16 Jan Bumper Jacksons

Carroll Cafe – January 2016

Carroll Café

Friday, January 8

Bumper Jacksons

16 Jan Bumper Jacksons

The Bumper Jacksons are a big, fat party. Hot and sweet, their traditonal  jazz and pre-war country repertoire paints America’s story from New Orleans’ brothels to Appalachian hollers. Unafraid to scrape together new sounds from forgotten 78’s, the Bumper Jacksons boldly and elegantly balance paying homage to the traditions while fashioning their own unique, DIY style.  They headline at the Birchmere and tour nationally.   We loved hearing Jess and Chris last year with the Sligo Creek Stompers and we are delighted that they’re back this year at Carroll Cafe with the BJ’s!

See and hear the Bumper Jacksons at www.bumperjacksons.com. 

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2015 Christmastide






Love came down at Christmas, Love all lovely, Love divine;

Love was born at Christmas; star and angels gave the sign.

Worship we the Godhead, love incarnate, love divine;

Worship we our Jesus, but wherewith for sacred sign?

Love shall be our token; love be yours and love be mine,

Love to God and neighbor, love for plea and gift and sign.

                                                 Christina Rossetti    

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Seekers Church Explores Muslim-Led Local Initiative

Seekers Church Explores Muslim-Led Local Initiative

For many years the Interfaith Sacred Conversation on Race & Diversity, a partnership of Seekers Church and Covenant Christian Community, has been developing a relationship with the Muslim Women’s Coalition, an organization dedicated to upholding the principles of democracy, equality, justice and communal welfare as inherently Islamic values introduced with the advent of the faith.  In recent years the Eyes to See, Ears to Hear Peace Prayer mission group of Seekers church has been integral to deepening this important relationship with MWC. Through our connections with MWC, we received an invitation to an open house on Thursday, December 17th sponsored by The International Cultural Center (ICC) in partnership with Montgomery County  Faith Community Working Group (FCWG) and Gaithersburg Interfaith Alliance (GIA). The

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“Mary’s Hope” by David Lloyd

December 20, 2015

15 Altar Advent

The Fourth Sunday of Advent

For reasons that I cannot understand, the portion of Luke’s Gospel in our lection for this week skips right past the Annunciation to Mary.  When I knew that our Gospel passage would be from the first chapter of Luke I was all set to ask Glen to play those two beautiful versions of Ave Maria, one by Gounod and one by Schubert.  I was waiting to hear the interchange between the angel and Mary.  According to Luke the angel began by saying, “Greetings, most favored one.  The Lord is with you.”  When Mary responded with, essentially, “Huh?  What do you mean?” the angel said the most important words, words that an angel had said to Zechariah, father of John the Baptist and husband of Mary’s relative Elizabeth, words said months later to shepherds out in the fields, words said to the people of God throughout history, words that we desperately need to hear:  “Do not be afraid.”  Then Luke has the angel tell her what was going to happen.

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