LIFELINKS, June 22 , 2017  
Weekly messages from Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church
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June 25, 2017

* Thanks in advance to the volunteer staff for this Sunday.
  • Greeters Welcome
  • Liturgist is Zeek Dziekan
  • Counters are Leslie Barbour and Fred Biery
  • Click one of the following links to volunteer for any date(s) as  Liturgist, Greeter, or Coffee Hour Host.  You may also contact Hospitality Moderators Ted Jutras and Zeek Dziekan if you can assist as Greeters or Coffee Hour Host, or contact Mary Beth Weaver to assist as Liturgist. Thank you all for your assistance!
We welcome our Seminary Intern Phyllis Tucker-Saunders to the pulpit today.  Pastor Scott is on vacation from June 23rd to June 30th.

* Scripture Readings for this Sunday:    Psalm 13 and Ephesians 4:29                                                                             
* Worship Schedule. Arrival and fellowship is at 9:30am.  Sunday Worship is at 10am.

This Week @CHPC        
Sunday        6-25      Worship                                                                    10:00 a.m.      
                                  Coffee Hour                                                              11:15 a.m.
Tuesday       6-27      Finance Committee Meeting                                    7:30 p.m.
Wednesday  6-28      Session Meeting                                                      7:30 p.m.
Saturday       7-1        Saturday Morning Mindfulness                                10:30 a.m.
Sunday         7-2        Arrival and Fellowship                                             9:30 a.m.
                                  Worship                                                                    10:00 a.m.
                                  Coffee Hour                                                              11:15 a.m.

* Great food, iconic setting and bats - June's Friday Night Out has it all!  On Friday, June 23, we are once again going to the USDA Farmer's Market at Night, located outside by the USDA Headquarters on the corner of Independence Avenue and 12th St, SW - steps from the Smithsonian Metro Station (Independence Avenue entrance).  The Night Market is coordinated by Lee Cliburn, and the vendors include "farmers, food trucks, bakers, and specialty producers selling an assortment of jellies, pickled foods, fresh juices, soaps, and much more." We will meet at 6:30 pm but the Night Market goes from 4 - 8pm so feel free to come early or later.  As a special treat, after the Market closes there will be a Bat Walk on the National Mall.  Hope to see you there!
Special highlights include:
  • See live bats from around the world, including local insect-eating bats, leaf-nosed bats from South America and giant flying fox bats from Africa and Asia. Learn how bats are very important to ecosystems by eating pesky insects and spreading seeds or pollinating flowers of plants like mango, banana and pineapple.
  • Meet beekeepers from USDA-ARS Bee Research Laboratory and watch honey bees at work in an observation hive. Learn about pollinated foods like raspberries and taste honey from local hives including the People's Garden Apiary, US National Arboretum, DC Water, and Bee Research Lab at VegU in the USDA Farmers Market. 
  • Explore the People's Garden to collect and identify insectsTake home pollinator-friendly plants like milkweed, oregano or bee balm to plant for pollinators. 
  • Enjoy Free Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream! Honey bees pollinate many of the ingredients used to make ice creams and sorbets. To spread their love for honey bees Nestlé Dreyer's Ice Cream is donating free cups of Strawberry Ice Cream and Pineapple Coconut Ice Cream - both bee-dependent flavors - to festival and bat walk attendees. Supplies are limited.
  • Signs will highlight which food we'd be without if not for the hard work of honey bees, birds, butterflies, bats and other pollinators. 
  • Walk with Bats! Meet at 8 pm at the corner of 12th Street and Jefferson Drive, SW in Washington, D.C. to attend a special "bat walk"! The walk discusses local DC bats, how they navigate the night skies, avoid predators and catch insects. Also, test out electronic bat detectors that pick up the ultrasonic calls that bats emit to navigate the darkness.

* The Trinity Forum, BioLogos, and Church of the Advent invite you to attend an Evening Conversation with Dr. Praveen Sethupathy entitled "Genes, Self, and Soul" on the topic of faith and genetics. The event will be held at the National Press Club from 6:30-8:30 pm on Monday, June 26, 2017. Responding to Sethpathy, will be Dr. Richard Middleton, a professor of Biblical Worldview and Exegesis at Northeastern Seminary. The event is the second in the Trinity Forum's four-part series on "Discovery and Doxology." During the discussion, we will discuss the ways in which new discoveries in the field of genetics help us understand both our own mind and the mind of our Maker.
You can register for the event at
WHAT:     Evening Conversation with Dr. Praveen Sethupathy
WHEN:     Monday, June 26, 2017, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
WHERE:   National Press Club (529 14th St. NW,  Washington, DC 20045)
RSVP:        Register to attend at 

