Correction: Book Club meetings Saturday May 15, not next week as previously advertised. See more below.
Since the Church Council vote, Governor Hogan and the CDC have since reduced guidelines for safe gathering. Since our congregation, including our youngest members, is not yet fully vaccinated, we will still ask you to wear your mask on our church campus, especially in worship.
Click here to join the 10:30 am Sunday Zoom service,
call 13017158592, 81549645294# or
watch live on YouTube.
Our upcoming book for the month of May will be Island of Sea Wome by Lisa See. Our chat will meet on Saturday May 15, at 4.30pm on Zoom. Email Margaret Dowding for more information. Here is the Zoom link.
From Our Other Office...
Chicago is beautiful this week. Not that I have seen much of it. Mostly I leave the hotel at 6:40 in the morning, grab some breakfast, and then arrive at the loading dock at at WBEZ, the public radio station where we are recording a new CD. Each day has brought surprises, new perspectives on old music, a challenge from our producer to play "triumphantly" or a banjo introducing Lully, Lullay - on a Christmas CD featuring lute and viola da gamba.
My last day in the office was a week ago. My last day at church was last Sunday when my mom and I played for the 9:00 service. I thought it would be nice to bring her up to Baltimore, to make music on Mother's Day, to be sitting in a church on a Sunday morning, together.
What I hadn't thought about was how meaningful it would be for me to be there. It hadn't really registered that the very best thing I could possibly do before setting out on my excellent adventure, was to sit quietly and pray, to listen to Pastor Stewart talk about where peanut butter and God intersect, and steal a hug from Betsy Smith.
I am looking forward to creating new music. I am more than ready to start working on two different writing projects. Next week I'll be out in Wyoming, hiking, cooking, and hearing about Julia's first semester living at college in San Diego. But I will sending back notes from the other office...notes from Chicago, Wyoming, California, and then the banks of the Chesapeake Bay. I already miss you all.
Upcoming Worship Details
- Sunday May 16: In person indoors @ 9am. Zoom at 10:30am with soloist Larry Hylton
- Sunday May 23: Masked Mass on the Grass Pentecost Celebration at 10:30 am followed by the Blessing of the Community Garden
- Sunday May 30: In person indoors @ 9am. Zoom at 10:30am
- Sunday June 6: In person indoors @ 8:30 am. In person indoors @ 10:30am with Confirmation. The 10:30am service will be live-streamed. We hope our new sound system will be installed by then!
- If all goes well, this will be our new schedule. 8:30 & 10:30 am in person worship with the late service live-streamed.
- Masks and social distancing are required on our church campus.
- Pews will be marked off to insure safe distancing.
- We will be taking attendance, but registration is no longer required as we do not believe we will reach 50% capacity of our building.
- We will not pass the Peace as we used to, and communion will be distributed by bread only.
- There is no music at the 9:00 am service, so there will be no congregational singing inside. We will be able to sing on May 23 outside with masks!
- If you have thoughts, concerns, questions, or suggestions for our regathering, please contact Church Council Vice President Amanda Eversley or Pastor Stewart.
- You can more in our latest BT Times online here.
Yoga and Meditation Groups
Don't forget about our Monday Chair Yoga gathering and Thursday night Meditation Group. Both gather on Zoom with Linda Mcgill as the leader. You can find times and links at the bottom of this email. Linda offers the recordings of the Monday May 10 Chair Yoga Class here
and last week's meditation here