This Week at Christ Church

This Sunday

Sunday School Starts this Sunday -Immediately Following the 10 AM Service!  Today, our teachers and all children of the parish are invited to come forward for a Blessing just after the Post Communion Prayer.  Teachers and students attending Sunday School classes will then process out with Miss Ann-ahead of the Closing Hymn and Dismissal-and will proceed to their classrooms.  Parents are welcome to join us and, of course, to accompany children to their classrooms. (Directional signs are posted.)  Following the service, all Sunday School parents are asked to please attend a Parent Meeting for Registration and Information.  Ann Enkiri will meet you at the back of the undercroft. 
Youth group starts after the 10 am service! Please join us as we celebrate the beginning of the school year and get back into the swing of things. Middle - and high-school-aged youth, and their parents, will all meet with Madi Chase in the youth loft. Questions? Contact Ann ( ) or Madi ( ) for more info.
THANK YOU to all who helped with the Picnic last w e ek! To Aime Keith, Jane Aylor and Gail Marks for organizing. To the formidable grilling team led by Carl Keith, Bob Quinn, Doug Smith, Robin Atkinson, Randy Prindle. To John Ward, Frank Shaw, Amy Brown, Grace Brown, Gavin and Creed Keith, Harry, Lee Puricelli and Ramzi Nemo - who hefted chairs and tables and more. To all who brought such incredibly tasty sides. This place knows how to eat well!  
Bible Study today at 4pm Please join the 4:00 pm Sunday Bible study. Feel free to drop-in any week. No prior preparation needed.  Contact Lee Puricelli at for more information.
The young adult group (20s & 30 somethings) will meet at the Wallace Home 3016 Fayette Road Kensington, MD 20895 for a cookout at 6PM! For more info, e-mail Katie Wallace at

This Week

Our Choir is back! The CCPK choir rehearses on Wednesdays at 7:30pm in the choir room and on Sunday mornings at 9am before our 10:00am Eucharist.  All are most welcome to come and try us out.  Come and make music with us!  Singers for all four voice parts are needed and wanted.
Forum:  Sunday, Sept 24 
Interested in learning and/or supporting our local immigrant community?  CASA of Maryland staff and it's members will join CCPK for worship and make a presentation at the Adult Forum. Come learn about CASA's many services for immigrants, and hear testimonies from CASA members about their experiences in the D.C. area as immigrants.  Lesley Krauland, a Deacon Postulant in the Diocese of Washington, will be present as well.  She is working with CASA to support spreading the word about their important and valuable services.  

Book Sale CCPK will be hosting a book and bake sale Sept 30, 10am-5pm and Oct 1, 11am-1pm!  Now through Sept 24 we will be accepting donations of books of every shape, size and topic!  Please consider donating.  Drop off books in classroom 3, upper hall. Shannon Finn will pick up donations if you are unable to bring the books to church!  Shannon's cell is 757-650-7617, e-mail is
Want to do something new and creative for the church? We've got money for that. The Planned Giving and Endowment Committee invite you to submit a Mission & Ministry Grant application for 2017. Contact Kurt Ellison for the form and instructions. Applications accepted from Sunday, September 10, 2017, through Wednesday, September 27, 2017. Awards announced in October.
Calling All Animals Animals are welcome to bring their humans to the annual Blessing of Animals on Sunday, October 1 at 4:00 pm! Come to the courtyard for a brief service of prayers, blessings, a hymn, and a treat (or two) and stay for the 5pm Eucharist.  
The Prime Timers will meet in the church undercroft on Thursday, October 5th from 11:30 - 1:30 for social time and lunch, and to enjoy a speaker.  The cost of the lunch is $10.00.  Please RSVP to Nora Buckley at or 301-564-0689 by October 2nd if you wish to order a lunch. 
 Oct. 5th:  The Healing Power of Laughter
The Women's Fellowship will meet for tea, nibbles and conversation on Sunday, October 8th after the 10:00 a.m. service in the parlor/library.  Please bring a food item to share.  Tea will be provided.  Let's discuss our upcoming year.  Bring your ideas.  We are also in need of a co-coordinator.   Please RSVP to Aime Keith at and let us know what you plan to bring.  We hope to see you and please bring a friend!
Christ Church Outreach invites you to join us for a Night of Culture Kenyan Style on Saturday, October 14th at 6:00 pm to benefit the Nyumbani Programs for Children and Caregivers affected by HIV/AIDS . Evening includes dinner, children's crafts, face painting, dancing with a tribal flair, Kenyan crafts boutique and more! Reservations are being accepted by Signup Genius beginning September 14th. Tickets: $10 per person, $25 per family (includes dinner, children's crafts, and more!) Watch for more details! See you there!
This Week
at Christ Church

