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Christ Church as Midwife

Posted by Ann, April 5, 2017

When my call to the priesthood first came in, it was born with a twin, to be a writer. I paid a lot of attention to the priest part for the first seven years and not much time developing myself as a writer. When I was granted a sabbatical in 2015, I began a creative writing program through Seattle Pacific University. It is the only low-residency writing program in the country that is also explicitly Christian. It attracts the most incredible people I have ever met. All of us so different, from all walks of life, but we all share two things: a love for God and a need to make Art through writing.

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A Light in the Darkness

Posted by Guest, March 29, 2017

This week's post is by Brian Shannon, a Christ Church parishioner and former Vestry member. A sign up sheet for the vigil can be found in the portico on Sunday. 

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What Are You Chasing?

Posted by Noelle, March 22, 2017

Legendary preacher Fred Craddock tells a great story about a conversation he had with a greyhound once.  I’m a big fan of greyhounds.  I used to have a retired racer and she was a wonderful, devoted friend to me. Craddock’s story about his conversation with a greyhound speaks volumes to me during the season of Lent. What are you chasing?

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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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Lenten Marriage Project: Communication that Connects

Posted by Santiago, March 8, 2017

In our marriage, Julie and I have noticed that unattended tension shows its ugly face in our morning routine. The stress of the day(s) before, including parenting disagreements, dealing with a hectic schedule, and not making enough time for the other can bubble over into the morning. That coupled with the rush to get ready and out the door can put us in a less-than-loving mood.

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Ash Wednesday and Keeping Lent

Posted by Heather, March 2, 2017

I spent the early morning of Ash Wednesday at the King Street Metro, being glad that it was as warm as it was, and keeping my face set with an expression of warmth and open invitation. Over and over again I prayed and heard others who were there for Ashes to Go, Matt and Santiago, praying this prayer:

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On Our Way Rejoicing!

Posted by Jason, February 23, 2017

About five or six years ago, Christ Church began a program entitled “Kids of Note.” Using the financial offerings donated at Lessons and Carols each December, we began supporting a marvelous group of young junior high students who had shown strong abilities in both music and academics. These young individuals were all former band students of parishioner Kristi Thomas. Over the years we’ve been able to purchase instruments for these students, provide support to allow them to attend school activities, and participate in other opportunities that would have been financially impossible for them.

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Walk in Love

Posted by Ann, February 8, 2017

“Walk in love” was the theme of last week’s Diocese of Virginia Convention. We heard lots of stories and saw a wonderful video about ways our diocese is walking in love:

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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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Gingerbread Vulnerability

Posted by Santiago, January 18, 2017

My wife Julie and I have known each other for three years. I wish we remembered the exact date. We don’t. We know it was either the second or fourth Wednesday in October of 2013 – around noon. We remember this because we know the exact place we met: the Toastmasters club at Marquette University in Milwaukee.

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