Passion Sunday - Liturgy of the Palms

New Monday Night Series:  Beginning April 4, 2016 we will begin a five week study of 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;

The New Jim Crow has been described as “the most important book published in this century about the U.S.”  It is one of the most talked about scholarly works written because its analysis and advocacy serve as the catalyst for the prevalent and changing dialogue on the histories of our policies, practices, systemic and institutional racism, and the wide-ranging economic, social and psychological costs in our communities and our nation.

Though the conventional point of view holds that discrimination has mostly ended with the civil rights movement reforms of the 1960s, Alexander posits that the U.S. criminal justice system uses the War on Drugs as a primary tool for enforcing traditional, as well as new, modes of discrimination and repression.

Please feel free to invite family, friends and neighbors to attend this five week study.

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. 

Shelter Needs (Fourth Sunday of each Month):


     Canned meats (chicken breast, tuna, spam, treet)

     Green Beans and Corn

     Soups (children friendly - chicken noodle, vegetable, etc.)

     Spaghetti O's

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.

Easter Baskets for St. John's Shelter:  The youth will be preparing Easter baskets for the residents of St. John's shelter on today.  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. 

Easter Egg Hunt volunteers: We are looking for some volunteer Easter Bunnies to help hide eggs for the youth at 9:30 between services on Easter Morning.  Please contact Betsy Mummert or Margaret Clinch if you are able to help out. 

ASP Fundraiser: Appalachia Service Project will be hosting a Parent’s Night Out fundraiser for their mission trip on Friday, April 8th from 6-10 pm at the church.  The fees are $10.00 per child per hour, dropping to $8.00 per hour for additional children in the same family.  A sign-up sheet will be in the parish hall.




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