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Weekly News December 10 – 16, 2017

Announcements

The council would like to celebrate and recognize Building and Grounds Team, particularly Piet de Dreu, for their work on the church HVAC and the parsonage windows. Congregation, please take the opportunity to thank God for their gifts of service – and thank them as well!

Longest Night Service: On December 21, we will hold a “Longest Night/Christmas Mourning” service on the longest night of the year. There will be a potluck meal starting at 6:45pm, and a vesper’s service at 7:30pm. Christmas can be a dark time when grief is more profound, loss seems keenly more painful, and overwhelming sadness that seems out of place in the tinsel and light threatens to swallow us up. During the season of Advent, we acknowledge a longing for what is to come – we recognize the wait and the pain involved in the “not yet.”

 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.pool@dccrc.org. 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.

Bookkeeper Update: Jon Vander Vliet is stepping down as church bookkeeper, and Stephen Mellis has agreed to begin serving in this role. Since this transition will happen at the same time as the deacons welcome two new members, we thank you in advance for your patience as we get everyone trained and familiar with the church’s financial processes. Please contact the deacons at deacons@dccrc.org with any questions.

 

General Church Announcements

 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 https://www.facebook.com/washingtondccrc/, 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, and Mike Pool, to join. The church website is http://www.dccrc.org.

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,  (a student at the Univ. of Virginia) will be leading us in a discussion of Christian response to the white supremacy movement.

 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 Amy Vander Vliet (abvandervliet/703-888-9509).

 

Upcoming Church Event

December 15 – Game Night (7pm)

December 16 – 6:30pm Bible Study

December 19 – Council Meeting (7:30pm)

December 21 – Longest Night Service

December 24 – No Sunday school

December 31 – No Sunday school

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

 

 

Weekly News December 3-9, 2017

Announcements

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.pool@dccrc.org. 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 abvandervliet@gmail.com).

 

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 https://www.facebook.com/washingtondccrc/, 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 http://www.dccrc.org.

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 Abvandervliet@gmail.com /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 office@dccrc.org

Weekly News November 26-December 2, 2017

Announcements

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 10congregational 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 the Technology Team for replacing the righthand projector bulb and continuing to troubleshoot AV issues, particularly Joel De Jager, Jenifer De Jager, Eric Doornbos, Brian Roelofs, Dave Vander Hart, and Jon Vander Vliet. 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.pool@dccrc.org. 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 abvandervliet@gmail.com).

 

General Church Announcements

We’re on the web! Are you on Facebook? So is the church! Our public page is https://www.facebook.com/washingtondccrc/, 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 http://www.dccrc.org.

Awaiting the King: Practicing Hope in an Age of Fear. How does our worship relate to our work? What does liturgy have to do with politics? How do we practice waiting in a world of injustice and heartbreak? In a workshop with Calvin College philosopher James K.A. Smith, we’ll explore how political life forms us in ways we might not realize—and how worship is “political” in ways we might not have considered. We’ll consider how the practices of the body of Christ are a way to practice hope and discernment. Join us for a unique way to enter the season of Advent! This will be held here in partnership with Silver Spring CRC on December 2, 9:30am-1pm, followed by lunch.

 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.

 First Sunday potluck will occur after church on December 3.  Lunch is potluck style, but there is always ample food, so come on down to the fellowship hall even if you are unable to bring a dish to share.  We’ll get started 10 minutes after the end of the worship service.

 Pub Theology: Join us at for the next pub theology at Republic in Takoma Park on December 6 at 7:30 p.m.  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.

 

Upcoming Church Event

November 30 – Choir Rehearsal (7:30pm)

December 2 – Awaiting the King Book Release with Jamie

Smith

December 6 – Pub Theology (7:30pm)

December 7 – Choir Rehearsal (7:30pm)

December 9 – Narnia Night

December 10 – Congregational Meeting

December 15 – Game Night (7pm)

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 office@dccrc.org

 

 

 

Weekly News November 19 – 25, 2017

Announcements

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 abvandervliet@gmail.com).

