Christ our Center Children our Blessing Justice our Passion April 2014
Holy Week: A Journey of Transformation
The New Testament Greek word for holy is hagios. In its most literal translation, it means “different” or “set apart.” An object, person, or period of time is holy in that it is set apart for the life-giving purposes of God. Holy Week, the seven days before Easter, is different from other weeks. In it we experience the holiness of God, the life-giving love of God, most intensely. Having experienced God’s holiness, we take on some of God’s holiness. We become different, transformed by and for the life-giving purposes of God. It’s easy to skip over most of Holy Week. If we come to church only on Palm Sunday and Easter, Jesus enters Jerusalem on a donkey one week, and the next week he is risen from the tomb. It just doesn’t make sense. But to travel with Jesus into the garden and the courtroom, to the cross and into the tomb, is to experience the love of God in a way that brings us close to that transforming holiness. The events of Holy Week will be preceded this year by a service for those lost to gun violence in 2013 in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. On April 5, we will post T-shirts on the church lawn in memory of each of the 176 people killed. We will hold a worship service at 11:00 that morning. We will confess the violence of a gun culture, pray for the families of the lost, and ask God to guide and lead us a new way. The T-Shirt memorial will stay up all through Holy Week. On Palm Sunday, we will wave our palms and march around the sanctuary to celebrate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. This service is not only Palm Sunday, but Passion Sunday as well. Near the end of the service, we will begin to remember that Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem was a direct challenge to oppressive religious and political systems.
Jesus did this out of his great love for all people. We will remember Jesus’ courage, commitment to justice, trust in God, and great love for all people that led to his death. This year, instead of two separate services on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, we will celebrate a Service of Holy Communion and Tenebrae on Maundy Thursday. The Chancel Choir will stir the Holy Spirit. We will remember Jesus’ arrest in the garden, his trial before Pilate, his sentencing and death. It is a somber night to wonder at the great love that God has for us, that God should go through the depths of hell to transform our world to be more holy and life-giving. On Good Friday, we will join with the churches around Chevy Chase Circle and walk the Stations of the Cross from church to church. At CCPC, we will walk through the T-shirt memorial as a reminder of the violence that Jesus died to end. On Holy Saturday, we will dismantle the T-shirt memorial as we anticipate the morning to come. Then, on Easter morning, our souls will awaken to the incredible news that Jesus is alive! We have hope for the end of violence, for the rising up of justice, for the greater holiness of our world, because God’s life-giving love is more powerful than anything that diminishes life. God’s great transformation of our world has begun!
Worship and Music Holy Week Schedule ..................................................................................... 2 Ecumenical Stations of the Cross ........................................................... 5 Education April’s Adult Education Classes ............................................................... 4 Thinking about a summer camp experience? ................................... 6
Mission Heeding God’s Call: Memorial to the Lost ........................................... 7 Lobsterfest and Blueberry Bake-off ...................................................... 7
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The Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church One Chevy Chase Circle Washington, DC 20015 (202) 363-2202 www.chevychasepc.org
Worship & Music
Worship Schedule April 5
Worship — Memorial Service to the Lost
Service at 11:00 a.m. Outside of the sanctuary; trumpet music
Worship — Communion, 5th Sunday in Lent
Services at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. The Rev. Molly Blythe Teichert will be preaching Music: 9:30—Chancel Choir 11:00—First Service Singers
April 13 Worship — Palm and Passion Sunday Services at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. The Rev. Molly Blythe Teichert will be preaching Music: 9:30—Junior and Carol Choirs, First Service Singers 11:00—Chancel Choir
Chevy Chase Concert Series Only one event in the 43rd Season of Chevy Chase Concerts remains. Join us in May as we finish with CCPC’s own Chancel Choir, performing Handel's Coronation Anthems, with Orchestra May 18, 2014 — 4:00 p.m.
