Parish Announcements, March 2

General Announcements

Lenten Film Series: The film series continues on Fridays through March 23 (except for Fri. March 16). A light supper in the Parish Hall begins at 6:30 pm. The movie starts at 7pm with a discussion period following.  This Friday, March 9, we will watch I’ve Loved You So Long.  Starring Kristin Scott Thomas, this French movie with English subtitles is a moving story of a woman who struggles to interact with her family and find her place in society after spending fifteen years in prison. We will not meet next Friday, but will enjoy our last film, Juno, on Friday, March 23. The movie is a story of an off beat young woman who experiences an unplanned pregnancy and wrestles with decisions regarding her unborn child.

Lenten Contemplative Services will be held on Tuesday evenings at 7pm through Lent.  Join us for prayer, music, reflection, and communion.

Time Change, Change for Change, Sunday, March 11: Remember that we spring forward by one hour next Sunday.  It is a Christ Church tradition to bring loose change on Time Change Sunday.  This time change will support Samaritan Ministries.  Loose change or Cash/Checks welcome. Please put “Time Change Sunday” in memo line.

Running group to train for the Capitol Hill Classic – Katherine Brewer is organizing a 10 week informal running group to prep for the race on May 20th.  Meet at the Lincoln statue in Lincoln Park at 7am on Saturday, March 10th.  Contact Katherine with further questions –

Join Christ Church group at March for Our Lives: Mary Miller Flowers, Katherine Brewer, and Rachel Abrecht Litchfield are organizing a group from the church to participate on March 24th.  More information will be forthcoming.

Hosting Trinity Wall Street after March for our Lives.  We will be hosting 100 congregants from Trinity Wall Street after the march so they can eat and engage a presentation from Episcopal Public Policy Network before boarding a bus home.  We need a few volunteers to offer hospitality (coffee, water, a place to rest for people who return early, etc.) while they are here that afternoon between 1pm – 5pm. If you are available for a portion of this time, please email Cara at

St. Patrick’s Dinner, Auction and Pot of Gold, Sat., March 17, 6:00pm: Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a fun, traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner (catered by the Corned Beef King) with libations provided by the Christ Church Brew Crew. We will have some EXCLUSIVE items for bid  as well as a lottery drawing for a Pot of Gold.  We need volunteers to assist with decorating, serving, clean up and soliciting auction items.  Please sign up on the bulletin board or send an email to Jennifer Baker Howard at Adults are $30; children under 12 are $10. (Please note  – the price increased is due to the new format of a catered dinner.) The children will have special, fun programming while the adults celebrate in the Parish Hall.

Night Vigil – March 29th-30th.  After the Last Supper and before his arrest, Jesus asked his disciples to come to the garden and stay awake with him as he prayed.  You are invited to be a part of this prayer vigil that will go from 9pm to midnight on Maundy Thursday (March 29th) and 6am to noon on Good Friday (March 30th).  Sign-up on the bulletin board for one hour.  You can pray, read Scripture, reflect on meditational material provided; the first disciples fell asleep, so you really can’t mess this up.  There will be staff in the building and additional information will be given to those who sign up.

Wedding Anniversaries: Are you celebrating a big anniversary this year – 30, 40, 50 years?  In late April we will be having a service where we bless marriages, and I would like to gather your well-earned wisdom on marriage.  The commitment is one dinner with fellow anniversary-celebrators.  Please email Cara at to be included.

Children’s Programs.

Children’s Worship and Play: We offer an informal, interactive worship experience for children 6 years old and under every 2nd Sunday of the month at 5pm.  Join us on Mar. 11th at 5pm for worship followed by a simple dinner and play time.

Children’s Chapel now at BOTH 9am and 11am, starting Sunday, March 4!  We are excited to offer Children’s Chapel at both the 9am and 11am services this spring! Children’s Chapel is held in the Upper Room and includes engaging lectionary-based story-time, prayers, and songs. It is for children in second grade and younger. The children start in the nave with their parents and leave before the lessons. The children return at the peace to join their parents for communion. Join us!

Sunday School Feedback Sessions: If you are a Sunday School teacher or a parent of children in Sunday School, please join Serena in the library from 10:15-10:45am on Sunday March 11 or March 18 (pick one date) for a brief discussion on how Sunday School is going. Serena would love to hear your feedback—joys, challenges, concerns!  If you can’t make it and have feedback, email Serena at to set up a time to talk. 

Children’s Choir is Back!  Children’s choir will recommence during the Easter season, under the leadership of Susan Holmes and Richard Thibadeau.  Children (kindergartners and above) are invited to rehearse from 6:30-7:00pm on Apr. 9, 16, 23, 30 and May 7, and sing during the May 13 worship service at 11 am.  Sign-up on the bulletin board or by email to Serena at

Summer Camp:  Want to foster those positive church camp memories in your kids?  Join other Episcopalians and their friends at camp at Bishop Claggett Center in Adamstown, MD (about an hour from here).  Camp costs $450 per person; don’t let cost be a barrier – the rector’s discretionary fund will assist any of our parish’s children who wants to go to camp.  Camp for kids who have completed 2nd – 5th grade will be July 8-13; for youth who have completed 6th -8th grade will be June 24th-29th.  Registration at

Vacation Bible School:  Save the date for Vacation Bible School this summer at Christ Church on the evenings of June 17th-21st!  Curriculum runs from 6-7:30pm, with a simple dinner at 5:30 (and on, Sunday, June 17, a fun worship service at 5pm).

Adult Education/Formation

Life Change: The Work of Samaritan Ministry and Beyond.  Please join the Rev. David Wolf on Sunday March 4th at the 10am forum for a discussion about the important work that Samaritan Ministry does in the DC area helping people make the next step towards economic and personal stability in their lives.  David will also be our preacher that day.

The Sandwich Generation: Supporting Aging Parents while Raising Children, Tuesdays in March, 7pm:  Capitol Hill Village is sponsoring a four part series for adult children who are concerned about their aging parents, neighbors, friends, whether they live nearby or far away. Share your concerns and learn strategies about how you can support them and plan for their future. Free, but limited enrollment. For more information or to register contact Molly Singer,, 202-543-1778.

Outreach Activities

Lenten Collection: We are collecting toiletries (hotel/travel size and larger) during Lent for the clients of Samaritan Ministry, an Episcopal organization that strives to help the vulnerable in our city make the next step towards stability in their lives.  Please place them in the bins in the Parish Hall and Narthex. David Wolf, director of Samaritan Ministry and former seminarian at Christ Church, will join us on March 4th to preach and share about Samaritan Ministry at the adult forum.

Samaritan Ministries, Next Step Breakfast, Thursday, March 15, 7:30-9am:  Christ Church became a partner parish last year. The Next Step Breakfast is an annual event featuring a volunteer and program participant discussing the impact Samaritan Ministries has had on them. Please contact Serena Sides ( if you would like to join her at the table she is hosting. There is no cost to the breakfast, but it is a fundraising event.

Mission/Service Trip to Eastern Kentucky.  Consider joining our summer work trip to Barnes Mountain outside Irvine, KY the week of August 5th.  Our work will consist of mainly repairs and improvements to homes and/or mission facilities serving the Appalachian community; relevant experience encouraged but not required.  The cost is estimated to be around $400 per person.  Please contact Cara at with questions and/or interest.