Third Sunday after Pentecost

You are invited: Today we will start a two-part series on “The Story of the Episcopal Church.”  Are we Catholic?  Are we Protestant?  What is our history?  Whether you are a “cradle Episcopalian” or you have come to the Episcopal Church from another faith tradition, this series will help you understand our roots and our traditions.

Immediately after the 8 O’clock service in Saint Mary’s Chapel we gather to see and discuss these contemporary issues through the eyes of a cultural inquiry.  You don’t want to miss the final two installments of “The Story of God” or “The Story of the Episcopal Church.”.

Shawl Ministry will meet today and next Sunday following the 10:15 service in Trimble Hall.  This meeting is open to anyone interested.  People may bring their own projects and needles and yarn will be available for anyone willing to start something new. Teachers will also be available for those that do not know how to knit.

Organ recital on Friday, June 10 at 7:00 p.m. presented by Mark King.  Premiere performance of several pieces written by Mark Cook, Saint John’s parishioner and Professor of Music at Shepherd University.  Mark Cook dedicated these pieces to Joe and Nancy Rickards and Helen Cook. Other repertoire will include works by German Baroque composer, J.S. Bach; French Baroque composer, Louis-Nicolas Clerambault; a setting of a spiritual by the contemporary Australian composer, Rosalie Brington; American contemporary composer, Donald Busarow; and late German Romantic composer, Max Reger.  A reception will follow the program.  Be sure to invite family, friends and neighbors to attend with you.

The Haitian Boys Choir from The Holy Trinity Music School in Port-Au-Prince will return again for a concert at St. John’s on Thursday, September 22, 2016. Our congregation has enjoyed their angelic voices and enthusiasm in years past and look forward to hosting them again this September. As in the past members of our congregation will be asked to provide overnight lodging for 30 boys and ten adults. We have learned from past concerts that the boys are very polite and courteous and always hungry. Please consider hosting a few of these choir members in your home. The Warden will be making call asking member s of the congregation to be hosts once again.

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. 

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!

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.

HARC Hike for Hunger & Hope: Take a walk on the wild side… to fight hunger and promote literacy on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at the C & O Canal in Washington County, MD.  This fully supported hike features 5K, 10K, half marathon, and full marathon routes. All hikes will be along the Maryland section of the C&O Canal Towpath and will end at Shepherd Springs Retreat Center. Proceeds will benefit HARC  initiatives Micah’s Backpack (a program to feed hungry elementary school students); and Participating Food Pantries. For more info or to register: www.harccoalition.org/hike or contact kathy.harc@gmail.com or    301-842-4272.

The Rector Search Committee Update:  Our first search committee travel team is in place for a site visit the weekend of May 20-22, with additional travel for other committee members over Memorial Day weekend and in early June. At each host church, the teams will participate in interviews with the potential priests, meet with Vestry members and other members of the congregation, and of course attend worship services.  The site visit teams are planning to share feedback with the whole group at the next meeting, where difficult decision will be made on which priests will be invited to move forward in the search process, and for whom the Saint John’s search will end.  The entire search committee feels very confident about the candidates that have advanced this far, and we are enthusiastic about conducting site visits to see these highly-qualified candidates in person. Thank you for all your continued prayers, and please do keep our committee members in prayer for safe travels during site visits, as well as continuing your prayers for the candidates as they prepare for our visits.

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 by providing underwear for ages 4-8, please contact Louise (Lou) Lamb at louisegl@myactv.net or 301-437-5704.

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