St. Christopher's

Newsletter


August 4, 2022 

Come as you are to Church, it is Summertime!


8 A.M. Indoor is a spoken Eucharist with no singing.


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


Given our local spread, masking indoors is optional right now. Masks are available should you need or want one. We do ask that if you are feeling ill please stay home and follow along with our online services at 10:30.

Last Chance!

THIS SUNDAY, AUGUST 7, IS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO DONATE SCHOOL SUPPLIES OR FUNDS FOR THEIR PURCHASE!

 

Our local elementary school children at Garfield, Lynbrook and Crestwood and clients of ECHO need your help.

 

While many donations have already been made, and are greatly appreciated, more are still needed.

 

We especially need inexpensive head phones, tissues, pump type hand sanitizers, sanitizer wipes, and gallon and quart size ziplock bags. These are needed every day

in the classrooms. Take this opportunity to contribute and be a part of responding to their needs.

 

If you've volunteered to help on Thursday evening at 7 pm, at 10 am on Friday morning or taking the packed up supplies to where they need to go please check to be sure you know when you signed up.   Check the list at the Fellowship Hall Table or call/email Lynn (703-451-6450 or hdkeak@msn.com) to be sure.

 

Our School Supply Drive continues to be one of our churches important outreach ministries and one that responds to the needs right here in our local community.

 

Participating in this ministry is a simple way to answer Christ's call to us to love our neighbors. Please help.

  

PS- The Virginia Tax Holiday is this Friday, Saturday and Sunday


Holy Hike - 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6 - Catoctin Mountain Park near Thurmont, Md.; lunch afterwards

Dear St. Christopher’s friends,

 

We hope you can join us for a next monthly hike – at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6 at Catoctin Mountain Park near Thurmont, Md.  For your convenience, we’ll car pool from St. Christopher’s lower lot, leaving at 9:15 a.m.  Afterwards, we’ll eat lunch at the Thurmont Kountry Kitchen in downtown Thurmont.

 

We’ll hike about 2.7 miles round trip from the National Park Service visitor center to Cunningham Falls and back.  It’ll be a gradual rise of about 425 feet spread over a mile or so. 

 

Catoctin’s claim to fame is that it surrounds Camp David, the presidential retreat.  We’ll be at the bottom of the mountain; Camp David is on the top. 

 

Should be a lot of fun.  Thanks to Chas and Rosemary Henry for suggesting it.  Questions?  Contact Jim Bradshaw at jim.bradshaw@cox.net or 703-994-8203 (cell).  See you Saturday!

 

Jim Bradshaw

Outreach Garden Volunteers Needed


Volunteers for the Outreach Garden have provided many needs—weeding, picking

vegetables, advice, and fun comradeship. For a couple of weeks, August 11-25, Richard is making me go on a vacation and I need some help. During that time, we need additional volunteers to pick and weigh vegetables, put in bags, and deliver to ECHO. It’s easy, doesn’t take much time, and ECHO is very appreciative. The picking

and weighing need to be done at least every other day, delivery is Monday mornings. Please contact Marifran Bustion, 703-887-2196 or marifranbustion@gmail.com, if you

can volunteer and I’ll give you a tour and instructions. Thanks to everyone for your

support.

Outreach UTO Coordinator Wanted

For a number of years, St. Christopher’s has participated in an Episcopal Church charitable donation

program known as United Thank Offering. Information about the UTO program is available at this link:

https://www.episcopalchurch.org/ministries/united-thank-offering/ 


St. Christopher’s is looking for

someone to carry this program forward. If you are interested in being the champion for this program,

please contact Outreach Committee Chairperson Gail Ritchie at gvritchie@aol.com or Vestry

Outreach Commissioner John Quinn at skinsnats@gmail.com.


Capital Campaign Funds Three Education Building Projects


Seven or so years ago, parish leaders embarked on a Capital Campaign to fund some "deferred maintenance" projects in both our church buildings. Three of those are coming to fruition after many years' work by many dedicated parishioners as follows:  


  • After many years of leaks and problems with three sets of Preschool classroom doors, the doors in Classrooms 2, 4 and 6 have finally been replaced and are no longer leaking. The next project is to assess the damage to the floors and begin restoration.


