St. Christopher's Newsletter

November 18, 2021

A Message from Mother Carey

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In the last several months I have had three different families call to say, “We are coming home to St. Christopher’s”. Just saying home brings many things to mind – a place where you are known, a place where you belong, a place where you can be yourself, a place where you can find your center.

This week one of our own, the Rev. Michael Hinson, went home to God. Though we are sorely grieved at our loss, we know it is only for now and we know that he is at peace. While we are trying not to overwhelm Michael’s family with help right now, we know that in the months ahead there will be many opportunities for us to be family and home to Jane, Sam and Lauren. In the weeks ahead we can honor Michael by thinking deeply about what it means to be a home, and by working to live into that in all that are and do. May we find that we at St. Christopher’s continues to be home to any and all who might find home here.

Faithfully, Mother Carey


Funeral and Celebration of Life for The Rev. Michael Hinson

All are welcome to join us as we celebrate the the life of Rev. Michael Hinson on December 11, 2021 at 3:00 PM at Christopher's Church, Committal in St. Christopher's Memorial Garden and a Reception to follow.


Sundays: Masks are required for our indoor services. We do ask that if you are feeling ill to please stay home and follow along with our online service at 10:30 a.m. The Rev. Carey Connors, our Priest-in-Charge, is the celebrant for both services. 

8 A.M. Indoor - Just as in our other indoor services, we will be masked and distanced. The 8 a.m. is a spoken Eucharist with no singing.

10:30 A.M. Indoor and Interactive service on Facebook with music followed by coffee hour. 

If you can't join us at 10:30, you can see the recorded service on YouTube later Sunday. Subscribe to our YouTube channel:

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Our weekday worship options is:


9:30 am: via Zoom - Morning Prayer and conversation with Mother Carey. We email the Zoom link on Wednesday.

Stewardship 2021

It's not too late to Pledge!

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Stewardship Pledge Update What a glorious litany we said on Sunday as we blessed the pledges received so far. As I mentioned during the announcements, we will continue to accept your pledges—always and forever! We are now up to 57 pledges totaling $272,134, with 6 new pledges and 31 increased over last year. We are about $13,000 under the total pledges for the 2021 budget, and with that, the Vestry had to pass a deficit budget, meaning we had to forego staff raises, and cut or decrease funding for several activities, such as outreach and Christian formation. For 2022, finishing our pledge campaign with a basic budget of $315,000 would provide minimal salary increases and fund those activities you’ve let us know you want. With input from all of you, we want to grow—in numbers, in activities, in how we worship, and as a faith family.

The Vestry plans to approve the 2022 budget during the December 14 meeting. If you haven’t done so, please consider sending in your pledge. If you have any questions about pledging or how you can give to St. Christopher’s, please let either our treasurer Debbie Frear,, or me,, know so we can answer your questions.

Remember, you’re invited to attend vestry meetings, so let us know if you’d like to find out in person (well, Zoom) how our budgets are determined. Marifran Bustion, Stewardship Chair,

Marifran's Musings as Senior Warden


At this time of year, we all think about how thankful we are. I am especially thankful for my husband as he supports me in my various endeavors, whether those are as I’m serving as the Senior Warden, taking piano lessons (as he listens to me practice the same few measures over and over again), or while it takes me several years to crochet a tablecloth. But I am also very grateful for the outpouring love and fellowship this congregation gives to each and every one of us as well as to our neighbors. You will see elsewhere in this newsletter and Bulletin suggestions for helping those in need, such as through ECHO for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, and to FACETS as we prepare for our week hosting guests for the Hypothermia Prevention Program. Please take a few moments to give thanks to God for our family, friends, neighbors, and those we may never meet.

Marifran Bustion,

UTO Ingathering, Sunday, November 21

The UTO Annual Ingathering is November 21. Please use the envelope found in your printed bulletin, or donate using the procedures for regular donations, detailed in the Bulletin, and indicate it’s for UTO. UTO is a ministry of the Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. Through UTO, men, women, and children nurture the habit of giving daily thanks to God. These prayers of thanksgiving start when we recognize and name our many daily blessings. Those who participate in UTO discover that thankfulness leads to generosity. UTO is entrusted to promote thank offerings, to receive the offerings, and to distribute 100% of what is collected to support innovative mission and ministry throughout the Episcopal Church and Provinces of the Anglican Communion in the developing world. Each diocese is allowed one domestic and one overseas grant. To visit the UTO website, click here:


Preschool Fundraiser

St. Christopher's Preschool is collecting gently worn, used, and new shoes to help raise money for their school.

Starting 10/26 through 12/17 please bring in your shoes. Bins will be outside at drop off and pick up during school hours.

