At CHUMC, we strive to connect faith to life, and in the process, connect with God and one another. We live in a transient community, and so we seek to be a place where someone knows your name and cares about your journey. Here are a few of the ways to connect with others on this journey of faith.

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Advent 2017 - A B-List Christmas Calendar

Wednesdays | 9:00-10:00pm
Starting Nov 29, this four-session study will help prepare us for Christmas by discussing reflections on African American spirituals from the book, Rise Up, Shepherd, by Luke A. Powery. Join Pastor Alisa via Zoom Video Conferencing.
Contact Pastor Alisa for more info ( or 202-546-1000, x222)

Friday, December 1 | 4:00-9:00pm
Saturday, December 2 | 9:00am-Project Finish
Help provide Christmas for less fortunate children in our community by wrapping presents and stuffing stockings. Stop by anytime; stay as long as you can!
Contact Kirsten Gullickson for more info (

Sunday, December 3 | 10:45am Worship
Join together to hear the shepherds speak to us as well as a chorus of angels,
the mysterious Magnificat, and a stirring “Gloria in excelsis deo” to conclude.
Contact Jon Kalbfleisch for more info (

Sunday, December 10 | 10:45am Worship
See the telling of the Christmas story as only children can tell it!
Contact Deacon Troy for more info ( or 202-546-1000, x223)

TnT (Twenties & Thirties) invite ALL to an EVENING OF CAROLING
Sunday, December 10 | 6:30pm
Young and old are invited to go caroling around our neighborhood.
Contact Deacon Troy for more info ( or 202-546-1000, x223)

CHUM WOMEN invite all (men & women, old & young) to XMAS JOY!
Monday, December 11 | 6:45pm
Join us for a holiday tradition of uniting inspiring stories with acts of service. Dave Kennedy and Barbara Noe will delight us with the latest news of the kids on Lord’s Mountain in Zambia. Then, we’ll turn to Santa’s assembly line and put together Christmas gifts for Café friends.
Contact Carol Anderson for more info (

Wednesday, December 13 | 7:00pm
This service recognizes that for many, the joy of the season is tempered by great pain.
Contact Pastor Alisa for more info ( or 202-546-1000, x222)

Sunday, December 17 | 4:00-5:30pm
Children (Ages 3-Grade 5) will make up to 6 Christmas gifts for loved ones. Cost: $6
Contact Deacon Troy for more info ( or 202-546-1000, x223)

10:45am - Worship (but no Sunday School)

4:30pm - Casual celebration for the young and young at heart!

7:00pm - Traditional service featuring a children’s moment, beautiful music, Christmas message from Pastor Alisa, Holy Communion, and candlelight.
Contact Pastor Alisa for more info ( or 202-546-1000, x222)

Thanksgiving Basket Food Drive

BasketsEach fall Capitol Hill Group Ministry (CHGM) hosts the Thanks-GIVING Food Basket Drive to help provide Thanksgiving Day feasts with all the trimmings to families in Ward 6 and beyond. Last year you were instrumental in helping CHGM provide over 1,764 thanksgiving meals. This year CHUMC will fill 40 baskets with food (up from 30 baskets last year). 

Ways to participate:

  • Donate $50 (or more!) to cover the cost of a Thanksgiving Basket. Place a check in the offering plate with Thanksgiving Baskets in Memo line. Or donate through PayPal at Please include "Thanksgiving Baskets" in the Special Instructions box.  
  • Stick around on Sunday, November 19 to participate in basket packing in the Sanctuary. 
  • DIY. Fill a basket/bag/box with items on the list at the back of the sanctuary and drop it off at the church on or before November 19th. 

Questions? Contact Stacey Baxter (

Trusting God in Every Season - A Year in Review

You trusted your time, talents,and treasure to God.
And God used you to answer the prayers of others.

Parents of more than 70 children trust God to help raise their kids in faith and…
…you offer a dynamic VBS, stellar Sunday School, a record-size Lenten Adventure,
Youth Sabbaths, and more.

Refugees from Afghanistan trusted God and…
…you were God’s answer by covering a family’s rent this past year and, in partnership with
7 congregations, furnishing homes and assisted 13 additional refugee families.
Unhoused Neighbors trusted God and…
…you offered 15,000 meals and helped 11 individuals move into their own homes.
Youth groups from across the world came here to learn to trust in God and…
…you witnessed to 1,200 volunteers what it looks like
to be transformed by Christ’s heart for all.
Over 1,800 governmentt supporters and protestors,
many lacking trust in the church, came here and…
…you did not judge politics or religion but opened our doors to all for the Inauguration,
the Women’s March and the March for Racial justice. 
A Pastor in Zambia trusted God to help him educate
32 orphans at the Lord’s Mountain and…
…you became penpals to this isolated village
and then purchased and provided an Electronic Library with over 1000 books.
Young adults come to CHUMC hoping to find purpose and…
…you teach them to trust God’s call, resulting in 1 ordination1 clergy commission,
and 1 new seminarian this year.
You trusted God with your time and to help us grow in our discipleship and...
…over 130 adults grew in faith in 20 studies like Covenant Bible, Reading & Resistance,
 St. Simeon, Living the Questions, and more.
You trust God by opening our church home to all and…
… 2 community pre-schools, 1 non-profit helping 350 impoverished women secure jobs, 
1 job training program helping employ 86% of their "at-risk" youth graduates, 
2 12-Step groups, 1 TransParent support group, 1 Scouting troop
and more do God’s work here everyday!

We do not own nor claim any rights to the song used in the video.
Song: "We Are Called" retrieved from YouTube:
Artist: David Haas
Album: With You by My Side, Vol. 1: The Journey of Life
Released: 2001

Reading & Resistance - Fear+Less Dialogues - Mon, Dec 4, 2017 - 7:00pm

No doubt, our world is wrestling with great division over race, class, and creed. As people who follow Christ, the great reconciler, how are we supposed to respond?

FearlessJoin the next meeting of our Reading & Resistance book club. For our next book, we’re reading Gregory C. Ellison II's Fearless Dialogues: A New Movement for Justice. Pick up a copy and join our discussion at:

  • Mr. Henry’s (Upstairs)
    Corner of 6th & Pennsylvania Ave SE
  • Monday, December 4, 2017
  • 7:00pm

We encourage you to procure your own copy. If you desire to purchase, it is available from, or check out for several options. Or, we can purchase a copy for you for $11. If you would like a copy of the book but would need a scholarship, contact Pastor Alisa.

Questions? Contact Pastor Alisa ( or 202-546-1000, x222).

2017 Fall Carnival of Fun - Sun, Oct 22 - 4:00-6:00pm

An event for the whole family in our parking lot!  AND you can bring a friend!

  • Sunday, October 22, 2017
  • 4:00-6:00pm
  • In the CHUMC Parking Lot
    (or inside if weather is bad)

We’ll have:

  • A Cake Walk
  • Face Painting
  • Crafts
  • A Bounce House
  • Snacks
  • Games

You don't have to, but we hope you'll wear your costume!

There are also ways to volunteer.  This year, we are doing a new take on an old fashioned cake walk:

  • Can you provide packages that contain 2-3 cookies each (no nuts, please)?
  • Could you provide a cake or pie for a "grand prize" (again, no nuts, please)?
  • Could you provide small toys / trinkets that could be prizes?
OR, could you create and run another fun game?
If you can help with any of the above, please, let Deacon Troy know!

For more information, contact Deacon Troy Sims ( or 202-546-1000, x223).

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