Fourth Sunday in Lent

Lenten Musical Presentation at the 10:15 a.m. Eucharist by the Saint Francis (children) and Canterbury Choirs (youth). The play is based on the Parable of the Prodigal Son, which happens to be the Gospel of the Day. The presentation will include acting, props, costumes and singing.

Organ recital today: presented by Christopher Houlihan, prolific American concert organist noted for his clarity, flexibility of rhythm, and technical achievement. Recital is at 3:00 p.m., Thomson Chapel, Wilson College.

Search Committee Update: The search committee has started receiving applications and will soon begin reviewing submission materials of each potential applicant prior to moving on to video interviews. We will continue the process of screening and interviewing applicants through the application closing date of April 4. The committee's whole-group meeting on February 27 focused on editing and finalizing interview questions which will help us to find applicants who will be the best fit for Saint John's. 

Lenten Yoga Sessions: Saint John’s has planned 4 yoga sessions in March ending before Holy Week. Each session lasts one hour and is led by an instructor with 40-years experience teaching yoga. Men and women of all ages are welcome but should be able to lie on their backs and stomachs for most of the session. There is no chair yoga planned. Please bring your own yoga mats; the thicker the better.
The sessions will cost $5.00 each and will be collected at the door (cash only please).  Wear loose fitting comfortable clothing. The sessions will be held on:

  • Monday, March 7th at 1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 9th at 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 15th at 8:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, March 19th at 8:00 a.m.

The sessions should prove relaxing to both mind and body.

Adult Forum: You are invited! Sunday morning, following the 8 o’clock service in St. Mary’s Chapel, to join in adult examination of contemporary issues facing Christians in today’s world.  Watch leading theologians, authors and church leaders wrestle with ideas and concepts with which we all struggle. Be a part of the vigorous conversation! This is not your everyday Bible study!  Everyone is welcome.

Monday Night Series Topic: Over the centuries, scholars such as Aquinas, Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, and Newton grappled with issues concerning the interface of science and religion. Today, 800 years after Aquinas, we are still wrestling with these issues and asking:

Are science and religion completely incompatible?

Can a respectable scientist possibly believe in God or be religious?

Is it possible to be religious and believe in science?

How does science fundamentally work, what are its claims to truth, and what is the relation of those claims to religious belief?

If you have ever pondered these questions please come to the Monday Night Series when our own Bill Soulis, will lead a discussion of God’s Universe, by Owen Gingerich. The author, raised in an Amish community, is Professor Emeritus of Astronomy and of the History of Science at Harvard University, and a senior astronomer emeritus at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.

Hagerstown Area Good Friday Cross Walk: St. John’s will be participating in the Cross Walk on Good Friday at 1:00 p.m. at the Hagerstown City Park following the noon service.  This will be a meditative walk to reflect on Christ’s passion with fourteen stops as we circle City Park Lake in Stations of the Cross.  Each station will include dramatic monologue, singing, prayer and silent meditation. St. John’s van will be available from Saint John’s parking lot to the park for those interested in participating.  Others may join us at the parking lot off Key Street adjacent to the Museum. 

Thank You: 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!

Bester School Needs: If you can help with any of the following, please contact Louise (Lou) Lamb at or 301-437-5704.

1. Jump ropes for single play and ropes for double dutch. Also balls:  at least 3 small of each: footballs, basketballs, and kick balls and 3 medium size of each (or regular size) footballs, basketballs, and kick balls. (For pre-kindergarten - grade 5.)

2.  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.  

3.  Underwear for ages 4-8.


Easter Baskets for St. John's Shelter:  The youth will be preparing Easter baskets for the residents of St. John's shelter on Palm Sunday, March 20.  They are asking for donations of old baskets, boxed or canned food and grocery store gift cards. Also, small toys for baskets for the children would be appreciated. Donations of food and toys can be left in the labeled bin in Trimble Hall.  Please give donations of gift cards to Rebecca Connor (

Easter Egg Hunt: It’s that time of year again!  We are collecting Easter Egg stuffers/candy for our annual hunt, and items for the gift baskets for the children who find the gold and silver eggs.  Donations can be left in the bins located underneath the TV Projector in Trimble Hall. 

Islamic Center Open House: The Islamic Center of Western Maryland will be hosting an open house on Friday, March 18th, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.  Several members of St. John’s youth group will be attending, and we invite all interested members of the parish to come with us to learn more about our Muslim partners in faith.  Please contact Margaret Clinch ( before March 14th to RSVP.  

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