December 2, 2020
If you missed worship for the First Sunday of Advent, click above to watch it online include the opening duet by Pastor Stewart and Director of Music David Neff. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring on piano and organ!
Many thanks to those of you who put together Salvation Army stockings this year. With an abundance of donation from the Cedarcroft School, Bonnie and Penny Patschke were able to assemble 42 stockings for the children in our community this year. Wow! Even in the midst of a pandemic, our generosity shines through. Thank you!
FYI: Zoom Links are listed at the bottom of every email you'll get from us. In case you cannot find your emails, you can always access the weekly email archive in the top right corner of our website here.

Compline Tonight

Pastor Don will lead us in a discussion of the beginning of the Gospel of Mark tonight at 7:30pm with prayers and reflection. Click this link or call 1-301-715-8592 then enter 82573335080#.

CARES Donations Needed

The food pantry is in great need after the Thanksgiving donation rush. Please bring peanut butter, cooking oil, instant or regular coffee, Adult diapers for women and size 5-6 diapers for children. We are also collecting socks, sweatshirts and coats for those on the streets this Winter.

Guest Preacher Sunday

The Right Reverend Robert W. Ihloff, Assisting Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland will be our guest preacher for the Second Sunday of Advent. After the 10:30 am Zoom service, he will answer any questions we may have and tell us about things happening around the diocese and in the wider Church.

Click here to join or call in +13017158592, 81549645294#.
You can also watch the live on 

LEAD Team Update

The LEAD Team has been listening to each other and listening to you. Now it’s time to listen in our neighborhood. Over the next few weeks, representatives of local organizations will join us at 10:30 on Sunday morning to tell us who they are and what they do to serve their clients. Our first guest, representing the CARES Pantry, will join us on December 13. Come and listen. 

Christmas Worship

The Diocese has suspended indoor worship at least until January 1, 2021. Our Christmas Eve Worship will be on Zoom at 5:00 pm. Our Christmas Day worship will be at 10:30 am on Zoom. Christmas Lessons and Carols produced by the Synod will be our worship on December 27.

Holiday Giving

We will be sponsoring the GEDCO Ascension Homes Christmas again this year. The meal will have to catered to the homes, and unwrapped gifts delivered ahead of time. If you can purchase a gift on their wishlist, please email Debby Tupper, and we'll get one to you. Please see more below about Giving Tuesday opportunities.

New Prayer List

We are beginning a new liturgical year this Sunday with the First Sunday of Advent. We would also like to start with a brand new prayer list. So if you would like to keep someone on the list or add someone, please email Carolyn your request. We will do our best to keep a better tracking system so that we can update the list more regularly. Please send the following information: Your name; Your email; Name(s) for Prayer List; Relationship and Prayer Concern for Pastoral information only.

Decorating the Church

Even though we won't be gathering inside, we'll still decorate our worship space a bit. Plus we would like to continue to support our local greenhouse. Red poinsettias and having them delivered to the church next Wednesday. You may make a donation of $15/ plant and pick them up at your convenience Monday-Friday from 9am-1pm. It’s best to call the office first just to make sure we are here. 410-433-4811. Please send the following information to the office so that we will save one for you and get your loved ones in the Christmas bulletin. Your Name; Number of Poinsettias; Given in thanksgiving for; Given in loving memory of. You can also just fill out this form and pay online. (Apologies for the incurred link in the last email.)

Filled with Faith

Many thanks for your generous response to our Stewardship Campaign Filled with Faith. We have received 50 pledges for $176,994. Twenty-one of those were increased pledges and five are new. 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...

Other Announcements

  • The Church Office will be closed 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.  

This year our Christmas Pageant is open to ALL!

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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