THIS WEEK AT CHRIST CHURCH, GEORGETOWN
Stewardship Focus: Under the leadership of Oliver Harris, the Stewardship Committee has begun the Every Member Canvas for 2014. Pledges and gifts the canvas generates 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 December 3 we have 276 pledges and $928,524).
Thomas Merton in Advent: You are invited to an Advent program on the life and writings of the Trappist monk, Thomas Merton, one of the great writers and spiritual guides of the 20th Century, The Reverend Thomas Murphy will lead this Advent program that will meet on the first three Wednesdays in Advent, December 4, 11, and 18. The group will meet in Keith Hall from 7:00 p.m to 8:30 p.m. The December 4 program will be a showing of the documentary movie on the life of Thomas Merton called “Soul Searching: The Journey of Thomas Merton.” December 11 and 18 will be discussions of Merton’s essays on Advent and Christmas. Please contact the parish office to sign up.
Advent Quiet and Contemplative Eucharists: On three Thursday evenings in Advent, December 5, 12, and 19, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. we will gather in the Chapel of Saint Jude (and the church environs) for a time of quiet, readings, reflections, music, and Holy Eucharist all centered on the themes of Advent. No reservations are necessary. Come and join fellow parishioners for a time of quiet and reflection in the dark of December and expectancy of Advent.
Tamara Salisbury Service: A funeral service for the late Tamara Salisbury will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 7.
Christmas Greens: Thanks to all who supported our youth program by ordering Christmas greens and ornaments. Orders that were not picked up at church on December 1 again will be available in the Chapel on Sunday, December 8, from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. They also can be picked up at the parish office during normal business hours on weekdays. Some additional greens and ornaments still are available for purchase.
Advent Angels: Advent Angels will continue to be available for pick up from the Christmas tree in Keith Hall on December 8. Wrapped gifts with the angels attached should be returned to the tree by 1:00 p.m. on December 15. Christ Church continues its relationship with the Women’s Collective, Missionaries of Charity, and the Washington Middle School for Girls to provide gifts for in-need children in the District of Columbia.
Sunday Adult Forum: The Adult Forum takes place at 10:05 a.m. on Sundays in Keith Hall. On December 8, Rabbi Dr. Barry Freundel will speak on Joshua as we continue in Year Two of our “Holy Lives” series.
Young Adults – Monthly Brunch: In December the Young Adults Group’s brunch will be on the second Sunday, December 8, rather than the more usual first Sunday. Please meet at the baptismal font following the 11:15 a.m. service. Please contact Kit Thomson (email@example.com) or the Reverend Deirdre Eckian (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
WEEK OF DECEMBER 9
Advent Presentation on Saint Francis of Assisi: Can you imagine the crèche – the Nativity scene – without the Christ Child surrounded by adoring animals? Dr. Kathleen Staudt will discuss how Saint Francis of Assisi's love of animals led to our modern concept of the manger scene. This presentation is part of a follow up lecture to her Adult Forum talk in September about Saint Francis. Parishioners and guests of all ages are invited to join members of the Saint Francis Guild, Christ Church’s animal welfare mission group, for this special Advent presentation on Tuesday, December 10, at 7:00 p.m. in Keith Hall. Refreshments will be served. Please contact Diana Laurie at 202-333-6677 or email@example.com if you are able to attend.
Here We Go A Quest-ing: Our first Quest Sunday is December 15. All CCG Youth (grades 6 to 12) are invited to join us in the Auditorium at 10:00 a.m. where we will begin our journey together. Please dress in layers, as we will be venturing out into Georgetown! As we journey this month, we will stop along the way for lunch and return to CCG by 12:30 p.m. Please email Amy Mathes (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you will be joining us this month on our first adventure, and remember to mark your calendar to Quest the third Sunday of each month.
Lessons and Carols: Our traditional service of Nine Lessons and Carols will be offered twice in December: at 5:00 p.m. on December 15 and at 11:15 a.m. on December 22. Nursery care is always available on Sunday mornings and also will be available in the evening on December 15.
