On Sunday June 28, we had another amazing joint worship service with our friends at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Comforter. We got to see their space and experience worship as they normally do it. The similarities are obvious. Their need to be free from their aging building is also equally apparent. Their dedication to hospitality and diversity of all types is so similar to ours at Nativity that you might think we were simply separated at birth.
And so we are committed to continuing this serious discussion about ‘moving in together.’ Right now their building is on the market, and they already have an offer they are considering. They do not want to enter another heating season in their current building. They could very well join us this fall! The plan all along has not been to have separate worship services, but to combine the best elements of our liturgies and praise God together. I plan to continue the 8am service and Adult Forum as has been our custom.
On Tuesday night, our Executive Committee and their Long Range Planning committee will sit down at Nativity to discuss other details of the proposed partnership. Then our Vestry and their Council would sit down together and also consult our bishops. God is doing something new and exciting – calling us to transformation for the sake of the Gospel. Please keep this process and your leaders at the top of your prayer list.
One of the key ministries we already share is a dedication to the ministries of GEDCO, especially the CARES food pantry, located just across York Road from Holy Comforter. The summer months are extremely desperate in the pantry as kids are home and need lunch, and donations tend to decrease. This is our regular first Sunday collection, so please be extra generous. Items especially in need are: tuna, spaghetti sauce, canned fruit, and soup. Any donation, large or small is appreciated!
PS. Our regular Adult Forum is on vacation, but on July 5 I will meet with those who gather in the Windsor Room (formerly the Upper Room) at 9:15am to talk about the actions at General Convention and watch a sermon by our Presiding Bishop-elect, the Right Reverend Michael Curry.
Collect for Independence Day
Lord God Almighty,
in whose Name the founders of this country won liberty for themselves and for us,
and lit the torch of freedom for nations then unborn:
Grant that we and all the people of this land may have grace
to maintain our liberties in righteousness and peace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Vacation Bible School – July 13-17
Don’t forget to pencil in Vacation Bible Study in July. The perfect way for kids to spend a summer evening – dinner and fellowship at 5:00, stories, songs and games from 6:00-8:00. Open to ages 3 – 11 (up to the fifth grade.)
Reading Camp Remington
Reading Camp is from August 17 thru 21; 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM for struggling readers going into grades 2 thru 4. Breakfast and lunch is served, plus 2 snacks. Planning meetings are underway and already several of last year’s volunteers for teaching, aiding, meal servers, etc. are signing on for the week or for a morning or afternoon. Please contact Deacon Linda if you want to sign on.