February 2017 Wider Circle

St. Georges Episcopal Church

Shape a circle ever wider and a people ever free

The February 2017 edition of The Wider Circle is now available! Click here
to read up on the latest from St. George’s, including an overview of the Mardi Gras celebration at St. George’s and information about upcoming Lenten programs and adult education programs at St. George’s.

January 2017 Wider Circle

 

St. Georges Episcopal Church

“Shape a Circle Ever Wider And a People Ever Free”

The January 2017 edition of The Wider Circle is now available!  Click here to read up on the latest from St. George’s, including updates on the Gaywood Food Program and Stewardship, as well as information about upcoming events such as our annual meeting and a training on citizen activism.

Christmas Services at St. George’s

Saturday, December 24: 5 p.m. Family Service with Pageant

This service includes a Christmas pageant led by our young people, followed by Holy Communion. Come for a wonderful celebration of the magic and mystery of Christmas.

Saturday, December 24: 9:30 pm Special Music and 10 p.m. Festive Eucharist

This is a more traditional service with singing and a festive reception afterwards. Come at 9:30 for special music offered by the choir, or at 10:00 for the official start of the service.  Come and celebrate the mystery and joy of Jesus’ birth. Bring a snack to share, or just yourself, and enjoy fellowship afterwards. Joy to the world!

Sunday, December 25: Christmas Day 9 a.m. Eucharist

Come celebrate the Incarnation with singing and Holy Communion on Christmas Day.

Warm Clothing Drive

warm-clothing-driveThroughout the month of November we will be holding a warm clothing drive to help the Prince George’s County School System meet the needs of newly arrived immigrant and refugee children who do not have clothing appropriate for our winter weather. You can help by contributing coats and jackets, new or gently used and clean, as well as hats, scarves, and gloves. The students range in age from 5 to 20, so sizes youth small to adult large are all welcome. Donations should be placed in the bin in the narthex. In addition, the school system would welcome Target gift cards which they can use to purchase other items students might need such as boots, socks, and uniforms. Target cards will be available for purchase during coffee hour and may be given to Donna or Randy Haselton or Peggy Alexander. Thank you for helping us support these new Prince George’s County students!

Heal Our Land

Join St. George’s for a 5 minute collective praise and worship program event on November 5, 2016 at Noon.  This 5 minute prayer service is guided so that the participant sings, recites scripture passages, prays, sings and concludes with praise. Click the link to access the program:

Heal Our Land

The genesis of the project comes from concern about the political climate our nation is currently in, the violence and turmoil we are experiencing.  We know that it is imperative that we offer praise to our Lord and ask for healing of our land.

Annual Fall Regional Assemblies for the Episcopal Diocese of Washington

Episcopal Diocese of Washington

Prince George’s North, formerly known as Region 5, will begin the Annual Fall Regional Assembly for the Episcopal Diocese of Washington at 6:00 PM on November 3, 2016, at:

St. John’s, Zion Parish, 11040 Baltimore Avenue, Beltsville, MD

There will be refreshments, a message from the Bishop, a meeting for the parish wardens, and most importantly, elections.  Currently, Vestry Member Diane Clark is the Lay Representative for our region as well as convener of the meeting.  Anyone can attend these meetings and they are good way to meet and greet members of other parishes in our region. If you have questions concerning the meeting or are interested in running for Diocesan Council, Standing Committee, or any of the other open positions, more information is available on the Episcopal Diocese of Washington website:

https://www.edow.org/about/diocesan-governance/regional-assemblies/

All Saints: Service of Remembrance

You are cordially invited to

St. George’s Cemetery Annual Remembrance Service

Tuesday, November 1, 2016, at 7:00 p.m.

Each year on or near All Saints’ Day, we remember all of those who are buried in St. George’s Cemetery at a Service of Remembrance. For the congregation it is a time to reflect on the stewardship we have given of the mortal remains of the loved ones of so many families, and to offer our prayers for them to God.  The service includes the reading of the names of those who are buried in our cemetery. This service is not a mournful one, but rather one that brings a quiet joy and renewed hope as we celebrate the lives of those who have died, and give thanks for the gifts they have left to us. We hope that you will join us on this holy occasion.

 

Season of Creation is here!

Season of Creation

It’s September and that means the Season of Creation has made its return. This year, we observe the Wisdom cycle and feature a different aspect of creation each week.

When you attend services this month be sure to take a close look at the new altar frontal, which was created by the children of St. George’s with the coaching and inspiration of Charlotte Colvin. You can see the images the children created for the various weeks of the month.

All children and young people are invited to be at church by 9:55 AM on Sunday mornings during the month of September, the Season of Creation. There will be a Children’s Procession each Sunday of this season, in which the children follow the acolytes in procession and bring objects up to the altar that connect to our theme each week, the theme for each Sunday are as follows:

  •  4 – Ocean Sunday
  • 11 – Storm Sunday
  • 18 – Cosmos Sunday
  • 25 – Animal Sunday

Blessing of the Animals

September 4 is Ocean Sunday to celebrate life in the seas and all our waterways. Then in the second week, we mark Storm Sunday on September 11. September 18 is Cosmos Sunday to honor the Cosmic Christ of the universe. And we end the month with September 25 and the blessing of animals on Animal Sunday.

With special regard to Animal Sunday, we are most welcome to bring four-legged friends to church for the 10:00 AM service for the Blessing of Animals. Note that it is a Sunday service this year rather than being held on Saturday. At the same time, we can also do a blessing in proxy for your animals you may choose not to bring to the service. Note: The 8:00 AM service will NOT include an animal blessing. So bring your furry creatures to the later service, only.

Greenbelt Labor Day Parade

Greenbelt Labor Day Festival 2016

Parades are always fun and who doesn’t love a parade? St. George’s loves parades and we will be marching in the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade on Monday, September 5, 2016, starting at 10:00 AM. We’re registered, we have our truck, soon we will have our giveaways, but we need you to be there!

The route itself is a 1.5 mile route up Crescent Road starting from near Buddy Attick Park and ending at the Roosevelt Center. We will have our bouncy balls and pin-wheels available to hand out to the crowds, and I am crossing my fingers for cooler weather but at least the parade route has lots of shade.

Once we reach the end you’re right there at the festival where you can hop on carnival rides, enjoy great food, check out the book sale, or listen to live music. So mark your calendars and come on out on what should be a beautiful September morning to show your St. George’s pride (wear your T-shirt!) to the community of Greenbelt and beyond.

Bring some comfy shoes and wear your St. Georges T-shirt if you have one.  If you have any questions, please speak with Michael Mangiapane.

Greenbelt Labor Day Parade Route

Greenbelt Labor Day Parade Route