Second Sunday of Easter

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.

Youth Group Planning Meeting: The youth group planning meeting has been moved from Sunday April 10th to Sunday April 17th at 11:30 in St Mary’s Chapel.  All youth in 6th grade and up are invited to attend. 

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 

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 tasks are completed at noon.

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 maletzky@verizon.net.  We would like to have them by May 1, in order to have them in the next issue of Soundings.  If you have any questions you may call Dolores at 301-739-6988.

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.

Thank You: The Service and Outreach Commission would like to sincerely "THANK YOU" for your contributions to the Bountiful Blessings Box in Trimble Hall.   Additional donations are needed.  Please contribute to our supply of toiletries, soap, shampoo, feminine hygiene products and toilet paper.   These items are made available to consumers at the monthly Community Cafe.   Thank you for your continued support of this outreach endeavor!

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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