Children Encouraged to Take Part in Christmas Eve Service!

We are excited to announce that our first of two Christmas Eve services (which will take place during the regular worship time on Sunday December 24 at 10:30am) will feature music that involves all of our children!

Any child present that morning who would like to participate is welcome to put on a costume as an angel, shepherd, king, or barnyard animal to create a living nativity scene.  Throughout the service, the children will get to interact with the Christmas story as led by our guest musician.

For any parents of anxious little ones, you can reassure them that there will be no speaking parts, and their singing parts are incorporated with others including the congregation — so, they will not be put on the spot. We will also make the costumes available to try on ahead of time between 10-10:20am (just before worship) on Sunday December 1. We will also have the costumes available to try on during the Annual Christmas Dinner on Sunday, December 17 following worship, as well as at the rehearsal on Thursday evening December 21st.

The kids will get to be part of the processional with the choir while they sing the “Gloria refrain” part of Angels We Have Heard on High. They will also have the chance to sing along with Away in a Manger. To that end, there will be a brief rehearsal time on Thursday evening December 21st (the Thursday before the Christmas Eve Service) with our director of music Toni Sheffer. It will run from 6-6:30pm. The kids should wear their costumes that evening, but any late comers are also welcome to select/try on costumes prior to this rehearsal in my office (formerly the Conference Room).

Grandparents, aunts, uncles, and parents, do not miss this opportunity for the children in your lives to interact with the Christmas story in a fully immersive way. They’ll get to dress up in adorable costumes, become familiar with traditional Christian Christmas carols, and participate with our talented guest musician. It will be a priceless Christmas memory for your whole family, as well as a beautiful way for you to bring up family conversations about what Christmas means to us as people of faith.

Please contact Alicia Taylor-Byers, director of Christian Education and Outreach, with any questions or concerns. Please, do not hesitate to ask if you need any special accommodations for children in your family to participate. We want to be as inclusive as possible.

If you have any questions, please contact our new Director of Christian Education and Outreach, Alicia Taylor-Byers at aliciataylorbyers@gmail.com OR 859-609-0814.

 

Christmas Music Series Schedule

Dec 3 (Church Service) – Highlands High School Choir

Dec 3 (Christmas Walk) – Northern Kentucky Youth Sinfonia

 

Dec 10 – Choir, soloists, violin, special guest soloist/ukulele

Dec 17 – Northern Kentucky Brotherhood

 

Dec 24 (Church Service) – Morgan Smith, bass/baritone with children, trumpet, cello, and choir

Dec 24 (Christmas Eve Service) – Soloists, cello, choir, and carol sing

Help in Supporting Brighton Center’s Wish Tree Program

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Christ Church is pleased to have the opportunity to support Brighton Center’s Wish Tree program by donating Christmas gifts to the children served by Brighton Center.

If interested in helping, please select a tag (or as many as you wish) from the Christmas tree in the narthex, record your name next to the tag number on the sign-up sheet, purchase the suggested gift item, and return the gift (unwrapped please) to the narthex no later than December 10.

If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Cox at 859-291-1324 or mlsjcx4@gmail.com.

Thank you for adding to the joy of Christmas for these children.

Church to collect holiday donations on behalf of Brighton Center

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Christ Church is collecting instant potatoes and financial donations (for holiday hams) for the holiday season on behalf of the Brighton Center.

Please bring your instant potatoes to the church (drop off box will be in the narthex) and bring your donations to church services. We ask you either put in an envelope marked holiday hams or put in holiday hams in the checks memo.

Thanks for helping out families in need this season with your generosity.

3-week Reformation Book Sale

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We are excited to announce our Reformation mini-book sale for the next three Sundays celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

Stop by the parlor on Sunday mornings to browse the book selections. If you are interested in one (or more) then fill out the order form located at the book sale (you can pay by check when they come in).

Stewardship Season Kicking Off Oct. 29

The fall stewardship season officially kicks off on October 29th and runs for three Sundays.

The texts for worship will be Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17 & Matthew 22:34-46.

The second Sunday (Nov. 5th) will coincide with All Saint’s Day. The texts for worship will be Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37Matthew 23:1-12.

The third and last Sunday (Nov. 12th) will be our Gratitude Sunday. We’ll invite people to turn in their estimate of giving cards. The texts for worship will be Psalm 78:1-7 & Matthew 25:1-13.

Please join us for these special weeks of worship!

Join the Christ Church Hunger Walk Team

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Support local and international hunger relief efforts through the Greater Cincinnati CROP Hunger Walk.   Please be part of the Christ Church team as we join other area churches to raise funds for the development work of Church World Service. 25% of the amount raised stays in the community to be shared among the Henry Hosea House, Family Promise, and the St. George Food Pantry (in Clifton).

CROP Hunger Walks help to provide food and water, as well as resources that empower people to meet their own needs.  From seeds and tools, to wells and water systems, to technical training and micro-enterprise loans, the key is people working together to identify their own development priorities, their strengths, and their needs.

Walk Location:  St John’s UCC, 415 Park Avenue, Newport, KY 41071

Walk Date and TimeSunday, October 1 at 2 pm

REGISTER OR DONATE ONLINE

August Lunch & Learn: Roebling Wednesday

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In recognition of the 150th anniversary of the Roebling Bridge, the Lunch and Learn Committee is pleased to welcome Dr. Don Heinrich Tolzmann.

On Tuesday, August 22, Tolzmann will be presenting a program titled “John A. Roebling and his Suspension Bridge on the Ohio River.”

Tolzmann is the author and editor of numerous books on German-American history and culture. He recently served as the historian on the Roebling Bridge Committee as they prepared to celebrate the anniversary of this magnificent structure.

Join us as we learn about the bridge and its builder. Lunch begins at 11:30 AM followed by the presentation at noon.

Reservations are required for lunch. Call Nancy Hunter at 441-7207 or email nhunter@zoomtown.com.

Women’s Guild to Attend Cincy Art Museum

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The Women’s Guild of Christ Church cordially invites you to join us on Tuesday, August 8 for an outing at the Cincinnati Art Museum.

“A Shared Legacy: Folk Art In America” features art created by self-taught artists between 1800 and 1920.

Cost for the exhibit is $10 for adults and $5 for seniors. Members of the art museum are free.

The group will be having lunch at the Art Museum Cafe. Unfortunately, lunch is not included in the admission cost.

Anyone who is interested in attending should call the church office at 441-2565 or call Nancy Hunter at 441-7207.

Attendees should meet in the church parking lot at 11 am and carpool to the museum. Drivers may be needed, so please let an event organizer know if you can drive.

July Lunch & Learn to feature Cincinnati Reds Historian

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Attention Cincinnati Reds Fans! Our next Lunch & Learn will be right up your alley.

Our guest presenter for the July Lunch and Learn will be Mr. Greg Rhodes, Team Historian for the Cincinnati Reds.

He was the former manager for the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum, and he has written seven books on the Reds history.

Two of his books won national baseball book awards.

Rhodes grew up in Richmond, Indiana listening to the Reds on radio and learning about the Reds from announcer Waite Hoyt.

This will be the second time Rhodes has honored us with a presentation. Join us on July 25 as Greg tells us about

“REDS BASEBALL FROM THE 1950’S THRU 1960’s”

If you had the pleasure of attending his previous visit, when he shared the “History of the Reds”, then you already know just how knowledgeable Greg is about The Reds! Join us at 11:30 AM for lunch, followed by the presentation at Noon. Reservations are required for lunch. Email nhunter@zoomtown.com or call Nancy at 441-7207.