 Holiday Assistance for LaSalle-Backus Education Campus: One in eight LBEC students faces homelessness or housing instability, which can make it difficult to celebrate the upcoming holiday season. On November 23 (Thanksgiving Day) and November 26 the deacons will be collecting Walmart gift cards – to be distributed by LBEC’s social workers – to help provide students and their families with food and gifts. You can provide physical gift cards in multiples of $25; any designated cash/check contributions will go towards purchasing additional gift cards. If you have questions, contact Amy Vander Vliet.

Council: The council would like to celebrate and recognize everyone who planned and/or participated in the recent round of small group suppers. Congregation, please take the opportunity to thank God for their gifts of service – and thank them as well!

Council: The council would like to celebrate and recognize Lisa Telliga for her creativity in teaching the early elementary Sunday School class. Congregation, please take the opportunity to thank God for her gifts of service – and thank her as well!

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.

 General Church Announcements

Newsletter Deadline: If you have something for the next edition of the church newsletter, please get it to Patrick Jasperse this coming week – preferably by Wednesday, definitely by Friday.  His email address is pgjasperse@gmail.com

Thanks: I would like to thank all those who have visited, called, prayed, sent cards and flowers, played scrabble and said an encouraging word during my long road of surgery and recovery on my foot. I’m not 100% yet, but working hard to get there. Having a church family to comfort and uplift you in times of trial is one of God’s great gifts, from Evonne Ludema

We’re on the web! Are you on Facebook? So is the church! Our public page is https://www.facebook.com/washingtondccrc/, 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 http://www.dccrc.org.

Thanksgiving Worship Join us at 11am on Thanksgiving Day to offer our thanksgiving and praise to God with Scripture and worship.  If you are interested in joining a group to walk or run the SOME (So Others Might Eat) 5K Turkey Trot downtown, please contact Pastor Meg (pastormeg@dccrc.org)

Do you need somewhere to have Thanksgiving dinner?  We have several members of the congregation who have open seats at their tables.  We’d love to match you up!  Please let Sara Bos, or another member of the Hospitality Team know if you’re interested.

Awaiting the King: Practicing Hope in an Age of Fear. How does our worship relate to our work? What does liturgy have to do with politics? How do we practice waiting in a world of injustice and heartbreak? In a workshop with Calvin College philosopher James K.A. Smith, we’ll explore how political life forms us in ways we might not realize—and how worship is “political” in ways we might not have considered. We’ll consider how the practices of the body of Christ are a way to practice hope and discernment. Join us for a unique way to enter the season of Advent! This will be held here in partnership with Silver Spring CRC on December 2, in the morning, followed by lunch.

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.

 

Upcoming Church Event

November 23 – Thanksgiving Worship (11am)

November 30 – Choir Rehearsal (7:30pm)

December 2 – Awaiting the King Book Release with Jamie

Smith

December 5 – Deacon’s Meeting (7:30pm)

December 6 – Pub Theology (7:30pm)

December 7 – Choir Rehearsal (7:30pm)

December 9 – Narnia Night (5:30-8:30pm)

December 11 – Elder’s Meeting (7:30pm)

December 19 – Council Meeting (7:30pm)

December 21 – Longest Night Service

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

 

Weekly News November 12- 18, 2017

Announcements

Council: The council would like to celebrate and recognize the Hospitality Team for organizing a delightful birthday party for Henry Tamargo. Congregation, please take the opportunity to thank God for his gifts of service – and thank them as well!

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 abvandervliet@gmail.com).

 Holiday Assistance for LaSalle-Backus Education Campus: One in eight LBEC students faces homelessness or housing instability, which can make it difficult to celebrate the upcoming holiday season. On November 23 (Thanksgiving Day) and November 26 the deacons will be collecting Walmart gift cards – to be distributed by LBEC’s social workers – to help provide students and their families with food and gifts. You can provide physical gift cards in multiples of $25; any designated cash/check contributions will go towards purchasing additional gift cards. If you have questions, contact Amy Vander Vliet.

General Church Announcements

We’re on the web! Are you on Facebook? So is the church! Our public page is https://www.facebook.com/washingtondccrc/, 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 http://www.dccrc.org.

