Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Altar cross veiled in purple for Lent 2021
Change to Sunday Service Schedule: We are pleased to announce that on the First Sunday in Lent, February 21, the 8:00 a.m. Eucharist will resume. The new Sunday service schedule—8:00 and 11:15 a.m.—will remain in place until further notice.
As is the case with the 11:15 a.m. Eucharist, those who wish to attend the 8:00 a.m. Eucharist must 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.
Please note that we will continue to post a virtual celebration of the Holy Eucharist on the parish blog, Grace under Quarantine, each Sunday.
An Update on Choral Singing at Christ Church: We are also pleased to announce that we have received permission from the Diocese of Washington to begin utilizing a quartet of singers at the 11:15 a.m. Eucharist each Sunday. Choristers will be masked at all times, and distanced from each other and from those in the congregation. On the First Sunday in Lent, February 21, we will see and hear the first choral singing during in-person worship at Christ Church in nearly a year’s time. Thanks be to God.
Tuesday Evening Lenten Program: Join us on Tuesdays, February 23, and March 2, 9, 16, and 23, at 6:30 p.m., via Zoom, for five evenings of fellowship and learning, led by the parish clergy, seminarian, and guest speaker the Reverend Dr. Frank Wade. Week by week, participants will consider how we grow as Christians, using St. Paul’s famous 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.
Christ Church Author Series: The next installment of The Pen of a Ready Writer will take place on Thursday, February 25, at 7:30 p.m., via Zoom. It will feature parishioner Eric Motley, who will discuss his book, Madison Park: A Place of Hope. Founded by freed slaves in 1880, Madison Park and the grandparents who reared him taught Eric the valuable lessons of self-determination and belief in the American dream. As one reviewer noted: “This charming, engaging, and deeply inspiring memoir will help you remember that we can create a world of shared values based on love and hope. It is a story that reveals the amazing power of faith in God and each other. If you’re in search of hope during troubled times, look no further than Madison Park.” To join via Zoom, click here.
Praying Amidst Complexity and Confusion: On five Sundays in Lent, beginning February 28, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., the Contemplative Life Ministry will offer a series of opportunities to listen for guidance in these times of upheaval and uncertainty. Participants will focus on brief readings about prayer from Christian thinkers and spend time in silence and quiet conversation. Parishioners are invited to participate in any or all of the sessions, which will be held in person, with masks and social distancing, in the Parish Hall Auditorium or, weather permitting, in the Chapel Garden. Space is limited due to Covid-19 restrictions. If you plan to attend any or all of the sessions, contact parishioner Merrill Carrington to reserve a space.
Conversations on Race and Culture with David Brooks: We are delighted to announce that on Sunday, February 28, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., parishioner Eric Motley will interview well-known commentator David Brooks during a session entitled At the Intersection: Reflections on Faith and Culture. Mr. Brooks is a New York Times columnist, a commentator on NPR and the PBS NewsHour, and the author of five books, including The Road to Character and The Second Mountain. He also serves as chair of the Aspen Institute’s Weave: The Social Fabric Project. If you would like to participate in the session, contact Executive Assistant Tish Mills. To join the conversation via Zoom, click here.
Parish Office Hours: The Parish Office is open for telephone inquiries on a limited basis. Members of the staff are available Monday through Thursday, 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. 
Adult and two children walking down the center aisle in a darkened, empty church
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.
Sunday Forum: There will be no Forum on Sunday, February 21. The current Forum series, entitled Navigating the Modern Wilderness, will resume on Sunday, February 28, at 10:00 a.m., with a presentation by the Reverend Dr. James Farwell: Questions about the Eucharist: COVID-19/Post-COVID-19: Part II. 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.
Women’s Bible Study: This semester, participants in the Women’s Bible Study are reading Care of the Soul by spiritual writer, psychotherapist, and former monk Thomas Moore, which focuses on the discovery of the sacred in everyday living. The group will meet on Tuesday evenings, April 6, April 20, May 4, May 18, and June 1, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., via ZoomIf you would like to take part, contact the Reverend Melissa Hollerith.
Lenten lectern and altar fall 2021, with organ in the background
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.
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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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