Sunday, August 18, 2019

General Announcements

Search Committee Update:  The four-question online survey remains up through August.  Forty parishoners have responded. Click here to answer some or all of the questions. Click ‘yes’ on the second page of the survey if you want to access the full list of focus group questions and provide more information. Answer as few or as many as you like. You may also access surveymonkey at the Christ Church website, Transitions Update page. The Search Committee next meets on August 22, when we will Skype with the newly hired Search Coach.  The Committee meets in person with the Coach on September 6-7.   The Search Coach is from the diocese of Lexington, KY, and has helped forty congregations in the search process.   The Committee’s goal for September is to get our diocese all the information the diocese needs to post the vacancy announcement.

Name Tags: To help Rev. Rick and D’aun learn your names quickly, please remember to wear your name tag while at church and church events (i.e. Grill & Chill, Crab Feast, etc). Name tags are located on the wall in the Parish Hallway and are loosely organized by last names. If your name tag is lost, please add your name to the list posted to the left of the racks. Blank name tags will be located at the Welcome Table on Sundays and out for other church events. You can clip your name tag or wear it around your neck with a red lanyard hanging on the racks.

Parish Choir Season Kick-off: On Wednesday, September 4th, from 7:30 to 9:15 pm the Parish Choir will have its first rehearsal and start a new season of great choral music. All present and former singers, instrumentalists, those looking for a team experience, curious types, and fence-sitters are welcome. The choir is open to high school students and adults. With occasional exceptions, the regular weekly schedule is: Wednesday rehearsals, 7:30 – 9:15 pm; Sunday warm-up at 10:00 am, followed by the 11:00 am service. There is no better way to get started than to jump in with both feet. Don’t be bashful… new members are always warmly welcomed! If you have any questions, do not hesitate to speak to any chorister or our Music Director, Richard Thibadeau (

Kick Off Sunday, September 8: Mark your calendar for the kick-off of Christ Church’s program year, including the return of Sunday School at 10am and the Christ Church Choir at 11am, and a Ministry Fair (see separate note) during coffee hour after both services.  We will have a bouncy house on the front lawn for the kids (weather permitting) and much to celebrate. Please join us!

Ministry Fair, September 8: During coffee hour of Kick Off Sunday, come learn about ministry opportunities at Christ Church, both those within the church (like leading worship and Sunday school) and those outside our doors. If you’ve ever been curious just what a liturgist does, or how to get to the Laundry Love laundromat, this is the time to chat with the leaders of those ministries. It’s also a time to share your gifts if you’ve been looking for a way to get more involved.

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 send an email to Jennifer Baker Howard if you would like to reserve a particular date.

Outreach: Serving the Community

Donate Bottled Water: Our community partner, Everyone Home DC, runs a day center on Capitol Hill to those people who are on the streets, providing daily services (food, drink, a place to rest off the street). Shirley’s Place DayCenter (located at 1338 G St SE) is experiencing an unusual number of people who are seeking shelter from the extreme heat wave this week. The Center staff is dispensing a lot of cold, bottled water and we would like to lend a hand in this scorching heat. Please consider donating water to Shirley’s Place DayCenter; you can either deliver the water directly to Shirley’s Place or bring to Christ Church. The water does not need to be chilled in advance.

Backpack and Back to School Drive with Everyone Home DC (formerly known as Capitol Hill Group Ministry):  We will collect items through THIS Sunday, August 18. The DCPS school supply list is available online. Please place filled backpacks (with a note with grade level) and any other NEW school supplies in the bin in the Parish Hall. Everyone Home DC will provide tax receipts to those who attach Name, Address, and receipts to backpacks. We will also accept cash donations to purchase additional supplies (given to Carol Knight).

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 late August or early September.

Sip and Savor with Everyone Home DC at Eastern Market on Saturday, September 14th: Everyone Home DC is proud to present its signature fundraising event, Sip and Savor, on Saturday, September 14, 2019 from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Historic Eastern Market’s North Hall. In its 4th year, Sip and Savor will welcome hundreds of foodies, friends, and supporters to experience unlimited tastings from 24 of our city’s best restaurants, breweries, wineries, and distilleries while enjoying local music, an excellent silent auction, yard games, and friendship. Proceeds from the evening will benefit Everyone Home DC’s homelessness prevention, housing, street outreach, drop-in day center, and supportive services for Washington D.C.’s individuals and families who are at-risk of or experiencing homelessness. This event has consistently sold out and we expect the same this year. To purchase tickets and explore other ways to partner, visit the website here. We will see you there!

Children, Youth and Families Programming

No Children’s Chapel at 11am in August:  Given all our transitions, we will not be offering Children’s Chapel at the 11am service this summer.  We offer worship bags with crayons, books, and other activities for children at both entrances to the sanctuary. Children’s Chapel will continue to be offered at our 9am service.

Summer Reminders: Please supervise your children playing in the courtyard and be respectful of the play equipment. If something breaks/is broken, please notify a church staff member. Please do not allow children to climb the trees. If your children play in the nursery, please clean up the nursery before leaving church.