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Holy Week at St. Christopher’s

Palm Sunday – April 10

   10 am: Blessing of Palms and Holy Eucharist

Tuesday in Holy Week – April 12

    Noon: Healing Service (no Eucharist)

Maundy Thursday – April 14

    7 pm: Washing of Hands and Holy Eucharist

Good Friday – April 15

    7 pm: Stations of the Cross

Easter Day – April 17

    10 am —  Festival Holy Eucharist

    11 am —  Easter Egg Hunt

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St. Christopher Episcopal Church

ANNUAL MEETING

Sunday, January 30, 2022 

St. Christopher Episcopal Church

1501 N. Broad Street

Fairborn, OH  45324

Email:  office@stchrisfairborn.org

Web page:  stchrisfairborn.org

Agenda

11 am, Sunday, January 30, 2022

  1. Call to Order and Opening Prayer
  2. Appointment of Secretary
  3. Minutes of 2021 Annual Meeting
  4. Nominations for Vestry and Delegates

Report of the Nominating Committee: Hayward Learn and Millie Roach

Election of Senior Warden and Vestry members by acclamation.

Report on results of the online election of Convention Delegates 
and Alternates

  • Finance Report – Robin Jones and Hayward Learn 

Review of 2021

Presentation of 2022 budget as approved by the Vestry

  • Receive Written Reports
  • Priest-in-Charge Report
  • Other Business and Questions 

Adjournment with Closing Prayer and Dismissal

St. Christopher Episcopal Church

Annual Report for year 2021

Contents

Report Name                                                                 Page Number

Nominating Committee Report………………………………………………………………………….. 4

2021 Vestry………………………………………………………………………………………………… 4

Nominations for Vacancies…………………………………………………………………………. 4

Nominations for 2022 Diocesan Convention Delegates and Alternates……….. 4

Senior Warden’s Annual Report for 2021………………………………………………………….. 5

Junior Warden’s Annual Report for 2021………………………………………………………….. 7

St. Christopher’s Youth Group Report for 2021………………………………………………… 8

Priest-in-Charge Report for 2021………………………………………………………………………. 9

Minutes from St. Christopher’s Annual Meeting 2021………………………………………. 9

St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church Financial Statement…………………………………. 11

St. Christopher’s 2022 Budget………………………………………………………………………… 12

St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church   Treasurer’s Report 2021   Robin Smith….. 14

“Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more 
than we can ask or imagine.”  Ephesians 3:20.

Nominating Committee Report

2021 Vestry

Senior Warden                 Hayward Learn                 Term to expire January 2022

Junior Warden                  Cindy Feltz                      Term to expire January 2024

Member at Large              Millie Roach                    Term to expire January 2022

Member at Large              Andrea Haberecht             Term to expire January 2023

Member at Large              David Manship                 Term to expire January 2024

Member at Large              Ed Smith                         Term to expire January 2024

Treasurer                         Robin Jones                                        Indefinite Term

Nominations for Vacancies

Senior Warden                 Hayward Learn                 Term to expire January 2025

Vestry Member at Large    Millie Roach                    Term to expire January 2023

Vestry Member at Large    Mary Donnellan               Term to expire January 2025

Vestry Member at Large    Dan Snavely                    Term to expire January 2025

Nominations for 2022 Diocesan Convention Delegates and Alternates

  • Derick Faller
  • Lauren Faller
  • Cindy Feltz
  • Ann Foster
  • Alan Haberecht
  • Andrea Haberecht
  • Hayward Learn
  • Gordon Walbroehl

 

Senior Warden’s Annual Report for 2021

Hayward Learn

Good heavens!! What was that?  

That, my friends, was the year 2020 er, no, that was the year 2021.  Now in all my years I have to say, I thought I would never experience anything like the year 2020 but I must say, 2021 did its best to catch up. I’m not going to try to describe the year because you all were right there with me so let’s talk about things that went right. 

