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This Week at Christ Church for May 18, 2016 - May 24, 2016

THIS WEEK AT CHRIST CHURCH, GEORGETOWN

 
SPECIAL REMINDERS.
 
Men’s Discussion Group Next Meets on May 19:  How does our faith shape us in our personal and professional lives?  How do we respond faithfully to the challenges we face in the many roles we fulfill?  Men of Christ Church will begin exploring these as and other questions as a group in a series of discussions this Spring.  Over the course of five evenings from April through June, we are meeting to discuss selected chapters from The Road to Character by David Brooks. Our remaining meetings for the Spring are May 5, May 19, June 2, and June 16.  Dorothy Day will be the subject on May 19.  Join us for any or all evenings for fellowship and discussion.  The group will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the Memorial Room.
 
Bocce Update:  Christ Church has two teams competing in the DC Spring Bocce League.  Both remain undefeated with winning scores of 16-6 (Holy Rollers) and 16 -10 (Saints).  Come watch and cheer on your teams as they play Game 4 at Rose Park on Thursday, May 19, at 6:30 p.m.  Register now for the Summer League that runs from July 14 through September 1.  The fee is $48 through May 22, then  increasing to $60 through June 17.  For more information, email  Catherine Burns or call her at 202-471-4380.
 
Betty Nibley Service:  A funeral service for the late Elizabeth Browder Nubley will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 20.  A reception in Keith Hall will follow.
 
Family Movie Night:  All are invited to Family Movie Night Friday, May 20 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall Auditorium. This is our last family event of the program year--bring a nut-free side or dessert to share and join us for pizza, movies, and fellowship to celebrate a great year together!
 
Spring Confirmations at Christ Church:  Bishop Mariann Budde will be at Christ Church on Sunday, June 5, for a special 4:00 p.m. service of Holy Eucharist,. She will be confirming, reaffirming, and receiving those who are interested in making a mature and public reaffirmation of their baptismal vows.  We anticipate having a number of youth confirmands.  We also welcome all adults who would like to discern confirmation, reaffirmation, or reception into the Episcopal Church.  Anyone interested should please speak with Kristen Hawley or Elizabeth Keeler as soon as possible.  All are welcome and invited to come to the June 5 service to celebrate and support our confirmands.  There will be a reception after the service in Keith Hall.
 
Mission Committee:  The leadership of the Mission Committee would like to hear from parishioners interested in serving as committee members.  The committee meets every other month and is responsible for mission and outreach programming including grants, communicating with parishioners about mission-related activities and programs, and maintaining relationships with the parish’s Mission Partners.  To express interest or to seek further information, please respond to the committee’s email by June 5 or email one of the current co-chairs, Sheila Ward or Cherie Jones.

 
LOOKING FORWARD
 
Wednesday Morning Bible Study:  Over an ongoing  twelve-week period the Wednesday morning Bible Study group will focus on the Book of Acts which records the earliest experiences of the developing Christian Church.  We will be using a commentary written by New Testament scholar N. T. Wright.  All are welcome to attend the midweek Bible Study held in Keith Hall on Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.   
 
Women's Bible Study:  "For Everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven," Ecclesiastes 3:1  Please join the women of the parish as they explore God's gift of time and how we consider this sacred bountiful gift in our often crowded feeling lives. The book for our exploration is To Everything a Season, A Spirituality of Time  by Bonnie Thurston.  Future meeting dates are: May 24 and June 7.  Meetings are held in the Memorial Room from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.  This group warmly welcomes all women of the parish for learning and fellowship.  The Reverend Elizabeth Keeler has plenty of copies of the book and is available to answer questions.  Email Elizabeth or phone her at 202-333-6677.
 
Summer Adult Education:  Christ Church again will be presenting Adult Education offerings during the summer months with programming intended to complement our efforts to integrate the Christian faith we profess on Sundays with our daily lives.  Topics for discussion this summer will include, among others:  Church Music 101, The Intersection of Faith and Science, Reconciliation - What It Is and Why We Need It, and The History of Christ Church.  Please look for a complete schedule in the weeks to come, make note of what topics might be meaningful to you, and attend as you are able.  Beginning June 5 we will explore these topics at 10:00 on Sunday mornings in Keith Hall.  Please note that the summer series differs from the Adult Forum offered during the program year in that it is not lecture based but rather informal and participatory by design.  Also, It is completely acceptable to drop in and out of these sessions to fit into your summer plans and interests.
 
Sharing our Technological Gifts:  Our summer Adult Education series will start with an interactive and intergenerational mini-series on June 5 and June 12 at 10:00 a.m. in Keith Hall.  Technology is all around us and it’s always changing!  As a kickoff to our summer program we will be offering a hands-on opportunity for those who would like to explore ways to better use their personal devices (cell phones, iPads, or tablets.)  The middle and high school youth of Christ Church -- the real experts on today’s technology -- will lead these first two summer education opportunities!  Participating is easy. : Bring your working and charged devices with you to Keith Hall at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 5, and again on June 12, along with any passwords you may have (passwords will not be shared!).  We will have pads of paper handy to make notes and some snacks to share.
 
Garden Service:  The 9:00 a.m. Sunday service will move to its summer location in the Chapel Garden on Sunday, June 12, where it will remain, weather permitting, through Sunday, September 4.
 
Soup Kitchen:  Mark your calendars and consider joining us this Spring/Summer 2016.  We meet in the Parish Hall Kitchen, 3116 O Street, N.W., on the third Sunday and Monday of every month. Upcoming volunteer opportunities include Sunday, May 15 /Monday, May 16; Sunday, June 19, Monday, June 20; Sunday, July 17, and /Monday, July 18. To sign up or for more information, email Liza Ballantine.  Thanks!

 
MISSION PARTNERS
 
The Saint Francis Guild:  Join us for the 29th Annual Bark Ball, a benefit gala for the Washington Humane Society, to be held Saturday, June 11 at the Washington Hilton Hotel.  This high profile event is the only black-tie gala where movers and shakers of Washington, DC can bring their canine companions as their dates!  If you would like to volunteer to help at the gala, OR buy tickets, visit the Society's website.
 
Pets with Disabilities:  Running Hare Vineyard in Prince Frederick Maryland, will hold a wine tasting and silent auction to benefit our Mission Partner, Pets with Disabilities, on Friday, June 3, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.  There will be music, food, and drink available.  Tickets, which must be purchased in advance, are $65.  For more information, contact Linda Gill.
 
Alley Cat Allies:  Help prepare for National Feral Cat Day on Sunday, October 16.  That date is far away, but preparations are already underway.  Volunteers are needed in the Bethesda office of ACA May 23 to 27, and May 31 to June 3  .Visit them online if you are interested in assisting this very active and worthwhile organization.