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Carroll Cafe — Friday, June 8

Eleanor Ellis & Back Porch Blues

Eleanor Ellis & Back Porch Blues is an all-star down-home acoustic trio consisting of the incredible guitar and vocal work of Eleanor Ellis, the blues harmonica virtuosity of Jay Summerour, and the percussion talents of Eric Selby. Together they deliver real-deal acoustic blues, from the Piedmont to the Hills to the Swamp, blues without compromise in a relaxed, fun musical atmosphere…just like sittin’ with friends having a jam session on the back porch.

Back Porch Blues has performed at various venues throughout the country including the Greenwood Blues Cruise in South Carolina, the Music Center at Strathmore, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

Doors open at 7:00 PM.

Tasty treats available in the kitchen!

Show time is 7:30 PM.

Make your reservations now at the Carroll Café website.

 

Seekers Gallery

New Exhibit: Focus is Relative

The new exhibit by Matthew “Dag” D’Agostino, contains photographs from an ongoing project concerning how we as a society focus upon and frame conversations of power, especially those of race.

“Focus is Relative” will be available through June 13th.
E-mail Sandra for an appointment to see the exhibit.

 

Domestic Giving 2018

Seekers Church continues to support many missions and ministries in the United States and other countries. The amount budgeted for domestic giving this year is about 22% of what we expect to receive in offerings over the course of the year. Once our budget is approved each year and the overall amount available for domestic giving has been determined by the Stewards of Seekers Church, all members of the faith community are invited to request support for missions or ministries where they are personally involved.

For 2018 the community affirmed support for 25 domestic missions and ministries listed here. For easy access to more information, the name of each organization is linked to its website.

HOUSING

L’Arche of Greater Washington
Manna, Inc.
N Street Village
Silver Spring Village
Center for Wisdom’s Women

EDUCATION/CULTURE

First Book
For Love of Children (FLOC)
Free Minds Book Club
Hispanic Summer Program (Union Theological Seminary)
Luce Center for Arts and Religion
Maryland Choral Society
Museum of the Palestinian People
Muslim Women’s Coalition

CHURCH OF THE SAVIOUR

Dayspring Overlook Retreat House
Christ House & Christ House Art Program
Discipleship Year
Festival Center
Potter’s House

OTHER

Arlington THRIVE
HIPS, DC
Caron Foundation LGBT HIV/AIDS Retreats

ADVOCACY

Center for Medicare Advocacy
Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake
PICO – Sanctuary DMV
WORDE (World Organization for Resource Development and Education)

Here are the domestic missions and ministries we are supporting this year. to visit their web sites, click on the name of the organization.

International Giving 2018

Seekers Church continues to support many missions and ministries in the United States and other countries. Once again, this year the amount budgeted for international giving is almost 20% of what we expect to receive in offerings over the course of the year.

Once our overall budget for the year was approved, and the overall amount available for international giving had been determined by the Stewards of Seekers Church, all Seekers were invited to request support for missions or ministries where they are personally involved. After worship on February 18th the community met to determine how our international giving will be distributed. At that community meeting we affirmed support for 12 international missions and ministries:

Middle East

New Story Leadership – Israel/Palestine
Rhiza Collective Documentary Film – Israel/Palestine

Africa

Bokamoso Youth Foundation – South Africa
Othandweni Day Care and Guest House – South Africa
Volta Region Early Childhood Education Outreach Program – Ghana
Programme Nutrition & Eye Care (PRONEC) – Uganda

Central America

PAVA (Programa de Ayuda a los Vecinos del Altiplano) – Guatemala
Collegio Miguel Angel Asturias – Guatemala
San Lucas Toliman Reforestation Project – Guatemala
Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (SOIL) – Haiti
El Mundo para Puerto Morelos – Mexico
Center for Development in Central America (CDCA) – Nicaragua

Seekers Church Endorses Boston Declaration

Seekers Church endorses the Boston Declaration, a prophetic appeal to Christians of the United States. It was initially signed by 300 theologians and religious leaders who were in attendance at the 2017 meeting of the American Academy of Relgion/Society of Biblical Literature, and has subsequently been signed by over 1000 more throughout the US. The Declaration begins:
As followers of Jesus, the Jewish prophet for justice whose life reminds us to, “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:31) we hear the cries of women and men speaking out about sexual abuse at the hands of leaders in power and we are outraged. We are outraged by the current trends in Evangelicalism and other expressions of Christianity driven by white supremacy, often enacted through white privilege and the normalizing of oppression. Confessing racism as the United States’ original and ongoing sin, we commit ourselves to following Jesus on the road of costly discipleship to seek shalom justice for the least, the lost, and the left out. We declare that following Jesus today means fighting poverty, economic exploitation, racism, sexism, and all forms of oppression from the deepest wells of our faith.
Go to thebostondeclaration.com to read the full Boston Declaration and add your signature.