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The Chi Rho News

The Newsletter of Christ Church Bradenton, Florida

May 2013 Volume 27 Issue 5

Doubt, Inspiration, Action!

By Pamela Willey

Today, the world at large is full of doubt, distrust and fear. Let s face it, the world can be a scary place full of sinkholes . Where has God gone? Amongst the landscape of fears of such items as shrinking income, ever expanding expenses, parenting our youth, the stress or incapacity of being able to assist loved ones or friends out of their valleys of illness or pain, one might truly seek a cavern in which to withdraw. You see, as you seek to hide, somehow in that dark hole or pit to which you have escaped, you will find a spark of light just a little one sometimes, at first. It can be the smallest blip of light, such as flint on stone but a spark that touches your distressed heart, tired body, or your weary spirit. The light gradually brightens around you, your heart lifts, you crawl out of the depths and your body is recharged! God s light, through the prayers and acts of family and friends glows brighter and your strength renews! Germinated with God s love, you come out of the cavern refreshed and observe the seeds and fruits of inspiration that the prayers, like water and sunshine, have wrought and you are inspired and motivated! You are moved to action! Many of us feel there is so little we can do individually to help in the world today. Sometimes, often times, it seems overwhelming. Then God steps in to shower us in His light and show us the way! Who would have ever thought that our Church family on Barefoot Sunday could have collected 1,065 pairs of shoes for the needy here in town! How awesome is that? What about the Lord s Pantry feeding over 700 individuals in January alone! And then there are all the other various programs of Christ Church providing effective direction to our children, our teens and our adults. Taking Communion to the shut-ins or those in the hospital can be a deeply spiritual blessing to those taking it as well as those receiving it! There are so many ways we can impact others, through our hands, feet and even with nickels and dimes. As John 1:4 reminds us: In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. Now that the light is with us, let us act!

Our Parish Mission Statement

Clergy and staff members may be contacted by using the listed extensions and phone numbers. Please follow the prompts on the menu to leave a voice mail.

The Clergy The Rev. Joel J. Morsch, Rector, ext. 227 The Rev. Russell Amend, Assisting Priest The Rev. Gretchen M. Platt, Deacon The Rev. Micheal Sircy, Deacon The Vestry Dolly Young C.J. Howard Sr. Warden Jr. Warden

Matthew 28:18-20

And Jesus said, Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.

Heather Whelan - Secretary Jeanette Edwards - Treasurer Terri Teigland Paula Adams, Blake Hadley Susan M. Kelly, John Kendzior Gary Polly, Andrew Sewell, Sarah Stephenson. Jamey Chatham - Alternate

As a result of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), parishioners and family members who find themselves hospitalized can no longer expect the hospital authorities to inform the clergy of their pastoral needs. The clergy depend on you to call the Parish office (747-3709) with as much information as possible.

Hospitalization and Other Pastoral Concerns:


General Information & Staff Chi Rho Deadline, Office Information Bible Studies Music Notes Ministry News Mother s Day Bake Sale, 2013 Cropwalk Report Confirmation Sunday, Upcoming Events March Vestry Minutes Anglican Cycle of Prayer May Birthdays

2 3 4 5/6 7 8 9 10/11 12 13 14 15 16

The Staff Lynda Botzenhart Richard Odell Evelyn Pratt Youth Director, ext. 285

Facilities Manager, ext. 236 Office Manager, ext. 230

Maryam Whitaker Administrative Assistant, ext. 221 Pamela Willey Parish Coordinator, ext. 223

Music Department Richard Benedum, D.M.A. Organist/Choirmaster, ext. 226 William Holt Associate Organist/Choir Director Jubilate Handbells

May Anniversaries, Saint Stephen s Scripture Readings Service Schedule

Cecilia McEnaney

Clergy Emergency Cell Phone: Rev. Joel Morsch: 773-6018 Clergy Email: Rev. Joel J. Morsch: [email protected]



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Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; We are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Psalm 100:3 ESV


The office will be closed on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, 2013. You may reach the Church staff by calling (941) 747- 3709 Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.



