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Sunday, April 30 ...


Art Show continues in the Auditorium
Youth Pilgrimage Fundraiser
Welcome Reception


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This Week at Christ Church

Millie Coleman Honored:  Today, Wednesday, April 26, the Diocese of Washington and Seabury Resources for Aging today held its annual service honoring the contributions of older adults to their congregations and the community.  Christ Church's Millie Coleman was honored for her steadfast dedication, hard work, graciousness, and positive approach to the many ministries she supports at the parish.  Nominations are invited of individuals who have made a significant impact through their service and leadership. We thank Millie for all her many contributions to the life of the parish.

International Mission Group Supper and Talk:  Our International Mission Group and the Diocesan Southern Africa Partnership Committee invite you to an informal supper and talk on Wednesday, April 26, 6:30 p.m. in the Auditorium. We will be welcome the Venerable Sharron Dinnie and several teachers and students from Kwasa College (primary school) in Springs, South Africa.  Guests from other parishes in the diocese will be joining us.  RSVP to the Parish Office.

Men's Ministry Group Spring Study ProgramSpirituality in Everyday Life for Everday Men, led by the Reverend Jacques Hadler. The group will explore the challenge of integrating faith and prayer into daily life. The program begins on Thursday, April 27, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. (Memorial Room). From God's point of view, every person and every event in life is a potential gift. Our relationship with God and our faith deepen when we notice God at work in the everyday "stuff" of our lives. Additional sessions will be held on Thursday, May 11, 25, and June 8.  Reverend Hadler will also lead the overnight Men's Retreat, Friday-Saturday, June 16-17, building on these same themes. The Retreat will take place at the Bon Secours Retreat Center, Marriottsville, MD. Reverend Hadler is a priest in the Diocese of Washington and Emeritus Director of Field Education at Virginia Theological Seminary, and has been a spiritual director for 25 years with a focus on Ignatian Spirituality. All men of the parish are welcome to join in the journey of faith, fellowship and learning. For more information contact Doug Kirby or Elizabeth Keeler.

Saint Francis Guild Meeting: Christ Church's animal welfare mission group, the St. Francis Guild, will meet on Thursday, April 27, 6:30 - 8:30, in the Memorial Room. The agenda includes a presentation by mission partner Pets With Disabilities, and a discussion of plans for the rest of 2017. All are welcome! Questions? Contact Sheila Ward

Verse and Vision: Dr. Kathleen Staudt, a frequent speaker at the Sunday Adult Forum, invites parishioners to a weekend of Verse and VisionFriday-Saturday, April 28-29, in which she will be participating. There will be readings at a concert on Friday night and discussion groups and workshops on Saturday. For more information, visit

Christ Church Art Show: The annual Christ Church Art Show and Sale will take place on Friday-Sunday, April 28 - 30, with the opening reception 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. on the Friday evening. The show/sale is open Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., and on Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Artists contribute at least 50% of the proceeds to be used for Christ Church's parish outreach.

Sunday Adult Forum:  There will be no Forum this Sunday, April 30. The forum resumes on Sunday, May 7, 10:00 a.m. in Keith Hall, when Professor Susan Bond will speak on Heaven, as part of the Why be a Christian? series.  For more information on this series and prior presentations, visit the Sunday Adult Forum page of our website.   

Welcome Reception: On Sunday, April 30, at 10:00 a.m. in the Rectory, there will be a Welcome Reception. This is an opportunity for those new to the parish to meet informally with clergy and other newcomers and parishioners. A light breakfast will be served. RSVP to the Parish Office.

Youth Pilgrimage Fundraiser:  On Sunday, April 30, between services in the Chapel, the youth will hold a raffle as their final fundraiser for the summer pilgrimage to New Orleans. Since the whole parish cannot join the youth in New Orleans, the youth will bring New Orleans to the one lucky winner! Prize includes homemade jambalaya for 20 (date to be agreed), tickets to a summer Kennedy Center Jazz concert, and a basket of New Orleans goodies.  Tickets are $25.  Come by the Chapel between services or contact Rita Yoe to purchase tickets. Drawing on Sunday, June 18 (winner need not be present).


Youth Choir at Christ Church:  On Tuesday, May 2, 6:30 p.m., Organist and Choirmaster Tom Smith and Youth Missioner Rita Yoe invite all children/youth of the parish to the fifth and final of this season's opportunities for young people to participate in the music ministry of Christ Church.  Families will gather in Keith Hall for a casual dinner of pizza and salad.  Contributions of nut-free desserts are welcome.  At 7:00 p.m., children/youth will move to the Choir Room to rehearse a choral anthem to be sung at the 9:00 Eucharist on Sunday, May 7.  Parents will remain in Keith Hall for fellowship.  Questions?  Contact Tom Smith.  NOTE: In order to participate, children must read at a first grade level.

Organ Recital by Tom Smith: On Wednesday, May 3, 12:10 p.m., at St. John's Church, Lafayette Square, Christ Church Organist & Choirmaster Tom Smith will perform a brief lunctime recital on the Lively-Fulcher pipe organ. Saint John's is located at 16th & H Streets NW, across from the White House.  The program will feature works by English composers.  Admission is free.  All are welcome.

Refugee Ministry:  On Wednesday, May 3, 7:30 p.m. in Keith Hall, our three parish refugee support ministry will hold a training session for interested volunteers. Mira  Mendick, Community Resource Coordinator from Lutheran Social Services,  our co-sponsoring social service organization, will conduct the training.  Many have already expressed interest, but there is still time to join in helping to welcome a refugee family to our area.  We hope to be assigned a family in the late summer or early fall.  For more information contact Morgan Hodgson or Tooey Cameron.

