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January 1 - December 31, 2016

Rector's Letter

"Let your light so shine before people everywhere, that they may see your good works, and give glory to your Father in heaven." There has been a great deal of light shining at Christ Church Greenwich. 2016 was a year of reflecting and sharing light in many directions and ways within this congregation. And the light has shone… in our hearts and in our prayer, worship, fellowship and service here. It shines broadly within this town and region and far beyond...
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Wardens Letter

2016 has been a momentous year for Christ Church Greenwich. This past spring we were awarded the Greenwich Preservation Audrey head shotTrust Leadership Award for historic preservation of our buildings, the end of summer saw the completion of our three years of restoration and transformation...
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Wardens Presentations

Retiring Senior Warden

Welcome and thank you for coming to the 2016 Annual Meeting. This was a year of tremendous accomplishment for Christ Church Greenwich. 2016 marked the end of the capital restoration work associated with the Rise Up, Restore, Rejoice! capital campaign. We are blessed to worship in our truly beautiful Sanctuary and our grounds are restored and improved – the new plaza on Putnam Avenue is magnificent...
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Incoming Senior Warden

Good morning! When I became Junior Warden, someone asked what I wanted to eventually accomplish as Senior Warden. I didn’t have an answer. Well now I’ve had two years to reflect on that question. After watching three wardens before me dealing with all the issues that were thrown their way, all the stuff no one else wanted to deal with, and after sharing some of those burdens myself over the past two years...
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Finance & Capital Presentations

Treasurers' Presentation

The Treasurers' report will discuss the 2016 financial accomplishments, review the 2016 budget results, discuss the 2017 financial objectives and call for a vote on the budget for the 2017 fiscal year...
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Capital Projects Final Report

In April of 2013 we began the repairs and restoration work designated by the Capital Campaign. I stand before you today to announce that the work has been completed on schedule and on budget...
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New Vestry Officers

Senior Warden

Durant D. (Randy) Schwimmer has served as Treasurer since 2012, Co-Chair of the Membership Committee since 2011, and also serves on the Marketing Communications...
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Junior Warden

George Belshaw moved back east from Pasadena, CA. He has served on the Outreach Commission...
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Treasurer

Peter Helmer and his wife, Sandy, have been members of Christ Church Greenwich since 1985. Peter served on the Vestry Class of 2009...
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Clerk

Terrence L. (Terry) Martin, and his wife, Lynne Jordal, have been parishioners of Christ Church Greenwich for the past 17 years. He is a Eucharistic Minister...
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Vestry Class of 2020

Marnie Carr

Marnie Dawson Carr is a lifelong member of Christ Church Greenwich, and four generations of her family have been involved in the parish since the 1940’s. Marnie has served on the Vestry...
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JT Coe

JT Coe and his wife, Gay, have been living in Greenwich and members of Christ Church Greenwich since 2001. They were married by Jack Bishop in 1983 and their oldest son, Taylor, was baptized...
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Kathy Ewald

Kathy Ewald has been a member of Christ Church Greenwich for the past fourteen years. She was married at Christ Church to her husband Tom, who has been a member since birth...
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Ken Halcom

Ken Halcom has been a member of Christ Church Greenwich since he moved to Cos Cob with his family in 2011. His wife, Jamie, is a past President of the Christ Church Nursery School board...
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Sara LaPorta

Sara LaPorta and her husband Len have been members of Christ Church Greenwich since 2010. Their son Leonardo was confirmed at Christ Church in 2013...
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Program Highlights 2016

Capital Projects

In April of 2013 the Capital Projects Committee began the repairs and restoration work designated by the Capital Campaign. We are pleased to announce that the work has been completed on schedule and on budget.
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Children's Ministries

This past year has been wonderful for the growth of the Parish and children here at Christ Church Greenwich. We began our Church School program in September, and it has been non-stop ever since! We have continued with the Godly Play curriculum for our Pre-K through 1st grade age group, as well as having Group’s Hands on Bible curriculum for our 2nd through 5th grade children...
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Christian Formation

In 2015, the Christian Formation Commission, in partnership with the clergy and staff of Christ Church Greenwich, produced a Lenten booklet, with reflections from clergy and lay leadership focused on the Gospel of John. The parish read through the entire Gospel during Lent. And in Advent, a new electronic meditation initiative was launched.
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Endowment

The Endowment Commission provides the Rector, Wardens, and Vestry with information and technical expertise needed to fulfill the mission of Christ Church Greenwich by becoming better stewards of the Parish’s financial assets. The Endowment Commission oversees the solicitation, collection, management, distribution, and reporting of the permanent capital resources of Christ Church Greenwich.
Christ Church Greenwich - Giving

Finance

The Finance Commission’s primary mission, in conjunction with the Treasurer, is to propose and monitor the church’s annual operating budget, with input from all areas of the church including the Rector, Wardens, Vestry, Executive Director of Finance & Business Operations, Executive Director of Marketing Communications & Parish Relations and Commissions, on both revenues and expenses. The final budget is approved by the Vestry.
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Christ Church Choirs sing

Music

In addition to the regular round of choral services, 2016 was a memorable musical year that included new recruits, special services, spectacular events, and a wonderful Gala concert before the summer break. Here are some of the highlights...
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Membership

The Christ Church Greenwich Membership Committee strives to provide a welcoming community for all parishioners and newcomers. The committee hosts several annual events. The Great Fall Festival introduces all of the many Church Missions and the Parish Christmas Party brings parishioners together to start the holiday season. The committee hosts two annual Newcomer Welcomes as an introduction to all that the Church has to offer. The Committee has Welcome brochures and cards available at all Church services.
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Outreach

In 2016, the Outreach Commission chair, Pam Kelly, rolled off and Randy Wolf and Lucy Rinaldi took over as co-chairs. Members of the Commission during the year included: Meredith Braxton-Barto, Kip Burgweger, Lisa Tebbe, Deb Wilson, John Condon, Amy Mooney, Randy Wolf, Lucy Rinaldi, The Rev'd Dr. Jim Lemler; The Rev'd Andrew Moore, Clergy Liaison; The Rev'd Jenny Owen, former Clergy Liaison; Daryn Beringer, Vestry Liaison
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Pastoral Ministries

The Pastoral Ministries Commission encourages and supports many activities that make Christ Church Greenwich a place of care and connection. We pay special attention to members of our church family who can no longer get to church due to illness or lack of mobility. Pastoral Ministries is one of the largest and most active ministries at Christ Church Greenwich.
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1910 cloister arches

Property

Oversight of ongoing care and maintenance of 14 acres and 100,000 square feet of property of Christ Church Greenwich is undertaken faithfully by the Property Committee. Operating within a detailed categorized budget, we work together to enhance and protect the buildings and grounds which support the mission and ministries of our entire community at Christ Church.
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Stewardship

The 2016 Annual Appeal was quite successful, raising $1,297,747 to support God’s work at Christ Church Greenwich. This pledge total was just barely shy of our budgeted goal of $1,300,000.
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Youth Minsitries

Above all else, the primary objective of our youth ministry program is to provide mature spiritual development for our middle and high school students. This past year, we explored a range of activities and events that addressed spiritual development from numerous angles: worship, education, service and outreach, and fellowship.
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Worship

The Worship Commission’s purpose is to support the worship services and ensure Christ Church Greenwich is meeting or exceeding the worship expectations of our parishioners
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