Don't forget to ask friends, family. neighbors and co-workers to donate too! We need to reach a hundred shoes in order to raise funds for our school.

Contact the Preschool Office for any questions at 703-451-1088.

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Make your own Advent Wreath

Sunday, November 28th

Make your own Advent Wreath, Sunday, November 28th Join us again this year for this fun Advent tradition of decorating an Advent wreath for your home on Sunday, November 28th after each service. You will have the ability to create a beautiful Advent wreath to take home with you to celebrate the season. The church will provide the greens, candle rings and candles. The cost for the candles and base is only $12 for the set. Don’t forget to bring your pruning shears or a sturdy scissor to prune your greens.


The Flower Guild would love donations of fresh cut of any kind of evergreens that you have available – fir, cedar, yew, rosemary, holly – in your yard.). Please contact Richard Sellers or Liz Zubriskty if you have questions.

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ECHO Board Meetings; Provides Information on Programs

ECHO News: The ECHO Board of Directors met Monday, Nov. 15 via Zoom. Richard Sellers attended as St. C's representative. Our parish is a founding member, and ECHO is in its 53rd year of operation (  The recent Boy Scouts of America food drive yielded 20,000 lbs. of food. Since January, ECHO has distributed 1,000 backpacks and 600 boxes of diapers. It grossed $20,000 at its twice-yearly yard sale in October. The organization has invited 460 clients to shop at its Holiday Store on several days in early December. St. C's Toy Drive provides toys for that store. On Jan. 3, ECHO will begin allowing clients to shop in its Food Store for 19 common items. Recently, ECHO provide 12-$500 scholarships to Northern Virginia Community College. Since the pandemic began, St. C's had provide to ECHO over 300 bags of food totaling over $4,000. Thanks for your donations!! 

Richard Sellers


Christmas Pageant

Click here for the Christmas Pageant Flyer

All youth are invited to come and participate. If interested in more information, please contact Megan Coffey at

Coming Up!

  • December 4th Living Nativity with Toy Drive for ECHO

  • December 5th St. Nicholas Visits the 10:30 AM Service

  • December 8th Morning Prayer and Chrismon Tree Decorating

  • December 11th Confirmation Rehearsal (TBD)

  • December 11th Funeral and Celebration of life for The Rev. Michael Hinson at 3:00 PM with a Reception following the service.

  • December 12th Bishop's Visit, Confirmation, Reception, and Chrismon Tree Blessing

  • December 18th Holy Hike from 9:00 – 10:00 AM

  • December 18th Leaf Appreciation Day at 10:00 AM

  • December 19th Adult Formation: A Woman both Exalted and Humble – Mary in Art, Scripture, and the Theological Tradition with artist Peggy Parker

  • December 24th Christmas Eve Service at 7:00 PM
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Living Nativity and ECHO Toy Drive!

St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church invites you to experience a Living Nativity display on Saturday, December 4th, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Actors in costume, joined by a camel other live animals, will commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ more than two thousand years ago. You are welcome to pet the animals and take pictures. Though not required, you are invited to bring a new, unwrapped toy, which St. Christopher’s will deliver to ECHO. Rounding out this fun event will be refreshments, and live music

by vocalists, flutes, a brass quartet, and strings. St. Christopher’s is located at 6320 Hanover Ave. in Springfield, a block north of Old Keene Mill Rd. See you there!

On Saturday, December 18th we are holding our annual Leaf Appreciation Day (10:00 am until the last leaf is appreciated). This is our annual day of cleaning up our grounds from this autumn’s leaves and debris. If you’re able, please come with your rakes, leaf blowers, and good spirits as we get our grounds beautified for the Advent season and the Bishop’s visit. We’ll start at 10:00am but any time you can lend is much appreciated! We are renting a large push blower to hasten our moving of the gazillion leaves and I am talking with a couple of companies about curbside pick-up the leaves. So join the Holy Hikers at 9:00am and once you are all warmed up, please consider joining the Rabblerousing Rakers. POC: Bill Price (

Lobster Dinner a Success!

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Thank you so much for all the volunteers who helped prepare the delicious meals and to all who joined us at the lobster dinner!

Don't take the Bait!

Scammers try to take advantage of the generosity of religious communities. The schemes go beyond typical "phishing" attempts to what's known as sending fraudulent communications that appear to be from Church leaders or members. The messages (mainly emails but sometimes texts) usually contain urgent requests for money or gift cards with PINs to help a person or family in need. You should not respond to these types of fraudulent messages. Instead of hitting "reply" on a questionable email, recipients should pick up the phone and call the person.