Rector's Welcome

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 October 8, 2014 - October 15, 2014

Rector Search Committee Membership Announced:  The Senior Warden has announced the membership of the Search Committee for a 21st Rector of Christ Church.  In addition to the Co-Chairs, Susan Davies and Guy Martin, the members are  Cynthia Anthony, Tom Birch, Tom Crocker, Stephen Hadley, Rupert Hammond-Chambers, Molly Peacock, Elizabeth Swenson, Frances Symes, Raymond Tanter, and Sally Wilhelm.
Christian Adult Forum: The Sunday Adult Forum has resumed in Keith Hall at 10:05 a.m.  The 2014-2015 series is entitled “Prayer and Belief.”  On Sunday, October 12, Dr. Kathleen Staudt will speak on “The Trinity in Literature.”
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 if $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,
A Celebration for our Rector:  November 2, All Saints’ Sunday, will be the Reverend Stuart Kenworthy’s last Sunday as Rector of Christ Church.  Come and celebrate his 23 years of service as our Rector.  Festive receptions will follow both the 9:00 a.m. and the 11:15 a.m. services that day.
Saint Francis Guild:  The third annual Pet Supplies Drive is currently underway.  The Guild welcomes contributions of pet-related items, as well as food, which can be left in collection boxes located at various convenient places around the church.  Please refer to the list of items sought attached to each box.  The recipients will be the Washington Humane Society and Pets With Disabilities.   For further information, contact Linda Gill at
Mission Evening The first presentation this fall sponsored by the Mission Committee will be “It Takes a Village:  Aging in Place with Dignity and Grace” on Tuesday, October 14, in Keith Hall.  Research shows that people in their senior years live happier and more fulfilling lives when they are able to continue living in their own homes.  Come learn about the growing local “Village” initiative that enables people to do just that while at the same time building community among all generations.  Founder and past-President of Georgetown Village Sharon Lockwood will speak on issues of aging in the District of Columbia in general, how Georgetown Village assists seniors living in our midst, and what you can do to participate in this endeavor.  Fellowship at 6:00 p.m.; Light Supper at 6:30 p.m.; Presentation at 7:00 p.m.  Please contact the parish office to RSVP – or 202-333-6677.  All are welcome.
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: 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.
Youth Retreat Our Fall Youth Mini-Retreat, held at the Bishop Claggett Center near Frederick, Maryland, will be Saturday, October 18, from early afternoon to evening. Youth in grades 6 to12 are invited for a day of food, fellowship, and general Fall fun.  Contact Rita Yoe, Youth Missioner ( for more information.
Newcomers Welcome Reception:  Whether you're brand new to Christ Church, or new in the last year or so, please join us for hospitality and an intentional welcome onSunday, October 19, at 10:00 a.m. in the Memorial Room (third floor of the Parish Hall).  All are welcome for a light breakfast and an informal visit with the clergy.  Please let the parish office know if you plan to attend.
Youth Acolyte Training and Refresher Calling all youth, grades 6 and up, who are interested in serving as acolytes and readers at the 9:00 a.m. Sunday service of Holy Eucharist!  Please join us on Sunday, October 19, at 12:30 p.m. in the church to learn about this great leadership opportunity and to train for the coming year.  Contact the Reverend Kristen Hawley with questions or concerns (
Choral Evensong Returns:  The next Choral Evensong will be at 5:00 p.m. on October 19.  Music of Healey Willan, Herbert W. Sumsion, Thomas Attwood Walmisley, and John Joubert will be featured at that time.  Choral Evensong will continue on first and third Sundays through May.  Each service is followed by a reception in Keith Hall, 
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 October dates are Sunday, October 19 and Monday, October 20.  October 20 is covered, but we still need two cooks and two servers for October 19.  Please contact Amy Mathes at the parish office to sign up –  (
Young Adults at Christ Church:  Please save the date for Sunday, November 16, when we will serve as Mission Partners at the Church of the Epiphany’s “Welcome Table.”  The morning includes worshiping with, and helping to feed, our homeless neighbors.  Meet at 6:00 a.m. at Christ Church.
Baptism Dates:  October 19 and November 9 have been set aside for baptismswhich 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.
Samaritan Ministry Gala Saturday, November 1 – Hold that date!  Samaritan Ministry's annual fundraising gala is set for November 1 with the theme, “Stepping Out in Faith.”  The evening includes auctions, both live and silent, along with great food, drinks, music and fellowship.  Tickets are $100 and benefit the Next Step program, which serves more than 1,000 women and men who are homeless or otherwise in need.  One of the recent Next Step graduates will be honored that evening.  For details, contact Susan Rao ( or call Samaritan Ministry at 202-722-2280.
Benedictine Spirituality:  The Friends of Saint Benedict, a long-time Christ Church mission partner, will hold its Third Annual Symposium on Benedictine Spirituality November 7 and 8 at Saint Albans Church, 3001 Wisconsin Avenue. N.W.  Bonnie Thurston – poet, scholar, contemplative – will offer the keynote lecture at 7:30 p.m. Friday, November 7, “Time, the Forgotten Spiritual Gift,” followed by a half-day workshop Saturday, November 8.  Participants will come away with a clearer sense of how the monastic framework offers practical ways of ordering time, living in time, and experiencing time as a God-given gift.  For more information and to make reservations: visit, email, or call 202-363-8061.
GMC Homeless Shelter coming to Christ Church:  "Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received (1 Peter 4:10)".   Please volunteer to help with the Homeless Shelter!  The Shelter comes to Christ Church Sunday, November 9, and departs on the 23rd. Serve the homeless in hospitality and kindness by preparing and joining in a meal together or sleep over at the shelter with the residents.  To volunteer or obtain further information, please call Catherine Burns, 202-471-4380or e-mail her
Thrift Shop The Thrift Shop reopened on Wednesday, September 10, when it resumed its usual Wednesday hours of 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Your merchandise donations will be most welcome.
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,