On All Saints Day, Thursday November 1, we celebrate the lives of those who have gone before us with our annual Service of Remembrance at 7:00 pm in the Chapel. At this service, we remember and pray for all those who are buried in our cemetery, as well as anyone who has died that you would like prayers for. You can submit names of those you would like prayed for at this service by filling out the form that will be available at church starting October 7 or emailing the office names of your loved ones. All are welcome to attend this special service on All Saints Day. Please let Connie+ know if you can be a reader at this service.
The 9:00 am Sunday Adult Forum will continue on Oct. 21, 28, and Nov. 11, 25; and will be based on Peter Gomes’ The Good Book: Reading the Bible with Mind and Heart. “The theme of this book,” writes Gomes, “is the risk and the joy of the Bible: risk that we might get it wrong, and joy in the discovery of the living Word becoming flesh.” On Oct. 21, Tim Dangel will present a summary of the first section of The Good Book — what the Bible is and how it came to be as it is now, literacy and interpretation, and the ever-evolving role of the Bible in American politics and culture. Those attending the remaining three Sundays will select from topics such as the Bible and race, anti-Semitism, women, or homosexuality; and what the Bible has to say about suffering, joy, evil, temptation, wealth, and science. Please join us.
We are happy to announce that Marie-Hélène Richard-Chamberlain will be baptized at the 10:00 service on Sunday, October 28. Come celebrate this joyful event in the life of our parish and in the life the Richard-Chamberlain family.
As many of you know, St George’s supports a local food pantry run by Help by Phone; whether the weather is warm or cold, the pantry helps individuals and families who need food assistance, but in order to do so, the pantry needs us. The pantry always needs bread, cereal, peanut butter and jelly, 2 lb bags of rice, canned fruit, powdered milk, canned meat and fish (chicken, tuna, salmon), microwaveable meals that come in individual servings, and pancake mix and syrup. Donations can be left in the one bins in the narthex, just outside the main office. Thank you for helping St George’s support this important part of our outreach ministry.
Though we promise in our baptismal covenant that we will share the good news of God’s love and presence in our lives, many of us are not all that comfortable speaking about our faith or sharing it with others. But we can get better at this, with practice – and to this end we will be offering a program this fall called “Speaking Our Faith,” to be offered jointly with St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in College Park. Meetings will alternate between St. George’s and St. Andrew’s, and the dates are November 7, November 14, November 28, December 5 and December 12. This is an evening program with the time to be determined. Anyone who would like to participate is invited to sign up. Please contact the office at 301-262-3285.
On All Saints Day, Thursday November 1, we celebrate the lives of those who have gone before us with our annual Service of Remembrance at 7:00 pm in the Chapel. At this service, we remember and pray for all those who are buried in our cemetery, as well as anyone who has died that you would like prayers for. You can submit names of those you would like prayed for at this service by filling out the form that will be available at church starting October 7 or emailing the office names of your loved ones. All are welcome to attend this special service on All Saints Day.
You are invited to gather on Thursday, October 4, at 7pm for shared prayer, stillness and group reflection in the church sanctuary. No experience with contemplative prayer is needed for you to attend these facilitated circles. This offering is open to the public.
The annual Blessing of the Animals Service will be held on Sunday, September 30 at the 10:00 am service. Bring your animal friends to church that day and join in the joyful praise of God in all of its sounds and forms. If you prefer an animal free service, plan to attend 8:00 am service where we will enjoy God’s creation more quietly.
Join us as we watch a compelling film about six women who are homeless after life events left them without resources. Their stories change perceptions about who ends up without shelter. This film is riveting and should lead us into a thoughtful discussion following the film. Directed by Michele Ohayon, narrated by Jodie Foster and with an original score by Mellisa Etheridge, the film has won several film festival awards. We’ll have light snacks and beverages to share.
The Rt. Rev. Mariann Budde will be preacher and celebrant on Sunday October 7 at the 8:00 and 10:00 services. The bishop visits each parish every three years, making this a special occasion in the life of the parish. We hope everyone will plan to be present for this festive service and opportunity to interact with Bishop Mariann.