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The Daraja Children’s Choir of Africa To Perform In Easton and Stevensville

~Children from Uganda journey to inspire and share their culture with America

Cultures will unite when the Daraja Children’s Choir of Africa performs at Christ Church, Easton at the Alive at Five service on September 21st and at Christ Church/Living Water, Kent Island on September 22nd at the 8am & 10am services to bring a message of joy and hope through African song and dance.

Daraja means “bridge” in Swahili, and the Choir, made up of 24 children from Uganda, serve as a bridge to connect the people of Africa and America. This is a life-changing opportunity for these children to learn and experience American culture, as many of them have never experienced life outside of Uganda. At the same time, Americans have the opportunity to step into the lives of these Ugandan children by hearing their testimonies and experiencing traditional African song and dance.

“We are so excited to be hosting Daraja Choir once again, since 2010 we have look forward to inviting them back into our homes, church and community. It is amazing to see God working through each and every child as they connect with many during their stay.” – Kim Willard Christ Church Youth/Family Minister

The Daraja Children’s Choir of Africa is embarking on two U.S. tours this year, which includes a stop in Stevensville, MD. In spite of dealing with unimaginable hardships, these children are overflowing with joy and love, which they are eager to share, as is evident in their performance.

The Daraja Children’s Choir of Africa is part of The 410 Bridge, a non-profit organization focusing on holistic community development in Uganda, Kenya, and Haiti. The 410 Bridge exists to connect people within the body of Christ to contribute to the self-developing capabilities of the people we serve.

For more information on this topic and the organization, visit www.410bridge.org or www.DarajaChildrensChoir.com.

Oldest Congregation in Maryland Takes Old Fashioned Approach to Bringing the Community Together

As the oldest congregation in Maryland, Christ Church Kent Island has seen many celebrations since it was first founded in 1631. This fall CCKI will add a Fall Festival to its list of community oriented events hosted by this 381 year old historic church.

“Bringing people together is a part of our mission at Christ Church. We are very lucky to live in such a beautiful part of our state and to have a strong relationship with our friends at Camp Wright. Our location and our relationship with Camp Wright allow us the opportunity to create a special event with the purpose of providing families an old fashioned way to relax and enjoy the fabulous fall season with friends and family,” stated Charlie Mead, member of the Christ Church vestry.

On October 27th from 11AM -8PM, Christ Church Kent Island and Camp Wright join forces to transform the serene grounds of Camp Wright into a fun filled center of family oriented activities. The fun will include games, food, crafts, demonstrations from local dance, voice and karate studios, live music and more. The musical entertainment will be headlined by local band “Flatland Drive” (www.flatlanddrive.com) who will play from 3-6PM. Flatland Drive is known from their bluegrass sound with contemporary stylings. The days’ musical entertainment will culminate with an old fashioned sing along lead by the CCKI’s own Praise Band members, Carl Hager and Greg Nicholson. “Commander Hager’s voice has often been compared to James Taylor so people are in for a real treat when they hear the duet of Hager and Nicholson,” commented Karen Catron, a member of the CCKI Fall Festival planning committee. The Hager/Nicholson vocal/guitar duo will play from 6:30 -7:30PM.

Activities from 12-3PM will include numerous games for kids from basket and toilet paper tosses to treasure hunts, a moon bounce, a giant slide, tractor hay rides and the like. Of courses there will be activities in keeping with the season like pumpkin decorating contests and other fall craft stations. And, for those soccer and baseball enthusiasts, there will be a speed ball station run by the Bay Bridge Baseball Academy and a soccer drill competition with prizes run by the Chesapeake Futbol Club.

It would not be a Fall Festival without some great tasting foods. The menu will include items to keep the kids happy as well as traditional Oktoberfest fare. And a shore favorite, It’s the Pits will be there along with the local Rita’s Ice. The kitchen crew from CCKI will be cooking up some brats, potato salad, spaetzle and hot dogs. And after 3PM, for those of age, beer will be on sale too.

Of course no Fall Festival would be complete without a haunted house. Friday October 26th and Saturday October 27th from 5 -10PM, people movers will take those brave enough to take the ride through the haunted woods of Camp Wright to Camp Wright’s Clary Hall. Clary Hall will be transformed by the Kent Island Drama Club and other local youth into a super haunted house. Admission to the haunted house is $3 charge for children 10 and under; $5 for adults and children over age 10. The admission charge to the haunted house will help support the KIHS Drama Club and Camp Wright.

