Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Visibly through his garden walketh God
Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 14. Be sure to set your clocks ahead one hour before you go to sleep on Saturday evening.
Holy Week and Easter 2021: We invite you, your family, friends, and neighbors to worship with us during Holy Week and at Easter. The complete schedule of virtual and limited, in-person services is:
The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday, March 28
Registration for in-person worship begins March 21
- Virtual Blessing of Palms and Holy Eucharist
- Blessing of Palms and Holy Eucharist, 8:00 a.m. *
- Blessing of Palms, Procession, and Holy Eucharist, 11:15 a.m. *
Monday in Holy Week, March 29
- Virtual Meditation
Tuesday in Holy Week, March 30
- Virtual Meditation
Wednesday in Holy Week, March 31
- Virtual Meditation
Maundy Thursday, April 1
for in-person worship begins March 28
- Virtual Eucharist with Stripping of the Altar
- Holy Eucharist with Procession of the Blessed Sacrament to the
Altar of Repose and Stripping of the Altar, 6:00 p.m. *
Good Friday, April 2
Registration for in-person worship begins March 28
- Virtual Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday
- The Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday, 6:00 p.m. *
Holy Saturday/Easter Even, April 3
Registration for in-person worship begins March 28
- Virtual Holy Saturday Liturgy
- The Great Vigil of Easter, 8:00 p.m. *
The Sunday of the Resurrection: Easter Day, April 4
Registration for in-person worship begins March 28
- Virtual Eucharist
- Holy Eucharist, 8:00 a.m. *
- Festal Choral Eucharist, 11:15 a.m. *
- Family Service and Easter Egg Hunt, 2:00 p.m. (Outdoor location TBD)
- Choral Evensong, 5:00 p.m. *
An asterisk indicates the need for advance registration through the parish website. All virtual services and meditations will be posted on the parish blog, Grace under Quarantine. For more information, contact the Parish Office.
Contributions for Easter Flowers: If you would like to make a contribution to help offset the cost of the flowers that will adorn the Church this Eastertide, contact Tonika Hilliard or visit the parish donation page and select Flower Fund from the drop-down menu. Contributions may be made in memory of or in thanksgiving for loved ones. In order for your memorial/thanksgiving to be included in service leaflets on Easter Eve and Day, it must reach the Parish Office by Friday, March 26, at 12:00 noon.
Sunday Worship Registration: Those who wish to attend the 8:00 or 11:15 a.m. Sunday liturgies are asked to register in advance. The weekly deadline to reserve a space for you or your household is Friday at 12:00 noon. For more information, contact the Parish Office. NOTE: Although space is limited, we have yet to reach current allotted capacity. Those who neglect to register in advance are welcome to attend either service when space is available.
Choral Evensong: We are delighted to announce that Choral Evensong will resume on the Sunday of the Resurrection, Easter Day, April 4, at 5:00 p.m. Subsequent services will take place on first, third, and fifth Sundays through the month of May: April 18, May 2, May 16, and May 30. For the time being, the liturgy will be sung by a masked, distanced quartet. As is the case with Sunday morning services, advance registration through the parish website is requested.
Five o’clock Eucharist: We are also pleased to announce that the 5:00 p.m. Eucharist, which, under normal circumstances, is held in the Chapel of Saint Jude, will resume on Sunday, April 11, in the Church. Throughout the months of April and May, this celebration of the Eucharist will take place on second and fourth Sundays: April 11, April 25, May 9, and May 23 (alternating with Choral Evensong). Throughout the summer months, the service will be held weekly and, when circumstances permit, it will return to the Chapel.
SAVE THE DATE: If you have ever experienced the grace of an angel—or just wondered about angelic forces at work—then you won’t want to miss the next installment of The Pen of a Ready Writer, a new parish-wide discussion series. Join us on Thursday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m., when parishioner and author Sophy Burnham will speak about her New York Times best-selling volume, A Book of Angels. As Goodreads noted: “Burnham offers an eloquent report from the place where earth and heaven meet. A wondrous journey into the world of angels, this book is a song of praise to life.” All are welcome to participate in this virtual event. A link to the Zoom video call will be released shortly.
Recordings of Services and Events: All virtual services, as well as recordings of forums and other educational offerings, may be found at one consolidated location on our website:
Parish Office Hours: The Parish Office is open for telephone inquiries. Members of the staff are available Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. In an effort to protect both parishioners and staff, in-person visits are discouraged until further notice. 
Meals to go
GMC Winter Shelter 2021: Due to the ongoing health crisis, the Georgetown Ministry Center (GMC) Winter Shelter has been temporarily replaced with a program called GMC Extends, which provides food and essential items to our most vulnerable neighbors, many of whom would be shelter guests under normal circumstances. Gift cards and monetary contributions are needed at this time. To learn more, visit the parish website.
