The Open Doors January 2015 All are invited to our Annual Parish Meeting and Potluck Luncheon in Bowen Hall Sunday, February 1 after 10:30 am Holy Eucharist “The dangerousness of the dark was like the law of gravity. No one could say exactly how it worked, but everyone agreed on it. When night fell, children were gathered inside, front porch lights were switched on, curtains were drawn, and doors were locked. The inside of the house became a showcase of artificial light: the fluorescent ring on the ceiling of the kitchen, 40-watt appliance bulbs in the oven hood, 25-watt bulbs shaped like candles in the dining room chandelier, standard 60-watt bulbs in the lamps in the living room, the phosphorescent glow of the television set in the den. There was nothing you could not do in a house like that. Even if you got up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, small night-lights plugged into every baseboard outlet would guide you to your destination like an airplane making a landing after dark.” So begins Barbara Brown Taylor’s book Learning to Walk in the Dark, the focus of this year’s Parish Retreat at Camp Mitchell. Taylor, an Episcopal priest and preacher, has regaled the church with her particular way of weaving sermons for years, but there’s something especially challenging this time around. Taylor asks us to walk with her through the journey of trying to find God in the dark, both the dark of winter and night and the dark of difficult stages in our lives. She pushes against the idea that faith in God must mean constant happiness, that trying times indicate distance from God. Rather, as she puts it: Here is some good news you can use: even when light fades and darkness falls-- as it does every single day, in every single life--God does not turn the world over to some other deity. Even when you cannot see where you are going and no one answers when you call, this is not sufficient proof that you are alone. There is a divine presence that transcends all your ideas about it. In just a few weeks, we’ll gather together as a community on Petit Jean Mountain, encountering the dark and searching for God together. As we begin this new year and the dark begins to melt from our lives, I am pleased to be learning to talk about God along with all of you, seeing different ways of being Christ in the world, and exploring surprising paths for walking in the dark. THE MONTHLY NEWS FROM LITTLE ROCK’S DOWNTOWN EPISCOPAL CONGREGATION Parish Community Commemorative Gifts received by December 25 New Grandparents Endowment Fund in memory of Bill Stringfellow by The Polk & Murray Family Marsha & Neumie Roberts Phyllis & Mike Barrier Larry Benfield Julie & Joe Clements Bonnie & Dick Clough Mildred Cooper David Dillahunty Bettylee Green June Jackson Ginanne Long Clair Norman Jane & Robert Wayland Phillip E. Kaplan Mary Ann Kimberlin Wendy & Paul Wood Joan Pettit Becky & Floyd Martin In memory of J.B. Cross Sr. by Marianna & Tim Pardue In honor of Morris Parker by Ginanne Long Angel Tree Gifts Thanks to 79 parishioners who provided gifts for Arkansas Cares and Our House families this Christmas. Because of your generosity families in need were able to open presents this holiday season. Our special thanks to the volunteers who organized and distributed the gifts. Sympathy We commend to God’s mercy all who have died, that God’s will for them may be fulfilled. Our love and prayers go to the family and friends of Bill Stringfellow husband of Betty Stringfellow Page 2 Sophia Rebecca Alderfer born December 23, 2015 7lbs, 7oz daughter of Garrett & Jennifer Alderfer granddaughter of Becki and Mark Alderfer Parish Retreat January 16-18, 2015 Camp Mitchell on Petit Jean Mountain In her book Learning to Walk in the Dark, Barbara Brown Taylor seeks to redeem what many of us have learned to fear - the darkness. Taylor finds there are treasures in the dark that we cannot always see by day. What we need is a spirituality that also works in the night. Since our retreat is mid-winter, the darkest time of the year, we thought it would be fun to use her book, as well as poetry, art, story, and song, to consider the role darkness holds in our spiritual life. (And we promise not to be too dark!) Singles, couples, families with kids, all are welcome. Registration forms are available in the foyer (Narthex), church office, on the church website (christchurchlr.org), and at the Blackboard. Learning to Walk is available in the Sixth Street Library. Registration deadline is January 11. Contact: Kate Alexander, [email protected] Directories Still Available Need a phone number and/or an address of a church friend? Pick up a church directory in the office today, or any day during office hours. The Open Doors Parish Activities Scriptures in Life and Art Sunday in the Bishop’s Room 9:15 am Jacob Willemsz. de Wet, the Elder, The Calling of St. Peter and St. Andrew, c. 1650 Oil on panel, Private Collection Each Sunday the “Scriptures in Life and Art” class discusses the day’s lessons and looks at some works of art related to them. On January 25, the gospel lesson tells of the calling of the fishermen Peter and Andrew, and we’ll look at a few portrayals of this scene, including one by the now obscure Dutch 17th century artist de Wet, who shows the event as if it were happening on the shores of his own country. Epiphany and a new calendar year are times of new awareness and focus, making this a good time to start regularly attending this class. But whether or not you can join this class every Sunday, all are welcome and discussion is always lively. For more information contact Floyd Martin at [email protected] or J. B. Cross at [email protected] sbcglobal.net. Integrity Meeting Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 12:00 noon in the Christ Church Parlor We are planning to watch “Voices of Witness: Out of the Box”, an acclaimed 27 minute documentary about transgender issues that was produced by Integrity USA. Cameron Partridge, lecturer at Harvard University and Episcopal Chaplain at Episcopal BU: Episcopal Chaplaincy at Boston University, will be joining us for the discussion following the viewing of the documentary. Grab a refreshment at coffee hour and come on over to the Parlor. Integrity is an Episcopal organization which encourages local congregations to intentionally open their doors to LGBT people and their allies. Questions? Contact Terry Jefferson at [email protected] or Gwen Fry at [email protected] Support for the [email protected] Church 2015 Season What a wonderful year for the arts at Christ Church 2014 has been. As you probably know, this was our 175th anniversary year. And when a community celebrates a milestone, one gets a glimpse not only of its heritage and history, but of its current life. How did we celebrate? Our concert series brought the Dublin Guitar Quartet and the Boston Brass to Christ Church, both to rave reviews. Architectural photographer Tim Hursley started a year long time lapse photography project (his camera is still snapping a picture of Christ Church’s entrance every 15 seconds). Our new Sixth Street Library opened with a photography exhibit by Jaman Matthews titled “Christ Church, Then and Now.” On our actual birthday, March 10, our choir led us in Evensong and our bishop preached. In the Easter season we brought writer Fred Bahnson to the Arkansas Literary Festival, and local artist Hamid Ebrahimifar directed the creation and decoration of mobiles by Christ Church parishioners that have hung in the side aisles this year. And we commissioned Daniel Gawthrop to compose a choral piece for our anniversary year which our choir debuted on December 7, the day Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori paid us a visit. The [email protected] Church supported each of the endeavors above either fully or in part. Clearly what began as a world class concert series has broadened and deepened and now impacts almost every aspect of our life at Christ Church. For 2015 we’re thrilled already to have booked two renowned vocal groups. Anonymous4 will return on February 13, as part of their 1865: Songs of Hope and Home from the American Civil War tour. And the Tallis Scholars will sing at Christ Church on April 23. Perhaps you’ll consider support at one of the following levels: Friend $100 Patron $250 Benefactor $500 Sponsor $1000 2015 looks to be another remarkable year for the [email protected] Church. We hope you’ll consider making a tax deductible gift of any size to make sure that it is. With every best wish for a blessed Christmas and New Year, we remain Faithfully yours, The Rev. Scott Walters, Steven Bullock, and William