Admission to the Fall Festival is open to all and Free. Wrist band for the children’s activities will be on sale for $15 (or individual tickets maybe purchased). Each band gives one child unlimited access to all activities (except the haunted house) and one pumpkin per child. For more information about the event contact: carolinealand@gmail.com

In photo above: Pumpkin Decorating photo
In photo at left: Photo of www.flatlanddrive.com

World Champion Jump-Roper and Entertainer Peter Nestler To Perform at Christ Church Kent Island

The Diocese of Easton, Christ Church Easton, and Christ Church Kent Island are proud to present Peter Nestler’s “FUSED” performance on Saturday, April 21st at 7:00PM. The show, along with a concert from Baltimore Band, Bride Dressed in Black, will be held at Christ Church, Kent Island, 830 Romancoke Road, Stevensville. Tickets are $10/family available at the door.

Peter Nestler is a seven-time world champion jump-roper, unicyclist, and motivational speaker. He wows audiences of all ages with his high-energy performance and his message of faith and perseverance. Nestler performs for over 300 schools across the country each year and has performed around the world in countries such as Australia, British Virgin Islands, Cambodia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Kenya, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, South Korea, Sweden, and Thailand – sharing his message and encouraging students to become a champion in life by working hard and studying.

“The crowd of over 600 was riveted to the stage, the performance and the message as Peter displayed the God given talents that he has and tell the audience that they too could be Champions for and with God. At the end of the evening the comments ranged from “best show in 6 years” to “unbelievable” to “when is he coming back?” One of my favorites was “that guy must be one of the strongest and best conditioned dudes I’ve seen in a long time. How does he hold on to that unicycle and jump like that? And how can he jump over a rope lying flat on his back? WOW!” – Doug Hill | Director of Christian Activities | Calvary Baptist Church | Winston-Salem, NC

“Peter really is a master at his craft, a great communicator, and is also one of the most down to earth guys you will meet”. – Nate Ransil | Assistant Director of Programming, Sandy Cove Ministries

Peter’s “FUSED” performance will be followed by a concert from Baltimore band, Bride Dressed in Black. The band offers a unique and original sound that blends hip/hop, rock, and funk into one thunderous sound.

Christ Church to Host Pampered Chef Cooking Show

Julia Childs, move over! Christ Church Parish Kent Island will be hosting a Pampered Chef cooking show on Sunday, April 3rd beginning at 12 noon. Pampered Chef consultant Lynn Grody will be on hand in Shand Hall to demonstrate how to make some easy, healthy and delicious recipes for spring and summer cooking and entertaining. The demonstration will, of course, feature a wide range of Pampered Chef products and kitchen tools, all of which will be available for purchase. A portion of the sales will be donated back to Christ Church Parish to assist the church with its ministries. Christ Church Parish is located at 830 Romancoke Road, Stevensville – right next to the American Legion. Complimentary light fare will be available.

The public is invited to attend, so gather all your friends, neighbors and relatives and be on hand to live, learn and experience culinary perfection. Pre-registration for this free event is required, so please e-mail your RSVP to Molly Cannon at christchurchkentisland@verizon.net or call Molly at 410-991-6752. Can’t make it to the show and cooking demonstration? You can purchase your Pampered Chef products and cooking tools on line: Simply order online at www.pamperedchef.biz/lynngrody and enter “Christ Church Parish Kent Island” as your organization or enter “Molly Cannon” as your host. If you need assistance to order online, or have questions, please contact Lynn Grody, Pampered Chef consultant, at legrody1chef@yahoo.com or call her at 302-983-6824. Online orders are due by April 3, 2011

The Pampered Chef is a global company that offers a line of kitchen tools, food products, and cookbooks aimed for preparing food in the home. Founded in 1980 by Doris Christopher, the company began to sell these items to housewives on the party plan, a system in which a homemaker invites her friends over for a social event at which the products are demonstrated and sold, a concept first use with great success with Tupperware. Currently, The Pampered Chef has a worldwide direct sales force of over 60,000 in addition to a corporate staff of 750.

Christ Church Parish Kent Island was founded in 1631, began active ministry in 1632, and celebrated its 375th anniversary in October of 2007. The Parish remains today as the oldest continuing congregation in the State of Maryland, if not the United States. Anyone interested in becoming a member of Christ Church Parish may obtain information by calling the Parish office at 410-643-5921.

