Sunday, May 27, 2018


General Announcements

SAVE THE DATE for Organ Dedication:  Christ Church is delighted to present concert organist Christopher Houlihan in a recital dedicating Christ Church’s new Casavant Frères Pipe Organ, Opus 3914 on Sunday, June 3 at 5:00pm. Free admission and reception follows. For more information about Mr. Houlihan (including recordings), please visit his webpage (christopherhoulihan.com).

Parents’ Night Out, Sat. June 2nd: Enjoy a night out with adult company and connect with other young families from Christ Church at Parents’ Night Out on Saturday, June 2nd.  Kids are invited to the church for dinner and play from 5pm-7:30pm while the parents head to a local restaurant (tbd). $15 for one child and $30 for 2 children. If interested, please RSVP by Friday, May 25th to Carrie Miller, carolynmiller01@icloud.com.  This will be the last Parents’ Night Out before taking a summer break.

Flowers and Hosting Coffee Hour Hosting Sign Up: We need volunteers for the summer months. Please take a minute to check the sign up sheets in the hall and consider volunteering for a Sunday this summer.

10 Minute Education Series: Famous Peeps – Starting this Sunday and running through the summer, we will have our summer education series – “Who’s That? Anglicans/Episcopalians who Shaped the Church.” Grab a cup of coffee after both the 9am and 11am service and return to the sanctuary for 8 minutes of lecture plus 2 minutes of questions.  May 27th: Thomas Cranmer; June 3rd: Samuel Seabury

Facebook for Faith! We are running a closed Facebook group for interested Christ Church parishioners to discuss and share insights on themes and ideas from My Monastery is a Minivan by Denise Roy and Of Mess and Moxie by Jen Hatmaker. These books are written by parents with busy lives and are meditations on finding God in the ordinary places in your life – your home, your car, your dinner table – and on accepting your life as holy and sacred even with all its messiness! Serena will curate quotations and questions for the group so you don’t have to read the books yourselves. We hope that you will comment with your stories, experiences, and insights. The group will run for 6 weeks from June 4-July 20. Join and see what happens!  Contact Serena (formation@washingtonparish.org) to be invited into the Facebook group.

Allyship Workshop. Whitney Parnell from Service Never Sleeps (formerly our liaison with Capitol Hill Group Ministry) is leading this workshop to teach individuals about ways to be effective allies for marginalized communities and how to actively influence and educate others. This workshop will include interactive activities, tools, and resources you can take back to your networks (workplace or community service arenas) to influence change. The workshop is being sponsored by DC127 and held at Christ Church on Saturday, June 9th from 10-3pm.  The cost is $27 and includes a box lunch from Panera. If you are interested, please email:  rector@washingtonparish.org

Save the Date for Fall Camping Trip, October 6-8 (Columbus Day weekend): Planning is underway for the fall camping trip to Massanetta Springs in the Shenandoah Valley about 2.5 hours from DC. We will have tent, rustic cabins, and hotel-style lodging options and the trip is open to singles, couples, and families. Fees include 2 nights and 6 meals and estimated from $230 – $560 depending on size of the family and lodging option. If you are considering coming and want a lodge room or ½ rustic cabin (4 people), please email Jennifer THIS WEEK so that we can ballpark the right number of cabins and lodge rooms to reserve. Tent camping is more flexible.

Children’s Program

Sunday School and Children’s Chapel:  Sunday School has ended for the program year.  Thank you to all our teachers!  We will continue to offer Children’s Chapel at both the 9am and 11am services during the summer.

Parents Meeting on Youth ProgramIf you have a child who will be in 5th-8th grade in fall 2018, please join Serena on June 3 at 10 am in the meeting room for a discussion about our youth Sunday School and other programming for next year. If you have a child who will be in 4th grade in fall 2018, you are welcome to attend. Please email Serena at formation@washingtonparish.org with any questions.

Outreach Events

Laundry Love, Sunday, June 3, 12:30pm-3pm: We need volunteers to serve at our monthly outreach program to provide free laundry and supplies to our low-income and homeless neighbors. Due to the organ concert on the same date, we will start and finish Laundry Love earlier than usual. Additionally, there are sign-up sheets for July and August on the bulletin board. Please consider signing up for the summer if you are available to serve.

Our Daily Bread Casseroles: Love to cook? Want to help people? Please sign up to contribute a casserole to Our Daily Bread Breakfast Ministry (based at Capitol Hill United Methodist Church) which provides hearty meals Monday-Friday to 40-60 neighbors in need. Christ Church supports this effort by contributing casseroles weekly.  Two easy casserole recipes are located in the magazine racks by the bulletin board and disposable pans in the kitchen. If more than one person signs up in a week, we need a volunteer to assist Nancy Broers in delivering the casseroles to the soup kitchen.  Please sign up on our bulletin board (with dates posted through September) and bring the casseroles to church on Sunday morning, label and leave them in the refrigerator in the church kitchen. For more information, see or contact Nancy Broers at NBroers200@gmail.com.