Sunday, JANUARY 19, 2020

General Announcements

225th Anniversary Celebration Continues on Sun. Jan. 19th: Our 6-month long celebration of the founding of Christ Church continues on Sunday, January 19th with a series of special events focusing on a pivotal time in Christ Church’s history – the late 1960s/early 1970s. The Rev. Carole Crumley (previously the Assistant to the Rector and Interim Rector of CCWP) will be the guest preacher at both the 9am and 11am services. At the Adult Forum at 10am, Karen Cunningham, Executive Director of Everyone Home DC, will be the guest speaker and will share the history of Everyone Home DC (previously Capitol Hill Group Ministry). At 4pm, there will be a musical Hootenanny, led by Rev. Rick and his wife D’aun Miles, followed by a potluck Chili Dinner. Musicians of all ages are welcome (arrive by 3:30 to tune) and please bring a chili, side or dessert to share as well as a can or box of non-perishable food for the Progress for Christ Food Pantry. For more information about the January 19th events, please see the flyer, located in the pew, at the entrances of the church, or at the Welcome Table.
The Bishop is Visiting Christ Church on Sunday, Feb. 2: We are pleased to welcome the Reverend Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde to Christ Church and celebrate at both the 9:00am and 11:00am services.
Parish Annual Meeting will be Sunday, Feb. 9, 9:50am. We will elect new Vestry members, report on the financial status of the parish, and look forward as we prepare to welcome a new rector. Please check the list of official church members on the bulletin board to make sure you are on the roster; if you wish to be added, please contact the Rev. Rick Miles.
Parents’ Night Out, Friday Jan. 24, 6:30-9:30pm: Girl Scout Troop 6560 will host a babysitting night on Friday, Jan. 24, from 6:30 – 9:30pm in the parish hall. The girls will supervise (with adult support) a light dinner and activities for children, ages 3 and older. Cost is $25 for 1 child, $40 for 2 siblings, or $50 for a family. Please note – for safety reasons, the Scouts will limit the number of registrations accepted. The Girl Scouts are planning on traveling to the Girl Scouts World Center in Mexico in the summer of 2021 and are raising money for this once-in-a-lifetime trip. Payment will be accepted by PayPal. Please use the Friends and Family payment option. For questions, email leader Angela Greiling Keane.
Strings for a Winter Evening: Jan. 25, 7:30pm at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church: The Second String Ensemble (with the Melifera String Quartet), under the direction of Matthew Maffett and featuring Christ Church parishioners Ruth Kroeger and Linda Kotis, will perform a benefit concert supporting the refugee resettlement work of Good Neighbors Capitol Hill. A reception will follow the concert. A suggested (deductible) donation of $20 per person or $30 per family will be used for vital refugee resettlement needs. To reserve your donation in advance, go to Good Neighbors Capitol Hill and click “donate”, connecting to the Lutheran Church of the Reformation; go to Box 8, “Refugee Resettlement” and specify the amount and “Benefit Concert” on the memo line. Cash, check or credit cards will be accepted at the door. For more information, contact Lisa Nickerson.

Jan. 26, 2pm: More Jesus, More Love Revival featuring The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry: The Episcopal Diocese of Washington is planning an amazing weekend, Jan. 24 – 26, 2020, as the Diocese hosts Presiding Bishop The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry at the 125th Diocesan Convention. Events with the Presiding Bishop include a Young Adults Gathering, preaching by the Bishop at the Convention, a Social Justice Event and more. Tickets are free (but required for entry) for the More Jesus, More Love Revival on Jan. 26, 2pm, at the Entertainment and Sports Arena in Southwest DC.  For tickets, go to

Brew Crew will be brewing celebratory brews for upcoming events, including St. Patrick’s, on Sunday, Feb. 9, 1:00 pm in the church kitchen.  All are welcome to join the fun!  No previous experience needed.

