Celebrating Our Fantastic First Five Years – In six:eight Style!

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The six:eight UCC community celebrated our 5th anniversary on September 18. How did we commemorate this milestone? By putting our faith into action, of course! After our regular worship service of hearing the Word and some joyous bluegrass music, we assembled flood buckets for Church World Service. CWS distributes kits and blankets to support refugees, victims of floods and fires, homeless shelter guests and migrant workers. We are so honored to support our Christian partners truly making a difference in the lives of displaced children and families the world over!

We assembled five flood buckets, for five wonderful years of community service! We even donated a bonus sixth bucket, because that’s just the kind of people we are. So come join us as we begin our sixth year of doing justice, loving kindness and walking humbly with our God!

Here are some highlights from our festivities:

As always, we start our worship with some rousing music praising God, with our own Luke Chohany leading us in song!

As always, we start our worship with some rousing music praising God, with our own Luke Chohany leading us in song!

Pastor Amy teaches the children well, in our weekly children’s time.

Pastor Amy teaches the children well, in our weekly children’s time.

Our generous members have supplied everything we need. Time to get to work!

Our generous members have supplied everything we need. Time to get to work!

Our little helpers were invaluable getting everything together!

Our little helpers were invaluable getting everything together!

After a job well done, we got to relax and enjoy a lively time of food and fellowship!

After a job well done, we got to relax and enjoy a lively time of food and fellowship!

We also extend a great big thanks to our six volunteers who helped out on September 10th at the Baltimore Teacher Supply Swap. The BTSS collects classroom supplies that people no longer need and distributes them to teachers, schools, and educational programs. With no paid staff, the BTSS relies on volunteers to sort donations, stock the shelves, and assist visitors. We’re so proud of our members who gave their time to such a worthy cause!

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Loss and Redemption

Join us in September as we trace the story of loss, estrangement, promise and redemption – the early journey of God’s people. As always, we’ll be welcoming local artists as guest musicians playing great bluegrass music throughout the month. Walk with us on the journey!

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Flood Bucket Supplies Needed for 9/18

Flood bucket supplies needed for Sept. 18! Did you see the devastating recent flooding in Ellicott City or Louisiana or elsewhere and you’re not sure how to help? Help us make disaster relief flood buckets! They are distributed by disaster relief agencies and contain important supplies to help people clean up their homes.

 

Please donate supplies! You can go here to sign up to bring some itemsFeel free to drop off the supplies on Sunday, Sept. 18 at 5pm at our church service and stay after to help us assemble them. Or you can email Heather to arrange a drop-off or pick-up of supplies.

 

And so you know, here’s the full list of supplies needed for each bucket (via Church World Service):
  • One five-gallon bucket with resealable lid (If bucket has been used, clean well, but do not use if it has held chemicals of any kind.)
  • Four scouring pads
  • Seven sponges, including one large
  • One scrub brush
  • Eighteen reusable cleaning towels (e.g. Easy Wipes)
  • One 50 oz. or two 25 oz. bottle(s) of liquid laundry detergent
  • One 16-28 oz. bottle of liquid disinfectant dish soap
  • One 12-16 oz. bottle of household cleaner that can be mixed with water (no spray bottles)
  • One package of 48-50 clothespins
  • Clothesline, two 50 ft. or one 100 ft.
  • Five dust masks
  • Two pairs non surgical latex gloves
  • One pair work gloves, cotton with leather palm or all leather
  • 24-28 heavy duty or contractor type 30-45 gallon trash bags on a roll and removed from carton
  • One 6-9 oz. bottle of non-aerosol insect repellent

All cleaning items must be new – all liquid items must be capped and securely tightened. Place all items into the bucket, making sure they are packed securely to avoid damage during shipment. Snap the lid on tight and seal with packing tape.

We’ll be assembling the buckets on Sunday, Sept. 18 right after church. Pizza will be served! Email Heather if you want to donate supplies and/or come help assemble the buckets!
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Upcoming Community Service Events for August & September

Our August community service event is on Wednesday, Aug. 17, from 6:30pm til around 8:15pm. We’ll once again be heading back over to Keswick Multicare (nursing home) in Hampden (700 W. 40th Street)  to help the senior citizens play bingo. All ages welcome! Please RSVP to Heather.

And save the date for our September community service event. On Saturday, Sept. 10 from 11am to 2pm we’ll be helping sort and distribute school supplies at the Teacher Supply Swap. They’re an awesome non-profit that helps teachers get the supplies they need – for FREE! Again, RSVP to Heather.

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March with us during Baltimore’s GLBT Pride Parade this Saturday, July 23

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This Saturday, July 23, we’ll be marching with many other communities of faith in the Baltimore gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender pride parade! We’ve marched the past few years and it’s always a blast. All ages welcome!

The parade starts at 2pm, but we’ll be meeting around 12:00 or 12:30pm. Come march with us! Email Pastor Amy for more details. See you Saturday!

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Creativity and Calling

"Glassblowing - Tokoname" by AnnaNakami

“Glassblowing – Tokoname” by AnnaNakami

Join us in May and June as we explore the intersections between faith, calling, and creativity. Church is on Sundays at 5pm. Walk with us on the journey!

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Stream Cleanup a Success!

Despite the rain our small group still showed up to clean up trash along the Mill Run stream in the Hampden/Woodberry neighborhood. We made a big difference – thanks to everyone who helped out!

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Stream Cleanup this Saturday, April 2!

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Our April community service event is this Saturday, April 2, from 9:30am til noon. We’ll be helping do a stream cleanup as part of Project Stream Clean 2016! Meet in the lobby of the Millrace Building (2007 Clipper Park Rd – diagonally across from Woodberry Kitchen) and then we’ll head out to clean up the Mill Run stream in the Hampden/Woodberry neighborhoods. All ages welcome and you can stay as long as you like!

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March Tree-Planting A Success!

A huge thanks to the folks who helped us plant trees in the Ellwood Park neighborhood of Baltimore this past Saturday. Our group and all the others that joined the Baltimore Tree Trust Saturday planted a total of 63 trees along the streets. We had a blast – enjoy these photos and save the date for our next community service event: the morning of Saturday, April 2, we’ll be doing a stream clean-up.

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March and April Community Service Events

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Our March and April community service events will have us outside!

First, join us Saturday, March 12, from 9am to noon to help the Baltimore Tree Trust plant trees in the Ellwood Park neighborhood of Baltimore. RSVP to Heather if you want to come help!

And on Saturday, April 2, we’ll be doing a stream clean-up in the morning – most likely in the Hampden / Woodberry area of Baltimore. More details to come!

If you want to keep up with all our upcoming events – from community service to book group meetings, join our MeetUp Group!

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