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Bread for the World Offering of Letters 2020

September 17, 2020

Hunger and the Coronavirus The world is living through unprecedented times. The coronavirus is causing anxiety, uncertainty, and disruption. As is often the case, people living in hunger and poverty are likely to suffer the most. Though we may feel powerless and overwhelmed, we are not. Now is the time to heed God’s call to care for the “least…

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Why is Love Important?

September 12, 2020

Day 5 of the school year on Zoom: Why is Love Important? Distance education for small children poses real hardships, too many to count, but even these contexts are not without their moments of light-hearted humor and maybe, if given an opportunity, some wisdom along the way. A teacher posed this question, Why is Love…

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A Note from Rob

September 11, 2020

Our daily lives have been turned upside down as a result of the pandemic. At the end of my run this morning, I saw a woman pulling into the parking lot of the Mt. Royal Elementary School. She had two children with her. If I had to guess, I would say that she was a…

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Morning Prayer 091120

September 11, 2020

Meditation “Maybe I was praying for him then, in my own way. Does God have a set way of prayer, a way that He expects each of us to follow? I doubt it. I believe some people– lots of people– pray through the witness of their lives, through the work they do, the friendships they…

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First & Franklin Cocktails and Things About Cats

September 10, 2020

If you’re looking for some casual fellowship, join us on September 11 at 7 p.m. for First & Franklin’s Cocktail Hour . . . our theme, which we will hold loosely, is “Things About Cats . . .” BYO story about a cat, joke about a cat, poem about a cat, something about a cat.…

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Morning Prayer 091020

September 10, 2020

Meditation “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. . . . If, in this life only, we have hope in Christ, we are of all people the most miserable. Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard the things which God hath prepared for those who love him.” What…

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JOIN US FOR A CONVERSATION – CHURCH BEYOND THE BUILDING

September 4, 2020

The year 2020 has presented a number of challenges, COVID-19 and an awakening awareness of systematic racism chief among them. First & Franklin has had to address another issue as well – the state of our financial well-being and our ability to continue operating as we have in the past. These challenges also present us…

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Beat the Rush Baltimore: Vote by Mail-in Ballot

September 1, 2020

HELLO BALTIMORE VOTES! On July 8, Governor Hogan declared that all voters need to request a mail-in ballot if they plan to vote by mail in the upcoming election. This is a big departure from the Primary Election, when all active voters were automatically mailed a ballot. You can beat the rush by requesting your mail-in ballot…

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Welcome Back to Pastor Rob and Family

August 27, 2020

As some of you know, we were camping in the Shenandoah National Park. It was a unique time in the mountains, not only because of the bears (we saw 3 or 4), or the majestic Monarch butterflies happily sipping on the nectar of milkweed, or the turtle we found crossing the Appalachian Trail, or even…

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Joint Service of Worship with In The Loop Churches and Invitation to Read Scripture | September 13

August 26, 2020

The In The Loop Churches of the Presbytery of Baltimore are excited to announce that we will be holding a joint service of worship on September 13th. A few points for clarification: First, we will worship at our ordinary time, using Zoom/FB Livestream. Please use the regularly published Zoom link/bulletin for the service. In terms…

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Food Pantry Update

August 20, 2020

The word is getting out in our neighborhood that the First & Franklin Presbyterian Church has a pantry. When we arrive to open on Saturdays, we are now greeted by neighbors who are in need of food. The weekly count of bags has jumped from 3 to 18 and we expect the numbers to rise…

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Update on the Testing Site Action at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church

August 20, 2020

Over the course of several weeks, around 400 people were tested through a joint effort of Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church and First & Franklin Presbyterian Church, and the University of Maryland Health Center, along with BUILD congregations and leaders. Thank you to everyone who participated with packing Safety Bags, conducting surveys, supporting the site testing,…

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