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News from Christ Church, a worshipping community in New Bern, North Carolina, and the Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina since 1715. November 2013

Angels In and Around Christ Church Throughout this issue there are a few photographs of just some of the angels who have helped in and around Christ Church ...

Cookie Walk Signing Up to Help With Cookie Walk The fifteenth annual Christ Church Cookie Walk will be held Saturday, December 14 from 10am until 1pm. Once again, we look forward to your help and support. It's not too early to begin choosing your favorite recipes! Sign-up will, once again, be online. For more information, please go to our website at, or contact us directly at: Hazel Campesi ( Claire Newsome (

You are invited to Christ Church for ...

All Saints Choral Evensong Sunday, November 3,

at 5:30pm

In Support of God’s Work in the World through Christ Church.

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Quiet Day Saturday, November 16 @ 9:00am All are invited to attend the Saturday, November 16 Quiet Day in the Chapel. Coffee will be at 9:00am. At 9:30am Holy Eucharist will be celebrated, followed by a morning of prayer and meditation led by Professor Ken Rowe on "Doubting and Believing." Professor Rowe will use the poetry of Anglican priest R. S. Thomas as the source of insight and meditation for those who have struggled with faith and doubt. Bring your own sandwich, yogurt or whatever you want for lunch. Daughters of the King will supply beverages and desserts.

It’s that time of year … Eastern Standard Time Begins on the Weekend of November 2&3…

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Upcoming Dates to Remember ... Friday, November 1: All Saints Worship @ 12noon in the Chapel Parish Movie @ 7:00pm in the Ministry Center (Steel Magnolias)

Sunday, November 3: United Thank Offering Ingathering All Saints Evensong @ 5:30pm in the Sanctuary

Saturday, November 9: Walk Amidst the Roses Fashion Show @ 3:30pm in the Ministry Center

Sunday, November 10: Annual Meeting @ 10:00am in the Sanctuary Order of St. Luke’s Healing Service @ 4:00pm in the Sanctuary

Saturday, November 16: Daughter's of the King Day Quiet Day @ 9:00am in the Chapel

Sunday, November 17: Bishop Visitation @ 11:00am

Reception following the service

Sunday, November 24: Intergenerational Event @ 10:00am Making Advent Wreaths

Thursday, November 28: Thanksgiving Service @ 10:00am

Note: Church Office will be closed on Thursday, November 28 & Friday, November 29   

Upcoming in December ... Saturday, December 7 -Advent Quiet Day @ 9:45am - 1:00pm

Cherub choir crossing the street in preparations to sing during the 8:45am service.

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Name: Vanessa Asterman Family: Husband - Luke (Usher at 8:45 service) and Children - Tyler (15), Graysen (6), and Gretta (2) Personal Interests: Running, College Football, Baking, Cooking, Traveling, Crafts, My Children, Professional Background: BS in Business Management from the University of South Carolina; Served 4 years in the United States Marine Corps working in the Fiscal Department handling the budget for all aviation related activities for MCAS Beaufort, SC How I have been involved at Christ Church: When we moved to New Bern from Beaufort, SC, we left behind a strong support group of friends and family. Upon deciding to join Christ Church a little over 2 years ago, we immediately felt the warmth and love which had been missing since moving to the area. Although relatively new at Christ Church, I have had the honor of serving on the Vestry for the past year, and what a busy and important year it has been. From my first meeting through the most recent, there has always been a packed agenda. Christ Church and the well-being of its parishioners are always at the fore front and I believe a great job has been done so far. I truly believe I have been a valuable asset in helping make this happen and that I have undone work that needs to be completed. In addition to my work with the Vestry, I have volunteered at Vacation Bible School for the past 2 years, teaching a class each year. I have taught Sunday school for the K-1 age group and for the past 2 years I have co-coordinated the story time Pumpkin Patch for the local preschools. I will continue to coordinate this wonderful event next year as well. This past August I also had the wonderful privilege of being one of the adult leaders on the DC Mission Pilgrimage trip with 8 wonderful high school aged youths from various churches in our Diocese. Finally, and most recently, I wrote stewardship letters to 10 of our parishioners. Why I am willing to serve on the Vestry: Being a newer member of Christ Church I believe that I bring a fresh perspective to the table. The Vestry should be diverse and represent all bodies of our congregation. I will help to ensure that all ages and experiences are given the opportunity to be heard and have their ideas considered. Having served on the Vestry for the past year and seeing Christ Church achieve many milestones, I feel there is still so much work yet to be done. I believe my participation and input to the Vestry has been a valuable asset over the course of the last year and I would like the opportunity to continue. It would be an honor if I were allowed to continue on this path as a member of the Vestry and help Christ Church in endeavoring to be its best and find its next Rector.

