June
26
2016

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Adult Forum Guest:  Marta Brenden will join our Sunday Forum in the discussion of Living with Pride and Prejudice.  She is a retired Federal civil servant, working in the program for resettlement of refugees.  She is currently a member of the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Silver Spring MD where she has been a member for more than 20 years.  At Ascension she has served as Senior Warden, choir member and leader of the social justice efforts. In 2014 she joined the Diocesan work to build multi-cultural communities among the worshiping congregations.  Eventually she joined the Diocesan cadre of trainers in anti-racism training. 

For future reference, Ms. Brenden recommends the following books that have been inspirational and enlightening for her in the current state of racism and anti-racist work:
"The Warmth of Other Suns" by Isabel Wilkerson
"Birth of a White Nation" by Jacqueline Battalora
"Stand Your Ground" by (Reverend Canon)? Kelly Brown Douglas
"Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome" by Joy DeGruy
"Witnessing Whiteness: The Need to Talk About Race and How To Do It" by Shelly Tochluk

Vacation Bible School Planning Meeting: The planning meeting will be held today, at 11:30 in St Mary’s Chapel.  Anyone interested in volunteering this year for VBS is invited to attend, or to contact Margaret Clinch at youthmin.stjohns@myactv.net.

Altar Flowers:  August 28th is currently available for anyone interested in altar flowers to honor loved ones.  Please contact Melonie in the office at 301-733-256 if you are interested.

Save the Dates!  Vacation Bible School for this Summer will be hosted from Sunday July 17th through Wednesday July 20th.  Our theme for this year is Abundance Orchard.  Contact Margaret Clinch if you are interested in volunteering with any aspect of the VBS week. 

Bester School Needs: If you can help by providing underwear for ages 4-8, please contact Louise (Lou) Lamb at louisegl@myactv.net or 301-437-5704.

For All Parents with Fast Growing Children!  Summer is the time for you to collect all the gently worn clothing that your children have outgrown.  Please bring these clothes to Trimble Hall and place them in the box.  All clothing collected will be taken to our adopted school – Bester Elementary where these clothes are desperately needed by indigent families.  If you have any questions please call Lou Lamb at telephone number 301-437-5704 or Bill Alexander at 301-665-9322.  The Bester children will be most grateful!

Van Driver and Van Supervisor Opportunity:  We have two openings for individuals on our rotation list of van drivers. Our van drivers provide  a service to those who need transportation to and from Sunday services. One is needed now and the other will be needed beginning in August.  Additionally we need a replacement for our van supervisor. The duties of the supervisor are to coordinate the Sunday van trips for those needing transportation to and from services and also sees that the van is properly maintained. Please contact Bob Speelman at 540-247-2482 or rwspeelman@mail.com, if you would like to become a part of this vital outreach service.

The Rector Search Committee Update:  The search committee has completed all location visits, and an invitation has been extended for candidates to visit St. John's in early July.  A whole group meeting will be held soon after their visits, at which time we may make a recommendation to the vestry. We are optimistic about our future at St. John's as we enter the final few weeks of the search process, and, as always, we thank you for your continued prayers.

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!

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