Sunday, May 26, 2019

General Announcements

The Rector Search Committee:  The Vestry has appointed the Rector Search Committee, which was commissioned last Sunday, May 19 at our services.  The committee is representative of our congregation and is led by Co-Chairs, Jean Denton and Paul Laymon, and includes Ruth Kroeger, Andrew Lyons, Karen Wilson Román, Kirsten Sloan, John Payne and Cathy Hurst Weber. Stay tuned for more information and updates from the Search Committee. We are so grateful to the Search Committee members for their dedication, time, and commitment to identify, interview, and recommend candidates to serve as our next Rector.

News from the Sides Family: As you may have heard, the Rev. Serena Sides and her family will be relocating to Nashville, TN in late July as her husband begins a new faculty position at Vanderbilt University. It’s an exciting time for her and her family. We will celebrate them at Grill & Chill on Wednesday, July 17 and on her last Sunday, July 21. Please read Rev. Serena’s email and Senior Warden Anne Curry’s response here.  

Parishioner newsletter deadline, Friday, May 24: Please submit any articles for the summer edition of the Parishioner, Christ Church’s quarterly newsletter, by Friday, May 24th. Please send all articles and photos to and

Upcoming ordination on June 8: Our former parishioner, Jenifer Gamber, will be ordained a priest at 10am on June 8 at the Washington National Cathedral.  Christ Church is her sponsor parish for her ordination and you are welcome to attend her ordination.  Jenifer is currently working as Chaplain and Assistant Rector at St. Patrick’s Church.

Adult Education – 10 Minute Summer Series: We will begin our 10-minute summer adult education series on Sunday, June 16.  This summer we are discussing a selection of “Hebrew Words Every Christian Should Know.”  Join us after both the 9am and 11am services! 

New Member Welcome & Blessing on June 9:  On June 9, we will welcome new members to Christ Church at both services.  Membership means you are ready to call this parish your church home.  You don’t have to be in church on June 9 to become a member. If you are ready to become a member or would like to talk more, please email Rev. Serena at

Coffee Hour Hosts Needed: A new sign-up sheet for Coffee Hour Hosts for the summer months is posted on the bulletin board in the parish hallway. Please consider signing up to host a coffee hour this summer 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.

Organ Recital at Christ Church, Sun. June 16, 5pm:  Christ Church will host its second organ recital on the recently installed Casavant Freres Pipe Organ, Opus 3914.  The guest organist will be international concert and recording artist Jeremy Filsell, who is Organist and Director of Music at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in New York City.  England-born Filsell is well known to the Washington DC music community, having served as Director of Music at Saint Alban’s Episcopal Church and the Church of the Epiphany (downtown), Artist-in-Residence at Washington National Cathedral, and Professor of Organ at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore.  The concert is free and a reception will follow.  All are welcome to attend.

Children, Youth and Families Programming

Need for Children’s Chapel Volunteers:  With all our transitions, we are unable to offer Children’s Chapel at the 11am service on a consistent basis. We’ve had two great volunteers step up to lead Children’s Chapel in April and May. If you are interested in volunteering to lead children’s Chapel at 11am in June, please contact Rev. Serena. There is a liturgy that you follow and either Rev. Serena or Rev. Mary Miller Flowers can provide you with ideas for story-time.  It’s straight-forward, fun, and an important ministry to our families. Thank you!

Mothers’ Group Continues: Come join our lay-led Mothers’ Group that meets Wednesdays from 10:30am-11:30am. We hang out as mothers, check-in on life, and discuss Sunday’s sermon (accessible online on Tuesdays). We are looking for more members – specifically mothers with infants/nursery/elementary aged children who have flexible weekday schedules. Subsidized childcare is provided. Drop-ins are welcome. Contact Amy Rzepka for more information at

No Worship & Play in June: On June 9th, instead of Worship & Play, we will host Sunday Bible Fun (like Vacation Bible School); families are welcome to attend the family cookout at 6pm instead of a “regular” Worship & Play service on that date.  Please check the announcements and/or website for updated information about summer Worship & Play schedules.

Sunday Bible Fun (aka VBS), Sun. June 9, 3pm-6pm: Join us for Sunday Bible Fun and a family cookout on the front lawn! Sunday school will be over by then, but we will keep learning our Bible stories! (It’s like Vacation Bible School, but before schools are out for vacation.) We will engage children in Bible stories and lessons through worship, art, science, games, and music. Programming is for children currently in PreK-3rd grade.  $5 per child.  Graciously subsidized by Charles Floto. Email Rev. Serena for registration or more information.

Outreach: Serving the Community

Laundry Love, Sunday, June 2, 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 one Sunday afternoon a month at a local laundromat.  Volunteers are always needed.  Please sign up on the bulletin board or send an email to Jennifer.

Samaritan Ministry 5k Empower the Homeless Run, Sun. June 23: Registration is open now for this fun event at Bluemont Park in Arlington, VA to raise money to end homeless. At the 5K, you can run, walk, hop, skip, or do all of them at once! Go it on your own or get a team together from your congregation or your office if you’d like – it’s more fun! There will be individual and team prizes to compete for, and everyone will receive some sweet event gear. Registration link is here.
Save the Date – One Journey Festival, Saturday, June 29: All are invited to attend a free, day-long festival celebrating refugee talents, stories and contributions at the 2nd Annual One Journey Festival at the Washington Cathedral, June 29, 11am-6pm. To keep costs down for this 100% volunteer-organized, grassroots movement, the organizers are seeking mileage donations (for any airline) and people who will house the festival refugee performers, including Syrian actor, Jay Abdo and wife Fadia Afashe; Congolese refugee musician, Abraham Mwinda; and, Cambodian hip hop artist, Sokeo Ros. If you are moved to support, please fill out this Google form. Thank you.