As a collective body, fed by Sacrament and Word, the Mission Committee will strive to do the work of Christ in our Church community, the local community, and the world. The acts of mission in identified need will be met with monetary and physical support.
The Mission Committee membership currently includes David Cole, Susan Critz, Becky Farrar, Steve Keyser, Debbie Lewis, Sarah Beth Morrison, Trippi Penn, Mary Ruth Reynolds, Sue Rosser, Beth Sibbick, and Jane Thomasson. The meetings are held the third Thursday of the month in the Parish House at 1 p.m., with the exception of July, November and December. There is no meeting in July and the November/December meetings are combined and held the first Thursday in December. Additional membership is desired, please consider joining us!
The purpose of our church is to not only minister to our internal needs for worship and prayer but to also reach out to the community to share our faith and abundance. This offering of outreach is best be described in the stated goal – "To oversee and disburse all monies earned from the Mission Endowment Fund in a responsible and fiduciary manner". In the last year fifteen community service organizations and charities received a portion of the several thousand dollars distributed by this committee. We try to meet that obligation through various outlets.
The need at Grace Food Pantry is great! January through March 2021 we are requested to provide:
Use the Food Lion card for your shopping or give the card to Sue Rosser to shop for Grace Network. “Grace is counting on us to help keep their food pantry balanced. Thank you for supporting this outreach ministry.”
As you may know, Grace Network had to close due to the Covid-19 situation on March 20. But hopefully we will be back soon, better than ever. Our hearts go out to all of the families in our community that have suffered devastating losses both with financial loss as well as emotional loss. These are indeed challenging times.
Currently, we are partnering with Harvest Foundation, the United Way and the Henry Co. Food Pantry to bring some food relief to those in our community that have been hit so hard. Grace is among 6 locations that distributes boxes of nonperishable food to those that are in need from 9-2 every Monday.
Below is an email from Tracy at Grace Network regarding the need of volunteers.
As we move forward, we are going to need volunteers to commit to the training to join our team as there has been some volunteers that are taking this opportunity to retire that have been with us for many years.
Grace Network has been a well- respected organization and your church has been so faithful in your support and we thank you.
Let me know if you have any questions that I may answer about volunteer opportunities.
A first-stop center for distressed families in the Martinsville-Henry County area this organization is the product of the combination of many local churches and social service groups. During the past year approximately 4100 clients were served with financial assistance, food donations, heating and electricity grants, hygiene supplies and homeless help. Our parishioners help as on site volunteers, donate food and supplies and the church gives a regular financial contribution.
Please place all items in the Grace Network red wagon in the Narthex or the designated box in the office.
You may also take donations directly to Grace Network at 16 Liberty Street Extension. Their hours are Monday through Friday, 9AM - 12:30PM, and Thursday 4 - 7PM. Use your grocery cards to benefit the church and Grace Network. Don't have time to shop? Sue Rosser will be happy to help you.
Perhaps the centerpiece of our outreach ministry is the monthly free community meal we prepare and serve to all who want or need a delicious hot meal. Typically we will serve 80 to 100 guests each last Wednesday of the month. This offering has been a part of our parish life for nearly fifteen years when we were one of the first to serve regular meals. Now well over ten churches in Martinsville offer free meals on a regular basis giving life to our appellation “Loaves and Fishes”. The meal is served from 5:00 to 5:45 p.m. in the as a bi-weekly drive-through in the Parish House parking lot.
Please volunteer to cook, serve, or wash dishes. You will enjoy being a part of this valuable outreach ministry. You may volunteer by phoning David Cole at 276-732-8891 and ask how you may be of assistance. Desserts are always needed.
Duing this time of Coronavirus, we are offering bi-weekly take-out only meals. Pick up your meal in the Parish House parking lot on Wednesdays between 5:00 and 5:45PM. To cover the cost of the increased meals, the Misson Committee is offering assistance. Should you like to financially help, your assistance would be welcome!
Next drive-through meal will be offered on January 20, 2021.
Christ Church regularly supports the annual United Thank Offering ingathering and the work it underwrites. The focus of the offering is Love, Joy, Hope, and Grace expressed in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. By connecting our prayers and offerings for positive change, we are helping to transform society towards peace and reconciliation. Let us continue!
Generosity leads to charity and forgiveness. "Give to others, and God will give to you. Indeed, you will receive a full measure, a generous helping, poured into your hands - all that you can hold. The measure you use for others is the one that God will use for you." Luke 6:38
Let us match our coins in the blue box with our prayers of thanksgiving and hope. Let us share the many blessings that the Lord has given us, so that those who benefit will continue God's work in their communities and improve the lives of others.
Each Advent, a Christmas tree is erected in the narthex with cardboard ornament “Angels” that supply the name, age and suggested gift for children whose parents are incarcerated. Parishioners are asked to select an angel or more to supply an appropriate gift. On the weekend before Christmas we host a party for the children in the Parish House where the gifts are distributed and refreshments are served. The youth of the parish are participants by helping with the purchase of gifts, wrapping packages, and making certain all requests are met.
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10:30 AM: Holy Eucharist, Rite II