This Sunday St. Columba's ... we continue our Season of Creation with readings and prayers that reflect on "Land"-- this Earth that we share in common. The first reading, from the book of Acts, tells about how the early Christian believers lived as a family where everything was held in common.

St. Columba's is a family too, and we take our cross-generational responsibilities seriously: everyone is a children's minister or a youth minister at St. Cs. Everyone takes a turn sharing wisdom and mentoring young people around here, whether they are parents or not. This is especially true for our Sunday School teachers and youth leaders, who will be welcoming new classes of young people beginning this Sunday. Please keep them in your prayers, and make sure you are signed up to do your part this year--for our future and our common good. ~ a message from Jason Cox
Worship with us this Sunday!
We have now switched 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. 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 Land. Learn more>
Art All Night at St. Columba's
Invite your friends and neighbors! Come celebrate this DC-wide art happening at St. Columba's 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, like this photograph by Patrick McGowan, 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. Click here for more information. Contact: Diane Heath
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.

You may register for the Stirring the Waters Circle: Sacred Ground and the Road to Racial Healing in the Common this Sunday. Other signups begin Sun., Sept. 22 in the Common, or online. Questions? Contact: Jennifer Turner
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. Read on for more info about our courses and choose the ones that speak to you!
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. This is not an easy balance to achieve given work, stress and pace of our lives. Come listen and share stories about what comes up for us emotionally and spiritually as we parent up and down. We will offer resources and some tools for practice to help us find equilibrium while supporting each other along this journey. Join us Wednesdays, Oct. 2-Nov. 11, 7-8 pm in Rm 220. Questions? Contact:
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. Facilitator Allyson McKinney Timm is a theologically trained human rights attorney who served as the Lowenstein Fellow in International Human Rights Law at Yale Law School and was named one of the “ten faith leaders to watch” in 2018 by the Center for American Progress. Come Wednesday evenings, 7-8 pm in Rm 212.
Questions? Contact:
Inquirer’s Class 
Join Rector Ledlie Laughlin Wednesday evenings (Oct. 2, 9 & 16) 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 our commitment to support you in taking your next steps in faith. Signup with Jennifer Turner or just come!
Seeing the Face of God in Each Other Anti-Racism Workshop 
This workshop provides an opportunity for people from different racial and ethnic backgrounds to explore the history of institutionalized discrimination in our society. It is a two-day workshop beginning on Fri., Sept. 20, 12:30-8 pm and Sat., Sept. 21, 8:30-4 pm, held at the Perry Auditorium, Washington National Cathedral (3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW). Attendance is required at both days. Dinner will be provided on Friday; breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Click here for more information and to register.
America's Religious Landscape 
What does America’s religious landscape look like today? On Sun., Sept. 15, Dr. Becka Alper, research associate at the Pew Research Center, will kick off our fall Sunday Forums, discussing the findings of Pew’s "Religious Landscape Study." She’ll explore trends in mainline Protestantism, including among Americans who identify as Episcopalian, exploring their beliefs and practices, demographics, and social and political values. Join us in the Church Nave at 10:15 am.
Welcome Seminarians!
Be sure to give a warm St. Columba's welcome to our new seminarians.
Christian Basel is a second year student at Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) and started as a seminarian at St. Columba’s in September 2019. He comes from a military family and spent most of his life growing up at the US Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, but calls Charleston, South Carolina home. He studied history at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia before graduate studies in Caribbean History and Middle Grades Education at The Citadel and the College of Charleston. Prior to seminary, he was a state trooper with the South Carolina Highway Patrol, and discerned his call to ministry working in parish youth ministry and communications. He currently works with the Lifelong Learning Department at VTS, assisting with video and online educational content and AdventWord.
Katie Beaver is a second year student at the Virginia Theological Seminary and a Postulant for Holy Orders in the Diocese of Maryland. She joined the community at St. Columba’s as a seminarian in September 2019. Katie was born and raised in Central Maryland and attended a small Episcopal parish where she is still a member. She studied Government at the College of William & Mary, and subsequently worked in international security analysis for a federal agency. After five years of service, she left to pursue her call to ministry and to serve the people of God. Outside of schoolwork, Katie serves as a coordinator for the intergenerational worship service at VTS and is a teaching assistant in Biblical Hebrew. To develop her passion for pastoral care and theological reflection, Katie spent the summer of 2019 as a chaplain intern for patients at Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina.
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. Learn more and register online.
Contact: Marjorie Swett (Illustration by Bob Haslach)
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
Communications Assistant
St. C’s seeks a talented and self-motivated part-time intern to help support the communications director with print, web and social media tasks. Responsibilities include: updating the weekly Sunday Wrapper, producing event posters, invitations and flyers and creating/maintaining online content for the web, FaceBook and Instagram. Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite design software (InDesign, Photoshop) preferred, along with good grammar skills and attention to detail. Hours: 10-15 hours per week (flexible, in consideration of school or family schedule). Interested? Contact: Barbara McGowan
For more event info, go to Calendar at

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).

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!

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

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.

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

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 Forums begin: "America's Religious Landscape" 10:15 am, Church Nave.
Sunday School and Youth Formation begin.
Father’s Group Meet and Greet 10 am, in the Great Hall.
42nd Street Fellowship 1 pm at Tartufo (4910 Wisconsin Ave NW). Meet in the Common to carpool.

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

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.

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.

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.