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Name: Ross Beebe Family: Married to Collins Beebe with two children: Betsy (7) and Rutledge (5) Personal Interests: I enjoy outdoor activities, such as family bike rides and running, snow skiing and boating. I also try to strengthen and grow in my faith with reading and study, and especially enjoy C. S. Lewis’ writings. Professional Background: I am currently self-employed with Inner Banks Properties, a real estate brokerage firm, and just recently rotated off the board of the MERCI Clinic, after serving for seven years. Before moving to New Bern, I was a town manager in Springdale, SC. I graduated from the University of South Carolina with an MBA in 2002. Christ Church: I’ve been in the Episcopal Church my entire life. I was baptized at the Church of the Holy Comforter in Sumter, SC, and served as an acolyte and was active in the EYC. I attended Camp St Christopher, the Episcopal Camp & Conference Center near Charleston, SC, for many years and was also a counselor in my later teens. Collins and I joined St. John’s Episcopal Church in Columbia, SC after we were married. We transferred our membership to Christ Church New Bern in 2004 after moving from Columbia, SC. At Christ Church I have enjoyed serving on the Capital Campaign Committee and representing the church as a Trinity Center board member. Collins and I have also been involved in the Young Families Steering Committee and I have done some fill-in ushering over the years and volunteered with various other activities. Why I am willing to serve on the Vestry: I am excited about the possibility of serving Christ Church and contributing in a positive way as a young family representative. If elected, I look forward to getting involved in the growth of Christ Church and getting to know more of our members.

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Name: Terry Brubaker Family: Married to Bill Brubaker and we have two grown married children-Natalie Hardee and her husband Steve, and Matt Brubaker and his wife Jennifer. We have three grandchildren, Hannah and Hailey Hardee and Cooper Brubaker. Personal Interests: I love to be on, in or next to the water at the river or the beach. I enjoy reading and exercising. I like sports as a spectator-my favorites are football, baseball and soccer. I also love to cook and bake and my grandchildren often join me. Professional Background: My career began in 1972 at the Craven County Department of Social Services as a Social Worker. I retired from the State of North Carolina in 2007 as a consultant working in the Division of Aging and Adult Services. I have worked in both Adult and Children’s services and am currently working part-time focusing on prevention of child abuse and neglect and strengthening families as well as continuous quality improvement for the Department of Social Services. I feel truly blessed to have worked in a job that I consider to be my ministry. How I have been involved at Christ Church: I have participated in the life of Christ Church in many ways from those early days of serving as a youth advisor and Sunday School teacher to serving on a committee to form RCS. When women were given the opportunity to serve as Eucharistic Ministers, I saw this as an important way to serve in worship. I continue to teach Sunday School and have found my passion in working with children there and in Prison Ministry. I coordinate Camp Hope which is a week long Camp in July for children who have a parent in prison. It requires good communication, leadership and organizational skills as well as a great deal of prayer and patience. I helped begin the Stephen Ministry Program at Christ Church and served as a leader for several years. I have been on the Board for Bishop Memorial Home for four years. I have served on Stewardship teams over the years and believe we all must share our God given gifts.

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I am married to Sheila Cipriano. Between us we have three children and two grandsons, both adopted from the same tiny village in Ethiopia. We have been faithful and active members of Christ Church since moving to New Bern 12 years ago. We worship at the late service. I came to Christ Church spiritually hungry and have attended as many bible studies and education classes as possible. I went to my first Synthesis class the second week in New Bern and have been going ever since. In addition, I attended four years of Education for Ministry (graduating in 2009), two years of men’s bible study, Cursillo (EC #69), and the Alpha Program. My involvement with Christ Church committees and ministries includes the following: Outreach communications committee

