Note: The weekly 10 a.m. service is streamed live on St. Barnabas’ YouTube Page.
Summer Worship Beginning with our service on May 29 during Memorial Weekend and running through the Sunday of Labor Day weekend (September 4), we will worship at a single service on Sunday at 9 a.m.
The decision to switch to one service now, rather than July-August, is largely influenced by the Vestry’s previous decision to have a single service on major Feast Days (e.g., Pentecost on June 5). We had also scheduled a single service on June 12, which will be followed immediately afterwards by our annual meeting, and it makes sense to gather as a whole community on June 19, when we will celebrate our patron saint’s Feast Day.
A single Sunday service will enable everyone to worship and fellowship together on Sunday during the summer months and will ensure that we have reasonable attendance despite people taking vacations. We will return to our 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. services, with Bible study in between, the Sunday after Labor Day Weekend, on September 11.
I don’t like disrupting our usual service schedule, especially for those who attend the 8 o’clock service because they like the Rite I language and contemplative mood, and for those 10 o’clockers for whom 9 a.m. comes a little bit too early on a Sunday morning. However, a single service at 9 a.m. during the summer works for most people and is the best compromise under the circumstances. ~~ Fr. Tim.
Annual Parish Meeting Our annual meeting will be held June 12 immediately following our single service that day at 9 a.m. We will elect new Vestry members, hear reports on the operations of the church, and present a comprehensive revision of the parish bylaws for the congregation to approve. (Our current bylaws were adopted in 1957 and have been repealed, amended and re-enacted nine times since then, leading to some duplication, internal contradiction, and clauses that are no longer relevant.) We aim to distribute the new bylaws for everyone to review by May 29 at the latest.)
Members of the Vestry are now in conversation with people in the parish about serving on the Vestry when Grace Mercer and Christine Schmitz finish their three-year terms at the annual meeting. We hope to elect four new members at the meeting to gradually build up our Vestry to nine members from our current number of six, excluding officers. Christine has kindly agreed to remain as Acting Treasurer. If you are interested in serving on the Vestry, please contact senior warden Chris Gunther or Father Tim for information. Meanwhile, please make a note of this important meeting in your calendars.
Congregational Vitality The Vestry met again with our diocesan consultant, the Rev. Katrina Grusell, last Sunday to continue exploring our parish’s history, which is aimed at understanding why we are the way we are today. As a result of this work, we will undertake several initiatives to strengthen our church and prepare for an exciting future.
Bishop’s Appeal Weekend This appeal supports the collective ministries of our Diocese including the Baltimore International Seafarers Center, Reading Camp Maryland, the Johns Hopkins Hospital Chaplaincy, the Claggett Center, and the Sutton Scholars High School Enrichment Program, among others. This year, when a donor makes a gift to the Bishops Annual Ministries Appeal and indicates their congregation, the selected church will receive 15% of the gift back to be used as the congregation sees fit. Information on how to donate is included on the prayer cards on the table at the back of the church.
Parish Hall Facelift Starting May 27! The main floor of the Parish Hall will be painted on Friday, May 27th – just the walls, not ceiling or trim. We have a few people who are willing to help but if you don’t mind rolling or cutting in, please get in touch with Lisa Thomas. We’ll start around 9:30am. We’re only doing one coat so it shouldn’t be an all-day project. Also, a committee will be formed to get the Parish Hall spruced up and organized. Any items that can be moved from the Sanctuary/Sacristy will be given a home. In addition, the committee will be brainstorming ideas for Parish Hall use to present to the vestry. Suggestions for organizing and purging as well as Parish Hall use are welcome. If you are interested in being a part of this group, please contact Pat Reier or Lisa Thomas.