  • The parish campus has a number of HVAC units, especially in the Education Building. The last one to be replaced was installed in 2005 and has leaks in both the air handler and compressor. It's a large unit and rather than replace it with a large unit, we will be replacing it with two compressors and several units in each of the odd- numbered classrooms (1, 3, 5 and 7) and church library. This will allow for the units to be operated only when needed, thereby saving on utility costs by turning on units that are needed for one or more rooms individually, instead of a large unit for all rooms. These units will take a week or so to install and should be ready for the Preschool opening this fall.


  • The last project is the replacement of crank-type windows in these same classrooms which no longer close properly. The windows are on order and expected in a few weeks.  


Unrelated to these projects, two significant leaks in the rooves of both buildings have been discovered. After our insurance company inspected them, they agreed to pay to have them repaired. A contract for the rooves has been signed, and we're looking for a company to work on the ceilings in the Fellowship Hall and Auditorium.  


Many thanks for to Nina, our parish administrator; Mother Carey, our rector; and the Vestry for overseeing and authorizing the funding for these worthwhile repairs, as well as St. Christopher's Buildings and Grounds Committee. The Preschool staff, especially Jennifer Huff, the director, have been very helpful in advising and encouraging us.  


Richard Sellers, Building Commissioner and Bill Price, Grounds Commissioner

Volunteer to Help Local Elementary School Students. 


Fairfax County Public Schools are looking for adult volunteers to help students with reading, math and other subjects, and to assist in school libraries and elsewhere. If Covid conditions permit, volunteers will be assigned in schools for the 2022-2023 school year. Volunteer hours and days of the week are flexible. The GrandInvolve organization will conduct online training for new volunteers in the weeks ahead, and will facilitate the County background check that is required for all in-school volunteers. For more information, go to www.grandinvolve.org, scroll to the bottom and click on "Volunteer." Questions may be directed to John Quinn, at skinsnats@gmail.com.

Bible Study with Meredith Carlton Tuesdays at 7PM


Join us every Tuesdays at 7PM on Zoom for Bible Study


Zoom Link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89683917170?pwd=YjhHWFBwV3V6RGVlY3hqZGxYcFN0dz09


Join us on Sundays for Connecting the Dots from 9:15 am to 10:00 am.


Come with your newspaper or favorite blog post in hand and let's explore our questions about how we connect what's happening in the world and in our lives to our understanding of God and what God is doing in the world. Sundays in July with Mother Carey from 9:15-10 am in the parish hall of the Church.

Annual Floor Cleaning of the Education Building and Church 


This is a friendly reminder that the Education Building will go through a maintenance period beginning on Monday morning, August 15th, through Friday evening, August 19th. This will include floor stripping, waxing, buffing, and carpet shampooing of the Education Building and waxing, buffing of the slate floors and carpet in the Church. No Preschool or Church activities have been scheduled for this week, to accommodate the cleaning. The Church Office will be closed. Nina Miller, our Parish Administrator, will be working remotely from home. Phones will be forwarded to her. Please do not walk in the buildings that week as the floors will be wet, SLIPPERY, and will need time to dry till Sunday, August 21, 2022.

LISTED BELOW ARE WAYS TO DONATE AND KEEP UP WITH PLEDGES


1.  Mail in checks to St. Christopher’s at 6320 Hanover Ave, Springfield VA 22150

2.  Set up electronic bill pay through your bank. You only need the Church's name and address.

3.   Set up a bank-to-bank transfer. Contact the St. C’s Treasurer if you want to do this.

4.   Via PayPal - Donate with PayPal Giving Fund. This is a no fee service, but donations will be delayed getting to the church for up to 45 days.


Thank you for your generosity and keeping up with your pledge. If you have other questions, please email Debbie Frear at StChristophersTreasurer@gmail.com. Thank you.


The Vestry


Mary Johnson, Sr. Warden

Bill Price, Jr Warden and Grounds

Richard Sellers, Buildings

Carroll Hill, Stewardship

John Quinn, Outreach

Deb Kim, Communications


Meredith Carlton, Innovation in Connection and Membership

Niki Purkoski, Register

Margaret Kirk, Parish Life

Gail Ritchie, Christian Formation


The Finance Team



Debbie Frear, Treasurer

Alice Mary Hymel, Asst. Treasurer

Marifran Bustion, Pledge Monitor

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