Christ Episcopal Church

Sunday Worship Services
August 23, 2020

Christ Church Morning Prayer Service
View on YouTube
Download the Service Bulletin here.

9:30 a.m. Children's Chapel
Live on Zoom via password-protected link emailed to parents.  Please scroll down for more information and please contact Ann Enkiri if you are not receiving these emails:

11:15 a.m.   National Cathedral Sunday Service
Preacher: The Rev. Canon Rosemarie Logan Duncan

4:00 p.m. Bible Study: Book of Daniel
Live on Zoom
Password: 20895

5:00 p.m.    Christ Church Live @ Five
Password: 20895
Download the Evening Service Bulletin here.

Joining us on Zoom?
It is best experienced on computer, iPad, or smartphone,
but you can also dial in from your telephone.

To join by phone:
Dial:    +1 301-715-8592.

It will ask you for the Meeting ID: 626 256 7637, then press the # sign.
The password is: 20895

August 23rd Children’s Chapel
Together at Home
Live on Zoom at 9:30 a.m.

Jesus and his friends have an important conversation about names and identity in Sunday’s Gospel. Who is Jesus? Why does Jesus give Simon a new name? We will wonder about these questions and how our answers may help us to figure out just how Jesus is going to “build” the church! All are welcome!  Worship Bulletins for Younger and Older Children are provided for Sunday enrichment. Please email Ann if you or a family with children would like the password-protected Zoom link: 
Sunday 4:00 pm Bible Study

Beginning this Sunday August 23, we will start reading the Book of Daniel. It’s a fascinating book: a mix of “court tale” (like the stories of Joseph and Potiphar’ wife, and Queen Esther), Wisdom literature (Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Job), and Apocalyptic writing (think, Revelation). Hey, and doesn’t everyone want to know where “Son of Man” came from? So, join us on Zoom!

Password: Bible

Meeting ID: 955 8376 7225

If you have questions, contact Lee Puricelli,
School Supply Drive for Arcola Elementary Students!
  • Arcola students will be returning to school on August 31, and even though they will be in a remote learning environment, the students still need many supplies to help them learn successfully.
  • From now through August 28, we are asking for school supplies to be donated as part of our continued support of the Arcola Elementary School Community, in partnership with Linkages to Learning. Supplies needed include paper, notebooks and composition books, pencils, colored pencils and crayons, erasers, glue sticks, scissors, rulers, folders, and other standard school supplies. The only things not needed this fall are backpacks!
  • Our Arcola community still has great needs, and in addition to the school supply drive we will continue to collect donations of non-perishable foods and household staples (rice, beans, cereal, pasta, canned tuna, diapers, feminie hygiene products, cleaning products), and grocery gift cards from Safeway and Giant are also very welcome! 

Drop off your items at the home of Outreach Co-Chair Liz Quinn, 3303 Geiger Avenue, Kensington.

Questions? Contact Liz at or 301-949-3372.
Helping Those Without Homes During the Pandemic

Our neighbors on the street in DC need hand sanitizer. The most useful are individual bottles of hand sanitizer that fit in your pocket. They continue to need masks as well. For info on how to contribute to support our neighbors who are part of Street Sense, please email Parish Administrator, Jen Luna 
LEARN, PRAY, ACT: Resources
Christ Episcopal Church Kensington
Stands Against Racism, Intolerance, and Exclusion 
How to be an Antiracist -  Book Group

We had a great first discussion. Our next will be Thursday, Aug. 20, from 7:00-8:00 p.m. We'll discuss chapters 4-7. Christ Church member Jim Kennedy is facilitating a Zoom book group on Ibram X. Kendi's acclaimed  How to be an Antiracist.   Kendi weaves an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science with his own personal story of awakening to antiracism. This is an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond the awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a just and equitable society. This book group will be a safe space to discuss a difficult topic and examine how your faith affects your thinking on this issue - and your life. Thursday evenings through Sept 10th. For more information contact:
"Celebrate Black Voices and Verses"
a monthly book group dedicated to black authors and poets.

On the fourth Monday of the month, beginning August 24, we'll meet on Zoom at 7:30 p.m. for 75-90 minutes. We'll read, enjoy, and discuss powerful and beautiful works of fiction and poetry by Black writers because story and verse work beyond our minds-- they work in the soul. In our meetings, we will engage with texts that challenge us, move us, and teach us, and delight us. We will also reflect on our own intentions, our goals, and our spiritual progress as we go through discussion, prayer, and a little creative writing. The relaxed pace of this group will allow us the time to fall in love with the words on the page, with the characters in the stories, with the imagery and rhythm of the poems.

Our first book is Beloved by Toni Morrison. Many of us may already be familiar with this treasure. Few of us, however, might have engaged with this text from a perspective of personal faith and growth, as a way to hear Christ's calling us to love our neighbors. Join us on the 24th to discuss Parts 1 & 2 of Beloved.

Intrigued? contact convener Mari Casey for more information.
(Mari is member of Christ Church, Education for Ministry mentor, poet and more, with a degree in creative writing.)
Virtual Flower Dedication

Until we are able to regather in the sanctuary, we are pleased to offer the option of virtual flower dedications. If you would like to make a virtual flower offering to honor or remember someone special in your life, please send an email to or call the office - voicemail is being checked!
Worship Services & Events at Christ Church Next Week:
Monday, August 24, 2020
7:30 p.m. Celebrate Black Voices and Verses - Book Group
For Zoom login info, contact convener Mari Casey

8:30 p.m. Compline

Wednesday, August 26, 2020
6:30 p.m. Evening Prayer

Thursday, August 27, 2020
7:00 p.m. How to be an Antiracist -  Book Group
For Zoom login info, contact James Kennedy,

8:30 p.m. Compline

Sunday, August 30
Diocesan-Wide Virtual Service (no Christ Church services)

Bishop Mariann Budde invites all in the diocese to join the wider diocesan community and take part in a live-streamed Washington National Cathedral service at 11:15 a.m. on Sunday, August 30, at which she will preside and preach. View the service on YouTube.
Catch Up with Christ Church Sunday Morning Services

Check out past services on our YouTube channel, including the
Celebration of Holy Eucharist from August 12!
Ways To Give While We Are Apart

A number of you have asked for guidance on how to give remotely during this time. There are several different options for you make contributions and help Christ Church to maintain financial health.
Christ Episcopal Church Kensington
4001 Franklin Street
Kensington MD 20895

Gracious God, we give you thanks that no building can house you fully
and no place of worship can contain your majesty.
Teach us to create altars in our homes and in our world,
and to see them in acts of compassion and in the beauty of creation,
that we will know that you are indeed present everywhere. Amen.

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