* New Voices from Israel and Palestine -- On Wednesday, June 28, come meet ten courageous, young Israelis and Palestinians (ages 20-32) who are in Washington with New Story Leadership's 8th annual summer program. At home, they face physical, societal, and psychological barriers to meeting and befriending "the other." Here they live in pairs, work together, and learn critical skills in empathetic listening, dialogue, and cooperation. All ten will be introduced that evening; four will share their personal stories, the challenges they face, and their visions for the future of the Holy Land. The program will be followed by a reception with light refreshments. Time: 7-9 pm.  Location: St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Capitol Hill, 301 A Street SE, DC 20003.  Sponsored by the church's Mid-East Working Group, this event is free and open to all.  For bios of this year's team, see

*Take CHPC Out to the Ballgame -- CHPC Baseball Sunday/Church picnic is Sunday, July 9!  We'll gather outside the church following the service for a delicious pre-game cookout.  Then we'll meet up at the game to see the Nationals play the Braves at 1:35 p.m. It's too late to sign up for the game, but you can still join us for the picnic.  The cost is $3 for the picnic only (per person), and we ask that everyone bring a side dish or dessert to share for the picnic.   You may contact Ted and Zeek who are coordinating the picnic if you have any questions.  In order to secure your spot at the picnic, please send an email to Missy (  Checks can be made out to CHPC with "Baseball Sunday Picnic" in the memo.

* Host Families needed for summer program!  New Story Leadership is urgently seeking host families for a few of the young Palestinians and Israelis (ages 21-27) who will be participating in its summer program. Fellows begin arriving between June 6 and 11; the program ends July 30. Living with a local family gives participants an appreciation for American life. Hosts in turn have a unique opportunity to get to know emerging leaders from both communities.
Ideally, pairs of Fellows are placed in each host home, but given the time crunch, NSL will be grateful for hosts who can put up a single participant. Hosts provide their guests with the makings of breakfast and kitchen privileges in the evening. During the day, Fellows get to know each other through NSL's interactive programs and work part time together in congressional offices or NGOs. Many evenings they make public appearances. On weekends, they explore the area on their own, with host families, or on NSL-sponsored outings. Bios of this summer's Fellows are on the NSL website at 

* Shape note singing is a uniquely American tradition that brings communities together to sing a cappella four-part hymns and anthems. Join us Tues. July 18, 2017 in CHPC Chapel 7PM-9:30PM. Beginners and newcomers welcome! For more info:

* Good Neighbor Capitol Hill Refugee Resettlement Group (CHPC is a member) is looking for Storytellers! A fundraising event is being planned with Story District to present a night of true stories by and about DC's diverse refugee population. The premier performance of American Odyssey: True tales about hospitality, homecomings & plunging into uncharted waters will take place on August 10, 2017 at Lutheran Church of the Reformation, and we want you in the show! Go to this link to tell us about your story idea: . No performance or storytelling experience is necessary. We are looking for true, first-person stories that are about you - how you felt, what you experienced and why it mattered to you. If you are selected to be part of the show, you will be expected to participate in 4-6 rehearsals over the course of 8 weeks.

* Support Capitol Hill Group Ministry (CHGM) Sip and Savor on Saturday, September 23!  CHPC is a founding member of CHGM.  The Sip and Savor event on Sept. 23 at the North Hall of Eastern Market is the major fundraiser of the year.   The event includes food and beer tasting, silent auction and great music. For more information and to order your tickets early, as it was sold out last year, go to: 

* Update on WAMU about refugee family~ The Rasooly family's settling into the DC metropolitan area is being chronicled on WAMU. The second installment is about Hashmat buying a car. The car was financially supported by CHPC and NCP Mission Grant, and  is told in the story, the car became the linchpin in accepting a good job so he can support his family. Read their story here:

* Session Minutes: The Session met on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, which was earlier than our normal fourth Wednesday of the month due to vacations.   The minutes of the Stated Meeting in May were approved at the meeting and are posted on the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall (on the left side of the Hall as you are facing the stage under a sign saying Session Minutes).   The Session will not meet in July; the next scheduled Session Meeting is August 23, 2017.

* Children's Church:  We are excited to host Children's Church through the summer for our 5ish and up crowd.  Please note, however, that we will not be having class on holiday weekends.  There will not be Children's Church the weekend before the 4th of July.  Volunteers are needed to continue this program, please reach out to Maryann Stampfli at to get more information and volunteer!

*Kids at Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church

CHPC Nursery (0-4 years old)

Our nursery has expanded its age range and now welcomes 0-4 year olds. We aim to have 2-3 nursery staff in the nursery each Sunday.
The nursery is available most weeks from 9:45-12:15ish between Labor Day and Memorial Day allowing parents to take advantage of attending an adult Sunday school class if they are interested. In the summer the nursery will be staffed from 9:45-11:15ish. If you leave your child in the nursery they must stay in the nursery until you collect them, nursery workers and parent volunteers will not allow children to leave and find their parents during the service. Please don't tell your kiddo they can leave the nursery on their own and come upstairs to find you.

Kids 5+

For kiddos who have aged out of the nursery, but aren't quite ready to sit through a service, we invite you take advantage of the family room upstairs of the sanctuary. There you can listen/watch the service while your kids can play/read/etc. Please remember the church cannot have children wandering around the building without a parent during the service. The nursery workers aren't able to watch those in the room as well as children outside the room and with unlocked front/back doors we need to make sure that everyone is safe. Please make sure your children are supervised by you or another adult at all times while at CHPC.

