St. Christopher’s Newsletter, July 15, 2021

From Mother Carey

Dear Friends,

The Bishop Comes!

On December 12th the Rt. Rev. Susan Ellyn Goff, Bishop Suffragan and Ecclesiastical Authority of the Diocese of Virginia will come to St. Christopher’s. The bishop’s coming is always an exciting day and especially so for those who wish to be confirmed, received or reaffirmed in the Episcopal Church. Confirmation is the next step for those who have been baptized as infants and now for the first time want to commit themselves to Christ and to receive the laying of hands by the bishop. 

Reception is for those who come from another denomination and want to know more about their new faith and be formally received into it.

Reaffirmation is for those who have been baptized in the Episcopal Church and would like to renew their baptismal vows.

Here at St. Christopher’s we will have a group of youth – generally ages 13 and above, who want to explore their faith and move towards confirmation. We will also have adults who wish to be received, reaffirmed or confirmed. 

We will have an organizational meeting of those who would like to know more about these options and the classes to prepare on Thursday, August 5th at 7 pm via Zoom. If you cannot attend but are interested in participating or have a child who is interested, please email Mother Carey. 


Carey +

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Marifran's Musings as Senior Warden

I’ve noticed over the years that not only are there needs, whether social, outreach, buildings, grounds, but that we have parishioners who recognize these needs and step up to take care of them. Most recently, our Buildings & Grounds commissioners with assistance from others, identified a few dead trees in our woods. These will be removed, leaving several feet of the dead wood to provide habitat for birds. Firewood is available from these trees so let us know if you want any. Many of you have noticed the irregularities in our sidewalk. We recently had one portion, just before the breezeway, removed and replaced. Other bumps are being ground down and caulked to help provide a smoother walk from the parking lots to the church buildings. For years, we’ve had water problems in our buildings and have contracted to have these fixed. There are still some needs, one of which is to remove mold in the Education Building basement and make it so no more mold grows. We have a contract for this and hope to have it fixed before the school year begins. As you notice anything you think needs to be fixed, please let the appropriate Vestry person or one of the wardens know so that we can investigate and try to fix. And, better yet, please volunteer when we ask for help, whether it’s for a work day, help in the Outreach Garden, provide snacks or assistance for coffee hour and receptions, or any of a number of needs throughout the year. Then, enjoy our campus, activities, and especially our worship together.

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Preschool News

We were fortunate enough to participate in Staples “Give Back” program, where we were recipients of 11 boxes of school supplies to help us prepare for students, returning in September. Thank you Staples (in Burke) for your generous donation! 

If you would like to continue to help St. Christopher’s Preschool, you can do by shopping with Amazon! Shop through AmazonSmile and St. Christopher’s receives .5% on all eligible purchases. Just click on the link: We appreciate all of your support!

Are you looking for part time work and love working with preschoolers? St. Christopher’s Preschool (SCP) is the place to be!  We are looking for Lead and Assistant Teachers. Please send your resumes to: We hope you become part of our SCP team!


A Message from the Preschool Board: You are invited to serve on the board of St. Christopher's Preschool! As part of its regular rotation of board members, the six-member Preschool Board needs two new members to serve three-year terms starting this coming August. The Preschool Board meets once a month, usually for 1½ - 2 hours. The Board oversees preschool finances; sets policy with respect to educational philosophy, admissions, scholarships, and staffing; and advises and supports the Preschool Director. If you've thought about getting more involved at St. Christopher's but have limited time to offer, the Preschool Board is a great opportunity. For more information or to express interest, contact the Board chair, Jen Guernsey, at or 703-912-9242.



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 (


Book Discussion Group

July 20, 2021 at 6:30 PM

St. Christopher's Book Discussion Group will meet on Tuesday, July 20th at 6:30 pm at the home of Judy Lawson. We will be discussing Murder in Chianti by Camilla Trinchieri. Ms. Trinchieri's new mystery introduces Nico Doyle, a former NYPD homicide detective who's just looking for space to grieve when he finds himself pulled into a local murder investigation.  

Drinks will be provided but please bring your own food if you'd like to have dinner during the meeting. Questions (other than whodunit)? Email Janet Quinn at


Event Planner Wanted!

Do you like planning for events? We are in need of some volunteers to help us organize Shrine Mont Parish Weekend! If you like to join the team, please email Mother Carey at and Mary Johnson at


Fellowship Host/(s) wanted!

St. Christopher’s is regathering for worship! Coffee hour and fellowship time is a liturgical ministry to us, and it is an important ministry for the regathering phase as it allows the parish members to see and enjoy one another. We would love for you to sign up and volunteer for Sundays. If you no longer wish to be on the guild due to personal concerns about re-entering public spaces after a long time away, we understand and hope to have you back with us soon. Please email Dani Gudakunst, if you are interested.

