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The Crown News from Christ Church, a worshipping community in New Bern, NC, and the Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina since 1715

December 2013

Advent Quiet Day Saturday, December 7, 2013 In the Parish House from 9:15am - 1:00pm Many of us feel that the rush of the holidays interfere with the reverence with which we would like to honor this holy season of the year. Shopping, entertaining, traveling, tend to distract us from the worshipful experiences as we pre-

pare our hearts for the incarnation of Christ at Christmas. This year you are invited to participate in a morning of quiet reflection, a time set aside for you to focus on the inner journey of Advent. Please join us for a morning of contemplative practices designed to enrich your journey through Advent. Dress comfortably and feel free to come and leave as time permits. Tea and Coffee will be provided.

Schedule of Offerings 9:15am - Opening Meditation in the Chapel 9:45am - Centering Prayer 10:30am - Praying in Color 11:15am - Dream Works 12noon - Mandala ~ the Sacred Circle

The Angel Tree is now up and running with 90 children and their gift requests. “Angels” are New Bern children who have at least one parent who is incarcerated. For over 25 years, Christ Church parishioners have bought toys and clothes spending around $80-$100 per child. As in the past, there are “Angels” with monetary requests ranging from $25-$50 that we use for food for our larger families and for special needs of our neediest families. Questions or offering to help with this project, please contact Ellen Chance 638-2650.

Cookie Walk Saturday, December 14 from 10am until 1pm For all those who are providing bake goods, please drop off in the Ministry Center : 

12:45pm - Meditative Walk

For planning purposes … you can sign-up by either emailing Edna Thomas, or the sign-up on the sheet provided in the Reception area of the Church.

Thursday, December 12 from 9am-12noon; Friday, December 13 from 9am-4:30pm

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Upcoming Dates to Remember ... Monday, December 2: Daughters of the King Christmas Gathering @ 7:00pm

Thursday, December 5: Trent Woods Neighborhood Gathering @ 6:00pm - Pauline Blair’s home

Friday, December 6: Fairfield Harbor Koinonia @7:00pm Linda Lore’s Home

Saturday, December 7: Quiet Day@ 9:15am at the Church

Sunday, December 8:

Saturday, December 21:

St. Nicholas’ Visit @ the 8:45am & 11:00am services;

Greening of the Church @ 9:00am

Parents Night Out@ 5:00-7:00pm in Christ Church Parish House - Open to infants through 5th grade

Sunday, December 22: Pageant Rehearsal @ 9:45am in the Pelletier Room;

Monday, December 9:

Lessons & Carols @ 6:00pm in the Church

St. Elizabeth ECW @ 11:00am Betty Clarke’s Home

Saturday, December 14: Cookie Walk @ 10:00am in the Ministry Center; Young Families & Adults Christmas Party @ 6:30pm - Asterman’s Home

Sunday, December 15: Pageant Rehearsal @ 9:45am in the Pelletier room

Thursday, December 19: Community Christmas Caroling @ 6:00pm in the Churchyard; Blue Christ Service: Holy Eucharist & Healing Service @ 7:00pm in the Church

Friday, December 20: Riverbend Koinonia @ 5:00pm Whitney’s Home

Volunteers Needed

Tuesday, December 24 – Christmas Eve 3:00pm - Christmas Pageant with Family Holy Eucharist 7:00pm - Holy Eucharist with Contemporary Music 10:30pm - Choir Concert 11:00pm - Festive Holy Eucharist with Choir

Wednesday, December 25: 10:00am - Christmas Day Service 

Church Office will be closed on Wednesday, December 25 & Thursday, December 26 

Upcoming Dates in January 2014 ... January 1: Church Office Closed January 6: Epiphany January 10 – 11: Vestry Retreat - Trinity Center 

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Parents Night Out Young Adults/Young Families Christmas Party Saturday, December 14 ~ at 6:00pm The Christmas Party will be held at the home of ...

Luke & Vanessa Asterman at 1016 Barkentine Dr. (in Fairfield Harbour). Come and join the young adults and parents of schoolage kids from Christ Church for hors d'oeuvres and Christmas cheer at the Asterman’s home!! We'd love it if you brought a friend (or even two). The more the merrier!! For more information, please contact The Rev. Paul Canady ( or 252.633.2109 ext. 102)

Christmas Pageant Information Parents of Actors/Actresses Our annual Christmas Pageant will take place at 3:00 p.m. on December 24, Christmas Eve. I am counting on the Sunday School classes to assume the roles in the pageant including the Godly Play children who will be animals. I sent an email asking parents to let me know if their child/children will be unavailable. If I do not hear from you, I will assume that your child may be a part of the pageant. On our Sunday School schedule, there is a pageant practice scheduled for two Sundays: December 15 & 22. On December 15, we will meet in the Pelletier Room immediately after the 8:45am service. (Go to the second floor; the Pelletier room is at the top of the stairs).