2012 - now

Stephen Ministry

2006 - 10

Stewardship canvasser

2011 - now

Adult Education Committee

2003 - 05

Cursillo 4th Day reunion group

2003 - now

Lenten discussion facilitator

2003 - 04


2001 - 02

Altar Guild flower delivery to shut-ins

2009 - 10

I produce a radio news program for the blind several times a month and have enjoyed sailing, racing boats, playing tennis, and traveling. Last year I reached a personal goal of tithing, after a generally steady increase in giving over 12 years. Why I’m Willing to Serve My first thought when asked to run for the vestry was “No way--that’s outside my comfort level.” I agreed to pray about it, though. I felt I owed that to the person who asked me to run and also the person who suggested that he ask because of their substantial contributions to Christ Church. Praying led me to realize that running for the vestry is not about me. It’s about paying forward God’s many blessings. God brought me closer to Him through the passion and love of people at Christ Church, both those known and unknown to me, including the many over the last 300 years who built and preserved our landmark worship space and liturgical heritage. Praying also led me to believe that my professional experience might be valuable to the vestry as we call a new rector, discern what ministries God wants us to do, and preserve our buildings and heritage. Professional Experience A major part of my work consisted of trying to hold federal agencies accountable for spending tax money efficiently, managing programs effectively, and complying with legislative intent. The last 20 years of that work included meeting annually with other top managers to decide on pay and promotions for 80 to 120 people, developing workable solutions to some of the most controversial issues facing the U.S. Congress, and serving in President George H.W. Bush’s Executive Exchange Program where I focused on corporate social responsibility issues. My academic background includes a PhD in organizational psychology. I spent 25 years teaching over 90 courses at several universities, principally in the areas of strategic management, organizational behavior, and personnel evaluation and selection. I presented research at many conferences. Just before retiring, that research focused on how boards of directors motivate CEOs to act in the best interests of stockholders, analogous perhaps to the role the vestry plays with the rector on behalf of the parish.

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My name is Jettie Pelletier, I am married to Jerry Pelletier and together we have five children and eight grandchildren. I am a retired orthopedic/OR nurse. Jerry and I enjoy four-five months in Carteret County at our home on Bogue sound. We enjoy playing with our children and grandchildren there. (Boating, a little fishing and a lot of relaxing.) When asked to consider running for vestry this year I didn’t hesitate to say, “Yes!” There are many reasons but I will give the most important one for me. From the first time I came into Christ Church (many years ago as a teenager with a club from high school), I loved the feel and beauty of this place. I became a member of Christ Church, 1994, and my life was changed forever. I experienced for the first time a relationship with Christ. It was through my Cursillo weekend that my journey began or restarted. I have enjoyed many ministries here at Christ Church, Sunday school teacher, Stephen Ministry, Evangelism, Alpha, EFM, lay reading, and a few others. It is because of these experiences that I have become a better Christian. My family has greatly enlarged in that the people of Christ Church are “my” extended family. The fellowship and communion with one another here in this blessed space keeps me grounded and seeking God’s wisdom and direction. I feel that I owe Christ Church and being on the vestry is another way in which I can continue to give back. I would be honored to serve my Christ church family if I am elected to this vestry because plain and simple; I LOVE GOD and I LOVE CHRIST CHURCH!

Name: Jimmy Robinson Family: Laura Robinson, wife; Johnny and Jim Robinson, sons; Elizabeth and Dustin Throckmorton, daughter and son-in-law; Pat Robinson, mother. Personal Interests: Quail hunting, fishing, boating, golfing, college football and enjoying time with friends and family. (continued on next page)

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(Robinson continued from page 8) Professional Background: I am an Independent Insurance Agent. Owner of Robinson and Stith Insurance in New Bern and Parsons and Robinson Insurance in Greenville. I am also a co-owner of Sound Choice Insurance in Morehead City along with my son, Johnny and John Gainey from Morehead City. How I have been involved at Christ Church: I have served as an usher in the past. I also served as t-ball and little league baseball coach for the church teams for a total of 9 years. I also served as baseball commissioner for the church for one year. Why I am willing to serve on the Vestry: I am willing to serve on the vestry because I want to do my part in helping the church anyway I can. I am a cradle Episcopalian and I see the big church as having many challenges and our church here as well. If elected I will work hard for the church and use my business experience as a business owner for 29 years to help make our church a better place. I am willing to listen to anything that will make our church a better church for our community and our members. I was raised in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Vanceboro. In mid seventies transferred my membership to Christ Church. My wife and three children were confirmed in Christ Church. I have seen many changes over the years. I think some were good and some not so good. We all have to work as a team to make our church one of the shining lights in our diocese. With God’s help and guidance I am willing to serve and give it my best effort.