McCandless Page 3 Children, Youth, and Family Ministry Episcopal Youth Community (EYC) Children’s Choir Rehearsal Schedule in the choir room January 4 January 11 January 18 January 25 February 1 No Rehearsal 3:00-4:00 pm No Rehearsal/Parish Retreat 3:00-4:00 pm 3:00-4:00 pm Letter from Children’s Choir Member The Christ Church EYC just finished up a great semester with our Christmas Party and Feast! It was a blast. We played some Christmas themed games such as “humas gift wrap.” We had a “White Elephant” gift exchange and had our feast which featured side dishes from EYC families, and fried chicken provided by Christ Church. We also gave thanks for all the blessings God has given us this year. We look forward to next semester. A big thanks for all the generous support everyone at Christ Church gives us. St. Francis House Food Baskets Bram Fendley, age 8 Soloist at the Christmas Eve Feast of the Nativity Holy Eucharist and Children’s Pageant, 5 pm “It looked complicated at first, but it turned out to be easy. I’m very proud to do it. I’m excited to be in the Christmas Eve service. It is also important to me because my father had the same solo.” The Children’s Choir was an integral part of the Christmas Eve pageant and will be participating in worship services once a month. If you (or your child) is in grades 2nd-8th and loves music, we’d love to have you come sing with us. For more information, contact Mary Kay Burton at [email protected] Youth Handbell Choir Christ Church youth and other Episcopal youth participated in the annual St. Francis House food basket drop off. Each Christmas St. Francis House provides food baskets to residents of Little Rock and North Little Rock housing towers. This is a great opportunity for our youth to give back to our community and we always enjoy it. EYC Schedule Sunday in Youth Room unless otherwise noted January 4 January 11 January 18 January 25 February 1 No EYC 4-6 pm No EYC/Parish Retreat 4-6 pm 4-6 pm For questions and more information about EYC contact Murdock Jones at [email protected] Page 4 Rehearsal Schedule in the handbell room January 4 January 11 January 18 January 25 February 1 No Rehearsal 11:50 am-12:20 pm No Rehearsal/Parish Retreat 11:35 Short Rehearsal 11:50 am-12:20 pm Following a little time off after Christmas, Youth Handbells will resume regular weekly practices in mid January. This is a good time for any young person (3rd grade and older) who would like to join the group to come in—the main requirement is faithful attendance at weekly rehearsals. The group will play at the 10:30 am service once in February before Lent begins, and then one of the Sundays after Easter. For more information about Christ Church Youth Handbell Choir please contact Floyd Martin, [email protected] January 2015 Church and Community Congratulations to Dick Pickard Clinton Presidential Center 2014 Spirit of the Center Award Recipient The Spirit of the Center Award was created to honor the memory of Ken Schultz, a founding volunteer who passed away in 2009. Each year the Clinton Presidential Center honors two volunteers who have brought the same spirit as Ken, a happy, giving heart each time they volunteer. They share their joy, their kindness and their love for the center with each and every volunteer and visitor. Central Convocation Epiphany Service Tuesday, January 6, 7 pm St Mark’s, Little Rock The service will feature special music, including the traditional Procession of the Kings. Bishop Benfield will be the celebrant, and the preacher will be the Rev. Lisa Fry. Abide Dinner at the Turkish House Abide at Raindrop Turkish House On Thursday, December 11, the Raindrop Turkish House in Little Rock hosted members of the Abide group for an introductory dinner. We are looking forward to building a relationship with them as we learn about each other’s cultures, religions, and cuisines! For more information about Raindrop, take a look at their website: turkishhouse. org. If you’re interested in joining with us as we deepen this connection, please contact Brooks at [email protected] org or Patricia at [email protected] The Open Doors Winterstar for EYC (Episcopal Youth Community) February and March 2015 Camp Mitchell These are two weekends where youth gather from all over Arkansas to explore how they may better respond to Christ in the world. The