The Rector's Forum

The Rector's Forums is offered on Sunday mornings, 10:10 am to 11:00 am in the Undercroft (September through May) as an opportunity to explore our faith and live into our commitment to lifelong Christian Formation. All are welcome and encouraged to attend so that we might deepen our relationship with God and one another.

2017-2018 Schedule


September
10    Fall Homecoming Festival – Now is the time to register for fall Christian Education Programs and various worship ministries at Christ Church!  Registration and information will be available for the Church School and youth programs, Adult Education classes, our mid-week prayer groups, the Youth Choir, acolytes, and more!  Parishioners of all ages are invited encouraged to learn about and sign up for the programs and ministries of interest.  As always, everyone is encouraged join us for the BBQ and activities on the front lawn following the 10:00 am service.  
17    Conversations with the Rector –Join Fr. Drew for an informal conversation about Christ Church, our shared ministries, and opportunities for the year ahead.
24    2017 Youth Pilgrimage and Mission Trip:  A Retrospective – This year Christ Church partnered with the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan and went on a Pilgrimage and Mission Trip to the South.  At the end of June, we did a pilgrimage to key sites in the Civil Rights movement in Alabama and then we spent time doing service at Koinonia Farms in Georgia.  Join us as we share the highlights of the trip and what we learned.


October
1    Blessing of the Animals – Bring Your Pets to Church!  In the spirit of Saint Francis of Assisi, who believed that God’s love encompasses all creation, we invite “all creatures great and small” to this beloved family service. Bring your dog, cat, rabbit, bird, turtle – all your family pets – to be blessed by the clergy. The Grosse Pointe Animal Adoption Society will also be present with dogs seeking adoptive or foster homes. We will bless them in their search for a good home. After the service we will have treats and refreshments for people and pets, pony rides, petting zoo and time to learn more about the Grosse Pointe Animal Adoption Society.  All are welcome to this fun family service!  
8    From Ordinary Time to the All Soul’s Requiem:  A Closer Look at Worship at Christ Church – Did you know that we have an organized, public service of worship every day of the year?  While Sunday services are at the heart of our worship life, special celebrations and observances – “Feasts, Fasts, and Holy Days” – are held throughout the year as well.  Join Fr. Drew as we look at the whole of our worship life together, from the most ordinary to the most festive.
15    Daily Devotions:  An Introduction to the Practice of Daily Prayer– Often overlooked, the Daily Devotions for Individuals and Families (pages 137-141 in the Book of Common Prayer) remind us that daily prayer is central to the life of Anglican spirituality and discipleship.  Join us this morning as we explore the roots of daily prayer and tools to help us take up this practice ourselves.
22    The 183rd Convention of the Diocese of Michigan:  What it is, what we do, and why we have one – As the 183rd Diocesan Convention approaches, we’ll discuss the history and importance of the diocese, what work we will accomplish, and the purpose of the annual convention and diocese for our life here at Christ Church.
29    Resilience:  CCDA’s National Conference in Detroit – The Christian Community Development Association is an international movement of individuals and groups that seeks to effect a state of shalom in the world – a state where nothing is missing and nothing is broken. This year almost 3,000 people converged in Detroit for CCDA’s annual gathering at the beginning of October, focused on the theme of ‘Resilience’. Join us to learn more about what took place at that amazing conference and to discern the implications for Christ Church.


November
5    All Saints’ Sunday and Parish Reception – Each year on All Saints’ Sunday, Christians throughout the world celebrate the lives of loved ones and friends in faith who have entered into God’s eternal embrace, and to welcome new members of the Christian Community into the Body of Christ through the Rite of Holy Baptism.  Join us in this ancient and global celebration as we welcome into our community new members of Christ’s Body.  Following the service, all are invited to join us for a Parish Reception in the Undercroft to greet the newly baptized and their families.
12    Why Pledging Matters:  A Spiritual Exploration of Pledging – As we consider our 2018 pledge, join Fr. Drew and other leaders from the Vestry and Annual Giving Team to reflect on the purpose and importance of an annual pledge as a critical tool for Christian discipleship.  
19    Thy Will be Done:  The Commitments of the 2018 Budget – Join Fr. Drew, Diane Ward, Associate for Finance and Administration, and our Treasurer, Dan Skedel, to reflect on the ministry commitments for 2018 Budget approved by the Vestry.  This will be an opportunity to discuss the vision of mission and ministry to which we have been called as a community, and our plans to fulfill our collective call.
26    Advent Wreath Workshop – Advent is nearly here, which means it’s time to make Advent wreaths and to begin our preparation for the in-breaking of God’s love!  We supply the greens, candles, punch, cookies, and music while you and your family create a centerpiece to take home in preparation for the Christmas Season.
    Advent Wreath Workshop – This is the First Sunday of Advent which means it’s time to make Advent wreaths and to begin our preparation for the in-breaking of God’s love!  We supply the greens, candles, punch, cookies, and music while you and your family create a centerpiece to take home in preparation for the Christmas Season.