DR. ROBERT BAKER is offering classes on the book Simply Christian by N.T. Wright SUNDAY MORNINGS at 10:00 a.m. in the Parish Hall. The class is open to all adults. Tuesday Bible Study takes place in the Parlor every Tuesday morning from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Ladies, please feel free to come join this informative discussion. WEDNESDAY EVENING TEACHINGS Father Joel leads a Bible study on the Book of Romans in the Parish Hall at 7:15 p.m. MEN S GROUP BIBLE STUDY always welcomes new members. Currently we are studying Jesus + Nothing = Everything" by Tullian Tchividjian. Come and join us in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 a.m. on Thursday mornings. DAUGHTERS OF THE KING meet on Wednesday mornings at 11:00 a.m. in the Parlor and would like to invite all Churchwomen to join them for an adventure in discipleship. They are studying Jesus Instead by Harry C. Griffith. This is a Bible study that will lead participants to discover what Jesus would have his disciples do in today s world. The Evening Daughters of the King is completing a video study on prayer, Live A Praying Life . They are planning a new study which will be announced in the near future. Come and join us on Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in Meeting Room #1.


Dear Members of Christ Church, Did you know that an estimated 2,700 attended concerts and other special music events during 2012-2013? This includes attendance at noon-time organ concerts during Lent and Advent, other special concerts, and the two special services during the year with the liturgy presented in settings by Mozart and Schubert, performed by the Christ Church Chorale, soloists, and guest instrumentalists. As the festival season of the Church year draws to a close, and summer approaches, I want to take this opportunity to mention and thank the following, without whose help and support made music flourish at Christ Church: The Christ Church Chorale continues to grow, and its membership is also somewhat flexible. As the summer recess for the Christ Church Chorale approaches, I want to thank each singer for his/her dedication and commitment, and friendship too some for their participation all year long, while others for part of the year or for special occasions. When you see them, please join me in thanking sopranos Tanya Burr, Carron Cherrie, Cindy Eccher, Joan Hayward, Clarissa Kramer, Janet Lindsey, Ruth Miller, Julane Rodgers, Margaret Sanford, and Mardi Woodarek; altos Paula Bennett, Trish Handy, Debbie Holt, Lee Hooie, Jennifer Kreisel, Carmen Letelier, Cecilia McEnaney, Susan Ott, and Melinda Weis; tenors Ed Bennett, Rob Brooke, Alex Friedlander, Roger Hayward, and Russell Kennedy; and basses Joe Bruska, Bob Campbell, Steve Eccher, Jack Goodrich, Bill Holt, John Jull, Larry Kramer, Richard Lilley, and Ed Lindsey. You ll notice that about half the Chorale consists of husband-wife pairs; I guess the family that sings together stays together. Some of the above have also enriched worship with solos or duets; special thanks to them. These singers have shown dedicated and unwavering support, loyalty, and commitment no director could ask for more!


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Other people, too, have helped the music program continue to grow this past year. A partial list, with equal gratitude to all, includes... Fr. Joel Morsch and the Vestry, for their foresight and leadership in facilitating the growth of the music program and for their vision for the same; Bill Holt, our associate organist and choirmaster, who not only laid the groundwork for my work at Christ Church, but continues to be a valued colleague and friend; members of the Music Committee (English Des Champs, Janet Lindsey, and Heather Whelan) for their guidance and wisdom; Janet Argeros, Joe Bruska, Joyce Cory, Pat Ferretti, Bebe Fink, Sue Gould, Ruth Miller, and Joanne Steiner, under the leadership of Mardi Woodarek, who prepared and helped with lunches after Thursday noon organ recitals in Advent and Lent. Marcella Kissick, for her ever-present camera and willing attitude; Richard Odell, who arranged for overall facilities, including closed-circuit broadcast of performers; The corps of ushers at concerts, led by Joe Bruska, who served diligently at music events during the year; and Victoria Holt, Clarissa Kramer, Casey Odell, and Joanne Steiner who played instrumental solos during the year. Look for another outstanding year of special music events, beginning next fall. We ll publish the schedule in next month s Chi Rho.

