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 September 2, 2015 - September 9, 2015



Homecoming Sunday:  Please plan to take part in  this fall’s “Homecoming Sunday” on September 13.   There will be a combined service at 10:00 a.m.  That will be followed by an on-site picnic to provide an opportunity for fellowship and celebration as we prepare to enter a new program year in the life of the parish.  The 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. services that day will take place as usual.  

Welcome, Tom Smith:  Our new Organist and Choirmaster, Thomas P. Smith, joined the staff on September 1.  Tom’s first Sunday will be this coming one, September 6.

Guest Preacher:  The Reverend Dr. Catriona Laing will be our guest preacher on September 6.  Dr. Laing recently relocated to Washington with her husband, Sam Fleming, who is U.S. economics editor for the Financial Times.  Dr. Laing has assisted at the Church of the Epiphany and Saint Paul’s, K Street.  She formerly served in the Diocese of Southwark in south London and has focused extensively on interfaith relations.

Garden Service:  The last 9:00 a.m. Sunday service in the Chapel Garden this summer will be this coming Sunday, September 6.  


Spud Parker Memorial Service:  A memorial service for the late Somerville “Spud” Parker will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 12.

Light the City – Georgetown:  Christ Church will be joining other Georgetown houses of worship on Saturday, September 12 (6:30 to 8:00 p.m.) for a celebration of Unity and Faith in Georgetown.  Our new Organist and Choirmaster, Tom Smith, and a quartet of our choristers will offer music for all participants who visit Christ Church.


Light the City Schedule on September 12:  5:30 – Begin with an Optional Mass at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 3513 N Street, N.W.; 6:30 – Receive a candle and a list of open houses of worship on the front steps of Holy Trinity; 6:30 to 8:00 – Tour the neighborhood at your own pace, visit the open houses of worship to pray, tour, and enjoy musical offerings at each stop marked by luminaries; 8:00 – End with Reception in the garden at Epiphany Catholic Church, 2712 Dumbarton Street, N.W.  A voluntary good will offering basket will be available at the Epiphany Reception benefitting the Georgetown Ministry Center.

Youth Education:  Blessing of the Backpacks, Teacher Commissioning, and the first day of Sunday School will take place on Sunday, September 20.  All children are invited to bring their backpacks to the 9:00 a.m. service;  Sunday School will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the Parish Hall and church building.  We hope that all children and families will join us September 13 to celebrate the beginning of the year at Homecoming Sunday!

Sunday School Registration:  Check here for online youth education registration.

Adult Forum:  The Adult Forum will resume at 10:00 a.m. in Keith Hall on Sunday, September 27.  Before that, on September 20. there will be an update on the search for our 21st Rector.

New Adult Forum Series:  The 2015-2016 series examines the content and context of various heresies that have plagued the church from its earliest days to the present.  Four introductory lectures explore key themes, including: the relationship between orthodoxy and heresy; the role and use of ecclesiastical and civil authority in defining and rooting out heresy; and the various abuses and excesses associated with suppressing heretical views and groups that have sometimes marred the Church’s reputation and damaged its cohesion. By examining various heresies and the struggles they engender, we hope to kindle renewed appreciation of orthodoxy, and foster a sober respect for the high price that is sometimes attached to "right belief."  Click here for the full schedule.

Search Committee Interviewing Candidates:  The Search Committee continues to meet weekly and remains on schedule.  After considering the materials presented by the large group of original applicants and our own research we narrowed the likely candidates to ten.  We are now interviewing this group by Skype or telephone and expect that process to produce an even shorter list.  We will interview the final group of candidates in person, and expect to have a recommendation for the Vestry in due course.

Baptism Dates:  September 27, October 4, October 25, November 1, November 8 , and January 10 have been set aside for baptisms which could be arranged at the 9:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m., or 5:00 p.m. services.  Please call the clergy to schedule and plan a baptism.

Fall 2015 Soup Kitchen/Grate Patrol:  Mark your calendars this Fall and come join our special ministry serving DC's neediest.  We are also adding times following Sunday Services so watch the Bulletin/Facebook/Twitter for announcements.

SEPTEMBER: Sunday, 9/20 and Monday, 9/21

OCTOBER: Sunday, 10/18 and Monday, 10/19

NOVEMBER: Sunday, 11/15 and Monday, 11/16

DECEMBER: Sunday, 12/20 and Monday, 12/21

We're looking for a few good LEAD(ers)!  Love to organize?  Work with volunteers?  Feel called to spend a few more hours at Soup Kitchen?  Email Liza Ballantine for more information.

Christ Church Thrift Shop:  The thrift store is closed for the summer and will reopen on Wednesday, September 9.  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.  Thanks for supporting this very special ministry.  

Volunteer in the Christ Church Thrift Shop:  The Thrift Shop is looking for extra hands in the fall when they reopen from their summer break!  Please contact the office, 202-333-6677, if you would like to join the Christ Church Thrift Shop team.

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