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March 2011

The glory of these forty days, We celebrate with song and praise; For Christ, by whom all things were made, Himself has fasted and has prayed. -Gregory the Great It starts in the dust of our mortality. We walk with Jesus through his ministry, through his arrest, trial and death. Finally, on Easter, our path opens up to new and eternal life. More than any other season of the church year, Lent is a journey. Our congregation has been on another journey for several months now. We have been on a vision quest, seeking a clearer understanding of our identity, context and purpose. We have been down in the Jordan River with Jesus as he committed his life to challenging the injustice of the Temple priests and rulers. We didn’t realize what a bold move it is to be baptized as one of Jesus’ followers. As Jesus called Peter, James and John to fish for people, we saw them learn how to bring people out of chaos just as Jesus did. We said the purpose of the church is to change people to change the world. The church calls us to a new way of life so that we can make a difference in the world. Churches change people to change the world. But how does the church change us? Teaching from the side of the mountain, Jesus tells us we are salt and light. He tells us we are as essential to God’s purpose as the basic elements on which all life depends. Jesus calls us to live a distinctive way of life based on hospitality, generosity, and compassion for the poor. When we dilute our Christian tradition to a watered down solution of tolerance, self-improvement with-

out much God, Jesus calls us to courage, wonder and strength in a rediscovery of the riches of the Christian tradition. Our journey has taken us down to look at the very foundation of our faith, Jesus himself. We have had to recognize that some of our old worn out images of Jesus have to go. Faith is not so much about believing the right things, or even doing the right things as it is about a relationship of love. The foundation of our faith is God’s love for us in Jesus Christ. Jesus wants to know us, love us, share our lives and walk with us on our life journey. It is God’s love for us that we come to know in Jesus that changes, or transforms us, so that we can be God’s agents in changing the world. Our tradition is rich in ways for us to connect with Jesus Christ. As we go through Lent, the sermons will help us discover some old and new ways to deepen our relationship with Jesus Christ. Our walk through Lent is not simply a journey to get from one place to the next. It is an adventure in how deeply we can be alive. It is an adventure in coming to live more fully in the Kingdom of God. It is daring, full of wonder and passion, and may be even lifechanging. God’s Blessings for Lent -


The Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church  One Chevy Chase Circle  Washington, DC 20015 (202) 363-2202 



March 6

Transfiguration—Services at 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. The Rev. Steve Robertson will be preaching The Sacrament of Communion will be celebrated Music by the Chevy Chase Handbell Ringers, both services Arabic Language Worship Service at 1:30 p.m.

March 9

Ash Wednesday— Services at 7:30 a.m., 9:15 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. The Rev. Lynn Jostes will be preaching The Sacrament of Communion will be celebrated

March 13

Lent One —Services at 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. The Rev. Molly Blythe Teichert will be preaching Music by the First Service Singers (9:30) & Chancel Choir (11:00)

March 20

Lent Two —Services at 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. The Rev. Molly Blythe Teichert will be preaching Music by the Carol Choir, Junior Choir (9:30/11:00) and Chancel Choir (11:00)

March 27

Lent Three—Services at 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. The Rev. Molly Blythe Teichert will be preaching Music by the Youth Choir (11:00)

SPECIAL LENTEN SERVICE—ASH WEDNESDAY WORSHIP Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at 7:30 a.m., 9:15 a.m. or 7:30 p.m. In ancient Israel ashes were understood to be a forceful reminder of the pervasiveness of human sin and of the inevitability of death. Ashes represented that which was burned out and wasted… that which once was, but is no more. This traditional emblem of grief and mourning has been adopted by the Christian church as a signal of our own sinful mortality, as well as to remind us of the dark days in Jesus’ life in his passion and death. During the days of Lent which follow, we think about who we are and who Jesus Christ is for us …and the journey begins. This year, we invite you to begin your contemplative Lenten journey with worship. We will gather for a simple service of scripture/reflection, singing, ashes and communion at 7:30 a.m. (for early morning risers or those on the way to work,) 9:15 a.m. (for those dropping off at Nursery School and others), and 7:30 p.m. (for those who wish to conclude their day with worship) in the chapel/sanctuary. Please join us for this sacred time.

