The Parish Life minisry involves providing the opportunity for learning and growth, both as an individual and as a parish. These opportunities and activities include growth in knowledge and relationships with God, growth in numbers and in resources.
In 2015 Fr. Tom encouraged us to take “The Bible Challenge” – using the Rev. Marek Zabriskie’s book for daily reading – to read the entire Bible over the course of the year. Several of us took the challenge and found out the word challenge was an understatement.
Fr. Tom has led several Bible studies series since joining us in 2014.
Fall 2014- “Letters of Love” based on the books of 1 John, 2 John & 3 John.
December 2014 – “Images of Advent in Isaiah,” a “lunch & learn” series with study during the noon hour with a light soup/salad lunch provided.
Lent 2015 – “A Brief History of Satan” using C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters.
Summer 2015 – “The Water of Life – Jesus’ Teachings by the Water,” another “lunch & learn” series.
Summer 2015 – “Hot Topics” on Sunday mornings before worship.
Fall 2015- “A New Heaven & A New Earth,” a study of the book of Revelation.
Lent 2016 – “Your Faith, Your Life” on Fridays in Lent. A study in preparation for confirmation held spring 2016 at CEC.
Fall 2016 – “The Messiah: Matthew’s Story of Jesus”
Winter 2017 – “Letter to a Church in Crisis“, Paul’s 1st letter to the Corinthians
Through the generosity of the Taylor Family, Christ Church is able to provide educational programs based on faith to the community at no charge to the participants. Underwritten by the CEC Taylor Family Endowment Fund we have been able to present several programs and retreats for parish and community. For more about the Taylor Family Endowment Fund, click here. The following were Taylor Fund events:
“The Other Side of Suffering,” a book signing with author John Ramsey (May 23, 2012)
“The Parables of Jesus,” a Jesus Seminar-on-the-Road weekend (October 2-6, 2012)
“Imagination & Faith, ” withRev. Christine Humphrey (November 23, 2013)
“Five Wishes” workshop to evaluate health care preferences (February 25, 2014)
“Forgiveness: A Lenten Call from the Heart of Faith“with Sr. Betty Leon from Sacred Heart Church, Grosse Ile, MI (April 12, 2014)
“What the World Needs Now . . ” with The Rev. Dr. Kathleen Kircher (June 21, 2014)
A Planned Giving Seminar presented by Mark Andresky and John Gorkon (July 28, 2014)
Organ Recital given (our CEC organist) (August 28, 2014)
2nd Organ Recital by Phil Pratt(August 20, 2015)
Weekend with Friends of the Groom Theater Company from Cincinnati, OH (September 2015)
“Episcopalian 101”, Rector Tom O’Dell took us on a whirlwind tour of the history, traditions, and worship of the Episcopal Church.(September 2015)
3rd Organ Concert by Phil Pratt(August 2016)
Love Heals: the Rev. Becca Stevens, an Episcopal priest, founder and president of Thistle Farms in Nashville, TN,In (September, 2016)
Information on future Taylor Fund events will be listed on this website when available.