Sunday, February 9, 2020

First Friday Book Group, Fri. Feb. 7, 6:30pm:  The First Friday Book Club will be meeting to discuss the monthly book selection, Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon.  Beginning with a light supper at 6:30pm, followed by the book discussion at 7pm in the Parish Hall Meeting Room.  Please join us.
Parish Annual Meeting, THIS Sunday, Feb. 9, 9:50am:  Please plan to attend the 226th Annual Meeting where we will elect new Vestry members, report on the financial status of the parish, and look forward as we prepare to welcome a new rector. The 2019 Annual Report is available online and one copy per household will be available at the meeting to conserve paper. We will have some food available (quiche, muffins, breakfast bread, cheese/crackers, fruit) but if you are able to bring some easy to eat food, such as bagels with cream cheese (in tub), donuts, fruit, etc., it will be very appreciated. Childcare will be available in the nursery for children up to age 3 and Sunday School will be in session for the children 4 years old and up.
Historic Congressional Cemetery’s K9 Corps (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 Parish Life & Office Manager Jennifer Baker Howard by Feb. 9th and indicate if you are already on the waitlist. Rev. Rick will review the list of interested candidates/eligible members; this opportunity will be first come, first served.
Brew Crew, Sun. Feb. 9, 1pm:  The Brew Crew will be brewing celebratory brews for upcoming events, including St. Patrick’s, in the church kitchen.  All are welcome to join the fun!  No previous experience needed.

Valentine’s Day Dinner & Movie, Feb. 14, 6:30pm:  Join us for a festive Valentine’s Day lasagne and Champagne supper and movie on Friday, February 14. This event is for singles, couples and children. The movie hasn’t yet been chosen, but it will be child-friendly and announced soon. We’ll have traditional meat lasagne, vegetarian lasagne and gluten-free versions, along with salad, dessert and bubbly (including sparkling water and sparkling cider). We’ll wrap things up around 9pm and provide nursery care for younger children, if needed. Please sign up on the bulletin board or email indicating how many are coming and if you need child care.

Guest Speaker Adult Forum, Sun. Feb. 16, 10am & 12:30pm: Local genealogist Catherine Ball will speak at the Adult Forum on February 16 about her research into the Theophilus Howard family. Theophilus Howard was sexton of Christ Church from about 1858 to 1868.  He and 10 other family members are buried in unmarked graves at Historic Congressional Cemetery, and we are raising money for a Howard family gravestone as part of our parish’s 225th anniversary celebration.  The Forum will be held at 10am and again at 12:30pm on February 16.  Plan to attend and learn more about this African-American family and their connections to Christ Church.

Shrove Tuesday and Children’s Ash Wednesday Service, Tues. Feb. 25, 6pm: Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper 2020 will be Tues., Feb. 25, 6 PM. This annual event is a Christ Church favorite that is prepared by the Saturday Morning Men’s Spirituality group. The menu: all-you-can-eat pancakes with gluten-free option; scrambled eggs; bacon or sausage; syrup including sugar-free and real Maple options; with whipped cream, fruit, and beverages.  We request a $10 individual or $20 family donation. A Children’s Ash Wednesday Service happens after the dinner around 6:40pm, including the imposition of ashes for both adults and children. We need volunteers to assist with set up, serving and especially CLEAN UP – email

Mother’s Group starting in late February: Come build community with us this year – join our small group for mothers! We will meet one morning a week for fellowship and discussion of the week’s readings and sermons. A new 8-week session will start in late February, and childcare will be available. This was a wonderful group last year and we are excited for another session! If you’re interested in participating, contact Dorothy Hughes.

Parishioner Newsletter deadline Feb. 24th:  Articles for the quarterly issue of the parish newsletter coming out by mid March should be sent to by February 24th.

New Name Tags:  If you requested a new name tag, please look in the name tag rack which are LOOSELY organized by LAST NAME.  If you are missing your name tag, please sign up on the sheet on the closet door in the Parish Hallway to the left of the name tag racks.

Altar Flower Sign Up Sheet for 2020:  A new sheet has been posted on the bulletin board to provide altar flowers in 2020 (except during Lent and Advent).  Please consider signing up to provide floral arrangements for the altar in memory or honor of a loved one, milestone event (birthday, anniversary) or special occasion.  A reminder will be sent to you the week you have committed to providing the arrangements.  Christ Church has a large assortment of vases; you purchase and arrange the flowers.  If you need ideas or suggestions, instructions/guidance will be provided.

Lost and Found:  Is your child (or you) missing a coat, hat or mittens?   Have you misplaced your umbrella recently? Please check the coat rack in the parish hallway, which has quite a few items on it.  Unclaimed items will be donated at the end of the month.

St. Patrick’s Dinner, Auction and Pot of Gold, Sat., March 14, 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.

Save the date – Spring Camping Trip, May 1-3:  Just confirmed! We will be camping this spring along the water again, returning to YMCA Camp Letts in Edgewater, MD (45 minutes east of DC, close to Annapolis). Overnight accommodations include shared cabins (and bathrooms), lodge rooms with shared bathrooms, or tent camping (bring your own tent). Options are available to stay 1 or 2 nights or just attend for day activities. Rates depend on lodging options, number of meals, and activity fees.  More information, including prices and making reservations, coming soon.

Search Committee Update: The Search Committee began receiving application packets on October 18.  The deadline for applying was December 3.  The committee will review the application packets throughout December and select some of the applicants for video interviews.  Those video interviews will begin in January 2020.  After the video interviews are completed, the committee will select some of the video interviewed applicants for personal interviews at their home parishes.  Two committee members will visit each applicant selected for a personal visit.  If you have any questions or would like to provide information to the committee, please see Jean Denton or Paul Laymon, or contact them at

Adult Forum Dates in Feb/March: Join the Rev. Bob Banse for Adult Forum on Feb. 23, March 1 and March 8 from 10:00-10:45am in the Meeting Room (glass conference room in the Parish Hall). Theme: “By what we have done, and by what we have left undone” – a series of conversations about those things in life that lead to the experience of separation and alienation and what works to restore us, heal us, and bring us home. The conversations will be built around what we have traditionally called “The Seven Deadly Sins” and God’s given antidotes. All are welcome to one or all of these conversations!

Children, Youth and Families Programming

Summer Camp: Want to foster those positive church camp memories in your kids? Join other Episcopalians and their friends at a week-long sleep-away camp at Bishop Claggett Center in Adamstown, MD (about an hour from DC). Summer Camps at Claggett are grounded in Scripture and tradition and encourage campers and staff to use their whole selves as ways to explore the Christian Story. Camp costs $450-$500 per person. High School Camp (grades completed 9-12): June 21-26; Adventure Camp: June 28-July 3 (grades completed 4-8); Middle School Camp: July 5-10 (grades completed 6-8); Youth Camp: July 12-17 (grades completed 2-5) More info and registration available here.