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Dr. Richard Benedum, Organist-Choir Director



E. C. W. by Joyce Cory The women of Christ Church join in fellowship for the purpose of deepening their spiritual life and to foster active participation in the whole Church program. All adult churchwomen in Christ Church are members of the ECW and are cordially invited to become active in the Church. ST. ANNE S CHAPTER by Joyce Cory We will meet at Joyce Cory s house on Wednesday, May 8, at 10:00 a.m. for our annual business meeting. Lunch will be pot luck. Call Joyce Cory at 941-761-4269 for further information. OUR LORD S PANTRY by Christina Mason and Pat Ferretti April has become shoe month for the Lord s Pantry due to Barefoot Sunday tradition which began last year. Each week we put 50-60 pairs of shoes out for distribution allowing each family to take home two pairs of shoes. It is a great success! Once again, we are grateful for the support of our parishioners as we maintain this important ministry at Christ Church. Please contact Christina Mason 405-4275 or Pat Ferretti 727-3486 for further information. THE CHRIST CHURCH THRIFT SHOP by Eileen Alleman On April 1 the Thrift Shop began summer hours, 10:00 to 2:00, Tuesday through Saturday. Please do not forget us when you do your SPRING CLEANING. We need FURNITURE, JEWELRY, BED LINEN, ETC. If you have any questions, please contact Eileen 941-753-7543.


Mother s Day Bake Sale Sunday, May 12, 2013

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In the Courtyard Join us after all Services Delicious Cakes & Cookies Son Rise Note Cards with Inspiring Sunflower Designs Local Honey All Proceeds Benefit Outreach. Are you a Baker? What a fun way to help! Make your favorite cake, brownies, or cookies, then donate them Outreach needs your delicious creations! We need goodies for the Bake Sale. Please contact Heather Whelan 941-749-8564 MANATEE COUNTY CROPWALK REPORT FOR 2013

ORGANIZATION Ellenton UMC Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Westminster Communities of Bradenton CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH Family of God UMC, Palmetto Manatee UMC, Bradenton Palmetto First UMC Faith United Church of Christ Roser Memorial Community Church TOTAL

No. of Walkers 4 3 30 37 10 10 17 4 4 119

Dollars Raised $ 500.00 488.00 927.00 3,009.95 450.00 1,144.50 1,730.00 305.55 445.00 $9,000.00




On April 14, 2013 the following were presented by Father Joel and confirmed, received or reaffirmed into The Episcopal Church by Bishop J. Michael Garrison.

Welcome and God bless you all.

Sue Stewart Ball, James William Braine, Mary Jean Braine, Ingrid Castellina, Bettylee Hilliard Christian, Carolyn and Chuck Howard, Cathy Klinglesmith, Gene Klinglesmith, Allen William Krogel, Marjorie Ann Krogel, Judy Schultz Langford, Calvin Benning McVay, Melanie E. Coate Moran, Timothy Michael Moran, Gary and Michelle Polly, Brendan Powers, Patricia Powers, Evan Patrick Sharff, Ian Paul Sharff, Paul Sharff and Edwin Gerald (Gerry) Sturn. UPCOMING EVENTS



Christ Church Vestry Minutes March 21, 2013 Call to order: Members present: Clergy present: Staff present: Meeting was called to order at 6:10 p.m. Paula Adams, Jeanette Edwards, Blake Hadley, C.J. Howard, Gary Polly, Andrew Sewell, Sarah Stephenson, Heather Whelan, and Dolly Young. Fr. Joel Morsch Evelyn Pratt, Marian Whitaker

