Open most Sunday mornings, St. Columba’s bookstore, located off the Common, offers inspiring books on spirituality, prayer and religion, and a wide variety of children’s books. It features titles pertinent to the changing seasons of the church yea,r in addition to books being read and discussed by various groups in the parish.
Contact: Kelly Rubenstein | E-mail
The Creative Aging Network (CAN) meets monthly for discussions, both spiritual and secular, related to the ever-changing issues of life for those 60 years old and older. CAN aims to help its members live gracefully and well, continuing to share their time and talents in the parish and the community.
Contact: Cynthia Hoover, Inga Blust | E-mail
St. Columba’s Fathers’ Group offers men with children at home and recent empty-nesters a community where we learn how to use God’s tools to build and develop our lives as fathers and leaders of young people. Through both formal and informal programs, projects and conversation we will look for a deeper and more spiritual fatherhood through Christ. Join us on the first Sunday of the month, 8-10 pm at The Avenue (5540 Connecticut Avenue, NW).
Contact: Alix Guerrier, Chip Somodevilla, David Fahrenthold | E-mail
The Mothers’ Group seeks to strengthen our faith by sharing our experiences as mothers, and meets in fellowship to discuss the realities of motherhood – both the challenges and the blessings – and to hear from guest speakers on topics such as spirituality, the practice of faith, parenting, and work/life balance.
Gatherings include: weekly discussions or speaker programs (Wednesdays during the school year from 10:00-11:30 at the church), potluck dinners (several per year on weekday evenings, rotating at mothers’ homes), a retreat (often in the winter or spring, either at church or offsite) and ad hoc group outings.
Contact: Alecia Brinkerhoff | E-mail
All parishioners play an important role in making St. Columba’s a friendly, welcoming and Spirit-filled place for visitors and regular worshippers alike, and the Welcome Ministry leads that effort by greeting all who walk through our doors, seeking out newcomers and staffing the “Connect Cafe” in the Common and Great Hall.
Contact: Susan DeWitt, Gina Lagomarsino | E-mail