SAVE THE DATE Next Inquirers’ Seminar Scheduled for April 7, 2011 The next Inquirers’ Seminar of the program year will be offered on Thursday evening, April 7, 2010 from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. in Room 103 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 25. If you are interested in participating in the seminar on April 7 (or know someone who may be interested), please contact Associate Pastor Lynn Jostes at 202-363-2202 or 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


Sunday Mornings and Beyond The Bible in Context Class (Meets from 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. in Room 350-B, third floor, Education Building) Early Christian Letters. Please join us to examine some of the letters outside of the canon which circulated in the first century church in this year-long course led by Peter Combes and John Weicher. For more information, look for a complete syllabus at Faith Trek (Meets from 9:45 – 10:45 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 class is reading Hans Kung’s new book, What I Believe. Check with Margaret Chan (301-656-5034) if you have questions or to secure a copy of the book. Please feel free to drop by any Sunday. 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 February for a discussion of these topics: March 6 to April 17—Genesis: A Living Conversation. For more than two thousand years Jews, Christians and Muslims have read the stories from the book of Genesis for their religious, moral and ethical meanings. From the creation of the world to its destruction by flood, from the first man and woman made in God's image to the intrigues of the patriarchs and matriarchs, from fratricide to reconciliation, and from being called by God to calling on God, we are often encouraged to faithfulness and challenged to debate. Join discussion leader, Theda Bagdy, to examine portions of this fruitful book through the lens of the PBS series Genesis: A Living Conversation and Bill Moyers’ panel of passionate thinkers--clergy, teachers, journalists, lawyers, and others who discuss the moral, ethical, and religious meanings of the Bible's first book and its enduring message.

Wednesday Evenings (Monthly) The Young Women’s Bible Study invites all young women of the congregation to join their study and fellowship! Mark your calendars for the third Wednesday of the month at 8:00 p.m. in Room 350-B (third floor, Education Building, street side.) Bring your Bibles and join us and teacher, Lynn Jostes, for some great discussion of the Gospel of John!

Wednesday Mornings (Bi-Weekly) The Wednesday Morning Bible Study Group will begin a study of the Minor Prophets on Wednesday, March 9. The group meets twice a month in Geneva Hall on Wednesdays from 10:30 – 12:30, generally on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays. A calendar and our study guide ($10.00) are available from study leader, Lynn Jostes. Contact Grace Hyslop ( for more details. Come join us as we explore the word for us today of these books…minor only in their size, not their content. See you in class!

Church School Classes for Everyone!

Youth Sunday Youth Choir

We’ve Saved a Place for You!

March 27 at 11:00 a.m.

Church School classes for all ages continue through May each Sunday. Church school is held from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Children and youth are encouraged to attend worship with their family or with friends and then go to their classes (usually after the Time with Children each week). Children in grades K-4 enjoy music with Joann Moorer on most Sundays before going to classes. Watch the announcements for details. If you haven’t already done so, we ask that parents please complete a registration form for their child (ren) for the rest of this year’s session. Forms are available from the teachers or in the church office. We’ll be looking for you!!

Youth in grades 6-12 are invited to participate in a youth choir, directed by Julie Evans, for that Sunday morning service. If you would like to participate, please commit to at least two rehearsals. Rehearsals are as follows:  Ash Wednesday, March 9: 5:45 – 7:15 p.m. - Pizza, followed by our first rehearsal in room 300.  Sunday, March 13: 4:45-5:45 p.m. in room 300 (preceding youth group).  Sunday, March 20: 4:45-5:45 p.m. in room 300 and in the sanctuary (preceding youth group). For more information or to sign up, contact Julie at or 202-363-2202


