St. Christopher's

Newsletter


JUL 21, 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.

Together, We Can Do It

ONLY TWO WEEKS LEFT TO BEFORE THE END OF OUR SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE.


How are you going to help our church neighborhood children start the school year with the supplies they need? 

 

School supplies and money donations have started to be received but not much time is left to be able to participate in providing the school supplies that the children at Garfield, Crestwood and Lynbrook schools and clients of ECHO will need.

 

Sunday, August 7 is the last day to donate the school supplies and the funds for us to purchase supplies. The supplies that are most needed now for these elementary school children are backpacks and items that we usually didn't traditionally consider school supplies but are needed now in addition to the usual ones - inexpensive head phones, tissues, pump type hand sanitizers, gallon and quart zip lock bags and sanitizer wipes.  Checks can be donated - payable to St. Christopher’s with School supply Drive on the memo line.

 

We still need volunteers to help on Thursday evening August 10th at 7:00 pm to pack up the supplies, people to be available to come on Friday at 10 am if the packing up was not completed on Thursday evening, and another person to deliver the supplies to one of the schools.  

 

You can go on our new Sign up Genius to...Volunteer or stop at the "Sign up Table" on Sunday, or call or email Lynn Knox - 703-451-6450, or hdkeak@man.com.


Sunday, August 7 is the last day that the school supplies and funds can be donated. 


School Supply List

From our Rector


Dear Parish Family,


So it happened. Testing positive for Covid was not in the plan last week! After a full and wonderful week of worshiping with our community at Greenspring, talking to Bishop Goff about our relationship building with a Latino mission congregation and conferring with our building team about all the progress they are making to care for the future of our buildings - I was looking forward to a Sunday with you all! 


But we emerge from the last few years smarter and stronger. Regular testing as part of life meant I knew I was sick and vaccines meant that I had cold symptoms instead of anything worse. Thank you for all the prayers and encouragement. I continue to recover and this Sunday we will welcome the Rev. Doug Kirby as a guest celebrant. It is my hope to have had several negative tests and be with you all to preach. If not, I will stay home and return when it is safe to do so. 


I suspect this is our new normal - that we will take care of ourselves and each other as we need to, staying home and away from others when we are sick, staying vaccinated and boosted and continue to do our work and build our life together. I give thanks for you all and for all the tools we now have to navigate healthfully these new times in which we live. Stay well!


Peace, Mother Carey

Christian Formation Survey

Please take a moment to fill out the survey to find out what faith experiences adult parishioners would prefer. Thank you to everyone who has already responded! For those of you who had difficulty with the previous link, please take a moment to click on this new link and complete the short survey: https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/sv/V6UPCQf Thank you! The information you provide will help us plan Christian Formation at St. Christopher’s. A similar survey regarding experiences for children will be sent out later in the summer.

Save the Date!


On Monday, August 1st and Tuesday, August 2nd at 7 pm the Latino Ministry group will hold two Zoom sessions for our St. Christopher's Parish to discuss incorporating the mission congregation of Cristo Rey into the life of St. Christopher's. This is a commitment we are taking seriously. We want to hear your questions, your ideas and your concerns. Join us!


 80th General Convention of the Episcopal Church

Greetings from the Front Row

Hello from the Episcopal Church in Delaware. I was asked to share my point of view of the most recent meeting of our church, and here it is… for whatever it’s worth.

 

This convention, unlike the others I have attended, was half as long and packed with nothing but legislation. There was little to no time to visit with other deputations on the floor, and meals were usually taken alone or with our own people. The Bishops were in a separate “pod” from the Deputies, and we only had one meeting together. There was no Triennnial (ECW) meeting at this convention. COVID precautions were stringent – masking 100% of the time you were in the convention center and testing every morning (test kits provided at check in). This was bare bones work time, and all 802 deputies seated knew it. All the resolutions and hearings were done electronically before the convention ever began.


To continue reading …  80th General Convention of the Episcopal Church by Helen Spence

Postponed - Down on the Corner!


The Down on the Corner music event, originally scheduled for July 27th, has been postponed due to heat and COVID concerns. It will be rescheduled in the fall.”

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


We will resume Connecting the Dots on Sunday, July 31st


We will resume conversations about the week's Gospel lesson and daily life on July 31st. 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.

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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