February 2024

Worship with Us

Christ Church is open for worship at 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Sundays. The live stream of the 10:00 a.m. service can be found on our You Tube channel! You can watch it in real time or at your convenience. Find it here.

Please note that we are in the process of upgrading the livestream equipment for a smoother experience. We ask for patience as these improvements are implemented.

A Note from Our Priest

Dear family and friends of Christ Church,

I recently returned home after spending eight days leading a “Bishops Summit”. We gathered bishops from across our church and asked them to spend time together in prayer, study and conversation discerning how best to support, encourage and empower parish leadership. The program was about a year in the making; it marks the final, unfinished commitment I made before answering the call to serve here at Christ Church. 


As we neared the end of our eight days, the energy in large group sessions started to waver, particularly during a session held right after lunch. There were important topics to discuss, but the engagement just wasn’t there. We decided to shift things up. We moved the chairs around, creating a small circle in the middle and a large circle around the periphery. This technique, sometimes called a “fishbowl”, invites a small group in the middle to engage in active discussion, while the larger group listens. Participants can flow between the circles but cannot contribute unless they find a seat in the middle.


The entire dynamic changed. Passionate folks were given a platform to voice their thoughts and observations. Others put phones and laptops down and attentively listened – really listened – to the wisdom in the room. We saw bishops literally on the edge of their seats. The feedback resounded that this was one of the most powerful pieces of the summit. “I feel like I never get the chance to hear the uninterrupted thoughts of others”, one bishop remarked. “I need to do more of this”.


February 14, in addition to celebrating St. Valentine, marks Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. Focus often falls on the “giving up” of a favorite food or unhealthy habit. If this is your practice, I’d love to hear about it and prayerfully support you in your Lenten discipline.


For myself, encouraged by my experience in the bishop fishbowl, I want to commit this Lent to an intentional, focused practice of listening. Too often I find myself pressured to say something, uncomfortable when silence enters a conversation or encounter. The extroverted performer kicks in, and before I know it dialogue has become monologue. This often extends into my prayer life, where I can often leave plenty of space for words, but little for the quiet space where God’s voice is regularly heard most clearly.


I am grateful to have spent this time with some of the primary leaders in our church and look forward to incorporating some of that fishbowl experience this Lent. Wherever this holy season finds you, I pray that we will use the gift of Lent to hear God’s invitation to make amends and shape our lives in the image of Christ. I hope you will use the community and resources we offer here at Christ Church to aid you in this important work of self-examination, prayer, and reconciliation.

See you in church!

Blessings and peace,


Happening this Month

Thursday Morning Worship

Need to re-charge your spiritual battery mid-week? Join the Reverend Chris Streeter in the sanctuary on Thursday mornings for worship, discussion, and fellowship, 10:00 a.m.

Annual Parish Meeting

& Church Breakfast

The Annual Parish Meeting & Breakfast will take place, Sunday, February 11th, 9:00 a.m. Join us to reflect on our 2023 ministries, discuss mission priorities for 2024, and elect new Vestry members. We will also celebrate those members who served faithfully in leadership during our transition.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

Who gets ready for Lent by eating pancakes? We do! Stop by the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, February 13th, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Featuring delicacies prepared by our Breakfast Crew, along with decadent delights to tempt your sweet tooth before Lent.

Ash Wednesday

Kick off the Season of Lent on Ash Wednesday, February 14th.

A service featuring the spoken word will be held at noon. The evening choral service will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Lenten Series

Join Us for Discussion

During the season of Lent, we will reflect on some of the ways we practice our faith by highlighting "A Practical Christianity" by theologian, professor and former Dean of San Francisco's Grace Cathedral Jane Shaw. Join us on Wednesdays, February 21st, 28th, March 6th, 13th, and 20th, at 7:00 p.m. in Holley Hall.

Please note that we will not be offering a Holy Eucharist or Potluck supper as part of our Wednesday experience this season. You are encouraged to attend the Thursday morning worship session if a mid-week Eucharist is of interest to you.

Christian Education

Christian Education for All Ages on Sundays!

Adult Bible Study with Father Chris, 9:00 a.m.

Want to reflect more on the day’s scripture lessons? Join Chris and others in Holley Hall at 9:00 a.m. every Sunday – we’d love to see you!

Journey Youth Group, 9:00 - 9:45 a.m.

Students in grades 6 - 12 are invited to participate in the Journey Youth Group!

  • Celebrate Super Bowl Sunday on February 4th by taking a look at Jesus in a big crowd.
  • Plan a mountain top experience featuring Jesus on February 11th. Grab some grub at the Church Breakfast and meet in the rear of the church for a fun adventure.
  • Meet with Susie Mittelstadt in the Hospitality area to help plan a lesson for the Sunday School children on February 18th.
  • Follow Jesus' journey through Sussex County on February 25th.

Contact Randy Parks, 862-266-0513 or randolph.parks@atlantichealth.org, with questions.