Adult Education—Focus FOCUS in March-April

March 17, 24, 31 & April 7, 14, 2011 FOCUS (our Adult Education series at CCPC highlighting various aspects of the adult journey: Faith… Outreach… Community… Understanding… Spirituality…) will continue on Thursday evenings in Lent. 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 ($7.00/adult; $3.00/ children 3-10; children under 2 eat free; RESERVATIONS REQUIRED by the Tuesday prior to the event) 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!! Childcare is also available during the classes as requested. The next series of classes, to be held on Thursdays, March 17, 24, 31 & April 7, 14, will feature these options: 1. They Shall Become One – Please join the Rev. Molly Blythe Teichert for Bible Study, church history, and a theological exploration of marriage and considerations raised by same-gender commitments. Bring your Bibles and questions. 2. Families and Death: More Play-Reading – Join Fredericka Berger for four sessions of discussing these questions through excerpts of some powerful plays: What do families believe in? Does faith bring families together, tear them apart, or both? At each meeting we will read and discuss excerpts from the following plays: MARCH 17 – ―MAJOR BARBARA‖ by George Bernard Shaw. How do father and daughter (two powerful personalities) resolve their conflicting religious and secular values? This major playwright is adept at using lively dialogue to explore controversy. MARCH 24 – ―DANCING AT LUGHNASA‖ by Brian Friel. An account of the issues of survival that confront five sisters and an uncle who is a missionary priest. How does their faith sustain, or fail to sustain them? Part of the tradition of Irish theatre, it is set in Ireland in 1936. MARCH 31 – ―THE PIANO LESSON‖ by August Wilson. How does the conflict between brother and sister over the future of a family piano, as laid out by one of America’s preeminent contemporary playwrights, involve issues of faith? APRIL 7 – ―THE POTTING SHED‖ by Graham Greene. The impact of faith which permeates every relationship of a family in this play by the well-known mystery writer. 3. An Environmental Film Festival coordinated by Louise White – Daily we are bombarded with news and opinions about the environment, and at the same time are charged to pay more attention to caring for God's Creation. Join us as we view and discuss five films describing different aspects of the challenges facing the environment. MARCH 17- ―FRESH.‖ An overview of how farming and food production practices have changed in our country and how that affects the food that finally reaches our tables. It is likely to change the way you look at food and how you use it in your own lives. MARCH 24- ―DISAPPEARANCE OF THE BEES.‖ Dramatic footage about the continuing mystery of the decline of the bee population, which speculates about the possible causes of this decline and links it to many of the farming practices described in FRESH. This film will be co-presented as part of the Environmental Film Festival. MARCH 31- ―GASLAND.‖ This film was just nominated for an Academy Award. It shows what is happening to our land and water as natural gas companies pursue new methods of extracting natural gas, and includes compelling graphics and interviews with farmers and landowners, which are relevant as we increase our use of natural gas. APRIL 7- ―CHEMICAL REACTION.‖ This DVD focuses on what we do in our own backyards. It deals with the problems of pesticides, water run off, toxic chemicals, and encourages more natural ways and fewer chemicals to manage our yards and lawns and sewage. APRIL 14- ―TAPPED.‖ We will close the series with something we can all relate to: bottled water. The film compares bottled and tap water, the relative purity and cost of each, the fact that large firms take water from communities without paying for it, that bottled water produces incredible piles of waste and relies on plastic containers that have unknown effects. 4. Soul Collage – a one-session introspection guided by Theresa Walker. Lent is a time of reflection, retreat, and recovering a whole heart. Take time to look into your life and see what your soul is telling you as you approach Easter’s promise of new life in a simple contemplative exercise called SoulCollage. Absolutely no artistic experience needed. All materials will be supplied by the instructor. A $5 materials fee, payable at the class, will be requested. 5. Advanced Biblical Greek continues with Angela Rasmussen. See the FOCUS brochure for details and registration information!

Mission, Community & Outreach


Community Based Shelter Week February 27 to March 5 The Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church is one of the founders of Interfaith Works, a group of over 100 congregations, committed to helping the residents of Montgomery County. Interfaith Works provides transitional housing through their Community Based Shelter program (CBS), to homeless women committed to changing their lives and current situation. CBS provides the case management structure necessary to help residents recover and move to permanent housing. For the past fifteen years, the Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church has organized to feed the guests of the CBS shelter in Rockville. Again, this year, CCPC will provide breakfast, lunch and dinner from Sunday, February 27 until Saturday, March 5. To help make lunch, and/or cook and serve dinners, food, please sign up in Chadsey Hall. Members who cannot participate may make a donation for the week's food supplies and paper goods. If you wish to make a donation, please make your check payable to CCPC and indicate that the check is for the CBS program. For more information, contact Bobbi Brown at (301) 656-6991 or

Job Transitions Group The Job Transitions Group at CCPC offers encouragement, support, skill development, and fellowship to those currently out of work, exploring career options, or actively seeking a new job. The group meets at the church about every other Monday afternoon from 3:00 to 4:30 PM, in the Firesides Room. The dates for winter and spring are: March 14, 28, April 4, 18, May 2, 16, 23. Participants are welcome to attend each session or whenever they are able. The group is open to anyone and there is no cost to participants. For information, contact Steve Robertson,, or (202) 363-2202.