Sunday, September 17
8:00 AM            Holy Eucharist
9:00 AM            Choir Rehearsal
10:00 AM          Holy Eucharist
11:15 AM            Youth Group
11:15 AM            Sunday School
4:00 PM            Bible Study
5:00 PM            Holy Eucharist
6:00 PM            Young Adult Cookout
6:30 PM            Confirmation Class
Tuesday, September 19
11:15 AM          Staff Meeting
6:30 PM           EFM
7:00 PM           Vestry
Wednesday, September 20
6:30 PM           Holy Eucharist
7:30 PM           Choir Rehearsal
Saturday, September 23
9:30 AM          Flower Guild
Sunday, September 24
8:00 AM         Holy Eucharist
9:00 AM         Choir Rehearsal
10:00 AM       Holy Eucharist
11:15 AM         Youth Group
11:15 AM         Sunday School
4:00 PM         Bible Study
5:00 PM         Holy Eucharist
6:30 PM         Confirmation Class

We raise to God those who are on our hearts and in need of prayer 
From Christ Church
Gerry McKiernan
Lin McKiernan
David Robbins
Chlaila Haynie
Eddie Daniels
Andrew Lee
Henry Rutsch
Barbara Pierson
Madge Darneille
Betsy Robbins
Greg and Ann Gagarin
Calvin Smith
Nancy Maxwell
D.J. Kanapa
Thomas Quinn
Carl Keith
Virginia Sheard
Bob Mand
Armelia Chaponda
Friends and Family of our Community
Karen Sechrist (friend of Virginia Sheard)
Sister Mary Joan (friend of Leslie Everheart)
Bob Lehrman (brother of Lin McKiernan)
Rev. Deborah Fox (friend of Gabby Robbins)
Helen Wheeler (mother of Nancy Gagne)
Naneita Smith (daughter of Calvin Smith)
Oong Choi (father of Deb Bartlett)
Miranda Kramer (friend of Virginia Blackman)
Reverend Sylvia Ball (cousin of Cynthia Mitchell)
James Casey (father of Mari Casey)
Erika Auchterlonie (daughter of Brenda Rupli)
Shari Magno (mother of Roma Hart)
Henry McGlone (friend of Katie Wallace)
Matthew Chase (cousin of Madison Chase)
Richard Duchelle (father of Kate Duchelle)
Madalyn Hoffeditz (Steve Hoffeditz's Mother)
Eleanor McIntire (Steve Hoffeditz's Aunt &
         a friend of our choir members)
Elizabeth Guthrie (mother of Emily)
For Angeles Lara's family in Mexico
Nora Wasserman (daughter in law of Nancy Ody)
 We remember those serving our country
Steven Holbrooke
Dallas Sheard
Alex Cox
Andrew Coe
Caleb Daisley
Ray Blackford (father of Patrice Martineau)
Marian Fryer (friend of Virginia Sheard)
For those celebrating birthdays this week,
a heartfelt Happy Birthday!
Joan Centrella 09/18
Brooks Coe 09/18
Bill Croke 09/19
Jean Keleher 09/20
Rachel Jenny 09/21
Nora Buckley 09/22
Oliver Grant 09/23
The Diocesan Cycle of Prayer
The Church of the Holy Communion, Congress Heights
Church of St. Michael and All Angels
Vocational Deacons Ordination Service (September 30) Pray for those who are to be ordained
Anglican Cycle of Prayer
Diocese of Sodor and Man- York, England
For the World
For all people recovering from Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, the earthquake in Mexico, Chechnya, South Sudan, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and people suffering everywhere. For an end to famine and violence.
Flowers on the Altar are given to the Glory of God
and in Thanksgiving for the beauty and bounty of Fall, by Claudia Deane.
The Sanctuary Candle burns to the glory of God in thanksgiving for 10 years as Parish Administrator of Christ Church, by Kurt Ellison.
Please notify Kurt Ellison in the office at with updates to this list.

