Third Sunday of Easter

St. Mark’s Church, Lappans, is hosting the Diocesan workshop “Seeing the Face of God in Each Other,” on April 29 – 30. This anti-racism workshop is open to everyone. Vestry Members and Church Staff from Episcopal Churches are strongly encouraged to complete this specialized training. Episcopal Clergy are required to attend, if they have not completed the workshop previously. St. Mark’s is sponsoring this as a part of our on-going process of Recollection and Reconciliation. The workshop will close on Saturday with a Eucharist in our historic Church, where we will invite workshop participants to sit in the restored balcony (former slave balcony). The workshop begins in Dorsey Hall on Friday with dinner (provided for a donation), at 5:30 PM, and resumes Saturday morning at 9 AM with a light breakfast and continues to 5 PM. Lunch is also provided for a donation. Workshop participants must attend both Friday and Saturday in order to complete the entire experience. To register, please contact Adam Barner at the Diocese of Maryland: 1-800-443-1399, abarner@episcopalmaryland.org.

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.

Family Games Night: The youth group will be hosting a parish-wide Family Games Night from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, April 22nd, and all are invited to attend.  Please bring 5 dollars for pizza or a snack to share, and a toiletry item to contribute to the bountiful blessings box for community café. 

Music and Readings of Eastertide: Presented by the Parish Choir on Sunday, April 24 at 5:00 p.m. Creative works by authors and composers will be featured to celebrate the various themes in the Great Fifty Days of Easter including the resurrection of Jesus, faith and believing, being known in the breaking of the bread, Jesus as the Good Shepherd, the new commandment, and the ascension of Jesus. A reception will follow the program. Be sure to invite family, friends and neighbors to attend with you.

Gardens Mulching Day: Please join us for this annual event on Sunday, May 1st (rain date Saturday, May 7th) following the 10:15 service. Anyone willing and able  to help lay mulch around St. John’s gardens is invited to attend. Lunch will be provided. Bring any of the following items you might have: light weight wheelbarrows, gloves, shovels, and old clothes. RSVP to Margaret Clinch by April 26  at youthmin.stjohns@myactv.net or 301-733-2560- x101.

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.  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 will be sold at the Antietam Street entrance following both services beginning April 24th.  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 sareen@myactv.net.

Monday Night Series:  This five week study began last week on 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;

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 maletzkyd@gmail.com.  We would like to have them by May 1, 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!

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.

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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