Sunday, September 16, 2018

Ministry Fair, Sept. 16: During coffee hour, come learn about ministry opportunities at Christ Church, both those within the church (like leading worship and Sunday school) and those outside our doors. If you’ve ever been curious just what a liturgist does, or how to get to the Laundry Love laundromat, this is the time to chat with the leaders of those ministries. It’s also a time to share your gifts if you’ve been looking for a way to get more involved.

Adult Forums returns this Sunday at 10am: Please join us for the kick off to our Adult Forum series focusing on the Apocrypha (a separate section of books that is sometimes not included in the Bible). What is the Apocrypha? Come to the forums and broaden your understanding and knowledge of these stories written over several centuries before the birth of Jesus.

Christ Church Quilters: The Quilters will NOT meet on Monday, Sept. 17th.

Got Connection? Small Groups Return this Fall! We will offer a men’s and a women’s small group this fall at Christ Church as a way for parishioners to connect more deeply to each other and God. Small groups allow us to reflect on where God has been—and is today —in our lives. Groups meet for 1.5 hours/week for 8 weeks in October and November at a date and time of the group’s choosing. (The dates/times are not set in advance.) We ask that you make at least 6 of the 8 sessions. Joining a group is a two-step process: after you express your interest, Cara and Serena will place you in a group this fall or ask you to wait to join in the winter based on the make-up of the group. More information can be found on the Bulletin Board outside the Parish Office. If you are interested in joining a group, please email Serena.

Adult Forum about identity and politics on Sept. 23 at 10am:  John Sides, a Professor of Political Science at George Washington University, will be speaking on his new book, Identity Crisis: The 2016 Presidential Campaign and the Battle for the Meaning of America. He will discuss how attitudes about race, immigration, and Islam help explain not only the 2016 election but also the upcoming 2018 election and American politics more generally. John is Rev. Serena’s husband.

Nationals Tickets, new date, Sun. Sept. 23, 1:35pm: We have a few tickets now available to the rescheduled game on Sunday, September 23, 1:35pm; if you are interested, please contact Jennifer. Tickets are $36 each and include a $10 concession credit. If you had tickets to the rained-out game (Sept. 9th), please see Jennifer to pick up your NEW tickets this Sunday or next Sunday, or make other arrangements.

Save the date for our Fall Movie Night on Friday, Sept. 28: We are showing the animated movie Joseph: King of Dreams on Friday, September 28. We will offer a light supper at 6pm, with the movie starting at 6:30pm. Our children and youth will study the Joseph stories this fall in Sunday School and this is fun way to engage them in the stories! Come one, come all!

Pet Blessing, Sept. 30, 11am: Please join us at the annual Blessing of the Animals at the 11am service. Bring your dog, cat, small animals, fish, photos of pets, stuffed animals, etc. to the service for a blessing.  Please keep the animals on a leash or appropriate animal carrier.  Encourage your friends, family, neighbors to join us for this fun service.  No Sunday School or forum and no Children’s Chapel at the 11am service.  9am is a pet-free service.

The First Friday book group begins the fall on October 5:  Discussing Go, Went, Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck, described by the New Yorker as “a novelist’s powerful response to the refugee crisis. We’ll begin with a light supper at 6:30 followed by book discussion at 7:00 All are welcome!

9am Ushers:  As this service has grown, the need for more people to formally serve in the hospitality role of ushers has also grown.  Luckily it’s not a hard gig.  It’s a great way for families to serve in the service together.  If you are willing to be trained as an usher and serve once every two months (or more) that would be great.  Please let Cara know ( and she will connect you with Paul Laymon to train you.

The Parish Choir is starting a new season of great choral music. All present and former singers, instrumentalists, those looking for a team experience and fence sitters are welcome. With occasional exceptions, the regular weekly schedule is Wednesday rehearsals from 7:30 to 9:15pm and Sunday warm-up at 10am before the 11am service. If you have any questions, please speak to any chorister or to Music Director, Richard Thibadeau.

Did you know you can hear the worship service in the library or narthex? If you need to step out for any reason, especially if young kids need a break, you can still hear the service.  The narthex is the area outside the sanctuary where the ushers are, and the library is located off the hallway on the way to the parish hall (ask an usher if you need clearer directions).

Christ Church T-shirts: WOMEN’S Christ Church t-shirts are for sale in the parish hall for $10 each.  Due to ordering restrictions, only women’s sizes in sizes XS  – 2X are available. Cash, check or credit card will be accepted.

