This Week at Christ Church
Be the Light!
     By Madison Chase, Youth Minister
If you've ever worked, lived, or interacted with teenagers, you know how hard it can be to get them to make decisions or agree to things. I can usually find activities the youth want to do, but one Sunday recently, I was stuck. I had given them plenty of options, from laser tag to movie nights, but nothing seemed to spark their interest.

Finally, a light bulb went off. "What if...we do some random acts of kindness?"

Every teen's eyes lit up. "Yeah! We could write notes for soldiers overseas!" "And leave sticky notes with positive affirmations around the community!" "And bake things for firefighters and paramedics!"

What would the world look like if everyone was that eager to help one another? I encourage you all to be as eager as the youth to be a source of light and joy as we enter the holiday season.

Come, Lord Jesus!     

e-mail Madison Chase, Youth Minister
This Sunday: The Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Rabbi Warren Stone On Sunday we welcome Rabbi Warren Stone as our preacher at 10 am and forum leader following the service. Rabbi Stone has served as rabbi of Temple Emmanuel in Kensington since 1988.  He is known nationally for his leadership on Religion and the Environment. 

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

Children Look East!  See Ann Enkiri today to sign up your child/ren for the Christmas Pageant (or email Ann) at  We will size costumes for all participating Nursery through 3rd-grade on 11/19 and 11/26.   We will assign pageant readings to all participating Grade 4 & 5 students as well.  Any child looking for a behind-the-scenes role will be most welcome!  Pageant practices will take place during Children's Chapel and Sunday School times on Dec. 3rd and Dec. 10th.  Family and friends are most welcome to join in this faith-filled gift which will be offered at the 10 AM Holy Eucharist on Sunday, Dec. 17th.

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 (

This Week

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!

For Your Information

 Advent Wreath and Ornament Making event! Sunday December 3rd after the 10:00 am service in the Undercroft.  Come and enjoy this fun event by making a beautiful Advent wreath, and/or an ornament for your home.  All supplies provided.  For questions or information, please contact Sarah Leung or Suzanne Lawrence (

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 hallway by the office door.

We are Christ Episcopal Church Kensington! 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.

CPR & AED Refresher Course

A CPR/AED Refresher Course will be offered at Christ Church on Saturday, December 9, from 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. Two years ago, 29 members of Christ Church were certified for CPR/AED and First Aid by the American Safety and Health Institute.  Our certifications are about to expire.  We have arranged for a RECERTIFICATION course to be offered here at Christ Church on Saturday, December 9, from 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.   The cost of this class is $40.00/person.  If you are certified and would like to participate in this class, please call the Church Office, (301-942-4673) or send e-mail to  Participation is limited to about 16 people.

If you have not been certified, and would like to take a CPR/AED and First Aid course, please let Kurt know. If there is enough interest, we could try to schedule a course at Christ Church. If you have any questions, please call Sharon Bartram (301-946-0632).
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Christ Episcopal Church Kensington
4001 Franklin St.
Kensington, MD 20895
Sunday Services: 8am, 10am, 5pm
Wednesdays: 6:30pm
Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm
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