February
28
2016

Third Sunday in Lent

An Evening of Jazz, tonight at 7:00 p.m. presented by the Mark Andrew Cook  Jazz Group, as part of the Music at Saint John’s Series. Internationally renowned performers include Mark Cook (piano), Chris Vadala (woodwinds), Mike Kamuf (trumpet and flugelhorn), David Marsh (bass), Ronnie Shaw (drums). The program will include jazz standards and newly composed works by Mark Cook.  Be sure to invite family, friends and neighbors to attend with you. A free will offering will be received.

Jazz Concert Reception Food Needed: If you are able to provide a food item for the reception following the jazz concert on Sunday February 28th, 7:00 p.m. please contact Tammy Martinez at dmarti79@gmail.com, tammytamarahall@gmail.com or 301-305-9629.

Lenten Musical Presentation on Sunday, March 6 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.

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. 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.

New 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, graduate of MIT and all around interesting person, 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. Gingerich believes in a universe of intention and purpose and argues that an individual can be both a creative scientist and a believer in divine design—that indeed the very motivation for scientific research can derive from a desire to trace God’s handiwork. 

Adult Forum: You are invited! Sunday morning, following the 8 o’clock service in St. Mary’s Chapel, you are invited 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 week’s topic is “Why Hope?” This is not your everyday Bible study!  Everyone is welcome.

Reach Cold Weather Shelter: As we enter into Saint John's week at the Reach cold weather shelter for the homeless, we ask you to please keep each resident of the shelter and each volunteer in your prayers. May we all work together to provide comfort, nourishment, and a safe haven for those in need and those in ministry. Thank you all who have answered the call to aid and assist those who need it most.

One New Thing…“One New Thing” is the theme for the Daughters-sponsored Quiet Day to be held Saturday March 5 from 9 am. To 2 pm.  The day will be open to the entire parish, men and women, and any friends or interested people.  Rev. Kim is planning a series of meditations, and there will be time for a choice of quiet meditation in the church or other activities and responses to the meditations. 

Come and experience one new thing!  We are planning the labyrinth in Trimble Hall and some other activities.  There will be coffee and tea provided and a light Lenten lunch.  Please call the parish office and let us know you are coming or email Karla Davis (karla.davis@myactv.net) so we have enough food for everyone.  The day ends with Eucharist at 1:30 pm.  Come and refresh your spirit!  Come and energize your body and soul! 

There is no cost for this event. 

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 (rebeccaconnor@gmail.com).

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 (youthmin.stjohns@myactv.net) before March 14th to RSVP.  

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