Posts by Hannah Gillrup

October Sounds

Here is your October Sounds! Fall is here, and I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite thing about coming into Fall is having a somewhat consistent schedule again. While the Summer brings some fun and unique adventures in my life, there is something about having a plan that makes me feel more at peace… I don’t struggle with control at all…  As we move into the holiday season, it seems our time is more scheduled out than any…

Hurricane Ida Damage Assessment and Response

Ida was a deadly and destructive Category 4 hurricane that became the second-most damaging and intense hurricane to strike the U.S. state of Louisiana on record, behind Hurricane Katrina. On August 29, the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Ida made landfall near Port Fourchon, Louisiana and its effects were felt all along her track until she exited over the North Eastern U.S. Most of the damage is in Louisiana. The Southern District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) is leading…

September Sounds

To pumpkin spice, or not to pumpkin spice? Or wait is it too early? While some of you are all on for Fall to begin, others have taken all this talk about Fall beginning as a trespass against Summer and oneself. Of course, it’s all a joke and trivial as we poke fun at when is the right time to change our drink of choice and decorations in our home. The truth is, as trivial as this may be, there are many…

August Sounds

Here is your August Sounds! Hello everyone! I hope you are all enjoying your summer before we head back into Fall. I have been reading through the Psalms lately and wanted to encourage you to read this one Psalm. Have peace my friends that He is with you. Through it all, he is there – not just in the good times, and not just in certain places. I hope you can find rest, peace, and hope in He who remains faithful…

Covid Update

Masks are Required… Again. From Pastor Peter on 2021-08-06 Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, When I went to Sam’s Club this past Monday and was told that I needed to wear a mask even though I have been vaccinated, I knew this was coming.  I just didn’t know when. Due to the new CDC guidance regarding the Delta variant, Laurel City has posted notice requiring masks in public venues starting tonight.  Prince Georges County is requiring people in public venues…

July Sounds

Here is your July Sounds! I don’t remember much of my grandmother – she was a “patriotic” woman, traditional, and quite straightforward. One thing I do remember my Grandmother always saying was- “freedom isn’t really free”. She had stickers with this phrase plastered on them and she had them everywhere. I used to stare at the one she put on my window and just ponder this phrase. Truly I struggled – I want you to picture a 7-year-old girl staring at the word freedom wondering why…

June Sounds

Here is your June Sounds! Just when I thought I experienced the peak of the cicada season by stepping on shells and carcasses for about three weeks, I realized it was only the beginning. I have now started to bob and weave my way into work as I avoid cicadas flying aimlessly from every direction. They are gross, not cute, and provide no sense of comfort when they land on your skin – not to mention the 24/7 cicada song that plays in…

Calling All Garden Helpers

Calling all garden lovers: If you love the look of our new front garden, might you be willing to donate a few hours each month to help with its upkeep? Until our new plants grow to cover more of the open garden areas, weeds are going to show up in those areas. Several helpers have been working to try to keep the front garden weed-free since it was completed, but they could use more help. This is not a task…

COVID Update from the Pastor

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, We’re almost there.  We’re not quite there yet. Governor Hogan has lifted restrictions for many businesses to operate normally without restrictions, for which we are all thankful to God.  However, as we look at the executive orders given by Angela Alsobrooks, our Prince Georges County Executive, there are some details we still need to be mindful of.  1.  Social distancing is still required.  2.  Masks are still required. Social distancing is what has caused…

Missions Update: Haiti – Village of Hope

Those who were interested and able to make it to a zoom meeting on 5/11, met to discuss the current our status of Village of Hope in Haiti. Due to many issues we have been unable to partake in a mission trip to VOH in Haiti, so in this meeting we talked about what is currently going on in Haiti, what we can do now to serve, and what our plans are for the next mission trip – most likely…