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Weekly News February 18 – 24, 2018

Announcements

General Church Announcements

Lenten Series, Adult Sunday School:  On Feb. 25, Vi Diamond will lead us in discussion of The Relinquished Life (pg. 30) and The Divine Scandal (pg. 82) from Bread and Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter.  All adults are welcome, whether or not you can read the passage ahead of time.  If you would like to attend regularly and want a copy of the book, please let Joyce Campbell or Grace Pool know and we will order one for you.

Book Group is reading Where the Past Begins by Amy Tan for our breakfast meeting at Siyroush’s 9:30 a.m. February 24. All are welcome.

The 6:30 Bible study will meet on Saturday, March 3, at the home of Bill and Kathy Heetderks in Silver Spring.  Ben Wood will lead our study of The Remarkable Ordinary:  How to Stop, Look, and Listen to Life by Frederick Buechner.  Kindle and hardcopy versions of the book are available from Amazon.  All are welcome.  If you would like transportation from a metro station and/or information about the Bible study group, please contact Kathy at Kathy.Heetderks@gmail.com.

Pub Theology: Because of great turnout, Pub Theology is moving to a new venue: Hellbender Brewing Company (5788 2nd St NE, Washington, DC 20011).  Our next session will occur on Wednesday, March 7 at 7:30 and the topic is “What is an evangelical? Is this a label worth fighting for?”  Hellbenders doesn’t sell food, but we’ll provide light snacks and soft drinks.  Regulars and newcomers welcome, and feel free to bring a friend.

 

Community Announcements

Symposium: Join the Trinity Forum for a Symposium on March 1st on “The Future of Christian Higher Education.” The event will be held at the National Press Club on Thursday, March 1 from 6:30-8:30 pm. Panelists include Shirley Hoogstra, president of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities; Michael Lindsay, award-winning author and president of Gordon College; and Pete Wehner of the Ethics and Public Policy Center. You can register for the event at www.ttf.org/events

Concert: Come and Hear David Jellema as he and his jazz combo once again join the Capitol Hill Chorale for a rousing program of standards from the American Songbook, including In A Mist by Bix Beiderbecke (whose birthday is March 10th), Dream a Little Dream of MeStardustBeginning to See the LightEmbraceable You, and Night and Day. Come sing along! Concerts are at the Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church (201 4th St SE, Washington, DC 20003), at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 10, and 4 p.m. Sunday, March 11. Tickets are $25 for general seating and $15 for those 30 and younger. Children 12 and younger are free. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.capitolhillchorale.org or at the door.

 

Denominational Announcement

The Office of Social Justice of the CRC is looking for volunteers who are willing to provide lodging for people who will be attending this year’s Ecumenical Advocacy Days event (attended by 700+ people from around the country interested in education and advocacy to promote justice in our country and around the world).  If you can provide lodging for the nights of April 20 – 23, please contact Gary Mulder.

 

Upcoming Church Events

February 20 – Council Meeting (7:30pm)

February 24 – Book Club

February 25 – 75th Anniversary Meeting (after the service)

March 1 – Choir Rehearsal (7:30pm)

March 3 – 6:30pm Bible Study

March 4 – First Sunday Potluck

March 7 – Pub Theology (7:30pm)

March 15 – Choir Rehearsal (7:30pm)

March 20 – Elder’s Meeting (7:30pm)

 

Upcoming Community Events

March 1 – Symposium on Christian Higher Education

March 10 – Capitol Hill Chorale Concert

 

Upcoming Denominational Event

March 6 – Classis Meeting (Philadelphia, PA)

April 20-23- Ecumenical Advocacy (housing request)

During the Week

 

(this is a new feature in the bulletin for Epiphany-tide & Lent to help us study and prepare for Sunday sermons and worship.)

 

In case you haven’t eaten your fill of “Markan Sandwiches” yet, here are a few more for you to explore this week:

 

Mark 3:1-6

Mark 5:21-43

Mark 6:6-31

Mark 11:12-25

Mark 14:1-11

Mark 15:40-16:1

 

You might ask yourself to: 1) Identify the inserted story and 2) Reflect on how it illuminates the meaning or purpose of the interrupted story. Before next Sunday, read Mark 9:14-29

 

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

 

Weekly News February 11-17, 2018

Council Announcements

The council would like to celebrate and recognize the outgoing members of council for their faithful service: Nathan Bos, Joel De Jager, Mary Monsma, and Carol Van Ess-Dykema. Congregation, please take the opportunity to thank God for their gifts of service – and thank them as well!

