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George's Church

Posted by Heather, July 3, 2013

Last week was Vacation Bible School at Christ Church. It was a fantastic week with 100 kids and over 70 youth and adult volunteers to make the week work well for safety as well as learning about God’s love for everyone. Each day at VBS began and ended with worship in the historic church, requiring some preparation and clean up. As the worship director for the VBS, I spent A LOT of time in the church last week and so I also had the chance to give a number of impromptu tours of the church.

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Take a Pause

Posted by Heather, June 5, 2013

We’ve had a dog, Midnight, for nearly a year now. While I can’t say that I always enjoy taking her for a walk, lately it has been a delight. For me, these dog walks are a chance to just be and to pay attention. We walk the same path most of the time. I don’t listen to music and I try to not talk on the phone. Earlier this week I saw my first lightning bug (firefly) of the season – exclaiming “Oooh, a lightning bug!” out loud for no one except Midnight to hear. There are small moments of seeing God’s love and wonder in creation on those walks, as long as I remember to pause and be present where I am.

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Just Ask ...

Posted by Heather, May 9, 2013

I have been away for the past few days at Shrine Mont, the camp and conference center for the Diocese of Virginia. Twice a year the bishops of the Diocese of Virginia invite the clergy to pause from day to day life and take time together. The spring conference is always open to lay staff at churches, as well as spouses, partners, and (preschool) children of clergy and lay staff. Five of us from Christ Church went to the spring conference, which is part conference and part R&R.

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Spacematters

Posted by Heather, April 11, 2013

The death of Margaret Thatcher brought a flurry of news reports and postings of memories about the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. However, in the twitter-verse, the hashtag #nowthatchersdead was read by some not as a remark on the death of a world political figure – “now Thatcher’s dead.” Instead fans of the performer Cher were wondering whether the tweet was “now that Cher’s dead.”

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Habent Papum – They have a pope

Posted by Heather, March 14, 2013

While I had not even considered watching the papal conclave stovepipe live streaming webcam, I must admit that I felt a rush of excitement when someone on the second floor of Christ Church’s offices announced, “We have a pope!” I wondered who was elected, what he will be like, and will he bring reform into an institution (the worldwide Roman Catholic Church) that is in deep need of some reform. (His choice of name, Pope Francis, gives me hope!) I wondered how he will direct those participating in the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC – the pathway for having ecumenical dialogue between the worldwide Anglican Communion and the worldwide Roman Catholic Church). It is good to have someone in the role of spiritual leader of the Roman Catholic Church.

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The Ashes To Go Experience

Posted by Heather, February 15, 2013

My first interest in Ashes to Go was because I knew the priest, the Rev. Emily Mellot, who was developing the program. She was from the Diocese of Chicago and was a student at Church Divinity School of the Pacific when David was on faculty there. I figured that if Emily was doing it, it was worth a second look. Then while we were attending St. George’s in Arlington, before I came on staff here at Christ Church, I suggested it to the rector there. St. George’s is one very short block away from the Virginia stop on the Orange line. They did not do it that year, but in 2012 St. George’s had a team at their metro stop. Their experience was great and some who encountered the Ashes to Go team at the metro joined them for the full Ash Wednesday worship experience that evening. Based on their experience and our interest at Christ Church to be more visible out in the community (beyond our fence banners!), it seemed that 2013 was the year for us to offer Ashes to Go.

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So what about those Nones…

Posted by Heather, January 16, 2013

I don’t think it will be surprising to any of you that I am an NPR junkie. I listen to it in the morning when getting ready for the day and getting the girls off to school. I listen to it in the evening while making dinner. And I enjoy catching different shows in the middle of the day on my day off.

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Christmas Music in Advent

Posted by Heather, December 12, 2012

Once upon a time, I was an Advent purist. This was probably when I was in seminary and it was certainly before the girls were expressing their music preferences.

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The Tough Conversations

Posted by Heather, November 14, 2012

My father-in-law had an unexpected hospital visit last week. He is fine and life is returning to normal in their house. But it was one of those experiences where David and I really felt how far away we live from them (at the other end of the time zone) and how thankful we are for siblings who live closer and for the support of their church community. It was also a good time to talk about being proactive as a patient and on being clear about medical directives and end of life issues.

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It's a balancing act, not perfection

Posted by Heather, October 18, 2012

There was a commercial for a perfume, Enjoli, that I remember seeing a lot when I was growing up. It had a memorable jingle. As a beautiful woman walked towards the camera, she morphed from being dressed in a business suit to everyday shirt with a skillet to slinky dress.

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