Sunday, November 24, 2019

General Announcements

Trivia Night, Fri. Nov. 22, 7pm: Trivia Night is back! Join us for pizza, delicious adult beverages (courtesy of the Christ Church Brew Crew), and trivia.  Begin putting together your team (3-5 people) or sign up to be assigned to a group. All are welcome and encouraged to join us. Childcare will be provided. We request a goodwill offering to offset costs. Sign up on the sheet on the bulletin board or email Jennifer Baker Howard at

Young Adults Strata Making, Saturday, Nov. 23, 10:30am: Come help make breakfast strata for the 225th Anniversary coffee hour. We’ll meet in the church kitchen Saturday, Nov. 23 at 10:30am and have brunch together once we’re done cooking. Strata ingredients will be provided but brunch additions are welcome, especially if you have dietary restrictions. Please RSVP by Nov. 21 to Ruth Kroeger.

The 225th Christ Church+Washington Parish Anniversary Kicks off this Sunday, Nov. 24: Our kick-off Sunday includes a festive coffee hour after each service, a slide show drawn from the church archives and a tree planting ceremony. We’ll also have a guest preacher: Rear Admiral Margaret Grun Kibben. Please join us for a very special day!
Marine Band Brass Ensemble, Sunday, Nov., 24, 4pm: A concert will be held at Christ Church featuring a brass ensemble from “the President’s Own” United States Marine Band, celebrating the historic relationship between Christ Church “Navy Yard” and the Marine Barracks.

Thanksgiving Service and Dinner, Thurs. Nov. 28, 11am: It is a Christ Church tradition to host a service of gratitude at 11am on Thanksgiving followed by a wonderful community dinner at noon.  We will be joined by St. Mark’s on Capitol Hill, and it’s a great time for fellowship with family, friends, and neighbors.  We provide the turkeys and the drinks – everyone else brings the sides and desserts.  Please sign up with the number of attendees and what you are bringing.  We typically have about 50 people at the dinner, so think large servings.  We especially need volunteers for clean-up duty.

St. Nicholas Day Dinner and Christmas Sale, Saturday, December 7: This festive event is a Christ Church holiday tradition with a special appearance by St. Nicholas! We need your help to make this a big success – please contribute a basket to be sold at the event, make some baked goods to be sold, volunteer before and during the event (sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board), purchase quilt raffle tickets and please ATTEND the event. Please REGISTER online or sign up on the bulletin board; we need an accurate stocking count and enough food for the dinner. Registration and payment can be done online. $30 for adults; children are free. Refreshments/Christmas Shop opens at 5:30pm; children’s pizza at 6pm; St. Nick arrives at 6:30pm; and a sit-down dinner for adults will be served at 6:45pm.

Save the date: Jan. 26, 2pm: More Jesus More Love Revival featuring The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry: Diocesan staff are planning an amazing weekend, Jan. 24-26, 2020, as the Episcopal Diocese of Washington hosts Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry at our 125th Diocesan Convention. Events with the Presiding Bishop include a Young Adults Gathering, preaching by the Bishop at the Convention, a Social Justice Event and more. Tickets are free (but required) for the More Jesus, More Love Revival on Jan. 26, 2pm, at the Entertainment and Sports Arena in Southwest DC. Click here for more details.

Stewardship Season: Your generosity is important to making this church a place of joy, connection, and growth for those who come through our doors.  Pledge cards are available in yellow envelopes at either entrance of the church or you can pledge online.  Please return pledges as soon as possible so that we can budget for 2020 accordingly.  You can also pledge online via our website (under Ministries/Stewardship).  In December we will be following up with those we haven’t heard from and providing giving information to those we have.

Search Committee Update: The job description for our rector position posted nationally in the second week of October.  See the transition page of the church web site for more information (  Applications will be accepted until December 1.  The committee will review the applications and then begin the first round of skype interviews with promising applicants. We will continue to follow the diocesan search process, which is posted on the Search Committee’s bulletin board in the parish hall. If you have any recommendations or questions, please contact Jean Denton or Paul Laymon.

Outreach: Serving the Community
Quilt Raffle Tickets for the St. Nick’s Drawing are now available:  Pick up tickets for yourself or to sell to others. This year tickets are 6 for $10, the first price increase sine 1984. Single tickets will cost $2. If you buy $50 or more, tickets will be filled out for you. Proceeds will go to Buenos Vecinos to help very poor children and their families in Guatamala and Honduras, and to Capitol Hill Good Neighbors, a refugee resettlement effort of the faith community and their Capitol Hill organizations.

Good Neighbors Capitol Hill Refugee Resettlement:  Christ Church is part of a large group of faith organizations on Capitol Hill that work together to provide assistance to recent refugee families who have resettled in the DC metro area. Furnish Two More Refugee Apartments by donating kitchen supplies. A list of requested items is available at the Welcome Table in the Parish Hall. For more information, contact Lisa Nickerson.

Children, Youth and Families Programming

Children’s Choir to sing at the Christmas Before Christmas Service: Children’s Choir has begun rehearsals to prepare for singing at the Christmas before Christmas service on Dec. 19th. The remaining rehearsals will be held on Dec. 5 and 12, 6:30-7:00pm. All children grades K and up are welcome.  The church kitchen will be available at 6pm for a dinner before rehearsal.  Christmas Before Christmas service needs young people to perform musical pieces, serve as readers, greeters and acolytes.  To participate, please contact Mary Miller Flowers (Interim Assistant Rector) at