TABLE OF CONTENTS

PART I 

ACTIVITIES DURING THE PARISH’S FIRST 50 YEARS

FOUNDATION OF ST. JOHN’S CHURCH

 

How St John Came to BeHow it developed and why it worships in Interfaith Centers

Fr. John Walsh    Early Columbia Interfaith  and First Pastor of St. John the Evangelist

St John Clergy and Staff Those who served St. John over the Years.

Fr. George Zorn. A Jesuit was sent to help get the interfaith project off the ground in the late 60’s and was assigned to our parish.

 Where did we go for Sunday Mass over the years :Movable Mass locations as the parish grew

Early Money WoesInnovative solution to a financial problem 

   

LITURGICAL INNOVATIONS

Kahler Hall Ecumenical Services:  Joint services with Christ Episcopal Church

Red Balloons:   An innovative Pentecost service

Ash Wednesday fire and smoke:  Unexpectedconsequences at a solemn service

Liturgical Clowns  Clowns at work for the Lord

LITURGICAL DANCEDancers addingmovement and grace to solemn services

 EDUCATION AND YOUTH

Faith in the home: Elementary religious education taught by laypeople in private homes

 

PARISH SOCIAL ACTIVITIES

MothersDayPlantSale:    Blooms and tomatoes at Wilde Lake

 

PARISH SOCIAL ACTION

San Roque El Salvador: St. John’s had a “sister parish” relationship with a parish in El Salvador from 1987-1994

PARISH ECUMENICAL AND INTERFAITH ACTIVITIES

Interfaith Religious Education for Elementary School Children:  A very innovative joint vacation bible study venture of Christian and Jewish congregations in Oakland Mills Interfaith Center

PART II

 BEYOND THE FIRST 50 YEARS— EARLY ACTIVITIES THAT ARE STILL ON-GOING

TO THIS DAY

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Hosting teens for peace:   Summer visits from students from Northern Ireland, Cyprus, and Israel/Palestine

Give It a Second Life:   Annual collection of bikes, sewing machines, musical instruments and more to benefit the needy at home and around the world

Prison Ministry:    Over twenty-four years of parishioners visiting inmates at the Maryland Correctional Institute

NOTE 1:  All footnotes found in these articles which cite “Creative Tension” refer to CREATIVE TENSION: MEMORIES OF EARLY INTERFAITH EXPERIENCES IN COLUMBIA, MARYLAND. Edited by Carolyn Arena and Elizabeth Martin. Etchings Publishing, Baltimore, Md., 2017.  The book is available for $15, and all proceeds go to the Coalition for Compassion.  Copies can be purchased from the Wilde Lake and Oakland Mills offices (a check made out to OMI is preferred) or contact Carolyn Arena at larcar4@comcast.net.   The book can also be bought at, or borrowed from, the Wilde Lake Interfaith Library which is open on Sunday mornings.

 

NOTE 2:  We encourage anyone who would like to add to this published list of interesting activities started during the parish’s first 50 years to send your reminisces to Paul Gifford at paul.gifford@sjerc.org. 

 

NOTE 3:  You will notice that somearticles have no names mentioned, incomplete lists of people who participated in an activity, or no acknowledgement of a photographer.  We would love to add names to complete the stories for posterity. If you can fill in any blanks, please e-mail larcar4@comcast.netwith the information and we will post the corrections.

 

   

 

 

 


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