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The Church of the
Nativity and Holy Comforter


419 Cedarcroft Rd.    Baltimore,  MD 21212      
410-433-4811
www.nativitycomforter.org    office@nativitycomforter.org
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The February BT Times is online now. Check out our plans for Lent.  

Updates
  • Join us for Worship Sunday at 10:30 am. We remember the Transfiguration of Jesus as we celebrate the last Sunday after the Epiphany before Lent begins on Wednesday. We will also Commission our new officers and Church Council Members. Click to Zoom or call in +13017158592, 81549645294#. YouTubeHere is the bulletin for Sunday, Feb. 14.
  • You still have a few hours to order your Mardi Gras Dinner for pickup Tuesday! Click here to see the menu and place your order by 5pm today.  
  • We will send an email about Ash Wednesday on Tuesday. You'll be able to watch a recorded service on YouTube or Zoom with us at 10:30 am or 7:30 pm.
  • Thanks to everyone who stayed around for our Outreach Summit last week. If you are interested in joining the Outreach Team, contact Nancy Fenton. We'll be having a meeting in the next couple of weeks.
  • Here is  last week's Chair Yoga Class. Here is Thursday's meditation.
  • Food Pantry Needs: Dish soap & Laundry soap, Toilet paper, Baby wipes & diapers (size 5 & 6), Adult diapers (women's large sizes)

Community Garden?                        by Cindy Burggraf

The luminous Audrey Hepburn once said, “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” Our congregation has recently purchased the house and property next to the church. That big patch of flat grass in full sun sure would be a perfect place to start a Community Garden to make the tomorrows of many in Baltimore better.

This week Stewart and I attended an inspiring Zoom session, sponsored by the Episcopal Church, on planning and maintaining a community garden. I am excited to help lead this effort. We need a group of people to help us think and plan what our garden ministry could look like. Who would we serve? How will it work? How big will it be? How can we include our neighbors, members and other partners in the community? Thank you for praying about this growing endeavor!

If you are interested in digging into our beginning conversations on how to use our space for a garden ministry, please
email me, Cindy Burggraf. We'll be getting a small team together to talk in the next few weeks.




Topic: ADLA's Lenten Bible Study
Time: This is a recurring meeting Sunday at 6:30 pm beginning February 21 
Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82618974323? pwd=clFzamNtb2hFR09PMWI2RzFYTXgzZz09 
Meeting ID: 826 1897 4323
Passcode: 008645
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+16465588656,,82618974323#,,,,*008645# US (New York)


 

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THE BLACK CHURCH
THIS IS OUR STORY, THIS IS OUR SONG 
will premiere February 16 and 17, 2021 at 9:00 p.m. ET on PBS stations nationwide (check local listings). Watch the trailer here. This moving four-hour, two-part series from executive producer, host and writer Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University and director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, traces the 400-year-old story of the Black church in America, all the way down to its bedrock role as the site of African American survival and grace, organizing and resilience, thriving and testifying, autonomy and freedom, solidarity and speaking truth to power. The documentary reveals how Black people have worshipped and, through their spiritual journeys, improvised ways to bring their faith traditions from Africa to the New World, while translating them into a form of Christianity that was not only truly their own, but a redemptive force for a nation whose original sin was found in their ancestors’ enslavement across the Middle Passage.

Renowned participants in the series include media executive and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey; singer, songwriter, producer and philanthropist John Legend; singer and actress Jennifer HudsonPresiding Bishop Michael Curry of The Episcopal Church; gospel legends Yolanda Adams, Pastor Shirley Caesar and BeBe Winans; civil rights leaders Rev. Al Sharpton and Rev. William Barber II;scholar Cornel West;and many more. Through their interviews, viewers will be transported by the songs that speak to one’s soul, by preaching styles that have moved congregations and a nation, and by beliefs and actions that drew African Americans from the violent margins of society to the front lines of change.
 

CARES Donations Needed

Here are the updates needs at the Food Pantry:
  • Dish soap & Laundry soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Baby wipes & diapers (size 5 & 6 in particular)
  • Adult diapers (women's large sizes)


African Descent Lutheran Association
by Linda Chinnia

I would like to share one of the ministries within the Delaware-Maryland Synod during our observance of Black History Month- the African Descent Lutheran Association. The term “African Descent” refers to people who self-identify as Black, African Caribbean, African American, African Nationals and others of African ancestry from numerous countries who now live in the United States. Approximately 49,000 people of African descent are active participants in the ELCA across the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The African Descent community within the ELCA is wonderfully diverse in culture and context. bringing a unique story that adds to the larger story that makes up the ELCA.
 
The association develops important connections, advocates for congregations, promotes implementation of the Delaware-Maryland Synod African Descent Strategy, and provides fellowship, learning and sharing opportunities. It also provides a forum for theological reflection for clergy and lay members through collaboration with other African Descent organizations and networks. Membership in ADLA can be individual, couples, student, and congregation.  Membership dues include both local and national fees.  Check out more information on…
The ELCA African Descent Strategic Plan approved by Churchwide Assembly action in 2005 continues to be a solid assessment and overarching plan for mission and ministry with and among people of African ancestry in the ELCA. 
 
The Delaware-Maryland Synod adopted its strategy at the 2010 Synod Assembly. The focus areas of the strategy include leadership, worship, discipleship, stewardship, social justice, unity, and diversity. The ADLA chapter actively supports the implementation of the strategy in synod.
 
Linda Chinnia
DE-MD Chapter Presiden
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Be Still and Know....
Here is last Thursday's Evening Mediation Class The recording will be available until next Thursday. We gather on Thursdays from 7:30 pm to 8:15 pm. This will be a very relaxing meditation; turn off your video and listen to my voice. This class is my way to give back to our Church community, while helping us all strengthen and unite together. Join us as wel focus on our breath, bring our minds too stillness, so that we can go inward and feel the grace and peace that lies within us all.    Linda Mcgill
Join Zoom Meeting.   Meeting ID: 410 236 9650.  Passcode: yoga
One tap mobile +13017158592,,4102369650# 
If you missed Sunday's service, find it by clicking the link above.
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 
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.
 

The Delaware-Maryland Synod of the ELCA has worship 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.
 

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