Sunday, February 17, 2019

General Announcements

The Way of Love sermon and adult forum series continues with a focus on Rest.  The Christian faith is more than ideas; at its foundation are practices for living.  Recommended resources for practices are added each week and can be found on the church website under Worship 

Coffee Hour hosts for March – May:  A new sign up sheet is on the bulletin board for the Spring.  Please consider serving as a Coffee Hour host after the 9am or 11am service.  This is an important fellowship and community-building opportunity. We provide guidance and assistance to first time hosts and send you a reminder email. We supply the coffee and coffee supplies as well as all the paper products, platters, etc. Food can be homemade or purchased at the store.  It’s a wonderful way to celebrate a milestone or special occasion.

Missed church and want to hear the sermon? On Tuesdays the sermon is uploaded to our website; you can listen to them on the website or download as a podcast on Apple, Google, and Spotify. 

Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Dinner, Tues., March 5, 6pm  – Save the Date and Call for Volunteers: You are invited to the annual “Breakfast for Dinner” meal (before Lent begins), hosted by the Men’s Spirituality Group.  PANCAKES WILL BE SERVED along with fruit, eggs, bacon and other goodies. Gluten-free pancakes will be available.  A Children’s Ash Wednesday Service happens after the dinner around 6:40pm.  Volunteers are needed to help with set up, cooking, serving and clean up. A sign-up sheet is posted on the bulletin board or you can email Mike Grace

Lenten Film Series: Our annual film series will take place in the Parish Hall on Fridays during Lent. The first film will screen on Friday, March 8, we’ll skip the next Friday (March 15 due to set up for the St. Patrick’s event), then continue on Fridays through April 12. Mark these dates on your calendar now. This year’s theme is “Miracles” and each event will begin with a light supper at 6:30pm followed by a short reading from the Bible, the movie and a discussion. We’ll have a sign up sheet for each week.

St. Patrick’s Dinner, Auction and Pot of Gold, Sat., March 16, 6:00pm: Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a fun, traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner (catered by 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. The children will have special, fun programming while the adults celebrate in the Parish Hall.

Library open for listening during worship.  If your young child needs a break during the service and you would rather not use the nursery, you may use the library where you can still hear the service through our speaker system.  The library is located through the front door  to right of sanctuary in the first room in the hallway with a window – or ask an usher to show you.  The narthex (lobby at entrance of church) is also available but it’s pretty cold there this time of year.

Children’s Programming

Sunday School updates:  The children and youth will be learning stories from the lives of Jesus this winter and spring.  This Sunday, Feb. 17, we will not have Sunday School but will offer Way of Love activities for families at 10am. On March 10, we will not have Sunday School but will offer Lenten activities for families at 10am. Join us!

Upcoming Baptism Dates are February 24 at 9am and March 3rd at 11am; if you are interested in baptism on these dates or scheduling one for the spring, please email Rev. Cara.

Education/Formation Programs

First Friday Book Club, March 1, 6:30pm: The Friday night book group will meet Friday March 1 at 6:30 p.m. for light supper and discussion from 7:00 – 8:00pm. This month we’ll be talking about Elizabeth Berg’s The Story of Arthur Truluv, and, with our February meeting cancelled due to inclement weather, we’ll also discuss Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad. All are welcome!

Outreach: Serving the Community

Outreach Planning Meeting, Sunday, Feb. 24, 12:30pm – Please join us at this meeting to discuss and plan how we can serve our neighbors, near and far.  All are welcome to attend as we develop projects and plans for 2019.  We will meet in the Upstairs Room (Sunday School rooms).

Laundry Love, March 3, 1:30pm – 4:00pm:  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 if you are interested in serving.

Our Daily Bread Casseroles: Love to cook? Want to help people? Please sign up to contribute a casserole to Our Daily Bread 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 are located in the kitchen cabinets. Please sign up on our bulletin board (April through early July) 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, or call/text 202-309-2593

Homeless Lunch Sign-up Sheet for 2019: A new sign up list has been posted to purchase the supplies for the homeless lunches and/or coordinate the lunch making on the first Sunday of each month for the CCNV Homeless Shelter.  An email reminder with instructions will be sent to you in advance.  For more information, please contact Linda Mellgren (