Stream Clean-up Saturday, April 21, 2018

We need you this Saturday, April 21, from 9am to noon to help us clean up trash along the Gwynn Falls stream in the Morrell Park neighborhood in Baltimore!  Meet at the Maisel Street Park on the corner of Washington Boulevard and Hollins Ferry Road. (Google Map of the location here)

Last year the crew pictured above removed more than two tons of trash!

All ages welcome (with adult supervision) and all supplies provided. Just wear old clothes and join us! Please sign up here or email Heather to say you’re coming.

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six:eight’s last Sunday worship – Thank you!

On April 8, six:eight held its final Sunday service. We will no longer be meeting in worship, but we will continue our work to encourage people to give and be active in social justice and community-service causes.

For now, we give thanks for Amy’s leadership in our worship services. It has been a tremendous journey these past six plus years. We give a warm and sincere thanks to everyone who has ever been involved in our community worship. The years of meeting, praying, singing and reflecting together have been a blessing.

Here are some memories from that special day:

Getting ready.

We came for salvation. / We came for family.

Amy teaches the children well. They’re paying attention to her, honest!

Everyone loves a good story, and this is the greatest one – Jesus is risen!

Our congregation thanks Amy for her years of dedication!

Amy receives a hardbound copy of her New Bluegrass Hymnal. She seems happy!

Our last Communion together.

Traveling mercies, everyone!

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Come together – Homelessness Survival Kits, Non-perishables, and Food

February 11 – church starts at 5pm, assembly and eating together after.

six:eight’s first weekly service on February 12, 2012 was a whole SIX years ago! Join us to celebrate in six:eight style by helping contribute to and assemble winter homelessness survival kits for Healthcare for the Homeless, collect non-perishables for Paul’s Place, and eat a potluck together. Can you bring something or somethings? Send Pastor Amy an e-mail: pastoramy (at) sixeightucc (dot) org

Here’s what goes into a kit:

In a 1-gallon ziploc bag:

pair of socks
toothbrush
travel-size or medium toothpaste
packet of wet wipes
bar of soap in a plastic bag
comb
lotion and/or hand sanitizer
3-5 feminine products (women’s kits)
washcloth
hat and/or gloves and/or scarf

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Christmas Eve Service!

Join us for our Christmas Eve service on Sunday, December 24 at 5pm at our usual location – St. Luke’s Lutheran Church on the Avenue in Hampden!

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Focus on the Climate – September 16-17

Fall is here! Join us for a weekend focused on caring for God’s creation:

September 16, 9am-12pm at St. Luke’s – help kids care for butterflies – we’ll do needed prep work on St. Luke’s (800 W. 36th St., 21211) grounds to get ready for a school project – planting a butterfly garden. Bring your favorite gardening gloves and a water bottle!

September 17 –

Reflect together on climate change – worship will include time to consider and be in conversation about what a Christian response to the planet looks like. Worship starts at 5pm on Sundays (800 W. 36th St, 21211 in the chapel), with a potluck to follow. RSVP with your potluck dish here on Meetup.

Assemble flood buckets for hurricane victims. Help with the tragic effects of climate change by contributing to an emergency kit. Follow this link to sign up to bring supplies.

Don’t have time to shop? Make a donation to six:eight here and we’ll put it toward kit supplies. Thank you!


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Field Trip! July 2 church at 2:30pm at the Baltimore Convention Center

This Sunday there will be thousands of people from all over the United Church of Christ visiting Baltimore for the national, once-every-two-years, church meeting known as General Synod. Instead of our usual service, six:eight will be joining up to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime chance to worship with people across the country in our own hometown. Learn more about General Synod by following this link.

We will be meeting at 2:15 in front of the Pratt Street entrance to the Convention Center. Want us to look for you? RSVP on our Meetup page here.

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Join Our Stream Clean-Up on April 15

The results of us cleaning up a stream in 2015!

Our April community service event is helping Blue Water Baltimore with their annual Project Stream Clean cleanups across the city. We’re helping with a site in the Morrell Park neighborhood of Baltimore on Saturday, April 15, from 9am to noon. Details and RSVP here, or email Heather to RSVP. All ages welcome!

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Join Us for Bingo With Senior Citizens!

Our March community service event is running the bingo games at Keswick Multicare (nursing home) in Hampden again! Join us on Wednesday, March 22, from 6:45pm til 8:15pm. The seniors love having us there and we always have a great time. RSVP today!

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Sunday, Feb. 26 stream-cleanup

Join us this Sunday, February 26, from 11am – 1pm to help clean up the Patapsco River! We’ll meet at the Pickall area of Patapsco State Park – the address is 8125 Johnnycake Road, Windsor Mill. Please RSVP on Meet-up here.

Clean-up is still happening along the river after last summer’s devastating flooding that swept through Ellicott City. Join us Sunday!

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Thank you for another great year!

December 2016
Dear Friends,

This year six:eight celebrated five years since our very first worship service! It’s amazing to think back on the many lives that have changed in these five years. To try to add up the conversations, the relationships, the volunteer hours, and the difference each of our folks make in their day-to-day lives, guided by God’s spirit, is an amazing task to consider.

Our group at a Blue Water Baltimore tree planting in October 2016.

This year, some of the shifts that have made a big difference in our life together have included setting up an online Meetup group to welcome new people, starting up a monthly “Mobile Check-in” for more community building outside of worship times, Conversation Sundays, and having a rotation of guest musicians in worship, which gives us more flexibility. We’ve also welcomed more kids to church and have been working on creative ways to give them a positive experience of worship.

Along with our support for the seniors at Keswick Multi-care/Nursing home, our service and justice work continue to center on the environment and addressing homelessness and hunger, both through our monthly volunteer projects and ongoing giving. Our 5-year anniversary gift to each other and those in need was six Church World Service flood buckets to help disaster victims.

Pastor Amy & Heather with our flood buckets for Church World Service.

Support of friends and family has meant so much for bringing six:eight to where we are now. Will you consider a gift of $30, $68, or $120? You can use this button to give via PayPal:

In the coming year, I’m sure that six:eight will have plenty more adventures in store. We’ll continue to connect people with each other, in our thoughtful and conversational worship services and in other community-centered meetings.

We’ll continue to connect people to God with study, prayer, conversation, ritual and music. And we’ll continue to connect people to living lives of loving service, one service project and one advocacy opportunity at a time. Your support today helps us maintain the momentum. Please give generously.

Blessings,

Pastor Amy

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