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Sunday's Worship Service
Meadville Lombard in the Pulpit, Rev. Nancy McDonald Ladd, Senior Minister
Sun., Jun. 20, 10am: Zoom Live Format
9:30-10am: Early-bird; 10am: Service; 11am: Breakout Rooms
Watch for one link in the Saturday email: once you log onto Zoom, you are where you need to be for all the morning's activities. Recording will be posted on Meadville Lombard’s Facebook page or YouTube Channel.
This weekend Rev. Nancy will be preaching for us and for her alma mater Meadville Lombard Theological School! She will deliver a sermon on “Going to the Well of Living Waters,” based on the Gospel of John 4:1-26. A special musical guest will be Mark Miller, faculty member at Drew Theological School and the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University. This will be a worship service not to be missed.
Notices & Online Ministry Offerings

Grounding: Summertime
♪♫ It's summertime summertime sum sum summertime ♪♫ in this week's Grounding.
COVID-19 Advisory Committee Information about Vaccines and Vaccination
Find information curated by our COVID-19 Team here.

You can now make your own first dose appointments. If you need help making your first or second dose appointment, email or call 240-777-2982. Find info at MoCo's vaccine webpage
Social Justice News
Celebrate Juneteenth, Sat., Jun. 19, Noon-4pm, at Macedonia Baptist Church
Make Good Trouble: We are invited to visit with one of the beloved Black communities Rev. Nancy highlighted last week, and join them in fighting the desecration by commercial developers of African American ancestors' graves along River Road, at Macedonia Baptist Church, 5119 River Road, Bethesda. Our endorsement of the 8th Principle urges us to partner in Beloved Community with communities around us. Come meet Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, leader of the Bethesda African Cemetery Association, and Macedonia Baptist Pastor Abiose Olusegun Adebayo, who will open the gathering, followed by students from Whitman and other local high schools, hip hop and African music, representatives of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League, and a number of candidates for County Council and State’s Attorney. For more information, contact the Engage Beloved Communities pathway of the Racial Justice Task Force.
Time Sensitive ACTION alert: For the People Act Senate Vote Coming
The S.1 For the People Act, which has provisions for easy voter registration, early voting, vote by mail, ending gerrymandering, and disclosure of dark campaign money, will be up for a vote Jun. 21-25. CALL 888-885-1748 to be placed in contact with your senator's office. Tell them to vote for the For the People Act. It is vital to have everyone's vote count. Share the phone number with friends and family in other states.
June's Designated Gift Organization is Safe Streets
Support Safe Streets to save black lives, act on the 8th Principle, and build Beloved Community. For three years, your support for Safe Streets has been building our Beloved Community with Baltimore’s McElderry Park where your presence has been important. Keep your eye out for opportunities to meet our sisters and brothers there.
In the meantime, you can support Safe Streets throughout June by making an online donation here, Text-to-Give (732-56, then RRUUC), or through check donations to RRUUC (designate "Prevent Gun Violence"). Thank you.
Distribute food every Tuesday through Thursday and the first Saturday of the month. Join us at 8:30am, Tues.-Thurs., and at 7:30am on the first Saturday of the month, at Clifton Park Baptist Church (CPBC), 8818 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring, alongside members of our Engaging Communities pathway, River Road middle-schoolers, and volunteers from CPBC. Join us! You may also want to consider helping CPBC buy baby food and baby wipes for these families with an online donation to "Outreach".
Finally, Clifton Park is urgently in need of size 6 diapers. If you can help, please purchase them from Amazon through June and July, when the County will step in. Send them through Amazon to Randi Drewry, 303 Mansfield Rd., Silver Spring, MD 20910, and use this required phone number: 301-434-2456.
As part of our ongoing commitment to the activists who are interrupting gun violence on the streets of our cities, including our Prevent Gun Violence Ministry, we are pleased that there was no loss of life last week resulting from gun violence in our Beloved Community of Baltimore’s McElderry Park. We are still saddened yet honored to memorialize the names of those in our area who were lost to gun violence over the last week. These lives continue to matter: Baltimore: Tavon Jenkins and Terrance McPhaul. District of Columbia: Delonte Johnson, Isaac Aull, Jr., and Carlos Singleton. Edgewood: Jarmil Christopher Stewart. Temple Hills: Adrian Trice. White Plains: one name not released. Every life lost to gun violence shatters the world for each of us, and every life saved by those who interrupt the violence helps knit us back together.

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