This Week St. Columba's ... a little Bible trivia to start your weekend! Did you know that in the original New Testament Greek, a whole bunch of you’s got translated into singular form “you,” even though they are really plural you’s - more akin to "ustedes" in Spanish or "Y’all" in the South. So, for example, a more accurate translation of most Scripture passages would be something like: “I give thanks to my God always for y’all because of the grace of God that has been given y’all in Christ Jesus” 1 CORINTHIANS 1:4

Why does this matter? Because it teaches us that the Bible was not written primarily for solitary consumption, but instead for a group of listeners to digest, wrestle and interpret Scripture together. At St. C’s we know meaningful engagement with Scripture and one another is indeed important for all of our faith journeys … Which is why I want to encourage you to consider joining one of our Circles! These small groups are organized by life circumstances with conversations rooted primarily in Scripture. Don’t see a Circle just right for you? Consider starting your own!
~ a message from Amy Molina-Moore
Worship with us this Sunday!
We are now following 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. Parish office hours are now Monday-Thursday, 9 am-5 pm; Friday, 9 am-1 pm.
Season of Creation
With other diocesan parishes this fall, St. Columba’s will observe the "Season of Creation" as part of the “On Creation Care” resolution we co-sponsored at the 2019 diocesan convention. Through Oct. 6, each Sunday will have a particular Creation Care focus, concluding with our observance of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. This Sunday, the theme will be Water. Learn more>
LIVE GOD'S LOVE
Circles are Back!
This year we’re leaning into our mission to be a Church and a People who Live God’s Love. Join with fellow St. Columbans once a month in a small group to dig into each of the 7 Practices for a Jesus-centered life. Together we’ll explore what it looks like to: Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go and Rest.

Choose from the following list of Circles, and register for in the Common this Sunday at the Welcome Desk, or online. Questions? Contact: Jennifer Turner
LIVE GOD'S LOVE
A Season for Learning
St. Columba's Formation team invites you to a wide range of learning experiences this fall. Here is the rundown for Wednesday Night at St. C's courses and workshops. Click here for full descriptions of our courses and choose the ones that speak to you!
WAY OF LOVE: LEARN
Human Rights in the Christian Perspective
Join us Wednesdays this fall as we explore the development of international human rights from a variety of perspectives ranging from spiritual, historical to legal. Together we’ll ask how Christians in particular can bridge the worlds of biblical justice with modern human rights. We will be led by facilitator Allyson McKinney Timm, a theologically trained human rights attorney.
Come Wednesday evenings, 7-8 pm in Rm 212.
Interested? Contact: Adultformationleader@columba.org
WAY OF LOVE: BLESS
Parenting Up and Down - A Support Group 
The "Sandwich Experience" is not one we speak about a whole lot. Raising our children, no matter their stage and caring for our aging parents requires great care, patience, juggling, balance, attention and compassion for self. Come listen and share stories about what comes up for us emotionally and spiritually as we parent up and down.
Join us Wednesdays, Oct. 2-Nov. 11, 7-8 pm in Rm 220.
Interested? Contact: Passages@columba.org
WAY OF LOVE: TURN
Inquirer’s Class 
Join Rector Ledlie Laughlin Wednesday evenings (Oct. 2, 9 & 16) at 6-8:30 pm, for this three-session class for newcomers and anyone interested in learning more about: What distinguishes the Episcopal Church from other Christian traditions; What is distinct about St. Columba’s, our mission to live God’s love; and How we are committed to support you in taking your next steps in faith. 
Interested? Contact: Jennifer Turner or just come!
Serving
SUNDAY FORUM
All About SCAP
Each summer, teens and adults from St. C’s head to Barbour County, WV to work with families to help repair or rebuild their homes as part of the St. Columba's Appalachia Project. Join us on Sun., Sept. 22 to hear from SCAP participants about this experience of being God’s hands and feet in the world. Come to the Great Hall at 10:15 am.
Join us in the Great Hall at 10:15 am.
Singing
Choral Evensong
Join the St. Columba Singers for a service of peaceful meditation and beautiful music celebrating a season of creation. The choir will share music of Murrill, Scott, and Stopford on Sun., Sept. 29 at 5 pm. Free-will offering. Reception to follow. Contact: Anne Timpane
Blessing
Blessing of the Animals
On Sun., Oct. 6 at 5 pm, St. Columba’s holds its annual Blessing of Animals in celebration of the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi. All are invited to bring their pets and participate in an outdoor worship service (weather permitting). All pets are welcome (pictures of animals or stuffed animals, too), but should be leashed or appropriately restrained for their protection. Details at Columba.org.
Do you know our next
Director of Children’s Ministries?
Seventy percent of the time, the right person is found through an unconventional connection with someone in the church. Find the job description on our website and let your network know about this great opportunity at St. C’s! Contact: Erika Sward
Gathering
For more event info, go to Calendar at Columba.org

Back to Church Parties: You're Invited!
From Cocktails to Buffet Dinners, there’s going to be a whole lot of fun packed into St. Columba’s Back-to-Church parties beginning now! Don’t miss out! Click here and pick a date that works for you. Questions? Contact: Gail Crane (tele: 609.731.0147).


SUNDAYS
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.
Bible, Coffee & Conversation  Come 10:15 am, in Rm 238. When we open our minds and hearts to Scripture, we learn to see God’s story and God’s activity in our everyday lives. Join us!

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

WEDNESDAYS
Mothers' Group 10 am, Rm 203. Join us as we get to know each other better, sharing the highs and lows of motherhood. Free child care.

THURSDAYS
Thursday Morning Bible Study Group 7:45 am, Rm 212.

FRI., SEPT. 20
Mothers' Group September Potluck 7 pm. All mothers are welcome! RSVP

FRI. & SAT., SEPT. 20 & 21
Seeing the Face of God in Each Other Anti-Racism Workship Fri., Sept. 20, 12:30-8 pm and Sat., Sept. 21, 8:30 4 pm, Perry Auditorium, Washington National Cathedral (3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW). Register

SUN., SEPT . 22
Sunday Forum: All About SCAP 10:15 am, in the Great Hall.

TUES., SEPT. 24
Branches Meditation Group meets (the Fourth Tuesday of the month) for meditation, prayer and sharing in community, 7:30-9 pm in Rm 203.

SUN., SEPT . 29
Sunday Forum: Unveiling of St. Columba's Mission & Strategic Vision
Choral Evensong with the St. Columba Singers, 5 pm.

WED., OCT 2
Benedictine Cell 6-7 pm, first and third Wednesdays in the Deming Library.
Wednesdays at St. C's courses begin.

SUN., OCT. 6
Second Tuesday Grate Patrol 11:30 am, in Rm 205.
Environment Committee 12:30 pm, in Rm 215.
Blessing of the Animals 5 pm, in the Courtyard (Rain location: Great Hall).
St. Columba’s Fathers' Group 8-9:30 pm at The Avenue (5540 Connecticut Avenue, NW).

MON., OCT. 7
First Monday Prayer Group 9-10:30 am, in Rm 220.

WED., OCT. 9
Wisdom Circle 9:30-10:45 am, Rm 212. A chance to reflect on the experience of "Elderhood" with prayer, bible study and discussion.

SAT., OCT. 12
Sticks-in-Stitches  Bring your needles, yarn, thread and ideas, 10 am-12 noon in the Lounge at Friendship Terrace (2nd floor).

SUN., OCT. 13
Newcomer Tour & Talk 10:15 am, at the Welcome Desk.