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Charles County Department of Health PrEP 4 Pride
The first Charles County Pride celebration was held on May 20 at the Charles County Department of Health, and over a thousand individuals registered to attend. Over three hundred people visited Peace Lutheran Church's booth and were warmly greeted by our wonderful volunteers. Your kindness and encouragement are greatly appreciated, and many thanks to our volunteers. In October, Peace Lutheran will take part in Southern Maryland Pride. To learn more about Southern Maryland Pride and how you can support Peace's participation, contact Becky D'Ambrosio and Pastor Eric.
Day of Pentecost, Confirmation, and more...
Pentecost derives its name from the Jewish festival celebrating the harvest and the giving of the law on Mount Sinai fifty days after Passover. Fifty days after Easter, we celebrate the Holy Spirit as God’s presence within and among us. In Acts the Spirit arrives in rushing wind and flame, bringing God’s presence to all people. Paul reminds us that though we each have different capacities, we are unified in the Spirit that equips us with these gifts. Jesus breathes the Holy Spirit on his disciples, empowering them to forgive sin. We celebrate that we too are given the breath of the Holy Spirit and sent out to proclaim God’s redeeming love to all the world (Sundays & Seasons, Augsburg Fortress, 2023).
As church together, we will confirm six teens during worship on May 28 and June 7:
Ki'Myia D., Elijah S., Brennan R., Christopher D., Jaytrin S., and Christopher M.
Our teens have spent the past 26-weeks with Pastor Eric deep in study of scripture, the catechism, and church history. Please join us in worship as we commemorate this faith milestone with our youth and their families.
Beginning Sunday, 28 May, we'll be introducing a new liturgical setting for the summer and Season after Pentecost cycle. With the new liturgy comes a paired down order of worship with more song. You can listen to a preview of the new liturgical setting here.
Help the Environment and Support Peace Lutheran
2023 Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Synod Assembly - Saturday, 3 June Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Gaithersburg, MD.
Pastor Eric will be joined by Andi Eberly and Jennifer Tallman, Peace Lutheran's voting members, for this year's one-day synod assembly in Gaithersburg. To learn more about the assembly and the business before the synod, visit the synod's website here.
Food For the Poor Guest Preacher - Sunday, 11 June
A guest preacher will join us on Sunday, 11 June, and we'll learn more about 'Food For The Poor.' Pastor Eric will be the presiding minister. A special offering will be taken for FFP.
Food For The Poor, Inc. (FFP) is an ecumenical Christian nonprofit organization based in Coconut Creek, Florida, United States that provides food, medicine, and shelter, among other services, to the poor in Latin America and the Caribbean. Food For The Poor, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) corporation (Wikipedia).
It's All About Love: A Festival for the Jesus Movement - 9-12 June
Pastor Eric will be attending the Episcopal Church's 'It's All About Love' festival in Baltimore from June 9-12. His participation in the event fulfills hours for his first-call continuing education requirement.
It's All About Love includes three festival “tents”—devoted to evangelism, creation care and racial reconciliation—will each offer an evening revival worship service and major plenary speaker, plus dozens of daytime workshops, panels, practice opportunities and other ways to engage. Participants can stick with one tent or explore across the tents, following the themes of worship and liturgy, formation, justice and advocacy, leadership, preaching, stewardship, youth and children. To learn more about the festival, visit the festival website here.
Extended Vacation - 3-19 August
Pastor Eric will be taking an extended vacation to Härjedalen province and Stockholm, Sweden in early August. Pastor Ray Ranker will be one of the supply pastors during his absence.
Quilters Putting Faith Into Action
Peace Lutheran Church's quilters have been an essential ministry team for many years, and they continue to assemble throughout the month to create warm quilts to be shipped around the world via Lutheran World Relief, as well as chemo hats for local distribution. The quilters require your generous gift of time to continue such an important ministry.
Field Trips With Pastor Eric!
Pastor Eric will be announcing dates for group field trips to area religious sites. The National Cathedral, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America, and the Islamic Center of Washington, D.C. will be among the sites.
June 7, 2023 - Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception |Walking tour of the Basilica and grounds with Pastor Eric starting at 12pm. A sign-up sheet is available in the narthex, or email Pastor Eric.