Christ our Center Children our Blessing Justice our Passion April 2013
Christ is Risen! Alleluia! Christ is risen! Christ is risen, indeed! Alleluia! New life has burst forth from the tomb. A new day has begun. The power of death has been shattered, no more to rule our lives. Still, Easter is hard. It is not simply that it challenges the mind to conceive of Jesus rising from the grave. Many of us have known resurrection in our own lives. We have witnessed a loved one come back to life after a terrible illness. I was stunned to see resurrection one day when I opened an email from a man whose wife I had buried years before. The email was a photo of him smiling with his new bride. He was dead and now he was alive again. But, resurrection is not always so easy to see. Physical therapy takes time. Grief has its own timetable. Sometimes we can sit outside the tomb waiting for some sign of life that just doesn’t seem to come.
tulips, but only because we know that one is there inside the brown ball that looks like a dried up lifeless onion. Our own church is going through a time of loss and change. Later this month on April 21st, we will celebrate the service of Ian Richardson who has been our Church Administrator for 17 years. Ian came to CCPC and straightened out a mess of spaghetti. Since then, people have wondered what we would do without him. We will miss Ian and all that he has done for CCPC. We will say to ourselves, “Ian would know exactly what to do!” Ian’s work at CCPC has planted seeds, grown whole trees, that will bear fruit for many years to come. As Ian prepares for his retirement, he sees new life in learning Italian and pursing his love of photography.
We have our own new life beginning to emerge. Our Administrative Assistant Aimee Ranaivoarijaona will assume rePhotography by Ian Richardson One of the realities of our Easter story, is that sponsibility for the Columbarium and the it recognizes the pain of loss. Jesus really died. Even before church database. The Personnel Committee and the Adminhis death, one in his inner circle betrayed him. Those he had istration and Finance Committee are hard at work analyzing taught abandoned him. Everything fell apart, or so it our current needs and putting together a new staffing plan. seemed. There were many tears. Peter wept bitterly as he recognized the hard truth that he ran away in fear, just as Maybe the hardest thing about Easter is that we cannot conJesus said he would. Mary wept in the garden and it was trol it. Resurrection comes in its own time and in its own hard for her to recognize Jesus through her tears. Easter way. What we are to do is remember it, live it and anticipate isn’t easy. it. Christ was, and is, and is to come. Alleluia! Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed! It is easy to forget that cocoon looks like a dead and dried up leaf. Or that an egg can appear to be no more than a hard cold stone. When we look at flower bulbs, we can see the
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Worship and Music Worship Schedule.......................................................................................... 2 Music News ..................................................................................................... 3 Education Church School Classes ................................................................................. 4 FOCUS Preview ............................................................................................... 5
Mission CCPC Library .................................................................................................... 6 Fifty Year Members of CCPC ..................................................................... 6 Ian Richardson’s Retirement .................................................................... 7 The deadline for May’s Gateway is April 5
The Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church One Chevy Chase Circle Washington, DC 20015 (202) 363-2202 www.chevychasepc.org
Worship & Music
Worship Schedule April 7
Second Sunday of Easter Services at 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. The Rev. Jane Duffield will be preaching The Sacrament of Communion will be celebrated
The Bible in Context class invites you to join them for a screening of the awardwinning movie The Gospel of John on Sunday, April 7 at 12:30 p.m. in Geneva Hall.
9:30—First Service Singers 11:00—Chancel Choir
Third Sunday of Easter Services at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. The Rev. Molly Blythe Teichert will be preaching
9:30—Children’s Musical 11:00—Chancel Choir
Fourth Sunday of Easter Services at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
The Rev. Molly Blythe Teichert will be preaching Hunger Offering
9:30—Chevy Chase Handbell Ringers 11:00—Chancel Choir
Fifth Sunday of Easter Services at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. Youth Sunday
9:30—CCPC Youth Choir 11:00—CCPC Youth Choir
The Carol and Junior Choirs will present “Elijah! God’s Faithful Prophet” at the 9:30 a.m. service, April 14. Please plan on attending this very special presentation of the story of Elijah.
Worship & Music
Julie Evans’ Organ Concerts: April 11 Adolphus Busch Hall Harvard University Boston, MA May 30 Piccolo Spoleto Festival 10 a.m., St. Matthews Lutheran Church, Charleston, SC. June 21 Fourth Presbyterian Church Chicago, IL
Volunteers Needed to Provide Meals for the Homeless at Our Lady of Lourdes CCPC is committed to providing meals 5 times per year for the homeless and hungry served at Our Lady of Lourdes in Bethesda. We shop for food, prepare a meal and deliver it to Our Lady of Lourdes. This is a great family friendly mission activity. We need volunteers for our next schedule dinner on Sunday April 28. Please contact Lisa Wiersma at email@example.com if you would like to volunteer
Joann Moorer’s Final Degree Recital Joann Moorer will give her final degree recital at Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, MD, Wednesday, April 24 at 5:00 p.m. The recital will take place in Griswold Recital Hall which houses Peabody’s Holtkamp organ. She will sing two pieces of sacred music with organ: Mozart's Exultate Jubilate (with the famous Alleluia) and Mendelssohn's Hear My Prayer for solo soprano, organ and SATB choir. The recital is free and all are invited.