Sunday School, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Children ages preschool through sixth grade can participate in engaging experiences, spiritual practices, and opportunities for reflection by following the Celebrate Wonder curriculum on Sundays, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. on the playground or in the Sunday School rooms downstairs.

Contact Susie Mittelstadt at 973-600-7725 or email susan@njworks.com with questions.

Parish Activities
Christ Church Women

The monthly meeting of the Christ Church Women group will be held on Thursday, February 11th at 11:30 a.m. in Holley Hall. All women of Christ Church are welcome!

Volunteers are needed to serve as scribe for the Keeping in Touch ministry. Contact Beth Batastini, bethbatastini@gmail.com, to offer your assistance.

Don't forget to register for the annual retreat, Saturday, March 9th, at the Crossroads Camp & Retreat Center! To register for the retreat contact Diana Greene at dianatgreene@gmail.com or register online. Retreat registration deadline is February 20th.

Christ Church Book Club

The Christ Church Book Club will meet March 1st at 7:00 p.m. to discuss "The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store" by James McBride.

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 832 8620 3196

Passcode: 556414

For more information, please contact Lori Parks at 862-266-3059 or lacparks@hotmail.com.

Sunday Volunteers

Those who have volunteered to serve as Ushers, Acolytes, Crucifers, Altar Guild members, Coffee Hour Hosts, or Brunch in a Bag Sandwich Slingers can check their schedule on the Christ Church website.

Manna House Volunteers

Christ Church provides volunteers to Manna House at the First Presbyterian Church of Newton on the 4th Wednesday of each month. The next volunteer opportunity is February 28th.

A spaghetti dinner to raise funds for Manna House will be held on Tuesday, February 13th, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Cost for adults, $5, children 5 - 12, $3. Children under 3 years of age are free.

Those interested in volunteering are invited to call Laura Booker, 973-383-7635 or email lpbooker40@gmail.com

Christ Church in Stitches

The Christ Church in Stitches group is on hiatus until the spring. In the meantime, did you know that knitting, crocheting, and sewing are wonderful wintertime activities? We look forward to seeing each other and welcoming newcomers to our merry tribe on the second Thursday of each month at 11:30 a.m. in Holley Hall.

If you have unused, full skeins of yarn, please contact Johanna Osborne 201-788-6361 or at johannaosborne7@gmail.com.

Commemorative Altar Flowers

Parishioners are encouraged to contribute toward the purchase of the flowers on the altar in order to commemorate a special occasion or loved one; Sanctuary Lights or Candles, $20; Altar Flowers, $50. Contact Alex Zander at ahzander@yahoo.com or contact the church office to offer flowers or to make a monetary donation.

Flowers for Easter In honor of a loved one, consider purchasing flowers to decorate our church on Easter Sunday. Envelopes will be available in the pews or at the back of the church during Lent. All donations must be received by Palm Sunday, March 24th, in order for the information to be included in the Easter bulletin. Contact Karrie in the church office, 973-383-2245, or office@christchurchnewton.org for more information.

Faith Community Nurse Available

Did you know that Christ Church has its very own Faith Community Nurse? Beth Batastini is available to assist you with healthcare issues, personal visits, and other concerns.

Call the church office or contact Beth at bethbatastini@gmail.com or 973-876-5579.

Parish News

Well Done, Good & Faithful Servants!
  • Jenna Garno for facilitating the CCW Friday Fun Night.
  • Brad Hodgins and other snow warriors who helped to shovel on Sunday, January 7th.
  • All those who braved the snow and helped to pack up our Christmas decorations on Sunday, January 7th.
  • The Breakfast Crew who served a packed house during our rescheduled Church Breakfast on January 14th.
  • Mitch Hillard, Alex Zander, and Tim Evans for leading Thursday morning worship while Father Chris was away.
  • Walter Theis for his continued leadership of the Sunday morning Bible study group.
  • Randy Parks and Susie Mittelstadt for coordinating the Youth Group bowling outing.

Let's Celebrate You!

Cultural Events at Christ Church

Women in Song Concert

Christ Church will host a recital by pianist Andrea Morokutti featuring the work of female composers Nadia Boulanger, Libby Larsen, Alma Mahler, and Florence Price, Sunday, February 4th, 3:00 p.m.

A free will offering will be taken.

Contact Debbie Mello, dmello435@gmail.com with questions.

"Antigone" Screening

A screening of a recent performance of "Antigone" by community theater group the St. James Players will be held in Holley Hall at noon on Sunday, February 4th. All are welcome to stay and watch this presentation.

Looking Ahead
  • CCW Retreat, "When Life Gives You Lemons," facilitated by the Reverend Jenny Streeter, will be held at the Crossroads Camp & Retreat Center, Saturday, March 9th, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Trio Giocoso Concert, featuring our very own Diana Greene along with Nicholas Currie and Adam Gonzalez, Saturday, April 20th, 7:00 p.m.
Church Calendar Online
Stay up-to-date with the events at Christ Church by checking out the calendar on our website .

Christ Church Newton | Phone: 973-383-2245 | Fax: 973-383-8077 | office@christchurchnewton.org | www.christchurchnewton.org

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