Senior Warden s Report: Dolly Young informed the Vestry that she had attended the 11:00 a.m. service and a Wednesday night service and urged Vestry members to try to attend services that they don t normally frequent. Junior Warden s Report: C.J. Howard informed the Vestry that the Holy Housekeeping Day project to clean the Church and grounds was successful. One more Holy Housekeeping will take place on March 23. C.J. did a walk around the Church with English Des Champs IV who landscapes the Church grounds. He feels the grounds look fantastic with the exception of one nearly dead palm tree. He showed the Vestry posters with pictures of items that need to be repaired. The posters ask for donations, whether it be money for the repairs or talent to do the repair. They will be displayed as soon as estimates come in. Stewardship Committee: Fr. Joel reported that we continue to get pledges that get us closer to the goal. Another appeal in May is being considered. Evangelism Committee: Sarah Stephenson and Gary Polly reported that the library project is going well, but more books are needed. The calligraphy Mission Statement is still being worked on to hang in the Narthex. Barefoot Sunday will take place on April 7. The Committee received 650 pairs of shoes in 2012. They hope to beat that number this year. Shoes will be distributed to the Salvation Army, One Stop Center, Christ Church Food Pantry and StillPoint House of Prayer. C.J. Howard suggested that the newspaper be called to report on this project. The Committee is planning to compile a survey to get ideas of what parishioners like or dislike about the Church and what they would like to see us do at Christ Church. The Vestry thanks the Committee for thinking of this but feels this is not the time. Jeanette Edwards motioned that the sense of the Vestry is that a survey is unnecessary. The motion was seconded by Dolly Young. The motion was unanimously approved. On April 16, Fr. Joel, Dolly Young and C.J. Howard will attend the Evangelism meeting to help clarify the purpose of the Evangelism Committee. Outreach Committee: Heather Whelan reported that Outreach Sunday will be April 21, 2013. Parishioners will be asked to put $1.00 in the plate for Outreach. A Mother s Day bake sale will be held on May 12, 2013. They are preparing the 2013 budget for the dispersal of their funds. Fr. Joel asked that Nashotah House be considered since we will be having a parishioner attend the seminary next year. Money should be sent in his name. The Committee is working on some public relation ideas for the Thrift Shop.


Rectors Report: Fr. Joel reported that the Thrift Shop received 23 truckloads of merchandise from Westminster Communities. He asked that Vestry acknowledge Buz Zoller for his work at the Thrift Shop while Eileen Alleman was out. Saint Stephen s School will be using space at the Church complex while they are undergoing construction of their sports facility. The Food Pantry is short of volunteers though plenty of donations are coming in. Fr. Joel hopes that Deacon Micheal Sircy will assist in this ministry when he retires. Fr. Joel feels Deacon Micheal is doing a good job and will continue to do so as he learns the procedures of our Church. Fr. Joel is on the board of a new 501(C) 3 non profit to support Hispanic and Latino ministries. Alex Andujar is also on the board and will be the president. Discretionary funds from Christ Church were used to help them incorporate. Fr. Joel recommended a book titled The Bible Challenge . This is an Anglican, Episcopalian approach for reading the Bible in one year. Along with the readings the book provides a discussion, questions and a prayer. He feels this would be a tool for Bible studies. Treasurer s Report: Jeanette Edwards reported that the total revenue so far this year is $141,000 and the total expenses $147,000 making a net loss of $6,544. The Operating Fund compared to the year to date budget show the pledge contributions down $20,000. The expenses are up about $4,000. Cash is $60,000 down from the beginning of the year which is a result of the payment on the construction loan. Minutes: C.J. Howard motioned that the minutes from the February, 2013 meeting be approved. This was seconded by Heather Whelan. The motion passed unanimously. Adjournment: The meeting adjourned at 7:25 p.m. The next scheduled Vestry Meeting will be Thursday, April 18 in Meeting Room #1 at 6:00 p. m.


Anglican Cycle of Prayer Pray For: Sunday, May 5, 2013 Sixth Sunday of Easter

Newcastle - (York, England) The Rt Revd Martin Wharton Assistant Bishop of Newcastle - (York, England) The Rt Revd Francis White

Sunday, May 12, 2013 Seventh Sunday of Easter

A hymn of glory let us sing New songs throughout the world shall ring Christ, by a road before untrod Ascendeth to the throne of God. Alleluia Niger West - (Niger, Nigeria) The Rt Revd Anthony Nkwoka

Sunday, May 19, 2013 Day of Pentecost

Come Holy Spirit and kindle in us the fire of your love... North Dakota - (VI, The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd Michael Smith South Dakota - (VI, The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd John Tarrant

Sunday, May 26, 2013 Trinity Sunday

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, World without end. Amen. North West Australia - (Western Australia, Australia) The Rt Revd David Mulready

But as for me, my prayer is to you, O Lord. At an acceptable time, O God, at the abundance of your steadfast love answer me in your saving faithfulness. Psalm 69:13 ESV


