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September 16, 2020
Please read the September BT Times online.


Discussing Reparations


Wednesday Night Live TONIGHT

On September 12, 2020, the 236th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland passed Resolution 2020-06, committing to creating a $1,000,000 seed fund for reparations. Tonight after our 7:30 pm Compline service on Zoom, we'll watch Bishop Sutton's powerful address to Convention and discuss what this means for our diocese, city, state and our own church community.

Join in our time of prayer, listening and reflection at 7:30 pm.

Click this link or call 1-301-715-8592 then enter 82573335080#.

Read the resolution and more on the Diocesan Website.
Read the article written in the Baltimore Sun.
 

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.


Cindy Burgraff will be starting a Handbell Choir at Nativity & Holy Comforter Bell Choir this fall! We will gather on Mondays from 4-5 in the sanctuary, starting September 21. You do not need to be able to read music or have any previous handbell experience to join us.  Enthusiasm and masks are our only must! Ages 10 and up are most welcome. 

Please email Cindy Burggraf at cburggraf3455@gmail.com if you are interested. 

 

Sunday Worship

Our Sunday Worship will be on Zoom at 10:30am followed by our virtual Coffee Hour. Click here to join or call in by dialing +13017158592,,81549645294#. You can also watch the livestream on YouTube


Thursday Morning Bible Study meets every week with Pastor Don at 11:00 am. Click here to join  or call 1-929-205-6099 then enter 88586024640#


     

Tuesday Nights

6:30 pm Holy Communion with ice cream after!
*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!
 
 


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 me in the coming months. On this form, let me know of your interest and which time you could attend. Monday from 7:00-8:30pm or Tuesday morning from 10:00-11:30am. If you would like to discern further with me, just let me know.

Faithfully yours,



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



Please scroll down to read more below about some amazing book studies organized by CLAIM. 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 this week for $15.

 



Click here
to give an offering online for our church.


 

Weekly Gathering Opportunities


Monday Yoga & Mindfulness Meditation This class lead by Linda Macgill each week. No prior experience is necessary, and we remain in our chairs!
Click this link or call 1-301-715-8592 then enter 4102369650#
Call Linda Macgill at 410-235--3612 or 410-236-9650 or email Linda if you have questions. Namaste. Here is the recording from August 31.

 

Wednesday Healing Group gathers on Zooming at 10:30 am.
Click this link or call 1-301-715-8592 then enter 87331904395#


Wednesday Night Live is at 7:30pm on Zoom. Join in our time of prayer, listening and reflection.
Click this link or call  1-301-715-8592 then enter 82573335080#. Sam Dowding will be adding some educational components to spark our conversation after Compline each week. 


Thursday Morning Bible Study meets every week with Pastor Don at 11:00 am
Click here to join
  or call 1-929-205-6099 then enter 88586024640#

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.

News from the Synod

Critical Conversations
In the Racial Justice Team's, Listen and Learn Workshops, we are learning the basics of Racism, its' history and impact in our communities and in the church.  Where do we go from here?  How can you make a difference?  CLAIM (Coalition of Lutherans Advancing in Mission) is sponsoring three Critical Conversations to help us move forward in understanding and implementing change within ourselves.  Each month, we will read a book and then gather to discuss what we have learned and share ideas on how to “make the change.”  You can get your book in either electronic or hard copy through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kindle (or any vendor you prefer).  We’ll provide you with a list of questions to consider as you read and then discuss what we have learned during a Critical Conversation via Zoom.  We are asking interested participants to RSVP to 
claimbaltimore@gmail.com  so we can provide discussion materials and Zoom links.
 
Tuesday, October 28  7:00-8:15pm  Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the US Author:  Lenny Duncan
Lenny Duncan is the unlikeliest of pastors. Formerly incarcerated, he is now a black preacher in the whitest denomination in the United States: the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Shifting demographics and shrinking congregations make all the headlines, but Duncan sees something else at work--drawing a direct line between the church's lack of diversity and the church's lack of vitality. The problems the ELCA faces are theological, not sociological. But so are the answers.

 

Chair Yoga & Mindfulness Meditation

Mondays at 10:00 am

Join Zoom Meeting

Click here for Monday August 17 session recording.

Meeting ID: 410 236 9650
Password: yoga
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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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