This Week at Christ Church
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26, THE LAST SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY
Sunday Adult Forum: Dr. Paul Crego will speak on Resurrection and Anglican Identity at 10:00 a.m. in Keith Hall, as part of the Why be a Christian? series. For more information on the series and prior presentations, visit the Sunday Adult Forum page of our website.
CHOP (Church House of Pancakes): Christ Church Youth will host their annual pancake brunch from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Keith Hall. Come and celebrate the last Sunday before Lent. All proceeds benefit the 2017 youth service trip to New Orleans.
Ushers Guild Meeting: The Ushers Guild will be meet at 1:00 p.m. in the Church to review the mission, objectives and role of ushers. We hope all ushers and those interested in joining this ministry will attend. For more information, contact Dick Thompson.
LOOKING AHEAD TO LENT
Ash Wednesday, March 1: We will mark the beginning of Lent with services in the church at 7:30 a.m., 12:00 noon, and 6:00 p.m., with the imposition of ashes at each service, and the full choir the 6:00 p.m. service. Nursery Care will be available in the Nursery beginning at 5:30 p.m. If you have Palm Sunday palms you would like used as ashes, please bring them to church this Sunday, February 26.
Tuesdays in Lent, March 7, 14, 21, 28 and April 4, 6:30 p.m.: On Tuesday evenings in Lent programs are offered for adults and children, beginning with a shared dinner in Keith Hall at 6:30 p.m.
The children will move to the church after dinner to set off from Platform 9-3/4 and head to Hogwarts School, as we read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and ask what it means to be called to serve the greater good with our gifts, and how friendships make us stronger.
Adults will remain in Keith Hall to consider Why evil exists and what is our response - An exploration of Theodicy. The “problem of evil” (or theodicy) has confronted Judeo-Christians for thousands of years. How are we to reconcile our belief in a good, loving, and powerful God alongside the reality of human suffering and tragedy? We will explore this important and timeless challenge with the help of four engaging speakers and several classic texts. Join us as often as you are able for five weeks of learning and conversation.
- March 7: Introduction, the Reverend Frank Wade
- March 14: The Book of Job, Dr. Barry Seltser
- March 21: The Brothers Karamazov, the Reverend Kristen Hawley
- March 28: The Sunflower, Rabbi Gerry Serotta
- April 4: Conclusion, the Reverend Frank Wade
Lenten Quiet Morning, Saturday, March 11, 9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.:
Who We Really Are – Exploring our Baptismal Identity with the Reverend Martin Smith
We will explore the gift of our baptismal identity, realizing more deeply that we are already “in the deep end” with God, immersed in the love of the Father, united with the person of Jesus, and bearing within us the intimate presence of the Spirit. The Rev. Martin Smith will give three presentations, and guidance for prayer during the quiet times. He is known throughout the Episcopal Church and beyond for his exploration of contemporary spirituality and his widely read books, including The Word is Very Near You, A Season for the Spirit, Love Set Free, Reconciliation, and Compass and Stars.
Wednesday Morning Bible Study, Wednesdays March 8 - April 5, 9:00-10:00 a.m.: Following the Society of Saint John the Evangelist's Lenten series, Five Marks of Love – Living Life Marked as Christ's Own, this five-week series will examine and reflect upon the ways that God and God’s mission express themselves in and through our lives. All are welcome. Click here to learn more.
Young Adults Lenten Exploration: Seeking Wisdom in Youth (from God and from within!), Sundays March 12, 19 and 26, 1:00-2:00 p.m., at St. John’s Church, Georgetown
Please join other young adults (20’s and 30’s) from neighboring parishes for casual conversation and fellowship. Clergy from a variety of Georgetown parishes will offer opening thoughts about sources of Wisdom, followed by informal discussion to be held Saint John’s Church, 3240 O Street, N.W.
Elizabeth Powell Service, Monday, February 27, 11:00 a.m.: A funeral service for Elizabeth Powell will take place at Christ Church on Monday, February 27.
Youth Choir at Christ Church, Tuesday, February 28 and Sunday, March 5: Organist and Choirmaster Tom Smith and Youth Missioner Rita Yoe invite all children/youth of the parish to the third of this season's opportunities for young people to participate in the music ministry of Christ Church. On Tuesday, February 28, 6:30 p.m., 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 move to the Choir Room to rehearse a choral anthem to be sung at the 9:00 a.m. service on Sunday, March 5. 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.
Focus on Stewardship: The Every Member Canvas for 2017 continues. To date, we have received pledges/gifts of almost $1.25 million from close to 400 individuals or families. The 2017 budget calls for $1.3 million in pledges and at least 450 participating individuals/families. If you have yet to make a pledge/gift, we hope you will do so soon. Pledge cards have been mailed, and also are available at church. You can also email your pledge or make it online at our website.
U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants in Concert, Friday, March 3, 7:00 p.m.: Mark your calendars! On the heels of a successful performance by the U.S. Navy Sea Chanters, we are pleased to announce that a concert by the U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants has been added to the parish calendar. Join members of the Singing Sergeants, one of the military's top choral ensembles in the Church for an eclectic, family-friendly program featuring works by Moses Hogan, Alice Parker, Stephen Paulus, John Rutter, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Eric Whitacre. Christ Church chorister Benjamin Park will be among the performers. Admission is free.
Choral Evensong, Sunday, March 5, 5:00 p.m.: The next Choral Evensong will feature plainsong settings, as well as music by George Dyson and William Mundy. Evensong will continue on the first and third Sundays through May. A reception in Keith Hall follows each service.
Coffee & Colloquy Hour Next Gathering, Sunday, March 12, 10:00 a.m.: We invite those looking for fellowship and conversation, outside of our existing Sunday 10:00 a.m. offerings, to join us for a monthly Coffee & Colloquy Hour. The next gathering will be in the Rectory on Sunday, March 12. We will pray together and hear the 11:15 a.m. sermon, followed by coffee/tea, questions, and conversation. We hope to see you there! Please RSVP to the parish office for planning purposes. Coffee & Colloquy gatherings will also take place on Sundays, April 2 (Parish Hall Auditorium), and May 7 (Rectory).
GMC Winter Shelter at Christ Church, Sunday March 12 through Sunday, March 26: In partnership with the Georgetown Ministry Center, we will again open our doors to the homeless in our neighborhood, March 12 – 26. It takes many hands to provide meals, companionship, and overnight hospitality to the approximately 10 to 12 homeless men and women who will be our guests. To learn more or volunteer, email Catherine Burns or call her at 202-471-4380.
Soup Kitchen and Grate Patrol, Sunday-Monday, March 19-20: Join us on the third Sunday and Monday of every month to help prepare or serve hot and nutritious meals for our homeless neighbors throughout DC. You can volunteer in the Kitchen (4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.) to make soup, sandwiches, and bag meals or for the Grate Patrol (6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., our partnership with the Salvation Army) to deliver meals at seven DC locations. For more information visit our website or email Liza Ballantine.
Christ Church Thrift Shop: 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 any Wednesday between 10:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Thank you for your support. Proceeds help to expand parish outreach missions. Learn more …
Bishop Walker School Benefit, Thursday, March 2: All are welcome to support the Bishop Walker School by attending the Annual Dinner at the Willard Hotel. Click here or email Page Smith for more information. As an important mission partner, we encourage parishioners to join in this special evening, featuring an inspiring speaker - John Wilson, the President of Morehouse College - as well as the BWS choir. To purchase tickets, email Suzanne Burrows at BWS or call her at 202-591-3074.