Book Group is reading Eight FlavorsThe Untold Story of American Cuisine by Sarah Lohman for our next meeting, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, November 18 at Siyroush’s. All are welcome.

The 6:30 Bible Study will meet on Saturday, November 18 at the home of Rod and Evonne Ludema in Rockville, MD. Dave Vander Hart will lead our study on the book of Jeremiah continuing from chapter 16 and Herschel’s book of the Prophets, Part 2, chapters 1 and 5. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.  All are welcome.  For more information, please contact Evonne at Ludemar@aol.com.

Thanksgiving Worship Join us at 11am on Thanksgiving Day to offer our thanksgiving and praise to God with Scripture and worship.  If you are interested in joining a group to walk or run the SOME (So Others Might Eat) 5K Turkey Trot downtown, please contact Pastor Meg (pastormeg@dccrc.org)

Do you need somewhere to have Thanksgiving dinner?  We have several members of the congregation who have open seats at their tables.  We’d love to match you up!  Please let Sara Bos, or another member of the Hospitality Team know if you’re interested.

Awaiting the King: Practicing Hope in an Age of Fear. How does our worship relate to our work? What does liturgy have to do with politics? How do we practice waiting in a world of injustice and heartbreak? In a workshop with Calvin College philosopher James K.A. Smith, we’ll explore how political life forms us in ways we might not realize—and how worship is “political” in ways we might not have considered. We’ll consider how the practices of the body of Christ are a way to practice hope and discernment. Join us for a unique way to enter the season of Advent! This will be held here in partnership with Silver Spring CRC on December 2, in the morning, followed by lunch.

 

Upcoming Church Event

November 14 – Council Meeting (7:30pm)

November 16 – Choir Rehearsal (7:30pm)

November 18 – Book Club (9:30am)

November 23 – Thanksgiving Worship (11am)

November 30 – Choir Rehearsal (7:30pm)

December 2 – Awaiting the King Book Release with Jamie

Smith

December 6 – Pub Theology (7:30pm)

December 7 – Choir Rehearsal (7:30pm)

December 9 – Narnia Night

If you have any questions about the content of this page, please contact the church office:202-248-3405 office@dccrc.org

 

Weekly News November 5 – 11, 2017

Announcements

The council would like to celebrate and recognize Francis Smart for leading the adult Sunday School class sessions in which people painted trees as part of their reflection on our fall worship series. Congregation, please take the opportunity to thank God for his gifts of service – and thank him as well!

 General Church Announcements

Potluck: All are invited to the first Sunday potluck in the fellowship hall after church on November 5.  Bring a dish to share if you are able or just bring yourself.

Jacob Helmus’ Baptism We look forward to celebrating the sacrament of baptism for Jacob Helmus on November 12.

Book Group is reading Eight FlavorsThe Untold Story of American Cuisine by Sarah Lohman for our next meeting, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, November 18 at Siyroush’s. All are welcome.

Do you need somewhere to have Thanksgiving dinner?  We have several members of the congregation who have open seats at their tables.  We’d love to match you up!  Please let Sara Bos, or another member of the Hospitality Team know if you’re interested.

Community Announcement

The Trinity Forum is delighted to invite you to our Evening Conversation with neuroscientist Bill Newsome and philosopher Tim O’Connor.  Join us on Wednesday, November 8th, 6:30-8:30pm, at the National Press Club (National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW) in Washington, DC for what promises to be a fascinating and provocative discussion on “Mind, Matter, and Our Maker: Neuroscience and Faith,” a conversation which will explore the implications of recent discoveries in neuroscience for knowing our own mind–and the mind of our Maker. Register at  www.ttf.org/events. Please contact Alyssa Abrahamaabraham@ttf.org if you have questions.
Upcoming Church Events

November 7 – Elder’s Meeting (7:30pm)

November 8 – Deacon’s Meeting (7:30pm)

November 14 – Council Meeting (7:30pm)

November 16 – Choir Rehearsal (7:30pm)

November 18 – Book Club (9:30am)

 

Upcoming Community Event

November 6 – LCRA Meeting (7pm Lasalle-Backus)

November 8 – Trinity Forum (6:30-8:30pm)

November 8 – Citizen’s Aware Meeting (7:00pm)

 

Weekly News October 29- November 4, 2017

Announcements

Newsletter: Yes, it’s still October, but the November church newsletter is available at newsstands – or, at least, on the pedestal outside the sanctuary – today!  Pick up a copy of the newsletter on your way out of church.

