This Sunday at St. Columba's ... we will hear the faith story of parishioner Chip Somodevilla. Each of us has a unique faith journey. We each struggle with what it means to follow Christ; we each live out our faith in different ways, some very public and some private. Faith Stories are a way to share our journey with fellow parishioners, to hear different faith journeys and to get to know each other better.

In the Way of Love, faith stories fall within the practice of “Turn,” when we pause, listen, and choose to follow Jesus. Bishop Curry shares, “Like the disciples, we are called by Jesus to follow the Way of Love. With God’s help, we can turn from the powers of sin, hatred, fear, injustice, and oppression toward the way of truth, love, hope, justice, and freedom. In turning, we reorient our lives to Jesus Christ, falling in love again, again, and again.”
~ a message from Barbara McGowan
Join us this Sunday!
O ur Summer Worship Schedule offers services at: 8, 9:15 and 10:30 am . The 9:15 am service will be Great Hall-style, welcoming preschoolers and their families to join us in the Church Nave. Children of all ages are invited to "Watermelon and Water Play," 10-11 am in the Courtyard. Child care is available for infants and children to age 3 from 10:15–11:30 am in Rm 322. Summer parish office hours are: Monday-Thursday, 9 am-4 pm; Friday, 9 am-1 pm .
Mark Your Calendars!
 Sunday, Sept. 8 marks the marking the beginning of the Program Year and our return to our Regular Worship Schedule. In the Church Nave, services are at 8 am (spoken), 9 am (family-friendly service with children's choirs and an age-appropriate Gospel story for children 3-8), and 11:15 am (featuring adult choirs). The Great Hall features a service at 9:15 am designed for pre-school aged children and their families.

Join us Sun., Sept. 8 for Sundae Sunday, 9:45-11:15 am. What better way to launch this new year of "Living God’s Love" than with ice cream! There also will be opportunities to meet D.C. Veale, our new director of youth ministry; say hello to Katie McGervey, interim director of children’s ministry; learn about the upcoming year in Sunday School; make sandwiches with Grate Patrol, a wonderful service actvity for families; update your listing for the NEW parish directory; and catch up with clergy, staff and friends, old and new!
Reconnecting
Back to Church Parties: You're Invited!
“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” F. Scott Fitzgerald
Start the next program year with us, in celebration of friendship and renewed energy at our Back-to-Church parties beginning late August. Reconnect with your community, meet new friends, and hear exciting program updates for 2019-2020 at St. Columba's. Pick a date that works best for you! As you sign up, please select the total number of people attending. Click here for more information and dates. Questions? Contact: Gail Crane (tele: 609.731.0147).
Celebrating
Art All Night at St. Columba's
Join in on this DC-wide event on Sat., Sept. 14, 7-10 pm. In partnership with Tenley Main Street, St. Columba's will display the mixed media work of visual artists in the Common and offer three hours of live Bach to Modern organ music in the Church Nave. Come experience our Labyrinth Walk for all ages with live music by Harmonic Introductions, an overtone singing group. Contact: Diane Heath
Photo: Jay Treadwell
Meditating
Holy Cross Monastery Annual
Parish Retreat
Come to a silent retreat weekend at Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, NY (1 1/2 hours north of NYC). This year's retreat will be led by Rector Ledlie Laughlin from Fri., Nov. 8 at 5 pm through Sun., Nov. 10 at 2 pm. The two-day retreat will include talks and guided meditation led by Ledlie with time for praying, walking, journaling, and napping. We will join in the daily rhythm of the community’s worship and prayer, share meals with the brothers, and be free to enjoy the lovely grounds on the banks of the Hudson River. Rooms are singles or doubles, ($200 per person/$280 per double) with three delicious meals each day. Ride-sharing possible. Final registration and payment due by Sept. 27. Questions? Contact: Marjorie Swett
Click here for a full program description.
Credit: Watercolor of Monastery Tower by Bob Haslach.
Growing
Sunday School and Youth Formation Registration
It’s time to register for Sunday School (ages 3 through 5th grade) and Youth Formation (grades 6-12).
Register for Sunday School online
Questions? Contact: Katie McGervey