Needlework Show March 1 through April 29, 2011 CCPC’s Needlework Group is showing a selection of the handmade Prayer Shawls, Baby Blankets and other handmade items created by its members. This textile show will hang in Geneva Hall from March 1 through April 29, 2011. The Needlework Group invites everyone to come to Geneva Hall on March 13, from 12:00 to 12:45 p. m. to meet its members and discuss individual shawls or the prayer shawl mission. These Shawls and Baby Blankets are not just individual unique works of knitting, crocheting or quilting. They are made with joy and dedicated with prayers as palpable expressions of God’s unconditional love and hope. CCPC’s Deacons and Pastors distribute them to persons needing comfort and healing or to those celebrating the birth of a baby or other joyous event. Shawls and Blankets are usually given directly to individuals so this is an opportunity for the whole congregation to see the range of work produced as part of this prayer shawl mission and to learn more about it. The Needlework Group meets every Tuesday afternoon in the Library and welcomes needle workers of all skill levels to join this ministry of friendship and care. For more information about the show or the groups weekly meetings contact Florence Mills ( or 202-244-1136).

Mission, Community & Outreach

6 One Great Hour of Sharing Since 1949, Presbyterians have joined with millions of other Christians through One Great Hour of Sharing to share God’s love with people experiencing need. Our gifts support ministries of disaster response, refugee assistance and resettlement, and community development that help people find safe refuge, start new lives and work together to strengthen their families and communities. Recognizing that the hope we have in Christ is lived out in our hope for one another, we respond with gifts that help our sisters and brothers around the world find the hope for a brighter future. Where does the money go? The funds are shared between the Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP), the Self-Development of People (SDOP) program and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA). With support from the PHP, 34 vulnerable communities in the semi-arid Far North Province of Cameroon have been organized to run their own communal grain banks. Instead of selling their crops to merchants who hoard the produce to maximize profits later in the year, the crops are stored in the village granary. When families run out of their own reserves, they can take grains on in-kind credit and pay back this loan from the next sorghum harvest later in the year. The SDOP program sponsors the self-development of economically poor, oppressed, and disadvantaged people by helping them own, control, and benefit directly from projects that promote long-term change in their lives and communities. Under this program the 16th and Monroe Street Tenant Association of Washington, D.C. received support to secure its building. Association members embarked on this project because of the attempt by developers to aggressively displace longtime residents of the community in favor of a more affluent population. Some of these residents had lived in the building for more than 25 years. The PDA has been helping prevent the spread of the cholera outbreak in Haiti. By November 2010, more than 250 people had died and 3,000 people had been hospitalized. Measures were taken in collaboration with our ecumenical partner, ACT Alliance, to prevent the infection from spreading to the capital, Port-au-Prince, and other metropolitan areas. All efforts have been carried out in close cooperation with UN and government of Haiti agencies working in the areas of health and water/sanitation. The One Great Hour of Sharing offering will be received at CCPC during Lent and commissioned at the service on Palm Sunday. Please look for the envelope you will receive in the mail or find one in the pews and give generously so that others may find hope.

Summer Plans with a Purpose The pace of life today demands time for reflection...Time to get away from the stress, bother and activity of our workday weeks...Time for purposeful rest and renewal. For Christians, these times of retreat are even more important. It is in these moments that we are better able to talk with God and listen for guidance. The Presbyterian Church (USA) recognizes the need for quality time and space for reflection and provides outstanding programs at its two national conference centers and locally at Meadowkirk. This summer, why not include Montreat, Ghost Ranch or Meadowkirk in your plans? Check out the Meadowkirk schedules for children and youth on the Christian Education bulletin board in the second floor hallway along with information on Montreat, Ghost Ranch, and Massanetta Springs programs. Isn't it time you and your family experienced... MONTREAT - located in the mountains of western North Carolina near Asheville, this 4,000-acre conference center offers week-long events in a variety of areas (e.g. Worship and Music, Christian Life, Women, Spirituality, Older Adults, Christian Education, Leadership, etc.). Six types of housing are available as well as Club programs for children and teens and some exciting opportunities for recreation. Remember: Montreat isn’t just for youth! But ask them what a great place it is!! GHOST RANCH - located on a 21,000acre working ranch near Santa Fe, NM, this unique conference center offers summer seminars for adults and carefullyplanned programs for children and youth during the morning and evening hours to allow parents to participate in the studies. The high, dry climate provides warm bright days and cool, refreshing nights in this beautiful setting. MEADOWKIRK CAMP and RETREAT CENTER - is a ministry of our own National Capital Presbytery located on 358 acres of God's creation in Middleburg, Virginia (approximately 40 miles west of Washington, D.C.) The summer camp program offers a variety of week-long camp experiences for children and youth on July 10-15, July 17-22, July 24-29, and July 31-Aug 5. This summer they are re-opening the Platform Tent village for a rustic alternative to the cottages. The camping experience features Community, Rustic, Nite Owl & MK Adventure Camps. BROCHURES and APPLICATION FORMS will be posted in March. Some scholarship funds for children and youth are available through the Christian Education Committee. Contact Lynn Jostes for details.