 World Hunger Campaign 2017: The Peter Fish are back! This is your last week to pick up a bank; there are still devotionals available that you can use to explore how you can make a difference in the fight against world hunger. You can also donate through World Renew’s Feed Your Fish app (http://worldrenew.net/feedyourfish), available for Android and iOS. We’ll be collecting the Peter Fish banks on November 5 as we observe World Hunger Sunday. Contact Amy Vander Vliet with any questions.

 

General Church Announcements

Guest Pastor: Rev. Sybenga will lead our worship and baptize Beckett Sygenga today.

On November 5, the adult Sunday school class studying spiritual growth and disciplines using the book The Good and Beautiful Life will resume.

Potluck: All are invited to the first Sunday potluck in the fellowship hall after church on November 5.  Bring a dish to share if you are able or just bring yourself.

Book Group is reading Eight FlavorsThe Untold Story of American Cuisine by Sarah Lohman for our next meeting, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, November 18 at Siyroush’s. All are welcome.

 

Announcement from a Church in our Classis

An Invitation to Join a Prayer and Ministry Festival On November 3 and 4, Midland Park Christian Reformed Church will be hosting a festival ‘Fanning the Flame’ which will be held at 183 Godin Ave, Midland Park, NJ 07432. On the evening of November 3, a Concert of Prayer will take place. On the Saturday, November 4, different small groups will be available. Rev. Jae Park will be the keynote speaker. For more information, contact grace.pool@dccrc.org.

 

Community Announcement

The Trinity Forum is delighted to invite you to our Evening Conversation with neuroscientist Bill Newsome and philosopher Tim O’Connor.  Join us on Wednesday, November 8th, 6:30-8:30pm, at the National Press Club (National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW) in Washington, DC for what promises to be a fascinating and provocative discussion on “Mind, Matter, and Our Maker: Neuroscience and Faith,” a conversation which will explore the implications of recent discoveries in neuroscience for knowing our own mind–and the mind of our Maker. Register at  www.ttf.org/events. Please contact Alyssa Abrahamaabraham@ttf.org if you have questions.
Upcoming Church Events

November 5 – First Sunday Potluck

November 8 – Deacon’s Meeting (7:30pm)

November 18 – Book Club (9:30am)

Upcoming Classis Event

November 3-4 – Prayer and Ministry Festival

Upcoming Community Event

November 8 – Trinity Forum (6:30-8:30pm)

 

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Weekly News October 22-28, 2017

Announcements

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 abvandervliet@gmail.com).

World Hunger Campaign 2017: The Peter Fish are back! Pick up a bank this week and use the devotional (available in print and online) to explore how you can make a difference in the fight against world hunger. You can also donate through World Renew’s Feed Your Fish app (http://worldrenew.net/feedyourfish), available for Android and iOS. Watch the church bulletin, website, and Facebook page for more information and activities in the coming weeks. We’ll be collecting the Peter Fish banks on November 1as we observe World Hunger Sunday. Contact Amy Vander Vliet with any questions.

 General Church Announcements

The 6:30 Bible Study will meet on Saturday, October 28th at the home of Ginger Primus in McLean, VA. Rick Dykema will lead our study of the book of Jeremiah, chapters 10-16, and Herschel’s book of the Prophets, Chapter 10 & 11. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.  All are welcome.  For more information, please contact Ginger at virginiaprimus@gmail.com.

Save the date!  Adult Sunday School on Oct. 29 will again feature Dr. David Marshall, expert on Islam and Christianity, speaking on the rise of ISIS and other radical Islamic movements as well as Christian responses to these movements.  This will be the last of 2 sessions which will take the place of the spiritual growth class.