Concert by Julie Vidrick Evans
April 17 Worship — Maundy Thursday/Tenebrae Service at 7:30 p.m. Music: Chancel Choir
April 18 Good Friday — Ecumenical Stations of the Cross Journey to Easter begins at 1:15 p.m. See Page 5 of this Gateway issue for more information
April 20 Worship — Easter Sunday Services at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. The Rev. Molly Blythe Teichert will be preaching Music: 9:00—Chancel Choir 11:00—Chancel Choir
————————— April 27 Worship — Earth Sunday
Services at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. The Rev. Dr. Randall Bush will be preaching Music: 9:30—First Service Singers 11:00—Chancel Choir
Friday, May 2, 2014 at 8 p.m. Westminster Presbyterian Church Charlottesville, VA http://www.westminsterva.org
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About our Earth Sunday preacher: The Rev. Dr. Randall (Randy) Bush, who will preach at CCPC on April 27, has served as an ordained teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA) since February 1989. He has served congregations in Africa, the Midwest (Kansas, Missouri, Wisconsin), and currently in Pennsylvania. Among awards, he submitted the winning sermon in the Ecumenical Advocacy Allianceâ€™s Food for Life Sermon Competition (2011), and gave the keynote address for the Presbyterians for Earth Care luncheon at General Assembly (2012). As a pianist, he has performed the entire works for piano and orchestra by George Gershwin, plus Bach concerti, the Grieg Piano Concerto, and other concert works. Most recently, he received a Lilly Foundation grant for a three-month sabbatical study in New Zealand in 2012.
The Chevy Chase Handbell Ringers and Childrenâ€™s Handbell Choir will present a handbell concert at the Knollwood Military Retirement Residence, 6200 Oregon Avenue NW at 3:30pm, Sunday, May 4, 2014. All are invited to the performance but please note parking will be limited.
Meet our new Bass section leader: Dan Bishop, a native of Georgia, has been a conductor, accompanist, and performer for 37 years. He served as an organist choirmaster for 18 years and a director of fine arts and choral activities for 19 years in independent schools in Georgia and Texas. As a professional singer, Dan was a member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Choir under the direction of Robert Shaw for 15 years. He has been a featured soloist at the A Coeur Joie International Choral Festival in France, Fest in Hellbrunn in Austria, Inverness Music Festival in Scotland, and with the Rome Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Players of the South, and Celebrity Cruise Lines. In addition to his musical accomplishments, Dan was also a professional tennis instructor. Dan and his partner, Mark W. Sommerfield, moved to DC in August, where Mark is the owner and operator of MWS Design DC. They are excited about getting involved at CCPC.
Adult Education and Nurture at CCPC Sunday Mornings April 2014 Faith Trek (meets from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the Conference Room, second floor, center building, alley side) Faith Trek is a small group of CCPC adults who are curious about their faith and the world, and who want to explore in the company of a circle of friends. The circle expands easily, and we would be delighted to have you join us. The group is beginning a new book, “Speaking Christian” by Marcus Borg. Check with Margaret Chan at 301-656-5034 if you have any questions. *Note: No Class on Easter Sunday, April 20*
Open Forum (meets from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. in Geneva Hall, second floor, Education Building, street side) The Open Forum offers a forum for the discussion of a variety of topics on the intersection of faith and life. Join us in April for these discussions: April 6: Voices from the Pews — CCPC’s Tamera Luzzatto will talk about her memories and reflections on serving as chief of staff to then Senator Hilary Rodham Clinton. Tamera grew up as a Presbyterian minister’s daughter. After graduating from Harvard, she started a lifelong career in Washington, beginning at ACTION, the federal agency that ran the Peace Corps and VISTA. She later worked on presidential campaigns before serving for 20 years in the U.S. Senate, working first for Senator Jay Rockefeller and then for eight years with Senator Clinton. Tamera is now a vice president at the Pew Charitable Trusts. April 13: No Class — Passion/Palm Sunday April 20: No Class — Easter Sunday April 27: Earth Sunday showing of “Thomas Berry: The Great Story” — A 49-minute film about Thomas Berry, a Catholic priest and eco-theologian. Berry decried the way we are despoiling our planet. At the heart of the film is Berry’s experience of the universe as a cosmic liturgy: a communion of subjects, rather than a collection of objects.
