THIS WEEK AT CHRIST CHURCH, GEORGETOWN
Every Member Canvas: The Every Member Canvas for 2016 currently is underway. It is especially important this year as we prepare to welcome a new Rector. The dollar goal is $1,323,000 from a goal of 500 pledges or gifts. As of January 22 we have $1,094,189 in pledges or gifts from 365 families or individuals. Pledge cards have been mailed. They also available at the Sunday Coffee Hours. In addition, pledges can be made at our website.
Superbowl Chili: Thanks to everyone who order Superbowl Chili from our youth group. Orders will be available to be picked up on January 31 in the Chapel. Limited quantities will be available for purchase by those who did not place an order or would like to have more. This chili sale is a fund raiser for the youth group’s pilgrimage to England this summer.
New Mission Gift Request Schedule: The Christ Church, Georgetown, Mission Committee invites requests at this time from parishioners and CCG mission groups on behalf of local and international nonprofits to be considered for monetary gifts as our 2016 Mission Partners. As part of our Mission Committee restructuring, we will be reviewing and deciding upon ALL 2016 requests at one time. The deadline for 2016 Mission Gift Requests is Monday, February 22. For more information on the process, criteria and timing and for a copy of the gift request form, please see our website or contact a Mission Committee member directly (members listed online). Printed request forms are available at the church and parish office as well.
Adult Forum: The Sunday Adult Forum continues in Keith Hall on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. This year’s theme is “On Heresy.” On Sunday, January 31, Professor Susan Bond will speak on “Beguines, Beghards, and Brethern of the Common Life.” Click here for the full schedule.
POST BLIZZARD RESCHEDULING
The Episcopal Way: An Adult Inquirers Class is being offered on Sundays during the Epiphany season from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the Auditorium on the second floor of the Parish Hall. Two sessions took place on January 10 and 17. The remaining three will be January 31, February 14, and February 21. Please join us as often as you are able. The companion text for the class is volume 1 of the Church’s Teaching Series for a Changing World entitled “The Episcopal Way.” Contact the Reverend Elizabeth Keeler with questions or for more information.
Epiphany Family Hymn-Sing: All members of the Christ Church community are invited for an evening of fellowship on Friday, January 29 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.! Organist and choirmaster Tom Smith will lead us through favorites from the 1982 Hymnal, All ages are welcome! Dinner will be included. Please bring a nut-free side or dessert to share. Questions and RSVP to Rita.
Epiphany Quiet Morning on Call and Discipleship: Join us on Saturday, January 30, from 9:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon in the Chapel to consider who am I now, and who am I being invited to be? How am I called to shape my life? What is God’s dream for my life now? The morning will include short talks and guided meditations on themes of call and discipleship; times for silent reflection, reading, walking, stillness; and will conclude with a celebration of the Holy Eucharist. The morning will be led by the Reverend Susan Thon, recently retired Rector of the Church of the Redeemer, Bethesda, Maryland.
199th Annual Meeting: The 199th Annual Parish Meeting will take place in the church at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, February 7. A Senior Warden and four Vestry Members will be elected at that time. Please plan to attend.
Choral Evensong: The next Choral Evensong will take place at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 7. Music of Adrian Batten, Richard Aylewad, Charles Villiers Stanford, and Charles Wood will be featured at that time. Choral Evensong will continue on first and third Sundays from January through May. Each service is followed by a reception in Keith Hall.
Women’s Bible Study: Please join the women of Christ Church, Georgetown’s, Women’s Bible Study group this winter as we read Barbara Brown Taylor’s Learning to Walk in the Dark. Meetings are on Tuesday evening from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Memorial Room on the third floor of the Parish Hall. The remaining session is February 9. Please know that this group welcomes newcomers and women of all ages from the parish. Contact Elizabeth Keeler for more information.