Announcement from a Church in our Classis

An Invitation to Join a Prayer and Ministry Festival On November 3 and 4, Midland Park Christian Reformed Church will be hosting a festival ‘Fanning the Flame’ which will be held at 183 Godin Ave, Midland Park, NJ 07432. On the evening of November 3, a Concert of Prayer will take place. On the Saturday, November 4, different small groups will be available. Rev. Jae Park will be the keynote speaker. For more information, contact grace.pool@dccrc.org.

Upcoming Church Events

October 22 – Sunday school (Dr. David Marshall)

October 25 – Council Meeting (7:30pm)

October 28 – 6:30pm Bible Study

October 29 – Sunday school (Dr. David Marshall)

November 5 – First Sunday Potluck

November 8 – Deacon’s Meeting (7:30pm)

Upcoming Classis Event

November 3-4 – Prayer and Ministry Festival

 

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL:  OCT. 22 & 29

Understanding the Rise of ISIS

and Other Radical Islamic Movements

October 22

Christian Response

to the Rise of Radical Islamic Movements

October 29

Bill & Kathy Heetderks have invited their friend David Marshall from the UK to lead us in learning about radical Islamic movements and Christian responses to them.  Dr. Marshall is highly credentialed (see his bio) and we are privileged to have the opportunity to learn from him.  Let’s turn out in number to discuss this crucial topic together as the local Body of Christ.

David Marshall is a senior research fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University and the academic director of the Building Bridges Seminar.  A priest in the Church of England, Marshall has served as a parish priest and taught in a variety of settings, including the universities of Edinburgh, Oxford, Notre Dame and Duke.   From 2000 to 2005 he served as chaplain and adviser on interfaith relations to the archbishop of Canterbury, during this time developing the Building Bridges Muslim-Christian seminar. He is author of Learning from How Muslims See Christianity (2006) and God, Muhammad and the Unbelievers (1999).  Marshall holds a Ph.D. in Islamic studies from Birmingham University.

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Weekly News October 15 – 21, 2017

Announcements

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 abvandervliet@gmail.com).

World Hunger Campaign 2017: The Peter Fish are back! Pick up a bank this week and use the devotional (available in print and online) to explore how you can make a difference in the fight against world hunger. You can also donate through World Renew’s Feed Your Fish app (http://worldrenew.net/feedyourfish), available for Android and iOS. Watch the church bulletin, website, and Facebook page for more information and activities in the coming weeks. We’ll be collecting the Peter Fish banks on November 1as we observe World Hunger Sunday. Contact Amy Vander Vliet with any questions.

 Hurricane Harvey Relief: The deacons would like to thank the congregation for their generous giving on September 10, when we collected over $5,700 for World Renew. It will go to support World Renew Disaster Response Service’s hurricane-related humanitarian and recovery work in Texas following Hurricane Harvey and Puerto Rico/U.S. Virgin Islands following Hurricane Maria. You can read more about the massive devastation and World Renew’s response at https://worldrenew.net/harvey-irma.

This is a 3rd quarter update from the deacons on congregational giving. As of the beginning of October we have collected $214,219 for the general fund. We currently have a surplus of $20,194 ahead of the giving targets we set at last year’s budget meeting. The small deficit we had in July has been more than covered through congregational donations. Spending has been close to what was budgeted.

The congregation has also supported the following special causes:

World Renew $9397 ($2731 for refugees and $5750 for Hurricane relief, split between relief in Texas and in Puerto Rico/US Virgin Islands, $3041 undesignated)

Capital Area Food Bank $787

Food and Friends $495

Benevolence $5576

Center for Public Justice $588

DCCRC Building Fund $3423

International Justice mission $1319

Little Lights Ministries $1145

Resonance Global Missions $988

Missionaries $7715 (pledged $7000 for the year)

The deacons thank the congregation for their continued support of the missions of the DC Christian Reformed Church!

