Here’s the sermon from December 1st – enjoy!
Here’s the sermon from December 1st – enjoy!
The Christmas season can sometimes get away from us, with shopping, eating, and traveling taking up our time and energy. This year, let’s take time together to focus on the true spirit of Christmas – a time when we remember God’s amazing gift of Jesus, God-with-us, and a time when we give back with joy and gratitude for all that we already have. Join six:eight in 12 days of giving back this year!
This could be everything from writing a note to someone, to buying coffee for someone, to picking up a piece of trash, to just calling someone up to see how they’re doing. The choices are wide open when it comes to how you give back!
The first day of giving back is December 1st – remember to wear red to church in honor of World AIDS Day. We’ll also have a special speaker to discuss the day. Here are the rest of the days:
- December 1 – Commemorate World AIDS Day at worship. Wear red as a show of your solidarity with people facing AIDS and HIV.
- December 3 – Give back to someone in your neighborhood
- December 5 – Give back to the environment
- December 7 – Pearl Harbor Day – give back to a veteran or member of the military
- December 9 – Give back to family
- December 11 – Give back to someone who helped you when you were young
- December 13 – Give back to a kid you care about
- December 15 – Give back to homeless people. Six:eight will be collecting change jars (Yes, we just mean those jars of change you have on your desk at home, where you toss your loose change! Bring ‘em in!) this Sunday to put together a gift card for Earl’s Place transitional housing
- December 17 – Give back to someone you work with or someone who works hard for a living
- December 19 – Give back to yourself – what can you do to help feel rested and well?
- December 21 – Give back to someone who has lost a loved one this year
- December 23 – Give back to a complete stranger
Please visit our Facebook page – six:eight UCC – in December to share what your experiences are with 12 Days of Giving Back.
And, join us December 24th at 5:30pm as we celebrate the birth of Jesus at our Christmas eve service!
We had worship with week with our mother church, St. Mark’s UCC and during the sermon saw this slideshow with some of the many ways we’ve been able to make a difference together over the last two years, something we’re very thankful for. Please enjoy!
We are meeting with our friends at St. Mark’s United Church of Christ on Sunday, Nov. 24, so our regular weekly noon service will NOT be at Mobtown Theater in Hampden this week.
Instead, join us for a fun potluck Thanksgiving meal at 11:30am at St. Mark’s (feel free to bring something to share!), and then we’ll worship in their sanctuary at 12:30pm.
St. Mark’s UCC is located at 1805 Wickes Ave, Baltimore, MD 21230. They’re right behind the Dunkin Donuts off Washington Boulevard.
In this week’s sermon, we look at Amos’ call for a just society, and how six:eight is all about the balance – love, justice AND faith. Take a moment to watch and then consider how you can be a part of it!
The Commitment Card give you a chance to see how we might grow together in the coming year.
We’ve got two community service events this month at six:eight. First up, join us this Saturday, November 16, from 9am to noon for Blue Water Baltimore’s Better Waterways Fall Cleanup. We’ll once again be helping out our friends clean up trash along the Mill Run and Jones Falls, which run right past Meadow Mill where six:eight meets every Sunday.
We’ve helped this crew several times each year for the past two years, so we’re excited to go help out again. Meet at 9am at 2007 Clipper Park Road (the Millrace Building). Gloves and bags are provided. You can also wear waterproof boots and go into the stream, or walk alongside and pick up trash as well. Email Heather if you can make it!
Also this month, we’re helping Housing Our Neighbors gather coats and sleeping bags to distribute at the National Sleep-Out for Housing Justice on Saturday, November 23. Please bring sleeping bags and winter coats to give away (they’re especially looking for large men’s winter coats) to church this Sunday, November 17, and we’ll make sure they get donated. And if you can’t bring them this Sunday, email Heather and we’ll come get them!
Sermon from October 27th
Based on 1 Kings 5:1-5, 8:1-13
A huge thanks to the many people who helped us make and distribute 99 lunches and more than three dozen pairs of socks, health kits, blankets, and a jacket to our neighbors coping with homelessness this past Sunday near Health Care for the Homeless.
As it has been when we’ve done this in previous months, Sunday’s action was eye-opening as we learned more about the realities of being homeless in Baltimore from our friends Vanessa, Early, and Tony of HCH.
If you want to help out even more and you live in Baltimore City, an action you can take right now is to email your member of city council and tell them to not criminalize pan-handling. This article in the Baltimore Sun gives more background. We believe they should be working on creating more affordable housing and service for those who are trying to leave homelessness behind.
All through October we are holding a food drive for church member JoAnne’s office in Baltimore County. She works for a social service agency that hands out food to local people in need, but their food pantry is empty! So every Sunday in October we’re collecting canned goods and other non-perishables to church service. We meet at noon at Mobtown Theater in Hampden / Woodberry.
Also, on Sunday, October 27, we’re again making lunches to hand out to the homeless people who stay along The Fallsway in Baltimore near Healthcare for the Homeless. We’ll again be working with our HCH contact Vanessa and the Homelessness Speakers’ Bureau to distribute sack lunches and others supplies to those in need, as well as continue learning more about the realities of homelessness in Baltimore and how we can end it.
We will need many supplies for these lunches! Here’s the full list:
Bread – 8 loaves (136 slices)
Mayonnaise – 2 medium jars
Tuna – 6 big cans
Peanut butter – 2 medium jars
Jelly – 3 medium jars
Fruit – 68 pieces
Water – 150 bottles
Granola bars – 68 bars
Please go here to sign up to bring some of the supplies:
We’ll be making these lunches right before our regular noon-time service and then heading down to The Fallsway after church, probably arriving around 1:30 – 1:45pm. If you can’t bring those supplies the day of the event, email Heather and we’ll make sure we pick them up from you.
Thanks to the great crowd of volunteers who came to help out at the Maryland Food Bank earlier this month. We just found out that our team helped pack 11,688lbs of food, which equates to 8,991 meals! Nice job, team!
We’re still working on getting a date for our October community service project, so stay tuned. In the meantime, we are holding a food drive for church member JoAnne’s office in Baltimore County. They’re a social service agency that hands out food to local folks in need, but their food pantry is empty! So every Sunday from now til the end of October, please bring canned goods and other non-perishables to church service. We meet at noon at Mobtown Theater in Hampden / Woodberry.