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Stewart's Stewings

It is not the Lent we expected, but this time of reflection as individuals and as a community of believers is already bearing fruit. In the gospel tomorrow we hear about Jesus being baptized and immediately cast out into the wilderness. We can so quickly identify with Jesus and his situation, feelings and location. And there he is, right by our side, the entire way.

The gospel also reminds us that in the midst of the wilderness, the angels waited on him. When I think of angels in the Bible though, my first image is of angels delivering good news to the shepherds and then singing Glory to the Newborn King. But here they are, right in the midst of the wilderness.

My friends, you are angels to me and to one another. Even in the midst of this wilderness of ours, this waiting and this 'not knowing', God through each and every one of us, is right by our side. So keep showing up. You're making a difference, bringing Good News and comfort to these times.

I look forward to worshiping with you tomorrow. Our Guest Preacher is our Parish Administrator, Carolyn Surrick! She's going to reflect on temptation. We also welcome our neighbors from Govans Elementary School. After the service their Principal Bernarda Kwaw and Community School Coordinator Sandi McFadden will share with us about the new school building and what it has been like to adapt all of their work during this time. We want to know how we can be angels to them, right by their side. See more about the school here and on their great FB page

Faithfully yours,



 


Sunday Worship, February 21 @ 10:30 am
Followed by Coffee Hour & Conversation

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You can also watch the live on 
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Download the bulletin here.


Quick Links

  • The February BT Times is online.
  • To join our Outreach Team, contact Nancy Fenton
  • To joining Community Garden Team, contact Cindy Burggraf
  • Our Lenten Book Study begins on Wednesday, February 24. Please read the intro and first two chapters of Bishop Curry's Book. More below.
  • Food Pantry Needs: Dish soap & Laundry soap, Toilet paper, Baby wipes & diapers (size 5 & 6), Adult diapers (women's large sizes)

        

Thursday Morning Bible Study

Pastor Don begins a study of Jesus' Parables this Lent. Join the conversation at 11am starting this week. Click for Zoom link or call 1-929-205-6099 then enter 88586024640#
February 25 The Sower, The patient Husband, Tares Among Wheat, Budding Fig Tree, Barren Fig Tree  
March 4 The Rich Fool & The Rich Man and Lazarus Lk 16:19-31
March 11 The Great Supper, The Wedding Garment, Places at the Table 
March 18 Wicked Husbandman, Unjust steward, Burglar, Unmerciful Servant, Two Debtors
March 25 The Narrow Door Luke, Doorkeeper, Seine Net / Treasure in Field /Pearl of Great Price

 


Lent Madness
A Bracket for Saints Lent Madness began in 2010 as the brainchild of the Rev. Tim Schenck. In seeking a fun, engaging way for people to learn about the men and women comprising the Church’s Calendar of Saints, Tim came up with this unique Lenten devotion. The format is straightforward: 32 saints are placed into a tournament-like single elimination bracket. Each pairing remains open for a set period of time and people vote for their favorite saint. 16 saints make it to the Round of the Saintly Sixteen; eight advance to the Round of the Elate Eight; four make it to the Faithful Four; two to the Championship; and the winner is awarded the coveted Golden Halo. To learn more and to download your bracket, visit lentmadness.org.


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 
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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....
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
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If you missed our Ash Wednesday service, find it by clicking the link above.
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These links should remain the same each week.

Sunday Worship @ 10:30 am
Followed by Coffee Hour

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You can also watch the live on 
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Monday Chair Yoga @ 10:00 am
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Leader: Linda Mcgill, 410-235-3612 or 410-236-9650 or 
email.

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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Thursday Evening Meditation Group @ 7:30 pm
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Leader: Linda Mcgill, 410-235-3612 or 410-236-9650 or email.
 

The Delaware-Maryland Synod of the ELCA has worship here.
The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland worships Sundays at 11am.
Watch Washington National Cathedral's worship here.

 

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