Contemplative Life Mission Group: The regular monthly gathering of the Contemplative Life Mission Group will be held in the Memorial Room on the third floor of the Parish Hall from 6:45 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, December 16. After some conversation, light snacks, and brief mission business, Advent reflections will be shared by Merrill Carrington. All are welcome! Questions? Please call 202-537-7331.
Women’s Bible Study: The Women’s Bible Study led by the Reverend Deirdre Eckian has resumed meeting on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month beginning at 6:30 p.m. The time from 6:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. is for fellowship. The Bible study, from 7:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., parallels the current diocesan study of the major stories of the Bible. We are using a book called The Story: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People. All women are welcome! Please note that in December the group will meet on the first and third Tuesdays. The next meeting will be on December 17 in the third floor Memorial Room at the Parish Hall. If you plan on participating please email Deirdre Eckian email@example.com.
Amahl and the Night Visitors: All are invited to gather in Keith Hall on Sunday afternoon, December 22, at 2:00 p.m. for a viewing of one of the most beloved Christmas traditions in America. Gian Carlo Menotti was commissioned to compose this popular opera only eighteen months before it was viewed live by millions on Christmas Eve in 1951. It is a story of Christmas that is wonderfully moving and unforgettable. Come and join your fellow parishioners to view this Christmas classic. RSVP’s to the parish office will be appreciated.
Honduras Mission Trip: Join Friends of Honduras USA for a mission trip to San Antonio, Honduras, the week of January 7 to 14, 2014. We will be visiting several of the kindergartens recently completed by the organization including one made possible by the support of Christ Church Georgetown. The trip will also include a visit to the Copan Ruins. The cost of the trip is $875 plus airfare to San Pedro Sula (SAP). Please contact the Reverend Anne Dale (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Christopher Garcia’s Installation: On Thursday, January 9, 2014, at 7:00 p.m.,the Right Reverend Shannon Johnston, Bishop of Virginia, will lead the Celebration of New Ministry for the Reverend Christopher Garcia as Rector of Emmanuel Church in Greenwood, Virginia. Any Christ Church parishioners who are able to attend will be most welcome. Emmanuel Church is located at 7599 Rockfish Gap Turnpike, Greenwood, Virginia.
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 January dates are Sunday, January 19 and Monday, January 20. Please contact Amy Mathes at the parish office to sign up (email@example.com).
Baptism Dates: Future dates set aside for baptisms include January 12, February 2, February 16, and March 2. Please call the Rector, Stuart Kenworthy, to schedule and plan a baptism.
Nominating Committee: The Vestry has confirmed a Nominating Committee for 2014. That committee will be chaired by Susan Davies. Other members are Bill English, Claudia Gwilliam, John Lange, Christine Spencer, Elizabeth Swenson, Tyler Thompson, George Valanos, Pepper Van Noppen and Harry Volz. This committee will consider nominations to fill a Senior Warden vacancy that will occur at the Annual Meeting in February, and also four three-year vacancy terms, and one three-year remaining term. The committee will welcome suggestions from parishioners.
Diocesan South Africa Pilgrimage: Our itinerary is to depart Washington Dulles on Thursday, February 13, and return on Tuesday, February 25. The trip will concentrate on visiting programs of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa in Cape Town and Grahamanstown as well as seeing the natural beauty offered by South Africa. We are now estimating the trip to cost from $2,500 to $3,000, including air fare. Our next meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, December 9, at Church House. If you are considering joining the pilgrimage, please plan to attend the meeting so we can begin to know each other as well as finalize plans. For more details please contact Abbott McCartney by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bishop Walker School Lunch Buddies: The Bishop Walker School for Boys needs Lunch Buddies! The school is a tuition-free private school for boys in Southeast DC. Lunch Buddies are men who commit to visiting a class one hour a month (preferably on a Tuesday or Thursday) to eat lunch, play, and/or share a hobby or personal interest with students. Seventy-seven percent of the school’s students come from single parent families, and 96% of these families have female heads of household. The Lunch Buddies program connects the boys with positive adult male role models, and these visits are exciting and meaningful for the students. If you would like to apply, please email email@example.com call 202-591-3073.
Yoga at Christ Church: The Christ Church yoga class has resumed 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).