The council would like to celebrate and recognize Grace Pool for taking on new financial bookkeeping responsibilities, including learning several new online systems. Congregation, please take the opportunity to thank God for her gifts of service – and thank her as well!
The council would like to celebrate and recognize everyone who contributed to the sanctuary’s Narnia décor, particularly Francis Smart for providing the painting of Aslan and Katie Apol for creating the nativity wreath. Congregation, please take the opportunity to thank God for their gifts of service – and thank them as well!

 

General Church Announcements

Ash Wednesday (February 14): join us at 7:30pm for a contemplative service and the imposition of ashes.  There will be a simple soup supper beforehand.  Please let Meg or Katie know if you can bring a pot of soup or a loaf of bread.

Newsletter Deadline: If you have something for the next edition of the church newsletter, please submit it  no later than Friday, February 16.

Lenten Series, Adult Sunday School:  On Feb. 18, Marjorie Gray will lead us in discussion of “The Signature of Jesus” by Brennan Manning and “At God’s Expense” by Clarence Jordan from Bread and Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter.  All adults are welcome, whether or not you can read the passage ahead of time.  If you would like to attend regularly and want a copy of the book, please let Joyce Campbell or Grace Pool know and we will order one for you.

Book Group is reading Where the Past Begins by Amy Tan for our breakfast meeting at Siyroush’s 9:30 a.m. February 24. All are welcome.

The 6:30 Bible study will meet on Saturday, March 3, at the home of Bill and Kathy Heetderks in Silver Spring.  Ben Wood will lead our study of The Remarkable Ordinary:  How to Stop, Look, and Listen to Life by Frederick Buechner.  Kindle and hardcopy versions of the book are available from Amazon.  All are welcome.  If you would like transportation from a metro station and/or information about the Bible study group, please contact Kathy at Kathy.Heetderks@gmail.com.

Thanks: One of the Washington DC CRC’s traditions is its unfailing concern for people.  During my recent hip surgery and subsequent fall, I experienced that concern through messages, phone calls, flowers, and prayers. Effective doctors, medicine, and therapy are essential.  But to be remembered and cared for speeds healing.  It is priceless medicine that buoys the spirit and nourishes the soul.  For your expressions of love, I extend my deepest thanks. Your sister in Christ, Patricia Duthler.

Upcoming Church Event

February 13 – Elder’s Meeting (7:30pm)

February 14 – Ash Wednesday (7:30pm)

February 14 – Choir Rehearsal (following Ash Wednesday

worship)

February 24 – Book Club

February 25 – 75th Anniversary Meeting (after the service)

March 3 – 6:30 pm Bible Study

 

During the Week

(this is a new feature in the bulletin for Epiphany-tide & Lent to help us study and prepare for Sunday sermons and worship.)

 Monday:  set a timer (5 minutes is a great start, don’t go beyond 20) to sit quietly in the presence of God.  Don’t be quick to speak like Peter.  Just rest and listen, sitting quietly as you might with a good friend or loved one.

Tuesday: Read Mark 8:22-26 Why do you think Jesus heals in two stages?

Wednesday:  Read Mark 4:35-41 in preparation for this evening’s Ash Wednesday service. Note the interaction of divine love and human frailty.

Thursday:  Read Mark 8:27-30 Why doesn’t Jesus want the disciples to tell everyone that he is the Christ?

Friday:  Read Mark 8:31-38 Peter reacts strongly to Jesus here — what thoughts or feelings might he have been experiencing.  Jesus also reacts strongly to Peter — what reasons might he have?

Saturday:  In preparation for Sunday, re-read Mark 8:22-38.  In the context of the latter two stories, was Mark making a larger point with his two-stage healing narrative?

 

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

 

 

Weekly News February 4-10, 2018

Announcements

General Church Announcements

 

Read what some critics are calling the best Christian Reformed church newsletter in all of the District of Columbia! Pick up a copy of the February church newsletter on your way out of church today.