One very significant thing that happened was St. Christopher continued in the high technology age. Although we cautiously returned to in-church services, all of our services from Easter to the end of the year were broadcast over Facebook live.  Thanks to this technological approach to church, we can confidently say that no one got sick as a result of coming to church.  Also, of some significance, we found that many persons continued to view our online services who were not members of St. Christopher. 

Surprisingly, unlike many churches, our giving remained steady and as a result, we again finished the year in a much more financially healthy position than estimated at the beginning of last year.  Before we get too pleased though, realize that our program expenses continued to be low because we continued to cut back significantly on our programs. Had we enjoyed a normal church year, (whatever that looks like) we might have finished the year in negative figures.  Folks, we, like most mainline churches, are no longer wholly supporting ourselves.  As you will see elsewhere in this report, we are entering 2022 with a deficit budget again.  Many program events continued to be intentionally cut and we based the budget on the assumption that we would not be returning to full, in-person church services until later in the year when the COVID vaccine had lessened the risk of being together. Even after we returned to in-church services, we went to the extreme of having coffee hour outside under a tent. Folks, we are trying to be good stewards of our money but, unfortunately, expenses such as utilities, taxes, payroll, supplies, and equipment costs continue to rise, especially as inflation rears its ugly head.  At the same time, our giving remains relatively level.  I would ask that if you comfortably can, you consider raising your church pledges and other forms of giving a little bit.  We, your vestry and wardens, meanwhile will continue to look at further cost cutting activities.

Well, on that downer, let’s take a look at some of the other actives and efforts upon which we can look proudly. Sunday school continued for our younger members thanks to the efforts of Gail Stauffer, Cindy Feltz, and Barry Kelley.  When the youth were unable to attend these three worked out packages that could be delivered to the youth’s home. The Tuesday prayer services continued first via Zoom and then, after we opened church at Easter, by in-person and zoom technology. Thanks Father John and Cindy Feltz for your leadership there. For the physical plant, we secured a contract to trim our trees so the church and the illuminated cross could be seen from the road and fewer leafs would clog our gutters.

One of our goals has been to continue to let our physical plant in the form of our parish hall be available for outside interests rather than let it remain fallow throughout the week. I’m pleased to say we have a number of outside groups using our hall. Our Hall continues to be used by an organization called Champion Force Athletics with a cheer-leading group on Monday evenings. Another group called Independent Martial Arts holds a Karate self-defense class on Thursdays. These organizations work with youth who for some reason or the other are not able to participate in community or school programs. This is the fifth year for Champion Force and to our benefit, they pay a fee every time they use our parish hall. We also support the local Blood drive people twice a year in providing them a location to set up and draw this gift of life.

As I said last year, one area in which I continue to feel we need to work is our organized ministries both inside and outside the church.  We have a number of on-going, and, let me hasten to say very important ministries performed by one or two of our people at a time, but those ministries bear the names of other organizations. We have no significant ministry in place to which we can point and say, “This is us; this is St. Christopher’s”. What say we get our heads together and see if we can come up with a niche ministry that is both necessary and that can bear our name. One ministry I have heard bantered about is a widow’s support group that could first support many of our ladies here in church and then after it gets going, open it to the community. Perhaps a ministry of our own would advertise our church in such a way as to attract new members and as I indicated earlier, we can use all the members we can gain.

