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Divine Duo: Churches Unite, New Priest, & Web Launch!

Unlocking the Joy of Alleluia: New Priest-in-Charge Announcement


As Eastertide blossoms after Lent, the jubilant cry of "Alleluia" resounds. Rooted in ancient traditions, this expression found its place in various liturgies and hymns across Christian denominations. Now, there's even more reason to rejoice as Canon K. Jeanne Person has accepted our call to join us as our new Priest-in-Charge effective June 9th!


Canon Jeanne's appointment marks an exciting chapter for both Christ Church and St. Paul’s & Trinity Parish. Serving part-time, she'll share her ministry and leadership across both congregations. Some of the details on how this will work are still in development and will be announced as soon as they are known. Until then, Canon Jeanne continues her dedicated service as a supply priest, maintaining the current Sunday service schedule.


Let's embrace this new journey with exuberant Alleluias and anticipation for the blessings to come!


 

Uniting for Enriched Worship: Christ Church & St. Paul’s Collaboration


Over the past 18 months, Christ Church of Red Hook and St. Paul’s & Trinity Parish have engaged in extensive discussions, planning sessions, and meetings to prayerfully consider leveraging our unique strengths for a brighter future. Our goal? To enhance worship experiences for current members and extend our outreach to the wider community. Beyond hosting occasional events, we sought to make a lasting impact.


Led by Barry Knickerbocker, Jim Crane, and David Nandor, our Steering Committee pursued a slow, deliberate approach that would foster a connectedness while assessing our compatibility. We facilitated joint worship services, coffee hours, and shared events while taking great care to preserve each church's individual identity. The success of these efforts led us to the next phase: hiring a Priest-in-Charge to serve both congregations.


As mentioned above, Canon K. Jeanne Person will assume this role starting June 9. As we navigate this transition, uncertainties lie ahead, but we're committed to fostering a more enriching and meaningful experience for all. With Canon Jeanne, the Steering Committee, and the vestries working collaboratively, we're poised for positive change. We seek your cooperation, commitment, and most importantly your prayers as we embark on this journey together.


 

New Website Launch: Elevating Christ Church's Online Presence


Joshua Queen, the Marketing and Business Development Director for Christ Church, has been working for some time planning, designing, and building a new website for Christ Church. We recently launched our new website quietly and I’m excited to announce that it's already exceeding expectations. The redesign addresses our previous site's inability to support digital tools necessary to cultivate growth here at the church. The digital transformation marks a significant step in our commitment to providing a seamless, engaging, and informative online experience. Our new website elevates Christ Church’s digital presence, aligning with Episcopal Churches committed to higher standards nationwide.


Key features of the new website include:

  • Simpler, cleaner, easier to navigate modern intuitive design.

  • Personalized content across multiple touch points.

  • Multilingual options for enhanced accessibility.

  • Prioritization of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0

  • Modern interface ensuring optimal performance across browsers.

  • Secure parishioner accounts area (My CCORH) featuring online pledging, goal tracking, automated quarterly and year-end tax reports via email, recurring and one-time giving with automated email receipts and year-end tax reports via email, online appointment scheduling for faster access to clergy when you need them, access to Vestry meeting minutes, self-managed online church directory, and more.

  • Mobile responsiveness for browsing convenience.

  • Subscription area for vital church updates.

  • Full SEO optimization for increased visibility.

  • First time visit planner for newcomers.

  • Developed with an emphasis on data and analytics.

  • Online prayer requests area.

  • and more...


In the months ahead we anticipate adding a media section where users will be able to stream services online, view or listen to archived content, search for sermons by theme, and more. Visit regularly for the most up to date church news, events, and more. New pages are being added regularly so visit often and stay connected with Christ Church online.


 

Discover Red Hook's Gem: Christ Church Thrift Store


The Christ Church Thrift Store is making waves in Red Hook, known not just for affordable finds but also as a hub for community connections. To foster this atmosphere, we've introduced a cozy sitting area complete with comfy chairs, a Keurig coffee machine, and snacks. Feel free to unwind and mingle—you might just find your next best friend here. Drop by and experience it for yourself! Open Fridays from 1 pm to 5 pm and Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm.




Closing Prayer


Prayer for Guidance – BCP, p. 832


58. For GuidanceO God, by whom the meek are guided in judgment, and light riseth up in darkness for the godly: Grant us, in all our doubts and uncertainties, the grace to ask what thou wouldest have us to do, that the Spirit of wisdom may save us from all false choices, and that in thy light we may see light, and in thy straight path may not stumble; throughJesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 




David Nandor

Sr. Warden - Christ Church of Red Hook



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