. Maybe a mother and
daughter combination or even a father and son or mother and son or father and daughter! I can make
any combination work!
5: I will train you personally and assist you as needed.
6: There are step by step instructions so you will not forget anything.
If you have any desire to serve our Lord in this ministry, please contact Kim Wentz at 203-215-1680 and
leave a message. The open months are December and either March or April depending on which month
Easter is NOT in! I look forward to hearing from you!
[Ed. Note--CCQF threw a surprise party for Fr. John on July 29,
to thank him for his seven years of service as pastor of this
congregation. Below is a note from him to CCQF]
Dear Sisters and brothers of CCQF,
How in the world did you keep the planning of this party from me.
I did not have a clue. I was pleasantly shocked and surprised.
Secondly, I am so deeply honored and touched by the pout pouring of your gratitude for my 7 years of service.
Of course, we give the fully glory of Jesus, who is head of this church; and it is my honor and pleasure to be
His servant among you, the people I love. You gave me a gift on July 29, that most pastors never receive until
they leave a church. Because of you, I am the most fortunate pastor I know. Thanks be to God and to you.
Some of the stains in the church carpet have been
removed. Coffee spills and such are tuff on our carpet and
do not make our church look good. So please water only in
church, it doesn't stain.
September 2 Bob Knapp
September 23 Natalie Beecher and Betty Beecher
September 30 Evanchos
FATHER JOHN DAY on July 31.Greetings everyone – on behalf of the entire congregation at Christ Church
Quaker Farms (CCQF) I would like to thank everyone who chipped in to give Father John such awesome and
surprising gifts that were presented to him on Sunday, July 29th – he was so touched and delighted by your
wonderful generosity - and your ability to keep a good secret! Some 30 families chipped in a number of gifts
including well over $5K, a painting, a poem, a number of kind personal letters and several other thoughtful
and beautiful gifts. If you still want to send in a gift, feel free to mail it to my home address (or to give it
directly to Father John at this point). Make checks payable to Rev. John Donnelly.
CHEERFUL GIVING. As you know we have many ongoing ministries and activities at CCQF, and these require us
to meet many obligations – spiritual; prayerful; financial; social; familial and moral obligations. With these
commitments in mind, I would like to take this opportunity to encourage everyone to keep up your donations
and pledges over the course of this summer as summer attendance historically tends to drop off while people
are away on vacation. However, our bills and other obligations do not go on vacation. Please help us stay
financially healthy this summer and have a plan to get your weekly and monthly pledges in - so our Christian
family moves forward smoothly on our loving Christian journey.
NEW VESTRY CLERK. Lastly, I would like to announce that CCQF has a new Clerk of the Vestry – Mrs. Debra
Giambra has taken over as Clerk of the Vestry, and we are all delighted by her selfless spirit of volunteerism
and service in this new role. Please take an opportunity to thank Deb personally for taken on this important
duty for our Church leadership and for you.
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October. "
Blessing of the Animals
Sunday, Oct. 7, 5:00 to 5:30 p.m. Bring your pets, your pet pictures, stuffed
animals as we gather in the Church Green.
Snacks for dogs, cats, & humans.
God loves our pet and loves you , too.
In honor of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron
saint of animals
Sept. 7, 6:30pm.
If you have joined CCQF for worship during
the past 3 to 4 years, then you are invited to the
CCQF Newcomer's Dinner, hosted by the CCQF
Greeters and The Revs. Ellen & John Donnelly.
Place: 852 Bullet Hill Rd., Southbury, CT
along with a free kid dinner
Who: You
new friends.
RSVP by no later than Aug. 30: **Sign up at
church, or call the Church Office: 203-888-4936
** Call or text Fr. John @ 862-226-9197
F.A.D.E. (Fighting Against Drugs Everwhere) is holding
its 4th Annual 5K walk/run. Submitted by Linda
The event is being held on Thursday August 30 at 100
Canal Street, Shelton from 5:45PM – 9:00 PM
This event benefits BHcare's Alliance for Prevention &
Wellness. F.A.D.E is an organization that brings
education and awareness to drug overdose and
awareness. For details https://runsignup.com/Race/CT/
We are blessed with the opportunity to have a Faith
presence at the event. Local Episcopalians will have a
tent with water, prayer cards and folks on hand to offer support, blessings, and hugs.
OUR VISION for the CCQF Sunday School
To lead and nurture our children in a personal relationship with
Jesus Christ, through exciting, fun, dynamic, and age appropriate
learning activities.
SUNDAY SCHOOL BEGINS SUNDAY, SEPT. 9th, 10:00 a.m. By Molly Turchuk, SS Co-Director
Train up a child in the way they should go; even when they are old they will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
In these times of hectic schedules, clashing priorities, digital influence and troubling media it’s hard to chart
out how our children will fare.
I, myself, have found it difficult this year to determine which ‘important thing’ to attend to next. My job takes
me far from home and my hours are longer than they should be – but being a working mother is important to
show my girls that strength and determination conquers and self-confidence is one of the key routes to
BUT, this only gets you a quarter of the way. With His light in my life I would not be able to meet my daily
responsibilities or weather the storms as they come. With this knowledge, I do my best to impart this wisdom
on my children.
With your help we can convey this knowledge and comfort to all of OUR children here at CCQF.
