This Week at St. Columba's ... summer winds to a close, we return to our regular schedules, lists, activities and responsibilities, and we’re invited to focus on our labors, our own and of others. On Labor Day we celebrate the ways our work ties us with others, and we’re reminded of the need for fair wages and employment opportunities for all. In our worship this Sunday, and on this holiday weekend, may we enjoy its leisure, give thanks for summer’s blessings and renew our care for one another as we begin a new season of life and labor.  ~ a message from Susan Flanders
Join us this Sunday!
This is the last Sunday of o ur Summer Worship Schedule with services at: 8, 9:15 and 10:30 am . The 9:15 am service will be Great Hall-style, welcoming preschoolers and their families to join us in the Church Nave. Child care is available for infants and children to age 3 from 10:15–11:30 am in Rm 322. Summer parish office hours are: Monday-Thursday, 9 am-4 pm; Friday, 9 am-1 pm .
Blessing of the Backpacks
Children and youth are invited and encouraged to bring your backpacks or school bags this Sunday, to the 9:15 am or 10:30 am services to be blessed as you begin the new school year.
Mark Your Calendars!
 Sunday, Sept. 8 marks the beginning of the Program Year and our return to our Regular Worship Schedule. In the Church Nave, services are at 8 am (spoken), 9 am (family-friendly service with children's choirs and an age-appropriate Gospel story for children 3-8), and 11:15 am (featuring adult choirs). The Great Hall features a service at 9:15 am designed for pre-school aged children and their families. On Mon., Sept. 9, our parish office hours change to Monday-Thursday, 9 am-5 pm; Friday, 9 am-1 pm.
Sundae Sunday
Sundae Sunday!
Join us Sun., Sept. 8 for Sundae Sunday, 9:45-11:15 am. What better way to launch this new year to "Live God’s Love" than with ice cream! There also will be opportunities to meet D.C. Veale, our new director of youth ministry; say hello to Katie McGervey, interim director of children’s ministry; learn about the upcoming year in Sunday School; make sandwiches with Grate Patrol, a wonderful service actvity for families; update your listing for the NEW parish directory; and catch up with clergy, staff and friends, old and new! Click here for a rundown of all the activities!
The Season of Creation
At the 2019 Convention of the Diocese of Washington, St. Columba’s co-sponsored a resolution titled “On Creation Care.” This resolution calls on people throughout the diocese to “serve as a moral example in loving God’s creation and responding to the call to protect, conserve, and preserve this fragile earth, our island home.” It also asked churches to adopt a "Season of Creation," which St. Columba’s will observe from September 8th, when our program year begins, through October 6th, 2019 when we will conclude the season with our observance of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. Each Sunday during the season will have a particular thematic focus. More>
Bless: Our Season of Creation
During our Season of Creation, we will focus on the practice of Bless. The Way of Love teaches us that, "Jesus called his disciples to give, forgive, teach, and heal in his name. We are empowered by the Spirit to bless everyone we meet, practicing generosity and compassion, and 'proclaiming the Good News of God in Christ' with hopeful words and selfless actions." It is with this same intention, that we might think about our stewardship of this earth and how we better care for it.

On a Travel Note ... This holiday weekend, as you travel around town or long distance, consider watching the "Traveling the Way of Love" series of videos.
Back to Church Parties:
You're Invited!
From Cocktails to Buffet Dinners, there’s going to be a whole lot of fun packed into St. Columba’s Back-to-Church parties beginning now! Don’t miss out! Click here and pick a date that works for you. Reconnect with your community, meet new friends, and hear exciting program updates for 2019-2020 at St. Columba's. Click here for more information and dates. Questions? Contact: Gail Crane (tele: 609.731.0147).
Make a Joyful Noise!
All interested young choristers are invited to come Wed., Sept. 4 for Choir Registration and Pizza. This is our first night of Boy & Girl Choir and Gallery Choir for the season and we always do pizza in the Common from 6:15-7 pm.