Next Inquirers’ Seminar: April 14 The next Inquirers’ Seminar of the program year will be offered on Sunday, April 14, 2013 from 12:15 to 4:00 p.m. in 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 exploring their call to Christian discipleship as members of this congregation. The format for the afternoon following lunch includes a brief overview of the basic history, beliefs, and traditions of the Presbyterian Church (USA) 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 April 28. If you are interested in participating in the seminar on April 14 (or know someone who may be interested), please contact Associate Pastor Lynn Jostes at 202/363-2202 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to sign up. Come join with the disciples of The Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church as we discover our gifts and answer our calling, and together serve our Lord.
Adult Education and Nurture at CCPC Sunday Mornings April 2013
Faith Trek (Meets from 10 – 11 a.m. in the Library, first 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 continues its discussion of Speaking of Faith by Krista Tippett, and invites new folks to join them for fellowship and conversation. Check with Margaret Chan (301-656-5034) if you have any questions. Open Forum (Meets from 9:45 – 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 7—Rev. Jim Atwood, author of "America and its Guns: A Theological Expose" will lead a two part-discussion on the topic of gun violence and what churches can do about this problem. During the first session, we will discuss how America has evolved to where we are today as 30,000 Americans die every year at the barrel of a gun. In examining our past we will examine our profound belief in American exceptionalism which "entitles" us to use violence in a culture which is fascinated with it and proclaims a spiritual trust in the efficacy of violence. April 14—We will view the documentary "Trigger: The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence" produced by the PCUSA Disaster Assistance Program with photojournalist David Barnhart. This film tells the story of how gun violence impacts individuals and communities and examines the “ripple effect” that one shooting has on a survivor, a family, a community and a society. It also addresses the critical issue of gun violence prevention. April 21—Rev. Atwood will lead a discussion on a few of America’s absurd laws on guns, written by Congress which make it easier for any person to buy a gun and make it more difficult for law enforcement to stop illegal gun sales. April 28—TBA The Bible in Context Class (Meets from 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. in Room 350-B, third floor, Education Building) The Gospel of John. This year the class will be studying the Gospel of John, a narrative of “the disciple whom Jesus loved.” John includes material not found in the other three gospels and has a different ac count of the Crucifixion. The biblical text for the week will be closely read and examined in light of the 1st century historical setting. All are welcome to explore this fascinating book with us! April 7—John 16, The Work of the Spirit April 14—John 17, Jesus Prays for His Disciples April 21—John 18, The Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus April 28—John 19:1-22, Jesus Sentenced to Death
Wednesday Mornings (Bi-Monthly) The Wednesday Morning Bible Study Group meets twice a month to study the Gospel of Matthew in Geneva Hall on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 10:00 – 12:00 noon. Contact Grace Hyslop or study leader, Lynn Jostes, for more details or to purchase a studybook. Come join us!
It’s Time to FOCUS! April 4, 11, 18 & 25, 2013 FOCUS (our Adult Education series at CCPC highlighting various aspects of the adult journey: Faith… Outreach… Community… Understanding… Spirituality…) will offer a new series of classes on Thursday evenings in April. FOCUS courses (from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.) are open to the members and friends of Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church and the larger community. Dinner and fellowship for everyone are available from 6:30 – 7:15 p.m. in Chadsey Hall ($8.00/adult; $3.00/children 3-10; children under 2 eat free; RESERVATIONS REQUIRED by Tuesday at noon.) Come enjoy a meal with your church family even if you can’t stay for a class! You don’t have to cook, and you can’t beat the price!! The next series of classes, to be held on the four Thursdays of April 2013 will feature these options:
1. An Eastertide Journey through the New Testament —Eastertide is the period of 50 days between Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday. Come journey with Associate Pastor Lynn Jostes in exploring the events, people and practices which highlight this joyous season of the church year. Meets in the Library on the first floor of the center building. 2. Being Prepared! Emergency Preparedness has become a watchword for life in the 21st century, made necessary because of all of the natural and man-made happenings in our world today. Mary Lasky, a CCPC member and Coordinator of the Incident Command System Team of the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University has organized an impressive series of classes focused on practical plans for emergency situations at home as well information about what is being done in the community. This class is for parents and citizens and all those seeking to be prepared in emergency situate ions. Meets in Room 350A on the third floor of the education building. 