September 27, 2020
Beach Stewings
I was delighted to get to make a pastoral visit to Ocean City and Bethany Beach on Thursday and Friday. That gave me the chance to 'interview' Craig Hart and Allen and Gwen Spicer. I recorded our excellent conversation about the history of the Church of the Nativity, the beginning of GEDCO, many of our former trailblazing members and a few stories you will find quite entertaining. Stay tuned.

If you are planning to join the Sacred Ground dialogue, I need to know by tomorrow morning. I'm eager to get this group going. I know it is going to be a powerful experience.

I look forward to seeing you on Zoom Church this morning at 10:30am. I'll be preaching about authority! Tuesday Night Communion is outside at 6:30 pm. Next Sunday we'll have Communion outside at 9:00 am with the Blessing of the Animals. We'll then broadcast on Zoom at 10:30 am. That will continue through October.

Peace and love,

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 

Here is the link to the worship for this morning.

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

Monday Chair Yoga @ 10:00 am

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Wednesday Healing Prayers @ 10:30 am

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

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Thursday Morning Bible Study @ 11:00 am
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David Neff would like to share an article he wrote in 2010 about the Fisk Jubilee Singers that Pastor Stewart mentioned in his sermon a couple of weeks ago. It's entitled Singing for Jesus. Also, go here to watch all our worship services online.

Tuesday Nights

6:30 pm Holy Communion 
*If it is raining, we will send an email and post to Facebook by 5:30pm to cancel.
Social distancing and masks are mandatory. We distribute the bread only, and we won't be singing. Please bring a comfy chair or blanket if you like for this brief service. We'll also have metal folding chairs available. Then stick around for ice cream sandwiches or sugar-free popsicles. The playground will be open! September 29 will be our last evening service. We will have 9:00 am Outdoor Eucharist starting on Sundays during October beginning on the 4th with the Blessing of the Animals!

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.

Donations Needed

The CARES Food Pantry depends on our generous donations. In addition to the regular needs, they need DEPENDS, Baby Diapers size 4, 5, 6, Pasta Sauce, Coffee, Cooking Oil, Rolling grocery carts. 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.

This Sunday is the deadline to sign up for the Sacred Ground series. Please email Stewart quickly. We will begin on Monday October 5 from 7-8:30 pm and a second group will convene on Tuesday October 6 from 10:00-11:30 am

Sacred Ground Dialogue

Sacred Ground is a film- and readings-based dialogue series on race, grounded in faith. In a small group or groups, we will walk through chapters of America’s history of race and racism, while weaving in threads of family story, economic class, and political and regional identity.The 10-part series is built around a powerful online curriculum of documentary films and readings that focus on Indigenous, Black, Latino, and Asian/Pacific American histories as they intersect with European American histories. Sacred Ground is part of Becoming Beloved Community, The Episcopal Church’s long-term commitment to racial healing, reconciliation, and justice in our personal lives, our ministries, and our society.

I invite each of you to consider whether this might be a good time for you to delve deeper into this work of learning and reconciliation. This series is open to all, and especially designed to help white people talk with other white people. However, I want to encourage our members of color to join this journey too. I anticipate that there will be opportunities to break out into smaller groups based on race and reconvene to share our thoughts. Participants are invited to peel away the layers that have contributed to the challenges and divides of the present day – all while grounded in our call to faith, hope and love.

Please know that this is a significant commitment of time. There will e 2-3 hours of documentaries to watch or literature to study. This makes the dialogue and relationship that much more fruitful. Please pray about whether you might be called to journey with us in the coming months.

Learn more about the Sacred Ground Series here. And check out the syllabus with reading and video resources.

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.

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to give an offering online for our church.


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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Click here for Monday September 14 session recording.

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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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