Join us this Sunday, February 26, from 11am – 1pm to help clean up the Patapsco River! We’ll meet at the Hollofield Area of the Patapsco State Park in Ellicott City – which is at 8020 Baltimore National Pike. 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!
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.
It’s advent season! Six:eight church is busy this month with our usual Sunday afternoon worship services and much more. We’re planning and preparing for a joyous Christmas with these events in December:
Saturday, December 3 – Mobile check-in at 10am– Join the six:eight Social Club for a check-in and stroll packed with exercises designed to encourage reflection and gratitude. The journey begins at Play Cafe. Please arrive by 10:00 AM to allow for a discussion over some good coffee, and a walk beginning shortly thereafter. RSVP!
Sunday, December 4 – St. Luke’s Courtyard Lighting. At 4:45pm, join our host congregation and our Hampden neighbors in ringing in Advent! Be ready for a tough parking situation as the Mayor’s Christmas Parade goes right through Hampden on the afternoon of 12/4, too!
Sunday, December 11 – Christmas Season Potluck. Faithful friends who are dear to us, They gather near to us once more. The festivities begin right after 5pm church service is done!
Sunday, December 18 – 1:30pm – Homeless Outreach– We’ll once again be heading down to The Fallsway in Baltimore to hand out fruit, water, and health kits to our homeless neighbors. Joining us again will be Tony Simmons of the homelessness speakers bureau to give us an update on the long-term needs and news facing the Baltimore homeless population. Please let Heather know if you want to donate/bring bananas, oranges, bottles of water, and/or health kit supplies. We want to make 20 health kits – here are the contents:
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)
Tuesday, December 20, 6:30pm – Christmas Caroling at Keswick Nursing Home- Come sing Christmas carols door-to-door (inside!) for the awesome senior citizens at Keswick Multicare in Hampden. Please RSVP!
Friday, December 23, 5pm – Christmas Eve EVE Worship Service. We’ll be celebrating Christmas early this year instead of doing a regular Christmas eve service. Join us for a night service of wonder, beauty, and joy on the night before Christmas eve.
In November, we consider God’s call to us, personally and together. Sunday worship in this month includes stories about people facing decisions about their call and covenant – Jonah, Isaiah, Daniel, and the people of Israel. Join us on the journey Sundays at 5 pm!
Come listen to the great bluegrass music of these talented guest artists:
November 13 – Chris Kiehne
November 20 – Luke Chohany
We’ll also be planning and preparing for a joyous Christmas with these events in December:
December 4 – St. Luke’s Courtyard Lighting. At 4:45, join our host congregation and our Hampden neighbors in ringing in Advent!
December 11 – Christmas Season Potluck. Faithful friends who are dear to us, They gather near to us once more. The festivities begin right after church!
December 18 – Homeless Outreach. We’ll be heading out in the early afternoon to hand out health kits, water and fresh fruit, to spread some holiday cheer!
December 23 – Christmas Eve EVE. We’ll be celebrating Christmas early this year. Join us for a night service of wonder, beauty and joy!
October 22 was a special day for six:eight. Once again, we lent a hand to one of Blue Water Baltimore’s weekly tree plantings. Twelve dedicated, hard-working volunteers came to Clifton Park to get our hands a little dirty for clean water and strong communities. Together with our neighbors and Baltimore TreeKeepers, we planted several native saplings around the Rita Church Community Center. What a fantastic, nurturing way to see the goodness in God’s creation, and to add to its beauty!
Blue Water Baltimore is a not-for-profit organization focusing on restoration, advocacy, and education to achieve healthier water in Baltimore watersheds. Their work in cleaning up neighborhoods and planting trees helps improve our communities and environmental conditions.
And so the good work begins!
Jenny, Meg, Emanuel, Heather and Pastor Amy are totally focused on their work.
James, Greg and Cindy put the finishing touches on their pièce de résistance!
Heather and Emanuel inspect their progress. You’re doing great!
Pastor Amy got our first tree planted. Only eleven more to go!
Looking good, Heather, but don’t stop yet. The day is young!
Our most productive crew shows us how it’s done!
Our final tree of the day! We’re sure it will have some leaves in the spring.
Celebrating a job well done! Congratulations, everyone!
At six:eight, October is an exciting month as we continue our journey with the Israelites, out of slavery in Egypt and into God’s promises. Pastor Amy guides us like our own personal Moses (har har), leading the church in discovering how all of God’s people are receiving freedom and learning to trust. We’ll be celebrating our freedom with a wide range of exhilarating activities, and we trust you’ll enjoy them too! So come along on our journey with us!
October 9 – Conversation Sunday at 5pm. In a simplified order of worship, we will have an extended time of conversation and reflection.
October 22 – Tree planting: We’ll be joining Blue Water Baltimore in Clifton Park to plant trees, beautify the neighborhood and care for our air, water and earth. A great way to do good things and get outside! RSVP here!
October 26 – Bingo Night! Help us bring the party to Keswick Multi-Care Center, just north of the Rotunda in Hampden. It’s a chance to give back and make somebody’s day.
Check back soon for additional details!
As always, our worship at 5:00 PM on Sundays will include inspiring and uplifting bluegrass music, featuring the amazing talents of local artists, including:
October 16 – Lititia VanSant
October 23 – Sam Guthridge
October 30 – Luke Chohany
Join us and be a part of our community connecting people to God, to each other and to making a difference!
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!
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 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!
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!
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!
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.
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!