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Weekly update week of 11.26.18

Thursday November 29

  • 7:30am Morning Prayer.

  • 7pm Rehearsal Choir 10:30 am service (Auditorium)

Saturday December 1

  • 10:30am The Rev. Joan Shelton Memorial Service

Sunday December 2

  • 8am Holy Eucharist Rite I, the Rev. Linda Kaufman preaches and presides.

  • 9:15-10:15am Forum. “Women and children refugees in Bangladesh”, by the Rev. Betsy Hague.

  • 10:10am Sharing the Gospel with Loaves and Fishes.

  • 10:30am Holy Eucharist Rite II, the Rev. Linda Kaufman preaches and presides.

  • 5:30pm Misa Alegría (Spanish language liturgy). The Rev. Sam Dessórdi Leite presides and preaches.


Rev. Joan Shelton Memorial Service

The Rev. Joan Shelton died Thursday, November 15 2018. A Memorial Service will held Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 10:30am at St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church. In lieu of flowers, Rev. Joan wanted donations to assist the people of Haiti, especially in the areas of providing nutrition and education. Below are three organizations that were close to her heart, should you wish to donate:

  • St. Vincent's Center for Children with Disabilities in Haiti is an organization serving approximately 200 Children with disabilities each year. Joan´s friend, The Rev. Frantz "Fanfan" Cole, helps manage its daily activities, and he is the spiritual director there. To donate, follow this link:

  • The Episcopal-run Bishop Tharp Technology Institute focuses on providing college-level education in the fields of Computing, Business, and Accounting, thus fostering economic development and helping build Haiti's future. Joan´s friend, Rev. Dr. Kesner Ajax, is the Dean. To donate, follow this link:

  • The National Association of Episcopal Schools runs a variety of programs including school food programs. To donate, follow this link:

Stewardship Campaign 2019

Please consider pledging to support our church home next year. If you are renewing your pledge, please consider increasing the amount by 10% to help meet our operational costs or 15% or more to help us meet other parish goals and save for much-needed capital repairs. To let us know how much you plan to pledge, you can:

● Fill out this google form:

● Email Nicole Martinez at ˂˃

● Fill out the pledge card at church and leave it in the offering plate

Highlights from Vestry Meeting on 11.18.18

  • The vestry received an update on the stewardship campaign, reviewed October and Year to Date financials and went over the proposed budget for 2019.

  • The vestry discussed DC city government’s request to use SSI space as a hypothermia shelter this year. Preliminary negotiations are still underway.

  • The vestry continued to discuss options for Loaves and Fishes.

Parish financial update

Parishioner Gifts Received by the end of October: $267,000

Expected Amount of Gifts by the end of October: $260,000

Total 2018 budget: $312,000

Pledge giving rebounded in October, this plus continued strong plate giving has us slightly ahead of budget for the year. Thank you for your continued and generous support of the church! Please be sure to maintain your pledge payments as the end of the year approaches. As a gentle reminder, if you have not already done so, please submit your 2019 Pledge. Pledging allows us to be more certain when budgeting for the year.

Advent and Christmas/Epiphany Liturgy Planning Teams

At the September Liturgy Retreat we began the process of forming liturgy planning teams for the upcoming liturgical seasons. Our vision is to have members from each of our worshiping communities on each team. Please contact Father Sam at ˂˃ or Mary Alcuin Kelly at ˂˃ if you would like to work on the Advent planning team or the Christmas/Epiphany planning team. Once teams are formed we will set up our meeting times for planning. Act soon!

Sunday Forums During Advent

We will prepare for the birth of Jesus Christ with the theme, Midwives of our Christian faith and spirituality. Midwives are critical to the birthing process and help bring new life into the world. Women in our faith tradition are frequently ignored and erased from the texts and yet women have been central in salvation history. We focus this Advent on women from the Old and New Testaments and 14th century mystic, Julian of Norwich who have kept our faith tradition alive and birthed it into the future.

  • December 2 (Advent 1): The Female Lineage of Jesus - Women of Disrepute. The Rev. Betsy Hague will report on her recent mission work to the women and children of Myanmar who have become refugees in Bangladesh.

  • December 9 (Advent 2): “Elizabeth, Mother of John the Baptist”, by the Rev. Sam Dessórdi Leite.

  • December 16 (Advent 3): “Mary, the Mother of Jesus”. Mary Alcuin Kelly will lead a discussion about the 16th century Litany of Loreto, which praises Mary´s any role and titles.

  • December 23 (Advent 4): “The wisdom of Julian of Norwich for today”. The Rev. Martin Smith will discuss how the insights of this first woman theologian to write in the English language, the beloved fourteenth century mystic and spiritual guide, Julian of Norwich, have the power to challenge and nurture 21st century seekers.

124th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Washington

The 124th Convention will be held on January 27, 2019 at Washington National Cathedral. Registration information for delegates, alternates and clergy will be available December 1. Under the rules of order of the Convention, lay and clergy members must submit proposed resolutions via email to ˂˃ by 5pm on Tuesday, November 27 in order to be considered. Please contact the Canon to the Ordinary, Paul Cooney, at ˂˃ with any questions.

Diocesan Latino Ministry Advent Party

The Latino Ministry of the Diocese is celebrating an Advent Party on Friday, November 30, 2018 at 7pm. As it is tradition, latino congregations gather to share prayer and celebration around the Christmas and New Year time. The event will take place in St. Mary Magdalene, 3820 Aspen Hill Rd., Silver Spring, MD 20906. Members of Misa Alegría will participate and share some bring some food to share with other churches of the Diocese.

Registration open for upcoming sessions of Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency

Registration is now open for sessions of the Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency, an innovative eight-day intensive course designed for diocesan staff, clergy, lay leaders, and seminarians to learn cultural competency for Latino ministry. The course will happen on January 20-27, 2019 at Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS), at Alexandria, VA. The popular sessions are offered by the Episcopal Church Office of Latino/Hispanic Ministries. The course will be taught by seminary faculty, lay church leaders, and clergy with extensive experience in Latino and intercultural ministry.

The registration deadline is December 21, 2018 and you can register at Registration includes tuition, hotel accommodations, meals, transportation to and from airports, and transportation during the course. Registration does not include textbooks. You can find more information at

Invitation to a meeting with DC Attorney General

The Washington Interfaith Network (WIN) is asking our English and Spanish congregations to show up in force for a meeting with D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine at 2:30pm on Sunday, December 2. This meeting will be at St. Matthew's Cathedral at 1725 Rhode Island Ave NW. (Enter the meeting space via the alley next to the church). The goal of the meeting is to win the Attorney General's commitment to protect the rights and wellbeing of District immigrants under threat of Trump administration policies. We will have testimonies from our immigrant brother and sisters as well as asks for the attorney general. We need at least 25 members from both our English and Spanish-speaking congregations to attend, joining members from other Columbia Heights churches. For more information, email Isaiah J. Poole at ˂˃ or Arleen Vargas at ˂˃

Movie show about racism

Join the Socialist Party DC Local on Friday November 30, 6pm for a showing of Boots Riley's critically acclaimed “Sorry to Bother You” and discuss how the film portrays racism and capitalism over pizza. Admission fee is $5.

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