3. Singing our Faith—The Scripture exhorts us to “sing songs and hymns and spiritual songs.” (Ephesians 5:19 and Colossians 3:16) You are invited to join CCPC Director of Music, Julie Vidrick Evans to lift your voice in singing (reciting and considering!) songs of our faith through the richness of the Book of Psalms and our hymnals…past, present and future. Meets in Geneva Hall on the second floor of the Education Building. April 4 —Sing Psalms. From sorrow to jubilation, the Psalms are poetry meant to be sung. Join us as we look at how the Psalms are organized and the different ways they can be sung, corporately or privately. Lead by Julie Evans. April 11—Sing Hymns. The Reverend Eric Myers, pastor of Frederick Presbyterian Church and member of the committee for a new denominational hymnal, will discuss the new hymnal committee’s process as well as introduce some of the new hymns and songs in the new Presbyterian Hymnal, which will be available September 2013. April 18—Sing [More] Hymns. A survey of the hymn author greats such as Isaac Watts and Charles Wesley as well as authors of this century – Fred Pratt Green and Shirley Moore. We will examine texts and imagery and sing through old and new favorites! Lead by Julie Evans. (In Sanctuary) April 25—Sing Spiritual Songs. Soul Juxtaposition: JS Bach and the Negro Spiritual. An informal evening recital by Julie Evans pairing the chorale settings of JS Bach with negro spirituals, in the belief that each composition sheds new light on the other, allowing new appreciation of these works. 4. Timeless Issues in Ibsen Plays —Called “the father of 20th century drama,” Henrik Ibsen gained fame as an author of historical verse plays. In mid-career, he boldly transformed himself into a realist whose works attacked the hypocrisy and repression of 19th century society. The class will use two small collections of Ibsen plays: Ibsen: Four Major Plays. Volume I and Volume II, translated by Rolfe Fjelde, a Signet Classic. The price will be $6.95 per book (no tax) and they can be purchased during class; it is important for all the students to have the same translation and the same pagination. Popular play-reading facilitator, Fredericka Berger and her son, Conrad Berger, are back to lead the group through reading and discussion of: April 4—A Doll’s House portrays a young wife's awakening in a plot that mixes psychological insight with growing suspense. April 11—Ghosts tells the story of a family confronting a legacy of suppressed secrets and their terrible consequences. April 18—An Enemy of the People shows the struggle of an individual against a corrupt social order. April 25—The Master Builder tells the story of how the appearance of a strange young woman in the life of an established architect exposes the tensions that have long existed beneath the surface. The class meets in Firesides on the second floor of the Education Building.
Save the Date! Please join us for food and fellowship as we celebrate Church Administrator Ian Richardson’s 17 years of service on April 21st following the 11:00 a.m. worship service. More details to follow.
Each year, our long-time members gather for fellowship and to be recognized as 50+ year members of the Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church. We remember and give thanks for our roots and those who have served this congregation in so many ways over the years. This year, our 50-Year Member Luncheon will be held on April 27, at noon, in Chadsey Hall. Transportation to and from the church will be provided if needed. Contact the church office (202-3632202) or Rev. Jane Duffield for more information. Invitations will be mailed shortly after Easter.
The CCPC Library – Worth a Look Donald Baillie, author of the classic God Was in Christ, once remarked: “I have often wondered why people who are accustomed to reading don’t read more books on religious subjects.” The CCPC library has many volumes worth a serious look. They may not be digital, and may look like they have been on the shelf for a while. But that is simply the outward appearance; recall the adage about books and their covers. The library holds several books by about Reinhold Niebuhr (d. 1971). Niebuhr is a favorite of President Barack Obama’s. In several interviews, the President has demonstrated familiarity with Niebuhr’s work and a solid grasp of his fundamental ideas. Though primarily known as an ethicist, Niebuhr also produced books and articles on politics, history, philosophy, contemporary affairs and foreign policy. He was also a renowned preacher, and a good number of his sermons appeared in books as “sermonic essays.” The CCPC library has one collection entitled Discerning the Signs of the Times (1946). It contains a gem entitled “Mystery and Meaning.” In it Niebuhr ponders St. Paul’s words about seeing though a mirror darkly. We do not see or understand all that surrounds us, including ourselves. But neither are we wholly in the dark about the ultimate meaning of existence. “A genuine faith,” writes Niebuhr, “resolves the mystery of life by the mystery of God…Faith in God is faith in some ultimate unity of life, in some final comprehensive purpose which holds all the various, and frequently contradictory, realms of coherence and meaning together.” The library also has a fine biography of Niebuhr by Richard Fox. Both it and Discerning The Signs of the Times are worth a look. —Brad Shingleton
