Blessing of the Animals Service – Next Sunday October 6!

It’s bring your pet to church Sunday! Next week October 6 at the 10:00 am service we will celebrate St. Francis with a service of blessing for our animal friends. Your four-legged, furry, scaly, or feathered friends are invited to join you in our worship as we give thanks for the joy of God’s creation and creatures. Come be part of this favorite St. George’s tradition. If you prefer quiet and fur-free, come to 8:00 am that day for a human-only worship service.

Spirituality of Aging Program September 29-November 10

We are continuing the Spirituality of Aging program this Sunday at 4:00. This program asks us to approach aging as an opportunity for greater consciousness of God’s grace within us at this opportune time in our lives. There will be six two-hour sessions in Miller Hall, each providing a combination of input, personal contemplative time, and group discussion. Sessions will continue through Sunday, November 10, with one week off on Sunday, October 13 to accommodate our Warm Nights Shelter.
If you have not registered but would like to participate, simply email Ames Perry (amesperry@gmail.com) or Margaret McHale (mcbb2@verizon.net) and let one of them know you want to attend. OR fill out a registration form on the credenza in the narthex at the church and leave it in the basket. If you are not able to attend all six sessions, you are most welcome to attend whenever you can. However, we ask that you register by Wednesday, September 25 so that we will have enough hand-out materials. Participants will receive additional information shortly before September 29. Looking forward to the time together!

Beloved Community Interfaith Network of Prince George’s County Wednesday Sept 18

St. George’s is hosting this month’s Beloved Community Interfaith Network meeting on September 18. There is a gathering time 6:30 – 7pm with the main meeting from 7:00 – 8:30.   BCIN consists of members of various faith communities throughout Prince George’s County; attendees learn about each other’s faith tradition and discuss various topics and issues of social justice and what actions we can take to address them.  Anyone interested is invited to attend. 

Sign up to help with Warm Nights

Please take the opportunity to sign up to help host guests during WARM NIGHTS shelter week, from October 13- October 20. Sign-up sheets are on the Bulletin board in the Hall. If you want to sign up on line go to:

https://www.signup-genius.com/go/30E0A4AAEA62BA46-warm

There are ways you can help by providing or serving meals, visiting with the guests to ensure they feel welcome, and also by staying overnight to help if there is a problem during the night. Last year we hosted 30+ guests, many of them family groups with children. We do not know who are guests will be this year, so we want to be ready to welcome whoever comes to our door. You will find ways to sign up to work, or to provide some of the needed supplies. If you would like to make a financial contribution to support this mission, please indicate that your contribution is for the Outreach Committee. The committee will use your donation first to meet the expenses for Warm Nights. If funds are left over after Warm Nights, they will be used to support other Outreach projects.

 

ECQ Book Club Meeting this Week

The book club will meet on Wednesday Sept 18 at 10 AM. Our September book is titled Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water and Loving the Bible Again. Rachel Held Evans was a popular Christian writer and this book is the last she published before her tragic death this spring at the age of 37.  In her works, she drew from her experience growing up in a conservative church and her personal faith journey. 

Gaywood School Supplies Drive

Throughout August, we will be holding our annual School Supplies Drive for students and teachers at Gaywood Elementary School. As you may know, the list of school supplies that students are expected to provide gets longer each year, yet some families simply do not have the funds to buy these supplies. In addition, tight school budgets mean that many teachers must spend their own money for basic supplies. Each year we collect items for the students, the teachers, and their classrooms. You can find a hand out with the complete list of the needed supplies on the credenza in the narthex. Donations may be left in the bin in the narthex. Thank you for supporting the students and teachers at Gaywood and for helping us get them off to a great start to the new school year!Gaywood School Supplies Drive Throughout August, we will be holding our annual School Supplies Drive for students and teachers at Gaywood Elementary School. As you may know, the list of school supplies that students are expected to provide gets longer each year, yet some families simply do not have the funds to buy these supplies. In addition, tight school budgets mean that many teachers must spend their own money for basic supplies. Each year we collect items for the students, the teachers, and their classrooms. You can find a hand out with the complete list of the needed supplies on the credenza in the narthex. Donations may be left in the bin in the narthex. Thank you for supporting the students and teachers at Gaywood and for helping us get them off to a great start to the new school year!

Contemplative Prayer Circle

 

Come join us! Contemplative Prayer starts up again Tuesday August 27th at 7PM in the Sanctuary. *Please note the day changed to the last Tuesday of every month.* Questions? Email Sarah O’Brien sobrien4171@gmail.com

ECQ Book Club selection for September

After a break in August, the book club will meet Tuesday Sept 17th. Our September book will be Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water and Loving the Bible Again. Ms. Evans was a popular Christian writer and this book is the last she published before her tragic death this spring at the age of 37. In her works, she drew from her experience growing up in a conservative church and her personal faith journey.