Ash Wednesday: Ash Wednesday on February 10 will mark the beginning of Lent. Ash Wednesday services will take place in the church at 7:30 a.m., 12:00 noon, and 6:00 p.m. Ashes will be imposed at all three. The full choir will be present at 6:00 p.m., and nursery care also will be available at the Parish Hall Nursery beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Tuesdays in Lent: Exploring the three Abrahamic Faiths (Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. “The Lord brought Abraham outside and said, “Look toward heaven and count the stars… so shall your descendants be,” Genesis 15:5. As followers of Christ we are called to love our neighbor and engage with our ancient cousins, most especially as we follow Jesus to Jerusalem and the Cross. Please join us for five weeks of learning and conversation on this timely and important exploration of the three Abrahamic faith traditions. February 16 and 23, March 1, 8 and 15 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Dinner is included and there will be concurrent children’s programming.
Oh, The Places We'll Go: From the Jungle of Nool to McElligot's Pool, children are invited to journey through the worlds of Dr. Seuss this Lent! Join us Tuesdays February 16, March 1, March 8, and March 15 to read old and new favorites, and see what Horton, Getrude McFuzz, and friends can teach us about caring for each other. This program will run concurrently with the adult Lenten series from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. with dinner for everyone in Keith Hall at 6:30. Adults and youth grade 6 and up can contact Rita to join the fun as volunteers!
Youth Choir in Lent: The Youth Choir will sing the offertory anthem at the 9:00 a.m. service on Sunday, February 28. All children and youth at a first-grade reading level or above are invited to rehearse Tuesday, February 23, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., with dinner served in Keith Hall at, 6:30 (concurrent with the Lenten Series). No Dr. Seuss program will be held on February 23. Contact Tom with questions!
Contemplative Life: The Contemplative Life Mission Group will not be holding its regular monthly gathering during January but instead, when possible, will be attending the Epiphanytide Quiet Morning on Saturday, January 23.. Our next meeting will be on Monday, February 15, with Christ Church Organist and Choirmaster Tom Smith as our invited guest. Tom will be sharing thoughts about music and prayer.
Baptism Dates: The final pre-Lenten option for baptisms at Christ Church is February, 7. The Easter Vigil service on the evening of March 26 -- liturgically the most appropriate and celebratory occasion for baptisms -- is the first option after the season of Lent. April 10 and May 15 (the Day of Pentecost) are also options. Please contact one of the clergy if you are interested in scheduling a baptism.
Soup Kitchen: Come volunteer with us in 2016 and be a part of a special group and powerful ministry – CCG’s Mobile Soup Kitchen, in partnership with the Salvation Army! Whether it is your first time or your first time in a long time, join us in the Parish Hall on the third Sunday and Monday of every month: Kitchen Team (4:30.p.m. to 6:30 p.m.) to make sandwiches, prepare lunchbag meals and ladle soup or Serve Team (6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) in the Salvation Army Van to deliver these meals to our homeless neighbors. Grab a friend, form a group, gather your family, or come on in by yourself! All ages welcome. No cooking skills needed. Our dates for February and March are Monday, February 15, and Sunday, February 21; and Sunday, March 20, and Monday, March 21. Please contact the parish office or email Liza Ballantine to sign up or with questions. Thank you!
Georgetown University Episcopal Campus Ministry: The campus ministry is looking for individuals or groups to provide dinner for 10-12 college students. We meet on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. for Eucharist and dinner while school is in session, and would be delighted for you to join us. For more information and to sign up, click here. Please contact the Reverend Becky Zartman at if you have questions. Thank you!
Christ Church Thrift Shop: The Thrift Shop normally is open for business every Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the Lower Level of the Parish Hall. All profits are given to mission partners both near and far. Your support and donations are always appreciated and can be dropped off at the Parish Hall on Sundays and weekdays during office hours. Thanks for supporting this very special ministry. The Thrift Shop will be closed on January 27.
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 email Cherie Jones or call her at 202-352-7529.