One last area I would like to touch on is church heroes.  These are people who give of their time for the benefit of the church with no apparent reward for their efforts.  There are Ed and Carol Smith who stepped up each week to serve as tellers and have further volunteered to be our Pledge Clerks. While recognizing them I also thank Ed Smith and Gail Stauffer’s son John who spent many hours on our riding lawn mower keeping our grounds looking like we care. Dan Snavely has been quietly making physical plant repairs and upgrades around the church.  Alan Haberecht and Lauren Faller have continued the task of updating our electronic sign on an on-going effort to keep it current. And both Alan Haberecht and Chester Howes have become experts on running our Facebook live camera, projection, and sound equipment to both broadcast our service to the world and support our in-church hands off the books experience.  (Don’tcha just love COVID?)  Dereck Faller assumed the role of our investment chief and has successfully invested some of our church money into interest bearing investments that have already shown significant positive growth well over that of savings and checking accounts. And Finally both Lauren Faller and Andrea Haberecht who come into the church routinely and at varying times to sign checks so our staff and merchants can get paid. Andrea Haberecht has also been doing the preponderance of Altar Guild duties, many times unseen during the week. Hats off too to Cindy and John Feltz who have done several repair and cleaning and transplanting tasks around the church. Let’s not forget Paul Reichert and Becky Wood who for the umpteenth time served as our church auditors enabling us to get our audit in on time so we could have voice and vote at the annual Diocesan Convention. Don’t forget too, our gardening Committee; Anne Sidney, Cindy Feltz, and Ed Smith, who have gone out of their way to secure contractors to trim our trees and possibly in the future redo our church gardens to make them an area of our grounds of which we can be proud. I also include here a shout out to our Prayer Warriors.  Meeting every Tuesday, they pray for those of our congregation who are ill or experiencing some kind of turbulence in their lives. They pray for the church family and the church family’s friends and families. And let’s not forget our Greeters and Ushers who make people feel welcome upon entering the friendliest church in the Miami Valley as well as maintaining order as people find seats and progress to the altar rail for communion. And although we missed them most of the year, we thank Melody and our wonderful choir who presented us with such good music for Christmas and thereafter. There are more heroes but these are the ones of whom I am aware or just plain can’t remember.  Thank you all of you for jobs well done.

Hayward Learn

 

 

 

Junior Warden’s Annual Report for 2021

Cindy Feltz

The Junior Warden acts as a regular member of Vestry and participates in all Vestry meetings and activities.

In addition, the Junior Warden at St. Christopher’s is responsible for leading the yearly pledge Sunday which occurred on October 24, 2021.

The term Stewardship – taking care of – became the theme.  To a degree we re-enacted “Bringing in the Sheaves” JOYFULLY!

And, as true to form, the good people of St. Christopher’s responded generously.  Now, we must proceed to share the Good News in our many different ways through worship, education, fellowship, outreach, and Christian care.  We received 38 pledges totaling $103,000.

Thank-you for being such loving, caring people as we move forward as a joyful church.

Sincerely,

Cindy Feltz

 

 

St. Christopher’s Youth Group Report for 2021

Hayward Learn 

This year our Youth Group staggered a bit. 

As you all know, this year we continued in lock down due to COVID and its derivatives. Although we opened the church at Easter, we did not participate as groups in church or Diocesan activities. As a result and unfortunately we had to forfeit the many activities in which we normally participate. We gave up a rebuild Dayton activity, an Adopt a Park Activity, our annual Easter Egg Hunt, a summer mission trip, our annual canoe and camping trip, our annual Halloween party, and our annual New Year’s Eve overnight/ bowling party.  Bummer Dude!

Regardless, the young people in our group are smart, independent, and known throughout the diocese.  Our newer members have been participating as acolytes at the altar and before long they will be Lectors, Chalice Bearers, and Ushers you see every Sunday and we love them.

In spite of our disastrous youth year, I want to recognize you, the congregation.  Without your support, both morally and financially, we would have a mediocre program.  It is your support and participation that shows our kids that they are all members of a much larger, loving family.  It is your support that will stick with our kids as they go off to college and beyond.  God bless you all.

Hayward Learn

Priest-in-Charge Report for 2021

John S. Paddock

Remarks will be presented at the meeting.

Minutes from St. Christopher’s Annual Meeting 2021

St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church

Fairborn, Ohio

Annual Meeting Minutes – January 31, 2021

Called to Order Online Via Zoom:  The Rev. Father John Paddock opened meeting at 12:00 pm with prayer asking for God’s grace and courage as we renew the mission of the church.

Clerk: Anne Sidney was appointed secretary for the meeting.  

By-law Amendment to Permit On-line Meetings

The Diocesan Chancellor (lawyer) recommends that all congregations adopt this by-law amendment. The following was moved, seconded and the motion carried to add Section 9 to Article VI:

“Meetings of members of the congregation, of the vestry and of other committees within the congregation may occur in person, by digital or virtual means, or by a combination thereof, subject to implementing reasonable measures to allow each participating person to hear (or otherwise be informed about) comments and information available to those attending in person and to participate by voice or other means of oral or written communication available to those attending in person.”

