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Portsmouth, New Hampshire

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Christ Episcopal Church in Portsmouth, NH and Trinity Episcopal Church in Hampton, NH entered into a Shared Ministry in November of 2011. The Shared Ministry E-News is typically sent out weekly on Thursday evenings. If you are not yet receiving the E- News and would like to receive it please sign up through the “Join Our Mailing List” link. If you ever decide you no longer wish to receive the E-News there is a link at the bottom of the email “unsubscribe.” If you like it then please forward it on to your friends.

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We welcome submissions that have a connection to the ministry of our two churches. PIease email submissions to porthamp@gmail.com or mail to the Shared Ministry office at Trinity Church, 200 High St, Hampton, NH 03842. NOTE: The deadline to send a submission is Wednesday at noon.

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News

Links to our Calendar

Click here to see our normal calendar of events. Note that most of these are currently suspended and will resume once the coronavirus emergency eases.

Vicar announces “virtual service” by Zoom conference this

Sunday

This Sunday, March 29, at 10:00 a.m., you are invited to a Zoom gathering marking the Fifth Sunday in Lent. Here’s how to connect: From your internet browser (Edge, Chrome, Firefox, etc.) click on this link: https://zoom.us/j/344450623 No computer? Dial in at the following number: 1 (929) 205-6099 When prompted, enter the Meeting ID: 344 450 623 This service will consist of the Liturgy of the Word, a meditation, prayers, and an invitation to join one another in “spiritual communion.” This is not a substitute for receiving Communion, which can never be done “virtually,” but a beautiful prayer that acknowledges the situation we are in and expresses our longing to stay in communion with our Lord and one another even though we cannot be present personally to receive the Sacrament. After the actual liturgy itself, you are invited to stay on line and join us for a “virtual coffee hour” so we can catch up with each other and keep our connections going while in-person worship is suspended.

This week’s coronavirus-related news

1. Little Blessings Child Care Center remains closed until further notice. As this means no one else is in the Christ Church building besides the Vicar, to comply with Safe Church requirements there will be no regular office hours at Christ Church until Little Blessings has reopened. The Vicar will, however, be available by appointment should the need arise, maintaining a safe distance for your well-being. 2. The staff of Little Blessings is now laid off until they can reopen. While a variety of steps are being taken to help the Center and our staff weather this, extra donations to the Vicar’s Discretionary Fund are urgently needed so we can help these valuable members of our ministry team “make ends meet” during this crisis. Please make checks payable to Christ Church, memo, “Vicar’s Discretionary Fund.” 3. As the physical setup of the Shared Ministry Office in Hobbs House is such that we can carry on without being in close physical proximity, that office remains open, subject to limitations placed upon us by local or state authorities. For now, it might be best to transact business by phone or email, limiting in-person visits to such essential tasks as check-signing. 4. The Vitality Sunday activities originally planned for this Sunday at Trinity are being rescheduled. As soon as we have a new date, we will let you know and provide information that will help you participate. 5. As it is now clear that Palm Sunday and Easter will be “virtual” services like this Sunday’s, we are not ordering Easter flowers. (Alas, it was too late to cancel our palm order…) Unless those who donated object, we will place flower offerings in the general fund of each church to help make up for lost revenue from our lack of in-person services, and publish a list of “flowerless memorials” in the Easter online bulletin. If you do object, let Nita know by email or phone. Finally, I ask your prayers for the ministry that goes on even while our public gatherings are suspended. One of the ways you can show this continued support is by continuing to make your pledge offerings as scheduled, even though you are not physically present. Staff salaries, utility costs, and other realities of our ongoing ministry remain needed. Your generosity will keep us going so we can “hit the ground running” once the full scope of our public ministry can resume. Peace in Christ,

Good Friday Offering continues…even though our liturgy

will be “virtual”

The Good Friday Offering reaches back to 1922 when, in the aftermath of World War I, The Episcopal Church sought to create new relationships with and among the Christians of the Middle East. These efforts focusing on a combination of relief work and the improvement of ecumenical and Anglican relations, the Good Friday Offering was created. The Good Friday Offering is an effective way to express support for the ministries of the four dioceses of the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East. Pastoral care, education and health care are primary ministries through which the reconciling spirit of the Christian faith serving all in need. Participation in this ministry is welcome. The generous donations of Episcopalians help the Christian presence in the Land of the Holy One to be a vital and effective force for peace and understanding among all of God’s children. To donate to the Good Friday Offering, you can write a check payable to DFMS – Protestant Episcopal Church, and mail it to P.O. Box 958983, St. Louis, MO 63195- 8983. With the likelihood of in-person services being suspended, this may be better than sending your gift to your own congregation for forwarding.
Copyright 2020 Christ Episcopal Church, 1035 Lafayette Rd., Portsmouth, NH 03801 603-436-8842
Portsmouth, New Hampshire

News

Links to our Calendar

Click here to see our normal calendar of events. Note that most of these are currently suspended and will resume once the coronavirus emergency eases.