* Children's Church for the 5 and uppers!  - We are introducing a new curriculum targeted to the 5 and up crowd for a Children's Church program each Sunday after the Children's Message.  The program encourages children to play and experiment with Legos while learning Bible stories.  We have a few Legos to start our collection, but if you have any Legos at home that are no longer being used, we would love to add them to this program.  We also need leaders and helpers!  This is a great opportunity for our teenagers to put those atrophied Lego muscles back in use!  If you have supplies to contribute or time to invest in this program, please reach out to Maryann Stampfli at

* CHPC Joins The Way Home pledge!  CHPC is joining the campaign to end chronic homelessness in the District of Columbia by 2017 started by Miriam's Kitchen.  We will add our voice to over 4,000 people, organizations, and businesses who have signed on and care about ending chronic homelessness in DC. By adding our voice, we can show policy makers and the greater community that DC residents really care about this issue.   Learn more here.

* CHPC is now an affiliate of Jubilee USA Network!  CHPC will affiliate with Jubilee USA located at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 East Capitol Street, for one year.  If you would like to learn more about Jubilee USA click here  or upload this one-page document. If you have questions about this affiliation please contact Leslie Barbour at

* Saturday Morning Mindfulness  CHPC and the Kagyu DC Tibetan Community on Capitol Hill are co-sponsoring a time of mindfulness instruction and practice each Saturday from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon in the chapel / annex.

* Parking @ CHPC  Free parking is available on Sunday mornings, and weekday evenings courtesy of the National Capital Bank in the lot just behind CHPC - access through our alley on 4th Street SE.  Meters are also free on Sundays, after 6:30 p.m. weekdays, and after 3:30 p.m. Saturdays.   Follow this link for more information

* Long-time member Sue Van Slyke needs a ride to church.  Sue can no longer drive and would like to continue coming to church, but to do that she  needs a ride both ways.  She lives in Temple Hills, 8  miles from the  church- a  20 - 30 minute drive. If you can help, please call or email Sue.  Thank  you

* CHPC has established a new program to provide rides for any church member who is unable to get to church on their own. Session has approved the allocation of budget to be used towards a CHPC-funded Uber account, which will be available to church members who are unable to find another means of transportation to get to worship services. The program does not change the existing efforts to find rides to/from church from volunteers within the congregation, but rather is intended as a supplemental service to ensure that any member who wants to be able to attend worship will always be able to do so. For more information about the program please contact Ted Jutras, co-moderator of the Hospitality Ministry, at

* Our community has a number of members who enjoy taking part in Sunday service, but are unable to drive themselves.  We have been lucky enough to have wonderful volunteers who help these members frequently, but we would greatly appreciate some new volunteers who would be willing to fill in occasionally. If you would be willing to either serve as a regular volunteer or as a back-up as the need arises, please sign up here.  You can also contact Zeek Dziekan at,of the Hospitality Ministry to discuss.

* Electronic giving cards for collection plate:  We are pleased to offer laminated cards in the pews that indicate "electronic giving".  If you give electronically, please feel free to put the card in the collection plate as it circulates each week. You can use the QR code on the back of these cards to make mobile donations from the pew!

* CHPC Social Media  Have you been to CHPC's Facebook page?  Are you following  @CapHillPres on Twitter? CHPC member Alex Counts is now doing a great job of keeping both our Facebook page and Twitter feed updated.  Help him out with your own likes, comments, tweets and retweets!

* June Birthdays  Anne Nickel: 3, Maddi Wills: 3, Alice Yates: 17, Helen Caitlin Hultman: 29.

* If you have noticed that your birthday is not appearing in the church bulletin and Lifelinks, please email your birthday and month (year not necessary) to the church office.  The Stewardship Ministry is sending out birthday notes to congregation members.

*For updates on METRO rail trackwork that may impact your comings and goings at CHPC, you can always get information  here -- a calendar of scheduled work is available.

* Activities of the Presbytery  Go to the website to find the current "Thursday Mail" from National Capital Presbytery.   Click here for archived editions.

* Please read the prayer list and help us keep it up to date.   Email Pastor Scott with any changes. Thank you!

* Prayer Concerns:

Kayla Pettko, daughter of a friend of Doug's, with a cancer diagnosis       
The family of Shirley Cochrane
Suzanne Gill (friend of Diane Shages)       
Dudley Brown
Joni Bell
Billy Gormley
Charlotte Heiligenstein and family (friends of Claudia Nadig)
Jeanie Mamo (friend of Chris Smith)
Sue Van Slyke
Jack Carter (Brenda Carter's brother)
Shirley Brown
Dariana Verdi
Barbara Whitford (former member of CHPC)
Milton Bell    
Brenda Carter
Janice Todd (step-granddaughter of Jerry & Mary Ann Sroufe)

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