THIS WEEK AT CHRIST CHURCH, GEORGETOWN
Interim Rector Announcement: On Sunday, August 3, Senior Warden Howard Smith announced the appointment of the Right Reverend Peter James Lee, retired Bishop of Virginia, to be our Interim Rector during the search for a 21st Rector to succeed the Reverend Stuart Kenworthy. Bishop Lee, who currently is completing his interim role as the Provisional Bishop of the Diocese of East Carolina, will begin his service at Christ Church on November 17. His first Sunday will be November 23.
Rector’s Retirement: In view of the timing of Bishop Lee’s arrival and to ensure full clergy coverage until then, at the Vestry’s request Stuart Kenworthy has agreed to extend his date of departure from October 5 to November 2, All Saints’ Sunday.
Search Committee: Nominations for individuals to serve on the Rector Search Committee closed on July 31. Over 60 nominations were received. The Search Committee co-chairs, Guy Martin and Susan Davies, in consultation with the Executive Committee, will be working on a recommendation for the Vestry to consider at its September 16 meeting for ten additional committee members who will well represent the breadth of the entire parish.
Chapel Garden Services: The 9:00 a.m. Sunday service moved to its summer location in the Chapel Garden on June 22. It will remain there, weather permitting, through August 31.
Conversations in Faith: “Conversations in Faith” take place on summer Sundays 10:10 a.m. in Keith Hall. They will continue August 24 and August 31. Normally the preacher for the day leads an informal discussion of a Bible reading or some other topic of interest. All are welcome and no special preparation is needed. A new Adult Forum series – “Prayer and Belief” – begins on September 14.
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Third Space Georgetown – Young Adults Speakers Series: This new ministry (akin to Theology on Tap) is a shared endeavor with the other two Georgetown Episcopal parishes. It takes place every fourth Tuesday to bring young adults and friends of all ages together over food and drink to discuss matters of faith and life. The next one is August 26 at Le Pain Quotidian (2815 M Street, N.W.) beginning at 6:30 p.m. Mark your calendars and go to our Facebook page at Third Space Georgetown for more information and updates!
Saint Francis Guild: The Saint Francis Guild will meet on Wednesday, August 27, at 6:30 p.m., in the Memorial Room on the third floor of the Parish Hall. For more information about the Guild, a mission of Christ Church concerned with animal welfare issues, email Linda Gill – email@example.com.
Farewell to the Reverend Thomas C. Murphy: Tom Murphy will be ending his service as an Assistant to the Rector at Christ Church on August 31. We will give special thanks on that day for his ministry here, and there will be a festive reception following the 11:15 a.m. service. Even though that will be Labor Day week-end, we hope many will be able to join us then to bid farewell to Tom and his wife, Mary Rieser. In September Tom, who believes God is calling him to a new ministry, will begin a period of discernment and reflection to identify just what and where that will be.
Homecoming Sunday: Please plan to take part in this fall’s “Homecoming Sunday” on September 7. There will be a combined service at 10:00 a.m. That will be followed by an on-site picnic to provide an opportunity for fellowship as well as a wide variety of information about events, programs, and volunteer opportunities for the fall, winter, and spring. The 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. services that day will take place as usual.
Women’s Bible Study – “Who Do You Say That I Am?”: Please join us as we read The Four Witnesses by Robert Griffith-Jones and explore why the four Gospels offer strikingly different testimony to the life and death of Jesus and what this means for our lives and faith. The study will be guided by the Reverend Elizabeth Keeler. She can be reached at 202-333-6677 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like additional information. Tuesdays: September 9, 30, October 14, 28, November 11, 25, December 2, 16. Fellowship 6:30 p.m.; Bible Study 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Memorial Room, third floor Parish Hall.
Francis Scott Key Commemoration: September 14 will mark the 200th anniversary of “The Star Spangled Banner,” verses written by Francis Scott Key inspired by witnessing the unsuccessful British bombardment of Fort McHenry in Baltimore during the War of 1812. Key was one of a large number of parishioners from Saint John’s Church, Georgetown, who in 1817 formed Christ Church. He remained active here until moving to “Washington City” in 1835. We will honor Key on September 14 as the author of our National Anthem and a founding member of Christ Church.
Thrift Shop: The Thrift Shop will be closed throughout the month of August. It will reopen on a date to be announced in September when it will resume its usual Wednesday hours of 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please hold merchandise donations until after Labor Day.
Soup Kitchen: Our Soup Kitchen dates are the third Sunday and Monday of the month. There is a leader for each date and a need for four additional volunteers each time: two sandwich makers (5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.) and two servers (6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.). Our September dates are Monday, September 15 and Sunday, September 21. Please contact Amy Mathes at the parish office to sign up – (email@example.com).
Bishop Walker School Gift: Thanks to the many parishioners who have made gifts for the Bishop Walker School in honor of the Reverend Stuart Kenworthy’s 23 years as Rector of Christ Church. The resulting single gift will be presented during the 11:15 a.m. service on Sunday, September 21. Mrs. Maria Walker, widow of the late Bishop John T. Walker, and Mr. James Woody, Executive Director of the school, will join us at that time.
Baptism Dates: September 7, September 21, and October 19 all have been set aside for baptisms which could be arranged at the 9:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m., or 5:00 p.m. services. Please call the Rector, Stuart Kenworthy, to schedule and plan a baptism.
Yoga at Christ Church: The Christ Church yoga class is continuing on Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. in Keith Hall. New participants always are welcome. For more information and to register please contact Cherie Jones (202-352-7529,firstname.lastname@example.org).