Fifth Sunday in Lent

Correction: The title of this post should actually be The Fifth Sunday of Easter.

Music and Readings of Eastertide: Presented by the Parish Choir today at 5:00 p.m. Creative works by authors and composers will be featured to celebrate the various themes in the Great Fifty Days of Easter including the resurrection of Jesus, faith and believing, being known in the breaking of the bread, Jesus as the Good Shepherd, the new commandment, and the ascension of Jesus. A reception will follow the program. Be sure to invite family, friends and neighbors to attend with you.

Choir Open House: You are invited to attend any of our choir rehearsals during the month of April. Come check out the fun we have, the spiritual learning, and the friendships that have been formed.

       Saint Francis Choir (grades 1-3) rehearses Mondays at 5 pm – 5:30 pm

       Dinner for youth choirs (grades 1-12) Mondays at 5:30 pm – 5:45 pm

       Canterbury Choir (grades 4-12)* rehearses Mondays at 5:45 pm – 6:45 pm

       Parish Choir (grades 9-12 and adults)* rehearses Thursdays at 7 pm – 8:30 pm

      Youth in grades 9-12 have the option of singing in either the Canterbury or Parish Choir.

For more information about the choirs, contact Mark King, 301.733.2560x108, mking.stjohns@myactv.net 

Exciting New Series! There will be no Adult Forum today between services but you are all invited to join us on April 24th to view and discuss a new series featuring Morgan Freeman as he goes on a “Search for God!”  This penetrating series features the Academy Award winning actor as he goes around the world investigating the world’s religions and their pursuit of God.  We will begin looking into the origins of the belief in an after-life and how various faith traditions view death.  Tough subject; good conversation – join us at 9:10 in St. Mary’s Chapel.

Gardens Mulching Day: Please join us for this annual event on Sunday, May 1st (rain date Saturday, May 7th) following the 10:15 service. Anyone willing and able  to help lay mulch around St. John’s gardens is invited to attend. Lunch will be provided. Bring any of the following items you might have: light weight wheelbarrows, gloves, shovels, and old clothes. RSVP to Margaret Clinch by April 26  at youthmin.stjohns@myactv.net or 301-733-2560- x101.

Our 12th annual Mayfest will be held on Friday, May 20th beginning at 6:30.  The theme for this year's event will be a “Mayfest Preakness Party” with a wine tasting hour featuring Maryland wineries and dinner highlighting Maryland cuisine.

Mayfest has historically been our largest outreach fundraising event for the past several years.  Beneficiaries of this year's event will be the Community Free Clinic, Family Services Center, and St. Etienne's in Haiti. Funds will be raised through ticket sales, raffles and sponsorships.

Tickets and raffle chances are being sold at the Antietam Street entrance following both services.  Please plan on joining us for an evening of fun, fellowship and fundraising!  Clubhouse chic attire is encouraged.

If you are interested in volunteering to help with Mayfest, please contact Sareen or Kevin Hebb at 301-766-0834 or sareen@myactv.net.

The Rector Search Committee is eager to share our good news!  St. John's has attracted dozens of qualified candidates from near and far.  We have received applications from the Pacific Northwest, the South, New England, the Southwest, the Midwest, and the East Coast.  Almost all of our applicants have mentioned what a vibrant, growing parish we seem to be, and many of the candidates have been impressed with our Parish Profile, website, and our mission. There is clear excitement among our committee members at the prospect of having so many strong candidates, and as small work groups are working through video interviews, it is essential now more than ever that we have your prayerful support. Please continue to pray for the committee members, that our minds may be open to God's guidance and direction in choosing the perfect Rector for our parish. Please also hold the candidates in prayer, that the right person may be called.  Our work is at times challenging, but it is also very fulfilling! We are optimistic about the responses which have been generated, and look forward to passing along continued updates as we move through the process.  It's an exciting time to be part of the St. John's family!

Monday Night Series:  This study is on the book, “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness” by Michelle Alexander, in response to resolution, A-18, adopted  last summer  at our General Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah. Please feel free to invite family, friends and neighbors to attend this five week study.

Calling All Graduates: We would like to acknowledge the graduation of our parishioners in Soundings and also on the Antietam Street Bulletin board.  If you are graduating from elementary, middle, senior high school or college, we would like to hear from you.  If possible, send us a picture to place with your write up on the bulletin board.  All pictures will be returned.  Along with the picture, send us information on activities, honors received, where you will be going to school or work after graduation, and any other interesting information.  You may send these to the office in care of Dolores Maletzky or you may e-mail them to maletzkyd@gmail.com.  We would like to have them by May 1, in order to have them in the June issue of Soundings.  If you have any questions you may call Dolores at 301-739-6988.

Gift Cards: The Service and Outreach Commission will be selling gift cards for Martins and Weis Grocery Markets after the 8:00 AM and 10:15 services each Sunday at the Antietam Street entrance.   The commission will receive 5% from the sales of the gift certificates.  These proceeds will be used to sponsor mission projects.    You can help Service and Outreach obtain its goals by purchasing gift cards to be used at all Martin/Weis locations.   Thank you for your patronage!

Bester School Needs: If you can help with any of the following, please contact Louise (Lou) Lamb at louisegl@myactv.net 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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