November 21, 2020

Stewart's Stewings

I look forward to seeing you all tomorrow for church at 10:30 am when we celebrate Christ the King Sunday. We will also witness the debut of the NHC Bell Choir with some special Thanksgiving music. Click here to join or call in +13017158592, 81549645294#.

I hope and pray that you all are being very smart about your Thanksgiving celebrations. We'll have a lovely Thanksgiving Eve Service of prayer and reflection on Wednesday night at 7:30 pm on Zoom. Click this link or call 1-301-715-8592 then enter 82573335080#.

Please click here to purchase Red Poinsettias this year. A donation of $15 per plant will help decorate the altar and let you pick one up to decorate your own home the week after Thanksgiving. You can also mail a check with the memorial or thanksgiving you would like included in the Christmas bulletin.

Thanks to Kyle Rudgers and family for stepping in to organize our Virtual Christmas Pageant this year. Read more about how you can get involved below, no matter your age!

We are looking for someone to organize our readers for Sunday morning church services. if you are up to that simple task, please email Carolyn.

Many thanks for your generous response to our Stewardship Campaign Filled with Faith. We have received 47 pledges for $166,000. Twenty of those were increased pledges. Thank you! You can pledge online here and watch our stewardship video below. Click here to give an offering online for our church. We'll be following up with you in the next few days...

Congrats to John McConnell who successfully defended his doctoral dissertation on Tuesday. His study was to understand how specialized security training influenced the use of cognitive heuristics and biases and ultimately the server security implementations of UNIX administrators. Yay Dr. McConnell! If you have news, something to celebrate, or a message to share with your fellow church members, please let me know.


  • The Church Office will be closed November 25-27 and December 24-January 1. We will still be checking email and voice messages.
  • If you missed the Monday Yoga Class, you can watch it anytime here.
  • If you did not get a Day by Day devotional booklet, please email Carolyn or call the office so we can mail one to you.
  • There are still some Salvation Army stockings to be filled here too. They need to be returned by Thanksgiving. 
  • From Italian Cultural Center of Maryland - Be a Chef for a Day:  Sign up for Operation Thanksgiving. Volunteers are needed to chop, cook, pack, drive, and deliver meals city-wide. For more information, contact

Faith-Filled Generosity is the Stewardship theme this year. Thanks to everyone who has already returned your pledge card! You can pledge online here and watch our stewardship video below. Click here to give an offering online for our church.

This year our Christmas Pageant is open to EVERYONE!
The show we’re doing is called “Do Not Be Afraid,” and it’s a contemporary retelling of the Christmas story. And in this era of social distancing, we’ll be making it into a movie! 

The details are these:
We’re looking for members of the congregation of all ages to participate. The current cast needs are: 
ii.Angel Gabe
i.Adult storyteller (should be at least old enough to be a parent)
ii.Joseph’s angel
v.Magi (but they should be funny)
vi.Angel messenger to the Magi
i.Kids in bedroom 

As you can see, we have need of all types to participate. There are some scenes that take place indoors and some that are outside. For the indoor ones we’ll ask you to use your phones to film your scenes in order to maintain a safety bubble. You’ll be provided some directions on what to do and then upload your video to the Church’s Google Drive where it’ll be edited to fit into the movie. Should you find that it’s easier and less stressful for someone else to do the shooting, let me know and I’ll come masked up and we can work together. 
For the outdoor scenes we’ll use various parts of the church’s property – the playground, the lawn, the porch, maybe even the parking lot. I will film those (masked, of course) and we’ll maintain safe distancing the whole time. The scenes are pretty short so there won’t be a huge time commitment. An hour or two, I think, for the most part. 
If you want to participate but can’t bear the thought of being in front of the camera, there may be a few costume or prop-type things we need help gathering, for which I’d be grateful. I hope to start shooting right after Thanksgiving – there are 12 scenes altogether and they’re all pretty short. Outdoor scenes might be chilly but since it sort of takes place during the winter we can make things realistic.
Let me know if you would like to participate. I’d like to get the cast together by Monday so I can start sending scripts out and finalizing the schedule for taping. Feel free to shoot me an email at if you have questions or interest. I’m looking forward to meeting everyone, learning with everyone, and celebrating with everyone.     Kyle Rudgers
Watch our Stewardship Video here!
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 

Monday Chair Yoga @ 10:00 am
Click this link or call 1-301-715-8592 then enter 4102369650#
Watch Monday October 19 session here.

Leader: Linda Laharte, 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#

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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