Week of JUNE 13, 2021


Farewell Reception for Jennifer Baker Howard, Sun. June 13, 9:40am: Parish Life & Office Manager Jennifer Baker Howard is leaving her position as Parish Life & Office Manager on June 13th, although Christ Church will continue to be her spiritual home. Please join us in between services on Sunday, June 13th for a reception to celebrate Jennifer. We are grateful for Jennifer’s service to Christ Church and the many contributions she has made to our community.

Save the Dates, Meet and Greet for New Assistant Rector Rev. Katie Beaver: We are excited to have several opportunities for you and your family to meet and welcome our newly hired Assistant Rector Rev. Katie Beaver in June. Please save the dates and attend one or all of these events as your schedule permits. Katie will begin on Monday June 14 and she will preach on Sunday June 20. Between the 9am and 11am services, please join us for an informal meet-and-greet on the front lawn (approximately 9:40 am– 10:30am) on June 20th. Join us on Wednesday June 16 from 6pm – 8pm for Fellowship on the Front Lawn and bring your picnic dinner to meet Katie, let the kids run around, and visit with the Christ Church community. On Sunday June 27, we will celebrate Katie’s ordination to the priesthood and host her official welcome celebration between the services on the front lawn (9:40am – 10:30am).

Fellowship on the Front Lawn (aka Grill & Chill), Wednesdays from 6pm – 8pm, beginning June 16: We are pleased to host a weekly Wednesday evening event on the front lawn beginning June 16 and every Wednesday through July (weather permitting). Please bring a picnic or take out for you and your family, a blanket or chair, and join us on the church front lawn. We will provide Brew Crew beer and non-alcoholic drinks for all. If you have fun lawn games or activities, we encourage you to bring them. We will not have water activities this year. If rain/storming at 5pm or imminently forecasted, we will cancel and post an announcement on the church Facebook page.

July 4th Picnic on the Front Lawn, 4pm – 6pm: Bring your picnic or take-out, blanket or chair, and join us on the front lawn for the annual July 4th picnic. Brew Crew beer and non-alcoholic drinks provided. Please bring lawn games or activities for children.

Provide Prayer Requests or Announcements to Church Office by COB on Wednesdays: During this time of transition until a new Parish Administrator is hired, several volunteers and staff members are stepping in to manage office communications. Please send all requests for announcements and prayer requests for the Friday email and Sunday bulletin announcements to the Church Office by close of business on Wednesdays.

Funeral Service for Alice Norris, Sat. July 10, 11am (in-person and live-streamed): Long-time parishioner Alice Norris passed away last October, and her funeral service to celebrate her life will be held on Saturday, July 10 at 11am. Please join us in-person or watch the funeral service via live stream at Masks will be required inside the building for all people regardless of vaccination status.

Volunteer Readers and Intercessors for Prayers of the People Needed at the 11am Services: As we return to in-person services and many people begin traveling over the summer, we need more volunteers to read the lessons and the Prayers of the People during the 11am services. A reminder email with the readings you are assigned are sent on Tuesday the week you are scheduled to serve. If you are willing to serve and/or have more questions, please contact Randy Norton.

Usher Volunteers Needed at BOTH Services: Ushers are needed to serve at the 9 am or the 11am services. Please consider helping to welcome newcomers and fellow parishioners by participating as an usher. Duties are light and no special training is required! Starting this Sunday, there are fewer usher duties as no prior registration or signed Covenant will need to be checked. Interested? Please contact Sandy Hussey to volunteer for the 9am service or Robin Blackwood if you are interested in serving at the 11am service . Thank you for your service and helping to provide a warm welcome to our parishioners and guests.

Altar Flower Sign Up: With the return of in-person worship services at 11am in the church sanctuary, we will offer an online sign-up sheet for the altar flowers each Sunday for the rest of the year (except Advent when there are no altar flowers). Please sign up via the Sign-Up Genius link: The sheet has instructions and FAQs on providing the altar flowers. If you would like to give the flowers in memory or in honor of someone, please note the dedication in the form to be included in the Sunday bulletins.

