Sunday, July 21, 2019

General Announcements

Funeral Service for Gerry Connolly, Saturday, July 20, 11am: The funeral service will be a 11am with internment at Congressional Cemetery immediately after the service. Please return to the Parish Hall for the reception from 2-4pm.
Carpool to Congressional Cemetery: If you are able to walk to the funeral service on Sat., we will assist in arranging carpool opportunities to those who wish to attend the internment at Congressional Cemetery. We need to make the parking lot available for those cannot walk or are driving from out of the neighborhood. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.
Farewell to Rev. Serena: This Sunday is Rev. Serena’s last day at Christ Church and we hope you will join us in the Parish Hall after the services to celebrate her and wish her well as she and her family move to Nashville later this month.

Search Committee Update: Five focus groups have been held to gather input from parishioners.  An online survey with only five questions will be posted soon.  Two weeks after posting, we will begin to compile parishioner responses.  The committee has hired a search coach and will meet with her in August.  Our plan is to post the vacancy announcement for the rector position by mid to late September.

Name Tags: To help Rev. Rick and D’aun learn your names quickly, please remember to wear your name tag while at church and church events (i.e. Grill & Chill, Crab Feast, etc). Name tags are located on the wall in the Parish Hallway and are loosely organized by last names. If your name tag is lost, please add your name to the list posted to the left of the racks. Blank name tags will be located at the Welcome Table on Sundays and out for other church events. You can clip your name tag or wear it around your neck with a red lanyard hanging on the racks.

Grill & Chill, Wednesdays in July, 6:30pm:  Our summer tradition of grill outs on the front lawn continues through July (24 and 31).  Hot dogs and beverages provided; please bring a side dish/salad/dessert to share.  Water games provided for the kids.  We will cancel for inclement weather – check Facebook by 4:30pm for final call.  Please note the later start time to allow people time to get off work and pick up kids at camp, etc.

20s/30s Meet and Greet with Rev. Rick, Thurs. Aug. 1, 7:15pm: A summertime gathering for the 20s/30s group and to meet the Interim Rector Rev. Dr. Rick Miles will be held on Thurs. Aug. 1 at 7:15pm in the Upstairs Loft (above the Parish Hall). Sparkling water and white wine will be provided; please bring an appetizer and other beverages to share. Please RSVP to Ruth Kroeger ( by July 29.

Parishioner Newsletter deadline for the Fall Edition  is August 1: This edition will feature the kickoff of our program year. Please submit articles to both and .

Crab Feast, Sat. August 3, 5:30pm: The 7th Annual Crab Feast will be held on Saturday, August 3 at 5:30pm in the Parish Hall Courtyard (or moved into the Parish Hall for inclement weather). $25 per person for all-you-can-eat blue crabs, corn-on-the-cob, watermelon and hot dogs for the kids. Soft drinks and beer included. (Children 12 and under are free.) Pre-registration and payment due by Sun. July 28th. Checks should be payable to Carol Knight. For more information, please emailJennifer Baker Howard at or Carol Knight at or 202-546-7543.

Coffee Hour Hosts Needed: Please consider signing up to host a coffee hour in August after the 9am or 11am service. This is an important fellowship and community-building opportunity and you can partner with friends to host together. We provide guidance and assistance to first time hosts and send you a reminder email. We supply the coffee and coffee supplies as well as all the paper products, platters, etc. Food can be homemade or purchased at the store.  It’s a wonderful way to celebrate a milestone or special occasion, like birthday, anniversary, etc.

Outreach: Serving the Community

Bottled Water Needed: Our community partner, Everyone Home DC, runs a day center on Capitol Hill to those people who are on the streets, providing daily services (food, drink, a place to rest off the street). Shirley’s Place DayCenter (located at 1338 G St SE) is experiencing an unusual number of people who are seeking shelter from the extreme heat wave this week. The Center staff is dispensing a lot of cold, bottled water and we would like to lend a hand in this scorching heat. Please consider donating water to Shirley’s Place DayCenter; you can either deliver the water directly to Shirley’s Place or bring to Christ Church. The water does not need to be chilled in advance.

Laundry Love, Sun. August 4, 1:30pm – 3:30pm: Laundry Love is our ministry expressing love and care for the struggling and stranger by sharing conversation and providing free laundry service and supplies at a local laundromat on the 1st Sunday of each month. Volunteers are always needed.  Please sign up on the bulletin board or send an email to Jennifer at

Backpack and Back to School Drive with Everyone Home DC (formerly known as Capitol Hill Group Ministry):  We will collect items through Sunday, August 18. The DCPS school supply list is available on the Welcome Table on the Parish Hall and posted on the hallway bulletin board. Please place filled backpacks (with a note with grade level) and any other NEW school supplies in the bin in the Parish Hall. CHGM will provide tax receipts to those who attach Name, Address, and receipts to backpacks. We will also accept cash donations to purchase additional supplies (given to Carol Knight).

Children, Youth and Families Programming

No Children’s Chapel at 11am in June, July and August:  Given all our transitions, we will not be offering Children’s Chapel at the 11am service this summer.  We offer worship bags with crayons, books, and other activities for children at both entrances to the sanctuary. Children’s Chapel will continue to be offered at our 9am service.

Summer Reminders: Please supervise your children playing in the courtyard and be respectful of the play equipment. If something breaks/is broken, please notify a church staff member. Please do not allow children to climb the trees. If your children play in the nursery, please clean up the nursery before leaving church.