This year we are excited to announce a faith and art series for Lent. Come and see some of your favorite stories come alive. Explore the symbolism beyond the biblical story that can add deep meaning to paintings and other works of art. Grow in your faith each week as we focus on a different biblical story and work of art. The final week we will create one large community art piece (no talent needed). The series will begin on Wednesday, March 6th at 7 pm and then continue on Tuesday starting March 12th at 6:30 pm through Easter Sunday. Tuesday midweek will offer family friendly meals available beginning at 6 pm with vegetarian and gluten-free option available.
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.
In this season of peace, I invite you to join in this prayer from the ELW Occasional Services book:
FALL EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES
There are so many great learning choices at Joy Reigns! Check out the information below and complete this form online.
Please select the one(s) you wish to participate in. Use 1 page/participant
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:
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.