The Bible in Context Class (meets from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. in Room 350B on the third floor of the Education Building) The class is studying is studying “The Man Born to Be King,” 12 radio plays of Dorothy Say ers that were written in 1942. Newcomers are welcome. Join us on April 6, 13, and 27. *Note: No Class on Easter Sunday, April 20*
Wednesday Mornings (Twice a Month) The Wednesday Morning Bible Study Group continues to study together twice a month in Geneva Hall on the second and fourth Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Come join our study of the Book of Job. Contact Grace Hyslop or study leader Lynn Jostes for more details. Bring a friend and join us!
Next Inquirers’ Seminar Scheduled for April 27, 2014 The next Inquirers’ Seminar of the program year will be offered on Sunday, April 27, 2014, from 12:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Room 250 (Geneva Hall) at CCPC. This session is open not only to those persons who may have decided to become members, but also to persons who are exploring their call to Christian discipleship as members of this congregation.
Good Friday Ecumenical Stations of the Cross Friday, April 18, 2014 Join us on a journey to Easter with the Circle Churches: All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Chevy Chase Baptist Church, Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, and the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament. At each of the 14 stations, we will remember Jesus’ final walk to Calvary. The journey will begin at 1:15 p.m. at All Saints’ Episcopal Church and conclude around 2:30 p.m. with refreshments at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament. Three of the stations will be at CCPC. Please contact Lynn Jostes if you would be willing to participate as a reader, assistant, or crossbearer in this annual tradition.
The format for the afternoon following lunch includes a brief overview of the basic history, beliefs, and traditions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) as well as an outline of specific opportunities for using your gifts with others in ministry at CCPC. Those choosing to join will do so on May 4. If you are interested in participating in the seminar on April 27 or you know someone who may be interested, please contact Associate Pastor Lynn Jostes by phone at 202-363-2202 or by email at email@example.com for more information or to sign up. Come join with the disciples of The Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church as we discover our gifts, answer our calling, and serve our Lord together.
Looking for a program of fun, faith, and fellowship for children and youth this summer? Camp Hanover, the Presbyterian camp and retreat center of the Presbytery of the James near Mechanicsville, VA, has one– and two-week programs for children and youth. National Capital Presbytery churches are invited to consider summer camp at their site, since Meadowkirk doesn’t offer summer camp opportunities for kids. From hiking, swimming, and canoeing to archery, art, and horseback riding, there are all kinds of opportunities to learn and play at camp — a place apart for renewal and growth. There are brochures available on the bulletin board outside of Firesides on the second floor. The camp is willing to offer the same $30 fee reduction to NCP kids as they do for the Presbytery of the James kids. There is also a sliding scale for camp costs based on families’ ability to pay. It’s the exact same camp experience, but parents can choose from three different prices that are available. For more information, check out the camp website at www.camphanover.org or contact Heather Brady, CCPC’s communications coordinator and a camp staff alumna.
2014 Easter Lily/Flower Dedications The CCPC Flower Committee extends an invitation to members and friends of CCPC to participate in the Annual Easter Lily/Flower Program. Your contributions make it possible to purchase Easter Lilies and flowers used to decorate the church for Easter. Plants are delivered to those in our church family who are hospitalized, recovering at home, grieving, or marking special life milestones. Anyone who wishes to contribute may do so to celebrate or honor a group or individual, or as a memorial. Please complete the form and return it by Aril 13, 2014 to the Church Office, along with a check. Additional forms are available at the Flower Committee Table in Chadsey Hall during coffee hours on Sundays in March and April. Please check one: O in celebration of O in honor of O in memory of
These flowers are dedicated to the following person(s): Given by: ________________________________________________ Telephone number or email address: _______________________________________ Check attached for _______ dedications at $20.00 each = $ __________ Make check payable to Flower Committee, CCPC, noting Easter Lilies # 320 on Memo Line. For more information, contact the CCPC Flower Committee Chair, Norm Stant, at 301-942-6468 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church And Heeding God’s Call Remember the 176 individuals from the Washington metropolitan area who lost their lives to gun violence in 2013 through the...