Parking Fun Fact: Did you know that parking on New Hampshire Ave. from Oneida Street to Quackenbos Street is legal on Sundays?  Citizens Aware and LRCA are working to get signage posted but, in the meantime, if you’re running late to church, all the good parking is already taken, and you’d like to save yourself a hike up the hill, you will not be ticketed for parking along New Hampshire Ave.

Fellowship Directory: There are a couple of copies of the directory in the narthex. Please check to ensure your contact information is correct, or if your information isn’t in there, please add it!

There is NO first Sunday potluck today. Please plan to join us for the Super Bowl party today, and we will resume again in March.

Building & Grounds Volunteer Workday: Please join the Building & Grounds team on Saturday, February 10, for a workday to kickstart our 2018 projects! We’ll start about 9am with coffee and treats to keep you energized through the morning and then we’ll get you back to your regularly scheduled Saturday activities by noon. Some of the projects on this month’s workday agenda include: spring cleaning for the worship closet and deacons room, installing motorized blinds in the sanctuary cupola, replacing projectors, and reassembling the stage. We don’t require you to have any special skills to participate in a workday – we’ll find projects for everyone that shows up to help! If you can’t join us this month, please keep an eye out for our next Volunteer Workday opportunity. Any questions, feel free to contact the Building & Grounds Team (Piet deDreu, Hal Maring, Cara Welch, or Katie Roelofs) or you can email us at buildingandgrounds@dccrc.org.

Book Group is reading Where the Past Begins by Amy Tan for our breakfast meeting at Siyroush’s 9:30 a.m. February 24. All are welcome.

Adult Sunday School for Lent: Join us during Lent, when we will reflect together on readings from Bread and Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter by well-known authors ancient & contemporary, including Blaise Pascal, Brennan Manning, C. S. Lewis, Christina Rossetti, Clarence Jordan, Dag Hammarskjöld, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Dorothy Day, Dorothy Sayers, Dylan Thomas, Emil Brunner, Ernesto Cardenal, Fleming Rutledge, Frederica Mathewes-Green, Frederick Buechner, Fyodor Dostoevsky, G. K. Chesterton, George MacDonald, Henri Nouwen, Madeleine L’Engle, Malcolm Muggeridge, Martin Luther, Meister Eckhart, Mother Teresa, N. T. Wright, Philip Yancey and Wendell Berry.  Each session will be led by a different brother or sister of our church family.  Please join us for this opportunity to deepen your relationship with Christ during the time of the year when we remember his Passion.  If you want the church to order the book for you, just let Grace Pool or Joyce Campbell know.

Upcoming Church Event

February 7 – Deacon’s Meeting (7:30pm)

February 10 – Church Work Day (9am-noon)

February 13 – Elder’s Meeting (7:30pm)

February 14 – Ash Wednesday (7:30pm)

February 15 – Choir Rehearsal (7:30pm)

February 24 – Book Club

February 25 – 75th Anniversary Meeting (after the service)

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

 

Weekly News January 28- February 4, 2018

Announcements

Planning for Pastor Meg’s 9-week sabbatical next summer has begun. The elders are in the process of determining interim coverage while she is away and will keep the congregation informed when a decision has been made.

 

 General Church Announcements

Parking Fun Fact: Did you know that parking on New Hampshire Ave. from Oneida Street to Quackenbos Street is legal on Sundays?  Citizens Aware and LRCA are working to get signage posted but, in the meantime, if you’re running late to church, all the good parking is already taken, and you’d like to save yourself a hike up the hill, you will not be ticketed for parking along New Hampshire Ave.

Fellowship Directory: There are a couple of copies of the directory in the narthex. Please check to ensure your contact information is correct.

Adult Sunday School:  We will resume The Good and Beautiful Life study for 2 more weeks. Jan. 28 – Learning to Live Without Judging Others (soul training: a day without gossip)

Feb. 4 – Living in the Kingdom Day by Day (soul training:  living one day devotionally)

Come not only for the wisdom you can receive, but for the wisdom you can share with others!

On Feb. 11, we’ll start a new series -stay tuned.