Mother’s Group starting in late February: Come build community with us this year- join our small group for mothers! We will meet one morning a week for fellowship and discussion of the week’s readings and sermons. A new 8-week session will start in late February, and childcare will be available. This was a wonderful group last year and we are excited for another session! If you’re interested in participating, contact Dorothy Hughes at
Save the date – Spring Camping Trip, May 1-3:  Just confirmed! We will be camping this spring along the water again, returning to 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. Rates depend on lodging options, number of meals, and activity fees.  More information, including prices and making reservations, coming soon.

Search Committee Update: The Search Committee began receiving application packets on October 18.  The deadline for applying was December 3.  The committee will review the application packets throughout December and select some of the applicants for video interviews.  Those video interviews will begin in January 2020.  After the video interviews are completed, the committee will select some of the video interviewed applicants for personal interviews at their home parishes.  Two committee members will visit each applicant selected for a personal visit.  If you have any questions or would like to provide information to the committee, please see Jean Denton or Paul Laymon, or contact them at

Outreach: Serving the Community
Laundry Love:  Thanks to those who signed up to serve in February and March!  Laundry Love is our ministry providing free laundry service and supplies once a month at a local laundromat for our low-income and homeless neighbors.  No previous experience is required, carpooling is available, and older children are welcome to join their parents in assisting.  Participants meet at1pm in the church kitchen or meet at the laundromat in SE DC.  Please sign up for future months on the bulletin board or email

Adult Formation

Guest Speaker, Adult Forum, Sun. Jan. 19, 10am: Executive Director Karen Cunningham will be the guest speaker at a special Adult Forum and will discuss the evolution of the charitable organization Everyone Home DC that was originally known as Capitol Hill Group Ministry.  CHGM was formed by a coalition of churches in 1967 to address social justice issues on Capitol Hill and has transformed over the years to address issues with poverty and homelessness throughout DC.  Karen will share the rebranding of CHGM to Everyone Home DC.  Please join us for an informative discussion with one of our longest established partner organizations.

Adult Forum Dates in Feb/March: Join the Rev. Bob Banse for Adult Forum on Feb. 23, March 1 and March 8 from 10:00-10:45am in the Meeting Room (glass conference room in the Parish Hall). Theme: “By what we have done, and by what we have left undone” – a series of conversations about those things in life that lead to the experience of separation and alienation and what works to restore us, heal us, and bring us home. The conversations will be built around what we have traditionally called “The Seven Deadly Sins” and God’s given antidotes. All are welcome to one or all of these conversations!

First Friday Book Group, Fri. Feb. 7, 6:30pm:  Next month the First Friday Book Club will be meeting to discuss the monthly book selection, Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon.  Beginning with a light supper at 6:30pm, followed by the book discussion at 7pm in the Parish Hall Meeting Room.  Please join us.

Children, Youth and Families Programming

Communion Recognition, Sat. Feb. 1, 2-5pm:  Children in second grade and above and their parents will learn more about the Holy Eucharist through hands-on activities and instruction at the Communion Recognition Program.  You won’t want to miss this engaging and educational event. The children will be recognized at the services on Sunday, Feb. 2, and this year is extra-special: they will be part of the service with Bishop Mariann EdgarBudde, who will be celebrating with Christ Church that day. To sign up your child and one or more parent, please email the Rev. Mary Miller Flowers at

Summer Camp: Want to foster those positive church camp memories in your kids? Join other Episcopalians and their friends at a week-long sleep-away camp at Bishop Claggett Center in Adamstown, MD (about an hour from DC). Summer Camps at Claggett are grounded in Scripture and tradition and encourage campers and staff to use their whole selves as ways to explore the Christian Story. Camp costs $450-$500 per person. High School Camp (grades completed 9-12): June 21-26; Adventure Camp: June 28-July 3 (grades completed 4-8); Middle School Camp: July 5-10 (grades completed 6-8); Youth Camp: July 12-17 (grades completed 2-5) More info and registration available here.