This Week at Christ Church
     By Ann Enkiri 
    Children excel at anticipation.  Shortly after blowing out this year's birthday candles, they are counting down the days until their next birthday.  They begin planning their Halloween costumes shortly after Labor Day.   
      For children, the anticipation of Christmas-the supernova holiday-has already begun. We in the Children's Ministry share their excitement and seek to channel their anticipation towards the Nativity of the Christ Child.  Focus on the beautiful story of Christ's birth turns our hearts and minds towards Bethlehem.   
     We will begin sign-ups for this year's Christmas Pageant on Nov. 19th-in person and via email to Ann Enkiri (  We invite all parish children and their friends (Nursery through Grade 5) to participate in the Pageant on Dec. 17th during the 10 AM Service. We have a place for everyone:  there is plenty of room at this inn!  Please, join us in "getting ready"!

e-mail Ann Enkiri, Children's Minister
Stewardship Campaign for 2018

     Thank you so very much to those who have submitted your pledge to the church for 2018! This week, the Stewardship Committee will be contacting folks we have yet to hear from - it's not too late to get a pledge in for 2018!

The Vestry will be considering the 2018 budget this month based on the pledges we receive.  We encourage folks who have yet to submit a pledge for 2018 to do so as soon as possible. 
     If you have any questions about the stewardship process, or giving to Christ Church, please contact Brad Christmas
  Click here to submit your pledge today

Thank you, Veterans

Today we remember and give thanks for those who serve our country, especially: Steven Holbrooke, Dallas Sheard, Alex Cox, Andrew Coe, Caleb Daisley, Diego Vicente, and Virginia Blackman.

A prayer for those in the armed forces of our country

Almighty God, we commend to your gracious care and keeping all the men and women of our armed forces at home and abroad. Defend them day by day with your heavenly grace; strengthen them in their trials and temptations; give them courage to face the perils which beset them; and grant them a sense of your abiding presence wherever they may be; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

This Sunday: The Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost

Confirmations: Congratulations to our confirmands! Ellie Flynn, Olivia Deelen, Shelby Hutton, Aiden Finn, Madison Chase, and Lindsay Conn will be confirmed today at the National Cathedral. We will celebrate our confirmands at a reception following the 10 am service this Sunday. 

Thanksgiving for Arcola Elementary School Families: Thank you to everyone who signed up to help provide Thanksgiving dinner food bags for some of our Arcola families. Reminder that the deadline is Sunday Nov. 19th. Questions? Contact Virginia Sheard (

Bible Study: Join us at 4:00pm as the Bible study group continues its journey through Genesis. No preparation needed. For information contact Lee Puricelli via e-mail to

This Week

The youth are baking As part of a holiday service project, the youth group will be baking cookies and goodies for those of our community who might need some Thanksgiving cheer.  Youth are to meet at the church this Friday at 6:30 pm.    

Like us on Facebook Did you know that Christ Church is on Facebook? Visit the church's Facebook page at "Christ Episcopal Church of Kensington, Maryland" and like our page.  See posts of upcoming events, as well as pictures and other info about your parish.
For Your Information

Rabbi Warren Stone will be our guest speaker at the adult forum on November 19.  Rabbi Stone has served as Rabbi of Temple Emanuel of Kensington since 1988 and is a nationally recognized leader on religion and the environment. 

Parish Life Jane Aylor is coordinating Coffee Hour Hosts for November and December.  Please contact her at if you would like to volunteer, or sign up in the office hallway.

Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service Mark your calendars for the annual Kensington Interfaith Thanksgiving Service on Tuesday, November 21 at 7:30 pm at St. Paul's United Methodist Church. Come for an evening of prayer, song, food and fellowship! Sponsored by the Kensington Ministerium.
Thanksgiving Day Eucharist Christ Church will hold a traditional Thanksgiving Day service on Thursday, November 23rd at 10 am. Join us and give thanks!

We are Christ Episcopal Church Kensington

By Ken Amaditz 
   At its last meeting, the Vestry approved a proposal from the Communications Committee to use "Christ Episcopal Church Kensington" as the church's name for all internal and external communications.  The main driver for the change was that our official/legal name (Christ Church Parish Kensington) does not identify the church as Episcopalian and many people now do not know what "parish" means!  It will take some time to roll out the change, and neither the legal name of the church nor the website will change.  In the meantime, please spread the word about the change and about Christ Episcopal Church Kensington. 
Check Out These Links for More Information 
Christ Episcopal Church Kensington
4001 Franklin St.
Kensington, MD 20895
Sunday Services: 8am, 10am, 5pm
Wednesdays: 6:30pm
Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm
   301-942-4673 | |