The 6:30 Bible study is continuing its study of the book Telling the Truth:  The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy, and Fairy Tale by Frederick Buechner.  On Saturday, February 3, Joyce Campbell will lead our discussion of Parts III and IV.  The book is available from Amazon in hardcover.  The group will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Bill and Kathy Heetderks in Silver Spring.  If you would like to learn about the study group and if you need transportation from a metro station, please contact Kathy at Kathy.Heetderks@gmail.com.  All are invited.

Time to RSVP for the Super Bowl Party!  We hope you’ll join us next Sunday eve, Feb 4.  (See info below). Please either let Sara Bos know in person or respond to the email invitation by Friday evening, Feb 2.

We’ll be celebrating the Super Bowl in the Community Room of Mike and Lisa Telliga’s Capital Yards building.  Their address is:

 

There is street parking (meters are free on Sundays) and it is Metro accessible (2 blocks North of the Navy Yard Metro stop. If taking Metro, exit toward the Department of Transportation).  Carpooling would be an excellent idea, since we are not likely to be the only ones in the building with a party that night!  We’ll have main dish food, but you are invited to bring a snack or dessert to share, if you are able.  6pm until whenever the game is over.  

 There is NO first Sunday potluck next week. Please plan to join us for the Super Bowl party as our gathering in

February, and we will resume again in March.

Book Group is reading Where the Past Begins by Amy Tan for our breakfast meeting at Siyroush’s 9:30 a.m. February 24. All are welcome.

Adult Sunday School for Lent: Join us during Lent, when we will reflect together on readings from Bread and Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter by well-known authors ancient & contemporary, including Blaise Pascal, Brennan Manning, C. S. Lewis, Christina Rossetti, Clarence Jordan, Dag Hammarskjöld, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Dorothy Day, Dorothy Sayers, Dylan Thomas, Emil Brunner, Ernesto Cardenal, Fleming Rutledge, Frederica Mathewes-Green, Frederick Buechner, Fyodor Dostoevsky, G. K. Chesterton, George MacDonald, Henri Nouwen, Madeleine L’Engle, Malcolm Muggeridge, Martin Luther, Meister Eckhart, Mother Teresa, N. T. Wright, Philip Yancey and Wendell Berry.  Each session will be led by a different brother or sister of our church family.  Please join us for this opportunity to deepen your relationship with Christ during the time of the year when we remember his Passion.  If you want the church to order the book for you, just let Grace Pool or Joyce Campbell know.

 

Upcoming Church Event

February 2 – Choir Rehearsal (7:30pm)

February 3 – 6:30pm Bible Study

February 4 – Super Bowl Party (6:00pm)

February 13 – Elder’s Meeting (7:30pm)

February 14 – Ash Wednesday (7:30pm)

February 24 – Book Club

February 25 – 75th Anniversary Meeting (after the 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 January 21-27, 2018

Announcements

Planning for Pastor Meg’s 9-week sabbatical next summer has begun. The elders are in the process of determining interim coverage while she is away and will keep the congregation informed when a decision has been made.

 General Church Announcements

The 75th Anniversary Team is meeting after church today. Contact Amy Vander Vliet if you would like to join the team or if you have questions abvandervliet@gmail.com

Newsletter Deadline: If you have something for the next edition of the church newsletter, please get it no later than Friday, January 26.

Adult Sunday School:  We will resume The Good and Beautiful Life study for 2 more weeks. Jan. 28 – Learning to Live Without Judging Others (soul training: a day without gossip)

Feb. 4 – Living in the Kingdom Day by Day (soul training:  living one day devotionally)

Come not only for the wisdom you can receive, but for the wisdom you can share with others!

On Feb. 11, we’ll start a new series -stay tuned.

Super Bowl Party! We hope you’ll join us on Sunday eve, Feb 4 for our annual Super Bowl Party.  This year, we’ll be celebrating in the Community Room of Mike and Lisa Telliga’s building. There is street parking (meters are free on Sundays) and it is Metro accessible (2 blocks North of the Navy Yard Metro stop. If taking Metro, exit toward the Department of Transportation).  Carpooling would be an excellent idea, since we are not likely to be the only ones in the building with a party that night!  We’ll have main dish food, but you are invited to bring a snack or dessert to share, if you are able.  6p until whenever the game is over.  

