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Celebration of New Ministry

Posted by Meredith, October 24, 2016

Join us on Saturday, November 19 at 10:30 a.m. for the Celebration of New Ministry for our new rector, the Rev. Noelle York-Simmons. Rev. Kimberly Jackson will be the special guest preacher and Bishop Shannon Johnston will be celebrate. A reception will follow in the Auditorium. All are welcome!

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All Saints Sunday

Posted by Meredith, October 18, 2016

Please join us for a special All Saints' Sunday liturgy on November 6 at 5:00 p.m. in which we remember the saints who have gone before us through readings, prayers and music of a variety of styles. 

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Ongoing Assessments in Haiti, Cuba and Carolinas Following Hurricane Matthew

Posted by Meredith, October 11, 2016

Episcopal Relief & Development continues to provide technical assistance to local partners in the areas affected by Hurricane Matthew, as the storm dissipates over the Atlantic Ocean. In the places most severely impacted, information gathering is hampered by downed communications lines, widespread power outages and damage to critical roads and bridges. For example, the main bridge that connects the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince to the nation’s southern peninsula was destroyed, causing significant delays in relief supplies and disaster responders accessing devastated parts of the country.

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Anne Landry Art Fete and Benefit

Posted by Meredith, October 5, 2016

Join us for the Anne Landry Art Fete and Benefit on October 29! Whimsical or religious, and sometimes both, the art of long-time Christ Church parishioner Anne Landry has delighted and intrigued patrons of the Torpedo Factory for years. Her singular vision is evident in each unique work, often inspired by scriptural passages but unlike any religious artwork you have ever seen. Her vibrant use of color evokes emotion and meaning in a highly personal manner. In an act of unexpected generosity, Ms. Landry has donated a significant portion of her portfolio to Christ Church with the hope that any sale would benefit the Church's mission and that her special and inimitable art would somehow be made available to art lovers. 

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Prayer 101 Returns! Multiple Contemplative Prayer Offerings this Fall

Posted by Meredith, September 29, 2016

Many of us are hungry for a closer relationship with God. Contemplative prayer is one of the best ways to foster that relationship. What is contemplative prayer? Prayer in which we experience God's presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself.

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Blessing of the Pets - October 2

Posted by Meredith, September 28, 2016

Our annual Blessing of the Pets for animals of all shapes and sizes will be held on Sunday, October 2, at 3:00 p.m. in the churchyard. There will be special prayers for beloved pets who have died. Bring their retired collars, leashes, and photos for a blessing. Christ Church will be accepting donations for the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, as well as towels and blankets for the animals’ cages. 

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Who Are We? Then and Now

Posted by Meredith, September 22, 2016

We want to let you know about some exciting faith formation opportunities this fall.

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Don't miss the raffle for Mengo Hospital!

Posted by Meredith, September 15, 2016

Redskins Raffle for Mengo Hospital

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Welcome Sunday - September 11

Posted by Meredith, August 30, 2016

Bring friends and family to a festive fair in our church courtyard!  This year’s frolic will include the return of the RSVP band, elegant face painting, popcorn machine, the famous cakewalk, great food and other surprises. Fun and games for all ages!

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Episcopal Relief & Development supports Louisiana dioceses in flood response

Posted by Meredith, August 19, 2016

[Episcopal Relief & Development press release] Episcopal Relief & Development is supporting the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana’s emergency response efforts in the wake of widespread flooding that has affected more than 40,000 homes across the state.

Some areas received more than 24 inches of rain, with record precipitation of up to 30 inches around Baton Rouge. As of Aug.17, 20 Louisiana parishes (counties) had been included in the federal disaster declaration due to flooding, notably Ascension and Livingston along the Amite River. One-third of the 45,000 homes in Ascension were flooded when the river overtopped the levee nearby, and more than 90 percent of homes in the town of Denham Springs have been affected. The rural parish of Tangipahoa is also severely impacted, and assessments are ongoing.

With support from Episcopal Relief & Development, the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana is responding to immediate needs such as food, emergency housing and storage, gasoline and replacement of lost items by distributing gift cards at churches and shelters. Over the long term, the economic impact of the flood will fall most heavily on those least able to recover quickly, with road and business closures resulting in lost income on top of repair costs.

“The Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana has many strong lay and clergy leaders at both the congregational and diocesan level with extensive disaster response experience and connections,” said Katie Mears, director of Episcopal Relief & Development’s U.S. Disaster Program. “This experience allows for streamlined processes and wisdom about how to best serve the needs of their neighbors, both in the short-term, but especially in the weeks, months and years to come.”

The Diocese of Louisiana stated that St. Francis Episcopal Church in Denham Springs reported damage to its building, and that many clergy, parishioners, staff and friends across the diocese have home damage and are staying in shelters or with family. Episcopal School in East Baton Rouge Parish was also affected but reports that 80 percent of its classrooms are undamaged and it will reopen on Aug. 22.

In the Episcopal Diocese of Western Louisiana, a large portion of the diocese is included in the federal disaster declaration. Diocesan leaders are working with local churches to assess needs as they respond in their communities. The response may include gift cards and other support for immediate emergency needs. Episcopal Relief & Development is in close contact with the Diocesan Disaster Coordinator and expects the partnership to develop over the coming weeks.

FEMA warns of heavy rain through August 20 from Texas to Alabama and likely flooding in Louisiana and further north along the Mississippi River. Emergency preparedness activities such as creating a disaster kit and ensuring adequate supplies of food and water at home are outlined in Episcopal Relief & Development’s web resources.

Please continue to pray for all those impacted by storms and flooding, for first responders who are conducting rescue operations and for church communities who are reaching out to care for their most vulnerable members and neighbors.

To enable Episcopal Relief & Development to respond to the current Gulf Coast flooding and support emergency preparedness and long-term recovery efforts in the United States, please donate to the US Disaster Response Fund.

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