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For Thurs., Nov. 20 Don't forget: this Saturday at 11:00 a.m. the Rev. Emily Lukanich will be ordained to the priesthood!

This coming Sunday will be a particularly "big" day in the life of Christ Church as Emily will celebrate the Eucharist for the first times, and at the 10:30 a.m. service, will baptize her son, Christian. Sunday's forum will be presented by Carrie Kirk and me; our focus will be a theological reflection on "thankfulness" using the models from Education for Ministry. If you've been curious as to what we do at EfM, this will be a good chance to experience it.

We will also enjoy "Party with a Purpose" beginning at 4:30 p.m. It is a potluck dinner, so please bring a dish to share. "Party with a Purpose" is always great fun for all involved as we enjoy a meal, fellowship, and pack Christmas backpacks for the children of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

As Advent approaches, we will kick off two projects for parish participation. One will focus on "Water Mindfulness." Since we have received a $1,000 grant from our diocesan Millennial Development Goal Committee, we are trying to raise another $1,000 to match the grant. Here's how this project will work: Choose a time frame (a day, a week, two weeks, the whole month, etc.) and for every time you use water - brushing your teeth, washing dishes or clothes, showering, flushing the toilet, filling up your pet's water dish, watering your house plants, drinking a glass or bottle of water, and so forth - set aside a particular amount (of your choosing) of money. At the end of your designated time, bring the cash or a check for the total to church, noted for "Water Project." All of our funds will be pooled and sent to Episcopal Relief & Development for clean water projects in the Third World.

A second project is the reappearance of Christmas stockings for the children at the Women's Resource Center. The project will be structured as last year's, with stockings containing the child's gender, age, and gift suggestions. Spending is limited to $25 per stocking. Check the Christmas tree display in the parish hall this coming Sunday. Sixty stockings will be available, and we met with great success last year. Thank you for your generosity!

Words of Welcome

Thank you for visiting our website. As you will discover both on this site and in person, Christ Church is a congregation rich with people, worship, and a variety of ministries.

We worship as a community every Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. with the celebrations of Holy Eucharist. Everyone is welcome.

We worship at other times too, offering quarterly Evensong. Music is an integral part of our worship, as is the participation of the congregation.

Being one of only two churches still worshiping in original buildings in the Sixteen Squares that comprise historic downtown Blacksburg, Christ Church exists to serve God and people in our world with deep roots to our Anglican tradition and past, to embodying Christ's love in the present, and always striving to become more and more the people of God as the future unfolds.

We have a deep commitment to minister in the name of Christ to those in need, to those seeking God's presence in their lives, to the students, faculty, and administration at Virginia Tech, and to those who live out their Christian faith as Episcopalians.

If you find yourself pondering some of life's bigger questions, or perhaps you're looking for a place where you can engage your mind, heart, and soul while seeking a relationship with God and others, Christ Church invites you and welcomes you to become a part of this portion of the Body of Christ.

The Rev. Scott A. West, Rector

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