 

Upcoming Church Event

January 23 – Council Meeting (7:30pm)

February 2 – Choir Rehearsal (7:30pm)

February 4 – Super Bowl Party (6:00pm)

February 7 – Pub Theology (7:30pm)

February 13 – Elder’s Meeting (7:30pm)

February 14 – Ash Wednesday (7:30pm)

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

Weekly News January 14 – 20, 2018

Announcements

Planning for Pastor Meg’s 9-week sabbatical next summer has begun. The elders are in the process of determining interim coverage while she is away and will keep the congregation informed when a decision has been made.

 

General Church Announcements

 Small Group Suppers: If you would like to be invited to someone’s home for supper in the next month, we hope you’ll sign up for our Small Group Suppers!  You don’t have to bring anything, and you are not offering to host.  Simply circle your name when you sign in on the Welcome Pad this morning.  You may also sign up by emailing Sara Bos (sarabos@yahoo.com).  Deadline for sign up is Friday, January 19.

 Book Group is reading In the Midst of Winter by Isabelle Allende for our next breakfast meeting, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, January 20 at Siyroush’s. All are welcome.

Adult Sunday School:  We will resume The Good and Beautiful Life study for 3 more weeks.

Jan. 21 – Learning to Live Without Worry (soul training:  prayer) Jan. 28 – Learning to Live Without Judging Others (soul training: a day without gossip)

Feb. 4 – Living in the Kingdom Day by Day (soul training:  living one day devotionally)

Come not only for the wisdom you can receive, but for the wisdom you can share with others!

On Feb. 11, we’ll start a new series -stay tuned.

Super Bowl Party on Feb 4, 6:00 pm: We hope you’ll join us for our annual tradition of fun around the Super Bowl!   We’re finalizing the location after this goes to print, but there are definitely things you can plan on now:   Big screen TVs for the football fans, commercials and games for non-fans, and plenty of food for all!  Stay tuned for more details.

 

Upcoming Church Event

January 18 – Choir Rehearsal (7:30pm)

January 20 – Book Club (9:30am)

January 23 – Council Meeting (7:30pm)

February 2 – Choir Rehearsal (7:30pm)

February 4 – Super Bowl Party (6:00pm)

February 7 – Pub Theology (7:30pm)

February 13 – Elder’s Meeting (7:30pm)

February 14 – Ash Wednesday (7:30pm)

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

 

Weekly News January 7 – 13, 2017

Announcements

Planning for Pastor Meg’s 9-week sabbatical next summer has begun. The elders are in the process of determining interim coverage while she is away and will keep the congregation informed when a decision has been made.

 General Church Announcements

 Nursery Volunteers: We need additional nursery volunteers! If you are willing to do this, please contact grace.pool@dccrc.org and she will guide you through the background check you need to do, unless you have already done so in the DCCRC church.

Parking: On Sundays, please don’t block the handicap ramp when you park.

The 6:30 Bible study is beginning a study of two books by Frederick Buechner:  Telling the Truth:  The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy, and Fairy Tale and The Remarkable Ordinary:  How to Stop, Look, and Listen to Life.  On Saturday, January 13, Kathy Heetderks will lead a discussion of Telling the Truth, Parts I and II. The book is available from Amazon in hardcover. The group will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Rod and Evonne Ludema in Rockville.  If you would like to learn about the study group, please contact Kathy at Kathy.Heetderks@gmail.com.  If you would like transportation from a metro station, please contact Evonne at ludemar@aol.com.  All are invited to this kick-off meeting of our study of these books by Buechner, a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist.

Adult Sunday school:  On 14, (student at the Univ. of Virginia) will be leading us in a discussion of Christian response to the white supremacy movement.

Book Group is reading In the Midst of Winter by Isabelle Allende for our next breakfast meeting, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, January 20 at Siyroush’s. All are welcome.

Upcoming Church Event

January 9 – Elder’s Meeting (7:30pm)

January 13 – 6:30pm Bible Study

January 18 – Choir Rehearsal (7:30pm)

January 20 – Book Club (9:30am)

January 23 – Council Meeting (7:30pm)

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

 

Weekly News December 31,2017 – January 6, 2018

Announcements

Council Announcements

 Planning for Pastor Meg’s 9-week sabbatical next summer has begun. The elders are in the process of determining interim coverage while she is away and will keep the congregation informed when a decision has been made.

