There are times when it seems we are called to focus anew on important issues of social justice. Recent events in Baltimore and around the country have sparked a new national conversation about race, privilege, policing and inequality. In June, we’ll have three opportunities to continue that conversation at St. George’s. We’ll be reading The Other Wes Moore, by Wes Moore, an African American man who explores his own story and that of another African-American man of the same name whose life turned out very differently. You can pick up a copy of the book at the library, at bookstores or e-commerce sites. You can choose to come to a discussion on Sunday June 14 at 9 am, Tuesday June 16 at 10 am, or Wednesday June 17 at 7 pm.
It’s time to put on your painter’s cap, carpenter’s apron or gardening gloves and help spruce up our parish home just in time for the Bishop’s visit. We’ll be working on May 30 and June 6. Look for the list of projects in the narthex. Bring along your skills and energy as we work from 9 am till 1 pm on May 30, and from 10 am until 2 pm on the June 6, (for those late sleepers!) If you’ve got paint brushes, spades, pruning saws and other tools you think might be handy, bring them along. Questions? Ask Tom Beal or Mary Frances Bruce. See you there.
We’ve got great news! On April 22, Groundswell announced their winning wind suppliers (WGL Energy and Arcadia Power) and their negotiated group prices. We now have until May 22nd to enroll.
This spring Saint George’s is working with Groundswell and their partners (Interfaith Power & Light, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and Power of Wind, as well as others) to offer a group purchase of clean power for homes and apartments.
Thanks to over 1,000 people joining together, anyone who pays a utility bill in Maryland, the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, and Delaware can switch their home or apartment to 100% clean energy at a price that is 4% – 8% less expensive than switching to wind power on your own.
Imagine the impact! Switching to wind power is like planting 177 trees . . .reduces your household carbon footprint by about 25% . . is equal to not driving your car 16,000 miles . .removing 15,000 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere. It is also good for our health: less air pollution, healthier lungs, less asthma.
As an example, in Maryland, Pepco-MD customers will:
* Only pay ½ cent more per kWh for clean energy as opposed to dirty energy (SOS)
* Pay ~8% less through Groundswell than if they tried to purchase wind energy on their own
* Pay about $4.50 more a month (which is equal to about 2 cups of coffee, 1/2 of a movie ticket, or 1 ½ gallons of milk!)
Also, Groundswell will make a $10 donation to Saint George’s for everyone from our community who enrolls.
Remember to have your electricity bill in hand. THE DEADLINE TO ENROLL IS May 22!
On Saturday, May 16th at 10 am, four members of St. George’s will be confirmed at the National Cathedral. All are invited to come and celebrate with Leslie Browne, Sandy Rayford, Jay Tobias, and Tasha Tobias as they make this next step in their journeys of faith.
Confirmation will take place at the Episcopal Church House, Mount Saint Alban, Washington, DC 20016