Monthly Highlights


COME TO THE EASTER FESTIVAL!! March 26,2011 Can you name five symbols of Lent/Easter? Where and when did the tradition of Easter Eggs begin? How many different crosses can you draw? Children, youth and adults are invited to come join us at our second annual Easter Festival, Saturday morning, March 26, 2011 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. in Chadsey Hall to explore these and other traditions of our most sacred season of the church year. We’ll hear the story of Easter, make lots of crafts, hunt for eggs, decorate Easter cards for our homebound members, and enjoy some foods of the season. No reservations necessary, just bring your friends and come join the fun.

Hearthstones and Firesides Youth Groups

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper Tuesday, March 8, 2011 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Do you like pancakes ...for supper?! Join the fun for a family-style Pancake Supper on the Tuesday night before Lent begins. Pancakes and all the fixings will be prepared and served (by the Graeub/Atwood families) Tuesday, March 8 between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. in Chadsey Hall, so come when you can and leave when you must. A donation of $7 per adult, $5 per child to age 10, with a $30 maximum per family will be requested. No reservations are needed. The serving of pancakes on the Tuesday before the church season of Lent originally began as households sought to clean out all the eggs, milk and fat that would otherwise spoil before the 40 days of Lent were over and were allowed by church tradition to be consumed again. Reformed Christians no longer prohibit eating these foods during Lent. However, we still observe the Shrove Tuesday traditions of food and fellowship!

The Hearthstones (middle school) and Firesides (senior high) youth groups will be meeting for fellowship and activities on: Mar. 6 - 6-8 p.m.

Planning for Youth Sunday

Mar. 13 - 6-8 p.m.

Planning for Youth Sunday

Mar. 20 - 6-8 p.m.

Planning for Youth Sunday

Mar. 27 - 11 a.m.

Youth Sunday during Worship

Watch for more information about planned activities and events. For more information, contact Becky Wood (see below!) at (202) 363-2202 or

CCPC has a new Interim Youth Ministries Associate!! The Search Committee is pleased to announce that: Rebecca “Becky” Wood has accepted our call, and is already planning some great activities for the rest of the year for Hearthstones and Firesides (our middle school and high school youth groups on Sunday evenings.) Becky is no stranger to Hearthstones and Firesides since she started there as a youth when her family joined CCPC. Becky is a graduate of Whittier College in Whittier, CA with a degree in Sociology and Political Science. She is an experienced community outreach manager and event planner with extensive experience on environmental projects, and is back in the area. She is also an avid runner and soccer player and plays in local social sports leagues on volleyball and football teams. She was confirmed here at CCPC in 1999, was active in youth activities and mission trips, and was elected an Elder in the church she attended in California. Becky will work with us for 15 hours per week/60 hours per month (approximately) and is excited about joining the church staff to guide and engage our youth in exciting and creative ways. You can reach Becky at or leave a message for her at CCPC, (202) 363-2202 extension 29.

CHEVY CHASE CONCERTS PRESENTS: 34th Annual Bach Marathon March 20, 2011 from 2:00 - 7:00 p.m. in the Church Sanctuary A Washington institution, ten organists will feature the music of J.S. Bach in halfhour programs each on our magnificent 3-manual, 50-rank, 2,500-pipe Rieger tracker organ. Come when you can; leave when you must; refresh your soul. This season’s theme is ―Bach and Beyond‖, the music of J.S. Bach and those influenced by him.

2:00 2:30 3:00 3:30 4:00

Robert McCormick Ken Lowenberg Paul Skevington Paul Stetsenko Victoria Shields

4:30 5:00 5:30 6:00 6:30

Paul J. Carroll Mark Willey Ted Davis Owen Burdick, harpsichord; Richard Wyton, traverso Julie Vidrick Evans

All Concerts are free and open to the public. No tickets required; donations gratefully accepted. A reception to meet the artists follows each concert.

Julie Vidrick Evans, Organist March 6, 2011 at 4 p.m. A concert of music played on the newly installed Casavant pipe organ. Works by Mendelssohn, Bach, Dupre and Persichetti, plus spiritual settings. Church of the Little Flower Massachusetts Avenue, Bethesda, MD A reception will follow.

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