St. Christopher's Newsletter, June 2, 2022

Calling all kids!

We are inviting kids to join our procession in and out of church on Sunday waving the scarves they made to remind us of the flames of Pentecost.

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Feast of the Pentecost,

Sunday, June 5, 2022

Fifty days after Jesus’ resurrection, the Holy Spirit came to his followers in wind and fire. We celebrate the great gift of the Holy Spirit. Be sure to wear red and wave scarves to represent the fire and the wind.

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Sundays:  The Rev. Carey Connors, our Priest-in-Charge, is the celebrant for both services. 

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. 

Our weekday worship options are:


7:00 pm: via Zoom - Bible Study 


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

Please Note: Fairfax County has moved into the medium community level according to the CDC. Masks are strongly recommended in our indoor gatherings as COVID-19 are in medium spread in our area. We do ask that if you are feeling ill, please stay home and follow along with our 10:30 a.m. online service.

A Message from Mother Carey

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St. Christopher's in for a big treat. We are in the process of becoming a training site for a Vocational Deacon and we will soon have our first student. 

The ministry of the Vocational Deacon was initiated in the Diocese of Virginia about twelve years ago. Vocational Deacons are people who study and serve in an ordination process that they might serve in congregations as links to the needs of the world. In doing so they also serve liturgically and as preachers. Deacons are the oldest order of ordained ministry being called into existence by the Apostles as told in Acts 6:3-4. 

Our student deacon will be in our midst occasionally this summer as she seeks to get to know us and our local community. She will begin officially in the Fall. This is a wonderful opportunity to be part of her journey and to grow from all the gifts she will bring. Please help me welcome her!

My full name is Maria Elvira Beracochea, but most people call me Elvira. I was born in Montevideo, Uruguay and Spanish is my native language. I am a public health physician and work in global health. I love my work because I get to work to improve how health services are delivered in developing countries. In fact, I am writing this short introduction from my hotel room in India where I am leading a team of professionals that is evaluating a primary health program that is providing services to about 146 million people. I am writing this introduction because about a few years ago, God’s call to serve as a deacon in the Episcopal church came loud and clear to me. I told myself I was too busy and probably it was my imagination. Why would God call me to be a deacon at this stage in my life? Then the pandemic started and I had a lot of time to think and pray and meditate on God’s word and finally realized God has a plan for my life that is better than the one I had and accepted the call. I have just finished my first year of formation at St. Phoebe’s School for Deacons, and have the honor to have been chosen to serve as an intern at St. Christopher’s. I am married and have two grownup kids. My husband and I live in Burke, Fairfax with my daughter and her husband, who moved with us during the pandemic. They are expecting my first grandchild in August, which is a source of great joy for us. I will be back in the US next month and look forward to getting to know you all.

Mother Carey

Special Convention to Elect the 14th Bishop Diocesan, Saturday, June 4th at 10:00 a.m. at St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School in Alexandria

We give thanks for the opportunity to come together in the presence of the Holy Spirit to elect the 14th Bishop of Virginia. The Electing Convention will be held in person on June 4 at St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School in Alexandria. 

Please pray for Mother Carey and Meredith Perry who will be representing St. Christopher's Church. You can livestream it here... Livestream

Parish Paddlers and Holy Hikers!

Satuday, June 4 at 10 a.m.


Dear St. Christopher’s friend,


Hope you had a nice Memorial Day weekend.  To help launch summer 2022, we’ve got a couple of neat activities. We’ll hold simultaneous events from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 4 at Fountainhead Regional Park at beautiful Occoquan Reservoir, 10875 Hampton Rd. in Fairfax Station.


You can choose one of two adventures:


KAYAKING — At St. Christopher’s we’ve got Holy Hikers and Parish Pedalers (bikers).  Saturday, we’ll raise the curtain on a new group – “Parish Paddlers.”  We’ll rent kayaks and explore the lovely waters of the Occoquan. Rental cost: $16 for one hour. John Quinn leading.  If you’re driving, follow the park entrance road all the way to the bottom of the hill at the marina.  Loop around the marina, and about 50 yards uphill is a small parking lot.  Life preservers come with the rental and must be worn at all times.


