Service is a key element in building our lives of discipleship. This year, seven parishioners were honored with Christ Church Distinguished Service Crosses for their outstanding and ongoing service to the work of the church.
Sam Northrop has been a Christ Church parishioner for 24 years. The eighty-five year old cradle Episcopalian admits that he has moved around and attended many Episcopal churches. “I’ve never been a member of one that touched my heart as much as Christ Church,” he says. “The love flows through this place.”
Sam’s history of service includes his involvement in the Stewardship commission, the most recent capital campaign, Lector, Eucharistic Minister and ongoing Eucharistic Visitor ministry. Sam is passionate about the Christ Church because of the outreach we are involved in.
“Trying to give more to Christ Church than you get from Christ Church is impossible,” he says, “From the love, from the teaching, from the outreach, there’s so much that goes on at our church all the time, there’s no way you can give back enough for all the love you get here.”
Pat Pumphrey has been a Christ Church parishioner for 21 years. Most every Tuesday you can find Pat volunteering her time at the reception desk in the church office. “My interest is people,” Pat says, “helping others find their spot at Christ Church. We are a large congregation with many small groups – so there is a place for everyone, room for all at the table.”
She has served tirelessly in the Eucharistic Ministry, Altar Guild, Festival Flower Gifts, Newcomer committee, Lector Ministry, Evangelism, and as a caretaker of clergy vestments. She has also served on the Vestry, and chaired the Evangelism and Worship committees, both being important components to her personal ministry as a greeter. It is that ministry which holds a close place in her heart. “I had worked with the greeters at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Jacksonville,” she recalls. When Marnelle Issac asked Pat and her husband Tom, then new to Christ Church, to head up the greeters, they eagerly agreed. “We got to meet more parishioners and newcomers,” she says with a shy smile. “It’s all a part of making Christ Church so friendly and welcoming.”