An Eastertide Quiet MorningWalking in Newness of Life: On Saturday, May 6, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., there will be a Quiet Morning in the Chapel led by Merrill Carrington. The events of Holy Week and Easter, and our liturgical recollection of those events goes by with little time to absorb, much less understand, the nuanced depths of these holy mysteries. Yet, the Risen One calls us to weave Resurrection Life into the patttern of our days of haste and distraction. With its ancient roots, Eastertide is a season that the earliest Christians observed as "the Great Fifty Days." For 21st century Christians, the days leading to Pentecost are an opportunity to "read, mark, learn and inwardly digest" the Paschal Mystery as we listen week by week to the disciples' encounters with the Risen Christ. With the aid of a few of the great works of art that have attempted to interpret the reality of Christ's Passion and Ressurrection, the Quiet Morning will help identify the newness of life already present to us, renew the ground of our beseeching, and deepen our intention to "practice resurrection."  Merrill Carrington has an MDiv from Union Theological Seminary and spent three years on the staff of the College of Preachers at Washington National Cathedral. She is a peer guide in the Continuing Education in Preaching program at Virginia Theological Seminary. As a spiritual director, her ministry has focused on companioning individuals in the life of the Spirit, and leading retreats and quiet days. She has been a Christ Church parishioner since 1993 and is a member of the Vestry.

Godspeed to the Reverend Alyse Viggiano:  On Sunday, May 7, Alyse's will spend her last Sunday with us. She will preach throughout the day and lead the Coffee & Colloguy Hour in the Rectory. Alyse has been our Seminarian for the past two years and we wish her all good things in her future ministry in the Diocese of Texas. Please take time to thank Alyse for her service and to say goodbye. 

Coffee & Colloquy Hour: On Sunday, May 7, 10:00 a.m., in the Rectory, we invite those looking for fellowship and conversation outside of our Sunday 10:00 a.m. offerings to join us for a monthly Coffee & Colloquy Hour.  We will pray together, hear the 11:15 sermon, and enjoy questions, conversation and refreshments.  For planning purposes, please RSVP to the Parish Office.

Choral Evensong:  The next Choral Evensong will take place on Sunday, May 7, 5:00 p.m Music by Maurice Besly, Philip Radcliffe, Herbert Sumsion, and Grayston Ives will be featured.  A reception in Keith Hall will follow.

Winter Shelter Volunteer Appreciation Reception: Thanks to all who volunteered in support of this year’s Winter Shelter program.  If you participated in the Shelter’s November or March residences at Christ Church, please join us for a Volunteer Appreciation Reception on Monday, May 8, 6:30 p.m., in the Rectory. Please RSVP to the Parish Office or call 202-333-6677 by May 1.

Women’s Spring Bible Study: The Friendship of Women: The Hidden Treasure Tradition of the Bible by Joan Chittister. The Women’s Bible Study will continue on Tuesday, May 9, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., in the Memorial Room, to consider the sacred dimension of friendship through the voices and experiences of women in the Bible. All women of the parish are invited to join this exploration of the witness and wisdom of twelve often-overlooked women and how they can inform our relationships with God and one another. Additional sessions will be on May 23, and June 6. Contact the Rev. Elizabeth Keeler for more information.  

Eya Ensemble for Medieval Music in Concert:  On Friday, May 12, 7:00 p.m., join members of Eya (pronounced EH-ya, a Latin exclamation of joy), an award-winning ensemble specializing in the interpretation of medieval music for women’s voices, for the third and final concert of the 2016-2017 season.  The unique program will include the re-creation of Les Trois Maries, an early 14th-century liturgical drama intended to illuminate the journey of the three Marys as they prepare to visit the tomb of Christ.  Accompanied on historical instruments, scenes will be interwoven with polyphony, plainchant, and instrumental improvisation.  The concert will feature Eya vocalists Allison Mondel, the group's founder/artistic director and a longtime member of the Choir of Christ Church, Crossley Hawn, and Kristen Dubenion-Smith, as well as guest artists Richard Giarusso, baritone, and Brian Kay, lute/percussion. The free-will offering will benefit Georgetown Ministry Center.  A reception will follow.

Confirmation:  On Saturday, May 13, at 10:00 a.m., at Washington National Cathedral, there will be a celebration of Holy Eucharist and service of Confirmation, at which several members of the parish will be confirmed. For more information, contact Kristen Hawley or follow this link.

Soup Kitchen and Grate Patrol:  Join us on Monday, May 15 and Sunday, May 21 to help prepare or serve hot, nutritious meals for our homeless neighbors in DC. Volunteers work in the kitchen from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. making soup and sandwiches and bagging meals.  Grate Patrol volunteers, in partnership with the Salvation Army, deliver meals at seven DC locations from 6:30 p.m. to  8:30 p.m.  This outreach effort takes place on the third Sunday and Monday of every month.  For more information visit our website or email Liza Ballantine.   Thank you.

Sermons: The sermon from each Sunday’s 11:15 a.m. service is available on the Christ Church website. If you were unable to come to church or wish to read the sermon, click here.

Donations Wanted for the Thrift Shop: The Christ Church Thrift Shop is open on Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Donations of winter 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 or at the shop on Wednesdays between 10:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Proceeds from this ministry go to further the parish's outreach program.