Heeding God's Call Greater Washington
Memorial to the Lost
STOP, READ, PRAY AND REMEMBER
April was an inspirational experience installing the Memorial, reading the names included in the Memorial, and praying for those who are represented on the t-shirts of our Memorial to the Lost. In April we were able to watch as many folks STOPPED, READ THE NAMES, PRAYED AND REMEMBERED.
In April, we completed the installation at Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church on Saturday, April 4. On Monday, April 6, along with a group of students lead by Rev. Ray Ranker of Chapel Ministries from the University of Maryland, we installed the Memorial on the Mall in front of the Library at the University of Maryland. It was a beautiful day and while we were installing, students stopped and walked among the shirts. One young man joined in our prayer circle as we completed the installation, to ask us to pray for a friend who had recently died through gun violence in DC and for himself. We were all so touched by his grief. The Memorial was taken down by the students on Thursday, April 9 with plans to return to the University of Maryland next year for a longer installation. Two days later, the Memorial was installed in the yard around Shiloh Baptist Church in the Shaw area of DC. This beautiful and historic church was a wonderful location to share our Memorial and what it means. As we installed, we had people walking by stopping and offering to help hang the t-shirts. The next morning, a personally created shirt was left lovingly by the Memorial. This lovely shirt was for a victim of gun violence in DC in 1974. The pain lingers on. The Memorial was taken down on Sunday, April 19.
The Memorial is now located at St. Francis of Assisi in Derwood, Maryland after a wonderful installation on Saturday, May 2. On Saturday, May 16 the Memorial will be moved to St. Rose of Lima in Gaithersburg where it will stay through Saturday, June 6. The rest of the schedule for the Memorial is included here. Some of these dates are tenative at this moment.
University Park Church of the Brethren, University Park, MD 6/7-6/21
15th Street Presbyterian Church, Washington, DC 6/27-7/11
Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church, Bethesda, MD (July, possible)
Southminster Presbyterian Church, Oxon Hill, MD 8/1-8/15
St. John the Baptist Church, Columbia, MD 9/4-9/18
Northern Virginia Mennonite, Fairfax, VA 9/19-10/3
Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, Rockville, MD 10/24-11/8
If you find the Memorial will be installed close to where you live or work, we ask you to STOP, READ, PRAY AND REMEMBER. Also invite others to do the same. If the Memorial is going to be close to you and you would like to volunteer to help, please let us know. Times of installation will be shared closer to the date of the installation. If you have questions about the Memorial, please share with us. Heeding God's Call of Greater Washington is very proud of our Memorial to the Lost and we ask you to spread the word and let others know of this inspirational project.
Heeding God's Call of Greater Washington
Help Create, Install, and Maintain Heeding God’s Call's Memorial to the Lost
Heeding God’s Call Memorials to the Lost have been and are effective for galvanizing faith communities and people of faith to stop the calamity in all neighborhoods and in the locations where the Memorial has been installed. We know the Memorial has touched the lives and hearts of countless numbers of people throughout Philadelphia, Harrisburg and locations in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC. To learn more about the Memorial to the Lost please click on the tab for Memorial to the Lost on the left side of this page, or click here.
In order to continue and to grow this sacred work, we need your help. You can directly help Heeding and the neighborhoods and communities we serve by investing in the creation of, installation of, and caring for a tee-shirt in a 2015 Memorial to the Lost. Your donation of $50 will ensure that a tee-shirt honoring a victim of gun violence will be raised and cared for. A donation of $125 will do the same for three victims. You may donate through the donate tab above, use this link, or you may send a check to Heeding God’s Call at the address listed here. Please designate on your check “Memorial to the Lost”.
Thank you and Blessings to All!