The Religious Freedom Center at the Newseum will hold a workshop on December 8th from 9am – 3pm. Want to learn how to lead workshops in Civil Dialogue? The workshop is free. Visit religiousfreedomcenter.org/events/ to learn more or to register. Registration Deadline is November 30th.
Once again, we are partnering with Volunteer Alexandria and the City of Alexandria Department of Community and Human Services to collect new, unwrapped toys for children aged 0-12 years. We will place them in the bin near the stage during our worship services. The last day of our collection will be Sunday, December 9th.
The 10th Annual Northern Virginia Interfaith Transgender Day of Remembrance Service will be held Tuesday, November 20th from 7-9pm at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax (2709 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton Virginia) will host this interfaith service to memorialize those who have been killed over the previous year as a result of transphobia, or the hatred or fear of transgender and gender non-conforming people. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Daylight Savings Time 2018 ends on Sunday, Nov. 4 @ 2a.m. local time. Be sure to set your clocks and watches back (if they don’t do it themselves)…so that we can see you on time at church.
Our ministry partner, ALIVE!, is holding their 4th annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser on Saturday, November 10th at the Durant Center in Old Town. For more information, or to register, please visit alive-inc.org. Because of your offerings, CBC is able to support this initiative with a generous sponsorship.
Austin Channing Brown, the author of “I’m Still Here” will be the guest speaker at the National Cathedral on November 8th. at 7 pm. If you are interested in attending and maybe carpooling please contact Pastor Robin @ email@example.com or 703-548-8000.
In recent months, Church Council has discussed practical steps to create and implement a church security plan. If you’re interested in brainstorming and volunteering in this area, we’ll have our first meeting on February 25th at 12:30 PM.
Please pray for KJ, who is recovering from heart issues.
Please also pray for David’s partner Greg. His father passed away suddenly this week.
peace of Christ,
Pastors Robin and Marty
Believe it or not, Lent begins on Valentine’s Day (and Easter lands on April Fool’s Day this year)! Next week, we’ll print in the bulletin several options for how people may want to intentionally walk through the season of Lent. For now, here are some options:
- Celebrate Fat Tuesday at our Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner at 6PM on February 13. There will be pancake races for the kids and kid-like adults.
- Join us for an Ash Wednesday Worship Service at 7PM on February 14.
- Consider participating in Atheism for Lent with a group from church. This is a 6 week online course that explores the intersection between belief and disbelief. Participants are not asked to become atheists! Rather, the group will read texts by theologians and famous atheists in conversation to “de-center” prior to the catharsis of Easter and the resurrection. For more info, email Hadyn.
- Read the Lenten Devotional being put together by people in our church. We will have hard copies at church, or you can read them online on the Commonwealth Baptist Church Facebook page.