Alleluia. Christ is risen. The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!
It is still Easter, the season of the Resurrection…all the way until Pentecost. And now it is also really and truly spring after such a long winter! Savor these fresh, warm days as a gift from God!
Here are this week’s announcements, some parishioner news, For All the Saints’, and the weekly meditation.
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The funeral for Adella Menger will be this coming Monday, April 20 at 2 pm at All Saints’. It will be followed by a reception at the home of Adella’s brother John in New Vernon. Directions to the reception will be available at the service. Please pray for her daughter Simone, and for the Menger family.
The Saitta twins will be baptized Sunday, April 26 at the 10 am service. Give thanks for our newest Christians!
New Parish Directories are available in the Narthex. They have a red cover, and your name and address on the back. Please pick yours up the next time you are at Church; it saves the cost of mailing them!
WORSHIP and MUSIC
Special Needs Worship – All God's Children Service, at 12 noon, this Sunday, April 19 (on the 3rd Sundays of the month). Designed for children and families with a range of special needs – including anyone who has a hard time sitting still! A 30-minute service, no segment is longer than 3 minutes each; optional Communion. Pass the word to friends and neighbors who can benefit from this. Contact Mother Vicki for details.
Family Service – the next Family Service will be Sunday, May 3. All children worship with their families. Nursery care is available in the downstairs of the Church (Undercroft), but no Sunday School.
Compline – thanks to those who came to our Compline worship last night (see photo below). It’s a wonderful, short time of prayer and meditation – a way to connect to Christ’s peace. We’ll hold Compline again on May 21 at 9 pm; hope you can join us!
Evensong for Ascension Day will be held on Thursday, May 14 at 7:30 pm. Canticles, Scripture, and chant for this major holy day – and light refreshments after. See you in church!
Pentecost Banners – We’ll be making Pentecost banners at coffee hour on May 17. This year there will be two sets of banners – big ones for the parking lot, and small individual banners to wave in our Pentecost procession at 10 am on May 24. We welcome everyone who wants to help with these. Please sign up on the sheet in the Narthex.
Women’s Book Group will meet on Wednesday, May 20 at 7:30 pm in the Rath House. The book for discussion is Sea Music, by Sara MacDonald. Come for an evening of fellowship, discussion,
Bible Study, Wednesdays, 10:15-11:30 am in the Rath House. We are currently finishing up the Gospel of John. Come and explore Scripture and your faith in a relaxed setting where your questions are welcome and laughter and sharing is expected. Use one of our Bibles or bring your own!
Family Promise – it’s our turn to serve again at the homeless shelter at Trinity House/Shrine of St. Joseph on Monday, May 4th. We need people to cook a pasta meal, and two others to serve it and provide hospitality to the shelter residents. We also need one more person to stay overnight at Trinity House. Please sign up on the sheet in the Narthex. If you have questions, please speak to Kathy Pfeil.
Printer Cartridges - Remember we collect printer cartridges; you can drop them off in the collection box in the Narthex. For each cartridge, we receive credit at Staples. Thanks for making this fundraiser such a success!
Buildings & Grounds – Do you have handyman skills, interests in gardening or care of our buildings? We are always looking for people we can call on for projects and planning here at church. If you are interested in helping out put your name on the sign-up sheet in the Narthex, or speak to Tom Day.
Save the Date! The Rummage Sale will be held on Saturday, September 19. Rummage collection will start on Sunday, August 2. The new “liturgical season” of Rummage will be upon us soon. Star saving up your treasures!
Baby Shower for Jody Doktor Velloso, April 26, 2-4 pm in the Parish Hall. Families and kids invited, too! If you haven’t already RSVPd, you can sign up on the sheet in the Narthex. Speak to Alison Siener Brown, 630-370-2572, with questions.
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PARISH CALENDAR THIS WEEK
4/21 Vestry 7:30 pm, Rath House
4/22 Bible Study 10:15 am, Rath House
4/23 HE & Breakfast 7:00 am, Church
Junior Choir 5:00 pm, Choir Room
Adult Choir 7:30 pm, Choir Room
And please check the calendar on our website for the full listing of groups and events in our buildings.
Dates to Save
May 3 – Family Service and Communion Class Recognition
May 10 – Rogation Sunday, 8 & 10 am
May 14 – Ascension Day; Evensong at 7:30 pm
May 21 – Compline, 9 pm; Church open for prayer, 8:30 pm
May 24 – Pentecost, 8 & 10 am [Memorial Day weekend]
May 31 – Trinity Sunday, 8 am; Sunday School Trinity Tableau, 10 am
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For All the Saints – April 16, Mary (Molly) Brant (Konwatsijayenni)Witness to the Faith among the Mohawks, 1796
“Mary, or Molly Brant, known among the Mohawks as Konwatsijayenni, was an important presence among the Iroquois Confederacy during the time of the American Revolution. Baptized and raised as an Anglican due to the British presence in her tribal area, she spoke and wrote in English, and she sought to keep the Mohawks, as well as the other tribes of the Iroquois Nation, loyal to the British government during the Revolution.
Born to Peter Tehonwaghkwangeraghkwa and his wife Margaret, she moved west to Ohio with her family and lived there until her father’s death. She and her brother Joseph took the name of their stepfather, Brant Kanagaradunkwa, who married their mother in 1753. Her stepfather was a friend of Sir William Johnson, the British Superintendent for North Indian Affairs. Mary met Sir William in 1759, and though they could not legally marry, she became his common law wife, and together they had nine children. She exerted influence among both the British and the Mohawks, and her voice was often sought among tribal councils and in treaty efforts. Following her husband’s death, the Oneidas and the Americans, in retaliation for her loyalty to the British and to the Anglican Church, destroyed her home. She and her children fled and were protected by the principal chief of the Five Nations, whose leaders respected her word and counsel.
In 1783, she moved to Kingston, Ontario, where the British Government rewarded her for her loyalty. A lifelong Anglican, she helped found St. George’s Anglican Church in Kingston. At her death her tribesmen as well as the British with whom she had worked
mourned her.” ~ Holy Women, Holy Men
Question for Reflection: Whose voice do you respect, in both spiritual and civic matters? Do you look for wisdom, more than statistics, argument, or flashy presentation?
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The following comes from the Facebook page of a friend who is Russian Orthodox:
“Xristos Voskrese! Christ is Risen! Bright Week [what we call Easter Week] or 'Renewal Week' (in Greek: Διακαινήσιμος εβδομάδα, Diakainisimos) is the first week following the Resurrection of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, which is celebrated each year at Pascha [Easter]....This celebration includes the practice of the faithful joyously greeting each other with the salutation of Christ is risen, followed by the response ‘Indeed He is risen’ or ‘Truly He is risen’, as the whole of creation is renewed by Our Lord and Savior....The entire week is considered to be one continuous day.”
So…imagine what it would be like if every time we saw one another during Easter Week – at ShopRite, the train station, the post office, at Little League or in the school pick-up line - we greeted one another with the words: Christ is risen. The Lord is risen indeed. Our sense of the Resurrection being more than just a Sunday experience would be expanded. And we would also remember, perhaps, that Easter is all about God’s new creation, a new Genesis, chapter 1. Alleluia!