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July is ECHO Food Collection Month

Now that we're back worshipping in person, we can honor our commitment to collect food in July for ECHO. ECHO is our neighborhood social service organization, of which St. Christopher's is a founding member. They have been operating for over 50 years. I take several bags of canned meat to ECHO about twice a month, as that's one of their greatest requests.  

Although folks are going back to work, the requests for food are great as folks that needed food during the pandemic are entering low-paying jobs. So, we can help. Also, ECHO is taking other donations of clothes. So, those can be left in the ECHO box.  

Let's fill the ECHO wooden box in the Fellowship Hall each week. For the outside service participants, the box will be outside by the Worship Building doors. For Zoom participants, please drop food by the church during the week or call me for pickup. You can also drop food by ECHO on Old Keene Mill by the 7-Eleven.  

So, what does ECHO want? Here's a list from ECHO's website ( Also you can always donate to St. C's Outreach Fund and I'll do the shopping. 


  • Cooking Oil
  • Bag (Dry) Beans
  • Pancake Mix
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Jelly
  • Instant (Box) Potatoes
  • Canned Tomatoes (16 oz. and 28 oz.)
  • Bagged (Dry) Rice
  • Tortillas
  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Peanut Butter
  • Maseca type flour
  • Juice (Juice pouches or Boxes)
  • Canned meats


50 Day of Bible Study

Tuesdays at 7pm

(July 20 - August 2, 2021)

Virtual Zoom links are sent the day of.

A Journey Through Acts is part of a series of 50 Day Bible studies and is an extension of The Bible Challenge, a global initiative to encourage daily engagement with the Word of God."

Led by Meredith Carlton and Mother Carey, tonight, Tuesday, June 15 at 7pm to August 3, 2021 via zoom.


Holy Hikes

Saturday, August 7 at 9:30

Holy Hike Saturday, Aug. 7 at Teddy Roosevelt Island

We hope you can join us for our next monthly “Holy Hike” at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 7 at Theodore Roosevelt Island in D.C. For your convenience, we’ll leave St. Christopher’s at 9:30 a.m. and carpool from there if anyone needs a ride.

T.R. Island is a splendid, 88-acre park located along the George Washington Parkway near Rosslyn. It’s like a wilderness in the city with forests, tidal marsh, a long boardwalk and more. We’ll walk to the center of the island where we’ll find a statue to our 26th president, surrounded by a fountain and giant tablets etched with Roosevelt’s famous quotes.

Then, we’ll explore the trails around the isle with the whole activity probably lasting 1-1 1/2 hours. See you there. Upcoming: Sept. 4, Holy Hike at beautiful Sky Meadows State Park in Paris, Va.


Shrine Mont Parish Weekend

October 15-17, 2021

Save the date! What better time to start thinking about the cool and lovely retreat we have every year up at Shrine Mont. Please mark your calendar now – October 15-17, 2021! More information forthcoming! 

Newsletter Submissions: If you have an article for the Weekly Newsletter, please email it to Nina ( by Noon each Wednesday. All submissions are subject to approval.

This Week at St. Christopher's Church

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Monday, July 19

Mother Carey’s Day off

Waterproofing/Water Retain Wall Repair start date


Tuesday, July 20

6:30 p.m. Book Discussion Group/Home of Judy Lawson

7:00 p.m. 50 Days of Bible Study with Meredith Carlton and Mother Carey


Wednesday, July 21

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

10:00-12 p.m. to Cox Underground Drop for 1st building.


Thursday, July 22

10:00 a.m.-12 p.m. – COX (6) wiring of CAT5 ethernet outlets

10:00 a.m.-12pm – Underground Drop for 2nd building.

1:00 -3:00 p.m. (2nd tech) – internal drop

7:00 p.m. Compline with Meredith Perry


Friday, July 23


Saturday, July 24


The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost– July 25

8:00 a.m. –   Outdoor Holy Eucharist/Rite II, weather permitting

10:30 a.m. – Indoor Holy Eucharist/ Rite II

                    Virtual Church 

Online Giving

Your financial gifts to St. Christopher's are of vital importance to support our ongoing ministries and our outreach to the most vulnerable among us. Please continue to offer your faithful gifts by:

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.

5.             For the Outdoor Worship Service – two red planters are at the front of the altar for your donations.


Thank you for your generosity and keeping up with your pledge. If you have other questions, please email Debbie Frear at

Thank you. 

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