Rector’s Discretionary Fund: Due to the significant number of people who have been financially impacted by the pandemic, the Rector’s Discretionary Fund, which is used to assist the poor and needy, is depleted. Contributions to support this important ministry of the parish would be most appreciated.
To make a contribution, mail a check to the Parish Office, noting “Rector’s Discretionary Fund” on the memo line, or visit the parish donation page and select “Discretionary” from the drop-down menu.
Chapel altar
Children's Homily: A brief homily for children is posted each Sunday on the parish blog, Grace under Quarantine. We encourage young people and their families to make time to watch the video.
Children's name tags
Sunday Forum: The current Forum series, entitled Navigating the Modern Wilderness, continues on Sunday, March 14, at 10:00 a.m., with a presentation by Dr. Kathy Staudt: Poetry for Lent and Passiontide. Click here to access the Zoom video call. To view recordings of past sessions, visit the parish’s YouTube channel. Questions? Contact the Reverend Andrew Kryzak.
Praying Amidst Complexity and Confusion: This special series, offered by the Contemplative Life Ministry, will continue on Sundays, March 14, 21, and 28, from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. Each session includes brief readings about prayer as well as time for silence and quiet conversation. Participants gather in the Parish Hall Auditorium or, weather permitting, in the Chapel Garden, with masks and appropriate distancing. Space is limited. If you plan to attend, contact parishioner Merrill Carrington to reserve a space.
Tuesday Evening Lenten Program: Join us on Tuesdays, March 16 and 23, at 6:30 p.m., via Zoom, for fellowship and learning. Week by week, participants have been considering how we grow as Christians, using St. Paul’s familiar sequence in his Epistle to the Romans as a guide: More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us. (Rom 5:3-5) To join via Zoom, click here.
New Members/Confirmation/Reception Course: The next round of classes for new or returning adult members of the parish, as well as adults who would like to be confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church from another denomination, will take place on Saturdays, May 1 and 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Both sessions will be led by the parish clergy. Those who have completed a portion of the course in the past are also encouraged to participate. We have not yet decided if the sessions will take place virtually or in person. A hybrid model is also possible. This will largely depend on the number of participants and the comfort level of those who have registered. To sign up, contact Tish Mills in the Parish Office. Please note that the Right Reverend Carl W. Wright, Bishop Suffragan for the Armed Forces and Federal Ministries, is scheduled to visit Christ Church on the Day of Pentecost, Sunday, May 23. It is our hope that he will confirm or receive those who have completed the course that morning.
Angel by David Terrao
Emergency Financial Assistance: Parishioners who are experiencing financial hardship due to the health crisis are encouraged to contact the Rector. Thanks to the kindness and generosity of a number of parishioners, he is able to offer support on a case-by-case basis. Please note that all requests for assistance will be kept strictly confidential.
Parishioners Helping Parishioners: As we are all well aware, the Coronavirus pandemic has negatively impacted many people, particularly in terms of employment. Some have had their hours at work dramatically reduced, while others have lost their livelihoods entirely. The economic, emotional, and spiritual strain on individuals and households is real. In an effort to assist those in need, Vestry member Julia Ainsley has developed a résumé bank where unemployed or underemployed parishioners can post their job materials. Parishioners who are aware of employment opportunities and who wish to access the résumé bank are encouraged to do so. Questions? Contact Julia Ainsley.
To sign up or reserve space
for a program or event,
email the Parish Office
or call

Click here for audio
recordings and printable
copies of sermons from
Sunday services.

To view the readings
appointed for Sundays
and feast days, visit the Lectionary Page.

For more information about
Christ Church, visit the
parish website.

Advance booking required
for all Sunday services.
Reserve your spot here by Fridays at 12:00 noon.

Holy Eucharist: Rite One
8:00 a.m.
in the Church

(up to 50 people)

Holy Eucharist: Rite One
11:15 a.m.
in the Church

(up to 50 people)


Monday and Friday
Virtual Morning Prayer

via Zoom
8:30 a.m.

Tuesday and Thursday
In-person Morning Prayer
in the Chapel of Saint Jude  7:30 a.m. 

(up to 10 people)
Please note: All worshipers attending in-person Morning Prayer must sign a copy
of the Diocesan Regathering Covenant and submit it to
the Parish Office
Copies will also be available at the entrance to the Chapel.

Virtual Evening Prayer on
Grace under Quarantine

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