The Readings for this Week

Genesis 50:15-21
Realizing that their father was dead, Joseph's brothers said, "What if Joseph still bears a grudge against us and pays us back in full for all the wrong that we did to him?" So they approached Joseph, saying, "Your father gave this instruction before he died, 'Say to Joseph: I beg you, forgive the crime of your brothers and the wrong they did in harming you.' Now therefore please forgive the crime of the servants of the God of your father." Joseph wept when they spoke to him. Then his brothers also wept, fell down before him, and said, "We are here as your slaves." But Joseph said to them, "Do not be afraid! Am I in the place of God? Even though you intended to do harm to me, God intended it for good, in order to preserve a numerous people, as he is doing today. So have no fear; I myself will provide for you and your little ones." In this way he reassured them, speaking kindly to them.
Psalm 103: 8-13                                          Benedic, anima mea
8 The Lord is full of compassion and mercy, *
slow to anger and of great kindness.
9 The Lord will not always accuse us, *
nor will the Lord keep anger for ever.
10 The Lord has not dealt with us according to our sins, *
nor rewarded us according to our wickedness.
11 For as the heavens are high above the earth, *
so is the mercy of the Lord great upon those who believe.
12 As far as the east is from the west, *
so far has the Lord removed our sins from us.
13 As a parent cares for children, *
so does the Lord care for those who believe.
Romans 14:1-12
Welcome those who are weak in faith, but not for the purpose of quarreling over opinions. Some believe in eating anything, while the weak eat only vegetables. Those who eat must not despise those who abstain, and those who abstain must not pass judgment on those who eat; for God has welcomed them. Who are you to pass judgment on servants of another? It is before their own lord that they stand or fall. And they will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make them stand.
Some judge one day to be better than another, while others judge all days to be alike. Let all be fully convinced in their own minds. Those who observe the day, observe it in honor of the Lord. Also those who eat, eat in honor of the Lord, since they give thanks to God; while those who abstain, abstain in honor of the Lord and give thanks to God.
We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves. If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's. For to this end Christ died and lived again, so that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.
Why do you pass judgment on your brother or sister? Or you, why do you despise your brother or sister? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. For it is written,
"As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall give praise to God."
So then, each of us will be accountable to God.
Matthew 18:21-35
Peter came and said to Jesus, "Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?" Jesus said to him, "Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.
"For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. When he began the reckoning, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him; and, as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions, and payment to be made. So the slave fell on his knees before him, saying, 'Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.' And out of pity for him, the lord of that slave released him and forgave him the debt. But that same slave, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat, he said, 'Pay what you owe.' Then his fellow slave fell down and pleaded with him, 'Have patience with me, and I will pay you.' But he refused; then he went and threw him into prison until he would pay the debt. When his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place. Then his lord summoned him and said to him, 'You wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. Should you not have had mercy on your fellow slave, as I had mercy on you?' And in anger his lord handed him over to be tortured until he would pay his entire debt. So my heavenly Father will also do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother or sister from your heart."

Christ Church Parish
4001 Franklin St, Kensington, MD 20895


Mr. Kurt Ellison

 Ms. Ann Enkiri    
 Children's Christian Formation

Dr. Theodore Guerrant
Organist/Choir Master

Ms. Madison Chase
Youth Minister

Mr. Lenord Hawkins

Ms. Nora Buckley
Head Verger

Mr. Tony Coe

 Office Hours
9:00 am-5:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am - Noon

Telephone:  301.942.4673

Service Schedule
 8:00am, 10:00am, 5:00pm

 Wednesdays:  6:30 pm


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Bonnie Douglas

Clerk - Peter Bartram 

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Robin Atkinson 
(Budget & Finance)

Frank Shaw   

Brad Christmas 

Brian Woodward

Yvonne Bryan

Lance Kilpatrick

Virginia Blackman
Gail Marks
(Parish Life) 
Ken Amaditz

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