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September 3, 2015

George Henry Watson III

After a long illness, George Henry Watson III, who grew up at St Columba’s, passed away on Aug. 19, 2015. He is survived by his mother and father, Ellen and George Watson. May his soul and the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.
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August 31, 2015

Sign up for Sunday School and Youth Formation

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Online registration is now open for age 3 through grade 5. Even if you have done this before, it is important to fill out the form for this year to provide us with up-to-date info. Sunday school classes are for three year olds through…


August 23, 2015

A Fond Farewell to Joe Burnett

On Sun., Aug. 23, St. Columba’s bade a fond farewell to the Rt. Rev. Joe Burnett, who served as interim rector from Jan. 2014 to Aug. 2015. Celebrated with commemorative gifts, song and a enormous spread of southern fare, Joe was thanked by St. Columba’s for his guidance through…


August 10, 2015

Construction Alerts and Updates

St. Columba's is embarking on a significant renovation project this summer, replacing all of our mechanical systems, fire alarm system, windows, exterior doors and lighting. Please bookmark this page to keep updated on the renovation’s progress.

Construction Alerts

NOTE: Our construction project continues to have the…


August 5, 2015

Mary Fay Hoover

Long time parishioner Mary Fay Hoover, 97, died peacefully on August 5, at Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg. Arrangements for a memorial service in the early fall are yet to be determined.

May Mary Fay's soul and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God,…


July 21, 2015

Amazon Smile Program

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St. Columba's has joined the Amazon Smile program. When you shop at, 0.5% of your purchase total can be donated to St. Columba's. Sign up is easy: Go to and search "columba" to designate St. Columba's as your…


July 20, 2015

Serving Our Neighbor (SON)

SON, St. Columba's summer service week for middle schoolers, takes place Mon., July 21-Fri., July 24. Each day, our youth will be serving a different agency in the DC metropolitan area.

Our activities will include: preparing and serving breakfast to homeless guests at SOME (So Others Might Eat)…


July 13, 2015

Virginia L. Johnson

Virginia L. Johnson, a long-time member of St. Columba’s until moving to Massachusetts in 2001, died July 13 at the age of 100. She had and still has many friends in the church and always liked having the newsletter read to her. On July 10, she particularly enjoyed hearing…


July 11, 2015

Janey Dea Cole

Longtime parishioner, Janey Dea Cole, passed away on Sat., July 11, having been cared for by many loving friends through a long illness. May her soul and the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Janey's funeral Eucharist will be held at…


July 7, 2015

Letter from Bishop Mariann

Episcopal Diocese of Washington

July 6, 2015

Dear Friends of the Diocese of Washington,

The 78th General Convention of the Episcopal Church has adjourned, and on behalf of our entire diocesan deputation, Episcopal…


June 15, 2015

St. Columba Names New Rector

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The vestry of St. Columba's Episcopal Church is pleased to announce that it has called the Rev. Ledlie Laughlin to be its next rector.

Ledlie is currently the rector of St.…


May 19, 2015

Flat Jesus Hits the Road

This summer, “Flat Jesus” will make his debut at St. Columba’s!

We invite parishioners of all ages to take Flat Jesus along with them this summer as a reminder that Jesus is always with us. Coloring is optional!

You can take Flat Jesus with you on hikes,…


St. Columba's Monthly Newsletter

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St. Columba’s mails a printed newsletter to 1400 parishioner homes just prior to the first of the month. An electronic version is also posted online here (in downloadable PDF and online magazine formats). There are 10 issues each year (monthly with the exception of January and August).
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It is our policy to publish in our newsletters and on our website photographs of parishioners engaged in church activities, as a way of showing the life and spirit of this parish. We are sensitive to privacy concerns and do not name people in photographs except in rare instances and only with prior permission from the individuals pictured. If you have a concern about a published picture of yourself or a family member, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with the particulars, and we will be happy to remove it.

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