October 3, 2020
Stewart's Stewings
Well Otis and Maddie have had their baths, and they are in desperate need of a blessing from a pastor other than their dad! So please bring your furry or slimy friends on Sunday at 9:00 am for our outdoor, safely distanced blessing of the animals. Humans are required to wear masks. Bring a comfy chair if you like. After the brief blessing service, we'll also have communion. The playground will also be open! If you can't join us in person, then have your pets or stuff animals ready for their camera debut for our Zoom service at 10:30 am, and we'll bless them remotely!

But of course our hearts are heavy with the news that our President and First Lady have tested positive for COVID-19. We pray for their swift and full recovery and give thanks for so many caretakers and first responders. We pray for a quick and effective vaccine and therapeutics that will help get us back together as quickly and safely as possible. We also pray for our own Ellie Sharkey who was diagnosed with the virus earlier this week. She is home and in good spirits and grateful for our prayers. Right now she does not need phone calls or food, but cards and emails are welcome.

Please look for an October newsletter arriving this week with news about our fall stewardship campaign and our All Saints Day Celebration which is our fifth anniversary as Lutherpalians. Please see below about a special request for that service.

God bless you all this beautiful weekend,


Sunday Worship @ 10:30 am
Followed by Coffee Hour

Click here to join or call in +13017158592, 81549645294#.
You can also watch the live on 

All Saints Pictures
During our Sunday service on November 1, we would like to do a special video montage with pictures of all of the saints of our lives that we love but see no longer. Please email your pictures to Pastor Stewart with the names of each person you would like to share with the wider community. Please email these as soon as possible so that we can get going on this project which will take some significant time to prepare. The hard deadline for these submissions must be Sunday, October 25. 

Donations Needed

Over one half of our neighbors are now not able to pay their bills. While some expenses are down for folks, others are up, and income is down. The CARES Food Pantry is in desperate need. In addition to the regular needs, they need: spaghetti sauce, peanut butter, cooking oil, coffee, and canned vegetables other than the usual corn and peas! Please bring your donation to the church any time and leave it at the door under the covered ramp entrance.

They also have a new Amazon Wish List so you and purchase online and have donations sent directly to the pantry! They also need computer speakers for folks in the job assistance center. If you have some sitting around, bring them to the church.


Prayer for our Country

Almighty God, to whom we must account for all our powers and privileges: Guide the people of the United States in the election of officials and representatives; that, by faithful administration and wise laws, the rights of all may be protected and our nation be enabled to fulfill your purposes. Amen.

Click here
to give an offering online for our church.


Here are all the Zoom links for our online activities.
These links should remain the same each week.

Sunday Worship @ 10:30 am
Followed by Coffee Hour

Click here to join or call in +13017158592, 81549645294#.
You can also watch the live on 

Monday Chair Yoga @ 10:00 am
Click this link or call 1-301-715-8592 then enter 4102369650#
Watch yesterday's session here.

Wednesday Healing Prayers @ 10:30 am

Click this link or call 1-301-715-8592 then enter 87331904395#

Wednesday Night Live @ 7:30 pm
Compline Evening Prayers and Conversation

Click this link or call 1-301-715-8592 then enter 82573335080#.

Thursday Morning Bible Study @ 11:00 am
Click here to join  or call 1-929-205-6099 then enter 88586024640#

New Book Group!

The Nativity and Holy Comforter Book Club has been renewed. We, the “Bookies”, will be reading our first book Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. Our first discussion is slated for Saturday October 17, at 5 p.m. via zoom. All readers are welcome to join, or read at their own leisure. 

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: she struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding unnecessary human contact, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.

But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen, the three rescue one another from the lives of isolation that they had been living. Ultimately, it is Raymond’s big heart that will help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one. If she does, she'll learn that she, too, is capable of finding friendship—and even love—after all.

Smart, warm, uplifting, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes. . . the only way to survive is to open your heart
Hope to see and hear from you.  If you need any further information on the book club, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Margaret Dowding at or call 410-296-4577. 

Please read the September BT Times online.


Annual Meeting & Nominations

The Church Council has set the Annual Meeting for Sunday November 8, 2020 on Zoom following our regular 10:30 am worship. 

We will elect three new Council members to three year terms. Those eligible for election to the Church Council are confirmed members of this congregation who are 16 years of age or older who, during the preceding year, have received Holy Communion in this Congregation and have been faithful in corporate worship, unless for good cause prevented, and in working, praying and giving for the spread of the Kingdom of God.

Pastor Stewart has appointed the following members of the Nominating Committee: Justin Dowding, John McConnell, Kari Rudgers, Margaret Dowding, Harold Hardinger, and Barbara Herron. If you have questions about serving, would like to be nominated or nominate someone else, please 
email Justin or speak to any member of the committee.

Pastor Stewart will be co-facilitating the October 28 discussion on Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the US. If you would like a copy, they will be available in the office for $15. Contact Pastor Stewart if you are interested in joining the online conversation with our brothers and sisters from the CLAIM churches of Baltimore.
Our own Carolyn Surrick and Ronn McFarlane were featured in the midday concert series at the Church of the Epiphany in Washington, DC.
Take a little while to listen to this amazing concert, or leave it playing in the background as you go about your work.

The Delaware-Maryland Synod of the ELCA broadcasts at 10:00 am here on this website. The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland worships virtually at 11:00am at the Cathedral of the Incarnation. All services are cast on this worship page. Watch Washington National Cathedral's worship here.


Our Civic Responsibility

If you need to register to vote, just visit the Maryland State Board of Elections. The deadline to register online is October 13. If you would like to apply to receive a maill-in ballot for the November election, visit this webpage. Forms must be received by October 20. You will need to have your drivers license ready.


Be Counted!

Please take a few minutes to complete the 2020 Census
if you have not already do so. It's an easy process
online here.

Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage: We humbly beseech thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of thy favor and glad to do thy will. Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in thy Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that, through obedience to thy law, we may show forth thy praise among the nations of the earth. In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in thee to fail; all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Chair Yoga & Mindfulness Meditation

Mondays at 10:00 am

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Call Linda at 410-235--3612 or 410-236-9650 or email Linda if you have questions. Namaste.

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