 

Recruiting New Elders & Deacons. At our October meeting, Council will be discussing nominations for new elders and deacons (we need two of each this year!)  Please prayerfully consider if there is someone you believe have the gifts and qualifications to serve the congregation as an elder or a deacon.  If you believe someone is qualified and should be nominated, please contact Council Chair Joyce Maring or Pastor Meg And please prayerfully consider whether you might be willing to serve!  Nominations must be submitted by October 22.

General Church Announcements

Newsletter Deadline: If you have something for the next edition of the church newsletter, please get it by Friday, October 20, to Patrick Jasperse at pgjasperse@gmail.com

 Book Group will meet at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, October 21 at Siyroush’s to discuss And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrick Backman.

Save the date!  Adult Sunday School of Oct. 22 and 29 will feature Dr. David Marshall, expert on Islam and Christianity, speaking on the rise of ISIS and other radical Islamic movements as well as Christian responses to these movements.  These two sessions will take the place of the spiritual growth class for those two weeks.  See next week’s bulletin for more details.

Announcement from a Church in our Classis

An Invitation to Join a Prayer and Ministry Festival On November 3 and 4, Midland Park Christian Reformed Church will be hosting a festival ‘Fanning the Flame’ which will be held at 183 Godin Ave, Midland Park, NJ 07432. On the evening of November 3, a Concert of Prayer will take place. On the Saturday, November 4, different small groups will be available. Rev. Jae Park will be the keynote speaker. For more information, contact grace.pool@dccrc.org.

Community Announcement

The Trinity Forum is delighted to invite you to our Evening Conversation with Jenny Dyer. Join us on Monday, October 16th (6:30-8:30pm) at the National Press Club (529 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20045) in Washington, DC for what promises to be a fascinating discussion on “Hope, Healing, & Peacemaking: The Role of the Faith Community in Advancing Global Health.” Register at

www.ttf.org/events. With any questions about this event or the Trinity Forum, please contact Alyssa Abraham at aabraham@ttf.org or (202) 944-9881.

Upcoming Church Events

October 16 – Deacon’s Meeting (7:30pm)

October 19 – Choir Rehearsal (7:30pm)

October 21 – Book Club

October 22 – Sunday school (Dr. David Marshall)

October 25 – Council Meeting (7:30pm)

October 29 – Sunday school (Dr. David Marshall)

 

Upcoming Classis Event

November 3-4 – Prayer and Ministry Festival

 

Upcoming Community Event

October 16 – Trinity Forum Event

 

 

 

 

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL:  OCT. 22 & 29

 

Understanding the Rise of ISIS

and Other Radical Islamic Movements

October 22

 

Christian Response

to the Rise of Radical Islamic Movements

October 29

 

Bill & Kathy Heetderks have invited their friend David Marshall from the UK to lead us in learning about radical Islamic movements and Christian responses to them.  Dr. Marshall is highly credentialed (see his bio) and we are privileged to have the opportunity to learn from him.  Let’s turn out in number to discuss this crucial topic together as the local Body of Christ.

 

David Marshall is a senior research fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University and the academic director of the Building Bridges Seminar.  A priest in the Church of England, Marshall has served as a parish priest and taught in a variety of settings, including the universities of Edinburgh, Oxford, Notre Dame and Duke.   From 2000 to 2005 he served as chaplain and adviser on interfaith relations to the archbishop of Canterbury, during this time developing the Building Bridges Muslim-Christian seminar. He is author of Learning from How Muslims See Christianity (2006) and God, Muhammad and the Unbelievers (1999).  Marshall holds a Ph.D. in Islamic studies from Birmingham University.

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

 

Weekly News October 8 – 14, 2017

Announcements

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 abvandervliet@gmail.com).

World Hunger Campaign 2017: The deacons are once again encouraging the congregation to participate in World Renew’s World Hunger Campaign. We’ll be distributing Peter Fish banks and devotionals beginning October 15 for collection November 5. Stay tuned for more information and additional opportunities to get involved! Contact Amy Vander Vliet (abvandervliet@gmail.com or 703-888-9509) with any questions.

