Sunday, February 9, 2020
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. Adults are $30; children under 12 are $10. The children will have special, fun programming while the adults celebrate in the Parish Hall.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.