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Not my circus, not my monkeys

Posted by Ann, May 24, 2017

The “Greatest Show on Earth” closed its doors last Sunday. After 146 years of traipsing across the country on a mile-long train, Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus offered its last show on Long Island. Financial woes and changing tastes in entertainment are assigned as the cause. Being the target of fervent animal rights protesters also took its toll. The company could no longer make enough money to support its 300 cast and crew members.

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Loaves and Fishes - Watermelon and Flowers

Posted by Melanie, March 15, 2017

At Christ Church we have many stories to tell, as we are part of a vibrant life in the Alexandria community. In outreach we encounter our brothers and sisters in need every week and we hold them up in various ways. Many parishioners don't realize that our weekly Lazarus Food Pantry by design is a complete act of faith. Each week we don't know how much food will be donated, we don't require that volunteers sign-up (but hope they will) and we don't know how many guests will come in need of food. Talk about a test of nerves!

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The Eternal Populist

Posted by Guest, January 25, 2017

This week's blog is a special guest post from Jim Sanders, a member of Christ Church for 33 years. Last summer I put out a call to the congregation for donations of wrist watches to give out to our homeless brothers and sisters who often do not know what time it is in order to get their meals and take their medications. Jim Sanders came by the office. He was holding a brand-new watch that he bought for us to giveaway.

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Hope & Resilience

Posted by Ann, December 14, 2016

From the cowardice that shrinks from new truth, from the laziness that is content with half-truths, from the arrogance which thinks it knows all truth, O God of Truth, deliver us! ~ an African Prayer

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Deep Gratitude for Works Done in Secret

Posted by Melanie, December 8, 2016

"Go to the festival yourselves. I am not going to this festival, for my time has not yet fully come." After saying this, he remained in Galilee. But after his brothers had gone to the festival, then he also went, not publicly but as it were in secret. The Jews were looking for him at the festival and saying, ‘Where is he?’ John 7: 8-11

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The Heart of Thanksgiving

Posted by Heather, November 23, 2016

Almighty and gracious Father, we give you thanks for the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them. Make us, we pray, faithful stewards of your great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and the relief of all who are in need, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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Notes from the Mountain – Dare to Enjoy Your Life!

Posted by Ann, October 20, 2016

I just got home  from a two-day clergy retreat up at Shrine Mont. The presenters this time were two brothers from SSJE. Christ Church has a long-standing relationship with the brothers from SSJE, but in case you don’t know what that stands for it is the Society of St. John the Evangelist. They are an Episcopal order of monks and they are the most loving, coolest people I know. 

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The Boy With the Pull-Along Wagon

Posted by Santiago, October 6, 2016

On Thursday mornings, Lazarus food pantry volunteers distribute love in the form of smiles, warm greetings, and food to our neighbors in need in the City of Alexandria. The Meade Room is transformed into a mart of kindness and comestibles. One by one, our neighbors are warmly greeted by a love-in-motion coordinator and assigned a beatitudes-hero to guide them through tables with non-perishables, meats, vegetables, bread, and an assortment of fresh items.

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A Little Something for the Soul

Posted by Melanie, August 17, 2016

Greetings Christ Church and all readers!  As I prepare to leave tomorrow to take my last child to college I am scrambling to get all that must be done – done. I was sent this prayer a few minutes ago. So please read this lovely prayer and watch this short video my husband made from our balcony in Buxton, North Carolina a few weeks ago. The prayer and the video fill my heart and soul, I hope they speak to you as well. 

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Beyond the Expected: Trekking to Freedom

Posted by Santiago, August 3, 2016

Spoiler-averse types beware! If you haven't seen the film, do not read on. Don't do it. Ok, fine. Make my day. Read it.

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