The disciples, walking on the Road to Emmaus, were fleeing the horrible events that took place in Jerusalem. They experienced tremendous loss. The man they gave their lives to follow was betrayed. Their Rabbi died a dishonorable death. All their friends scattered out of fear. A way of life they believed would lead them to better life ended. All hope was gone.

Currently, people are stuck at home, and much of the economy is shut down. Many have lost jobs. Some have lost their way of life. 

Just because the economy is shut down, the demands of life do not take a break. Families must eat. Utility bills must get paid. Cars need gas. Medical bills pile up. When out of work and short on money, life seems hopeless. 

We must be ready to help our sisters and brothers who have been affected by Covid-19. We must prepare to help parishioners feed their families, pay bills, gas up the car, access medical care. We can give them hope. 

Christ Episcopal Church is now collecting money for the Covid-19 Assistance Fund. 

On the road to Emmaus, when darkness fell, Christ opened the eyes of the disciples. Christ prayed. He broke bread and gave it to them. The disciples saw it was Christ by his actions. They understood Christ had been walking with them the whole time. With hope and joy restored, they ran back to Jerusalem proclaiming, the Good News.

Walking by our side is Christ. As Christ walks with us, we walk together with our brothers and sisters of Christ Episcopal Church. Together we will make our way through the darkness cast by Covid-19. We light the dark road by praying for one another and helping each other. Giving our people "bread to eat," in the form of financial assistance, we will restore hope.

Please, contribute to the Covid-19 Assistance Fund.

"Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."

(John 13:34–35 NRSV)

In Christ,

Robert+

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Dear People of Christ Episcopal Church,

Due to the developing news about COVID-19, Bishop Doyle is asking parishioners to worship from home for the next two weeks and to suspend in person gatherings of more than 10 people.

For Sunday Worship

We are not canceling worship. We would like for you to praise God and hear God’s word with us from home. This Sunday, worship will be provided from the Cathedral online (http://www.christchurchcathedral.org/).

For families, we have provided lessons from Sermons 4 Kids that are free to download so you may continue to worship with your children at home:

(https://web.sermons4kids.com/free-sunday-school-lesson-church-home/?maropost_id=744283067&utm_source=maropost&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=S4K-coronavirus-freelesson-200313&mpweb=256-8686875-744283067)

Starting 3/22, we will have the full service sheets and recorded sermons provided for download on our website and Facebook page.

We have online donation via PayPal available on our website if you would like to make an offering or continue your pledge. https://www.cectx.org/giving

For Meetings and Fellowship this Week

Our office staff will be working from home the next 2 weeks. Please email them if you need to reach them.

All meetings and gatherings will be held virtually, including the Lenten Series. Please look for further information from your ministry heads this week.

What Can YOU Do Right Now?

Please spread the message with others who may not have internet access. Ministry heads, please contact those in your ministries. Friends, please contact your friends. We want to let as many people know as possible. 

As We Move Forward

We do not want to stop being present. The way we connect and worship with each other may be different, but we are called to be there for others in Christ's love. It will be difficult in the upcoming weeks, but we will make it through together.

Deacon Jan sent me this last week that may provide comfort during this time:

Lura Steele fr ERD said she recently learned that the Prayer Book for the Armed Forces (1988) has a section entitled When You Cannot Attend Worship. It includes this prayer: 

In union, O Lord, with your faithful people at every altar of your Church, where the Holy Eucharist is now being celebrated. I desire to offer you praise and thanksgiving. I remember your death, Lord Christ; I proclaim your resurrection; I await your coming in glory. And since I cannot receive you today in the Sacrament of your Body and Blood, I beseech you to come spiritually into my heart. Cleanse and strengthen me with your grace, Lord Jesus, and let me never be separated from you. May I live in you, and you in me, in this life and the life to come. Amen.

We will continue to follow the recommendations of the Diocese, local health officials, and the CDC. Know that the safety and health of our congregation is extremely important to us, and we will continue to show God's love and presence in all that we do. Please reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns. I am here to help you in any way I can.

Jenn Landreneau CEC Senior Warden


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