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Question of the Month

June Question of the Month:
"How has Christ Church equipped you to be the hands and feet of Jesus in the community?"

Sharon Landis: “When I moved to Greenville less than a year ago,  I chose Christ Church to be my place of worship, and settled into a rhythm of mid-week and Sunday morning worship.  Through Christ Church I began tutoring at Sterling, and joined a morning JustFaith class and an evening Women’s Small Group.  The  sense of urgency to serve was strong, and when Debbie Rice invited me to participate in IHN (Interfaith Hospitality Network that was formerly GAIHN), it was an answer to prayer.  For one glorious week I was able to be the hands and feet of Christ as Christ Church provided stable housing in the All Saints Center for families that were in transition. Christ Church trusted me, a newcomer, to participate in a vital ministry, and I was surrounded and supported by parishioners who were passionate in their desire to serve God in community. The gospel reading for the last day of our week of service was the story of the prodigal son.  Like the younger son, I felt like I had come home.“
    – Sharon Landis

 

 

June Question of the Month:
"How has Christ Church equipped you to be the hands and feet of Jesus in the community?"

Kristin Bennett: "In the summer of 1997 I was fortunate to be a part of the Christ Church mission trip to Haiti. Part of the group was a medical team lead by Dr. Jervey and Dr. Brooker. The other group, comprised of youth and brave adults, traveled by boat to Anse a Galet on La Gonave, an island not far from Port Au Prince. There was an Episcopal ministry and school, where over the course of a week and under the hot Haitian sun, we painted the concrete block school, played with the children and farm animals, swam in the ocean, and experienced everyday life in a third world country. Even 20 years later, I can clearly recall that the Haitian children were loving and joyful. They invited us to play soccer with them in the sandy courtyard at the school and were very friendly towards our group. We also shared a Eucharist with the community surrounding the mission walls with Father Bob Dannals and their local priest officiating. We sang “I’ve got the joy, joy, joy down in my heart” in English and Creole. They didn’t have much, but they had a quality of life on La Gonave and you could feel their faith and love for God and each other.
When I think back on our trip and the impact it made on my life, I know that my experience in Haiti helped me see the world in a new way. First, it gave me a curiosity to know and explore other parts of the world, to learn and experience how other cultures live, work, and play. Second, it helped me understand that even people who don’t have first world luxuries are still very blessed and can bless those of us who do have first world luxuries. Finally, I believe it helped me find my heart for service. The words from Luke “To whom much is given, much will be required,” make much more sense to me after traveling to Haiti. From my work for local non-profit organizations to serving on the Christ Church Faith In Action committee, I’ve felt called to find ways to use the blessings that we’ve been given to help bless others. The mission trip to Haiti was the start of that journey and I’m so grateful to Christ Church for allowing me that opportunity at such an important time in my development."
    – Kristin Bennett. Kristin is a member and was married in the Historic Church. She and husband Eddie have one child, Emily.

 

 

May Question of the Month:
"What is your favorite place on our campus and what makes it special?"

John Malik: “My favorite place on the Christ Church campus strikes fear into the hearts of even the most confident amongst us. When I’m at my favorite place on our campus, my heart rate picks up, tiny beads of sweat form on my brow, and my stomach can turn flips. When I stand at the lectern during the 10:30 service in the Historic Church, I draw a deep breath and try not to remember all those times I’ve stumbled over words or forgot to turn on the microphone. I focus on the message and try not to mess it up. Because I know if I mess it up, you won’t hear the message. So I rehearse three, four, five times and listen to the words of the saints, the martyrs, the apostles, and the prophets roll off my tongue and cascade through the bathroom, the hallway, or the closet where I put on my cassock. My favorite place on the Christ Church campus is behind the lectern, with 400 pairs of eyes looking at me, waiting on me to recite Sunday’s new or old testament reading. Because it’s there and then that I get to play a very small part of a many hundreds-of- years old service. And for all my many faults I do have the ability to push aside my fear of messing up, ask my Lord for a dash of confidence then read aloud while 400 pairs of eyes take in every syllable of every word of every sentence of a recollection that is thousands of years old. These same words were written or shared by the same Christians memorialized in our stained glass windows. Words of comfort in times of trouble, words of truth in times of uncertainty. So if I do it properly, you won’t notice me, you’ll only notice those words and how they impact you in your life, your time of uncertainty, trouble, or joy. “
    – John Malik. John is a member at Christ Church. He and wife, Amy, have two adult children, Tudor and Holly.

 

 

 

May Question of the Month:
"What is your favorite place on our campus and what makes it special?"

Ann Bull Germain: “I was born and baptized in 1948, so I have been a member of Christ Church since birth. My life has been filled with joy, sadness, and peace, and I have experienced them all in both the sanctuary and chapel of Christ Church. In the church I experienced growing up, children’s choir, confirmation, and the blessing of marriage to my first husband, Dan, who passed away in 2012. I also loved the experience of raising two beautiful, Christian daughters who were married here. One daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Cotton Clarke are raising their family at Christ Church, too. As I grew older and I started to experience living with illness, sadness, and ultimately loss, the church has been a place of much comfort and grace to me. It has also seen a rebirth of joy as I married my current husband, Joe, in the chapel in 2017. I have personally and spiritually grown by knowing outstanding priests who have been wonderful teachers and dear friends. They have all had their individual talents and gifts and I have been truly blessed to know them. Our wonderful priests, families, friends, and services throughout my life have helped me to continue to grow in my faith and to always know God is with me. I am blessed in all parts of my life. As I reflect on my time at Christ Church, I often marvel at how I have learned and experienced my life through this church and with my church family. So perhaps it’s natural for me to have come to realize that my favorite place at Christ Church is our sanctuary, as so much of my life has happened and continues to happen there. ”
– Ann Bull Germain  Ann is a 71 year member of Christ Church. She has participated in Welcoming Ministries, Faith in Action, and is on the Altar Guild.