Sunday, September 23, 2018

Over 150 of our neighbors lost their homes and belongings in the fire on Wednesday at Arthur Capper Senior Housing just south of us on 5th St. At this time, we do not know who will manage funds to cover the things that DC government services cannot, but we do know significant funds will be needed. You can donate to Christ Church online or by check – be sure to put “Seniors” in the memo line, and we will pass along the funds to the appropriate group. Future ways to help as plans get put into place will also be announced here.

Special Adult Forum on Sept. 23 at 10am:  John Sides, a Professor of Political Science at George Washington University, will be speaking on his new book, Identity Crisis: The 2016 Presidential Campaign and the Battle for the Meaning of America. He will discuss how attitudes about race, immigration, and Islam help explain not only the 2016 election but also the upcoming 2018 election and American politics more generally. John is Rev. Serena’s husband.

Updated Christ Church website:  A huge thank you to parishioner and volunteer webmaster Edgar Roman for the redesigned website, which looks especially great on mobile devices. Please check it out at

Nats tickets available THIS Sunday, Sept. 23, 1:35pm: A group of parishioners will be attending the Mets vs. Nats game and due to the re-scheduled rain date, we have a number of tickets that are still available. Please send an email to Jennifer if you are interested in joining the group.

Parish Fall Movie Night on Friday, Sept. 28: We are showing the animated movie Joseph: King of Dreams on Friday, September 28. Our children and youth will study the Joseph stories this fall in Sunday School. We will offer pizza and salad at 6pm (free will offering suggested), with the movie starting at 6:30pm. The movie is not rated and you can consult the review at Commonsense Media for more information. Please RSVP for dinner to Serena. Come one, come all!
Pet Blessing, Sept. 30, 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 or forum and no Children’s Chapel at the 11am service.  9am is a pet-free service.
Won’t you be my neighbor? movie viewing, Sept. 30, 6pm, Miracle Theatre, 8th St:  Come and see this well-reviewed movie about Mr. Rogers. If you’d like to engage in conversation about it, join Cara at Lavagna afterwards. Tickets are available to purchase online; no RSVPs necessary. The movie is PG-13 but the review on Common Sense Media give more information to help you decide if the content is appropriate for your particular children – the focus of the movie certainly is.

The First Friday book group begins the fall on October 5:  Discussing Go, Went, Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck, described by the New Yorker as “a novelist’s powerful response to the refugee crisis. We’ll begin with a light supper at 6:30 followed by book discussion at 7:00 All are welcome!

9am Ushers:  As this service has grown, the need for more people to formally serve in the hospitality role of ushers has also grown.  Luckily it’s not a hard gig.  It’s a great way for families to serve in the service together.  If you are willing to be trained as an usher and serve once every two months (or more) that would be great.  Please let Cara know ( and she will connect you with Paul Laymon to train you.

Did you know you can hear the worship service in the library or narthex? If you need to step out for any reason, especially if young kids need a break, you can still hear the service.  The narthex is the area outside the sanctuary where the ushers are, and the library is located off the hallway on the way to the parish hall (ask an usher if you need clearer directions).

Christ Church T-shirts: WOMEN’S Christ Church t-shirts are for sale in the parish hall for $10 each.  Due to ordering restrictions, only women’s sizes in sizes XS  – 2X are available. Cash, check or credit card will be accepted.

Church Grounds Clean-Up Day, October 14th at 9:30-12: Bring your rakes, spades, hoes and whatever yard tools you think would be helpful. Children are most welcome to join in the fun. “Many hands make light work!” Any questions, contact Robin Blackwood.

Education Events

Sunday School has resumed! We welcome your children (PK and older) to Sunday School at 10 am on most Sunday mornings. Our Sunday School is all-volunteer, Bible-based, and fun! There is no need to sign up your child ahead of time. We ask a parent to remain at the church for all children in 4th grade and under. Locations for each class can be found on the Welcome Table in the Parish Hall. Note: There is no Sunday School on Sept. 30 or Oct. 7.

Outreach Events

Eat Pancakes and Support Refugees:  Saturday, September 22 (9:00 am – noon) 522 7th Street SE (Church of the Latter-day Saints). These aren’t just your ordinary pancakes.  Choose exciting, surprise toppings! The suggested donation of $10 pp (discount for kids) fully supports the ongoing needs of the Capitol Hill Good Neighbor Refugee Project.  Come eat pancakes and meet neighbors from the Afghan Refugee support team.  Reserve space for your family and friends?

Laundry Love, Sunday, October 7, 1:30pm-4:00pm: We need volunteers to assist with this Outreach ministry event that serves our low-income neighbors in Ward 8 at the Good Hope Laundromat. Meet at the church at 1pm to carpool to the laundromat. Please sign up on the bulletin board or send an email to Jennifer.

Community Events

Peace through Racial Justice, Friday, September 21, 7pm: The Church of the Brethren Office of Peacebuilding and Policy and our co-hosts, Ebenezer United Methodist, invite you to our event, Peace through Racial Justice, for the International Day of Prayer for Peace on Friday, Sept. 21 at 7:00pm, at the Washington City Church of the Brethren (337 N. Carolina Ave, SE). The featured speaker will be Rev. Aundreia Alexander, from the National Council of Churches, and the evening will consist of both prayerful worship and rich conversation surrounding the topic of racial justice. For more more information, see the flyer or linked here is the Facebook event. Please spread the word and invite people on Facebook–the event is open to everyone in the wider community and we would love to have you there.
Two Diocesan Hunger Walks, Sunday, October 14: The Hunger Fund Committee of the Diocese of Washington cordially invites you to attend one of two Diocesan Hunger Walks: Cathedral Walk at 2pm or Southern Maryland Walk at 1:30pm. Walk details and materials are available on the website. The Hunger Fund has played an important role in the support of small organizations in the Diocese who feed the hungry. Funding has been shrinking lately at an alarming rate resulting in feeding fewer people.
2019 Cathedral Pilgrimage Registrations now open:
Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, April 28-May 11, 2019: For thousands of years, pilgrims have journeyed to the Holy Land to experience God in real and tangible ways. Retrace Jesus’ steps, follow the paths of martyrs and the early Church, and see the Bible with fresh eyes in the land where God dwelt among us. There’s no better way to experience the Easter season than a life-changing Holy Land pilgrimage. You’ll never look at yourself—or your faith—quite the same way again. More information available at
Pilgrimage to Iona, May 23-June 2, 2019: Join us on a pilgrimage to Iona as we listen to the silence of the land, the wisdom of saints, and the stories of our fellow pilgrims. The rhythm of our days begins and ends with prayer with the ecumenical Iona Community in the historic abbey church. Follow in Columba’s footsteps and discover how the landscape of this holy island and the wisdom of Celtic spirituality through the ages may deepen your own spiritual path in whatever walk of life you come from and return to. More information available at