This Week at St. Columba's ... we’re exploring the many ways to connect and engage through prayer, worship, and learning. Some are called to sing with the choir, serve at one of our Sunday services as an acolyte, or share their faith with the next generation by teaching Sunday School. Others seek out opportunities to deepen their knowledge through Bible study, Sunday Forums, and Circle discussions, or appreciate a moment of quiet reflection with Centering Prayer or a labyrinth walk. 

However you choose to practice your faith, we hope to connect with you in the coming season as, together, we commit to living God’s love through a Jesus-centered-life. ~ a message from Anne Timpane
Join us this Sunday!
O ur Summer Worship Schedule offers services at: 8, 9:15 and 10:30 am . The 9:15 am service will be Great Hall-style, welcoming preschoolers and their families to join us in the Church Nave. Children of all ages are invited to our last day of "Watermelon and Water Play," 10-11 am in the Courtyard. Child care is available for infants and children to age 3 from 10:15–11:30 am in Rm 322. Summer parish office hours are: Monday-Thursday, 9 am-4 pm; Friday, 9 am-1 pm .
Mark Your Calendars!
 Sunday, Sept. 8 marks the marking the beginning of the Program Year and our return 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.
Sundae Sunday!
Join us Sun., Sept. 8 for Sundae Sunday, 9:45-11:15 am. What better way to launch this new year of "Living God’s Love" than with ice cream! There also will be opportunities to meet D.C. Veale, our new director of youth ministry; say hello to Katie McGervey, interim director of children’s ministry; learn about the upcoming year in Sunday School; make sandwiches with Grate Patrol, a wonderful service actvity for families; update your listing for the NEW parish directory; and catch up with clergy, staff and friends, old and new!
Reconnecting
Back to Church Parties:
You're Invited!
From Brunch to Wine and Cheese, 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. Reconnect with your community, meet new friends, and hear exciting program updates for 2019-2020 at St. Columba's. Click here for more information and dates. Questions? Contact: Gail Crane (tele: 609.731.0147).
Celebrating
Art All Night at St. Columba's
Invite your friends and neighbors! Come celebrate this DC-wide event 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 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. Contact: Diane Heath
Turning
FAITH STORY
Chip Somodevilla:
"My Big Family was the Church"
"My family and I have been members here at St. Columba's since 2009. Like some of the others who have shared faith stories here before, I too was raised in the Episcopal Church. In the Church, I actually had several different families of different sizes. And each of these families helped inspire and instill in me a deep sense of service to others." More>

"Live God's Love"
With this new mission statement, St. Columba’s embraces Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's "Way of Love" to live into this vision. More than a program or curriculum, it is an intentional commitment to a set of practices to follow Jesus: Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, Rest. In the Way of Love, faith stories fall within the practice of “Turn,” when we pause, listen, and choose to follow Jesus. Learn more about the practice of "Turning."

Meditating
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.
Click here for a full program description. Click here to register online. Questions? Contact: Marjorie Swett
Music-making
Make a Joyful Noise!
Come join our community of enthusiastic music-makers K through adult by singing in one of our choirs, ringing handbells, or playing in our orchestra. Click here for online registration and complete information about our music program. All are invited to make a joyful noise! Contact: Anne Timpane
Growing
Sunday School and Youth Formation Registration
It’s time to register for Sunday School (ages 3 through 5th grade) and Youth Formation (grades 6-12).
Register for Sunday School online
Questions? Contact: Katie McGervey

Register for Youth Formation online
Questions? Contact: D.C. Veale
Please sign up by Sept. 8; classes begin on Sun., Sept. 15.
Interested in Teaching
Sunday School?
It’s not too late to sign up to teach Sunday School. Pick your preferred age, your child’s class, your godchild’s class or any class you like! Walk with our children on their faith journey. Sign up this Sunday on the bulletin board in the Common or contact: Katie McGervey
Remembering
Robert (Bob) Stillman
Bob Stillman died on Aug. 4, 2019. May his soul, and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
A funeral will be held at St. Columba’s on Fri., Sept. 6, 2019 at 11 am. 
Gathering
For more event info, go to Calendar at Columba.org

Watermelon and Water Play
Come For One Last Splash! Bring your swimsuits and join us for Watermelon and Water Play in the St. Columba's Courtyard, Sun., Aug. 25 from 10-11 am. All are welcome -- bring a friend! Parental supervision is required. Questions? Contact: Bronwyn Roy

SUNDAYS
Singers and Ringers! Singers meet in the Music Rm at 9:45 am; Ringers meet in the Bell Rm at 10:15 am.
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.

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

MON., AUG. 26
Blessing of the Backpacks Children and youth are invited and encouraged to bring your backpacks or school bags to the bottom of steps on Albemarle on your way to school the first day of DCPS school.

TUES., AUGUST 27
Branches Meditation Group meets (the Fourth Tuesday of the month) for meditation, prayer and sharing in community, 7:30-9 pm in Rm 203.

WED., AUGUST 28
August Mothers' Group Potluck at 7:30 pm. RSVP

SUN., SEPT . 1
Last Sunday of Summer Worship Schedule

WED., SEPT. 4
Water Ministry reopens.
Benedictine Cell 6-7 pm, in the Deming Library.

THURS., SEPT. 5
Creative Aging Network 12:30 pm, in Rm 212.

SUN., SEPT . 8
Sundae Sunday! Fall Schedule and our new program year begins.
Blessing of the Backpacks at the 9 and 11:15 am services.
Deadline for Sunday School and Youth Formation registration.
Second Tuesday Grate Patrol 11:30 am, in Rm 205.
Environment Committee 12:30 pm, in Rm 215.

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

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.
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.

SUN., SEPT . 29
Sunday Forum: Unveiling of St. Columba's Mission & Strategic Vision