St. Christopher's Newsletter, May 5, 2022

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JOIN US FOR WORSHIP


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:


MONDAYS

7:00 pm: via Zoom - Bible Study with Meredith Carlton


WEDNESDAYS 


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


(We do ask that if you are feeling ill to please stay home and follow along with our online service at 10:30 a.m.)

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A Message from Mother Carey

 

Dear Friends, 


Living alongside COVID means that we have learned to mask in some settings and not in others. We have learned to check the local metrics frequently as we decide the places we will go. 


This Sunday we will begin offering wine in a way that honors safety and our theology of being a people who share one cup. This Sunday we will offer wine along with the bread at the Communion rail. The paten, the plate on which the bread is resting, will have a small glass of wine. If you would like the wine, the Eucharistic Minister or I will intinct, dipping the bread in the wine, and place the bread (dipped wine in your hand). I continue to remind us all that communion in one kind is full participation in communion. I am hopeful that this will give us a way to sustainably return the wine back to our practice. We do not know how long this will be necessary, but for now, we live alongside with hope. 


Peace,


Mother Carey


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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!


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RAIN DATE, May 14th

Yard Sale in the Hanover Parking Lot


Do to rain showers this Friday, May 8th, we are hosting the Yard sale next Saturday, May 14th in the Hanover parking lot from 9 am until 1 pm.


If you wish to have a table, please let us know. Tables are $10 or 10% of your sales and net proceeds will go to one of St. Christopher's programs. The last time we held this several years ago, we had great neighborhood turnout. Also, we'll be offering hot dogs, drinks and chips for a donation. If you have items to donate and don't want to buy a table, please contact one of us and we'll "fetch" the items from your house. If you bought plants from the Preschool, this is the pickup day, so pickup your plants and come one over to the Yard Sale in the upper parking lot. Richard Sellers (richardssellers@outlook.com), Meredith Carlton (meremayes@gmail.com) and Deb Kim (ddoehrkim@gmail.com).  

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NEW DATE: Bike Ride 10 a.m. Saturday, May 14

Calling all bike riders. We’ve got a beautiful bike ride awaiting you as our St. Christopher’s Parish Pedalers make their 2022 debut by holding the second annual “Bike Ride Around Lake Accotink.” 
Time: 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 14 beginning at the upper parking lot. (Please note, this is a change from our May 7 date, due to the rain.) If you need a bike, we’ve got three extras that you can use. Likewise, if you need to get your bike to the church, please let us know and we can make arrangements. We’ll enjoy a leisurely ride from the church to the lake, around it and back.

To sign up, please click here: Sign up . For more, contact Jim Bradshaw at jim.bradshaw@cox.net. See you soon!

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St. Christopher's Outreach Update


The Outreach Committee met on Sunday, May 1st. Key takeaways were: 

(1) All of our principal ministries are healthy and productive. We need more volunteers in some areas, in particular the Outreach Garden and the December School Holiday Food Program. 

(2) Mother Carey will be happy to bless, at the altar, the many tangible things we regularly provide to the community, such as the non-perishable food items we collect for ECHO, fruits and vegetables from the Outreach Garden, and toys we collect during the December Toy Drive. The Outreach Committee will work with the Worship Committee to make this happen. (3) St. Christopher’s may soon embrace another outreach ministry, namely providing computer literacy instruction to Spanish-speaking adults. Our role will be to provide the Auditorium as a meeting area, and use of our internet access. Minutes of the meeting are here.  Would you like to join in planning and coordinating these and other efforts to Serve Christ in Others? Contact Gail Ritchie or John Quinn . (Click on the names for email)


Download Outreach Meeting Notes here.

Nearby Volunteer Opportunities

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Friends,


Lynbrook Elementary School, on Backlick Road in Springfield, needs volunteers during school hours to help children check out books and to reshelve books. Volunteers, preferably bilingual in English and Spanish, are needed on Saturdays and during the week to read to children at the laundromat on Commerce Street, while their parent(s) do the laundry. The GrandInvolve organization is coordinating both efforts. For more information, please contact Michele Duell at volunteer@grandinvolve.org, or John Quinn atskinsnats@gmail.com.

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JOIN THE PRESCHOOL BOARD!


Each spring, our preschool board recruits two new members to take the place of those rolling off at the end of their three-year terms. It's that time again! The six-member board works with the priest, the vestry liaison, and the preschool director and bookkeeper to guide our preschool. Service on the preschool board is a great way to get to know the workings of the preschool and the larger church, not to mention some of your fellow parishioners! As volunteer gigs go, this one is nearly effortless: your commitment is one evening meeting per month, with no meeting in July. The board has been meeting via Zoom and plans to continue using this convenient format. You don't even have to leave your house! Please contact the current preschool board chair, Jen Guernsey, at jenguernsey@gmail.com or (703) 887-6485 for more information or to volunteer.

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Book Discussion Group's May Selection. May 17th at 5:30 PM
The Book Discussion Group will meet on Tuesday, May 17th, to discuss Christy Lefteri's The Bee Keeper of Aleppo. "This unforgettable novel puts human faces on the Syrian war with the immigrant story of a beekeeper, his wife, and the triumph of spirit when the world becomes unrecognizable." (amazon) “A beautifully crafted novel of international significance that has the capacity to have us open our eyes and see.”—Heather Morris, author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz

We will meet from 5:30 to 6:30 in person at St. Christopher's. Everyone is welcome to attend. Contact Christine Meloni for questions or to RSVP at cfmeloni@hotmail.com. If you need a ride, contact Mary Johnson at mjohnson311@icloud.com.

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Our position description for a Music Director and Organist has been crafted and posted to the American Organist Guild, Anglican Musicians and on the Diocesan job page and shared locally. We hope to hire someone this summer to start with us in the fall. If you know of anyone who might be interested, please direct them to our website for more information.


In the meantime, we have been graced with the talent of Linda Eagan, our interim Music Director, and by the gifts of our local musicians, the St. Christopher’s Choir and our new, great, St. Christopher’s Travelin’ Band. Stay tuned for updates about the search and for places and times to hear our Band play.  

Coming up at St. Christopher’s


The Fourth Sunday of Easter – May 8

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

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

 

Monday, May 9

Mother Carey Sabbath Day

7:00 p.m. S.A. Anonymous

 

Tuesday, May 10

12:30 p.m. Preschool Lunch Bunch

7:00 p.m. Preschool Board Meeting

7:00 p.m. Bible Study with Meredith Carlton

 

Wednesday, May 11

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

12:30 p.m. Preschool Lunch Bunch

7:00 p.m. G.A. Anonymous

7:30 p.m. Choir Rehearsal

 

Thursday, May 12

 

Friday, May 13

9:30 a.m. Ag Meeting/Fellowship Hall

 

Saturday, May 14

5:00 p.m. Grief Group 

 

The Fifth Sunday of Easter – May 15

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

12:00 p.m. Vestry Meeting

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

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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