Minutes: It was moved and seconded that the 2020 minutes be approved.  Motion passed.

Nominations for Vestry and Delegates:

  • Cindy Feltz was nominated for Junior Warden to fill a term that ends in 2024. David Manship and Ed Smith were nominated for three-year Vestry terms that also end in 2024.  It was moved and seconded that all three candidates be elected by acclamation.  Motion passed.
  • Delegates and alternates to the convention. Voting was done via a website over several days leading up to the meeting. Members were provided with User ID’s and Passcodes. A single paper ballot was cast in the Parish Hall. The following were elected:
  • Convention Delegates: Andrea Haberecht, Lauren Faller, Hayward Learn, and Derick Faller
  • Alternate Delegates: Becky Wood, Kathy Smith, Chester Howes, and Anna Foster

Finance:  Robin Jones, treasurer, reporting

  • Review of 2020.
  • In 2020, the church income was $18,215.19 more than expenses.
  • Church assets (cash and investments) were $331.012.
  • Presentation of 2021 budget as approved by Vestry.
  • Budget projects a deficit of $5,080.07 

Written Reports: The Annual Report was made available online and contained a number of written reports and financial data. It was moved, seconded, and the motion passed to receive the written reports.

Senior Warden Comments: Hayward Learn reviewed some the main accomplishments of the past COVID year. With a grant from the Diocese, we re-surfaced the parking lot. With a special gift and insurance compensation for our church sign that was damaged in the spring by high winds, a new “digital” sign was erected. Hayward reviewed our financial situation and thanked a number of people for their service to the congregation and the community.

Priest-in-charge:

Father John reviewed this past COVID year, the difficult decision to close for in-person worship, the struggles so many have had with the Pandemic. He thanked the congregation for our willingness to adopt Facebook Live and to shift to online coffee hours, Healing services, and Zoom Theology. He led us in prayer for the ill and the grieving. And he looked forward to the availability of vaccines and warmer weather which might allow for some in-person worship and gatherings.

Closing Prayer and Dismissal:  Father John Paddock asked God to bless us and send us out as the community of St. Christopher.

Faithfully submitted,

Anne Sidney

St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church Financial Statement

St. Christopher’s 2022 Budget

St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church 
Treasurer’s Report 2021   Robin Jones

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FROM THE PRIEST’S LAPTOP…
We had our final in-person service of the year on Tuesday noon with a good attendance of ten people. It was also our final in-person, face-to-face service until Sunday, January 30, when we hope to re-gather at 10 am and follow that with our Annual Parish Meeting. I say “hope to re-gather”, understanding that we’ll need to re-evaluate given the state of the Pandemic in our area. But that is our goal: January 30.

As stated in the past, please do not hesitate to contact me in case of any pastoral concerns. Our Sunday and Tuesday worship will continue online at the links provided below. I am available to share Holy Communion at home with anyone who requests it
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Kay Mitchell, our parish secretary, will be having more flexible hours during January as she will have fewer in-house duties. If you need to get into the church, please call ahead or leave a message on the answering machine or email Kay at secretary@stchrisfairborn.org.

A word about our wonderful outdoor digital sign. It is not working! But it isn’t the sign itself. There is a break in the electric line that runs to it underground. An electrician will be coming to investigate and fix the problem, but with the holidays and busy schedules, it may take another week or two.

