Sunday, March 24, 2019

General Announcements


Lenten Adult Education: We will be offering Bible Study at 10am on Sundays on The Last Supper to the Cross. This Sunday, March 24, join Rev. Serena in the Meeting Room for a discussion.

Easter Music and Flowers: Please consider an offering to support our special Easter music and flowers.  A sign up sheet is on the bulletin board to honor or remember a loved one; please print CLEARLY.  Suggested donation is $25.  Please sign up or email by Monday, April 8.

Announcing the 2019 Lenten Project:  The CCWP Outreach 2019 Lenten project is a book drive to support the students of the Bishop John Walker School for Boys, which is located in Ward 7.  Originally sponsored by the Diocese of Washington and now supported by donations from local churches, individuals and corporations, this tuition-free school for 80 + boys in grades Kindergarten through 5, provides low-income and minority children a chance to excel socially and academically.

The BWS has an extensive library book wish list on their website (  A portion of that wish list is attached to this this note. You can order a book off your list through Amazon and have it sent to Christ Church (Christ Church, Attention BWS books, 620 G ST SE, Washington DC 20003) or you can take your list to East City Books have them order a book for you, if not available in the store. Bring the book to Christ Church and place it in the orange bag or book trolley by the Welcome Table.

If you have children, talk to them about why to “give” rather than “give-up” things for Lent and about the BWS.  Let them choose the book(s) to give. Carefully read the book with them before you bring it to Christ Church. Let this be a learning experience for you and for the boys of BWS.

Information on the Transition Process, Sun. April 7:  We hope you will attend the services on Sun., April 7 when The Rev. Paula Clark, the Canon to the Ordinary and Canon for Clergy Development, Multicultural Ministries and Justice, from the Diocese of Washington, will preach at both the 9am and 11am service.  She will lead a discussion about the Rector transition and search process at 10am in the Parish Hall.  Canon Clark works with parishes in transition on all aspects of the process and will be here to help explain the process and answer questions.  We hope you will join this important and informative discussion.

Congressional Cemetery is raising their prices; for Christ Church members, you can still purchase your burial plot or niche at current prices through the end of May.  Pet burial is also now an option.  If you are interested in either, please contact Congressional Cemetery directly at 202-543-0539 or

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.

Holy Land Pilgrimage: Is travel to the Holy Land on your bucket list? Tom and Karen Getman (who lived and worked in Jerusalem for 5 years) are forming a group with St. Mark’s and others to travel in November. Working with MEJDI Tours (who do the National Geographic tours), the dual narative trip will spend 11 days (November 25-December 6, 2019) in Isreal and Palestine. Additionally, you can include 5 day pre-visit to Jordan (November 19-25.)  This unique contestual journey to the traditional Holy Sites of the Abrahamic religions focuses on people whose stories introducd us to a deeper perspective on the political and social context of Isreal and Palestine. This is not exclusively a St. Mark’s trip. All are welcome. Contact for more information.

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. 

Lenten Film Series continues on March 22 and 29 at 6:30pm: The series this year focuses on the miracle stories. Our movie on the 22nd is Once, a charming and light hearted film from Ireland about a talented Irish street musician. On March 29 the movie is the American film Lean On Pete. This is a touching movie about a young man who finds solace in caring for an aging race horse. The event is free. A light supper is served at 6:30pm and the movie, followed by a brief discussion, begins at 7pm. Sign up on the bulletin board in the hall.

Parents’ Date Night on March 23, 4:30pm – 8pm: Girl Scouts Troop 6560 will host a fundraising event by offering babysitting on Sat., March 23, from 4:30-8pm at Christ Church.  The girls will supervise (with adult support) a light dinner, fun crafts, and activities for children, ages 3 and older.  Cost is $25 for 1 child, $40 for 2 siblings, or $50 for a family.  Please note – for safety reasons, the Scouts will limit the number of registrations accepted.  The Girl Scouts are traveling to India this summer and are raising money for this once-in-a-lifetime trip.  If you are interested, please email Jennifer at to receive an online link.

Spring Cleanup, April 6, 10am:  Please join us on April 6th at 10am to clean up our grounds prior to Easter.  Last fall, a group cleaned, raked and planted loads of Spring flowers that have begun to sprout.  They are going to be beautiful.  However, magnolia leaves and the winter debris need to be cleaned up.  Please bring your rakes and your enthusiasm.  Let’s make sure the Easter egg hunt has a wonderful venue!  Bring your kids! 

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

Children’s Gift for Rev. Cara: We ask all children to contribute a signed thank-you note/artwork to a binder for Cara. All notes/artwork must be on an 8.5×11 page and will be 3-hole punched. If it is not 8.5×11, we will not be able to include it in the book. Plain printer paper, cardstock, or cropped construction paper is fine. Decorative elements and photos that are taped or glued on are also fine. Kids should include their names of the card/art. Drop contributions in the box on the Welcome Table or deliver them to the Office during regular hours by March 24.

Sunday School updates:  The children and youth will be learning stories from the lives of Jesus this winter and spring.  On March 31 (Rev. Cara’s last Sunday), there will be no Sunday School; we will offer Lenten activities in the Parish Hall.  There will be Sunday School on April 7 and then NO Sunday School for 3 weeks (April 14, 21, 28).  Sunday School will resume on May 5 and continue until May 19.  On April 28 we will offer Easter activities in the Parish Hall.

Education/Formation Programs

Growing in Grace: Spirituality of Aging, Sat. March 30, 9:30am – 3:30pm:  St. Alban’s Episcopal Church presents a day with speakers and workshops to address issues of spirituality at the end of life.  This free program will feature Keynote speakers, The Very Rev. Tracey Lind and Emily Ingalls, a delicious lunch and then 3 afternoon workshops to choose from.  No cost, but RSVP requested.  Register at or call Sally Craig at 202-494-7953.

Outreach: Serving the Community

Laundry Love, Sunday, April 7, 1:30pm – 3:30pm: Laundry Love is our ministry expressing love and care for the struggling and stranger by sharing conversation and providing free laundry service and supplies one Sunday afternoon a month at a local laundromat.  Volunteers are always needed for all or part of the time.  Please sign up on the bulletin board or send an email to Jennifer at

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. Please see this recent article about Our Daily Bread:

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 (