This Sunday we examine the second of the seven practices for a Jesus-centered life: Learn. It is said that by reading and reflecting on the Bible, especially the life and teachings of Jesus, we draw near to God and God's word dwells in us. Do you find that to be true? Or, have you found the Bible confusing, unapproachable or daunting? Come downstairs after the 10:00 service for coffee and conversation about your experiences and views of the Good Book!
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Sunday School and Youth Group
We are following the Way of Love readings at Chapel and in our Sunday School classes so that families may talk about Sunday's scripture readings throughout the week.
Chapel in the Undercroft (ages 3 through Gr. 5) We will focus on prayer as a way of experiencing God's loving presence. We will learn about St. Francis and his prayerful reverence for God's creation.
Following the 10am service:
Godly Play (Pre-K and K): Children "story with God" as they experience the Creation Lesson and make a gift for backyard birds.
Living the Good News(Gr. 1-3): Students will share a story about St. Francis and illustrate verses from the Prayer of St. Francis.
Living the Good News (Gr. 4-5): Students will learn about the life of St. Francis and will brainstorm how to live the Prayer of St. Francis.
Middle school youth will join Kitty in the children's library for the first meeting of The Gathering! High school youth will go with Madi to the loft for youth group. Both groups will discuss images of God - how does the Bible describe God? What are our individual conceptions of God? Come on out for hearty discussion and tasty snacks! Questions? Contact Madi (email@example.com) for more info.
THIS WEDNESDAY NIGHT at 6PM - All Parish Dinner!
Let's gather together for supper this Wednesday! All are invited. Enjoy a mid-week break from planning, shopping and preparing. Head on over to church for food, fellowship and fun. Ann Enkiri will present Godly Play's Creation story for all ages. There is no charge. Free will donations will be accepted.
Please join us. If you plan to attend, please reply to Ann (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you find you are unexpectedly able to attend, please join us!
Bible Study this Sunday at 4pm in the Library
Please join us in the parish library at 4 pm on Sunday as we continue our study of Romans. All are welcome! No prior preparation is necessary and feel free to drop in any week. Questions? Please contact Lee Puricelli (email@example.com)
Coffee Hour Needs YOUR Support!
Enjoy meeting friends after the 10 a.m. Sunday service with snacks? If so, coffee hour needs YOU! Please sign up for a Sunday!
It's very easy. Coffee is already made and brewing; hot water for tea is already heating by the time you arrive. We need at least two volunteers per week to bring in snacks, any of the following: cookies, muffins, pound cake, donuts, bagels, fruit, cheese and crackers, etc. Lemonade and half and half will be in the fridge; all volunteers need to do is set up and then clean up at noon once coffee hour ends.
The Coffee Hour sign up sheet with dates is outside the sanctuary; there are still many available slots to be filled. Please sign up this week or e-mail your preferred dates to Jane Aylor at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks in advance from the Parish Life team!
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Youth Group Trip to the Maryland Renaissance Festival
on Saturday, October 13
The youth will be going to the Maryland Renaissance Festival on Saturday, October 13 to celebrate the beginning of the academic year and have a historically fun time! Any interested middle and high schoolers (and their friends!) are invited to join us; we will be leaving the church parking lot by 9:30 am. Please RSVP to Madi Chase (email@example.com) by Sunday, September 30th.
2nd Annual "Kenya Night" for Nyumbani
Saturday, October 20 at 6-9:30 pm in the Undercroft
The Outreach Committee invites you to a night of sheer fun for all ages - dinner and dancing with a tribal flair, a Kenyan craft boutique, children's crafts, raffles and more! Nyumbani is an orphanage in Kenya that supports children and caregivers infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. Funds raised will be used to build a new greenhouse to grow fresh vegetables for the children and caregivers. Donations of wool yarn and razor scooters in good condition would be joyously accepted.
Click here to buy tickets here for this event. ($15/person or $30/family)
Click here to view pictures of last year's Kenya night on Facebook.
Questions? Please call Tina Cleland 240-505-0921 or Carol Jones 301-598-0348.
Christ Church Women (CCW) Meeting on October 21
at 11:15am in the Library/Parlor
Please join the Christ Church Women (CCW) Sunday, October 21, 2018 after the 10:00 AM service for our monthly meeting and to make lovely Anglican Prayer Beads. Pam Prindle will lead the demonstration in making the prayer beads and each person will create their own to take home to use for prayer and meditation. Anglican Prayer Beads can deepen and transform prayer into a richer spiritual experience.
We will meet in the Library/Parlor for the prayer bead making, fellowship and enjoying brunch. Please bring your favorite brunch item to share. RSVP to Aime Keith at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-230-6160 so we will know how many supplies are needed. We have ample supplies for creating the prayer beads so this event is free!
Christ Church on the Road!
The next Christ Church on the Road trip will be to the National Geographic Museum to see The Tomb of Christ. The trip is still in the planning stage; more details to come!