St. Christopher's

Newsletter


JUL 28, 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.

Don't forget to bring your school supplies and sign-up to help! Together, We Can Do It

ONLY ONE WEEK 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,


This week many of our Episcopal Bishops are gathered with our international family, the Anglican Communion, in England for a meeting known as the Lambeth Conference. There are many, many vital issues the church will process together as they pray each day and study the Bible, each from their own cultural context. There are also some difficult conversations happening this year as some raise again the issue of the church’s support of gay marriage.



Though we here in the Diocese of Virginia know well the long and hard work we have done to work through our understanding of God’s call to us and to be a church that celebrates God’s love of all people – no matter who they love, the conversation in the wider Communion continues. Our Bishops – Presiding Bishop Curry and Bishop Goff have issued statements of support for our gay brothers and sisters restating our commitment as a church to stand firm in our call. Love is one of the greatest of God’s gift to us, love God models for us and love we in turn extend to the world around us. Please know that the Episcopal Church has a firm and unwavering commitment to our LGBTQ+ brothers and sisters and the work we have done will stand us well in this new challenge by some in the wider Communion to recognize the right to choose and to marry partners who love and are loved by us. 


Peace,


Mother Carey

Holy Hikers, Saturday, August 6 at 11:00 a.m.


Calling all Holy Hikers — our next monthly hike will be at 𝟭𝟭 𝗮.𝗺. 𝗦𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝗔𝘂𝗴. 𝟲 𝗮𝘁 𝗖𝗮𝘁𝗼𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗻 𝗠𝗼𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗶𝗻 𝗣𝗮𝗿𝗸 𝗻𝗲𝗮𝗿 𝗧𝗵𝘂𝗿𝗺𝗼𝗻𝘁, 𝗠𝗱. For your convenience, we’ll car pool at 9:15 a.m. from St. Christopher’s lower lot. After the hike, we’ll eat lunch at the Thurmont Kountry Kitchen in downtown Thurmont.


We’ll trek from the National Park Service visitor center to Cunningham Falls and back, a 2.7-mile round trip with a gradual elevation rise of about 400 feet.

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 for the suggestion. Questions? Contact: Jim Bradshaw at Jim.Bradshaw@cox.net. See you there


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: Click here for the Survey 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.

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.

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!

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.

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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