Register for Youth Formation online
Questions? Contact: D.C. Veale
Please sign up by Sept. 8; classes begin on Sun., Sept. 15.
A Message from Katie McGervey
Interim Director of Children's Ministries
Fellow St. Columbans, we need Sunday School teachers for the upcoming program year. You don’t have children in Sunday School? You’re an excellent candidate to teach then! The kids love to get to know parishioners who aren’t their parents and it’s a fun way for you to connect with the children. Several folks who don’t have kids have been teaching during the same time period each year with the same group of kids as they grow up! Do you have kids in the youth program now? You could teach Sunday School while someone else teaches your youth! Children are at the heart of St. Columba’s community and everyone has a role in bringing them up in Christ and the Church. 

What’s involved?  You make a commitment to attend Sunday School each week for 7-8 weeks. Most of those weeks you will support the lead teacher - they will ask you to help with specific parts of the lesson. You may be the lead teacher for 1-2 of those weeks where you plan the lesson. There is an excellent curriculum with a plan for each week and I have lots of ideas and resources to help you. 

Please sign up in the Common or send me an email to let me know you’d like to teach. Thank you!
Practicing
"Live God's Love"
With this new mission statement, St. Columba’s recommits itself as “a welcoming Christian community of all ages that encourages spiritual curiosity, celebrates children and youth, and embraces the world in the spirit of God’s justice and love.” St. Columba's will embrace Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's "Way of Love" to live into this vision. More than a program or curriculum, it is an intentional commitment to a set of practices to follow Jesus: Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, Rest. Learn more at Columba.org

Remembering
Robert (Bob) Stillman
Bob Stillman died on Aug. 4, 2019. May his soul, and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
A funeral will be held at St. Columba’s on Fri., Sept. 6, 2019 at 11 am. 
Gathering
For more event info, go to Calendar at Columba.org

Watermelon and Water Play
Come Make a Big Splash! Bring your swimsuits and join us for Watermelon and Water Play in the St. Columba's Courtyard, Sundays from 10-11 am. Only two more weeks left! All are welcome -- bring a friend! Parental supervision is required. Questions? Contact: Bronwyn Roy

SUNDAYS
Summer Bible, Coffee & Conversation 
Come Practice Bible with Christ. Scripture passages from our Sunday Worship service read and reflected upon, at 9:30 am , Rm 238.
Singers and Ringers! Singers meet in the Music Rm at 9:45 am; Ringers meet in the Bell Rm at 10:15 am.
Healing Prayer  During Communion at the 9:15 and 10:30 am services, you are invited for a healing prayer for yourself or others in St. Aidan's Chapel or at the 42nd Street entrance.

MONDAYS & THURSDAYS
Centering Prayer
Join us Monday evenings (6:25-7:30 pm) and/or Thursday afternoons (12:55-2 pm), Rm 202.

TUES., AUGUST 27
Branches Meditation Group meets (the Fourth Tuesday of the month) for meditation, prayer and sharing in community, 7:30-9 pm in Rm 203.

WED., AUGUST 28
August Mothers' Group Potluck at 7:30 pm. RSVP

September is just around the corner!
Mark your calendar with these important dates ...

SUN., SEPT . 1
Last Sunday of Summer Worship Schedule

WED., SEPT. 3
Water Ministry reopens.
Benedictine Cell 6-7 pm, in the Deming Library.

SUN., SEPT . 8
Sundae Sunday! Fall Schedule and our new program year begins.
Deadline for Sunday School and Youth Formation registration.
Second Tuesday Grate Patrol 11:30 am, in Rm 205.
Environment Committee 12:30 pm, in Rm 215.

MON., SEPT. 9
First Monday Prayer Group 9-10:30 am, in Rm 220.

SAT., SEPT. 14
Sticks-in-Stitches  Bring your needles, yarn, thread and ideas, 10 am-12 noon in the Lounge at Friendship Terrace (2nd floor).
Art All Night at St. Columba's 7-10 pm (Church Nave, Common and Great Hall)

SUN., SEPT . 15
Sunday School and Youth Formation begin.
Father’s Group Meet and Greet 10 am, in the Great Hall.

SUN., SEPT . 29
Sunday Forum: Unveiling of St. Columba's Mission & Strategic Vision