This Year’s Lenten Theme is “Wilderness”

A child in the congregation eats a pancake meal on Fat Tuesday at Brown Memorial.

Lent begins in the wilderness. The Spirit guides Jesus into the wilderness where he comes face-to-face with temptation and struggle. Yet, in his 40 days of fasting, resisting and wandering, Jesus is shaped and formed for ministry. Similarly, through the wilderness of Lent, we are invited to surrender to the wild leadings of the Spirit. We rarely enter the wilderness willingly, but hopefully through our wandering we remember who we are and whose we are. The wilderness can become sacred even if it remains dangerous. There is no wilderness space too harsh or threatening for God’s love. This year, during Lent 2020, we welcome you to the journey.


Fat Tuesday Pancake Supper

Tuesday, Feb. 25, 6:30 pm

Gather in the Assembly Room for pancakes, games for all ages and the 4rd Annual Brown Memorial vs. Memorial Episcopal pancake relay race. The record is Brown 2, Memorial 1. RSVP to Rachel Cunningham, [email protected], by Feb. 23. Come at 5:30 to help cook.


Ash Wednesday Tri-Church Service of Worship
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 7:30 pm

“From dust you came, and to dust you will return.” We gather with our sisters and brothers from Corpus Christi Catholic Church and Memorial Episcopal Church for an annual ecumenical service of worship featuring the combined choirs of all three churches. This year’s service will be held at Brown Memorial.


Faith Topics for Lent: Saying NO to the Culture of NOW
Sundays, 9:45 am
Room 201 Fellowship Building

Join Andrew Foster Connors and others to look at our 24/7 society of consumption, a society in which we live to achieve, accomplish, perform and possess, using Walter Brueggemann’s book Sabbath as Resistance as a framework. Books are recommended but not required for the class and are available at local retailers or through


Committees on the Move

March 1 & April 5, 1 pm

During Lent, we’re experimenting with a collective meeting day and time for all committees. Grab lunch at the potluck and head to your meeting or stay and visit with those not attending a meeting. Meeting locations will be announced in weekly communications.


Tri-Church Education Series

March 11, 25, April 1, 6:30 pm

Memorial Episcopal

Who goes to heaven? Is there a hell? What about other religions? How many gods are there? Join us for a three-week ecumenical exploration of salvation. Dinner provided. This year’s Tri-Church series takes place at Memorial Episcopal.


Sunday Night Live

March 22, 5:30-8 pm

Memorial Episcopal & Corpus Christi

What does passion have to do with Jesus? Our monthly gathering for middle and high school youth will feature prayer stations focused on what passion has to do with Jesus, Lent and our lives. Join us for dinner at Memorial Episcopal followed by games and social justice-themed prayer stations at Corpus Christi.


Weekly Prayer Service
Thursdays, March 5-April 9, 5:30 pm

As you move from the busyness of your day into evening activities, step apart from that busyness and join others in prayer. Within a liturgical framework, we bring forth spoken and silent prayers from the church’s ongoing prayer list, from prayer request cards, and from the deepest parts of our hearts.


Weekly Ecumenical Worship Services & Lunch
Wednesdays, Feb. 26–April 8 Noon at Brown Memorial

Join with our brothers and sisters across West Baltimore for a noontime service of worship followed by a light lunch. These ecumenical services of worship were birthed decades ago as a response to the 1968 riots and are an important part of our continued dialogue on race, the church and the city. This year, Brown Memorial is hosting these services and the lunch that follows. Contact Julie Hanks at [email protected], or 410-598-0888, to help with the lunch by either providing food or volunteering the day of.