December
3    Christianity in Light and Color (Part 1 of 3) – In the first session of this three-part series, The Rev’d Dr. Lynne A. Kogel will explore Part 1 of the history of stained glass, from the Ancient Near East to the windows of Christ Church Grosse Pointe, including the great cathedrals of Europe.
10    Christianity in Light and Color (Part 2 of 3) – In the second session of this three-part series, The Rev'd Dr. Lynne Kogel, will present Charles Jennens' libretto for G.F. Handel’s renowned oratorio, The Messiah, visualized through a thousand years of stained glass.
17    Christianity in Light and Color (Part 3 of 3) – In the final session of this three-part series, The Rev’d Dr. Lynne A. Kogel will explore Part 2 of the history of stained glass, from the Ancient Near East to the windows of Christ Church Grosse Pointe, including the Iconoclastic Controversy and the origins of Christian art.  
24    Merry Christmas!  Join us to celebrate the Nativity of our Lord at 10:00 am.
31    Happy New Year – Join us in the Undercroft to ring the new year with cider and fellowship.


January
7    Parish Breakfast – We celebrate Feast of the Baptism of our Lord with baptisms of our own as we welcome into our community new members of Christ’s Body.  Following the service, all are invited to join us for a Parish Breakfast in the Undercroft.
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21    Discernment:  The Work and Ministry of the Vestry Nominating Committee – Each year, at the Annual Meeting of the Parish, active members of Christ Church elect a new class of members to the Vestry, a process led by our discernment team, that is, the Vestry Nominating Committee.  Join us this morning as members of the Vestry Nominating Committee Team share and reflect on the process we undertook and present the fruits of their discernment work.
28    Annual Parish Meeting – The Annual Parish Meeting will be held for the election of Vestry Members, consideration of a temporary amendment to the bylaws, the presentation of the Parish Annual Report, financial statements, and additional church business. Please enjoy a lunch following the meeting in the Undercroft.


February
4    Spotlight on Outreach:  Outreach and our values – Join us for the first in a 5-part interactive series on outreach, led by the Outreach Commission. We will collaborate on defining outreach. We will also meditate on the underlying motivations and values that lead us to do outreach.
11    Spotlight on Outreach:  Community as abundance – Join us for the second in a 5-part interactive series on outreach, led by the Outreach Commission. We will reflect on the ways in which we experience abundance and scarcity in our relationships and in our communities. We will explore the implications of these experiences for outreach.
18    Spotlight on Outreach:  Unmasking illusion through relationship – Join us for the third in a 5-part interactive series on outreach, led by the Outreach Commission. We will reflect on how relationships can begin to break down preconceived notions that we carry about each other and perhaps even ourselves. We will explore the implications of these insights for outreach.
25    Spotlight on Outreach:  Co-creating reality – Join us for the fourth in a 5-part interactive series on outreach, led by the Outreach Commission. We will reflect on our roles in creating the world we live in, and the gifts that we each bring to our communities. We will discuss the implications of these insights for outreach.


March
4    Spotlight on Outreach:  Discernment about outreach at Christ Church – Join us for the last part of a 5-part interactive series on outreach, led by the Outreach Commission. The Outreach Commission will share its learnings and discernment about outreach and the possibilities for outreach at Christ Church. We will share our hopes and dreams for outreach at Christ Church with one another.
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25    Palm Cross Workshop –All ages are invited to join us for an intergenerational morning of fellowship as we learn to make Palm Crosses from our Palm Sunday palms fronds.  Join us for this fun start Holy Week!


April
1    Easter Day:  The Sunday of the Resurrection – It’s Easter and that means that it’s time to celebrate!  Join us on the East Lawn following the 9:00 a.m. service (or before the 11:15 am service!) for the annual Easter Egg Hunt and other fun and games for our kids, and refreshments for all adults
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29    Conversations with the Rector – The Rector’s Forum Series concludes today with a discussion for Fr. Drew.  As summer approaches we turn our attention to our summer opportunities and other questions pertinent to the life and ministry of Christ Church.


May
6    Recognition Sunday –Join us as we celebrate our youth and children’s ministry to day to hear the senior sermon at the 9am service and to mingle with our graduating seniors as they prepare for the next step in their journey.
13    Mothers’ Day Reception – Join our children and youth as they host a coffee and tea in celebration of our (birth and “adopted”) mothers, grandmothers, and godmothers! | Join us for a joyous service and appreciation of all the women who mentor and shape us throughout our lives.  Following the service we will host a flower and . . .  sale to benefit the . . . .
20    The Feast of Pentecost: Confirmation, the Annual Visit of Bishop Gibbs, and Strawberry Shortcake – Join us for this festival service with the combined Christ Church Choirs, as we greet the newly baptized, celebrate the Confirmation of Youth and Adults in our community, and welcome our bishop.  Following the service, we will gather for Strawberry Shortcake on the East Lawn.