Junior High (6th-8th grade) youth meet February 20-22, and the Sr. High (9th-12th grade) youth meet March 6-8. Both weekends share the same theme that is selected, planned, and led by the Diocesan Youth Commission. These weekends are held at Camp Mitchell. To register go to eycarkansas.org. For more information contact Murdock at [email protected] Brad Williams plays The Undercroft Friday, January 16 at 8 pm “Brad Williams (front man for The Salty Dogs) might have the most iconic voice in local music. Rangy and rarely onstage without a cowboy hat, the Salty Dogs front man sings in the kind of easy twang that comes from growing up in Marked Tree, but he tempers it with a big helping of Southern soul (you could imagine Williams doing right by a Dan Penn song).” - Arkansas Times. Doors open at 7 pm. Show starts at 8 pm. For more information or to listen to some of Brad Williams’ and The Salty Dogs’ music go to thesaltydogs.net. Annual Parish Meeting and Potluck Sunday, February 1 after 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Celebrate the past year, elect our new vestry members, and enjoy a delicious parish luncheon in Bowen Hall. Christ Church men will provide the main dish. All others are asked to provide salads and desserts. (Please bring goodies that do not need to be heated.) Want to help? Let Carol Lou know at [email protected] Page 5 Arts and Community [email protected] Church presents Anonymous 4 February 13 at 7:30 pm [email protected] Church presents Art by Design Solo Exhibit by Sandra Marson January through March Monday-Thursday 9 am-5pm Friday 9am-12 noon Anonymous 4 Renowned for their unearthly vocal blend and virtuosic ensemble singing, the four women of Anonymous 4 combine historical scholarship with contemporary performance intuition to create their magical sound. Their programs have included music from the year 1000; the ecstatic music and poetry of the 12th-century abbess and mystic, Hildegard of Bingen; 13th-century chant and polyphony from England, France, and Spain; American folksongs, shape note tunes, and gospel songs; and works newly written for the group. Anonymous 4 has performed for sold-out audiences on major concert series and at festivals throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East; and has made 20 best-selling recordings for harmonia mundi usa. This will be the second time Anonymous 4 has performed at Christ Church. It may be the last, since 2015-2016 will be their final season to perform. For more formation check out their website at anonymous4.com. Walking the Mourner’s Path Walking the Mourner’s Path is an 8-week grief group for anyone who has suffered a significant loss due to a death and would like to process it in a group setting. This is a Christ-centered bereavement support program started in the Episcopal Church. We will meet Thursday nights, 6:00 - 7:30 pm beginning January 22, ending March 12. The cost is $80 for materials. Scholarships are available. Contact Kate Alexander at [email protected] Page 6 Flowers in Motion Watercolor on paper 24”x24” by Sandra Marson Marson describes herself as an experimental artist and an intuitive painter. Watercolor, acrylic and collage are included in her portfolio. Most of Marson’s work is nonrepresentation. Her paintings are based on the formal elements of design with emphasis on color and shapes moving in space. Strong value changes and texture are used to increase contrast. Always striving to paint abstract images in a new way that is pleasing to the eye, the artist attempts to evoke an emotional response, rather than a preconceived concept by formula. Marson has a BA from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and has taken many workshops from noted watercolorists. Instructors who have been an inspiration include Don Andrews, Selma Blackburn, Marlene Gremillion, Frank Webb and Doug Walton. Marson is a member of the Mid-Southern Watercolorists, Arkansas League of Artist, Missouri Watercolor Society, International Society of Experimental Artists and North Central Arkansas Artist League. You may view Marson’s paintings online at The Arkansas Artist Registry. Marson is currently exhibiting at Fairfield Bay Home Town. She exhibits yearly at the Arkansas Repertory Theater. For more information contact Sandra at [email protected] net. January 2015 