Memorial to the Lost A T-Shirt Memorial April 5 – 19, 2014 On the lawn of Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church Please join us for a Service of Dedication led by the Rev. Molly Blythe Teichert on Saturday, April 5, at 11:00 AM. we remember, we pray, we act.
One Great Hour of Sharing Hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts. — Romans 5:5 By God’s grace, each day is a gift, an opportunity, a new beginning. One way members of CCPC have faithfully heeded God’s call to serve people seeking to reclaim and restore their lives is through abundant and generous gifts to the One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS). Once again, we urge you give generously to this offering because each gift represents hope to those in need. Your gift allows the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance to restore communities around the world that are affected by natural and human-caused disasters. It helps the Presbyterian Hunger Program work to alleviate hunger and eliminate its causes in this country and internationally and makes it possible for SelfDevelopment of People to affirm the dignity of all by assisting in the empowerment of economically poor, oppressed, and disadvantaged people. This special offering will be collected through Lent and dedicated on Palm Sunday. You can make your contribution by either placing it in one of the designated envelopes in the pews or sending a check to the church with “OGHS” written on the memo line.
Lobsterfest and Blueberry Bake-off! Mark your calendars for Sunday, May 4, following the second service, and join the CCPC youth in a Lobsterfest and Blueberry Bake-off to support the 2014 Youth Mission Trip to Maine. Watch for further notices regarding the fee for the meal, as well as details on how you can showcase your own culinary skills by participating in the Blueberry Bake-off. Funds raised from this event will enable CCPC youth to assist the congregations of Mission-at-theEastward (MATE) near North New Portland, Maine. Mission-at-the-Eastward is a cooperative program of the Presbytery of Northern New England, the Synod of the Northeast, and the Maine Conference of the United Methodist Church. MATE provides the structure and resources to enable small churches in 10 rural communities in central Maine to more effectively minister to an area of over 1000 square miles. The CCPC youth work projects are in housing construction and rehabilitation. The trip is scheduled for July 28 to Aug. 2.
Holy Week services April 13: Palm Sunday — Services at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. The pageantry of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem moves through to the passion story, told through scripture and song.
April 17: Maundy Thursday — Service of Holy Communion & Tenebrae at 7:30 p.m. Music by the Chancel Choir.
April 18: Good Friday — Stations of the Cross with Chevy Chase Circle churches The journey begins at All Saints at 1:15 p.m. and will end at Blessed Sacrament. There will be three stations at CCPC (volunteers, please contact Lynn Jostes).
April 20: Easter Sunday — Services at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Music by the Chancel Choir and the Chevy Chase Handbell Ringers, with Brass and Organ; the Rev. Molly Blythe Teichert will be preaching. *This year, our usual Good Friday Tenebrae (Latin for “shadows”) service will be observed within the Maundy Thursday service. Tenebrae will be preceded by the observance of Holy Communion, depicting the last supper. The purpose of the entire service is to recreate the betrayal, abandonment, and agony of the events. It is left unfinished, because the story isn’t complete until Easter Day. This is a service of scripture, and the stunning music which comments on it. The music for the Maundy Thursday/Tenebrae service has been carefully prepared by the Chancel Choir to fully complement the readings as they unfold throughout the evening. It is contemplative, it is painful, and it is a necessary part of the story, which leads us to sing “Alleluia, Christ is Risen” on Easter morning.
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