THIS WEEK AT CHRIST CHURCH, GEORGETOWN
Sunday Adult Forum: The Adult Forum takes place on Sunday mornings in Keith Hall at 10:05 a.m. On Sunday, March 2, Dr. Paul Crego will speak on “William Wilberforce” as we continue in Year Two of our “Holy Lives” series.
Mardi-Gras All-In: Our next All-In, sponsored by the Youth and Family Ministries Committee, is at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 2 in the Parish Hall Auditorium. As we prepare for the coming season of Lent, join us in our Mardi-Gras revelry the last Sunday before Ash Wednesday! Beads, masks, food, and fun await. Regular Sunday School and Youth classes are exchanged for fellowship and programming for the whole family. Please join us!
Choral Evensong: The next Choral Evensong will be at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 2. Music of John Rutter, Herbert W. Sumsion, George Dyson, and C. Kenneth Turner will be featured. Choral Evensong will continue o first and third Sundays through May. Each one is followed by a reception in Keith Hall.
Homeless Shelter Volunteers Needed: The Georgetown Ministry Center’s congregation-based winter shelter arrives at Christ Church on Sunday, March 2, for its second visit this season and will depart on Sunday, March 16. The shelter, which is housed in the Parish Hall Auditorium, provides a safe, warm, and welcoming space for ten guests in need of shelter from the cold. There is a professional staff person from the Georgetown Ministry Center present each night. Volunteers are needed for this important ministry. Please call Amy Mathes at 202-333-6677 (extension 226) or email her at email@example.com to volunteer or with questions if you would like to participate in hosting the shelter.
March 3 Mission Monday: Pamela Constable, Washington Post reporter and Afghan Animal Shelter founder, will speak at the Mission Monday on March 3. After covering Afghanistan for several years, she founded the Afghan Stray Animals League in Kabul in 2004. She will discuss Afghanistan, attitudes towards animals there, the mission of her shelter, and what role her faith has played in her work. This event is jointly sponsored by the International Mission Group and the Saint Francis Guild, Christ Church’s animal welfare mission group. The evening will begin at 6:30 with a dinner featuring Afghan food. To sign up, please contact the parish office.
LENT 2014 AT CHRIST CHURCH
Ash Wednesday: Ash Wednesday on March 5 will mark the beginning of Lent. Ash Wednesday services will take place in the church at 7:30 a.m., 12:00 noon, and 6:00 p.m. Ashes will be imposed at all three. The full choir will be present at 6:00 p.m., and nursery care also will be available at the Parish Hall Nursery beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday Evenings at 6:30 p.m. – Women’s Bible Study: “Lenten Scriptures,” led by the Reverend Deirdre Eckian: During Lent, the Women’s Bible Study will meet weekly at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday nights, March 11 through April 8. The group will study the scripture lessons for the coming Sunday, exploring Lenten themes and images. Each class will use a contemplative means of approaching and reflecting upon scripture. The time from 6:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. is for fellowship. The Bible Study follows from 7:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. If you are not currently participating in the Women’s Bible Study, but plan to do so during Lent, please e-mail the Reverend Deirdre Eckian (firstname.lastname@example.org). All women are welcome!
Wednesday Mornings at 9:00 a.m. – Bible Study: “Love Life: Living the Gospel of Love,” March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9: Keith Hall. This Bible Study series, developed by the Brothers at the Society of Saint John the Evangelist (SSJE), follows Morning Prayer at 7:30 a.m., Holy Eucharist immediately following, and a community breakfast at 8:15 a.m. Through conversation, meditation and short videos from the Brothers, we will delve deeply into the Gospel of John and its transformative message of love, which shapes their community life. All are welcome to join any or all of our Wednesday morning offerings.
Wednesday Evenings at 6:30 p.m. – “Praying the Psalms” led by the Reverend Thomas C. Murphy: Thomas Merton, Cistercian monk, and mid-20th century spiritual writer asks, “Why has the Church considered the Psalms her most perfect book of prayer?” We will explore this question and others during Lent, with a little help from our friends Walter Brueggemann, Old Testament scholar and author of the Prophetic Imagination, Nan C. Merrill, author of Psalms for Praying: an Invitation to Wholeness, and Thomas Merton. We will pray the Psalms in a contemplative setting. When: March 12, 26, April 2, 9. Time: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Where: The Chapel. Please call 202-333-6677 to sign up.
