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Vivanco Family Visit

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Today I had the great joy of picking up the Vivanco Family from the airport for their visit with us. That joy was doubled by the generosity of others who have gifted their home for lodging and a van for moving them around during their stay. There is also continual thanksgiving for the support of children through Education Equals Hope.

On Sunday morning, July 22, we will have the opportunity to hear from both Cameron and Roberto during our worship and in a forum following the service. We hope that you will join us for this time to learn more about how you can be involved in their ministry. 



March for Our Lives- Follow-up

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These two photos tell so much of the story of the last weekend's March for Our Lives.
This first one is a picture of the interfaith vigil service held at our Cathedral the Friday evening before the March. Our cathedral was filled and almost overflowing with people of all ages and from all parts of our country and local communities. There were tears and prayers, songs of mourning and of hope. It was a powerful evening leading into an even more powerful morning.
The other is from the Church of the Epiphany in DC Saturday morning - the gathering place for many Episcopalians from around the country, mostly young people who came on buses from all over the US. Again we prayed and sang and were sent out. Our attempt at gathering all in the front of the church to take a group picture didn't quite work, as the crowd was so large.
The most amazing part of the experience for me was walking through a very crowded Pennsylvania Ave with Jeff. Reading signs, some extremely creative, and noticing the amazing diversity of who had gathered. It was a very respectful crowd, yet full of energy and passion. Every color, age, size, and faith tradition seemed to be present. Some marching to get as close as they could and others just finding a good place to watch from the screens along the route. 
If you are seeking ways to discuss this further with young people or just want to learn for yourself what might be next; the Diocese of Washington along with the Youth Ministry Office of The Episcopal Church have prepared some materials. Those can be accessed here - The Bus Ride Home.
L Sue von Rautenkranz
Children and Youth Formation Coordinator



Children's Formation

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Children's Formation

On Sunday January 21  we will learn the story of covenant that God makes with Abraham and hear about the visit from three messengers bringing the news that made Sarah laugh. This is a wonderful story of making all things possible with God. When was the last time God made you laugh?
Youth Formation
4th Monday - January 22
6:30 p.m. Simple Supper
7:00-8:00 p.m. Program

We missed our first gathering of the new year because of ice roads. Hopefully we will have fair weather on January 22. Our focus turns from the relationships we have with each other - family and friends - to our relationship with God. 

December P.R.A.Y. Event

MLK Day of Service
Monday, January 15
9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Washington Hebrew Congregation

Please contact Sue if you are still planning to attend. The sign-up deadline is past. Youth should be dropped off and pick up at the main door of the temple.

February P.R.A.Y. Event
The Museum of the Bible
Sunday, February 10
Time TBD 
L Sue von Rautenkranz
Children and Youth Formation Coordinator



Advent Offerings for all ages

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Here are some ways to engage and participate in the season:
Advent in a Bag is offered for families of all ages and sizes. Similar to our Lent to Go boxes last spring this give us another way to bring the season home. There will be a calendar to follow the season, prayers and scripture with a simple Advent wreath, and other activities to help us focus on the season. Pick one up in Founders' Hall beginning on December 3.

Coloring the Season will give all an opportunity to create some wonderful images that will decorate our parish hall and teach us about the weekly journey through the season. All ages are welcome to help create these wonderful posters. These will be available in the Parish Hall each Sunday. Stop by and color for a few minutes.
Living Well through Advent: Practicing Wonder With All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind
The seasons of Advent and Christmas are filled with the presence of wonder, if only we remember to pause and open ourselves to receiving this gift. This resource will assist us to take time to discover how the gifts of wonder might be born in us  again this year. Pick up your booklet in Founders' Hall beginning December 3.
Advent Giving Tree
Beginning on Sunday, December 3 and continuing throughout Advent, we will have the opportunity to support the work of Episcopal Relief & Development. This amazing outreach arm of our church provides aid and development around the world working with existing organizations on the ground. This year the focus will be on monetary donations because we have the chance to double our gifts. ERD has received their most generous matching gift in the history of their work - up to $760,000 will be matched. Just think of the possibilities!
Join this endeavor by taking an envelope from the Giving Tree in the Parish Hall, adding your check to the envelope, and placing it in the offering plate or handing it to Jeff or Sue. 
A couple of online ways to engage the season!
AdventWord - the Anglican Communion's Global Advent Calendar - begins on Sunday, 3 December, 2017, with images and meditations available via email, FaceBook, InstaGram and Twitter . During the 23 days of Advent, a daily email featuring the #AdventWord of the day will go out at 5 a.m. each day, and respondents are encouraged to share their responses to the meditations and images to the aggregated prayer walls within the advent calendar. To sign up click here.
Busted Halo, resources from the Roman Catholic Paulist Fathers, offers a simple on line calendar - click here each day to access the daily offering. Each day the link on the calendar will lead you to a daily jolt and a micro challenge.
L Sue von Rautenkranz
Children and Youth Formation Coordinator



