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Carroll Cafe — Friday, December 14th

PHIL WIGGINS

CHESAPEAKE SHEIKS

Washington, D.C., native PHIL WIGGINS, a Takoma Park resident, blues musician, teacher and artistic director, a two-time winner of the prestigious WC Handy Blues Foundation awards, is only the third harmonica player to receive the lifetime honor of an NEA National Heritage Fellowship. Today he is the only living player of the instrument to hold the prestigious honor of being a “Master of Traditional Arts.” Often referred to by its unofficial designation as “Living Cultural Treasure” award, the fellowship honors and preserves the diverse cultural heritage in the United States. The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) annually awards one-time-only NEA National Heritage Fellowships to master folk and traditional artists, to recognize lifetime achievement, artistic excellence, and contributions to our nation’s traditional arts heritage. 

Phil is joined by the Chesapeake Sheiks–Matt Kelly, guitar, Marcus Moore, violin, Ian Walters, piano, Baakari Wilder, dance, Steve Wolf, bass–playing blues from the Piedmont and Delta as well as the music of Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Django Reinhardt, Louis Jordan, Slim and Slam, and originals.

 

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.

 

School for Christian Growth Fall 2018 Second Term

Tuesday evenings 7 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
November 6 –December 11

Classes are free and open to all. We serve a light vegetarian dinner before the class, for which we request a $5 donation. We value the conversation and sense of community we share during the meal and clean-up and find it deepens our connection to the classes that follow. Dinner starts at 7:00 and classes begin at 7:45.

We are offering the following two classes this term. You need not be a member of Seekers Church to participate.

Following Jesus: Living Into Your Sense of Call

Led by Marjory Bankson

Marjory Zoet Bankson

Work, family, citizenship, and mission groups—these are four areas of ministry in daily life thatSeekers Church values and supports. What does it mean to “follow one’s call” in these important areas, and how do we listen for and discern God’s voice?

Each week, a different Seeker will present his or her journey, and we will have a chance to ask our questions, knowing that no one person has definitive answers. We have asked Billy Amoss, Marcia Sprague, Roy Barber, Denise Leclair, Oswaldo Montoya, and Trish Nemore to be our guests and guides along the way. There may be others as well.

Since we will begin on Election Night, the class will also include discussion of what it means to follow Jesus in a time of political chaos and polarization.

Marjory Bankson is a seasoned spiritual guide, published author, artist, and regular teacher at Seekers.

Soul Collage 

Led by Jacqie Wallen

Jacqie Wallen

Soul Collage is a creative and personal collage process for creating 5″× 8″ cards that can be used for self-awareness, discernment, and spiritual growth. In this class we will learn about the elements of the Soul Collage deck of cards, and begin our own decks. We will practice using our decks with a partner to scribe for us, and will share what we have learned in the group. Materials will be provided.

Jacqie Wallen is a clinical social worker and a trained Soul Collage facilitator.

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.