Weekly News December 3-9, 2017


LaSalle-Backus Holiday Collection: Over the Thanksgiving weekend the deacons collected $1,104.30 to buy gift cards to help families from LaSalle-Backus Education Campus celebrate the holidays. Thanks for your generous contributions!

 Congregational Meeting: The annual congregational meeting, in which the church selects new council members and approves the budget for 2018, will be held on Sunday, December 10. Professing members aged 14 years old and older are eligible to vote; everyone in the congregational community is welcome to attend. If you have questions about church membership, please contact Pastor Meg or Amy Vander Vliet.

Council Nominations This year we have 2 elder and 2 deacon spots to fill on Council.  We are grateful for all who considered serving in this capacity and for the following people who have let their nomination stand: For elder: Dave Campbell, Vi Diamond, Gary Mulder.  For deacon: Todd Helmus and Chelsea Thomas.  At our December 10 congregational meeting, we will have a vote of affirmation for these candidates and will draw the names of two elders to serve.

The council would like to celebrate and recognize Katie and everyone who participated in the November 5 worship service, which included a wonderfully large, diverse group of congregants. Congregation, please take the opportunity to thank God for their gifts of service – and thank them as well!

Privacy Waiver: We recently updated and clarified the church’s privacy policy. While our default assumption is that we can use names and photos in internal communications, like the bulletin, we want to make sure you’re aware of all the options and have the opportunity to grant us permission to use your name and photo in the church’s public communications (like Facebook). A paper version of the updated waiver from is available in the narthex; you can also submit an electronic copy to Grace at Grace will keep track of submitted forms – we’d love to have everyone in the congregational community submit one! If you have any questions about the church’s privacy policy, please contact Grace Pool or Amy Vander Vliet.

Church Bookkeeper: Jon Vander Vliet is stepping down as church bookkeeper, so the deacons are looking for an individual to serve in that role. The bookkeeper spends about an hour a week working with the treasurer (a deacon) and church administrator to pay bills and manage the church’s daily finances. For questions or additional details about the duties involved, contact Amy Vander Vliet (703-888-9509 or


General Church Announcements

 Newsletter: The Advent edition of the church newsletter is available today.  Pick up a copy on your way out of church.

 A Christmas Card Shower! This is about Jaelyn Bos, a friend, acquaintance and member of DCCRC. Following her college years, she has joined the Peace Corps and is serving as a teacher of biology in middle school and high school. Her mom says she teaches 7 classes per day, with about 70 students in each class!! Wow! Mozambique is a long way from home and from her church family. We are inviting you to participate in a card shower. Please bring one signed card for Jaelyn and 1-2 extra cards for others to sign to church on Dec 3, 10 or 17. Her mom, Sara, will box them up and send them. This is the most efficient way to reach out to her this Christmas season. No, money and other gifts are not possible — just the cards. There will be a table set up with a box for cards that are Jaelyn-ready, and also for extra cards in case you forgot. Thank you! Creative handmade cards are also welcome!!

We’re on the web! Are you on Facebook? So is the church! Our public page is, where you’ll see announcements of events and other major news (including schedule changes due to inclement weather). We’d love it if you liked our page! We also have a closed Facebook group (DC CRC) where members, visitors, alumni, and friends of DCCRC can share announcements, events, news, and generally useful (and occasionally silly!) information; see moderators Amy Vander Vliet, Katie Roelofs, Mike Pool, or Matt Vanderwerff to join. The church website is

Adult Sunday school: For the month of December, class will on Dec. 3, 10 and 17, reading Chapters 7, 8 and 9 of The Good and Beautiful Life, (skipping discussion of chapters 5 & 6.) On Jan. 7 and possibly 14, Alicia De Jager (student at the Univ. of Virginia) will be leading us in a discussion of Christian response to the white supremacy movement.

 Pub Theology: Join us at for the next pub theology at Republic in Takoma Park on December 6 at 7:30 p.m.  The topic is Food Justice. While we’re imbibing our favorite beverages, we’ll be discussing the topic of food:  where does our food come from?  how do our food choices affect our own well-being and the earth’s?  what is the role of food in culture and relationships?

 Saturday, Dec 9, 5:30-8:00 pm.  Please join us at church for our annual Christmas celebration!  All are invited to journey through our sanctuary Narnia adventure.  Supper is included!  We invite you to bring a dessert, if you choose.  Come early and stay late, or come and go as you please.  All are welcome, and sincerely encouraged to attend.   Please RSVP either through the email invitation, or with Sara Bos.

Game Night: Book Group and friends will gather at Visscher’s 7 p.m. Friday, December 15. All are welcome. Bring games and refreshments to share.

The 6:30 Bible study will meet on December 16 at the home of Bill and Kathy Heetderks.  We’ll complete our study of Abraham Heschel’s book The Prophets, specifically looking at chapter 13,” Explanations of Prophetic Inspiration;” 16, “Prophet, Priest, and King;” and 17, “Conclusions.”

DCCRC 75th Anniversary: In 2018 Washington, DC CRC is turning 75, and we need your help with the celebration! We’ve got lots of ideas for ways we can commemorate this occasion, so there will be many opportunities to get involved over the next year. Right now, we are looking for a few people to join a master planning team, which will develop the schedule for the year and coordinate with people from across the church to implement it. If you’re interested in joining the planning team, have an idea for an event or activity, or have any other questions, please contact team lead /703-888-9509.

Upcoming Church Event

December 6 – Pub Theology (Food Justice) (7:30pm)

December 7 – Choir Rehearsal (7:30pm)

December 9 – Narnia Night

December 10 – Congregational Meeting

December 15 – Game Night (7pm)

December 16 – 6:30pm Bible Study

December 19 – Council Meeting (7:30pm)

December 24 – No Sunday school

December 31 – No Sunday school

If you have any questions about the contents of this page, please contact the church office: 202-248-3405