“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”
Matthew 13:31-32
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May God make us brave.
May God root us in our own and others’ absolute belovedness.
May God grant us a vision for beloved community
and lead us with care and boldness
on the sacred path toward that dream. Amen.
The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers
Sunday Worship Schedule
July 26, 2020

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:  sundayschool@ccpk.org .

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

11:15 a.m.   National Cathedral Sunday Service
Preacher: The Rev. Canon Dana Colley Corsello
Download Service Bulletin Here

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

July 26 - Children’s Chapel
Live on Password-Protected Zoom at 9:30 a.m.
Like a valuable gift, today’s parable opens up as each is ready. Jesus’ followers were very curious about the Kingdom of Heaven and listened intently to the parables Jesus told to teach about God and the great peace of God’s kingdom. Today, the people ask Jesus about how they can be a part of this great kingdom. How are we like the man in the story who sells all his possessions to buy one precious pearl? Please email Ann to request the link: sundayschool@ccpk.org .
Making Connections—Together at Home:  
The first week of our Children’s Ministry summer enrichment program , Growing in God’s Garden Together at Home , helped us make new connections—from our homes! Together with her son, Walker, Pam Prindle made videos showing children how to make different crafts celebrating our summer faith stories. Kids watched the videos and had the fun of making the crafts using household, recycled materials.

Week 2 began on Thursday, July 23,  and all of the documents, prepared so lovingly by Ann, Cindy Winder, and Kitty Shuler, are available by email:  sundayschool@ccpk.org Join us and make some new connections!
LEARN, PRAY, ACT: Resources
Resources from the Episcopal Church for Addressing Racist Violence and Police Brutality  Includes links for learning about the history of racist oppression and violence in America, prayers and litanies for reconciliation, and links with information about organizations you can support and actions you can take.
  Becoming Beloved Community NOW
 gathers leaders for action
Three Sessions - Online July 28-30; register now
Racial justice and healing leaders and practitioners across The Episcopal Church will gather to build community, craft strategy and equip each other for action during a series of “Becoming Beloved Community NOW” online gatherings at 4:00-6:00 p.m. EDT on July 28-30.
The three gatherings will focus on three urgent themes:
  •  Truth - Telling the truth about participation in white supremacy and racial oppression. (Tuesday, July 28)

  • Justice - Changing racist systems, especially criminal justice and public health/covid-19 response. (Wednesday, July 29)

  • Healing - Breaking free of white supremacy via training and formation (Thursday, July 30).
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and President of the House of Deputies Gay Clark Jennings will offer prayer and reflections throughout the sessions.

Interested in learning more? Becoming Beloved Community
Food is Love.
Thank you to all who brought food to church when picking up your blessing bags! We learned that with food banks low on stock, many of the children and families at Arcola Elementary School in Wheaton rely on the food available at the school. Thus your donations are going directly to Arcola families. The need is great. Want to help?

Some specific items requested are:
  • rice
  • beans
  • cereal
  • pasta
  • canned veggies
  • tunafish
  • diapers and pull ups
  • feminine hygiene products
  • laundry detergent
  • grocery gift cards

Drop off your items at the home of Outreach Co-Chair Liz Quinn, 3303 Geiger Avenue, Kensington. Questions? Contact Liz at  webethemom@aol.com  or 301-949-3372.
Virtual Flower Offering

Virtual Flowers this week are given by:

Anne Witt, in loving memory of her daughter, Kristen Hoey.

If you would like to make a virtual flower offering please send an email to administrator@ccpk.org or call the office - voicemail is being checked!
Additional Worship Services at Christ Church Next Week:

Monday, July 27, 2020
8:30 p.m. Compline

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
6:30 p.m. Evening Prayer

Thursday, July 30, 2020
8:30 p.m. Compline
Next Online Service of Holy Eucharist will be August 9.

Thanks to everyone who participated in our service of Holy Eucharist on Sunday, July 12. The joy felt by all at being able to come to the table together, even while we are apart, was evident. We look forward to offering this service again next month on August 9, and will send out information in advance of that date on when we will next be distributing the blessing bags at church.

If you know of neighbors/friends who might need delivery next month because they are unable to come to the church to pick up a blessing bag, call or send an email to the office so we can make sure to add their name to the delivery list!  301-942-4673,  administrator@ccpk.org.
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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