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Sunday Worship

I'm delighted to share with you that the Church Council and I are ready to invite you to join us INSIDE the church for our 9:00 am service of Holy Communion tomorrow. We will also resume the 10:30 am Healing Service in the church this Wednesday. We believe the positivity rate and the high rate of vaccination in our congregation makes the risk very low for transmission in our space during a brief worship service. The Church Council and I believe this is a good plan for a 'soft reopening' as we navigate what our new community norms for safety in worship will be. We are grateful for your patience and flexibility during this time, and we know that things may indeed continue to change by the week. The 10:30 am Zoom service will continue.

There will be some guidelines for gathering:
  • Masks and social distancing are required on our church campus.
  • Pews will be marked off to insure safe distancing.
  • Services will be limited to 20 people for now. Please register here so that we can keep track of attendance.
  • 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 singing for now.
We know that some of you are excited to come back in the building. Others of you are not ready, and may not be for quite some time. We honor and welcome everyone in our community and are committed to ways to keep everyone involved. If you have ideas or suggestions as we chart our path forward, please email me or our Church Council Vice President Amanda Eversley.

Bless you all on this beautiful weekend!


Click here to join the 10:30 am Sunday Zoom service,
call 13017158592, 81549645294# or
Watch live on YouTube.


Here is the bulletin for May 2, 2021.

Click here to make a donation to the church online.

Live Music Sunday!

On Sunday we'll bring live music back into the church for the 10:30 am service on Zoom. You have no idea how many test runs we've been doing with microphones and sound checks. Fingers are crossed, and we'll give it a try. David Neff will be at the organ and piano with our soloist.

Brandon Shaw McKnight is a multi-faceted artist. He is a singer, dancer, actor, arranger, director, visual artist, stage manager, and owner of bshawmcknight productions. He hopes to uplift, educate, and inspire those who he encounters on this wonderful journey called life.

Brandon will be singing a piece of Renaissance church music by Richard Farrant Lord, for Thy Tender Mercy's Sake) and will be leading us in singing a contemporary hymn text about abiding in Christ the Vine, using a familiar Scottish folk melody. 

Community News

  • Happy Birthday to Jean Dotson who turns 94 on Sunday!
  • Congratulations to Brandon Nefferdorf who was named Valedictorian of the Calvert Hall College Class of 2021. Brandon has accepted the Presidential Scholarship from Loyola University (MD) and will attend The Honors College this fall. He will share a presentation with us during our May 12 Wednesday Night Live gathering as well as an article he has written for the BT Times newsletter that you will receive this week.
  • The Community Garden is starting to take shape. This week sod will be removed, dirt brought in, raised beds installed, and the fence will be constructed. We are so excited about this new opportunity to connect with our community, each other and God's beautiful creation. We'll let you know when you can help. Many thanks to a generous donor who is. making this project possible.
  • We tentatively plan to have our Pentecost Celebration on Sunday May 23 at 10:30 am as a Mass on the Grass. Remember those? Stay tuned for details. Maybe we can even sing with our masks on outside? We'll livestream it too...
  • We've also scheduled Confirmation for Sunday June 6. More details to come, but please keep our confirmands in your prayers. Aiden Nefferdorf, Jules Rudgers, Mason Carver, Henry Carver, Cooper Carver, Jada Michael and Tristan O'Bannon.
  • The CARES food pantry needs jelly and toothpaste. Regular sizes are appreciated as large bulk items are hard to distribute.

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 Yoga Class here and last night's meditation here.
Click to watch our worship from April 25, 2021.
The preacher is Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton.

Cedarcroft School Camp

We are very pleased to announce Cedarcroft School’s new Summer Camp S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Program. They have morning and afternoon camps with before and after camp care from May through August. There flexible schedule choices available. See more here. They are also enrolling for the Fall now.

Synod Assembly & Diocesan Convention

This year’s Delaware-Maryland Synod assembly, we celebrate the theme, Lord, Teach Us to Pray...Brief faith practices will be included around that theme – and our Lutheran Youth Organization will lead us in worship with prayer at the heart of our time together. 

This year Assembly will be held 6:30 pm Friday, June 4 through 12:30 pm Saturday, June 5, 2021. Read more info at this link. Your Church Council will elect two representatives

Episcopal Diocesan Convention will be Nov 12 and 13th. Friday will be held virtually and Saturday will be at Turf Valley. We need to elect one delegate and one alternate. More information about last year’s convention is here.

Please let Pastor Stewart know by May 2 if you are available and interested in serving as our representatives at either of these.

CARES Food Pantry

Like GEDCO/Cares on Facebook and get notices of the "item of the week" that they are collecting!

Please bring regular donations of non-perishables, toiletries, and cleaning supplies for the GEDCO Cares Food Pantry. They are also emphasizing a special item each week. This weeks items are JELLY and TOOTHPASTE.

Book Group


Our upcoming book for the month of May will be Island of Sea Wome  by Lisa See. Our chat will meet on May 21st, at 4.30pm on Zoom. Email Margaret Dowding for more information.

A new novel from Lisa See, the New York Times bestselling author of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, about female friendship and family secrets on a small Korean island.

Mi-ja and Young-sook, two girls living on the Korean island of Jeju, are best friends that come from very different backgrounds. When they are old enough, they begin working in the sea with their village’s all-female diving collective, led by Young-sook’s mother. As the girls take up their positions as baby divers, they know they are beginning a life of excitement and responsibility but also danger.

Despite their love for each other, Mi-ja and Young-sook’s differences are impossible to ignore. The Island of Sea Women is an epoch set over many decades, beginning during a period of Japanese colonialism in the 1930s and 1940s, followed by World War II, the Korean War and its aftermath, through the era of cell phones and wet suits for the women divers. Throughout this time, the residents of Jeju find themselves caught between warring empires. Mi-ja is the daughter of a Japanese collaborator, and she will forever be marked by this association. Young-sook was born into a long line of haenyeo and will inherit her mother’s position leading the divers in their village. Little do the two friends know that after surviving hundreds of dives and developing the closest of bonds, forces outside their control will push their friendship to the breaking point.

This beautiful, thoughtful novel illuminates a world turned upside down, one where the women are in charge, engaging in dangerous physical work, and the men take care of the children. A classic Lisa See story—one of women’s friendships and the larger forces that shape them—The Island of Sea Women introduces readers to the fierce and unforgettable female divers of Jeju Island and the dramatic history that shaped their lives.

Zoom Links

Here are all the Zoom links for our online activities.
These links will 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 YouTube.

Monday Chair Yoga @ 10:00 am
Click this link or call 1-301-715-8592 then enter 4102369650#
Leader: Linda Mcgill, 410-235-3612 or 410-236-9650 or email.

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#

Thursday Evening Meditation Group @ 7:30 pm
Join Zoom Meeting.   Meeting ID: 410 236 9650.  Passcode: yoga
One tap mobile +13017158592,,4102369650# 
Leader: Linda Mcgill, 410-235-3612 or 410-236-9650 or email.

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