HIKING — For those who prefer solid ground underfoot, we’ll hold a simultaneous Holy Hike on the nearby Bull Run-Occoquan Trail. We’ll walk an enriching 30 minutes out and 30 minutes back on a smooth, popular path through the forest that drops down to the water. Peggy Bradshaw leading. This is a neat trail.  It stretches about 18 miles from Fountainhead to Bull Run Regional Park in Manassas.  It follows the Occoquan River for a few miles before paralleling a tributary -- historic Bull Run. We’ll save the entire 18 miles for another day.  On Saturday, we’ll probably walk a total of 2-3 miles. If driving, follow the park entrance road downhill a few hundred yards and look for a large parking lot on the right.  (If you reach the marina, you’ve gone too far.) The Bull Run-Occoquan trailhead is located on the back of the large parking lot.  Avoid crossing the street – a trailhead across the street is for mountain bikes only; no hikers.  Our trailhead is on the parking lot side of the street.  Signs greet hikers at the Bull Run trail entrance.




For your convenience, we’ll carpool at 9:15 a.m. from St. Christopher’s lower lot. See you there! Contact: Jim Bradshaw at here.

The month of June is our designated month in supporting ECHO.

Learn About our Springfield Neighbors!  

Sunday, June 12th after the 10:30 a.m. service

As we know, our local Springfield community is diverse in many, many ways. Our St. Christopher's outreach efforts should be aware of this diversity as we plan our efforts to Serve Christ in Others. Please plan to attend the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday, June 12th. After the service, at 12:00 noon, the Family Liaison of Garfield Elementary School will speak with us about the demographics and needs of the local community. This will be an enlightening presentation, which will help inform our efforts to support ECHO with food in June, and to provide school supplies in July. Questions? Contact John Quinn,


ECHO NEWS: June is our designated month in supporting ECHO. During that month, we try to collect as much food - and other things - as possible, from the list ECHO provides. This month, ECHO’s needs are for Men's and Teen Boy Clothing, Houseware, Working Window Laptop and Food Pantry needs are here: Needed Right Now.

We are open to accept donations every Sunday in June at both services by placing the items in the Outreach box and or contributing money to the St. Christopher's Outreach Fund.

FACET MEAL PREP, JUNE 22 & 23, 2022

Hi, everyone!

It's that time again (how two months has flown)!

We are doing it a little bit differently for the warmer months when we prepare a cold tuna and pasta salad with chopped hard boiled eggs and veggies, spreading the preparation over two days.

On Wednesday, June 22:

We will prepare the dinner bags with dessert, fruit and utensils and leave them on tables overnight, since the preschool will not be in session. We will also prepare the pasta salad and refrigerate it overnight.

On Thursday, June 23:

A few volunteers will dish up the chilled salad into containers, load them into the cooler, and help the FACETS folks get everything into the van. FACETS will come to the church to pick up the food and will do the distribution for us.

You can help in a number of ways:

+ prepare food items ahead of time to bring on Wednesday, June 22;

+ come on Wednesday the 22nd and help with food assembly and packing food bags;

+ come on Thursday the 23rd and help dish up the pasta salad, then load the coolers and the FACETS van;

+ help with cleanup on either day.

We serve dinner to anywhere from 16 to 90 people. Our estimate for June 23 will be around 30-50 people, and a total of about 140 meals.

Thank you so much for your help!

Janet Bush


Sign up here for Facet's Meal Prep

Parish Picnic, Sunday, June 26th after the 10:30 a.m. service

Mark your calendar! The Parish Picnic will be held on Sunday, June 26th after the 10:30 a.m. service. St. Christopher's has a lot to celebrate this summer, including our high school and college graduates successfully moving forward in their lives. 


We want to celebrate our Graduating Seniors!!! Please let Margaret Kirk know if you have a high school graduate at  Click here to email Margaret Kirk or As graduation seasons arrives, many graduates will be experiencing a variety of feelings as they head to graduation. We are creating gift baskets for all students. We are asking you to write them notes to offer congratulations, words of wisdom, and prayers. In addition, we welcome the donation of items for the baskets or gift cards to help them purchase items for their dorm and college supplies. If you would like to join in the celebration, please mail or drop off your cards/gifts to St. Christopher's Church by June 24, 2022. We will be giving them the baskets at the Parish Picnic. Thank you!

Coming up at St. Christopher’s

Monday, June 6

Mother Carey’s day off

Preschool Summer Camp, June 6-10


Tuesday, June 7

7:00 p.m. Preschool Board Meeting


Wednesday, June 8

9:30 a.m. Morning Prayer to be followed by Conversation. We are discussing Alice in WonderlandAll are welcomed!

7:00 p.m. G.A. Anonymous


Thursday, June 9


Friday, June 10


Saturday, June 11

1:00 p.m.  Celebration of Life for Fred Berg

First Sunday after Pentecost: Trinity Sunday– June 12

8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist/Rite I

10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist/Rite II Indoor and Virtual Service 

11:45 a.m. Fellowship and Coffee Hour     


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 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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