Ian Richardson’s Retirement Early last month, our long-serving Church Administrator, Ian Richardson announced his retirement for the end of this month. Ian has done many great things for our congregation over the last seventeen years. His diligence and devotion have been a blessing to us. Ian knows parts of our building that only the mice have seen. His management of the financial operations has been exceptional. We will greatly miss Ian. The following is a portion of Ian’s retirement announcement that he wishes to share with the congregation.—Rev. Molly Blythe Teichert Dear Friends: It has been my privilege to serve the Session, Congregation and programs of CCPC for almost exactly seventeen years. I know that there were some folks who, with good reason given my previous career, wondered what they were getting themselves into by offering me the job of Church Administrator. I hope I succeeded in demonstrating that they made a good choice. My experience outside the obvious functions of a church administrator has, I believe, been of use to you all in many ways over the years. We have changed tremendously since that day in 1996. Back then we did not have, for example, a computer network, a Columbarium, or a website, and many exciting projects such as the refurbishment of the sanctuary, the total window replacement, and the Ed Wing extension/re-build all lay in the future. Our phone system and copier machines were primitive by comparison with what we have now. And who, looking at the tiny red and green lights glowing on some electronic devices, would have thought that one day LEDs would bring unprecedented light into our Sanctuary! I certainly didn’t realize that I would find myself helping to help chip ice and dig snow from the entrances and pathways, wading barefoot through flood waters in the pottery room, transferring ashes from temporary containers to permanent urns, or tackling a thief stealing Orlando’s tools (and I used to detest rugby practice!), or spending the night in the sanctuary making sure that the emergency propane heaters did not start a fire, or discovering homeless people lurking in the building when I arrive at my usual 5am hour! I have sometimes said that I have done everything here at some time or another except preach a sermon (yes, I have played the organ but only when nobody could hear), and I think I have explored every nook and cranny of the building from the tunnels under the library and the Worship closet to the very top of the tower. I have enjoyed (almost all of) those experiences and opportunities immensely. They have given me great satisfaction, as have the consistently favorable pronouncements passed upon our financial records by our outside auditors. I will always remember the Worship and Memorial services and concerts that Ruthi and I participated in as members of the Chevy Chase Handbell Ringers. The apprehension before (and during) and, not infrequently, the serenity when a piece went well. In addition to the Sanctuary at CCPC, we played for the residents at numerous retirement/nursing homes and hospitals, we played with the Washington Gay Men’s Chorus, we played at the Kennedy Center, Capitol Hill, Hillwood House, Strathmore, the National Cathedral, St Matthew’s Cathedral, and numerous other churches as far away as Youngstown, Ohio, and Bruton Parish Church, Williamsburg, where we gave a candlelight Christmas concert. Over these years at CCPC I have been proud to be a member of a team that does great things. If I start to name individuals who I will remember with great fondness, I will inevitably forget many who have helped me tremendously. I apologize to those in advance, but it would be remiss of me to conclude my time here without honoring people like Art Sundstrom, Gordon and Jane Irvin, Bob and Betty Jane Crago, Bill Bond, Ken Lowenberg, Bob and Cheryl Wood, Norm Stant, Bill and Marie Hoffman, Campbell Graeub, Dick Riegel, Jim Kettler, Cindy Walsh, Tempe Thomas, Lynn Jostes, and my other colleagues on staff, especially Pastor Molly. We have shared many happy times (and a few sad ones) together, and we have successfully weathered many transitions through mutual support. My plans for the near future include indulging in expanded photographic opportunities, spending more time at the beach, and fulfilling my dream of learning Italian. I wish you all well for the future.
Gifts Give Hope This year the Gifts of Hope market raised $25,572 to help those in need all around the world. (This was in line with last year’s total of $25,300.) Over 100 families and individual donors chose to give alternative gifts. Two Sunday School classes, Linda Ertz’ 3rd & 4th grade and Melody Soopper’s 6th & 7th grade, contributed, one towards an animal through Heifer Project International and the other to the villagers of Shikokho. Under the leadership of Sally Kelly, a new Shikokho initiative, Women’s Microfinance, got underway. Small loans ($150-$250) are made to village women to start or grow a business. In this endeavor, CCPC is partnering with the Women’s Microfinance Initiative (www.wmionline.org), which matches each CCPC dollar. WMI provides business and financial training and ongoing on-the-ground support to women as they build personal success, family stability, and sustainable village economies The Christmas groceries basket was only half full on the last Sunday of the market, and it didn’t look as though CCPC would meet its commitment to the hungry in the immediate area. But by the time the pastor had finished appealing for additional funds, contributions had doubled and the basket was overflowing.
Gifts of Hope 2012 Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
Transition Assistance Program (TAP)
CCPC/WMI Shikokho Microloan Fund
Heifer Project International
Medical Benevolence Foundation
Shikokho Scholarships & School Supplies
Christmas Groceries for Needy Families
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