Family Christmas Singalong

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Thanksgiving Dinner Baskets- 2017

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Thanksgiving Baskets
It's that time of year again! Helping the families served by N.C.C.F. to have a fabulous Thanksgiving dinner. Let's try to equal our giving of last year. 

It is a simple and fun activity for the whole family. Take a basket and flyer from the church beginning on Sunday, October 22 and return it to the church no later than Sunday, November 12
Then participate in N.C.C.F.'s Pie & Stuffing Party on
Wednesday, November 18 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. All present will fill a few hundred more baskets with people from all over Bethesda. All ages are invited and encouraged to come out for this event.



Children's Formation: 09/17/2017

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What's Your Favorite Story?

On Sunday, September 17 we begin our journey into the Old Testament by hearing about favorite stories. 
All children are encouraged to bring their favorite story book - picture or chapter book - to church for a Show and Tell time. 
The Old Testament, or Hebrew Scriptures, are full of stories - some are historical, some are told in song or poetry, and others try to explain how God and God's people grew in relationship over time.  Join us from 9:50 to 10:35 a.m.
Please help us out and fill in a simple registration form for Children's Formation.

If you have children who are infants through 4th grade please fill out this Children's Form



Movie Night- Save the Date!

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Summer Movie Night II
Saturday, July 8
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Dinner followed by a movie
We are inviting children and their parents from our collaboration congregations for a summer movie night. This evening is being hosted by the Bentleys and Calvin and Frederick will be making our movie selection. The movie selected will be appropriate for rising 2nd -5th graders.
A simple dinner and drinks will be available before we begin the movie, and of course fresh popcorn will be offered during the show!
Bring your pillow and/or sleeping bags or a blanket to sit on. Contact Sue von if you are interested in attending.




2017 Summer Formation

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Summer Movie Night
Sunday, June 25
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Dinner followed by a movie
We are inviting all rising 3-5 graders and their parents from our three collaboration congregations for a summer movie night. But no one will be checking ID's at the door - so really all are welcome. Just know that the movie selection will be for children who are primarily in this age category.
A simple dinner of hot-dogs with the fixings, drinks and of course fresh popcorn will be offered. Bring your pillow or sleeping bags or a blanket to sit on. Please sign up in Founders' Hall no later than Sunday morning, June 25 or use this simple form
Grow Christians
This is a new resource available through Forward Movement Inc. and I have found it to be a good read each day. The blog is written by various authors and gives practical and implementable ideas for parents to assist them in forming the faith of their children. You can read the latest posts at this link. If you find it helpful or something you might like to receive  on a daily basis, just scroll the left side of the blog and sign up for a daily email. 
Street Church at Church of the Epiphany DC
Tuesday, June 27
11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Rising 6-12 grade Youth
Calling all youth for a day in the city preparing food, worshiping God, and feeding the hungry! Earn some SSL hours for school next year! Have fun with other youth!
Get a real flavor of life on the streets of DC for those who do not have a place to live and rely on the generosity of others for food. Plan to arrive at Epiphany no later than 11:00 a.m. and leave no earlier than 2:30 p.m.
Sign up in Founders' Hall or on this form no later than Sunday, June 25
L Sue von Rautenkranz
Children and Youth Formation Coordinator



New Christmas Musical

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New Christmas Musical!
 Saturday, December 17
5:00 p.m. followed by Chili Supper 
New music written by Jeff and Michael will add a new flare and fun to our Christmas pageant this year. Our junior choir already began learning these new songs and will be our music leaders for the evening. And the camel is a must see!
Join the Children's Choir for the Musical!
If you are not currently in the choir - you are welcome to join us for the remainder of our practices which are held on the following Thursdays. November 17 and December 1, 8, and 15 from 5:45-6:30 p.m. A simple supper follows for all each evening. This might be a great way to bring a little something special to your families Advent observances. 
For those unable to join the choir - there will still be a time to learn the choruses of these songs during Children's Formation on Sunday, December 4. Of course we will be needed various characters for the musical and the many angels, shepherds, and animals. 
Details about the dress rehearsal for all participants will be available next week. 


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