December 4, 2019                                                                                     View this email in your browser
Click above to hear Ensemble Galilei's version of Frosty the Snowman.

Ensemble Galilei’s Christmas / Solstice Concert 

Friday, December 13 at 7:30 p.m.

The music is amazing - come celebrate the Solstice and the holidays with us! Liz Knowles on fiddle (who for two years was the solo fiddler for Riverdance and now hails from Portland, Maine), Sue Richards, four-time US National Harp Champion, from Asheville on Celtic harp, Jackie Moran, one of the finest Irish musicians in the world flies in from Chicago with his bodhran and banjo, Preston Wilde Howard brings his Uilleann pipes, Irish flutes and whistle comes from Portland OR, and Carolyn Surrick on viola da gamba. 

$25/adults. $20 students & seniors. Tickets at the door or online here.

Ensemble Galilei – Notes from the Church Office 

There’s a lot to be said for longevity. Ensemble Galilei’s Solstice/Christmas concert tradition started in 1990 in Annapolis in the Great Hall at St. John’s College. All of the musicians who were onstage that night are gone, except for Sue Richards and me. They got married, settled down, moved on, started a different band, decided they didn’t like to tour – you get the picture.
This week, we’re thinking about repertoire and instrumentation, and maybe what we’ll do next year for our 30th Anniversary concert. But we are also thinking about the great gifts that accompany a history like ours. You can’t help it, really. 
My daughter asked me this morning as we were driving to Baltimore from Annapolis, “Mom, who are your favorite people in Ensemble Galilei?”
It’s a fascinating question. We’ve performed with over forty wonderful musicians in the last thirty-nine years, six incredible actors, two extraordinary journalists – it’s almost an impossible task. But in truth, Liz Knowles started playing with us in her twenties. She arrived at a rehearsal, straight from New York City, with black fingernail polish and dark, dark, lipstick. It was the 1990’s. 
We knew immediately that she was an extraordinary fiddler, and a deeply gifted musician. She left us for bigger stages (she was the solo fiddler for Riverdance for two years), came back, we created incredible projects together and then she left again for Broadway, then France, China and Ireland, too. About a year ago, she came back and I almost started to cry the first time she put her bow in the string. She’ll be here next week. You’ll see what I mean.
Then there’s Jackie Moran, who will proudly tell you that he plays the two most hated instruments in Irish music – the bodhran and the banjo. But he doesn’t just play them, and it’s not just Irish music. He is masterful, wickedly knowledgeable, brilliant, and knows more tunes than anyone I know. There are a lot of genius musicians out there, but there aren’t many that have the heart and soul of Jackie Moran.
Sue Richards. What do you say about someone who has been with you through thick and thin? Someone whose sense of style and beauty is just like yours - because you grew up together musically, in recording studios and on stages all over this country. Sue has more to do with how I hear, what I play, and how I play than anyone else in the world. We don’t have to talk about playing, ever. We just sit down and start. 
I am the luckiest person in the world.
Carolyn Surrick, Parish Administrator & viola da gamba!



ShareBaby was founded in November of 2014 by three local moms who wanted to meet the desire of mothers to share their new or gently used baby items with the families that need them most. ShareBaby began collecting from friends and family and storing donations in their basements and garages. By the summer of 2015, they had distributed more than 14,000 items to children in need. In August of 2015, ShareBaby started Baltimore’s first diaper bank to meet this specific deficiency in public assistance to mothers and babies.     The Nativity Comforter Sunday School is hosting a diaper drive for ShareBaby-- a local diaper bank for families in need.   We are accepting donations now through Dec. 20th.  Here is a list of items, keeping in mind that packs of diapers can be new or opened:
  • Diapers (sizes 1-6)
  • Wipes
  • Diaper Cream/ointment
  • Baby Oil, Lotion, Wash, Shampoo or Powder
  • Pull-ups (Sizes 2T-3T, 3T-4T, 4T-5T)
If you have any questions about the ShareBaby Diaper Drive, please contact Amanda Eversley at


Forum on Faith

Each Sunday we gather at 9:15 am in Hart Hall for coffee, snacks and conversation about our faith, the world, and how we can make a difference.
Dec 8 – Diocese of Jerusalem; Israel; Palestine. Pastor Stewart and Neal Baroody share updates.
Dec 15 – Christmas in other Countries. Lee Taylor presents. Come find out how other folks share this world-changing Holiday.
Dec 22 –Holiday Brunch with special activities provided by Sam Dowding
Dec 29 – No Forum. Come back for an interesting new season of classes in January!

Chair Yoga

This Chair Yoga class will help you build strength and endurance, increase flexibility, and improve your posture and balance. Special attention will be paid to bone health and preventing/reversing bone loss related to osteoporosis. It is designed for mid-life and older adults who may benefit from a slower pace and a recognition of age-related functional changes.

We will do seated chair poses and standing poses. Beginners are welcome and encouraged. Please wear comfortable clothing that you can easily move in and bring some water to stay hydrated. Suggested donation for the class is $5.00. Please come join us for Chair Yoga in the Church. People interested in signing up, or have any questions, please contact the teacher; Linda McGill at
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