During these unusual times, your generosity matters more than ever. We pray for your safety and for the well-being of all. If you would like to make a one-time gift, just click this link: https://tithe.ly/give?
During the coming weeks, please join us each Sunday morning at 9:30 on the Joy Reigns Lutheran Church YouTube channel for a live stream worship experience. Don’t forget to subscribe to the channel and click on notifications so you will be notified as soon as the service goes live. We look forward to seeing you on Sundays via YouTube at 9:30 am., and pray for your safety and peace.
The ELCA has been working hard to help educate and inspire Lutherans to promote fairness and racial equity in our churches, our communities and our country. But it has become more apparent how much work remains to be done. With 96% of our membership Caucasian, we remain the least integrated of the nation’s major Christian denominations.
Just recently Anne Arundel County sponsored a Bias and Hate Crimes Forum. In a letter to the county, County Executive Steuart Pittman stated that Anne Arundel County was identified by Maryland State Police as the county with the most reported hate bias incidents in 2018.
During the season of Lent, we turn and reflect on our sinfulness as it relates to this topic. The 2020 Lenten Series was inspired by a January 2020 article in the Living Lutheran magazine. You can access the article by going to: https://www.livinglutheran.
Please join others for this holy and sacred conversation.
LENTEN WORSHIP SERIES SCHEDULE:
Ash Wednesday, February 26: White Privilege and Me
Tuesday, March 3: Unpacking White Privilege
Tuesday, March 10: Wide Disparities
Tuesday, March 17: Taking the White Privilege Test
Tuesday, March 24: Responding to Racism
Tuesday, March 31: Listen to Others with Special Guest Bishop Bill Gohl
Please note Ash Wednesday worship is at 7 pm.
Each of the Tuesday events begin with a simple family friendly meal at 6 pm. Worship and Discussion will begin at 6:30 pm.
Join the Yotter family and the Fellowship Team for a monthly family game night on the last Friday of every month. Our first event will be Friday, January 31st at 7 pm. Please bring a favorite game, simple snack to share and your own beverages. We will play Phase10 (and some other games). Plus, keep your eye out for more gatherings like a Bowie Baysox game, Paint Night and of course our annual Christmas by Candlelight. If you’d like to get involved with planning, email Lori LaDue and be sure to mark your calendars as events are announced!
Due to inclement weather, worship has been cancelled. Please join Pastor Sara on the Joy Reigns Lutheran Church Facebook page at 9:30 am ET for a LIVE Snow Worship Experience.
You’ll need a cup of water and a Bible if you have one.
Today’s reading is Luke 3: 15-17, 21-22
As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”
Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”
Looking forward to being together, even if it is not in person.
ACT! (Anne Arundel Connecting Together) which is a strictly non-partisan “organization of organizations” made up of 25 member and friends institutions, faith-based and non-profit, including Joy Reigns, represents thousands of residents, working together to build community power so that people’s voices are represented, and solutions presented, at the places where decisions are made. We build power by forming deep relationships within our organizations and our communities and identifying and developing leaders in their own communities who can lead and take action. We never act “for” anyone, but always with. We do not endorse candidates or work with or for any political parties. Working with the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), the oldest and largest community organizing effort in the country, we are part of a network of 60 affiliate organizations, and are the fourth in Maryland — joining Baltimoreans United In Leadership Development (BUILD), Action In Montgomery (AIM), and People Acting Together in Howard (PATH)). We remain focused on Anne Arundel County, but benefit from the leadership development and training we get alongside other affiliates. If you have passion or interest in any of these areas please join one of these gatherings and/or contact Claudia Garrett or Jenny Corkill for more information!
UPCOMING RESEARCH ACTION TEAM MEETINGS
Tues., Jan. 15, 7-8:30pm: Gun Violence Reduction & Safety
Asbury Broadneck UMC, 657 Broadneck Rd., Annapolis
Mon., Jan. 21, 7-8:30pm: Mental Health and Addictions
First Christian Community Church, 1800 Hall-Brown Way, Annapolis
Thurs., Jan. 24, 7-8:30pm: Housing
First Christian Community Church, 1800 Hall-Brown Way, Annapolis
Mon., Jan. 28, 7-8:30pm: Education
St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 730 Bestgate Rd., Annapolis
Contact Cynamon Butler at email@example.com
In this season of peace, I invite you to join in this prayer from the ELW Occasional Services book:
Gracious and holy God, lead us from death to life, from falsehood to truth. Lead us from despair to hope, from fear to trust. Lead us from hate to love, from war to peace. Let peace fill our hearts, our world, our universe; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Take a moment and ask for specific peace:
in your heart
in your community
in our world.
AACo IAF is part of a national interfaith broad-based non-partisan organization that works through the power of relationships. Joy Reigns has committed to bring 50 people to the next gathering on Thursday, October 4th from 7-8:30 pm to begin to tackle together big issues such as mental health/addiction, fair housing, transportation, education and immigration.
NEXT AACo IAF ACTION:
What We Heard & What We Will Do About It
THURSDAY, JULY 12, 7:00 – 8:30pm
Asbury United Methodist Church
FREE PARKING in Whitmore Garage from 6:15pm until 9:15pm
Parking Validation provided at the Action
FREE CHILDCARE PROVIDED
Please plan to arrive at least 20 minutes early.
We are one month away from our next action! Over the past three months, we have heard the stories of over 2,100 people from communities across Anne Arundel County. Your stories have shared anger, frustration, but also hope that building a power organization such as the one we are building will make us agents of real change together!
WHAT WE HEARD
The problem areas we heard about:
SAFE AND EFFECTIVE SCHOOLS
EFFICIENT AND USEFUL PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
MEANINGFUL AND GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT
FREEDOM FROM ADDICTION
JUST AND FAIR IMMIGRATION POLICIES
all underpinned by systematic racism, sexism, and xenophobia, which we can dismantle together.
AT THE ACTION WE WILL LIFT UP THESE STORIES
WHAT WE WILL DO ABOUT IT:
Do these problems affect you? Do you have hands-on experience or network connections that could help us build a solution? At the action we will invite you to participate on a Research Action Team related to these and other problem areas. As a team, you will work together and with others directly affected to identify specific issues and develop solutions that we may bring to the tables of power in our communities with people impacted by the problem.
Let us BUILD POWER together to address these community ills.
Let the leaders in your organization know you will be present!
At our next action on Thursday, October 4, we will LAUNCH OUR ORGANIZATION (with a name!) and address people in power, asking them if they will accept our recommendations and work with us to do something concrete about the issues we have raised.
WHO ARE WE?
The Anne Arundel County IAF Sponsoring Committee is a strictly non-partisan “organization of organizations” made up of 19 member and friend organizations working together to build community power so that people’s voices are represented, and solutions presented, at the places where decisions are made. We build power by forming deep relationships within our organizations and our communities, never acting “for” anyone, but always with. We do not endorse candidates or work with or for any political parties.