THIS WEEK AT CHRIST CHURCH, GEORGETOWN
Telephone Service: The parish telephone lines are not working and Verizon will not commit to providing service before Monday, May 9. Please use email as an alternative. The convention is the first name of the staff member before @christchutchgeorgetown.org. The general mailbox is email@example.com. In an emergency you can reach one of the clergy by cell phone: Kristen Hawley is 301-787-4440 and Elizabeth Keeler is 703-298-3818.
Adult Forum: The 2015-16 Adult Forum series, “On Heresy,” concluded on May 1. At that time David Stein, who has chaired the Adult Education Committee since 2001, announced his “retirement.” Our deep thanks to David for his long service and for presenting the parish with one outstanding series after another over all these years.
Ascension Day: Thursday, May 5, is Ascension Day, one of the seven principal feasts of the church year. We will observe Ascension Day with an added service of Holy Eucharist with hymns and a meditation at 6:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Saint Jude. Please join us.
Mission Committee Meeting; The next Mission Committee meeting will take place Thursday, May 5, at 6:30 p.m. in the Memorial Room on the third floor off the Parish Hall. All interested parishioners are welcome to attend.
Men’s Discussion Group Next Meeting on May 5: 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. For May 5, we will discuss Marshall and Eisenhower. Join us for any or all evenings for fellowship and discussion. The group will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall Auditorium.
Bocce Update: Christ Church has two teams competing in the DC Bocce League. The “Holy Rollers” commanded the field in the season opener Thursday evening, in a resounding 16-5 win. The Saints held their own in a nail-biting 9-9 tie against former League Champions. Game 2 for both teams will be held this coming Thursday, May 5th at Rose Park, starting at 7:30pm, weather permitting. Come on out and cheer for your teams!!
Theater and Discussion Opportunity: Now through May 8, the Shakespeare Theater Company is hosting the 70-minute one-man show “C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert.” With actor Max McLean portraying Lewis, the play is adapted from Lewis’ writings and traces his journey from “vigorous debunker to the most accessible and eloquent Christian intellectual of the 20th Century.” Christ Church parishioners who attend the play prior to May 8 are invited to join a group discussion of it on Sunday, May 8, at 10:00 a.m. in the Parish Hall Reception Office.
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 10, 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.
Baptism Dates: May 15 (the Day of Pentecost) has been set aside for baptisms which could take place at the 9:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m., or 5:00 p.m. services. Please contact the Reverend Kristen Hawley or the Reverend Elizabeth Keeler to schedule a baptism.
Choral Evensong: The next Choral Evensong will take place at 5:00 p.m. Sunday, May 15. Music of Thomas Tallis, William Bradley Roberts, Herbert Murrill, and Peter Hurford will be featured at that time. May 15 is the last service in the current series. After taking a break for the summer, Choral Evensong will resume at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 2.
International Mission: On Monday, May 16, at 6:30 p.m. the International Mission Group will host a Mission Monday dinner and talk in Keith Hall to welcome Mother Miriam of the Community of Saint Mary, an Episcopal religious order with convents in upstate New York and Malawi, Africa. Mother Miriam will update us on the work of the Sisters in Luwinga, Malawi, a mission we have supported for the past seven years. This year Christ Church is providing funds to the Saint Mary's Foundation for Foreign and Domestic Mission for scholarships for young people orphaned by AIDS who have been assisted by the Sisters of Saint Mary. Please email or call the parish to reserve your place to hear about the good results of our support!
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. A letter is going out this week to all youth in grades 8 to 12 who are interested in being confirmed with next steps and information on preparation. We also welcome all adults who would like to discern confirmation, reaffirmation, or reception into the Episcopal Church and ask you to contact the clergy to talk about those options. 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.
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!