Christ Church Elects 2010 Officers

At its regularly scheduled monthly meeting in February, the Vestry of Christ Church Parish, Kent Island acknowledged the rector’s request that Doug Shreve and Mike Catron continue to serve as Senior and Junior Wardens respectively, and Molly Cannon to continue as Treasurer for 2010. Typically, within the Episcopal Church, the Parish rector will name his choices for Parish officers and then send his selections to the Vestry for advice and consent. Following approval by the Vestry, the elected officers are then confirmed with prayer before the congregation at both morning services on the first available Sunday. Since Shreve, Catron and Cannon will be serving their third year in office, this step in the process is not needed.

In making his selections for 2010, Father David Green, Rector of Christ Church Parish, said, “These individuals are most qualified to serve in the capacity as wardens and treasurer, and have done so for the past two years. I was extremely pleased that all three agreed to stay on the job. Doug Shreve has been a parishioner for almost twenty years and understands the old and the new. He has helped the church in many ways from serving as Junior Warden and Vestry member in the mid-nineteen-nineties, to heading a variety of committees, and he works at just about any church function you can think of. As a matter of fact, Doug has recently completed his second term of the Vestry.

“Mike Catron has an aeronautical engineering and military back ground which puts him in good stead to serve as the Junior Warden. His understanding of the Church’s physical plant and maintenance issues is outstanding, and like Mr. Shreve, there’s hardly a church function that Mike does not attend. He’s been very involved in Parish life since joining the congregation. His work as Junior Warden during 2008 and 2009 was nothing short of outstanding. Mike is currently a member of the Vestry as well.

“Molly Cannon has served Christ Church Parish with distinction for many years. In the past, she has been a member of the Vestry, chaired the Building Committee while the new sanctuary was being built, served on the C-4 Capitol Funds Campaign Committee to raise the money to build the new sanctuary, headed up the Seafood Festival Committee, has served as temporary Treasurer for several years, and volunteers for just about any job the Parish needs help with.”
In looking back to reflect on his leadership choices for 2010, Fr. Green said, “I really like the old cliché, ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’. These three have done an outstanding job in handling their assigned tasks for the past two years; they are true leaders.” Both Ms. Cannon and Mr. Shreve reside on Kent Island, and Mr. Catron lives near Queenstown.

In a tradition dating back to England in 1604, the title warden refers to an individual charged with the enforcement of particular canons and b specific by-laws of the congregation. The term “warden” was used because centuries ago that individual’s responsibilities included unlocking the church for worship and other events. Most congregations have two such officials, as does Christ Church Parish Kent Island, known as senior and junior wardens. Other titles, such as “rector’s warden” and “people’s warden” are some times used. The wardens are elected members of the Vestry and how the wardens are elected or selected varies from one congregation to another. In most parishes, an individual may serve as a warden without being a member of the Vestry.

The Episcopal Church canons assign but one specific duty to the wardens: if the clergy person in charge of the congregation is not available or becomes disabled to give consent to another member of the clergy to officiate at the worship services of the congregation, then one of the wardens is responsible for giving consent. In most congregations, the senior warden is considered the top lay leader of the parish and serves as an advisor to the rector, and takes special care for the well-being of the rector and his or her family.

When a congregation is without a rector, the wardens function as the communication link with the diocese; convene and preside at vestry meetings; make provisions for Sunday worship; take full responsibility for proper administration and maintenance of all parish properties; and acts as custodians of all parish registers and records. Ultimately, what wardens do is defined by both tradition and the specific needs of the congregation as well as both the wardens’ and rector’s particular talents.

Christ Church Parish Kent Island was founded in 1631, began active ministry in 1632, and celebrated its 375th anniversary in October of 2007 with the opening of the church’s new 9,500 square foot sanctuary. The Parish remains today as the oldest continuing congregation in the State of Maryland, if not the United States. Anyone interested in becoming a member of Christ Church Parish may obtain information by calling the Parish office at 410-643-5921.

Rummage Sale

Saturday, March 6th, from 8:00 to 12:00, a rummage sale will be held at Christ Church Kent Island; 830 Romancoke Rd.  Some great clothing, baby items, and kids’ toys will be available, most items for only $1.

Donations may be dropped off at the church office during normal business hours, or even brought in that day.  Please – only items in good condition (no holes or stains).

Proceeds benefit AFRICA2010, local youth and adults traveling to Kenya this summer to provide clean water, glasses, and labor for building schools and/or churches.

Vendor/craft sale space is available.  Please contact the office at (410)643-5921, or Karen Catron at (410)410-8486 for more information.