Important Information Membership Interested in becoming a member of Christ Church? This can happen through baptism, confirmation, or by requesting a letter of transfer from a previous church. See Carol Lou Flowers in the church office for details. If you’re interested in getting more involved at Christ Angels we have heard on high Christmas Eve Church, please speak with one of our clergy or with Carol Lou. Sixth Street Library at Christ Church Monday - Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Friday 9:00 am - 12 Noon Sunday 9:30 am - 12:15 pm Christ Church Office Hours Monday - Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Friday 9:00 am - 12 Noon Weekly Worship Schedule Sunday: 8:00 am Rite I Holy Eucharist 9:15 am Christian Formation for all ages For Adults: -Bible Study in Bishop’s Room -Book studies, topical discussions in Parlor For Children and Youth: 3 years-K – The Good Shepherd Atrium (downstairs) Grades 1-3 – The True Vine Atrium (downstairs) Grades 4-6 – The Covenant Atrium (2nd floor) Grades 7–8 Junior High (3rd floor) Grades 9-12 – Senior High (3rd floor) 10:30 am Rite II Holy Eucharist (with choir) 6:00 pm Informal Holy Eucharist 6:45 pm Compline - sung prayers (with choir) Wednesday: 12:05 pm Holy Eucharist & Prayers for Healing Friday: 8:10 am Morning Prayer in the Chapel January 2015 Staff Contacts Unless noted otherwise each of the following may be reached at Christ Church 501-375-2342 • Baptisms, weddings, funerals, visits to sick or shut-in, pastoral counseling: Scott Walters, [email protected] Kate Alexander, [email protected] Brooks Cato, [email protected] • The E-News: Kate Alexander, [email protected] • Meeting space scheduling, prayer list names, volunteer assistance: Carol Lou Flowers, [email protected] • Choir & Handbells: Steve Bullock, [email protected] • Outreach: Joyce Hardy 351-7217, [email protected] • Children, Youth & Family Ministry: Patricia Matthews, [email protected] • Episcopal Youth Community (EYC) Coordinator: Murdock Jones, [email protected] • Planned Giving: Clay Patty 375-5061 • Announcements and The Open Doors: Lally Brown, [email protected] Monthly Groups Moms’ Group - January 7, 5:30 pm Daughters of the King - January 4, 12:00 pm Stewpot - January 8, 9:30-11:30 am; 11:30 am-1 pm Vestry - January 19, 5:15 pm, Parlor Harmony Health Clinic Dinner - January 22, 4:30 pm Knitters’ Group - January 7, 1:15 pm January 25, 11:45 am Green Groceries - January 13, 27, 5 pm Aspiring Angels - January 5, 7 pm Weekly Groups AA - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 12 noon Yoga - Monday, 5:30 pm Basketball - Tuesday, Thursday, 6 pm ALFN Food Pick-up - Monday, 4-6 pm ALFN Food Pick-up - Saturday, 10-12 pm Journey Group - Tuesday, 6 pm Page 7 Little Rock’s Downtown Episcopal Church 509 Scott St, Little Rock, AR 72201 phone: 501- 375-2342 www.christchurchlr.org Christ Church Vestry Julie Peters, Senior Warden Debra Roberts, Junior Warden Roger Webb, Clerk Mary Kay Burton George Cole Chris Fleischmann Marion Fulk John Gillispie Shannon Gitchel Elizabeth Henry Jay Jennings Olivia McKee Frank Parke Emily Paul Bob Wayland Officer: Ginanne Long, Treasurer Brad Williams plays The Rt. Rev. Larry R. Benfield Bishop of Arkansas Christ Church Staff The Rev. Scott Walters, Rector The Rev. Dr. Kate Alexander, Associate Rector The Rev. Brooks Cato, Curate The Rev. Joyce Hardy, Outreach Coordinator Steven Bullock, Organist/Choirmaster Patricia Matthews, Director of Children, Youth & Family Ministry Murdock Jones, EYC (Youth) Coordinator Carol Lou Flowers, Parish Administrator, Lay Ministries & Volunteer Coordinator Phyllis Danielson, Bookkeeper Bettylee Green, Receptionist Lally Brown, Office Assistant Christ Church Recycles Please recycle this newsletter The Open Doors |January 2015 at Christ Church January 16 at 8 pm Tickets are $10 at the door Stay in Touch. Stay Connected. Stay Informed. Receive The Weekly E-News and monthly newsletter, The Open Doors by emailing Carol Lou at [email protected] and “Like” us on Facebook. The Church has been decorated for Christmas to the Glory of God In memory of Claire Frances Bellm - by her daughter, Kate Alexander Carolyn Gray LeMaster, Jeff Baskin and Myra Jones - by Ellen Gray The Cromwell & Thompson families - by Trudie, Mildred, and Tricia Godparents, Edna Pearl Horn (Epie) & Bill Stringfellow -by David Rockwell Long and family Clint & Glynn Bane Moore - by Ethel Rossi Mildred Ball Day, Edward Eugene & Agnes Gray Lyon - by H. Gene Lyon Marcia Long - by her daughter, Anne Quiggle Jack Stotts - by his sister, Jocelyn Carl E. Jr. and Eleanor S. Scribner Carl E. & Agnes G. Scribner, Sr: Frank X.