With best wishes for a loving, safe, and happy New Year, I am
Faithfully yours,The Rev. John Paddock

Sunday Worship, 10 am, Facebook Livehttps://www.facebook.com/stchristophersfairborn/
Zoom Coffee Hour, Sundays at 10 am:https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89060595248
Tuesday Healing Services on Zoom, Noon: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82057354401
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Raffle

RAFFLE, RAFFLE, RAFFLE!
St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church is raffling off two tickets to the September 25, Ohio State home football game against The University of Akron. The tickets are to be used to raise funds for local outreach and mission.  The proceeds will support Fairborn FISH. We hope to encourage people from the wider network of churches and others in the Fairborn community who support FISH to participate in the raffle. If you aren’t interested in OSU football or are unable to attend, we bet that that you have a family member, friend, or neighbor who would love to be gifted with two tickets to the game on September 25. Details follow.
Raffle for TWO TICKETS
THE The Ohio State University Buckeyes
Saturday, September 25, 2021 home game against theUniversity of Akron Zips 

Cost per chance: $25.00
No limit to number of chances per participant.
All proceeds to benefit Fairborn Fish 

Raffle chances can be purchased through St Christopher’s Episcopal Church, Fairborn, either by (preferred) using the Church’s secure online giving portal https://stchrisfairborn.org/giving/. Choose the “Other” fund and type in “Football Tickets” ($25 per chance for two tickets). You will then be prompted to add Payment information (Credit/Debit card), and email address.

Or you can send a check and your email address to the church at: St Christopher’s Episcopal Church,
PO Box 1026, Fairborn, OH 45324(Deadline for our receiving mailed checks is Friday, Sept. 17) The drawing will be held Sunday, September 19, 2021 following the 10 am service. The winner will be notified by email that day, and your tickets will be emailed by September 21. (OSU is using only electronic ticketing and that’s why we need your email address).
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eLantern for June 23, 2021

