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Question of the Month

August Question of the Month:
"What are meaningful ways you have served others at Christ Church?"

"Starting off my first year of middle school, I started to regularly attend EYC, my favorite thing by far about these evenings spent in the All Saints Center, was getting to talk to all the members of the Student Leadership Team. I always looked forward to our time spent together each and every week. I loved having them as mentors through my years in middle school. I always knew after connecting with my leaders in middle school that I wanted to “pass it forward,” and become a leader myself. I wanted to spread the same light of the Lord onto others as my leaders shined on me, so I did just this. The summer after my freshman year signed up to be a part of the Student Leadership Team and have been a part of this amazing team ever since. It has been a joy planning numerous retreats, arranging countless icebreakers, and connecting with all the Youth over the past 3 years. Not only have I formed bonds with the youth, but just being on the Student Leadership Team itself has been one of the best ministries I have participated in at the church. It fosters a community of like-minded teenagers, whose goal is to love the Lord. Our way of doing that just happens to be serving others, which I am ever so grateful for."

- Lucy Cassels
Lucy is a long time member of Christ Church. She is a senior at Greenville High School. She is the daughter of Heathley and Warren Cassels.

 

August Question of the Month:
"What are meaningful ways you have served others at Christ Church?"

"Christ Church has provided us an abundance of service opportunities!  Over the years, we have served in ministries from Altar Guild to Youth Ministry.  Yet without any hesitation, we both agree that the most meaningful experience for us was our mission trips to Haiti.  For several years we traveled to Cange, LaGonave, and nearby villages. We came face to face with people who had few of the things we take for granted, like clean water, housing, education, and healthcare. Yet we found the Haitian people to be welcoming and appreciative despite their lack of  material possessions.  Their joy and love of the Lord was contagious, and we were blessed to celebrate with them in their church services and make lasting friendships.  While we could do little to change their condition, we could provide love, encouragement, and prayer.   Perhaps more significantly, we watched as many of the lives of the Christ Church young people who traveled with us were transformed. Christian service is transformational, but it does not always require a trip to a third world country.  We have been richly blessed with the relationships we have formed through service activities at Christ Church, and those service opportunities are constantly evolving.  Whether it’s Food Ministry, liturgical service, or leading a Discovery Weekend, volunteer service continues to enrich our lives."

– Margot & Jim Stewart
The Stewarts have been members at Christ Church since 1992. They are very active across many ministry areas of the church.

July Question of the Month:
"What's your favorite hymn and why?"

"I was asked to share my favorite hymn, and I initially believed that this would be a simple task; however, each time I thought about the assignment my listing became extensive.  A daily ritual I have adopted to help me focus and stay close to our loving Savior throughout the day is to “hum” hymns.  This gives me comfort!    Additionally, I was somewhat excited about this task because for me one important segment of the worship service is when we have the opportunity to lift our voices and to sing together.  This is a ritual that I will always cherish.  I am so happy I grew up singing and playing the hymns of the church.  The hymns have been passed through many generations, and today they still have significance.   A practice in our church that I highly regard is that our hymns are chosen to support the Gospel and to reflect the season as it relates to the liturgy. 

Many of us who grew up in the Baptist Church, United Methodist Church, or other places of worship can easily identify with the following hymns:  “Amazing Grace,” “What a Friend,” “Blessed Assurance,” “Oh How I Love Jesus,” “Further Along,” “Jesus is All the World to Me,” and “All Hail the Power.”  This task was not simple because I have four hymns that I especially love: “I Come with Joy,” “Taste and See,” “For All the Saints,” and “Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah.” But, “Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah,” a hymn that I sang as a Baptist and now as an Episcopalian won out as my favorite hymn.  The lyrics, tune, and universality were factors used to determine my selection.  The lyrics, based on Isaiah 58:11, show that we must discern the Holy Spirit and seek His guidance.  This hymn acknowledges that we lack the capacity to handle varied situations.  It gives us the assurance that our Savior will always be with us, even when we cross over to Canaan.  I am very familiar with both tunes and have heard them played on the Hammond and Pipe organs. I have also sung it as a meter hymn: common and long.  When the genre used is meter (which means no instrument) the cadence of the congregation’s patting their feet on a wood floor and people singing very spiritedly, can make for a very special and unique worship experience.  Also, the hymn is written in the keys of G and D thus, making it very easy for people to sing.  It is my hope that the singing of hymns will continue to be a tradition of the church and an enduring legacy for all generations."

– Norma Givens
Norma has been a member at Christ Church since 2016 and is an active participant in worship as a lector and chalice bearer, is on the board of the ECWM and is currently serving on the Vestry.

July Question of the Month:
"What's your favorite hymn and why?"

"Just As I Am is one of my favorite hymns. I love it because it is about admitting that I am not worthy of God’s love, but it is such a joyful thought to know that He takes me just as I am. He is willing to make me His, no matter what I have done; I cannot fix myself, but God will take me and make me into who He intended me to be. It is about surrender, but also incredible hope."
– Karissa Horn
Karissa is the daughter of Cara and Jeff Horn. She is an acolyte and is an active member of the Christ Church Episcopal Youth Community. She has been a member since 2015.