Thursday Evenings at 6:30 p.m. – “Holy Voices: Lenten Prayer with the Poets,” led by Dr. Kathleen H. Staudt: Once again, back by popular demand, Dr Kathleen Staudt will lead a five- part series featuring major poets and poetry that explores and illuminates aspects of the holy and sacred. Some of the poets and poetry to be examined are George Herbert, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Wendell Berry, and Denise Levertov. Dr. Staudt, a highly regarded and published poet herself, will also share with us one evening some of her own poetry. Thursday Evenings in Keith Hall adjacent to the church, March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3: 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.and ending with Compline. There will be some light fare available from 6:15 p.m. and throughout each evening. Prompt arrival is urged. Please call the parish office at 202-333-6677 if you plan to attend all or most of these sessions.
Fridays at 12:10 p.m. – A Service of Healing and Holy Eucharist with Meditations: “Aspects of Healing,” March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11: Chapel of Saint Jude. 12:10 p.m. to 12:40 p.m. This is preceded by Noonday Prayers at 12:00 noon.
Saturdays – March 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12
Morning Prayer at 7:30 a.m. – Chapel of Saint Jude
Holy Eucharist with Meditations and Silence at 10:00 a.m.: On Saturday mornings in Lent at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Saint Jude there is an added service of Holy Eucharist with meditations and silence led by the parish clergy. It will be a time of listening, conversation, and silence.
Sandwich Making from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.: Each Saturday during Lent there will be the opportunity to gather and make sandwiches for the lunch meal at Martha’s Table. All supplies are provided. Each Saturday will be facilitated by a member of the Youth and Family Ministries Committee, and parishioners are invited to “host” a Saturday by attending the sandwich making and then delivering the sandwiches to Martha’s Table. All are invited to participate, including families with children. Please contact the Reverend Kristen Hawley (email@example.com) if you would like to host a Saturday.
Also for your consideration during Lent
Monday through Friday the Daily Office schedule continues as normal in Saint Jude’s Chapel
Morning Prayer at 7:30 a.m.; Noonday Prayer at 12:00 noon (on Friday followed by Healing Eucharist at 12:10); Evening Prayer at 5:30 p.m. (with brief meditations by Henri Nouwen during Lent exploring the theme, “Abide in My Love”).
The Reconciliation of a Penitent, or Sacramental Confession: This liturgy is always available to any parishioner, anytime. It is customarily arranged by appointment and takes place in the Church or the Chapel. However, during the Lenten season, a priest will be available in the Church each Saturday from 4:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. The priest will be seated near the altar rail and you may approach and kneel there to begin. Guidance for making a sacramental confession is very Anglican – “all may, none must, some should.” Your attention is directed to page 446 of the Book of Common Prayer for more information and the two forms of confession which follow. Form I is particularly suitable for those for whom this will be a first experience. If you want to discuss whether this sacrament is appropriate for you or have any other questions or concerns, please contact any of the parish clergy.
Newcomers and Confirmation Class: The Newcomers and Confirmation class is designed for parishioners who are newer to the parish and would like to learn more about the Episcopal tradition as well as for parishioners who would like to prepare for Confirmation. The class will meet on Sundays from 10:00 to11:00 a.m. beginning March 9 and concluding on April 13. The meeting location will be determined by the size of the class. These weekly sessions will be taught by the clergy, using as a resource Welcome to the Episcopal Church: An Introduction to Its History, Faith and Worship by Christopher Webber. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion. If you would like to register for this class, please email the Reverend Deirdre Eckian (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 March dates are Sunday, March 16 and Monday, March 17. We still need both cooks and servers on March 16, but only need servers on March 17. Please contact Amy Mathes at the parish office to sign up – (email@example.com).
Stewardship Focus: The Every Member Canvas for 2014 is continuing. Pledges and gifts to the canvas provide about 71% of the operating funds needed to support the many ministries of our parish. If you would like to help save paper and postage, you can follow this link and make your pledge for 2014 at our website: http://christchurchgeorgetown.org/community/stewardship. If you want to know what you pledged for this year and have a login to the remote database, you can access that from the Member Login tab at the website. You also could call the parish office or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be generous. Thank you very much. Canvas Progress Report: Our goals for 2014 are 500 pledges and $1,297,000 (as of February 25 we have 412 pledges and $1,288,875).