Sunday, December 8 From 5:00pm - 7:00pm Open to infants through 5th grade Hosted by: EYC This year, our youngest parishioners will make, with the help of our middle and high school parishioners, Christmas cards for American service men and women currently stationed in Afghanistan. The cards will go to a Navy Chaplain based out of Camp Lejuene serving with a Marine unit who will share them with his troops. It will be a fun and meaningful way to share the love of Christ with people a long way from New Bern. There is no cost to attend. We ask that you drop off and pick up on time. Please RSVP by Wednesday, December 11. To register or if you have questions, contact the Rev. Paul Canady ( or 252.633.2109 ext. 102).

On December 22, we will practice at 10:00am in the Church with music. No date has been set for a dress rehearsal at this time. If you are able, I would love parents to come to help with rehearsals. I will need dressers the day of the pageant, so if you can do this, please contact me at 633-2109, or email me:

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Upcoming Grief Groups ... Two Twelve-Week Grief Groups Beginning on: Wednesdays, December 4, 2013 At: Christ Church 320 Pollock Street, New Bern Facilitator: The Rev. Marquita L. Hutchens 

A Men’s Group @ 1:00pm A Women’s Group @ 2:00pm  Two twelve-week grief groups will be offered on Wednesdays beginning on December 4, 2013 through February 26, 2014. Groups will meet at Christ Church located at 320 Pollock Street in New Bern. Facilitator for the groups will be The Rev. Marquita L. Hutchens. The Men’s Group will meet at 1:00pm in the second floor Living Room. The Women’s Group will meet at 2:00pm in the Women’s Connection Room. The groups are open to the public and to the past participants. Possible Grief Issues could be about: Caregiving someone with dementia ~ Caregiving someone terminally ill ~ Death of someone close ~ Divorce ~ Loss of hopes and dreams ~ Loss of job ~ Personal illness or disability ~ Trauma To register or for information contact The Rev. Marquita L. Hutchens, 252-639-0606, email to:

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Special Thank You ... Christ Church would like to give a special thank you for your service as member of the Vestry. They will rotate off the end of 2013: Vanessa Asterman, Jerry Pelletier, Letha Ricks and Betsy Tayloe 

Pumpkin Patch & Book Sale Report Thanks to all that volunteered for both of these events. It was not our best year at the Patch but a little over $6,000 was raised for local outreach. The book sale for the Ann Bustard Scholarship Fund for graduating seniors of Christ Church raised $502.00. Thanks to all that volunteered time, baked goods, books and purchased items to make both events successful again this year.


Just a note of thanks for allowing me the time to attend the CREDO conference earlier in November. It was well worth my time and I believe the people of Christ Church will see the benefits as we continue our work together to build up the Kingdom of God.


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Interim Rector Address to Christ Church, New Bern NC Annual Meeting The Rev. Dr. William Carl Thomas November 10, 2013 We are all in a time of transition. Being anxious is a most human response. Being expectant is a most faithful response. The prayer we pray for our time of transition addresses our human and faithful response: Holy Spirit, guide our discernment as we seek the next bishop for our diocese and the next rector of Christ Church. Be with us as we pray about our life together. Help us remember, celebrate, and dream. Give us patience and endurance to hear your call. Nurture in us the vision you have for our future. Through Jesus Christ, the Great Shepherd of the Sheep. Amen. I have prayed a simple prayer ever since I heard the call to ordination in 1986: “Yes, Lord, anything you want me to do, any place you want me to go, I’ll go.” This prayer calms my anxiety when I am not where I want to be. And this prayer deepens the call of God to a more faithful response, especially when I am at a place I want to be, such as Christ Church, New Bern. Your welcome to Edna Marie and me has been filled with joy and grace. There’s an old saying: How you say goodbye says a lot about how you say hello. In the case of Christ Church, how you say hello reveals much about how you view your future. You are vibrant. Your future will be filled with a spiritual energy that wants to celebrate and serve. You are loving. Your future will be filled with opportunities to recognize and share that love. You are expectant. Your future will be united, in the power of the Holy Spirit, with a new bishop and a new rector. Frankly, from my eleven or so weeks of observation, the future of Christ Church looks bright because the future of Christ Church finds foundation in prayer. The prayer we pray during our time of transition is one by which we cry out to the Holy Spirit to aid our discernment; one by which we pray in the power of the Holy Spirit for

