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Emmaus Faith Community
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A parish of The Old Catholic Church, Province of the United States

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eNews November 20, 2017
Dear Beloved of God,

Join the interfaith community this evening at 7pm for Transgender Day of Remembrance.  Please click here for the flyer with the details.

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At our last parish meeting, a desire was expressed for music and hymns on a more regular, if not weekly, basis.  As you all know, we are a self-supporting parish and cannot afford to hire a musician.  Ann and Naomi volunteer their time as they have available to play during mass.  Ann and I are working on ways to have music the Sundays we do not have a volunteer musician.

I received a suggestion to post the Sundays we have musicians signed up so that if music is an important part of your worship experience, you will know which Sundays we will have hymns and sung mass parts.  That information will appear in the CALENDAR section under RECURRING EVENTS.

In the meantime, I am formally putting out a call for volunteer musicians.  If you play an instrument and enjoy playing, or know someone who might like to volunteer, please contact me.  Thank you.

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Father John preached on the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30).  Read with the interpretation that no one ever makes a 100% return on their investment, the scandal of the parable is the abundance we receive when we do indeed continue the work of the Dominion of God, no matter how risky the work make seem to us.  Let us continue to stick our necks out for the love of God.  You never know the grace and blessings you will receive in kind.

Grace and Peace, 
Mother Linda 
The Reverend Linda S. Harrison
pastor, Emmaus Faith Community 

CALENDAR
December 3 – First Sunday of Advent
December 17 – parish potluck
 and Christmas hymns and carols sing along – bring friends, family, any instruments you play, and your holiday spirit
December 24 – Christmas Eve at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church –  6:00pm or 11:00pm
December 25 – Christmas Day Mass – a contemplative mass at our usual time, 5:00pm, at the Dayspring Farmhouse
RECURRING EVENTS
Every Thursday, noon to 2:00pm – Mother Linda will hold public office hours at Barking Mad Cafe located at 239 Spectrum Ave, Gaithersburg, MD. Stop by for a cuppa and a chat with your priest.
Anointing of the sick is offered the second Sunday of each month.  You may also request anointing of the sick at other times.
Community potluck dinner is every third Sunday of the month after mass.  You are ALWAYS invited to potluck, whether you can make it to mass or not.  Food and fellowship are always a holy thing.
MUSIC
Dec 3 – Ann
Dec 10 – Naomi
Dec 17 – Ann (also potluck and Christmas hymns and carol sing)
Jan 7 – Ann
Jan 21- Naomi
Feb 4 – Ann
Feb 11 – Naomi
Feb 18 – Ann

GATHERING FOR MASS
Sundays, 5:00 PM

11301 Neelsville Church Road,
Germantown, MD 20876

(The Dayspring Farmhouse)

Parish phone
301-509-5932

THE LECTIONARY TEXTS
The Sundays after Pentecost

November 26
The Reign of Christ
Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
Psalm 100 or Psalm 95:1-7a
Ephesians 1:15-23
Matthew 25:31-46

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

GRATITUDES

  • Holiday travelers

CONCERNS
New this week:

  • Holiday travelers
  • People who are lonely and depressed during the holidays

Please continue to pray for:

  • Don
  • Rachel
  • Summer
  • Kristi Engle Folchert
  • Michael Fox
  • Suzie Buck
  • John C Robison
  • John Marino
  • Father Jim
  • Curtis Pasch and family, and the judicial process
  • Virginia Mae
  • Eileen Baughman and family
  • Connie
  • Bonnie
  • Local, state, and federal elected public servants of the people
  • People without access to clean drinking water
  • All who resist and persist
  • People in such despair that they turn to suicide, and their families and loved ones
  • All who are affected by gun violence
  • Refugees and those providing humanitarian aid
  • The healing of nations, cities, territories, and neighborhoods ravaged by war and terrorism
  • Reconciliation of global sectarian, racial, and ethnic violence
  • People trying to survive on the streets
  • Dayspring Church
  • The TAME coalition and the work of Margaret
  • The people we have not yet met on the road to Emmaus Faith Community
  • The future parishes of our diocese
  • The mission, ministry, laity, and clergy of The Old Catholic Church, Province of the United States
Please let Mother Linda know of any additions or changes to the prayer list.

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