Episcopal Relief & Development – Matching Funds Received through May 26! Episcopal Relief & Development supports children and their caregivers in all aspects of family life – from prenatal health to financial resilience to ensuring vulnerable children living in rural, marginalized communities. Right now, you can support this critical work with twice the impact for children and families, thanks to a Spring Match. This is your chance to positively impact these children at risk and their futures. Thank you for your support! https://support.episcopalrelief.org/springmatch22?utm_campaign=fy22spring&utm_source=220517REASM02P0&utm_medium=email&ID=220517REASM02P0&spMailingID=26724494&spUserID=NDAxNjM3MzMzNDc1S0&spJobID=2221152096&spReportId=MjIyMTE1MjA5NgS2
Using Change to Make a Change Who will win the St. Barnabas Cheese Ball and Cracker Award this time around? To make a bid, place your loose change in the jar on the table in the rear of the church, and let Wayne Pugh know what you estimate the final total will be. All proceeds will be donated to the fund to provide Linda Dore with a service dog. Let’s keep growing this new ministry, and thank you for your generosity!
Claggett Center News A major capital campaign is underway to completely renovate the aging barn at Claggett to provide more conference and dining space. If you have been to Claggett for a conference or a retreat, you will know what a special place it is, and how worthy it is of our support. More information is available here: https://www.claggettcenter.org/campaign.
St. Barnabas Prayer List Jeannie Antonelli (cancer), Cheryl Barton, Kathy Bigelo, John Bittorie, Ron Bledsoe, Roxanne Bledsoe, Kyle Bowersox (cancer), Tom Breeden, Mary Beth Bridge, Jerry Brightwell, Alex Burke, Lucille Clarke, Carol Crosby, Dorothy Debelius, Linda Dore, Dylan Foxwell, Aaron Ellis, Katie Gagnon, Nancy Gerace, Michael Grant, Neal H., Fr. Gary Hawkins, Melissa Hawkins-Holt, Tyler Jackson, Sharon Lalk, Yende Mangum, Orlando McMahan, Connie McTaggart, Michelle McTaggart, Eleanor Mercer, Eddie Mignini, Barbara Nieberding, Ann O’Connell, Laurie O’Connell, Ed Overton, Earl Richards, Jean Robinson, Kristen Scherer, Sarah Schultz, Bill Troll, John Veise, the Wendal family, and Joe Wheeler.
Birthday Prayer – John Bittorie
O God, our times are in your hand: Look with favor, we pray, on your servant John, as he begins another year. Grant that he may grow in wisdom and grace, and strengthen his trust in your goodness all the days of his life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Anniversary Prayer –Donna and Steve Simms
Donna and Steve, may the Lord smile upon you in all your comings and goings. May you share more blessings than burdens, more laughter than tears, and more strength than you will ever need. May the past make you grateful and the future make you hopeful. And may each passing year of your togetherness affirm that love lasts when you put faith and family first. And as you continue to walk hand in hand under God’s heaven, may your path be smooth and your memories sweet, now and for all the days to come. Amen.
(If your birthday or anniversary date is listed incorrectly, or was omitted, please let the office know so our records may be corrected. Thank you!)
Do You Have an Announcement for Next Sunday? Please submit your announcement by 9 a.m. Wednesday morning for the following Sunday bulletin.
Parish Ministries and Contact Information
Acolytes, Crucifers and Greeters – Grace Mercer (443) 974-2613
Altar Guild – Shari Hodges (410) 456-1311
Choir – Julia Colonna, organist. (410) 952-3440
Copper Ridge Companions – Fr. Tim (443) 827-5843
E.S.C.A.P.E. Ministries – Linda Pugh (410) 795-7523
Bead Fellowship – Lisa Thomas (443) 974-2003, Chris Gunther (443) 340-8159
Hospitality – Pat Lochran (443) 835-5545 or Linda Pugh (410) 795-7523
Livestreaming – Lisa Thomas (443) 974-2003
Pantry Project – Jill Singleton (410) 967-0973
Readers – Huston Jacobs (410) 549-3706
Westminster Cold Weather Shelter – Wayne Pugh (410) 707-4604
St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 1426, Eldersburg, MD 21784