May Birthdays

1 Robert Baker Valarie Kreisel Ernie Ryder Fred Swetland John Woodarek 2 David Smith Rhonda Zoller 4 Paula Adams 11 Richard Kreisel 12 Sandy Andrews Caden Kendzior Sadie Kendzior Brook Sommerville Ken Thomas Sky White 13 Jeremiah Baker 23 Brooke Abbott Audra Adams Judy McQueen Kyle Whelan 25 Gail Derick Peter Forkgen Bud Healey Peg Huse

William King

5 Joe Bruska

15 Paul Chapin Phil Derick Dianne Dixon 16 Chandra Moore Jan Pullen 17 Dylan Brennan Kathleen Kelly Caroline Kelly Mary Elizabeth Woodward 20 Emma King Grant Somerville 21 Ro Kennedy 22 Avery Banfill Jack Banfill Wylene Graham 13

Maddy Kaklis Donna Satterlund 26 Anne Doss Glo Hecker 27 Courtney Fensterle Trish Handy Jane Johnson Alice Valentine 28 Jim Pullen 29 Judith Clay John Thompson 30 Donna Ahrendt Dan Miller Helen Morris Paul Sharff

John Norris Alexandra Thomas

6 Ken Fraser

Janet Perry

7 Sabrina Partridge 8 Palin Morris

Aidan Roehl

9 Justin Brown

Ernest Leemon Lindsay Sanford Kara Zoller

11 Henry Baker

Sharon Hansen

May Anniversaries

5 Ed & Ruth Mary Gill Edison & Lucy Newman 6 Matthew & Ginny Donovan Eric & Tammy Geraldson Richard & Kelly Seagreaves 7 John & Lola Bregger 8 Dick & Bev Marlet 11 Ken & Gretchen Platt 17 Ed & Cathy Brown John & Rachel Kendzior Rudolph & Helen Morris 17 John & Noel Whitney 20 Robert & Judy McQueen Rick & Terri Teigland 21 Mike & Sandra Connolly George & Sally Marcello 23 Robert & Evelyn Fudge 24 Fred & Susan Crooker Matt & Lyndsey Morris 27 Bruce & Linda Braithwaite 28 John & Robin Argeros Dozier Lee & Juli Hilliard

Saint Stephen s Episcopal School has some exciting events scheduled in the month of May! Wednesday, May 1st at 5:00 pm in the Upper School Commons: Saint Stephen s will host a video chat with noted author, founder and co-director of the Change Leadership Group at Harvard. Dr. Tony Wagner is the author of Creating Innovators and The Global Achievement Gap. His talk will focus on the role of independent schools, the infusion of technology, and the future of the classroom environment as it relates to 21st century learning. This event is free and open to the public. Thursday, May 23rd at 7:30 am in the Middle School Commons: Saint Stephen s will host the monthly Manatee Chamber of Commerce Coffee Club. Come join other business professionals from throughout the community for quality networking time! You ll also hear from Head of School, Jan Pullen, as she shares some of the exciting initiatives Saint Stephen s is undertaking. This event is free and open to members and guests of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce. Thursday, May 30th at 7:00 pm at Christ Church: Saint Stephen s Baccalaureate service for the Class of 2013. Invitation only. Friday, May 31st at 7:30 pm at the Bradenton Municipal Auditorium: Saint Stephen s Graduation ceremony for the Class of 2013. Invitation only. For more information, please visit



These lectionary citations are from the Revised Common Lectionary as used by The Episcopal Church. We are now in Year C.


May 5, 2013 Sixth Sunday of Easter May 12, 2013 Seventh Sunday of Easter May 19, 2013 Day of Pentecost


Acts 16: 9-15; Revelation 21: 10, 22- 22:5; John 14: 23-29; John 5: 1-9; Psalm 67. Acts 16: 16-34; Revelation 22: 12-14, 16-17, 20-21; John 17: 20-26; Psalm 97. Acts 2:1-21; Genesis 11:1-9; Romans 8: 14-17; Acts 2:1-21; John 14: 8-17, 25-27; Psalm 104: 25-35,37. Proverbs 8: 1-4, 22-31; Romans 5:1-5; John 16:12-15; Psalm 8.

May 26, 2013 Trinity Sunday

Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes; and I will keep it to the end. Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart. Psalm 119:33-34 ESV

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