St. Christopher's Newsletter, October 14, 2021

A Message from Mother Carey

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Dear St. Christopher’s Family,

I write this note as I prepare to drive to the mountains of Virginia for a time apart from the world, a time of retreat and community. Rest is something so vital to our well being yet something is in short supply in our busy Northern Virginia lives. Ten times in the gospels there is mention of Jesus seeking rest, yet rarely does it go well.

This past week as the Vestry and I talked about needs of our community both here at St. Christopher’s and in the area, rest and practices to help us find contemplative space made the list. It led me to recall a teaching I once received to try for a whole day – to not talk, to not read, to not listen to the radio or TV. For an entire day to allow the senses to be quiet. The wisdom of this path teaches that it is here that the Word dwells.  

Most of us will probably never achieve that goal, but we can come closer. Perhaps we can find a moment in the carpool line, or in the early morning hours or even late at night to be still and to breathe, just breathe - breathing in love and breathing out peace. It is a place to start. A place of intention, intention to find stillness, and to find rest, for it is there that our soul waits.

With love, Mother Carey

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Fun times at St. Christopher's! 

St. Christopher's Under the Stars a success! About 25 people came for tie dye, scarf juggling, foil packet dinners, s’mores and Compline. Thank you to all that came and all that helped.

Stewardship 2021


Our theme Broken Open centers on the words Jesus spoke to his disciples at the first Eucharist: “While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” Matthew 26:26

Our 2021 pledge campaign is here! Please click the link below to download your online pledge card. If you'd rather complete your pledge card with pen and paper, don't worry--we have "hard copy" packets in the church.

Blessings and thanks,

Marifran Bustion

Stewardship Chair Lead

Pledge Card 2021

Stewardship Pledge Update

We’re now into Week 4 of our Stewardship pledge drive and still doing very well. To date, we’ve received 36 pledges totaling $181,904 with 4 new pledges and 17 of the 36 increased pledges from last year. If you’ve misplaced your pledge card or didn’t get one in the mail, you can get one from the church at either worship service or by letting me know. You don’t even need to mail or bring in your pledge, but can send the information to us electronically, by email to, or text to our treasurer Debbie Frear, 703-731-4069. We’ve had very inspirational words from some in our parish talking about how we can meet the needs of St. Christopher’s and the nearby community, not just by pledging our treasure, but also pledging our time and talent. Pledging helps the Vestry plan next year’s budget for such items as staff salaries; utilities; contract work such as snow plowing, lawn care, and other building and grounds maintenance; as well as all our outreach activities and Christian Formation. Please let me know if you have any questions about pledging, our budget, or how you can give to St. Christopher’s. Marifran Bustion, Stewardship Chair,

Marifran’s Musings as Senior Warden 

Last Sunday Richard and I went to the altar to have our 40th anniversary blessed. Joining us were Liz Zubritsky and Mike Snyder for their 22nd anniversary and Mary and Jerry Rietman for their 71st! These anniversary and birthday blessings are such a part of our Christian community experience. For children, it’s very special for them to get a blessing, which they’ll remember for many years. I hope everyone avails themselves of these opportunities because it celebrates our life accomplishments in a Christian community. God bless us all. Marifran Bustion, 

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Premature Babies In The NICU Are Getting Cuddles From Cute Crochet Octopuses

Knitters Wanted for NICU Octopus! If you would like to help and knit, here is something that will warm your heart. Premature babies are getting some extra cuddles and attention from stuffed octopuses. The babies have to spend much of their time in incubators or hooked up to monitors. The octopuses are not just small and soft (perfect for little hands) but the tentacles mimic the umbilical cord in the womb, which some babies cling onto while they are in mama’s belly.

Hence, holding on to the octopus tentacles helps them to feel safe and secure, just like they did in utero. These octopuses can help babies feel calm, leading to better heart rates, stronger breathing and improved oxygen flow in the blood. If you want to participate and crochet some octopuses for the preemie babies at INOVA Alexandria Hospital, below you can find the pattern for the octopus and drop them at church in the bin marked “NICU Octopus”. They will be delivered to INOVA Alexandria Hospital by Doug Gudakunst. 

Download NICU Octopus Pattern

Hot Meals Prep October 28, 2021

Time: 2:00pm - 5:30pm

FACETS Hot Meals Volunteers Wanted!

Please sign up to help us feed the homeless. You can help in several ways:

prepare items ahead of time to bring on October 28; come on the 28th and help with cooking, food assembly, packing food bags, and loading coolers; 

help with cleanup; Although FACETS staff will pick up and deliver the meal for us, if you want to ride along to learn how to do it safely, we will need to take that on eventually, and they can use the help.

Thank you so much!

