Sixth Sunday of Easter

You are invited: Sunday, in Saint Mary’s Chapel immediately following the 8 a.m. service, the Adult Forum will continue following Academy Award winner, Morgan Freeman, as he explores “The Story of God!”  This compelling series looks at “What happens When We Die?”, “The End of Days,” “Who is God?”, “The Creation Story”, and more.  Don’t let this opportunity pass you by – challenging topics; good conversations.  We’ll save you a seat.

Gardens Mulching Day: Please join us today for this annual event today, (rain date Saturday, May 7th) following the 10:15 service.

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. "Please note that all Mayfest wine sales must be paid for by debit or credit card."

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

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. 

To the Parish:  Our sincere thanks to the Chabot family for their donation of stepping stones to enhance the Parish House – thus providing a necessary path. Graff Garden Club



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!

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  We would like to have them today, 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 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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