The Church of the Transfiguration
Braddock Heights, MD
Rooted in Christ
Bound in Love
Called to Ministry
We’re called to practice a more sustainable way of living to fulfill Christ’s commandment to “love one another” and Maryland Episcopal Environmental Partners (MEEP) is focused on that goal. Bishop Sutton established MEEP in September, 2009 for the purposes of heightening environmental awareness and stimulating and supporting parishes and parishioners within the Maryland Diocese to take actions that would make them better stewards of the environment. We see MEEP's work as an expression of the commandments to love God and our neighbors. Through its commitment to “GreenGrace,” MEEP’s team provides practical resources and meaningful ways to enhance our connection to God’s creation at church and at home. MEEP also provides resources, engages in conversation, and builds community on its Facebook page.
The only way we can truly protect the world around us is to come together as one body, with one voice, to call for the care God’s creation needs. Just as we are all one body in Christ, so too must we be one body fighting for the protection of God’s kingdom. True change happens on the ground level, and we need as many people as possible to help us affect change in our communities. Join our Green Shepherds Initiative to help bring resources and action to your parish. Green Shepherds are our contacts at each parish that bridge MEEP’s programs and resources with the needs and desires of the parish. They act as a contact to connect people to bigger movements, as well as empowering communities to affect their own change. Not sure if your parish has a Green Shepherd? Reach out to our co-chairs to see about joining this movement!
God’s creation is found all around us and permeates every part of our lives. It is the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the soil under our feet. As Christians we are called to be stewards of this land, to care and cultivate the earth so that it may live on for generations. To be better stewards of God’s creation, we must first educate ourselves to the issues found within creation. This includes not only the spiritual and the theological, but the scientific and practical ecological issues as well. On our website, greengrace.episcopalmaryland.org, you will find educational resources, as well as a monthly archive of the issue highlights published in the diocesan E-news. We also have a Facebook page, where we update the public on issues relating to our diocese and the care of God’s creation. If there is an issue you are concerned with and do not see it on our website, please reach out to our co-chairs, and we will assist you in finding the information you need.
Bernadette Roche Co-Chair, MEEP Jim Truby Co-chair, MEEP
500 Trees for 500 Years
The Maryland Episcopal Environmental Partners are happy to announce a partnership with the Delaware-Maryland Lutheran Synod. To celebrate the 500 year anniversary of the Reformation, the Lutheran Creation Care Team has obtained a grant to plant 500 trees across the state. We are called as Christians to be stewards of God’s Kingdom, to care for creation and help it to grow. Together with our Lutheran partners, we will care for God’s creation, and help the kingdom around us to grow and be nourished.
We began this partnership with a Spring Tree Planting event held at the Diocesan Center on April 19th. Our first tree to be planted from this partnership was a fringe tree, which was prayed over and blessed by Bishop Sutton.
As part of the tree planting program, the Lutherans are holding workshops to talk about the importance of creation and how to care for trees. Learn more on our website under stewardship in action!
Sunday, 1 October we celebrated the thirtieth anniversary of the ordination of our Priest Associate, The Rev. Ellen Hurwitz, to the priesthood! Rev. Ellen presided and renewed her priestly vows at the 10:15 AM Eucharist, a service that included special prayers and some of her favorite hymns!
RENEWAL OF PRIESTLY VOWS
Tree Planting - 1 October
The wedding was held Saturday, July 15th, at 2 PM with Bishop Eugene Sutton presiding. A reception in Memorial Hall followed the ceremony.
Father Gordon Weds
Transfiguration Feast Day
Sunday, August 6th, was the Feast of the Transfiguration, our parish feast day!! It recalls the moment, described in three of the four Gospels, when Jesus appears to his disciples in transfigured glory, on the mountaintop (by tradition, Mt. Tabor in present day Israel). Joined by Moses and Elijah, who affirm Jesus as the long awaited Messiah and Christ, the apostles experience the splendor of the Lord and receive a foretaste of his Resurrection.
For this special feast day celebration we welcomed again (at the 10:15 service) members of Fr. Jay Croft's deaf congregation. An interpreter spoke the Gospel as Fr. Jay signed it! After the 10:15 AM service refreshments and cake were served in our refurbished Memorial Hall.
Prophets Then and Now A Call to Faith and Courage Throughout the Ages will be a bible study offered for the season of Advent. The 5-week study will look at the prophetic tradition in Hebrew Scripture and in the New Testament, also we will examine how this tradition has been carried on through to our times. The Prophetic Imagination, a classic study by Walter Brueggemann, will be one of the texts discussed, along with a close reading of the Old Testament prophets and the writing of their modern-day successors. Copies of Brueggemann’s book are available in the Narthex. Our Study will run on successive Wednesdays at 7 PM to 8:30 PM November 15th and 29th, and December 6th, 13th, and 20th and be held at the Rectory.
Environmental Ministries - MEEP
Maryland Episcopal Environmental Partners
Following the 10:15 AM service, we had a tree planting near the front of Memorial Hall, introduced by a rite of dedication and blessing. The planting of a Red Bud tree was part of a grant awarded to the Delaware-Maryland Lutheran Synod, and shared with our Diocese through the Chesapeake Bay Trust. The Synod's goal is to plant five hundred trees in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. Many thanks to Dr. Bernadette Roche for her coordination of this event, and her valuable work as a member of the Maryland Episcopal Environmental Partners (MEEP).