Easter Sunday

New Monday Night Series:  Beginning April 4, 2016 we will begin a five week study of the book, “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness” by Michelle Alexander, in response to the following resolution, A-18, adopted  last summer  at our General Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring, That the 78th General Convention of the Episcopal Church encourage all dioceses, congregations, schools, and other faith communities of The Episcopal Church over the next triennium to commit to studying one of the most pressing social justice issues of our time, “mass incarceration,”

and be it further

Resolved, That dioceses, congregations, schools, and other faith communities consider using the New York Times bestseller, “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness” by Michelle Alexander as a common text that invites the people of The Episcopal Church into engagement;

The New Jim Crow has been described as “the most important book published in this century about the U.S.”  It is one of the most talked about scholarly works written because its analysis and advocacy serve as the catalyst for the prevalent and changing dialogue on the histories of our policies, practices, systemic and institutional racism, and the wide-ranging economic, social and psychological costs in our communities and our nation.

Though the conventional point of view holds that discrimination has mostly ended with the civil rights movement reforms of the 1960s, Alexander posits that the U.S. criminal justice system uses the War on Drugs as a primary tool for enforcing traditional, as well as new, modes of discrimination and repression. These new modes of racism have led to not only the highest rate of incarceration in the world.

Please feel free to invite family, friends and neighbors to attend this five week study.

ASP Fundraiser: Appalachia Service Project will be hosting a Parent’s Night Out fundraiser for their mission trip on Friday, April 8th from 6-10 pm at the church.  The fees are $10.00 per child per hour, dropping to $8.00 per hour for additional children in the same family.  A sign-up sheet will be in the parish hall.

Spring Cleaning:  On Saturday morning, April 16th, all are urged to participate in a thorough cleaning and trash removal in our church and St. John’s house.  A work list has been compiled and cleaning supplies will be provided.  Task coordinators will be stationed to provide assistance to all “Worker Bees.” There will be a celebratory picnic when our task are completed at noon.

Rector Search Committee Update: The search committee small work groups are in the process of reviewing all applications which have been received to date. This is a detailed process involving in-depth reading, researching, and discussion.  As the committee convenes as a whole group, members will be sharing the findings of each small group meeting, and recommendations will be made about which candidates they'd like to see move on to video interviews in April. Applications will be received through April 5th, and the committee is pleased with the responses which have been generated so far. The members of the search committee do appreciate your continued prayers for wisdom and guidance during this process.

Bester School Needs: If you can help with any of the following, please contact Louise (Lou) Lamb at or 301-437-5704.

1.  Breakfast Mentors to sit with a child in his/her classroom while the child is having breakfast from 8:30 – 9:00 a.m.  The mentor would have a friendly chat with the child to act as a Big Brother/Sister to impart self-confidence and a desire to learn.  A mentor could also read to the child during this time.  

2.  Underwear for ages 4-8.

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