Christ Church is Blessed with a congregation of parents who love and care for their children and often extend
that to children that are not their own. We are also Blessed with people that may not be parents, find a passion
in guiding our children in their journey towards Jesus Christ.
Sunday School News
Bring a friend to Church on Homecoming Sunday, Sept. 9 ****Festival Service with special music @ 10am ****Sunday School @ 10am ****Homecoming Lunch /Picnic with Bounce House, Antique car rides, and more Do you know that **** 70% of Americans, in a recent national poll, report that they are lonely? **** That 8.5 out of ten people, on average, will accept an invitation to attend church if asked by
a friend? Printed invitations available at church for you to pass out.
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10 Reasons to make SUNDAY SCHOOL a
TOP PRIORITY for your Kids While sleeping late can be nice, have you considered the benefits of Sunday School
attendance for your child. Here are 10 reasons to make it a priority in your family.
1. Age Targeted Teaching: Unless you are going to teach the Bible to your children at home, there is no where else can your kids get Biblical instruction that’s focused
toward their developmental abilities?
2. Friends: In Sunday School, your child will build positive friendships with their peers by discovering God’s Word together. These friendships can last years. By the
time they are in Middle & High School, they will have a positive and caring peer group to help them through their teenage years.
3. It’s Fun: Sunday School is not Disney Land, but our teachers do work hard to teach the Bible in ways that are relevant and fun for kids.
4. Spiritual Mentors: A dedicated teacher can be a Christian role model who
supports you and helps inspire the faith of your child.
5. Praying Teachers: Our teachers consistently pray for your child’s faith to grow. Coming to Sunday School gives another occasion for God to answer those requests.
7. Positive Moral Values. Your values are reinforced by bringing your children to
Sunday School. Ina world where children are threatened by bullying, peer pressure, and rejection, Sunday School teaches that Jesus can bring inner strength to seek help
when needed, to reject negative peer pressure. In Sunday School, your child will learn that he/she is important to God, and is loved by his or her church family.
Christian teaching forms the foundation for your child’s moral values as a teen, young adult, and adult.
8. Renewal for Parents. While the children enjoy their class, you can have time,
alone with God to be renewed and refreshed by joyful worship and positive preaching.
9. Support Your Teachers. Our teacher volunteers put in hours of loving
preparation for the benefit of your kids. Don’t we owe them our support by bringing our kids to benefit from their labor of love?
10. Nothing will have a more lasting impact on your children. Not sports. Not
the internet. Not extra sleep. If you do not bring your kids today, they will not return as adults —From various sources
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(Editor’s Note –During July, our Youth Group traveled to Pennsylvania to help people
in need. Some of their testimonies are below. Special thanks to Don Peck and Katelyn
Wentz, Chaperones and Jackie McDonnell, Mission Trip Administrator.)
Mission Testimony by Robert Lee During this mission trip I felt that God had reached out to me and guided
me toward helping the community in Pennsylvania. God helped by presenting many opportunities to help
throughout the week. My favorite place that I served at was the central Pennsylvania food bank. We got to
prepare a over a hundred boxes of food for the elderly. We also served at the OIC which was a school and
needed more credits for college or young kids who just weren’t in school. While we were there we planted
all kinds of fruits and vegetables and we also did a ton of weeding. Also our leaders, Mr. Don Peck and Ms.
Katelyn Wentz, were such great parts of the trip as well. We also met really nice counselors named CJ,
Kourtney, Chris and Kala. I also think I got more out of this trip spiritually especially on Thursday when they
had the foot washing. Katelyn gave such amazing prayers to everyone there, that it was so spiritually
Mission Testimony by Hanna Falconer On this mission trip we all saw many different aspects of God. His
reckless love, how He always wants us to do our best, and serve him in return. On this trip I have found
that helping others in need is more fulfilling than any video game I a have finished. Now that I have
returned from this trip I feel excited for the next time God calls on me to help others in need.
Mission Testimony by Alex Lee Over the course of this mission trip I saw God in many things. One of the
moments I saw God was when my group went to help out a woman named Pamela by cleaning her yard.
When we took a break from fixing up her yard she told us her story. Pamela said she is the leader of her
church’s Youth Group, but she stopped going to church as much because her husband got cancer. This
made a connection to my life because when my father had cancer, my family didn’t have as much time to
clean up the yard or the ability to go out as much. God touched me that day with this realization that it
made me want to work harder for this woman.
Mission Testimony by Katie Brolet For our first two service days we worked at Grace United Methodist
Church. It was a stunning church to say the least and is beyond words to describe, but I can try. The stained
glass is like watercolor and the carpet and pews are this beautiful bright red. The altar is green marble and
the mural is breath taking. The church manager, Chuck, was super nice, friendly and grateful, and seemed
really glad to have us there. He told us about how the congregation was really small with about 40 people
and this was really sad because the sanctuary can hold about 800 people.
Reflections on Mission Trip
“I felt closer to God because I was serving God in His name.”—Noah Macisco
Question: What did you like best? Answer: We had lots of interaction and got to know each other better.—John Covino
will resume in September @ time and date to be announced by the
advisors, Don Peck & Katelyn Wentz
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On July 2, we sent 100 pounds of peanut butter and jelly to the Food
Bank. They were thrilled to receive this donation. It is a hardship for
families with students home over the summer since they do not have
access to subsidized breakfasts and lunches that are available during
the school year. We are very close to reaching our goal of 200
pounds. Please consider donating!
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