The Shared Ministry

E-News

Christ Episcopal Church in Portsmouth, NH and Trinity Episcopal Church in Hampton, NH entered into a Shared Ministry in November of 2011. The Shared Ministry E-News is typically sent out weekly on Thursday evenings. If you are not yet receiving the E-News and would like to receive it please sign up through the "Join Our Mailing List" link. If you ever decide you no longer wish to receive the E-News there is a link at the bottom of the email "unsubscribe". If you like it then please forward it on to your friends.

Content submission

We welcome submissions that have a connection to the ministry of our two churches. PIease email submissions to porthamp@gmail.com or mail to the Shared Ministry office at Trinity Church, 200 High St, Hampton, NH 03842. NOTE: The deadline to send a submission is Wedsnesday at noon.

Vicar announces “virtual

service” by Zoom conference

this Sunday

This Sunday, March 29, at 10:00 a.m., you are invited to a Zoom gathering marking the Fifth Sunday in Lent. Here’s how to connect: From your internet browser (Edge, Chrome, Firefox, etc.) click on this link: https://zoom.us/j/344450623 No computer? Dial in at the following number: 1 (929) 205- 6099 When prompted, enter the Meeting ID: 344 450 623 This service will consist of the Liturgy of the Word, a meditation, prayers, and an invitation to join one another in “spiritual communion.” This is not a substitute for receiving Communion, which can never be done “virtually,” but a beautiful prayer that acknowledges the situation we are in and expresses our longing to stay in communion with our Lord and one another even though we cannot be present personally to receive the Sacrament. After the actual liturgy itself, you are invited to stay on line and join us for a “virtual coffee hour” so we can catch up with each other and keep our connections going while in-person worship is suspended.

This week’s coronavirus-

related news

1. Little Blessings Child Care Center remains closed until further notice. As this means no one else is in the Christ Church building besides the Vicar, to comply with Safe Church requirements there will be no regular office hours at Christ Church until Little Blessings has reopened. The Vicar will, however, be available by appointment should the need arise, maintaining a safe distance for your well-being. 2. The staff of Little Blessings is now laid off until they can reopen. While a variety of steps are being taken to help the Center and our staff weather this, extra donations to the Vicar’s Discretionary Fund are urgently needed so we can help these valuable members of our ministry team “make ends meet” during this crisis. Please make checks payable to Christ Church, memo, “Vicar’s Discretionary Fund.” 3. As the physical setup of the Shared Ministry Office in Hobbs House is such that we can carry on without being in close physical proximity, that office remains open, subject to limitations placed upon us by local or state authorities. For now, it might be best to transact business by phone or email, limiting in-person visits to such essential tasks as check-signing. 4. The Vitality Sunday activities originally planned for this Sunday at Trinity are being rescheduled. As soon as we have a new date, we will let you know and provide information that will help you participate. 5. As it is now clear that Palm Sunday and Easter will be “virtual” services like this Sunday’s, we are not ordering Easter flowers. (Alas, it was too late to cancel our palm order…) Unless those who donated object, we will place flower offerings in the general fund of each church to help make up for lost revenue from our lack of in-person services, and publish a list of “flowerless memorials” in the Easter online bulletin. If you do object, let Nita know by email or phone. Finally, I ask your prayers for the ministry that goes on even while our public gatherings are suspended. One of the ways you can show this continued support is by continuing to make your pledge offerings as scheduled, even though you are not physically present. Staff salaries, utility costs, and other realities of our ongoing ministry remain needed. Your generosity will keep us going so we can “hit the ground running” once the full scope of our public ministry can resume. Peace in Christ,

Good Friday Offering

continues…even though our

liturgy will be “virtual”

The Good Friday Offering reaches back to 1922 when, in the aftermath of World War I, The Episcopal Church sought to create new relationships with and among the Christians of the Middle East. These efforts focusing on a combination of relief work and the improvement of ecumenical and Anglican relations, the Good Friday Offering was created. The Good Friday Offering is an effective way to express support for the ministries of the four dioceses of the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East. Pastoral care, education and health care are primary ministries through which the reconciling spirit of the Christian faith serving all in need. Participation in this ministry is welcome. The generous donations of Episcopalians help the Christian presence in the Land of the Holy One to be a vital and effective force for peace and understanding among all of God’s children. To donate to the Good Friday Offering, you can write a check payable to DFMS – Protestant Episcopal Church, and mail it to P.O. Box 958983, St. Louis, MO 63195-8983. With the likelihood of in-person services being suspended, this may be better than sending your gift to your own congregation for forwarding.