All are invited to join our community of enthusiastic music-makers kindergarten through adult by singing in one of our choirs, ringing handbells, or playing in our orchestra. Click here for online registration and complete information about our music program and come make a joyful noise! Contact: Anne Timpane
Art All Night at St. Columba's
Invite your friends and neighbors! Come celebrate this DC-wide event at St. Columba's on Sat., Sept. 14, 7-10 pm. In partnership with Tenley Main Street, St. Columba's will display the mixed media work of visual artists in the Common and offer three hours of live Bach to Modern organ music in the Church Nave. Come experience our Labyrinth Walk for all ages with live music by Harmonic Introductions, an overtone singing group. Contact: Diane Heath
Youth hanging out. Photo Wayne C. Fowler
Sunday School and Youth Formation Registration
It’s time to register for Sunday School (ages 3 through 5th grade) and Youth Formation (grades 6-12).
Register for Sunday School online
Questions? Contact: Katie McGervey

Register for Youth Formation online
Questions? Contact: D.C. Veale
Please sign up by Sept. 8; classes begin on Sun., Sept. 15.
Interested in Teaching
Sunday School?
It’s not too late to sign up to teach Sunday School. Pick your preferred age, your child’s class, your godchild’s class or any class you like! Walk with our children on their faith journey. Sign up this Sunday on the bulletin board in the Common or contact: Katie McGervey
Robert Stillman
Bob Stillman died on Aug. 4, 2019. May his soul, and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
A funeral will be held at St. Columba’s on Fri., Sept. 6, 2019 at 11 am. 
G. Morton Neely
Mort Neely died on Aug. 22, 2019. May his soul, and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
A funeral will be held at St. Columba’s on Mon., Oct. 14, 2 pm.
For more event info, go to Calendar at

Labor Day Office Closure
The Parish Office is closed on Mon., Sept. 2 in observance of Labor Day. For pastoral emergencies when the office is closed, please call 202-363-4119 to reach a member of the clergy.

Healing Prayer  During Communion at the 9:15 and 10:30 am services, you are invited for a healing prayer for yourself or others in St. Aidan's Chapel or at the 42nd Street entrance.

Centering Prayer
Join us Monday evenings (6:25-7:30 pm) and/or Thursday afternoons (12:55-2 pm), Rm 202.

SUN., SEPT . 1
Last Sunday of Summer Worship Schedule
Blessing of the Backpacks 9:15 & 10 am services.

Water Ministry reopens.
Mothers' Group 10 am, Rm 203.
Benedictine Cell 6-7 pm, in the Deming Library.
Choir Registration and Pizza 6:15-7 pm, Common.

Creative Aging Network 12:30 pm, in Rm 212.

SUN., SEPT . 8
Sundae Sunday! Fall Schedule and our new program year begins.
Blessing of the Backpacks at the 9 and 11:15 am services.
Deadline for Sunday School and Youth Formation registration.
Second Tuesday Grate Patrol 11:30 am, in Rm 205.
Environment Committee 12:30 pm, in Rm 215.

First Monday Prayer Group 9-10:30 am, in Rm 220.

SAT., SEPT. 14
Sticks-in-Stitches  Bring your needles, yarn, thread and ideas, 10 am-12 noon in the Lounge at Friendship Terrace (2nd floor).
Art All Night at St. Columba's 7-10 pm (Church Nave, Common and Great Hall).

SUN., SEPT . 15
Sunday Forums begin: "America's Religious Landscape" 10:15 am, Church Nave.
Sunday School and Youth Formation begin.
Father’s Group Meet and Greet 10 am, in the Great Hall.
42nd Street Fellowship 1 pm at Tartufo (4910 Wisconsin Ave NW). Meet in the Common to carpool.

FRI. & SAT., SEPT. 20 & 21
Seeing the Face of God in Each Other Anti-Racism Workship Fri., Sept. 20, 12:30-8 pm and Sat., Sept. 21, 8:30 4 pm, Perry Auditorium, Washington National Cathedral (3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW). Register

Branches Meditation Group meets (the Fourth Tuesday of the month) for meditation, prayer and sharing in community, 7:30-9 pm in Rm 203.

SUN., SEPT . 29
Sunday Forum: Unveiling of St. Columba's Mission & Strategic Vision