iPads and iPods, tweets and texts, iPhones and Blackberrys, iTunes and Sirus, instant news around the world and instant messages, streaming media on every device man has in his home and holds in his hands keeps us all connected to our families, friends, community, and the world around us. It can become a very noisy place. When was the last time you heard the wind singing through the trees or heard the silence in the dark of early morning? When was the last time you heard God’s whispers or watched the clouds dance across the blue sky? We live in a world of multitasking; rushing from one place to another while orchestrating media bites from our technology in an effort to better manage our lives. The faster we go, the faster we need to go to stay ahead and the farther behind we find ourselves in deepening our understanding of ourselves, others, and our spiritual development. The Labyrinth Ministry will be offering several opportunities to help you slow down, allow the mind to

rest, your breathing to slow, and allow the hectic, noisy world to melt away. As you walk the Labyrinth, a scared path that winds into the center and back out again, walkers share an opportunity to deepen their spiritual connection. With each step you take, the wild monkeys in the mind begin to stop running around, the breathing slows, and the hectic, noisy world we live in melts away. It is a time for inward reflection, connection to God, a slowing pace, a quiet space. Each journey in the labyrinth is as personal as writing your thoughts in a journal. Some people ask for guidance, set an intention, pray, and some just walk to see what they experience in their walk. But whichever way you walk, and there is no right or wrong way, it gives each person a time to reflect, to renew, and to repurpose their lives. We will be holding several walks this fall during the months of November and December. Please check the Crown to see when the next Labyrinth walk will be held.

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Stephen Ministry Stephen Ministry is a confidential Christian ministry in which 15 members of Christ Church are currently trained to provide one-on-one care for those who are going through difficult times. Names of care receivers are not revealed so that complete trust can be established between a care receiver and a care giver. Loneliness and anxiety have many sources including, but not limited to, sending a child to college, having a baby, adopting a child, raising children in a challenging world, losing a loved one, caring for a family member who is ill, moving to a new community, separation or divorce, losing a job, having a spouse deployed, having your hopes and dreams dashed . . .

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Steven Ministers at Christ Church, trained to gently listen and reflect, have helped many care receivers in these situations. Care givers and care receivers are matched by the Rev. Marquita L. Hutchens. The relationship remains confidential. Once assigned, the Stephen Minister visits the care receiver once a week for about an hour. S/He listens to the care receiver’s cares and concerns and offers support. If you or someone you know would like more information about having a Stephen Minister contact Mtr. Marquita at: or call 252-639-0606. There are also blue Stephen Ministry referral cards at each pew. For more information about Stephen Ministries see

32nd Annual Crop Walk Results Christ Church team of 32 walked the 5K on September 23: Josephine Aiken, Connie Whitney, Kristine Lukema, Carol Kross, Kathy Blake, Betsy Primavera, Glenna Davis, Betsy & Henry Jutras, Margi & Keith Thompson, Margaret & Wright Shields, Rob & Laura Overman, Dev Lippitt, Maggie Bagg, Patty Willis, Catherine Bender, Susan & Bob Husson, Terry Brubaker, Anne Bell, Lee Ann Fordyce, Linda McAllister, Stephen Genovese, Paul & Ollie Canady, Bill & Edna Marie Thomas, Greg Hall, and Dequan Williams. Of $22,000+ raised, CEC team contributed over $5000. (trivia: first year Ellen Chance was CEC team leader, walk distance was 10 miles!)

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The Rev. Paul Canady to attend CREDO Conference The Rev. Paul Canady has accepted an invitation to attend a CREDO conference from November 6 - 11, 2013 at the Duncan Conference Center, in Delray Beach, Florida. The six-day conference provides participants with the means to find direction and clarity in four component areas: spiritual, health, vocational, and financial. CREDO provides a foundation for participants to embrace wellness and to prayerfully discern the direction of their vocation. CREDO was founded in 1997 as a pilot program funded by The Church Pension Group. Episcopal clergy, deacons and bishops from virtually every diocese in the country have taken advantage of the CREDO benefit. Participants are selected at random from all active clergy with more than one year in the Pension Fund. Paul will join 18 other clergy in the CREDO conference. Over the course of the conference, participants will meet in plenary sessions, small groups and private consultations with faculty members. Participants also have ample quiet time to reflect on their personal and professional lives. Each participant commits to extensive reflection through pre-conference instruments and surveys that focus on personal and professional wellness. The work of CREDO is organized around four major areas in each person's personal and profes-

sional life. Each of these components is explored as an integral part of the whole.

Spiritual - offers a sacred space where each participant can reflect on his or her interior life and relationship with God in Christ.

Vocational - provides opportunities for reflection, discernment, and planning in the professional areas of vocation, career, and work.

Health - encourages reflection on physical and emotional health and well-being, stewardship of the body, and development of a plan to address the individual's health needs.

Financial - explores all aspects of personal financial management and encourages reflection on God -given resources and how best to use them in response to God's call. Through this discernment and visioning process, and with the help of a faculty team of professionals, each participant builds a CREDO Plan – a personal covenant based on his or her CREDO work and a formal expression of the CREDO experience. The CREDO Plan provides a personal baseline and strategy for effective implementation. Visit http:// for more information.

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