Parish Announcements, February 15

General Announcements

10am Lenten Activities this Sunday: In place of adult forum and Sunday School, there will be various activities to help families explore the themes of Lent.  For interested adults, join the rector for a conversation in the library about tips and techniques for incorporating prayer into your daily routine this Lent.  Next Sunday, our seminarian Elisabeth will continue leading an adult forum series on Christian mystics.

Lenten Film Series:  We begin Friday, February 16 in the Parish Hall. A light supper (still free) starts at 6:30pm and the movie starts are 7pm.  This year’s series is adapted from Finding God in the Dark, a book of Ignatian spiritual exercises that pairs movies with biblical reflections.  Our first movie is Paradise Now, a compelling story of the explosive friendship between two Palestinian men living in the West Bank.

The funeral for Christ Church member Carolyn Cheney will be 11am on Tuesday, February 20th at Christ Church.

The funeral for Christ Church member Joe Shaffer will be 1pm on Thursday, February 22nd at Christ Church.

Lenten Contemplative Services will be held on Tuesday evenings at 7pm beginning February 20th.  Join us for prayer, music, reflection, and communion.

Invite Welcome Connect on Saturday, March 3rd 12pm-3pm.  If you were excited by some of the ideas at our annual meeting and see that your gifts could help the church community focus on these areas of church life, please join us for this Saturday afternoon of brainstorming and formation of a plan. A full presentation was made at the annual meeting about this strategic focus, but if you missed it, feel free to talk with Serena or Cara or check out the newsletter that will come out this week.

Parents’ Night Out, Sat. March 3, 5:00pm – 7:30pm: Do you need a night out with adult company and would like to connect with other young families from Christ Church? The next Parents’ Night Out will be on Sat. March 3.  Kids are invited to the church for dinner and play from 5:00pm-7:30pm, while parents will head to a local restaurant together (tbd).  $15 for one child and $30 for 2 children.  If interested, please email Carrie Miller (carolynmiller01@icloud.com) by February 23.

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 office@washingtonparish.org. 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.

Children’s Programs.

Lenten Intergenerational Activities will take place at 10am on the first Sunday of Lent, February 18th.  Come and learn about the season of Lent.  There will also be a conversation in the library about incorporating prayer into the season of Lent for adults.

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  https://www.claggettcenter.org/youth-programs

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

Daily Prayer in Lent:  Sacred Space Lenten meditation books are available at either entrance to the sanctuary.  Each day has a reading and a question to ponder.  There is also a Sacred Space app for phones that is very similar.  At 10am on February 18th, join the rector for a conversation in the library about tips and techniques for incorporating prayer into your daily routine this Lent.

Life After Death-Intimate Union with Infinite Love: Join Cara and Serena for this reflection day offered by Bon Secours Retreat Center on February 27th from 9:30-4pm.  During Lent we are invited to ponder the mystery and paradox of death. What happens when we die? This contemplative Lenten day of reflections considers the question through scriptures, Jesus’ teachings, post-resurrection experiences, and Christian mystics.  The cost is $40 which includes lunch and you are invited to carpool for the one hour journey there and back with Cara.  Please email Cara at rector@washingtonparish.org for the link to register.

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, msinger@capitolhillvillage.org, 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.

Laundry Love, March 4, 1:30pm – 5:00pm:  Laundry Love is our ministry providing free laundry service and supplies once a month at a local laundromat for our low-income and homeless neighbors.  We need volunteers to assist for all or part of the time.  Please sign up on the bulletin board or send an email to Jennifer at office@washingtonparish.org if you are interested in serving.

Homeless Lunch Sign-up Sheet for 2018: A new sign up list has been posted to purchase the supplies for the monthly homeless lunches that we make and provide on the first Sunday of each month for the CCNV Homeless Shelter.  An email reminder and list of supplies will be sent to you in advance. New this year – we are asking people to sign up to organize the monthly lunch packing. Spoiler alert – you will miss some church on the Sunday that lunches are made to set up the activity in the Parish Hall. For more information, please contact Linda Mellgren (p3mp4@verizon.net)

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 rector@washingtonparish.org with questions and/or interest.