St. Christopher's Newsletter, May 19, 2022

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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:


TUESDAYS

7:00 pm: via Zoom - Bible Study 


WEDNESDAYS 


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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The month of May brings the Church the ancient observance of Rogation Days, a custom observed since the 5th century. Rogation—meaning to ask God’s blessing of the harvest, earth, and sea, reminds us that we are stewards of Creation and the beneficiary of all its abundance. Rogation Days used to begin with a “beating the bounds,” a procession walking out the boundary lines of the village or parish and marking the bounds with stakes. 


Traditionally observed on the sixth Sunday of Easter, St. Christopher's will mark this day by joyously processing to our Outreach Garden after the 10:30 service for a special garden blessing. 


Mother Carey

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Kids are invited to come and help us begin to get ready for the Church’s birthday on Pentecost, June 5th. We will use special tissue paper to ‘paint’ on silk scarves, let them dry here at church, and then wave in procession on that great day.  


See you outside the main doors during coffee hour!

Searching for the 14th Bishop of The Episcopal Diocese of Virginia


Please take a moment and read the Bishops resumes and watch their videos here: Meet the nominees  Meredith Perry is our lay representative to the electing convention. Mother Carey will be there to vote as well. Let them know your thoughts about the candidates. 

William (Bill) Millward's Memorial Service, Saturday, May 21st at 10:00 a.m. and Reception Following the Service

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We will celebrate the life of Bill Millward on Saturday, May 21st at 10:00 a.m., and a reception will follow the service. 


A small reception following the Memorial Service will be held in the Fellowship Hall. Please consider donating some light finger-foods and bring to the Fellowship Hall on Saturday already plated. Many thanks!  Please contact me with any questions at Richard Sellers. (Richardssellers@outlook.com)


Many Thanks,


Richard Sellers, Reception Lead. 

Pastoral statement on mass shooting in Buffalo from

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

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My heart is heavy with the news that a white supremacist gunman took the lives of 10 children of God in Buffalo on Saturday. I grew up walking distance from the scene of this hateful crime, and my friends and I used to ride our bikes around the neighborhood. Buffalo’s Black community raised and formed me. I grieve with the city and people I love.


The loss of any human life is tragic, but there was deep racial hatred driving this shooting, and we have got to turn from the deadly path our nation has walked for much too long. Bigotry-based violence—any bigotry at all—against our siblings who are people of color, Jewish, Sikh, Asian, trans, or any other group, is fundamentally wrong. As baptized followers of Jesus of Nazareth, we are called to uphold and protect the dignity of every human child of God, and to actively uproot the white supremacy and racism deep in the heart of our shared life.


Please join me in prayer for the shattered families in Buffalo. Please also join me in expressing profound gratitude for the intervention by Buffalo police that likely saved many other lives. Even amid tragedy, even when manifestations of evil threaten to overwhelm, let us hold fast to the good. It is the only way that leads to life.

Feast of the Pentecost, Sunday, June 5, 2022

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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. What an amazing day to celebrate our first Sunday in-person together!

 

Foreign Language Speakers needed

Our Pentecost tradition includes reading the Acts in as many languages as possible, all at once. If you are comfortable to read at church in a language other than English and you are willing to participate in the festivities, please email Deb Kim at ddoehrkim@gmail.com to help.

Did you know? Phishing Attempt

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If you attend the 10:30 service online, please DO NOT CLICK any links in the chat. We had a "phishing" attempt. It looked like a legitimate website selling things we might buy: Episcopal shield T-shirts, coffee mugs, etc. What they were after is your credit card information. Please keep your money safe!

Success!

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We got lucky, dodged the rain and had a wonderful Parish Pedalers bike ride from St. Christopher’s, down to the Cross County Trail, around Lake Accotink and back. Great fellowship. Coming up — June: Parish Paddlers. July: Holy Hikers. Details to come.

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

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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, contributing money to the St. Christopher's Outreach Fund and or you can deliver it to ECHO on the west side of the building and stop at the Donation Door where volunteers will assist with your donation and offer written receipts.

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. 

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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 margaret.kirk@verizon.net. 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!

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St. Christopher’s has an opening on our finance team for a part-time bookkeeper. The position requires comprehensive knowledge of double entry bookkeeping, Quick books, and maintenance of tax records for the Church. To learn more please email Mother Carey at revcareyconnors@gmail.com or Parish Treasurer, Deb Frear at StChristopherstreasurer@gmail.com


Thank you!


Coming up at St. Christopher’s


Monday, May 23

7:00 p.m. Meet and Greet events with the Bishop nominees will be held St. Paul's Memorial, Charlottesville    

 

Tuesday, May 24

12:30 p.m. Preschool Lunch Bunch

7:00 p.m. Bible Study

6:30 p.m. Meet and Greet events with the Bishop nominees will be held Trinity, Fredericksburg

 

Wednesday, May 25

9:30 a.m. Morning Prayer to be followed by Conversation

12:30 p.m. Preschool Lunch Bunch

7:00 p.m. G.A. Anonymous

7:30 p.m. Choir Rehearsal

 

Thursday, May 26

7:30 p.m. Buildings and Ground Meeting

 

Friday, May 27

Last day of Preschool

 

Saturday, May 28

 

The Seventh Sunday of Easter – May 29

8:00 a.m. Morning Prayer

10:30 a.m. Morning Prayer Indoor and Virtual Service 

11:45 a.m. Fellowship and Coffee Hour

3:00-5:00 p.m. Girl Scouts/Auditorium

 

Monday, May 30

Church Office is closed.

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.

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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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