Sunday, October 6, 2019

General Announcements

The First Friday Book Group begins the fall on October 4: Discussing the first section of the book, The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu with Douglas Abrams. We’ll begin with a light supper at 6:30pm followed by book discussion at 7pm in the Meeting Room. All are welcome!

Pet Blessing, Sunday, October 6, 11am: Please join us at the annual Blessing of the Animals at the 11am service. Bring your dog, cat, small animals, fish, photos of pets, stuffed animals, etc. to the service for a blessing.  Please keep the animals on a leash or appropriate animal carrier.  Encourage your friends, family, neighbors to join us for this fun service.  No Sunday School, and no Children’s Chapel at the 11am service.  (9am is a pet-free service with Children’s Chapel.)  A pet-friendly Coffee Hour will be held outside after the 11:00 am service, weather permitting.

Adult Forum continues on Sunday, October 6, 10am: The Adult Forum is being led this fall/early winter by The Rev. Rob Banse, who moved to Capitol Hill part-time after recently retiring as the Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Upperville, VA. Please join the discussion on Sundays this fall (Oct. 6, 13, 20, Nov. 3, 10, 17, Dec. 8 & 15) at 10am in the Meeting Room in the Parish Hall. The discussion on October 6 (continuing on the 13th and 20th) is called “Hour by Hour”, focused on the significance of keeping Sabbath, Daily Prayer, and the Seasons of the Church Year.

Call for Volunteers for Oktoberfest! Christ Church is hosting a fundraiser for Samaritan Ministries of Greater Washington on Sunday, October 6, 5pm-8pm.  We need help at the event with set-up, serving, and clean-up.  Set-up help is needed from 1pm – 4pm and we will need to put up tables and chairs, so muscle power is greatly appreciated. Assistance with serving the meal is needed from 4:30-7:30pm.  Clean-up will begin at 7pm – 9:30pm. Please contact Linda Mellgren at if you can assist.

Going Camping! October 25-27:  Just confirmed – the 3rd Annual Christ Church Camping Trip! We will be camping along the water this year at 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.  To RSVP, please email Jennifer ( to receive the Reservation Form link and prices.  Rates depend on lodging options, number of meals, and activity fees.  We need FIRM commitments by October 9. Insert link in email

Coffee & Refreshment Hosts Needed: Please consider serving as a host of Coffee & Refreshment this Fall. The sign-up sheet has many openings after both services. This important fellowship program is a great way to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or special event. An email reminder and instructions for first-time hosts will be sent to you the week you are to serve. The sign-up sheet is posted on the bulletin board in the hallway to the Parish Hall or contact Jennifer Baker Howard ( if you would like to reserve a particular date.

Search Committee Update: Considerable work has been accomplished in preparing the information our diocese will need to post a vacancy announcement. Copies of the data from the Search focus groups and online survey has been summarized into themes and are available on the Welcome Table in the Parish Hall and posted on the Search Committee bulletin board in the Parish Hall. The church website ( has been updated and new content added including a new video which we invite you to view under “Our Transition Page/Our Invitation.” The committee is hopeful the vacancy announcement will be ready to post before October 31

Outreach: Serving the Community
Like Kids? Lunch Buddies Needed at BWS for this School Year: Bishop Walker School is looking for male mentors to meet with a small class of elementary school boys (Grades: K-5th) on a periodic basis. The school wants to help the boys explore a range of life options by interacting with men who have a variety of career, athletic and other life interest. Orientation and training is provided. If interested contact Charlie Bolden, a current Lunch Buddy at BWS, Linda Mellgren or Jennifer Baker Howard. Orientation will be held at Christ Church in early fall.
Laundry Love Volunteers Needed for Nov. & Dec events: We are grateful to be fully staffed for the October 6th Laundry Love event, but we are still looking for volunteers for November 3 and December 1. Laundry Love is our outreach 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. Please sign up on the bulletin board or send an email to Jennifer Baker Howard.

Volunteer with Good Neighbors Capitol Hill Refugee Resettlement!  You can participate weekly by tutoring or mentoring, or less frequently with apartment set ups, special events or helping with communications. Interested? Attend a volunteer orientation meeting, Tuesday, October 15 (7-8:30pm) at St. Mark’s Church, 301 A Street SE in the Elder’s Room on the lower level.

  • Have any out-grown Halloween Costumes? How about donating them to Afghan Refugee children? Please drop off costumes (clean and in good condition) in the Halloween Costume box under the Welcome Table  in the Christ Church Parish Hall by October 15.
  • Help Furnish Two More Refugee Apartments in October by donating kitchen supplies.  

For more information on volunteering or donating to Good Neighbors, visit or contact Lisa Nickerson at

Diocesan Multicultural Festival, Saturday, October 26:  To celebrate the rich multicultural diversity in our diocese, a Fall Multicultural event is being offered to herald Faith, Family, Fiesta, and Food.  The event will be held 10am-4pm on October 26, at Wheaton Regional Park, 2000 Shorefield Road, Silver Spring, MD.

Children, Youth and Families Programming

Youth Game Night, Saturday, October 5, 5:30-8pm:  Please Join Us for Youth Game Night! Youth (Grades 5+) are invited for an evening of fun and fellowship. We’ll start with a light dinner and then break out the board games. Games will be supplied, and participants are invited to bring their favorite games as well. Please sign up on the bulletin board in the Parish Hallway or contact parent organizer Cheryl Stadel-Bevans with questions or to make a reservation.

No Sunday School on October 6: Due to the Pet Blessing, there is no Sunday School on Sunday, October 6.