Christ Church - Warren, Ohio
Christ Church
2627 Atlantic St. NE
Warren, OH 44483
330.372.4998

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Worship Ministries

Acolytes - Faith Scarmuzzi

Acolytes are young adults 10-18 years of age and include the Crucifer and Torch Bearers. Responsibilities include serving at the altar, leading the gospel procession, receiving the alms from the ushers and receiving the bread and wine.

Lectors - Gary Richards

Lectors read the Old Testament (first) lesson during the worship service.

Eucharistic Ministers - Faith Scarmuzzi

Eucharistic Ministers read the New Testament (second) lesson, lead the psalm, carry the Gospel Book in the gospel procession and bear the chalice during communion.

Ushers - Don Scarmuzzi

Ushers are responsible for passing out service bulletins, the collection of alms, having parishioners take bread and wine to the altar and guiding people during communion. Ushers also take a count of people for communion and straighten the church after the service.

Altar Guild - Jan Henrey

The Altar Guild does the behind the scene work to prepare for each Sunday and Wednesday service as well as weddings and funerals. Responsibilities also include changing the linens for special services, preparing the bread and wine, cleaning the altar area after services and cleaning the linens.

Music - Gary Richards

Parish Choir

The choir is open to students of grade 9 through adults. The choir provides special music for the 10:00 service and special services throughout the year. Singing includes a wide range of repertoire from the traditional to contemporary. Rehearsals are held Thursday evenings September through May from 7:00 - 8:30. All who sing are welcome and encouraged to join.

Handbell Ringers - Jeannine Morris

Students grade 9 through adults are welcome. The bell ringers perform once a month at the 10:00 service and also at special services. Rehearsals are held each Tuesday evening September through May from 7:00 - 8:30.

Warren Philharmonic Orchestra

The Warren Philharmonic Orchestra uses Christ Church as their home base. Concerts are preformed on a regular basis.

Arts on Atlantic

Audio/Visual (A/V) - Deb Murphy and Kathy Wildman

A/V provides multimedia support for services that include worship, weddings and funerals.

Fellowship Ministries

Brotherhood of Saint Andrew - Joe Gladd

The Brotherhood is a ministry whose purpose is to serve Christ and The Church. They do this by helping members of the church who are in need, providing assistance to those outside the church, serving the wishes of the priest, helping out around the building and grounds and raising money for a variety of special projects. They have supported mission trips, the fine arts and scouts. Meetings are the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 AM and include breakfast, scripture study and discussion, planning how best to help throughout the month and special prayers for those in need. All youth and men are welcome to join and carry on the good works and serve the Lord.

United Thank Offering (UTO) - Janet Gladd

United Thank Offering in a ministry of the Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. The UTO is collected in small blue boxes which are passed out twice a year. This is to encourage men, women and children to add money each time we feel blessed and to nurture the daily habit of giving daily thanks to God of our many daily blessings. When the money is tallied by the diocese grants in the amounts of millions of dollars are given each year.

Welcome Ministries

Greeters - Jennine Morris

Greeting parishioners and visitors on Sunday mornings, special services and other functions is the most important part of this ministry. Greeters are present at most services to welcome everyone coming through the church doors and is often the first person a visitor or newcomer will meet and their goal is to make all feel welcome and comfortable. Greeters also accompany visitors to the coffee hour and introduce them to the Rector and other members of the parish.

Bakers Guild - Marilyn Maxwell

Each week members of the Bakers Guild provide baked goods or crackers with cheese and fruit to be served after the 10:00 AM Sunday service. The "Coffee Hour" promotes fellowship and provides an opportunity to welcome and introduce visitors and new members.

Food Ministries

Ladles of Love - Jan Henrey

Ladles of Love is a group of church members who meet the second Saturday of each month to prepare lunch for homebound parishioners and a few Mobile Meals clients. Ladles of Love is a self-sustaining group - each member makes and brings a portion of the meal each month (cooking expertise is not required). The members deliver the meals and are available for visiting with the recipients.

Wedding Soup - Nancy Maggiano

Delicious wedding soup is prepared on the second Thursday of each month. Parish members meet at 9:00 AM to chop vegetables and enjoy camaraderie. The soup is prepared and frozen and is sold on the third Thursday of the month 11:00 AM - 2 PM. All proceeds benefit the Church.

Two-Cents-a-Meal - Helen Garrigus

Two-Cents-a-Meal is a collection taken once a month after Sunday services. This ministry is part of the larger Episcopal Hunger Network of Ohio. One half of what we collect throughout the year is sent to the diocese to feed the less fortunate in Ohio.

First Presbyterian Lunch - Elizabeth A. Clark

First Presbyterian Church of Warren serves a free lunch the third Tuesday of each month. CEC shares in providing these meals by supplying the lunch every other month. When it is our month, members meet the Saturday before the third Tuesday of the month at 1:00 PM to prepare the food. The meal is refrigerated until Tuesday when members of First Presbyterian pick it up to serve.

Backpack Program - Volunteers

The Backpack Program began four years ago through a Second Harvest Food Bank grant and is designed to provide nutritional food supplements for weekends to children at Jefferson and Willard K-8 schools. Approximately 150 children participate and receive 14-16 items each week. This totals 16 or 17 tons of food provided yearly. Bags are packed each Thursday for distribution on Friday or an alternate day according to the school schedule.