Consecrated Communion Wafers: If you need consecrated communion wafers, please contact Gary Abrecht for delivery or to arrange a mutually agreed upon time to pick up at the church. We have discontinued the scheduled Saturday morning pick up time and have transitioned to meeting the needs for communion wafers on a more individual/as needed basis. Gluten-free wafers are also available upon request.

In-Person Services – 9am on the church lawn AND 11am in the church sanctuary: In-person worship is offered on Sundays at 9am on the church front lawn and at 11am in the church sanctuary. Both services will include communion (bread only). Masks are required inside the church and building; however, you do not need to wear your mask if you are attending the outside service and are fully vaccinated. At the outdoor service at 9am, please bring a chair/blanket; if the weather is bad, the service will be moved to inside the church sanctuary and the change will be posted on our Facebook page. Participate in indoor services as you feel comfortable; for both services, enter through the front entrance (G St) and please check in with an usher. The parking lot will be available, but we request that you walk through the alley. The building will be open for handicap access and restroom use. Please note: Registration for Sunday services and a Covenant for Regathering in Worship are no longer required.


Friday Night Film Series, Friday, June 11: Join us online on Friday, June 11 at 7 pm to discuss Babette’s Feast, the moving 1987 Danish film based on the short story by Isak Dinesen (the pen name for Karen Blixen, who also wrote Out of Africa). The guest speaker is Tom Mawn. Watch the movie on your own and join us on Friday for a lively discussion. Each discussion stands on its own, so join us any Friday. Other movies in June are Shane (June 18) and Cannery Row (June 25). In July and August, we will focus on a classic fun movie from each decade since the groovy 1920’s. All are welcome. For further information contact Paul Laymon.

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.


Children’s Chapel Ends on June 13: Children’s Chapel will conclude for the school year on June 13, and Sunday School ended last week due to the Farewell Reception for Jennifer Baker Howard on June 13. Children’s Chapel and Sunday School will resume (format to be decided) after Labor Day. Thank you to all the volunteers who have pitched in to help this year. We could not have done it without you!


BWS Gift Card Campaign Success: Due to the generosity of the congregation, we were able to purchase $50 Giant gift cards for every family at Bishop Walker School for Boys, which is 80 families. We are deeply grateful for the donations and support for one of our Outreach partners. The Outreach Committee contributed $350 to match the donations made by parishioners to make it possible to give each family a gift card.

Live Concert to Benefit Good Neighbors of Capitol Hill, Sunday June 13, 3pm: One of Washington’s most renowned musical ensembles, The Barclay Brass, will perform on Sunday, June 13 at 3:00pm at a Benefit Concert as GNCH nears completion of the 60th apartment furnished for refugee families newly entering the U.S. The concert will take place on the plaza in front of the Lutheran Church of the Reformation at 212 E. Capitol St., NE. Admission: suggested donation $20 adults; $10 students; under 6 free.

For more information about The Barclay Brass, please go to:

Donations of Household Cleaning Supplies and Personal Care Products for Good Neighbors of Capitol Hill: Christ Church has been a part of Good Neighbors Capitol Hill since its inception in 2016. Since that time, the coalition of 8 Capitol Hill congregations and unaffiliated friends have established nearly 60 homes for arriving refugees and asylum seekers. Whenever a new refugee family arrives, GNCH mobilizes to do what it takes to get the family settled. CC+WP has taken on the responsibility of providing cleaning supplies and personal care products for the family, items such as brooms, dust mops, detergent, wastebaskets, deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrushes, etc. During the month of June we will be gathering these items in anticipation of the next family to arrive.  If you would like to help, contact Lisa Nickerson – our GNCH outreach lead – and she can provide you a complete list of what is needed and which stores are best to purchase items until the next family arrives. Anything that you can provide is appreciated.

Thank You to Our Volunteers for Calvary Women’s Shelter: Once a month, Christ Church parishioners provide a hot meal (entrée, side dish, salad and dessert) for 15-20 women who are staying at Calvary Women’s Services and one volunteer to drop off the food at the shelter. Thank you to this month’s volunteers: Anne Fletcher, Andrew Lyons, Lisa Nickerson, Doris Robinson, and Lauren Welch.