The Second Sunday in Lent

Adult Forum: Benedictine Monasticism and its Influence ~ Monasteries established cells of Christian life throughout Europe that contributed to the agricultural economy and served as examples of Augustine’s “city of God.”  Here we will look in particular at Benedictine monasticism, highlighting the key role it played in shaping medieval Christianity in the West. Join us in Saint Mary’s Chapel following the 8:00 a.m. service as we follow the story beyond the Sunday school teachings of your childhood.

Christian Education for All Ages: Saint John’s offers Christian Education for children and adults on Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. Classes for children ages 4 through high school meet in the classrooms above Trimble Hall.  New participants are always welcome.  Adults gather in Saint Mary's chapel at 9 a.m., for a thought-provoking discussion of topics relevant to understanding our faith.

Organ Recital today presented by Russell Weismann from Washington DC, 3:00 p.m., Van Looy Organ Recital Series, Thomson Chapel, Wilson College, Chambersburg, PA. $7 admission.

Prayer Forum: "Knock and the door will be opened; seek and ye shall find....."  On Saturday, March 21 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in Saint Mary's Chapel, there will be an informal gathering for anyone interested in discussing the subject of PRAYER  --  an important part of our Lenten season. Bring your Bible and a bag lunch/snack. For details contact Mary Lou Brooks at (301)714-2339 or at We hope you will come and share your experiences with prayer and be led to knock at the door. There will be a sign-up sheet at the Antietam entrance.

Make Choral Evensong Part of Your Lenten Journey, Sunday, March 22 at 5:00 p.m. Father Todd will be the officiant. In addition to congregational hymns, the Parish Choir will provide music of Josef Rheinberger and Robert Lehman. A reception coordinated by the Parish Life Commission will follow the service.

The Bakers are at it again!   Service and Outreach is having a Cheesecake Sale to benefit Saint John’s Shelter.  You may choose between: 

  Bruce’s Best Vanilla ~ Gerrie’s Lemony Cheesecake ~ Decadent Truffle Chocolate Cheesecake

                    Southern Living Key Lime Pie ~ Peanut Butter Cheesecake

Most are $25.  They are a thick 9 inch round that can be sliced and frozen or frozen whole for entertaining later. You can purchase today at the Antietam Street entrance for pick-up during Holy Week.  Please support Saint John’s Shelter today and help give a family a new start. Thank you!

Mayfest 2020: There will be planning meeting Monday, March 23, at 8:30 am in Saint Mary's Chapel.  All are welcome.  If you cannot attend but would like to share your ideas, please get in touch with Bruce Massey ( or Deanna Soulis (  

Church Flowers Update:  With the closing of Ben's Flower Shop it became necessary to find another florist.  This was not necessarily an easy task after doing business with Ben's for over forty years.  However, we are pleased to announce that weekly flowers will be provided by Gibney's Florist and Christmas and Easter by Wilde Rose Boutique Wedding and Event Florals.  Both businesses are pleased to do business with us.  There will be no difference in operation and/or procedure. Thanks,  Joyce and Deanna

Good Friday Offering: Since 1922 The Episcopal Church has supported the ministry of the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East.  As we journey through Lent, I ask you to consider being part of this church wide offering. Donations should be made to Saint John’s and marked Good Friday offering.  Collected funds will be send after Easter.

Pilgrimage to Great Britain: Would you like to learn more about the Anglican Heritage of the Episcopal Church? The Revs. Allan and Anne Weatherholt ( and the Rev. Steve McCarty and his wife, Melanie, are sponsoring Pilgrimage to Great Britain and Scotland October 15-23, 2020 to explore Cathedrals, see the site of the birthplace of Anglicanism and learn about our Anglican Heritage. The price is very reasonable and all-inclusive (travel, 2 meals, housing in a 3&4 star hotels, bus, guides, gratuities).  Find out all the details by going to and log in with group #20040. The trip is limited to 40 participants, so don’t delay! This will be a Pilgrimage to remember!

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