 

 General Church Announcements

 Nursery Volunteers: We need additional nursery volunteers! If you are willing to do this, please contact grace.pool@dccrc.org and she will guide you through the background check you need to do, unless you have already done so in the DCCRC church.

Join us for pub theology at 7:30 on January 3 at the Republic in Takoma Park.  We will discuss the ways that women are objectified in our culture, the #metoo moment, and how our sexuality can be redeemed through the grace and truth of Christ.

Potluck: All are welcome for the first Sunday potluck after services on January 7.  Bring a dish to share if you are able.

Parking: On Sundays, please don’t block the handicap ramp when you park.

Adult Sunday school: 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.

Book Group is reading In the Midst of Winter by Isabelle Allende for our next breakfast meeting, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, January 20 at Siyroush’s. All are welcome.

 

Upcoming Church Event

January 3 – Pub Theology

January 4 – Choir Rehearsal (7:30pm)

January 7 – Installation of Office Bearers

January 7 – Sunday Potluck

January 18 – Choir Rehearsal (7:30pm)

January 20 – Book Club (9:30am)

January 23 – Council Meeting (7:30pm)

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

 

Weekly News December 24-December 30, 2017

Announcements

 Planning for Pastor Meg’s 9-week sabbatical next summer has begun. The elders are in the process of determining interim coverage while she is away and will keep the congregation informed when a decision has been made.

 

General Church Announcements

 Parking: On Sundays, please don’t block the handicap ramp when you park.

Advent in Narnia!  Our sanctuary configuration has changed for the season.  Our seating arrangement in the round is not conducive to use of our screens so for the season please find a hymnal or take a song sheet along with your bulletin!

 Adult Sunday school: No Sunday school on Dec. 31. 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.

Book Group is reading In the Midst of Winter by Isabelle Allende for our next breakfast meeting, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, January 20 at Siyroush’s. All are welcome.

 

Upcoming Church Event

December 31 – No Sunday school

January 3 – Pub Theology

January 4 – Choir Rehearsal (7:30pm)

January 7 – Installation of Office Bearers

January 18 – Choir Rehearsal (7:30pm)

January 20 – Book Club (9:30am)

January 30 – Council Meeting (7:30pm)

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

Weekly News December 17 – 23, 2017

Announcements

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.”

Congregational Meeting: On December 10 we affirmed all five of Council’s proposed nominees for Council 2018 and approved the budget which council proposed. Vi Diamond and Gary Mulder will join council as elders and Todd Helmus and Chelsea Thomas will join as deacons; elders Joel De Jager and Mary Monsma and deacons Nathan Bos and Carol Van Ess-Dykema are completing their terms this month. We will formally install incoming council members at a January service. At the meeting we also recognized Stephen Mellis, who will be taking over church bookkeeper responsibilities from Jon Vander Vliet. Please join me in thanking everyone for their service: Joel, Mary, Nathan, Carol, and Jon for the job well done; Vi, Gary, Todd, Chelsea, and Stephen for their service anticipated; and David Campbell for his readiness to answer the call to service. I would encourage each you to thank them face-to-face in the coming weeks.

 Planning for Pastor Meg’s 9-week sabbatical next summer has begun. The elders are in the process of determining interim coverage while she is away and will keep the congregation informed when a decision has been made.

 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

 Advent in Narnia!  Our sanctuary configuration has changed for the season.  Our seating arrangement in the round is not conducive to use of our screens so for the season please find a hymnal or take a song sheet along with your bulletin!

 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!!

Adult Sunday school: No Sunday school on Dec. 24 and 31. On Jan. 7 and possibly 14, (student at the Univ. of Virginia) will be leading us in a discussion of Christian response to the white supremacy movement.

Book Group is reading In the Midst of Winter by Isabelle Allende for our next breakfast meeting, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, January 20 at Siyroush’s. All are welcome.

Newsletter Deadline: If you have something for the next edition of the church newsletter, please get it to Patrick Jasperse at pgjasperse@gmail.com no later than Friday, December 22.

 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 19 – Council Meeting (7:30pm)

December 21 – Longest Night Service

December 24 – No Sunday school

December 31 – No Sunday school

January 7 – Installation of Office Bearers

January 20 – Book Club (9:30am)

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