Pastor Amy is on vacation this week, so instead of our typical Sunday evening worship service, our friend Rev. Terry Fitzgerald will be available at our regular Sunday evening time and location for open chapel time if you need prayer or quiet reflection time.
Church will be back to normal on Sunday, August 23.
We’ve got some fun planned for this week, so we hope you’ll join us!
First up, Baltimore’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender pride weekend! We’ll be marching with many other churches in the pride parade on Saturday, July 25, at 3:30pm. Want to march with us? All are welcome! Email Heather for the meet-up time and location details.
Then on Sunday, July 26, we’ll have special guest musician Letitia VanSant joining us during our worship service. We love Letitia – her music is fantastic and she’s joined us before for a fun service. Join us at our usual time, 5pm at St. Luke’s Church on the Avenue in Hampden!
Then after service on Sunday night, we’ll be having a potluck meal. You should come! Email Pastor Amy if you want to sign up to bring something for the meal.
This Sunday, August 9, we’ll once again be distributing fruit, bottled water, and health kits to our homeless neighbors along The Fallsway in Baltimore. Please join us! We’ll be meeting at 9:30am at Heather and Amy’s house to assemble kits, then meeting in front of Health Care for the Homeless on The Fallsway around 10:15 or 10:30am to hand out everything.
Want to donate fruit (bananas are especially popular!), bottled water, or health kit supplies? Email Heather! Want to help us assemble the kits on Sunday morning? Email Heather! Want to meet us at HCH to help hand things out? Email Heather!
This suggested health kit is based on Healthcare for the Homeless’ Street Survival Kit.
In a 1-gallon ziploc bag:
- pair of socks
- travel-size or medium toothpaste
- packet of wet wipes
- bar of soap in a plastic bag
- lotion and/or hand sanitizer
- 3-5 feminine products (women’s kits)
- Gift cards for food – (Subway and McDonald’s sell $5 cards)
- A note of encouragement from “a friend”
- Reusable water bottle
Everyone is welcome on Sunday – all ages! And if you can’t make it but want to donate, just email Heather as we said above.
Last week the City of Baltimore tore down a an encampment of homeless people under the Route 40 bridge on MLK Boulevard. The City did not give any local homeless service agencies advance notice so they could be there to help those left behind, and the City also destroyed tents and any belongings that the homeless folks could not carry with them. They left the people, whom we should see as our neighbors, with nowhere to go.
The community is now responding to this shameful act – and you can help! First of all, you are encouraged to email or call (410-396-4900) Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to express your outrage at this action.
Second, a group of local social service agencies is holding a meeting on Thursday, July 9, at 4pm at Health Care for the Homeless (421 The Fallsway) to discuss the response, and more. If you can make it, please RSVP to HCH’s Adam Schneider.
If you can’t make it, we will keep you posted on ways to keep helping our homeless neighbors in Baltimore. Our next homelessness outreach day where we hand out food and supplies is the morning of Sunday, August 9, so mark your calendars. now.
This Saturday, June 13, Baltimore Racial Justice Action is holding its monthly meeting – and this month’s topic is how to create change in the aftermath of the recent uprising in Baltimore. Details:
Join Baltimore Racial Justice Action facilitators, Avis Ransom and Dottye Burt-Markowitz, to process the recent Baltimore uprisings. At this event participants will be asked to share responses they have observed and brainstorm ways in which we can take action for racial justice. Identified actions will be characterized as transactional or transformative and we will collectively attempt to determine how they disrupt institutional and structural underpinnings of racism.
The meeting is from 2pm to 4:30pm at 1701 N. Gay Street in Baltimore.
Our church’s next monthly community service project is Tuesday, June 16, at 6:30pm. We’ll be helping the awesome seniors at Keswick Multicare (nursing home) in Hampden play bingo! Meet at 6:30pm in the lobby to help get the residents to the bingo room. Then from 7pm – 8pm we’ll be hosting the bingo game and helping people play. Please RSVP to Heather, and if you can’t make it, you can always donate prizes!
Other upcoming monthly service events — mark your calendars: Sunday, July 12, at 10am we’ll be making green cleaner kits for Earl’s Place residents who are moving into new homes and need supplies. Then on Sunday, August 9 (time TBA), we’ll be once again distributing food and supplies to our homeless neighbors along The Fallsways in Baltimore City.
We are praying for peace and justice for Freddie Gray’s family and for Baltimore’s residents. And these powerful and important words from Rev. Lura Groen in Texas echo for many of us as well.
Our second April community service event is handing out fruit, water, and health kits to our homeless neighbors along The Fallsway in Baltimore. We do this work at least once every quarter and walk with homeless advocate Tony Simmons the whole time. Tony is an incredible guy (check out this NPR profile of him) and explains to us the latest on the realities of being homeless in Baltimore and how we can help beyond handing out food and clothing.
So, join us on Sunday, April 26 at 2pm. We’ll be meeting at our usual worship spot at St. Luke’s on the Avenue in Hampden to assemble our donations, and then heading down to meet up with Tony in front of Health Care for the Homeless (421 Fallsway) around 2:45pm.
Can you come with us and/or donate? We need fruit like apples, oranges, and bananas (bananas are very popular). We also need health kit supplies like toothbrushes, toothpaste, new socks, bars of soap with a ziploc bag, wet wipes, feminine products, and hand sanitizer.
Even if you can’t come with us on Sunday, you can still donate! Just email Heather and we’ll come get your donations before the big day.
Thanks to the crew who came out to help us clean up the Mill Run and part of the Jones Falls on Saturday. We removed quite a bit of trash, and had a great time.
Kate and Garrett wading
Our next April community service project is helping Blue Water Baltimore with their Project Clean Stream events this Saturday, April 11. We’ll be helping clean up the Mill Run and the Jones Falls in the Woodberry/Hampden Area from 9am to noon.
We’ll meet at the Millrace Apartment building on Clipper Mill Road in Woodberry, which is diagonal from the restaurant Woodberry Kitchen. If you’ve helped us with cleanups in the past, this is the same place we always meet. Wear old clothes. Gloves and bags are provided.
Please email Heather if you can make it! All ages are welcome, as there are easy and difficult sections that everyone can help clean up! No need to get into the water (unless you brought waders and want to!).
Schedule of services this week that six:eight is participating in or leading:
Maundy Thursday service: April 2, 2015, 7pm, at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church (3800 Roland Avenue, Hampden)
Ecumenical Cross Walk: Friday, April 3, 10:30am, starting at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church on the Avenue in Hampden, and going to different points around the neighborhood before finishing at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church.
Good Friday service: Friday, April 3, noon, Good Shepherd United Methodist Church .
Easter Sunday ecumenical sunrise service: Sunday, April 5, 7am, at Roosevelt Park in Hampden (corner of 36th and Falls Road). Six:eight Pastor Amy Sens will be preaching. Light refreshments will be served afterwards at Woodberry Church of the Brethren (corner of 36th Ave and Poole). Woodberry COB is also the rain location of the sunrise service.
Easter Sunday six:eight church service: Sunday, April 5, 5pm, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church on the Avenue in Hampden, where we worship every Sunday.