Worship Planners meets most Tuesday afternoons, online. If you have ideas for how we could enhance your worship life - in music, liturgy, themes to be explored in the context of worship - please attend our meetings or speak with one of us. For more information call 658-4169.
Rev. Marjorie MacNeill is available to provide pastoral care at this time, as well as any of the deacons. Please contact the church office if you require contact information for any of these people.
Update on JUMP and Urgent Request
There are many compelling stories regarding non-profits shifting their focus during the Covid 19 pandemic, and JUMP’s is no exception. Instead of seeing the usual 12 client families a day in person at the drop-in center, JUMP has pivoted to provide approved clients Flex Assistance Support (FAS) through an online application. Clients are able to receive a grocery voucher to buy food and cleaning supplies or a gas voucher. The need for food is obvious but the gas assistance has proven to be a lifeline for some to get to work, interviews etc. JUMP transportation gas and food card assistance are given on an emergency basis or once every three months to qualified applicants. The numbers served are still in line with what we saw before (177 families served in person in February and 144 served online in April) with 77 families served the first full week of May.
JUMP’s clients are among the most vulnerable in our population.
They may be homeless, living with physical or mental disabilities, unemployed, formerly incarcerated and/or living in recovery from addiction. The stories of the people our churches and faith communities have helped through this program are often heartwarming or heart breaking. The many volunteers from the 28 faith communities who normally help staff the drop-in center can tell you that together, we are doing God’s work.
Due to the pandemic, JUMP’s Board made the difficult but appropriate decision to suspend their normal Spring Fundraising Campaign Phonathon knowing that many face their own difficult times. However, our expenses for the food cards, gas cards and the programs continue, and we are currently facing a critical shortfall.
If you aren’t eating out, buying that daily cup of coffee or putting gas in the car every week, maybe it would feel good to give a bit of those savings to help JUMP serve our vulnerable clients. Any amount will be greatly appreciated.
You can give online or through CCP by sending a check made out to CCP, with JUMP marked in the memo--to Christ Church Presbyterian, PO Box 574, Burlington, VT 05402-0574. Many thanks!
CCP movie nights have temporarily moved to your house.
The Straight Story (1999)
June 12, 2020 @ 7:30 PM
To participate, just follow these 3 easy steps:
1. Rent the film on Amazon Prime.
2. Stream the film at your convenience in the comfort of your own home.
3. Join your R2R community for a discussion via Zoom. (An invitation with the Zoom link and password will be published in CCP’s e-newsletter on June 11 - the day before we gather.)*
PREVIEW: The Straight Story
Cabin fever got you down? Fancy a road trip or a heartwarming film about a road trip? The Straight Story is for you. 73-year-old Alvin Straight drives his John Deere ride-on lawnmower from Laurens, Iowa to Mt. Zion, Wisconsin (240 miles) to visit his estranged older brother who is seriously ill. Alvin isn’t deranged, but his health and eyesight are failing; and he’s unable to drive a car. Alvin’s odyssey is based on a true story, but it feels like a fantasy. It’s a pleasant, yet bittersweet, journey full of self-reflection, regrets, family connections and the salt-of the-earth - sometimes odd – mid-western folks he meets along the way.
Richard Farnsworth, who plays Alvin, is the beating heart of the story and received a well-deserved Academy Award nomination for best actor. This is “a folksy-looking, profoundly spiritual film that can hold an audience in absolute thrall,” wrote one New York Times reviewer. And these words from Elinore: “Stunning performances. Spellbinding. It’s kind of a gift.” Rotten Tomatoes: 95%. Running time: 111 minutes.
*Note: If you’re not familiar with Zoom, you should definitely try it out in advance so as not to disrupt the discussion and/or prevent your own participation. Contact Al Brooks to schedule a time to practice using the technology: fabrooks37(at)gmail(dot)com (It just takes a few minutes.)
During this time of "church online" here's the schedule of communications:
Saturday: Email with login information for Sunday Zoom session (Joys and Concerns, Communion). If you'd like to join us for virtual services, please contact the office by email or phone: 802-862-1898.
Sunday: Sunday Worship email! This will include Marjorie’s sermon, the Scriptural reading, the Contemporary Reading, and a Benediction. Our virtual service. Sunday afternoons, join us online for "Joys and Concerns" and Communion at 4pm. Meeting and Greeting begins at 3:45pm.
Tuesday: Joys and Concerns
Wednesday: Marjorie’s weekly Pastor’s Letter
Thursday: Our usual weekly E-newsletter—complete with Elinore’s Teaser and the weekly announcements. Some good things don’t have to change in the time of COVID-19.
Click here for a calendar of CCP Events.