Week of JANUARY 17, 2021
Notice of Special Meeting and Annual Meeting, February 7, Noon, by Beth Mullin, Vestry Clerk: There will be a Special Meeting of the Parish via Zoom on Sunday, February 7, at 12:00 noon. At this meeting, there will be a vote on proposed changes to the Parish bylaws to allow the Annual Meeting to be held electronically and other minor changes. If an electronic meeting is approved, the Annual Meeting will begin immediately following the Special Meeting. A copy of the proposed bylaws changes is available HERE and an explanation of the changes are available HERE. Voting at the meeting will take place by use of a Zoom poll.
A WORKING DRAFT list of voting members can be viewed HERE. If you are not listed or are listed as an associate member and want to be considered a member, please contact the Rector. Membership at Christ Church is as follows: 1) must be 16 years old one month before the meeting; 2) actively participate in the life of the church; 3) contribute to the parish in a manner recorded by the treasurer or known by the Rector; and, 4) be recorded in the parish records as baptized.
To view these documents, please visit the “Document Library” section of our website.
Young Adult Gathering, Feb. 5, 7pm via Zoom: Please join Rev. John and other parish young adults for a (virtual) King Cake celebration and pre-Lenten reflection on Friday, Feb 5th at 7pm via Zoom. RSVP to Ruth Kroeger for more details on King Cake pick-up by Thursday, 2/4.
Save the Date – Parish Virtual Annual Meeting, February 7, noon: Due to the ongoing pandemic, we will be hosting the 227th Annual Meeting via Zoom. We will need a quorum (30 people)to elect new Vestry members, report on the financial status of the parish, and look forward at 2021. The Christ Church roster/membership will be posted virtually this year and we ask you to double check the list to make sure you are on the roster; if you wish to be added, please contact Rev. John Kellogg regarding membership. Voting at the meeting will take place by use of a Zoom poll.
An Epiphany Story by Kate Abbott: Parishioner Kate Abbott was inspired in 2020 at the Epiphany service imagining the story of the Magi, and wrote a short story from one of their points of view. Kate has approved that we share this lovely piece with the congregation.
K9 Membership at Congressional Cemetery (dog walking membership program): Christ Church’s cemetery has an off-leash, dog-walking membership program with a long wait list. As part of the lease agreement, five current Christ Church members can skip the waitlist (several years long) to join the K9 Corps this year. (To be eligible, you must be a current Christ Church member as determined by participation and support of CCWP.) K9 Corps members must pay the annual fee and follow all dog-walking rules. For more information, visit the K9 Corps website. If you are interested, send an email with your contact information to the church office by Jan. 31st and indicate if you are already on the waitlist. Rev. John will review the list of interested candidates/eligible members; this opportunity will be first come, first served.
Stewardship Season – Moving Forward: Thank you to the 102 households who have pledged for 2021. We have met and exceeded our goal, raising $427,201 (goal: $400,000). As you turn the calendar to a new year, you can still make a pledge for 2021 at https://washingtonparish.org/ministries/stewardship/
FORMATION AND FELLOWSHIP
First Friday Book Club, February 5, 7pm: Please join us via Zoom for the next Book Club to discuss the February book, The Fire Next Time, by James Baldwin. All are welcome.
The Adult Forum Continues through Feb. 14, 10am: The Rector, Rev. John Kellogg will lead the Epiphany Adult Forum discussing topics based on The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World. In this book, the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu discuss eight “pillars of joy,” qualities they believe lead to a more joyful life. During the season of Epiphany, we will explore our own “epiphanies” and experiences involving each of these pillars. Each conversation will seek to deepen our understanding of joy as a spiritual practice. There is no need to read the book in order to participate – just bring yourself. Please note – Rev. John will need to leave the conversation at 10:30am to prepare for the 11am Worship Service. Dates/topics: January 17th: Acceptance; January 24th: Forgiveness; January 31st: Gratitude; February 7th: Compassion; February 14th: Generosity
Adult Formation/Education Winter Offerings via Diocese: The Episcopal Diocese of Washington’s School for Christian Faith & Leadership has announced its January – March offerings (listed below by start date). This information is also available in the School for Christian Faith and Leadership Newsletter. Consider signing up here to receive future School newsletters (bi-monthly) for more classes, seminars, and other offerings to build your faith and connection to God.
Winter 2021 School Offerings (listed by start date)
Feb 23 Find Your Spark
Feb 24 Grace in the Wilderness: Lenten Practices in a Time of Disruption
Mar 11 Faith Formation in a Changing Church
Mar 22 Gather Us In: Leading Transformational Small Groups
Saturday Morning Men’s Spirituality Group, 9am: A long-standing Christ Church tradition, the Saturday Morning Men’s Spirituality Group meets every Saturday at 9am for conversation and reflection. The group has returned to hosting this meeting on Zoom due to the colder weather and spike in COVID infection rates in the area. If you are interested in receiving the Zoom link, please email Paul Laymon.
Online Contemplative Retreat, Feb. 19-20: Rev. Carole Crumley and Leah Rampy will co-lead an online contemplative retreat, titled Brigid and Patrick: Fire in the Night. Weaving together plenary times for listening to the voices of these two great Celtic spiritual guides, while taking their wisdom into our lives. There will be extended periods of silence for prayerful listening to the Spirit’s voice and responding with our truest, most authentic selves. For more information and to register, please visit https://bit.ly/CELTICwisdom. (Rev. Carole Crumley was a former assistant rector at Christ Church many years ago.)