Announcements

Announcements

Sunday, January 20, 2019

General Announcements

Way of Love sermon series continues for the next seven weeks: The Christian faith is more than ideas; at its foundation are practices for living.  Sermon and Adult Forum Practice this Sunday: Learn.

Annual Meeting: Our annual meeting is Sunday, January 27 at 10am. The proposed bylaw changes – both a summary document and a draft of the bylaws including all proposed changes are available online and in the literature rack.  The membership list is posted on our bulletin board. If you are not listed or listed as an associate member and want to be considered a member, please contact the rector.

Coffee & Refreshment Hosts after the 11am Service Needed: Please consider serving as host of the Coffee Hour after the 11am service. There are many available dates posted on the bulletin board in the hallway. This is an important fellowship and community-building opportunity. Guidance and assistance will be provided to first time hosts and a reminder email will be sent the week you are scheduled to serve. 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.

Parishioner Newsletter: Articles for the quarterly issue of the parish newsletter coming out by early March can be sent to parishioner@washingtonparish.org by February 5th.

Furlough and Financial Need: If the furlough has affected your ability to pay important bills, please know that there are plenty of funds in the rector’s discretionary fund that are available to confidentially assist you.  Simply reach out to Cara at rector@washingtonparish.org to access this resource.

First Friday Book Club, February 1, 6:30pm:  In February, the book group will be reading Colson Whitehead’s 2017 Pulitzer Prize winning Underground Railroad. Publisher’s description: “For a smart melding of realism and allegory that combines the violence of slavery and the drama of escape in a myth that speaks to contemporary America.” Also recommended: “Colson Whitehead’s ‘Underground Railroad’ Is a Literal Train to Freedom,” Fresh Air, NPR. (Search Fresh Air archives for broadcast.)

Children’s Programming

NO Sunday School on January 27 because of the Annual Meeting: Children in 4th grade and under will watch Bible videos instead. Youth in 5th grade and up are invited to join us for the Annual Meeting.

Skit Parade!  We invite all members of our congregation to participate in this engaging event on Saturday, Feburary 2 from 3-5:30pm. We will divide into multi-age groups to act out scenes from the life of Jesus. From the littlest children to the most erudite Thespians, we have a role for you! We will also have expanded coloring and set design opportuntiies, this year.. It’s a great way to learn about Jesus and have fun. Treats included! Please RSVP to Rev. Serena at formation@washingtonparish.org.

Education/Formation Programs

20s/30s Young Adults:  Rev. Cara will lead our young adults in a series – The Way of Love: Practices for Everyday Living – Tuesday evenings at 7pm, January 15th-February 12th in the church library. This group will focus mainly on deepening (or starting) a practice of prayer and meaningful engagement of Scripture.  If such things have been your to-do list for a while, make it a priority to be there.  Drop-ins are welcome.

First Friday Book Club, February 1, 6:30pm:  In February, the book group will be reading Colson Whitehead’s 2017 Pulitzer Prize winning Underground Railroad. Publisher’s description: “For a smart melding of realism and allegory that combines the violence of slavery and the drama of escape in a myth that speaks to contemporary America.” Also recommended: “Colson Whitehead’s ‘Underground Railroad’ Is a Literal Train to Freedom,” Fresh Air, NPR. (Search Fresh Air archives for broadcast.)

http://www.npr.org/2016/08/08/489168232/colson-whiteheads-underground-railroad-is-a-literal-train-to-freedom

Looking to deepen your connections at Christ Church? We will start intentional small groups (one men’s and one women’s) in late January.  The initial commitment is 8 weeks (we ask you to make at least 75% of gatherings), with an option to continue.  Meeting dates are chosen by each group, not in advance.  Please prayerfully consider whether this invitation to spiritual growth is for you and let Rev. Serena know if you are interested (formation@washingtonparish.org).

New Weekday mother’s group:  In addition to our intergenerational small groups, we will be offering a lay-led mother’s group for women with flexible schedules and children from newborns through 5thgraders. The group will share faith stories, engage in Bible study, and support each other as mothers. The gathering will begin in February on either a Tuesday or Wednesday from 10:30-11:30am. Subsidized childcare will be available. Contact Amy Rezpka to express interest and for more information: agrzepka@gmail.com. 

Outreach: Serving the Community

Homeless Lunch Sign-up Sheet for 2019: A new sign up list has been posted to purchase the supplies for the homeless lunches and/or coordinate the lunch making on the first Sunday of each month for the CCNV Homeless Shelter.  An email reminder with instructions will be sent to you in advance.  For more information, please contact Linda Mellgren (p3mp4@verizon.net).

Refugee Resettlement Project Volunteers Needed: Make a New Year’s resolution to make a difference in the lives of refugee families. Our community partner, Good Neighbors Capitol Hill, is looking for volunteers to assist with tutoring and employment. There is an upcoming event: Tues. Jan. 22, 7pm – 8:30pm, at St. Marks Church, join the Employment Team to assist the refugees to maximize job opportunities. For more information or volunteer to serve, please email gnch-info@googlegroups.com or margaretmclaughlin50@comcast.net

Parent Encouragement Program (PEP) Classes at Christ Church, Feb. 9 & March 2, 9am – 4pm: The class, PEP II: Next Steps in Parenting 5 to 12 Year Olds, (Pre-requisite: PEP I), builds on the foundation of positive parenting. PEP II introduces more skills and guided practice for ending power struggles, talking so your children really listen, using consequences and working out solutions with children. Class time is structured for individual problem solving, helping all participants better understand their children’s goals and figure out how to respond more effectively.  $279/person or $498/couple; save $35 with code W19CAPHILL at registration. Register at www.pepparent.org.