Things going on at St. Mark’s and our community
- Current Relief Efforts to Assist our Neighbors
- New Burtonsville Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS)
- Regathering Update May 2021 – In-Person Services
- Galway Elementary Backpack Ministry Redux
- Current Events Concerning Race and Social Justice
New Burtonsville Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS)–
Love kids? Want to bless young moms? Your help is needed! A new group, Burtonsville MOPS, is looking for caring individuals who love to snuggle babies and play with kids from age 6 months to kindergarten for two Wednesdays a month from 9:30-11:30 (4 hour a month commitment ). MOPS stands for Mothers of Preschoolers and provides a community for local moms to build relationships, share support and learn from God’s Word. MOPS believe better moms make a better world. Will you help? If interested or would like more information please contact Katie Samsock at firstname.lastname@example.org. This group will be hosted by Resurrection Catholic Church in Burtonsville for their meetings. Background checks for all childcare volunteers will be required and we will pay for fingerprinting. Please pray for them as they work to get this group growing.
Regathering Update –
Hallelujah! We are gathering again for in-person worship on Sundays, in much the same manner that we did in the fall. We’ll wear our masks, maintain physical distance, and have communion with the bread only. You may bring your own elements from home if you wish.
Still following proper safety protocols, please join us after the10:30 service to celebrate our regathering with an extended coffee and social hour!
Galway Elementary Backpack Ministry Redux
Exciting news: St. Mark’s can still assist Galway Elementary School in providing necessary supplies to its students for the 2021-2022 school year! Whether Montgomery County Public Schools (“MCPS”) are in a virtual or in person learning mode this upcoming school year, the students will need the same school supplies as if they were in a brick and mortar classroom. Rev. Wilkins and the Vestry determined that St. Mark’s will keep its commitment to Galway by donating $650.00, the equivalent of 65 Backpacks!
Events Concerning Race and Social Justice
Nationwide protests in response to the killing of George Floyd by members of the Minneapolis police have brought systematic racism to the forefront of national attention. Members of St. Mark’s represented the local community in a peaceful protest on June 13, 2020.
The Justice & Advocacy page of the website of the Diocese of Washington has multiple links to media interviews with The Right Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, Bishop of Washington on her response to the use of St. John’s Episcopal Church as a political prop at the beginning of June.
Comments from a St. Mark’s Parishioner who was downtown that day are from some of her classmates who were in the immediate vicinity:
Students from Virginia Theological Seminary were in front of the White House yesterday, at St. John’s Episcopal, praying with, and providing water and snacks and care (and eventually, eye flushes) to the protesters. It was peaceful, people were kind, smiling eyes and warmest “Thank yous” for the gifts of water, granola bars, and compassionate presence.
“It was significantly before the 7pm curfew, I was scared, astounded and shocked when flash grenades, tear gas, and rubber bullets were unleashed to clear people out of the street and off of church property.. so the President could have a terrible photo op, using my Church and my faith as props while gassing its clergy and all the innocent and peaceful people.
I understand anger, and have no problem with the emotion, and I rarely feel it roiling within me. Anger can empower people to make change, to speak and act against evil, like Jesus in the temple. What happened today was another branch of this evil, perpetuating violence against innocents. And when I talk about it I’m believed, I receive sympathy and understanding. I am not doubted or dismissed. I am alive, and my only injury is stinging eyes and a tiny bit if breathing discomfort.
My anger is roiling for all Black lives that are continually disregarded, for murders ignored and perpetuated and repeated, for dignity trampled, for shame and belittling and violence rather than honoring and respecting and upholding.”
From another classmate:
“Tear gas, flash bangs, and, rubber bullets were employed against peaceful protesters at an Episcopal parish for a political purpose. Some of my friends were there. They and others were put in danger for a political stunt. This is not Jesus.This is not the church I know.”
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