FROM THE PRIEST
Last week the Diocese of Southern Ohio revised the guidelines for in-person worship. Most of the precautions and limitations have been removed, leaving it to clergy and Vestries to decide how to apply them at the congregational level. At Sunday’s meeting, the Wardens and Vestry reviewed the revised guidelines and here are our decisions.
Masks
The guideline reads, “No mask is required for any person who is fully vaccinated. Masks are required for persons who are unvaccinated or in the presence of persons who are not able to be vaccinated, such as children or the immunocompromised.”
At St. Christopher’s we will reserve the front four pews on the Epistle side (the right side as one faces the altar) for individuals or groups who voluntarily wish to distance and wear masks. Others who are fully vaccinated will be able to sit in any of the other pews, masked or unmasked as they choose.
We will not require proof of vaccination. We trust the people of our parish to love their neighbors and to do what is best for the common good and for the protection of those who may be vulnerable.
Communion
The diocesan guidelines now allow for full communion using the common cup. However, we feel that it is too soon to allow for this. We need to obtain a second silver chalice and to determine how best to protect the vulnerable. We will revisit this at the August Vestry meeting. In the meantime, we will continue to have Holy Communion in one kind (bread) only.
Capacity and Choral Singing
We will return to full capacity (with distancing requirements in the first four pews on the Epistle side).We will resume processing and recessing behind the cross.Choral Singing without masks is permitted.We will continue to refrain from passing the collection plate.Regular sanitation practices should continue to be followed.
Coffee Hours and Receptions
Diocesan guidelines read, “Coffee hours and receptions can be resumed. However, if food is served, it is recommended that items be individually wrapped or provide a server for buffets to avoid common utensils.”
At St. Christopher’s we will resume coffee hours on Sunday, July 11. This will give us time to obtain disposable cups and to plan details about food. Please keep an eye out for further information.
If you have comments or suggestions regarding these parish guidelines, please contact me and/or the Wardens, Hayward Learn and Cindy Feltz.
Faithfully,John Paddock
Holy Eucharist at 10 am—in-person and on Facebook Live.
Healing and Holy Eucharist, Tuesday at noon, in-person.
SUNDAY, JUNE 27, 5th Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 8B Service Details
THE READINGS
2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27Psalm 130, p. 7842 Corinthians 8:7-15Mark 5:21-43(Clicking the above links will redirect you to the full reading at https://www.lectionarypage.net/)
Prayers of the People: Form II, p. 585Eucharistic Prayer A, p. 361
THE PRAYER LIST
Bob and Lois, Eleanor, Toni and Ed, Judy, Debbie, Steve, Melissa, Aaron, Jessye, Dorothy, Camden, Chuyi, David, Nora, Evelio, Dee, Stephen, Kim, Dora, Barb, Quinn, Alma, Cindy, Patty, Cathy, Betty T., Mel, Kelli, Linda, Mark, Angie, Joanne, and Anthony.
BEAR WITH US
Returning to in-person worship for some and sharing the service with others on Facebook presents us with some challenges. This “Hybrid Church” creates some pitfalls as the requirements of online are often different from those of in-person experience. As we live into this new reality, we will be experimenting in various ways.
One of those is to shorten the service a bit by having only one lesson (Old Testament or Epistle) rather than both. Due to many factors, we have fewer people to serve the altar and read the lessons, so this will help in that regard.
Before COVID, we had Worship Leaders, Lectors, Chalice Bearers, and Acolytes in addition to clergy. Ed Smith is continually reminding us to KIS (Keep It Simple). So with that as a goal, we will:
Discontinue the term “Worship Leader” and the role. The Episcopal Church has a category of lay minister called a “Worship Leader”. However, these people complete a course of training and are licensed by the Bishop to lead worship when clergy are unavailable. But St. Christopher’s does not have any such trained and licensed folk. So it’s confusing. Let’s just let it go.
Each week we will have a “Vested Lector” who will lead the Psalm and the Prayers of the People. This person may also serve as crucifer, server, and/or Lay Eucharistic Minister.
We will discontinue the term “Chalice Bearer”. Back in the day, this term was used for laity who served the wine. But a number of years ago, the Episcopal Church started to use the term “Lay Eucharistic Minister” (LEM). LEM’s are authorized to distribute both bread and wine. At the moment, we are not sharing the wine. Should the need arise, a LEM may distribute the bread. We will train “Vested Lectors” to be LEM’s if they are not already.
Unvested lectors will read the lesson each week. They will come up from the congregation to read. In order to make it move more quickly for the “online congregation”, we ask that the unvested lectors come forward during the Collect of the Day or even earlier in order that they be ready to read immediately after the Collect.
All participants are encouraged to be ready to go as soon as their role is required. This will help reduce any “downtime” during the service. This is especially important for the online participants.
The appropriate response at the end of a lesson is “Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church” or “The Word of the Lord.” Nothing is generally added at the conclusion of the Psalm.
Psalms are read “Antiphonally by half verse”, “Antiphonally by whole verse”, “In unison”. On some occasions the Psalms may be chanted, but that will take careful preparation with the choir.
We will continue to change as we adapt to COVID regulations, available personnel and other circumstances. We will begin implementing some of these changes beginning in July. I invite people who are assigned to a particular role to come at 9:30 on the Sunday they are assigned in order to go over everything before the service.
—John Paddock
An in-person meet and greet with Bishop Smith will be held on July 10. Watch for more information!
Please contact Parish Secretary, Kay Mitchell, to sign-up to donate Altar Flowers. Please specify the date you are requesting. Hollon Flowers will provide two altar arrangements for $25; please make your payment two weeks before your requested date.Have you tried St. Christopher’s online giving site? St. Christopher’s has partnered with Shelby Systems to develop an online giving site for donors to make their gifts to St. Christopher’s electronically. Use this link or the button below, marked Donate to St. Christopher’s, to access the giving site. For more information and details see the article on our website, here.
Happy Birthday to:
Becky Wood on July 6, Jamie Faller on July 9, Tyson Jones on July 20, Diane Cannon on July 26
Happy Anniversary to:
Brooke and John Blackman on July 2
FISH FAIRBORN NEWS
FISH Fairborn recently debuted their new website at: www.fishfairborn.com. On that website is up-to-date news about FISH as well as a list of immediate pantry needs.
On June 25, a mobile health unit will be at the pantry from 1-4pm providing COVID vaccinations to anyone eligible who wants one. Pre-registration is not necessary.
At this time Fish Fairborn urgently needs: Jelly and cereal. Adult Depends (Size XL and Large)
By category other needs include:Basic Foods: Hearty soups, stews, peanut butter and jelly, macaroni and cheeseMeat/High Protein Group: Canned meats, canned fish, nuts and seeds, rice and beansBreads, Cereals & Pasta: Hot and cold breakfast cereals, baking mixes, pasta and canned saucesDairy Group: Puddings and custardsFruits and Vegetables: Canned fruits, canned juices, canned vegetablesOther Items: Cat and dog foodNon-Food Household Products: Toilet paper, bar soap, diapers, personal care products such as deodorant, shampoo, laundry soap, etc
Monetary donations to FISH Fairborn can always be sent to FISH Fairborn, P.O. Box 1484. Fairborn, Ohio 45324. Of course, anything you can give helps. Items donated at St.C’s are collected and delivered to FISH once weekly, either Tuesdays or Fridays.
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Information about In-Person Sunday Worship