Gardeners! Christ Church is looking for gardeners who would be interested helping keep our flower beds and bushes looking great. If you are interested, please contact Robin Blackwood (

Save the date for our Fall Movie Night on Friday, Sept. 28: We are showing the animated movie Joseph: King of Dreams on Friday, September 28. We will offer a light supper at 6pm, with the movie starting at 6:30pm. Our children and youth will study the Joseph stories this fall in Sunday School and this is fun way to engage them in the stories! Come one, come all!

Education Events

Parenting Workshops:  Christ Church is partnering with DC127 and PEP (Parent Enrichment Program) to offer 3 workshops this fall to our community.   The first one will be THIS Friday, September 14th at 6:30pm, and the topic is Morning Mayhem.  Mornings are a hot spot for trouble in many families.  Parents need to get out of the house on time, but the kids aren’t cooperating.  How do you motivate them to move -without resorting to nagging, yelling, or bribing.  The deadline for signing up for childcare has passed, but parents may still attend.

Sunday School has resumed! We welcome your children (PK and older) to Sunday School at 10 am on most Sunday mornings. Our Sunday School is all-volunteer, Bible-based, and fun! There is no need to sign up your child ahead of time. We ask a parent to remain at the church for all children in 4th grade and under. Locations for each class can be found on the Welcome Table in the Parish Hall. Note: There is no Sunday School on Sept. 30 or Oct. 7.

Outreach Events

Eat Pancakes and Support Refugees:  Saturday, September 22 (9:00 am – noon) 522 7th Street SE (Church of the Latter-day Saints). These aren’t just your ordinary pancakes.  Choose exciting, surprise toppings! The suggested donation of $10 pp (discount for kids) fully supports the ongoing needs of the Capitol Hill Good Neighbor Refugee Project.  Come eat pancakes and meet neighbors from the Afghan Refugee support team.  Reserve space for your family and friends?

Laundry Love, Sunday, October 7, 1:30pm-4:00pm: We need volunteers to assist with this Outreach ministry event that serves our low-income neighbors in Ward 8 at the Good Hope Laundromat. Meet at the church at 1pm to carpool to the laundromat. Please sign up on the bulletin board or send an email to Jennifer.

Community Events

Peace through Racial Justice, Friday, September 21, 7pm: The Church of the Brethren Office of Peacebuilding and Policy and our co-hosts, Ebenezer United Methodist, invite you to our event, Peace through Racial Justice, for the International Day of Prayer for Peace on Friday, Sept. 21 at 7:00pm, at the Washington City Church of the Brethren (337 N. Carolina Ave, SE). The featured speaker will be Rev. Aundreia Alexander, from the National Council of Churches, and the evening will consist of both prayerful worship and rich conversation surrounding the topic of racial justice. For more more information, see the flyer or linked here is the Facebook event. Please spread the word and invite people on Facebook–the event is open to everyone in the wider community and we would love to have you there.
Two Diocesan Hunger Walks, Sunday, October 14: The Hunger Fund Committee of the Diocese of Washington cordially invites you to attend one of two Diocesan Hunger Walks: Cathedral Walk at 2pm or Southern Maryland Walk at 1:30pm. Walk details and materials are available on the website. The Hunger Fund has played an important role in the support of small organizations in the Diocese who feed the hungry. Funding has been shrinking lately at an alarming rate resulting in feeding fewer people.
2019 Cathedral Pilgrimage Registrations now open:
Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, April 28-May 11, 2019: For thousands of years, pilgrims have journeyed to the Holy Land to experience God in real and tangible ways. Retrace Jesus’ steps, follow the paths of martyrs and the early Church, and see the Bible with fresh eyes in the land where God dwelt among us. There’s no better way to experience the Easter season than a life-changing Holy Land pilgrimage. You’ll never look at yourself—or your faith—quite the same way again. More information available at
Pilgrimage to Iona, May 23-June 2, 2019: Join us on a pilgrimage to Iona as we listen to the silence of the land, the wisdom of saints, and the stories of our fellow pilgrims. The rhythm of our days begins and ends with prayer with the ecumenical Iona Community in the historic abbey church. Follow in Columba’s footsteps and discover how the landscape of this holy island and the wisdom of Celtic spirituality through the ages may deepen your own spiritual path in whatever walk of life you come from and return to. More information available at