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Prayer for our Country: Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage: We humbly beseech thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of thy favor and glad to do thy will. Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in thy Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that, through obedience to thy law, we may show forth thy praise among the nations of the earth. In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in thee to fail; all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Announcements

We would like to inform parishioners that our beloved Lettie Trevarthan has cancer which cannot be treated. For now she is continuing to be out and about as much as possible, including attending Mass on the Grass. Lettie would welcome your prayers and greetings. Please contact the church office if you need her address or phone number.

Black Episcopalians welcome all to four-day virtual revival

The Union of Black Episcopalians (UBE) invites all to join a virtual churchwide revival July 27-30 that will feature stirring music, testimonies, learning, and messages from Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and others.

For four nights, Black Episcopalians will lead the Episcopal Church in worship and preaching, focusing on the following themes inspired by the hymn Lift Every Voice and Sing: gifts from the past, challenges in the present, and promise for the future. All services will be livestreamed.

For more information click here.

Baptisms:


Mother Elizabeth will be holding baptisms in August. If you have a child or family member you would like to have baptized, please contact the office. Thank you.
Mother Elizabeth will be out of the office during the following dates:
July 28th—August 6th.

If you have an emergency or need pastoral care, please contact the office, Deacon Kay, or Father Jim.

ROOF/ CROSS REPAIRWE NEED YOUR HELP!


Work to repair the cross and capstones is set to begin mid July. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this project. We are continuing our fund-raising campaign through September.

Donations and pledges of over $40,000 have been received to date!!! Your generosity is GREATLY appreciated. In addition, we have been informed that the Foundation of the Diocese has accepted our application and has awarded us a $5000, which we have just received.

The Vestry has approved and signed a contract with Lupini Construction and a start date in September has been agreed upon. The start date may be moved to a closer date if Lupini Construction is able to do so. Exciting times are ahead! Thank you again for all your support and generosity!

Upcoming Events

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Saturday Worship at 5:00 p.m.

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost:
In-person worship service outdoors on the lawn. We will follow proper social distancing protocol during the service. Masks are optional but encouraged for those who wish to wear them. Leashed pets are welcome to attend!

Sunday Worship at 10:00 a.m.

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost:
In-person worship service Live-streamed via Youtube at 10:00 a.m. *

Moving forward we will be livestreaming and recording the Sunday worship service on directly to our YouTube channel. Zoom meetings will no longer be available for the Sunday service. If you wish to view our Sunday service, you can go directly to our YouTube page to watch any time at your convivence. *
Restrictions for indoor worship services have been lifted, however all participants will remain in place during passing of the Peace. Safe greetings such as bowing and waving are encouraged.

No offering plate will be passed. Gifts will be collected online or in plates placed near the Church entrance.

Parking in the Metro Center parking lot is available. Press the button and take a ticket to enter. Please leave the entry ticket in the car so that it is readily available when exiting. Ushers will provide a ticket which you will need to exit. Both tickets will be needed in order to exit.

However you choose to worship with us, in-person or virtually, you are fully part of the community. We understand your choice may shift from week to week. Thank you for your patience and support throughout these trying times.

Reader Schedule Through Pentecost

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Bible study is on break for the summer and will resume in the fall!

Pledges & Donations

PLEASE KEEP YOUR PLEDGES CURRENT

COVID-19 Does Not Prevent us From Receiving Bills!

2021 Pledges: In these disruptive, extraordinary times, Christ Church has had to re-evaluate its financial outlook for next year as a result of declining income over the past six+ months. In addition to a decline in contributions, we have lost income from church services (e.g., weddings, Cabaret, rummage sales, rentals of facility, and space utilization.) We expect this will continue in 2021, causing a financial operating shortfall of approximately $90,000.

In addition, we are faced with a substantial expense for roof repair work. Fortunately, some part of this potential cost will be covered by funds which have already been set aside.

Please consider helping us fill the substantial financial gap facing us as you make or pay your pledge for 2021.
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Pledges and other donations can be mailed to the church. If you do not have envelopes, we will use the name on your check.

Please note our online donations are up and running. You can donate via our website at www.christepiscopalbing.com/donate/. With thanks to Ryan Davis, you can now simply click donate to send your pledge or other special donations. You can donate specifically to CHOW, Katie's Closet, the Rector's Discretionary Fund and Cross/Roof Repair. A big THANK YOU to those who already have!

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When you're shopping on amazon go to smile.amazon.com and list "Christ Church Binghamton" as your charity of choice. The Church will receive .5 % of your purchase!
Amazon informed us that almost $5000 has been given to Christ Church from your purchases since its program began. THANK YOU for designating Christ Church to receive these proceeds. Every little bit helps.

Prayers & Prayer List

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I cannot tell you how the light comes, but that it does. That it will. That it works its way into the deepest dark that enfolds you, though it may seem long ages in coming or arrive in a shape you did not foresee.

And so we pray we may turn ourselves toward the light giving thanks for Christ’s birth and this communion. May we lift our faces to let the light find us. May we bend our bodies to follow the arc it makes. May we open and open more and open still to the blessed light that comes. *

With thanks to Jan Richardson*

Prayer List

In the week ahead, please pray for comfort and healing for: Bill, Bobbie, Candie, Connor, Connie, Don, George, Joell, Kathy, Lettie, Mark, Millie, Mother Elizabeth, Osmond, Rick, Rose, and Scott.

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