What to Expect
In order to maintain proper distancing during Sunday worship, there are a limited number of seats available. Call today to reserve a seat at 937-878-5614 or email office@stchrisfairborn.org. Details about what to expect follow below. Service will also be online on Facebook Live.

What to do and expect when returning to Sunday in-person worship:

-Make a reservation.
-Dress appropriately for the weather since windows and doors will be open.
-Plan to arrive early so that we have time to admit people at the door, one individual or pod at a time.
-Wear a mask covering both nose and mouth. We have extra masks for those who may need one.
-Once inside, your temperature will be taken with a no-touch thermometer.
-We will sign you in and make certain that your contact information is correct in case we need to do contact tracing.
-An usher will seat you, filling from the front to the back. (Two pews near the back will be reserved for larger pods).
-Offering plates will not be passed. They will be on a table or stand near the back of the church.
-There will be instrumental music only. No Singing!
-Ushers will release one individual or pod at a time to go forward for Holy Communion.
-The priest, deacon, or Lay Eucharistic Minister will drop the bread into your hand as you stand. Then return to your pew before consuming it.
-When the worship is finished, ushers will release each individual or pod one at a time, beginning from the back of the church.
-There will be no coffee hour. And worshippers will be encouraged to go directly to their cars without visiting in the parking lot.
-For those who will be watching on Facebook Live from home, we have obtained new equipment so that you can get a better viewing experience. Please be patient as video and sound operators learn to be comfortable with the equipment and software.
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New Online Giving Site Activated

Early in the pandemic, the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio developed and provided an online giving site so that southern Ohio parishes could continue to receive donations that previously would have been collected during services. The diocese has asked that parishes who have found the online giving site a help, establish their own similar sites. After discussion with the vestry, St. Christopher’s has set up an online giving site similar to the one the diocese provided.

There are several ways a donor can access the online giving site:

  • A “button” has been added in your eLantern. Near the bottom of this newsletter is a block of buttons, the top button reads, Donate to St. Christopher’s. If you click the button, you will be redirected to the giving site.
  • When accessing the St. Christopher’s website, a button is located near the top, right of the page that says Give Online. Clicking the button will redirect you to the giving site.
  • You may access the giving site directly by entering this web address into your browser’s search bar: https://stchrisfairborn.org/giving/
  • A free app can be downloaded to your tablet or smartphone that will link you directly to the St. Christopher’s online giving site. To find the app, search your App Store (Apple or Android), the App is called “Shelby Giving” and the app icon will look similar to one of the icons below.
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When making a donation from the St. Christopher’s online giving site a nominal processing fee will be incurred. Paying the processing fee is completely optional, you may choose to help St. Christopher’s by paying the fee or not. Processing fees for bank transfers (ACH payments) are 75¢ [cents] each and fees for payments made through a credit card are $1 each.

For help or more information about online giving, contact Hayward Learn or Andrea Haberecht.

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Holy Week

Maundy Thursday (April 1), 7 pm. Holy Eucharist. Also on Facebook Live.


Good Friday (April 2)

  • Noon: Good Friday Liturgy in church and online
  • 1-6: Church open for self-guided Stations of the Cross and prayer

Easter (April 4), 10 am, Live and online. Reservations required. See Palm Sunday above.