& Georgia B. Shettler - by their son & grandson, David Scribner Deceased loved ones - by Joan Pettit Sam & Annie Laurie Gunter, Lulu Wilson & Cleve Pardue - by Marianna & Tim Pardue Bill Norman - by Clair, Mary Ellen, Ax, Jen, Samatha & Jack The Wyatt, Kinney, Threet, Carson, Lance, McAninch & Hunter Families - by Margaret Wyatt My parents, Mary Jean & Jim Dillahunty - by David Dillahunty Aleta & Morris Jessup, & Roy Bilheimer - by Elizabeth Bilheimer, Ann & Austin Grimes Abigail McQueen, Ben Isgrig, Mary & Edmund Schiller - by Ann & Otis Schiller Samatha Olson - by her father, Stan Doucet Our Parents Frank & Lou Wayland and Elvin & Kathleen Perkinson - by Jane & Bob Wayland My parents, Kay & The Feild, III, my sister, Anne Spillman, Eric’s dad, David Hager - by Janie & Eric Hager Clifford & Frances Smith, J.L. Smith - by Anne & Bob Black John Phillip Hill - by Maria Hill Mickey Roberts - by Debra Roberts and Mike Abele Gordon and Carolyn Downes - by Tiffany, Ian, Cole & Connor Hadden George and Marjorie Cole, Beatrice Abele - by Candice & George Cole Jessie & Jack Grobmyer, Betty & John Darwin - by Libby & Mark Grobmyer Bill Trice - by Judy Trice Neil Birnie Pryor - by Kathryn Pryor Ernest and Jean Minelli - by Leslie Minelli Ida Grace Mathews, Michael Sporn, James E. “Buddy” Allison, Carl H. Lenggenhager - by Phyllis & Mike Barrier Sally & Blox Dell, Dot & Joe Clements, Lisa Clements, & other loved ones - by Julie and Joe Clements My godparents, Nita & Ralph Shelby and James Dillahunty - by Rico Belotti Ellen Jacot - by Bettylee Green Trey Heye, Paul Heye Sr., Fritz Mauermann - by Mary Jo Heye Jean Gobin & Francis Lee - by The Hitt Family Fritz & Mary Mauermann, John & Sara Jo Fargarson - by Karen Mauermann Albert Alice and Al Graves - by Ginanne Long Butch Henry - by Debbie, Brooke, Brad, Jennifer and children In thanksgiving for McKinley, Perry, Hanah, Meredith, Alex, & Hunter - by Sandy & Rod Smith Morris Parker - by Carol Lou Friends and family - by Bonnie & Dick Clough Our families - by Wanda & Bob Taylor Our children, Marshall and Natalie - by Allen and Holly Pettit Our grandmother, Joan Pettit - by Marshall and Natalie Pettit The gift of our children, Marion, Martin, Baucum & Austin - by Anne & Gus Fulk Scott Clements - by Anie My children and grandchildren - by Mildred Cooper His godmother, Betty Stringfellow - by David Rockwell Long Their godchildren, David Long, Amy Polk Patrick and Hannah Henson - by Betty & Bill Stringfellow Leslie Miller, Robin Miller Braun, Richard Boone - by Maurey Miller The people and staff of Christ Church - by Gwen Fry Stephen Primm - by Jocelyn Stotts My children and grandchildren - by Margaret Wyatt Tom & Lindsey Pardue - by Marianna & Tim Pardue Blessings - by Mary Jane & Guy Cheatham Her children, grandchildren and great-grandson - by Joan Pettit Their grandchildren - by Mary Kay and Larry Burton My godmother Bettylee Green - by David Dillahunty Our children, Kate and Charles - by Nell & Bob Lyford Louise Isgrig - by Ann & Otis Schiller. Our grandchildren, Bond, Ben, and Abbay Magevney, Grey and Ethan Jefferson, and Lucy Meghan Wagner -by Joe Lampo & Terry Jefferson Our grandchildren, Joanna Elizabeth Crane and Sophia Rose Riccobono - by Betsy & Richard Davies Our children and grandchildren - by Dale & Roger Webb Our children and grandchildren - by Julie & Joe Clements, Jr Vernon Mathews - by Phyllis & Mike Barrier Christ Church Acolytes - by Ginny and Rico Belotti Leah, Flint, Henry, and Oliver Carnahan - by Ginny & Rico Belotti Bountiful blessings this past year - by Bettylee Green Andrew and Joe - by Abbie Reaves & Reed Claiborne The acolytes - by Jean and Dan Carter My children and grandsons - by Karen Mauermann The people of Christ Churh - by Larry Benfield Marian and Charley Penix - by Clementine Infante Each year donations for Christ Church Christmas decorations in honor or in memory of a loved one are published in the January edition of The Open Doors.
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