St. John's Red Door Cafe - Jan Henrey

Three times a year: April, July and December, a group of 8-10 members of Christ Church prepares a meal to serve at St. John's in Youngstown. St. John's opens their doors every Sunday for the soup kitchen to feed the homeless and is manned by various churches and organizations throughout the year. Christ Church is the only church that prepares and serves the entire hearty and healthy meal. Approximately 75 to 100 hungry and grateful guests are served each week.

Other ministries

Medieval Faire - Jim Johnson

Join us for the Mahoning Valley's only Medieval Faire.

Quilt and Prayer Shawl Ministry

Quilts and prayer shawls are crafted by church members and are given to those who are ill or grieving as a way to provide comfort.

Pastoral Care Team - Faith Scarmuzzi

The Pastoral Care Team visits parishioners who have recently been hospitalized or may need assistance with daily needs. Help that may be provided may include food and rides or assisting in finding agencies for continued aid.

Lay Eucharistic Visitors (LEV) - Faith Scarmuzzi

LEV members take communion on Sunday after church to parishioners who are not able to attend services. These visits include spending time and determining whether there are needs that CEC may be able to help provide.

Secret Prayer Partners

Secret Prayer Partners pray throughout the year for a "secret" partner. Once a year this group meets to disclose their partners and discover who their new secret partner will be for the upcoming year. It is very comforting to know that someone is keeping you in thought and prayer even though identity is unknown. It is also fun to find who that person is at the yearly meeting. This ministry also promotes close fellowship by providing an opportunity to learn more about your partners. All are welcome.

Adult Bible Study - Jim Johnson

Adult Christian education is a key component in adult Christian formation. Christ Church does this through a series of small group studies that allows participants to learn, explore and express responses to God's word. This process helps to transform members into the Christian that God needs each of us to be.

Adult Bible study is held at 9:00 AM on Sundays.

Security - Dan Mason

CEC Security is a group of dedicated parishioners who are responsible for locking the Church every night, open on Sunday and respond to any alarm activations. The security members also have access to the building to let any member or group into the building and rooms for events. Being a member of the security team is open to any member who wishes to join.

Gardens

There are three beautiful gardens, the Peace Garden, the Cloister Garden and the Biblical Garden on the church property. The gardens are distinctly different and are maintained by the Garden Committee. The Peace Garden features a walkway of memorial bricks that are place in honor or memory of a loved one.

The Cloister Garden is outside the Chapel and is used for services in Summer. The Biblical Garden is enclosed and is located on the hall to the Narthex.

Church Mice - Janet Gladd

Church Mice are designed and created by the Craft Group. Originally crafted to be Christmas tree ornaments, they became equally popular for sale as year round favorites. Many unique and imaginative themes have been fashioned for the Mice throughout the years. To fully appreciate these magical creations, they can be seen in the display case outside of the Parish Hall.

Clothes Closet - Melanie Garman

The Clothes Close is located in Emmanuel Lutheran Church. This is free clothing giveaway open to the public. CEC participates by collecting and donating clothing that is taken to Emmanuel Lutheran for their distribution. The collection box is located outside the Church office.

Beatitude House - Linda Day

Beatitude House serves women and children bound in the cycle of poverty and homelessness. Through housing, education and family support, they are helped to break that cycle. Christ Church provides assistance by serving as a "Good Neighbor." The employees at Beatitude House count on CEC when their clients have needs such as school supplies.

Beatitude House Thanksgiving Baskets - Jan Henrey

Parishoners make monetary and food donations to fill Thanksgiving food baskets for residents of Beatitude House.

Beatitude House Santa's Workshop - Anne Martin

Christmas trees are placed near the Chapel and in the Narthex decorated with $5 gift requests. Parish members purchase the specified gifts which are collected and taken to the Beatitude House where they are provided for shopping: Children select gifts for moms, dads, siblings and grandparents. Moms may also select gifts for their children. Parishoners also attend the workshop and help wrap the gifts.

Wedding Events - Melanie Garman

Christ Church has three distinct and beautiful venues for weddings: contempory, traditional and the garden. These spaces are available to both members and non-members and may include wedding coordination, priest, A/V, rehearsal, or tent. Ala Carte packages are also available.

Bazaar - Nancy Maggiano and Sandee Skovran

The annual Bazaar takes place the Saturday prior to Thanksgiving. Parishoners provide baked goods and handcrafted items including many Christmas items as well as a variety of collectables. There is also a Chinese Auction with a wide variety of selections. Lunch is available.

Rummage Sale - Steve and Becky Watts

The Rummage Sale is held in the spring. A large array of donations including furniture, housewares, electronics, books, collectables, holiday items and toys are sold.

Communion Bread Bakers - Jan Henrey

Communion bread is baked in three round sizes using a special recipe named "St. Gregory Abbey Bread." Bakers are each responsible for the communion bread a month at a time.

Parish Yard Sale - Anne Martin

The Parish Yard Sale is held in June and is open to all parish and community members. An entrance fee is charged for participants. In addition, hot dogs and snacks are sold. Proceeds from the yard sale are used to help fund the Pet Celebration.

Pet Celebration - Anne Martin

The annual Pet Celebration is held in September to coincide with the Feast of St. Francis and is open to the community. The celebration includes the blessing of the animals, a petting zoo and free pony rides. Food and pet related items are sold.

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