St. Christopher's


September 15, 2022 

Join us for Worship on Sunday

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.

Dear St. Christopher's family, 

September 18 marks the beginning of our annual Stewardship campaign to raise the funds to equip our community for life. Every year as my husband and I consider our pledge to our church - we pray. 

We pray that what we give honors God.

We pray that our parish home is able to accomplish all that it both needs and wants to accomplish. 

We pray that God will work through our congregation and through us to transform our community. 

If St. Christopher's is your home, I invite you to pray as well. From our house to yours, God's peace to you.

Gracious and loving God, You call us to be stewards of Your abundance, the caretakers of all you have entrusted to us. Help us to always use Your gifts wisely and teach us to share them generously- our time, our wisdom, our treasure. Send the Holy Spirit to work through us, bringing You to those we have the opportunity to serve. Amen.


Mother Carey

2022 Pledge Fillable Card

You Are Invited To A Celebration of New Ministry and the Installation of The Rev. Carey D. Connors as Rector at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church

October 20, 2022 at 7 PM.

Shrine Mont

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Shrine Mont Parish Retreat

October 14-16, 2022

Please join us for a weekend away in the Shenandoah Mountains to relax, refresh, pray and play! Shrine Mont’s mission is to be “A Place Apart” and it offers many ways to do this – walking the hills, rocking in a chair on a porch, or praying as you walk the labyrinth surrounded by towering trees. All activities are optional, and this weekend is yours to spend as you see fit.

DEADLINE: Please submit your registration and deposit by Sunday, September 25. 


To learn more about Shrine Mont, please follow this link:

The Book Discussion Group will meet on September 20th to discuss Karen Essex's Leonardo's Swans. According to journalist Mariella Radaelli, "Karen Essex makes scrupulous use of Leonardo's notebooks to craft a delicious story set in the court of Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan. She achieves this in a very skillful, flawless way, writing with true literary grace." And a critic for Booklist writes, "With lush, colorful descriptions, Essex brings to life the Sforza court and the competitive d'Este sisters' complex relationships with each other, their husbands, and Leonardo. Powerful historical fiction."

For more background on the great Leonardo, you may want to read the best-selling biography Leonardo Da Vinci by Walter Isaacson (2017). Bill Gates writes, "More than any other Leonardo book I've read, this one helps you see him as a complete human being and understand just how special he was."

For more information or questions, contact Christine Meloni or Janet Quinn.

Pets Blessed Here!! 

In celebration of St. Frances, patron saint of animals and the environment, Mother Carey will bless all pets and animals present at 3 PM on Saturday October 1st. Bring your cats and rats and elephants, and sure as you’re born, don’t you forget your unicorn! Questions - contact John Quinn,

Celebrating a Remarkable Career and

a New Marriage

We will bless and thank Nina Miller at the 10:30 service on October 9th as she concludes a 15-year career as the Parish Administrator at St. Christopher’s. A reception to celebrate Nina and Jeff Blysma’s recent marriage will follow. Please join the Vestry to thank and congratulate them both.

Office Volunteers Wanted

We need volunteers to answer the phone and assist Mother Carey on Wednesday, Thursdays and Fridays in the month of October. The hour of coverage is from 9:30 a.m. to Noon. If you can help, please call the parish office, 703-451-1088 or email Nina at and let us know which days you can cover.

Newsletter Article Submission

With the shift in the publication schedule, items to be included in the newsletter are now due on Tuesday. If you have any questions, please email Diem at

Thank you


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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