Sunday, November 11, 2018

Stewardship Season Your generosity is important to making this church a place of joy, connection, and growth for those who come through our doors.  Pledge cards are available in yellow envelopes at either entrance of the church and you can pledge online.  Please return pledges by November 4th so that we budget for 2019 accordingly. If you have turned in your pledge, you can pick up a travel mug for your household at the Welcome Table.  Travel mugs will be used as welcome gifts for visitors in the future, so this is your chance to get one for your home!

Adult Forum, 10am: Our study of the problem of supersessionism (a Christian doctrine asserting that Jesus’s work supersedes God’s covenant with the Jewish people) continues in the Parish Hall Meeting Room.

Refugee Film Screening, November 27 at 6pm at Mary Mount University Ballston Auditorium: Voices of the Sea will be screened to benefit One Journey Festival working to change the dialog about refugees in America. RSVP to

Save the date:  Saturday, December 1: St. Nicholas Day Dinner and Christmas Sale: This festive event is a Christ Church holiday tradition with a special appearance by St. Nicholas!  Please stay tuned for more information regarding registering (including number of children for stockings), basket ideas for the auction and volunteer opportunities. Refreshments/Christmas Shop opens at 5:30pm, dinner is at 6:30pm.

Advent Day Retreat – It’s hard to believe Advent begins in 3 Sundays (Dec. 3). Take the chance now to mark a retreat day in your calendar before life gets even busier!  On Saturday, Dec. 15,,, 9:30am-4:00pm, we hope to have a group of parishioners participate in the Advent Centering Prayer Retreat Day offered by Bon Secours Retreat Center at their idyllic retreat center near Baltimore.  This retreat will explore the classical and mystical dimensions of Christmas through periods of reflection, vocal prayer, silent centering prayer, and sharing.  Register and pay ($60 or $50 if you register by Nov. 15) for this retreat at under Retreats & Events. Please let the Rev. Serena Sides know if you are attending, particularly if you are willing to carpool.

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.

Children and Family

Children’s Worship & Play, Nov. 11th, 5pm: Do you want a relaxed Sunday morning, dinner cooked for your family, time to connect with other parents, AND a worship service designed for little kids? Join us this Sunday (and every second Sunday of the month) at 5pm for Children’s Worship & Play, our monthly service geared to children six and under. We offer songs, prayers, story-time and a hands-on Eucharist. Afterwards we gather in the Parish Hall for dinner provided by one of the families. Children can play and parents can get to know each other. Please come!

Children’s Choir began rehearsals on Monday, Nov. 5, 6:30-7pm and continue on Monday evenings: We welcome children who are in kindergarten and above to join our Children’s Choir, under the leadership of Susan Holmes and Richard Thibadeau. Children will learn Christmas music to offer to the parish during worship on Wednesday, December 19, at 7:00pm (our new “Christmas-before-Christmas” service). Rehearsals are Monday evenings, 6:30-7:00pm on Nov. 5, 12, 26, and December 3, 10, 17. Sign-up your child, if you haven’t already, with Rev. Serena.

Youth Game Night on Nov. 10, 6-9pm: A generous group of youth parents is inviting youth (grades 5 and up) to Game Night on Nov. 10, 6-9pm with light dinner and board games here at the church. Parents are invited next door to the Rectory for a social gathering. You should have received an email with the details. Please RSVP via the Evite or contact Rev. Serena with questions (

Education Events

January Book Club, Fri. Jan. 4: The next meeting of the First Friday Book Group will be January 4, beginning at 6:30 with a light supper and continuing at 7:00 for discussion. We’ll be reading Luke for Everyone by Tom Wright. In preparation for the January meeting, we suggest reading the first 88 pages, which cover several Advent and Christmas readings coming soon! You may order your book from the East City Book Shop.

Outreach Events

Thanksgiving Basket Drive through Nov. 18: With our community partner, Capitol Hill Group Ministry, Christ Church annually supports the CHGM Thanks-GIVING Basket drive to assist families in need.  Please sign your name on the list, pick-up a shopping list and a big blue bag in the parish hall.  All bags must be returned by Sunday, November 18th.  Foods listed are strongly suggested; HOWEVER, additions are always welcome.

Thanksgiving Family Night with Capitol Hill Group Ministry, Mon. Nov. 19, 6pm: We will be hosting a group of families from Capitol Hill Group Ministry for our annual Thanksgiving Family Night.  We will provide roasted chicken and drinks. Volunteers NEEDED to bring side dishes and desserts, help with set up/clean up, and assist with children’s activities. You are also welcome just come and enjoy a meal and fellowship with some of our neighbors. There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board, or email Ruth Kroeger ( if you’re available to help.

Community Events

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