Janet Bush

703-371-2465 or  

Click this button to volunteer for the Hot Meal Prep


Saturday, October 30 at 5PM 


Our next community engagement event will be a St. Christopher's Trunk-or-Treat on Saturday October 30th, 5pm, following Spooky Suzuki Concert. What is a trunk-or-treat? Volunteers decorate the back of their vehicles (trunks, hatchbacks, truck beds), park in the lower parking lot of Hanover and hand out candy to our neighborhood kids as they trick-or-treat around the parking lot. It's a safe, fun way for kids (and adults) to celebrate the kookiest of holidays. We do need volunteers to decorate their vehicles or simply donate candy. The more trunks the merrier! Of course, all of St. Christopher's children (including pre-school) are encouraged to participate. E-mail Nina Miller ( if you would like to volunteer.


Spooky Suziki

Saturday, October 30 at 4PM

St. Christopher's Church

On Saturday, October 30, we will be hosting a “Spookie Suzuki Concert” here at Saint Christopher’s. Students from Joe Gabalski’s piano studio and Strings studios will be playing (in costumes).

Following the concert, we will have the Trunk and Treat event. We invite you all to attend and then stay for the Trunk and Treat.

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Tree Appreciation Day (TAD)

October 23, 2021


Tree Appreciation Day. Please help celebrate God's creation by joining in St. Christopher's Tree Appreciation Day on Saturday, October 23rd! At 10:30 AM, one of our very own Virginia Master Naturalists, Elaine Sevy, will lead a one-hour tour of our Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary grounds, pointing out trees, shrubs and wildlife of interest. At 11:30 we will plant a few more Virginia native trees and shrubs on our grounds, to enhance their value to the ecosystem. Wear long pants and long sleeves, and bring gloves. Please contact John Quinn at with any questions.

Book Discussion Group

November 4, 2021 at 7PM

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Author presentation on Growing up in Mussolini’s Fascist ItalyThe Story of Andrea Marcello Meloni

St. Christopher’s own Christine Meloni will be talking about her fascinating book on Thursday, November 4th at 7 pm in the Education Building’s big room. All parishioners are invited to hear how she researched and fleshed out the very personal memoir her beloved husband Andrea wrote about growing up in Mussolini’s Italy. Andrea’s own story is interwoven with historical context and informative photographs and illustrations. The book is available on in paperback or Kindle and on in softcover or e-book. Editions in Italian and French are also available on Please RSVP to Janet Quinn ( if you are attending as space is limited due to COVID protocols. Please note if you need a ride to the church that night.

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November 7, All Saint’s Day

We remember loved ones who have died in the past year by reading aloud their names. As we do so, we hold them in our prayers and we give thanks for their lives. We find strength in their faith and the faith of all the saints, those known to us and those known only to God. You are invited to add the names of persons who have died in the past year by emailing by Noon Wednesday, October 20, 2021.  


Let's Bring Christmas to Life!  

The Innovation and Membership, Parish Life, and Outreach Committees of St. Christopher's invite you to participate in a planning meeting for this Advent's Living Nativity, which is scheduled for Saturday December 4th. This year's event will hopefully include live animals, live music, refreshments, the traditional toy collection, and most importantly - since the season is all about the birth of Christ - costumed parishioners playing the roles of Mary, Joseph, shepherds, angels and the Magi. Bring your ideas and energy to an online Zoom meeting at 7 PM on Monday October 18th. Here's the link: Please contact John Quinn at with questions and suggestions.

Did you know we have worship opportunities during the week?


50 Days of Bible Study

Tuesdays at 7pm

Led by Meredith Carlton and Timmie McArthur,every Tuesday, at 7pm to November 23, 2021 via zoom. (links will be sent out the day of)



Thursdays at 7pm

Led by Meredith Maple Perry Thursdays at 7pm


·       All are Welcome! Zoom links are sent out the day of. 


Morning Prayer and Conversation with Mother Carey

Wednesday at 9:30 am (zoom links are sent out the day of)


Flower and Candle Donations

Donations for altar flowers or candles can be made using the Sign Up Genius link below. Money may be mailed in or dropped off at the church office, along with the name of the person(s) being remembered. Please note that if you donate the week of, you must get your dedication and donation to Nina by Wednesday at NOON, so that she can include it in that Sunday’s bulletin. If after Wednesday, it is very likely to be postponed till the following week. Thank you! Sign up Link: (Save to your favorites!) Vestry 2021: St. Christopher's candle and flower dedications (


Please mark your calendars

The Celebration of Life for Ruth York is Friday, October 29th at 4 pm on the Hanover side green (Memorial Garden).

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Newsletter Submissions are due on Wednesday at Noon

Email your announcements to Nina at

Thank you

St. Christopher's Episcopal Church

6320 Hanover Avenue

Springfield, VA 22150

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