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Palm Sunday and Easter

GET READY FOR IN-PERSON SUNDAY WORSHIP
On March 28, 2021, we will return to in-person Sunday worship at 10 am. In order to maintain proper distancing, there are a limited number of seats available. Call today to reserve a seat for Palm Sunday and/or Easter at 937-878-5614 or email to office@stchrisfairborn.org. Let us know how many people will be with you or if you will be alone. Details about what to expect follow below. Services will also be online on Facebook Live.

What to do and expect regarding return to Sunday in-person worship:

–Make a reservation.
–Dress appropriately for the weather since windows and doors will be open.Plan to arrive early so that we have time to admit people at the door, one individual or pod at a time.
–Wear a mask covering both nose and mouth. We have extra masks for those who may need one.
–Once inside, your temperature will be taken with a no-touch thermometer.
–We will sign you in and make certain that your contact information is correct in case we need to do contact tracing.
–An usher will seat you, filling from the front to the back. (Two pews near the back will be reserved for larger pods).
–Offering plates will not be passed. They will be on a table or stand near the back of the church.There will be instrumental music only. No Singing!
–The service will be shorter than usual.
–Ushers will release one individual or pod at a time to go forward for Holy Communion. The priest or deacon will drop the bread into your hand as you stand. Then return to your pew before consuming it.
–Blessed palms on Palm Sunday will be available for pick up when worshippers come forward for communion.
–When the worship is finished, ushers will release each individual or pod one at a time, beginning from the back of the church.
–There will be no coffee hour. And worshippers will be encouraged to go directly to their cars without visiting in the parking lot.
–For those who will be watching on Facebook Live from home, we have obtained new equipment so that you can get a better viewing experience. Please be patient as video and sound operators learn to be comfortable with the equipment and software.
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Plan For Return to Worship

PLAN FOR RETURN TO WORSHIP AT ST. CHRISTOPHER’S

The Priest-in Charge, Warden’s and Vestry have agreed with this tentative plan for face-to-face worship at St. Christopher’s. All Sunday services will be streamed on Facebook Live. Tuesday noon worship will also be on Zoom.

  • Tuesday Healing Services will resume on March 9 at noon. We will use these small services to test out safe practices and practice sharing Holy Communion with proper distancing, following Diocesan guidelines.
  • We will return to Sunday worship on Palm Sunday, March 28, at 10 a.m., asking that people register their intention to attend in advance, limiting attendance so that we can maintain proper distancing. We will also follow this plan for Easter Day (April 4). If necessary, we will add an additional service at noon.
  • Holy Week services on Maundy Thursday (April 1), Good Friday (April 2) will also be conducted. 
  • Masking will be required of all attendees along with proper distancing. Masks and hand-sanitizers will be provided to those who do not have them. Windows will be open to enhance ventilation, so dress appropriately for the weather. Instrumental music will be provided, but there will be no singing. Holy Communion will be offered in one kind (meaning bread only). Details for receiving Communion will be sent later. Offering plates will not be passed but will be available on a table to receive your offerings.
  • We would like to reiterate that the safest form of worship during these times is staying home to worship virtually. As a church, we are a place to provide for spiritual needs; however, we understand and respect the decision to stay home during these uncertain times. 
  • Better cameras and other equipment will be obtained to enhance participation for those watching on Facebook Live. Please bear with us as we learn how to operate it effectively. In addition to our own church members, there are people who join us on Facebook every week from both the local community and even abroad. It is our plan to continue to stream the worship even when we can move beyond the Pandemic protocols.
  • Once the weather improves, Father Paddock will offer to bring Holy Communion to anyone who desires to receive it. There are also Diocesan protocols for keeping people safe in that circumstance.
  • For the time-being we will not have coffee hours. Adult Forums in the Parish Hall at 9 am will resume on the Second Sunday of Easter (April 11). 
  • As we get closer to opening, more details will be shared. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Father Paddock or the Wardens, Hayward Learn and Cindy Feltz.
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