This Week at Christ Church
Building the Beloved Community

Dear friends,
     This Sunday we celebrate the ordinary and extraordinary saints, "past, present and yet to come" who walk the way of love and peace with us. Come to participate in the baptism of one of our youngest saints Henry Wallace and celebrate the generosity and spirit of Christ Church with a f estive brunch after the 10am service.  
     As our fall stewardship campaign draws to a close, over 80 of you have pledged - and your generosity is extraordinary. We are 70% of the way to our goal! Everyone's participation is absolutely essential to fulfill our call to be a sign and source of hope in our community. With your help we can build our capacity to love as we:
-        care for one another in times of need, and to rejoice in times of joy,
-        offer four unique worship services weekly,
-        welcome all who come through our doors on Sunday and throughout the week. People seeking inspiration, connection, and well-being through worship, study, recovery programs, community meetings or even exercise!
-        Go out into the world to be the hands and feet of Christ, whether serving children and families in the neighborhood, Montgomery Cty, and overseas, or meeting emerging needs as they arise.
-        Seek new ways to partner with God to build God's beloved community.
Together If you haven't already done so, please join me in making your pledge today so that the glory of God might shine brighter through the mission and ministries of Christ Church!
Blessings and love to each,

e-mail The Rev. Emily Guthrie
Stewardship Campaign for 2018

Thank you so very much to those who have submitted your pledge for the church for 2018.  We're almost thru the stewardship campaign, which ends this Sunday, November 5th.  Your pledge (estimate of giving) not only supports Christ Church and its current ministries, but enables us to grow in bold new ways.  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

Set your clocks back tonight!

Or you might be early to church (and that's perfectly fine)! Enjoy that extra hour of sleep this Sunday morning.

This Sunday: The Feast of All Saints

Welcome Henry James Wallace to the family of Christ!  On Sunday morning Henry James Wallace will be baptized into the household of God.  Congratulations to his parents, Allan and Katie Wallace, as well as his grandparents, and his godparents Leah Dewey and Thomas McMenamin.

Join us for brunch after the 10 am service and celebrate All Saints Sunday, the baptism of Henry Wallace, and the completion of our stewardship campaign. 

Thanksgiving for Arcola Elementary School Families Sunday begins our outreach project to provide Thanksgiving dinner food bags for some of our Arcola families. To participate, you are invited to select a 'critter' and an envelope with instructions from the display on the Outreach table. Deadline is Sunday Nov. 19th. Thank you for helping.  Questions? Contact Virginia Sheard (

This Week

Confirmations: At 10 am on November 11th at the National Cathedral, four youth: Ellie Flynn, Olivia Deelen, Shelby Hutton, Aiden Finn; and two adults: Madison Chase and Lindsay Conn from Christ Church will be confirmed.  It's a beautiful service and all are welcome!

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 our posts of important upcoming events, as well as pictures and other info about your parish family.
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.

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!

2017 Mission & Ministry Grants from the Endowment Committee

The Christ Church Endowment Fund received its first funds about 17 years ago as gifts were made for the building of the new education wing. For several years, the fund was about $32,000.00 and generated little return for any distribution. Now, the Endowment is invested with the Diocesan Investment Fund and a description of their investment is on, the Diocesan website. As of December 31, 2016, the fund amount was $589,919.   That amount, known as the principal, is invested. We only use a small percentage, 5% or less, annually for grants. In 2017, $26,000 was available for Endowment Grants.
The Endowment Committee awarded these Mission and Ministry Grants for Fall 2017:
Property - Parking Lot - $5,400.00 awarded for a capital improvement project to fund the patching of cracks and asphalt sealing of the parking lot. The lot will also be re-striped for parking spaces. Frank Shaw is the project coordinator. Frank will coordinate work so as to have the least disruption for users of the parking lot.
Property - Rectory Gutters - $2.000.00 awarded for a capital improvement project to replace gutters on our rectory that will help correct water drainage problems. Frank Shaw is the project coordinator.
Communications - New Website - $6,050 awarded for a capital improvement project to update our website with new photographs and content. Ken Amaditz and Kurt Ellison are the project coordinators.
Admin-New Computers - $2,050 awarded for a capital improvement project to repeal and replace the 8-year old computer of our administrator and to purchase a new laptop computer for our Children's Ministry leader. Emily Guthrie and Kurt Ellison are the project coordinators.
Parish Life - Monthly Dinners - $3,000 awarded for a special one-time project to provide a monthly dinner on Wednesday evenings for congregants to gather and build community.  
New Books in our Library

We have new books in our library!  Stop by the church to check out a book.  The church library is open during office hours and on Sundays. 

New Books For Children

All Things Bright and Beautiful by Ashley Bryan
God's Dream by Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu

New Fiction

To Be Where You Are  By Jan Karon
Magnolias at Christmas (#8) and Messy Magnolia (#9) by Dennis Maynard

New Non-Fiction

Being Christian by Rowan Williams (former Archbishop of Canterbury)
Two new volumes in the Church's Teachings for a Changing World
Following the Way of Jesus by Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry and others (#6)
Word to Live By by Lauren Winner (#7)

e-mail Sharon Bartram, Librarian
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 | |