Sunday, September 22, 2019
Search Committee Update: The search committee met on September 6-7 with the search coach from the Diocese of Lexington. Since then, they have summarized the focus group and on-line survey content into themes. The link to the summary is available in the Parish email; the summary is posted on the Search Committee bulletin board in the Parish Hall and copies are available at the Welcome Table. The diocese will need to post a vacancy announcement, which we hope will be ready to post before October 31. A reminder that the committee welcomes parishioner recommendations for potential rector candidates.
Staff Announcement: The Rev. Mary Miller Flowers will be serving as a quarter-time Interim Assistant Rector overseeing the Children, Youth, and Family Ministries, assisting with Small Groups and Newcomer Ministries, and celebrating and preaching in rotation with Rev. Rick. She will guide the curriculum for Sunday School and will be assisted by Vestry member Anne Fletcher in scheduling the volunteers for Sunday School. You can reach Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Book Event featuring Bishop Curry, Wed. Sept. 25, 6pm: Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will join the Rev. Jim Wallis in discussion about Rev. Wallis’ book, Christ in Crisis: Why We Need to Reclaim Jesus. The event will be held at National City Christian Church on Thomas Circle. In Christ in Crisis, Jim Wallis provides a path of spiritual healing and solidarity to help us heal the divide separating Americans today. Tickets are free or you may purchase a signed copy and receive priority seating for $25.99 plus fees. For tickets visit the Busboys & Poets website (search on date) or the Facebook page created for this event (search for Christ in Crisis).
Nationals vs Cleveland Indians baseball game, Sun. Sept. 29, 3:05pm; tickets are $10/person and must be purchased in advance: Join a group of Christ Church parishioners attending the ball game on Sun., Sept. 29th at 3:05pm. The deadline to sign up is this Sunday (September 22). Please sign up on the sheet at the Welcome Table or send an email to email@example.com with the number of tickets you need. Thank you to Keith Lopes for coordinating this fun fellowship event. Go Nats!
The First Friday book group begins 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.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to reserve a particular date.
Oktoberfest! Oct. 6, 5pm – 8pm; tickets are $50/person ($15 for children under 12) and must be purchased in advance: Christ Church is hosting a fundraiser for Samaritan Ministries of Greater Washington with a fun event, featuring Texas smoked brisket, sides and dessert, with libations provided by The Christ Church Brew Crew. Music will be provided by the Capitol Hillbillies. The ticket includes a $35 tax donation to Samaritan Ministries and the children’s ticket includes food, activities and childcare. Tickets must be purchased in advance by September 29 at washingtonparish.org/events.
Laundry Love Volunteers Needed! We have enough folks for Sunday, October 6, but could use people for November 3 and December 1. Please sign up on the bulletin board.
Children, Youth and Families Programming
Sunday School Has Resumed, Sundays 10am – 10:45am: Children ages 4 years old through 5th grade are grouped into classes by grades (PreK-Kindergarten; 1st – 2nd grade; 3rd-4th grade; 5th grade) to explore Bible stories and connect them to their lives through crafts, games and age-level discussions.
Calling all teachers and teachers-at-heart: Do you enjoy working with children? Do you value creating intergenerational relationships? Please consider joining the Christ Church Sunday School team as either a teacher, an assistant teacher, or as a lead for Children’s Chapel. Children’s Chapel is held during the service and geared to children 2nd grade and younger. Sunday School classes are held at 10-10:45am and are designed for children pre-school through 5th grade (grouped by age). Commitment is varied from 2-5 Sundays per semester. You need not be a parent of a current student to volunteer! Curriculum is provided so no teaching experience necessary– just a desire to build relationships and help the youngest among us understand our faith tradition. Please Mary Miller Flowers for more information (email@example.com).
Parent Meeting, Sun. Sept. 22, 10am: Calling all parents of children infants/toddlers — teens. Please plan to attend a Parents Meeting in the Parish Hall Meeting Room to discuss the activities for children and families this year, led by Interim Assistant Rector The Rev. Mary Miller Flowers.