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​                  8:30am - St. John's, Cape Vincent

                                        10:30 am - Christ Church, Clayton

                                                                                     

                                                           Reverend Lisa Busby - Rector

No Services - Winter month schedule

8:30 am Sunday Services

10:30 am Sunday Services

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                                           Greetings, River Parishes family!

As we celebrate the abundance of God's grace and love manifest in our lives, may we be granted courage and strength to pay it forward to those who are less fortunate. Perhaps we can we lend an ear to someone who feels invisible or unheard. Our generosity of spirit and acts of kindness bring forth so much healing and comfort to our broken and hurting world.

Looking back over this past year, I recognize the abundance of God's grace and love at work among us in so many ways. I feel blessed to be a part of the work of God in this place, and I am so thankful for each and every one of you!

Over the last few months, I have been participating in a program called the "Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Ministry," a creative alliance between Syracuse University, LeMoyne College and the Harvard Business School of Management. The Fellowship is an ecumenical partnership of ministry leaders who serve all across central New York.

Along with the other 12 fellows in my cohort, I have spent the last few months developing innovative and creative leadership skills, and working to produce an Innovative Mission Project to pilot in our local communities. I am energized and eager to share the project with you now.

Beginning in Epiphany 2020, we (the River Parishes) will host a new series of story sharing groups (open to anyone in any of our communities), called: "Flipping the Script" (see the blue box below for more information). In these groups we will come together to enjoy a meal and share stories with one another. The goals are to listen, share and learn from one another, to welcome newcomers and visitors, to expand our fellowship, and to have lots of FUN!

In December, the River Parishes Innovation Team (did you know we have one of these?) will be fine-tuning the details, so mark your calendars for the opening date (January 8) and stay tuned for more information. Let me know if you feel called to join in this exciting process of innovation and creativity. Who knew that entrepreneurial ministry could be so much fun?

With the beginning of Advent, and another liturgical year, I can't help but say, one more time, what a joy it is to be here with all of you. I am so blessed and excited to begin another year of our journey together!
 

Rev Lisa+

"Flipping the Script" 


A community group that meets weekly
(alternating between churches)
Wednesdays, 5 pm
~ Soup and Story Sharing ~
We make the soup ~ You bring the story

Table topic discussions
created by You and the wonder of Your lives,
Your service and Your contributions to the river communities. 

Here come the cookies!!!

Christ Church Cookie Sale was
Saturday, December 7

and what a cookie sale it was!
 

"The Birth of Jesus"

The United Methodist Church of Alexandria Bay is hosting a production of "The Birth of Jesus" presented by the IHC Mystery Players on Sunday, December 8th at 6:30 pm. Through the use of special lighting, pantomime and liturgical readings, this group of high school seniors and adults pre"The Birth of Jesus"sent a moving, dramatic meditation that promises to be the highlight of your Advent season. 

Events

Here's what's going on in and around the Church community:


 Every Sunday

Worship Services
8:30 AM at St John's
10:30 AM at Christ Church

Thursday, November 28
Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, December 1
First Sunday of Advent
Liturgical Year A begins
Worship Services
8:30 AM at St John's
10:30 AM at Christ Church

Wednesday, December 4
Self Defense Class
5-6 PM Christ Church parish hall

Saturday, December 7
Christ Church Cookie Sale
9 AM - 2 PM in parish hall
                AND
Clayton Christmas Parade
and Fireworks
6 PM 
 

Sunday, December 8

Worship Services 8:30 AM at St John's10:30AM at Christ Church

AND

"The Birth of Jesus" Production at the United Methodist Church, Alexandria Bay   6:30 PM

 

Tuesday, December 10
Vestry Meeting
6:30 PM Christ Church

Wednesday, December 11
Self Defense Class
5-6 PM Christ Church parish hall

Saturday, December 14
90's Holiday Luncheon
1 PM O'Briens
              AND
"Kids Night Out" Caroling
2:00-5:00 PM
Meet at Christ Church at 2PM
Dress Warm
              AND
Cape Vincent Christmas Parade with Lights 
5-6 PM
 

Sunday, December 15
Worship Services
8:30 AM at St John's
10:30 AM at Christ Church
                 AND
Cape Vincent Ecumenical Christmas Concert
2 PM - 4:30 PM

Monday, December 16
Luncheon for Canon John Crosswaite
11:30 AM Barbagallo's Restaurant (see below for details)

 

Tuesday, December 17
Vestry Meeting
7 PM St John's

Wednesday, December 18
Self Defense Class
5-6 PM Christ Church parish hall

Sunday, December 22
Worship Services
8:30 AM St. John's
Christmas Pageant
10:30 AM Christ Church

Tuesday, December 24
Christmas Eve Services
4:00 PM St John's
8:00 PM Christ Church

Wednesday, December 25
Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 29
Worship Services
8:30 AM at St John's
10:30 AM at Christ Church

Wednesday, January 1
Happy New Year!

Sunday, January 5
Holiday Party and
Open House at the Rectory
2-5 PM

Wednesday, January 8
SAVE THE DATE
"Flipping the Script" Community Group

                                                Kid's Night Out


                       The "Kids Night Out" program has been thriving this fall.

                At each evening since our Fall start up, we have had 15 - 20 kids

           from the community in attendance. We have worked on original art

      projects and worked (along with the Sunday school) to create Christmas

    Cards to be shipped to Fort Drum military members who are currently deployed.


    For the December "Kids Night Out" program, we will be doing some caroling on

       Saturday, December 14. Adults are welcome to bundle up and join in on the fun!

          Meet us at Christ Church at 2:00 PM. We will close our program that evening

             at 5:00 PM.

Thanks for being a part of the Episcopal River Parishes of Christ Church in Clayton, St. John's in Cape Vincent and Church of St. Lawrence in Alexandria Bay!

 

We are developing a set of "wish lists" to help offset the cost of items we would like to purchase. If you are interested in donating for these specific items, please discuss with the contact person listed with the item.

                            Christ Church
Traveling communion kit - see Rev. Lisa+ 

Handbell Accessories
- see Jason Comet

                       Celebration for Canon John 


Join in a diocese-wide celebration of the Rev. Canon John Crosswaite's ministry as Canon to the Ordinary in the Diocese of Central New York. Tickets to the luncheon event, held at Barbagallo's restaurant in East Syracuse on Monday, December 16th at 11:30 am, are available at 

          canon-john.eventbrite.com
             Donations toward a purse to be given to Canon John as a farewell gift are

                         also accepted at canon-john.eventbrite.com.

​​Our Mission

 

 

Being filled with the joy of Christ through our worship, and strengthened by our  community of faith, we dedicate ourselves to

sharing this joy with all people by reflecting Christ’s love.

Yoked Parish

We are a yoked parish with St. John's Episcopal Church in Cape Vincent, NY. 

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