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Welcome to Christ Church, Georgetown!  Whether you are a life-long Christian or just inquiring about or beginning that wonderful and exciting journey of faith, here at Christ Church you will know welcome, love, respect, and belonging.






This Week at Christ Church for November 19, 2014 - November 25, 2014




Interim Rector: The Right Reverend Peter James Lee, formerly Bishop of Virginia, has begun his work as Christ Church, Georgetown’s Interim Rector. Bishop Lee’s first Sunday in church will be November 23. Please join us to welcome the Lee’s to Christ Church.

Memorial Service for Dr. Edwin B. Parker III: A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 22 at 11:00 a.m. at Christ Church, Georgetown for Dr. Edwin (Buz) B.Parker III.

Adult Forum: Stephen Arbogast will speak on “Encountering God I: Journaling” at the Adult Forum this Sunday, November 23 at 10:00 a.m.

Every Member Canvass: The Every Member Canvass for 2015 currently is underway. It is especially important this year as we move into a time of transition. The dollar goal is $1,323,000 from a goal of 500 pledges or gifts. Pledge cards have been mailed. They also available at the Coffee Hours following the 9:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Sunday services. Pledges also can be made at our website, As of November 18, we have $846,161 in pledges or gifts from 226 families or individuals.


Women’s Bible Study “Who Do You Say That I Am?”: Please join us as we read The Four Witnesses by Robin 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 if you would like additional information. Tuesdays: November 25, December 2, 16. Fellowship 6:30 p.m.; Bible Study 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Memorial Room, third floor Parish Hall.

Thanksgiving Day Service: Our Thanksgiving Day service will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 27, with the full choir present. Please join us if you are remaining in town.


Advent "All-In": Our annual Advent “All-In” will be held on Sunday, November 30 at 10:00 a.m. All-Ins replace regular youth education; all children, youth, and their families are invited to join together to prepare for Advent by making wreaths together! $30 per family is requested to cover supply costs; please contact Rita or Kristen if this is a concern. RSVP to, or pay online here.

Thursday Evenings in Advent “Exploring the Incarnation”: And the Word became flesh and lived among us - John 1:14. Please join us for three Thursday evenings in Advent - December 4, 11, and 18 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Keith Hall for this special adult faith formation series. We will explore the Incarnation as it is appears in both Holy Scripture and the Arts. Parishioner, Canon Dr. E.A. Carmean, Jr. will lead the discussion on one of these evenings, more details to follow.

Advent Quiet Day: Saturday, December 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. led by the Reverend James W. Farwell, Ph.D, Professor of Theology and Liturgy at Virginia Theological Seminary. Quiet days offer short set-aside times for our our parish community to draw together, slow down, still our minds and pray.  Freedom from speaking also allows our other senses to be attentive to the movement of the Holy Spirit. In this busy season, please set aside time in your schedule and your heart to prepare for the coming of our Lord! Contact The Reverend Elizabeth Keeler with questions at

Grinch Movie Night: Friday, December 19 at 6pm in the auditorium, 2nd floor of Parish Hall for our second annual Grinch Night. We will have movies, dinner and lots of good company.  Pizza, drinks and salad will be provided, please bring a side or dessert to share. RSVP to


Mission Monday:  On Monday, December 1, our parishioner, Edward Rackley, will speak about his recent trip to Lebanon where he spent time at refugee camps crowded with displaced Syrians and others escaping Middle East chaos. Mr. Rackley is a conflict, security, and governance specialist with over 20 years living and working in conflict-related emergencies with leading international institutions. He holds doctoral and master's degrees from the New School for Social Research in New York. The evening starts at 6:30 in Keith Hall with dinner and conversation, followed by Mr. Rackley's talk. RSVP –

Early Christianity Lecture: Our parishioners, Jay and Margaret Costan, have endowed a lecture series on Early Christianity hosted by Georgetown University’s Theology Department. The inaugural lecture will be on Thursday, December 4, at 5:00 p.m. The speaker will be the eminent historian Dr. Peter Brown of Princeton University who will discuss “Alms, Work, and the Holy Poor: Early Christian Monasticism between Syria and Egypt.” The lecture will be in the Intercultural Center (ICC) Auditorium. A reception will follow in the ICC Galleria. This event is open to the general public but RSVP’s by December 1 will be appreciated for planning purposes –

The Reverend Elizabeth Keeler’s Ordination to the Priesthood: Elizabeth’s ordination will take place on Saturday, December 6th at 10:30 a.m., Grace Episcopal Church, 3601 Russell Road in Alexandria. Join us for this special service followed by a reception.

Search Committee Forum: A second Search Committee Forum will be held in Keith Hall at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, December 7, to offer information on the process to be followed in identifying a 21st Rector of Christ Church, Georgetown, and to listen to views expressed by those present.

Holy Land Pilgrimage: The Washington National Cathedral is sponsoring a pilgrimage to the Holy Land from September 4 to 16, 2015. The Reverend Canon John L. Peterson will lead lead pilgrims into "a laboratory where the Divine Drama of our faith unfolds.” On Sunday afternoon, December 7 at the Cathedral Canon Peterson will discuss the trip, and answer questions. For information before then or to sign up please contact Tracy Dieter at For references, please contact Tooey Cameron at

Third Space Georgetown Young Adults Speakers Series: Please join us on Tuesday, December 18, at 6:30 p.m. on the 2nd floor of Le Pain Quotidian (2815 M Street, N.W.) for this month's gathering of Third Space, where young adults (and their friends) gather over food and drink to discuss and consider the intersection of life and faith. Third Space Georgetown will meet the third Tuesday in December at LPQ and is open to all. More information and updates can be found on our Facebook page.

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 (6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.). Our December dates are Monday, December 15 and Sunday, December 21.  Please contact the parish office to sign up at

New Kenworthy Contact Information After November 2: The Reverend and Mrs. Stuart A. Kenworthy, 1701 North Kent Street, Apartment 606, Arlington, Virginia 22209, telephone 202-957-3115, email

Christ Church Thrift Shop: The thrift store will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26. Donations of clothing, gift, and kitchen items are needed and may be dropped off at the parish office at 3116 O Street, N.W. any time during the week or at the shop on any Wednesday between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Thanks for supporting this very special ministry.  

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 or

CCG Running Group: Calling all runners! Come join us Tuesday and Thursday mornings for a three to five mile run and build relationships with fellow parishioners while you build muscle and good cardiovascular health. We will meet outside of the church at 5:30 a.m. Friends and dogs are welcome! Please contact EmilyGrace Mate at if you are interested in joining the running group and getting on their list serve.