patience and endurance; one by which we seek the nurture of the Holy Spirit as we claim the vision God has for our future; and one by which we remember, celebrate, and dream as participants in the flock of the Great Shepherd of the sheep, Jesus Christ. During our business meeting we remember and celebrate how we have responded to God’s call to serve, laugh, and love over the past year. There’s no need in this brief address to list accomplishments or acknowledge leadership, other than to say thank you to everyone who leads and to everyone who serves in Christ’s name. I want to conclude with a prayer that is hundreds of years old and, yet, as current as when first uttered by Sir Francis Drake in the late 1500’s. Disturb us, Lord, when We are too pleased with ourselves, When our dreams have come true Because we dreamed too little, When we arrived safely Because we sailed too close to the shore. Disturb us, Lord, when with the abundance of things we possess we have lost our thirst For the waters of life; Having fallen in love with life, We have ceased to dream of eternity And in our efforts to build a new earth, We have allowed our vision Of the new Heaven to dim. Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly, To venture on wilder seas Where storms will show Your mastery; Where losing sight of land, We shall find the stars. We ask you to push back The horizons of our hopes; And to push back the future In strength, courage, hope, and love. This we ask in the name of our Captain, Who is Jesus Christ.

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A fitting prayer for a town situated on water that flows into the ocean; a fitting prayer for a church with 300 years of service; a fitting prayer for a congregation in the midst of discernment; a fitting prayer for those who claim and trust Jesus Christ as their Captain and King; a fitting prayer for those who belong to one another, who recognize that with God’s help, we can make one another stronger. A Christmas Service of Solace Open to all who mourn and supporting friends and family Thursday, December 19 at 7:00 p.m. Christ Episcopal Chapel “Cries of ‘Merry Christmas!’ and non-stop caroling contrast with the feelings of many people at this time of year. For those suffering from the recent or impending death of loved ones and for those whose families are in crisis, it can be a very isolated and dreary time. Every greeting and every song reminds the grief-stricken of how unhappy life is at this moment.” - Ann Fontaine The family gatherings, festivals, celebrations and pageants of the holidays do not necessarily meet the needs of those of us who grieve. The Service of Solace will offer a time of silence and prayer, a variety of music, readings from Scripture, and words of hope in Holy Communion with the Saints in Light. Those who are not looking forward to a merry Christmas this year and friends who support them are invited to participate in a liturgy that speaks of the love God has for those of us who are grieving. You are invited to bring cherished photos and objects of remembrance that comfort you. Sitting together in warmth and love we can listen for the One who loves us in sorrow and joy sharing a new way of being in the Christmas season. I hope you will join us in this very special time of remembering. The Rev. Marquita L. Hutchens Associate Rector, Pastoral Care

Sunday, November 17, was Christ Church’s annual visitation with the Bishop from our Diocese, The Rt. Rev. Peter James Lee, Bishop Provisional. At the 11:00am service we received, confirmed and reaffirmed 18 members of Christ Church.

Please bring new socks to fill St. Nick’s Sock Basket

Next to the Chapel in the reception area. Donations support RCS, Salvation Army, Coastal Women’s Shelter

On February 13, 2014, the Craven Arts Council will again host a joint outreach and fundraiser (Empty Bowls) for the Arts Council and Religious Community Services from 11:00am to 2:00pm at Temple Baptist Church. Christ Church has requested to be a participant this year and we will be making soup. Volunteers are needed to make soup and also work the booth on that day. We are also asking for suggestions as to what soup (we need to pick only one) we might make. If you would like to help or have a great soup recipe, please contact Alice Underhill at or 633-2270. February will be here before we know it so call Alice today.

Welcoming the 2014 New Vestry Members Ross Beebe

Terry Brubaker

John Harper Jettie Pelletier The Crown is published once a month. Submission deadlines are the 15th of each month. Christ Church welcomes information concerning church events and ministries. All items are subject to editing based on the date (if applicable), content and available space. Submit items to:





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