 Hurricane Harvey Relief: The deacons would like to thank the congregation for their generous giving on September 10, when we collected over $5,700 for World Renew. It will go to support World Renew Disaster Response Service’s hurricane-related humanitarian and recovery work in Texas following Hurricane Harvey and Puerto Rico/U.S. Virgin Islands following Hurricane Maria. You can read more about the massive devastation and World Renew’s response at https://worldrenew.net/harvey-irma.

This is a 3rd quarter update from the deacons on congregational giving. As of the beginning of October we have collected $214,219 for the general fund. We currently have a surplus of $20,194 ahead of the giving targets we set at last year’s budget meeting. The small deficit we had in July has been more than covered through congregational donations. Spending has been close to what was budgeted. The congregation has also supported the following special causes:

World Renew $9397 ($2731 for refugees and $5750 for Hurricane relief, split between relief in Texas and in Puerto Rico/US Virgin Islands, $3041 undesignated)

Capital Area Food Bank $787

Food and Friends $495

Benevolence $5576

Center for Public Justice $588

DCCRC Building Fund $3423

International Justice mission $1319

Little Lights Ministries $1145

Resonance Global Missions $988

Missionaries $7715 (pledged $7000 for the year)

The deacons thank the congregation for their continued support of the missions of the DC Christian Reformed Church!

Recruiting New Elders & Deacons. At our October meeting, Council will be discussing nominations for new elders and deacons (we need two of each this year!)  Please prayerfully consider if there is someone you believe have the gifts and qualifications to serve the congregation as an elder or a deacon.  If you believe someone is qualified and should be nominated, please contact Council Chair Joyce Maring or Pastor Meg And please prayerfully consider whether you might be willing to serve!  Nominations must be submitted by October 22.

 General Church Announcements

 Book Group will meet at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, October 21 at Siyroush’s to discuss And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrick Backman.

Save the date!  Adult Sunday School of Oct. 22 and 29 will feature Dr. David Marshall, expert on Islam and Christianity, speaking on the rise of ISIS and other radical Islamic movements as well as Christian responses to these movements.  These two sessions will take the place of the spiritual growth class for those two weeks.  See next week’s bulletin for more details.

Announcement from a Church in our Classis

An Invitation to Join a Prayer and Ministry Festival On November 3 and 4, Midland Park Christian Reformed Church will be hosting a festival ‘Fanning the Flame’ which will be held at 183 Godin Ave, Midland Park, NJ 07432. On the evening of November 3, a Concert of Prayer will take place. On the Saturday, November 4, different small groups will be available. Rev. Jae Park will be the keynote speaker. For more information, contact grace.pool@dccrc.org.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL:  OCT. 22 & 29

Understanding the Rise of ISIS

and Other Radical Islamic Movements

October 22

Christian Response

to the Rise of Radical Islamic Movements

October 29

Bill & Kathy Heetderks have invited their friend David Marshall from the UK to lead us in learning about radical Islamic movements and Christian responses to them.  Dr. Marshall is highly credentialed (see his bio) and we are privileged to have the opportunity to learn from him.  Let’s turn out in number to discuss this crucial topic together as the local Body of Christ.

David Marshall is a senior research fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University and the academic director of the Building Bridges Seminar.  A priest in the Church of England, Marshall has served as a parish priest and taught in a variety of settings, including the universities of Edinburgh, Oxford, Notre Dame and Duke.   From 2000 to 2005 he served as chaplain and adviser on interfaith relations to the archbishop of Canterbury, during this time developing the Building Bridges Muslim-Christian seminar. He is author of Learning from How Muslims See Christianity (2006) and God, Muhammad and the Unbelievers (1999).  Marshall holds a Ph.D. in Islamic studies from Birmingham University.

Upcoming Church Events

October 8 – New Sunday School Class (10:00am)

October 19 – Choir Rehearsal (7:30pm)

October 21 – Book Club

October 22 – Sunday school (Dr. David Marshall)

October 25 – Council Meeting (7:30pm)

October 29 – Sunday school (Dr. David Marshall)

Upcoming Classis Event

November 3-4 – Prayer and Ministry Festival

 

If you have any questions about the content of this page, please contact the church office:202-248-3405 office@dccrc.org