This is the unofficial start of summer. I hope that you are able to take some time this weekend for relaxation and refreshment whether that is at the shore, on a hike, a trip to the city, or in your own backyard! As we go into the weekend, and into summer, there are two things I would ask of you:
- First, as this is Memorial Day weekend, find some time to remember, reflect on, and offer thanks to God for all those who gave their lives in our country’s service, and think about how our lives can be lived in a way that honors their effort and sacrifice on behalf of peace in God’s world.
- Second, as the summer takes you many different places, please remember to pray for All Saints’ Church. We are very good at praying for each other’s needs and support, but it is important to pray for the parish as a whole – for our faithfulness, vitality, and for our work of living and sharing the Gospel. Your prayers add so much. Thank you!
- Youth Sunday - in Worship
- Cook Book Project – in Stewardship
- Diocesan Senior Ministries Award – in Events
- Christian Arts Camp – in Christian Formation
Youth Sunday, June 5, 10 am – Parish children will present a skit in place of the sermon, our eighth graders will celebrate their Rite-13 Ceremony, the children who have completed their Eucharistic Instruction Class will be recognized, and there will be certificates for the Sunday School students. Please come and celebrate the children of our parish! Children wishing to participate in the skit should sign up on the sheet in the narthex, or respond to this e-mail and come to the single rehearsal at 9:15 am, June 5 (before worship on Sunday).
Diocesan Senior Ministries Evensong, June 12 - This year’s honoree from All Saints’ is Suzanne Traub. Please come and support Sue, in thanksgiving for her many ministries at All Saints’. The Evensong will be at St. Peter’s, Morristown at 4 pm, preceded by a reception at 3 pm. Congratulations, Sue!
Joining Jesus on the Journey: A River-to-River Pilgrimage Across NJ. Monday, July 25, 2016 - Saturday, July 30, 2016. Walk with Bishop Beckwith across the diocese from the Delaware River to the Hudson River the week of July 25-30. This is an opportunity to be part of a prayerful pilgrimage in which we look for how we can join God in shaping the future of our diocese. You can participate for an hour of worship, a day of walking, a meal, or the whole pilgrimage. On Thursday, July 28 Mother Vicki will be walking the section from Mendham to Summit. Please consider joining the Journey for the day! For more info please see the diocesan website: http://www.dioceseofnewark.org/event/joining-jesus-journey.
Parish Baseball Outing - several people have asked about an All Saints’@ the Patriots Game again this summer. The answer is “Yes”, we are in the process of picking a date and will get the information out ASAP!
All Saints’ Cook Book – Recipes due May 29! Our parish has many wonderful cooks, and we’d like to share your recipes. We are looking for all types of recipes, and we particularly need the following categories: Breads/rolls; Kid's Corner - for kids to provide their favorite recipes and/or for parents to provide recipes that their kids enjoy. Feel free to include a story or memory you associate with your recipe and whether your recipe is dedicated in memory of someone. Send your recipes via e-mail to the person from the committee who e-mailed you with the details; or you may hand your hard copy to Carol Berry at church or mail it to her: 14 Coppergate Drive, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920. If all else failes, send it to the church e-mail: email@example.com. Thanks!
The Rummage Sale is coming – Sept. 17! We’ll start collecting on Sunday, July 31. In the meantime, start setting aside your good, clean, rummage-able items. Please remember that we do not take cribs, tires, books for grown-ups, or tube TVs. The sign–up sheets for rummage workers are in the Narthex. Take a look and see how you can help! Questions? Speak to Kimberly Celeste.
Christian Arts Camp- “All God’s Folk”, June 27-30 (Mon-Thurs), 9 am-12 noon.
For kids age 4 – Grade 5. Cost: $40 per child. We’ll have folk crafts, games, music and activities, as well as Bible stories. Middle School and High School students are welcome as helpers. Take a flyer, and invite your friends. Start the summer with some fun! Questions? Speak to Mother Vicki or Alison Siener Brown.
Bible Study - Wed. 6/1, 10:15-11:30 am in the Rath House. This week we are reading Galatians, chapter 1. Come join the learning, support and fun. You may use one of our Bibles or bring your own. Questions? Speak to Mother Vicki.
Summer Refreshment Hosts are needed for our fellowship after worship. In the summer we have cool drinks and munchies on the Parish House lawn. Please take a turn by putting your name on the sign-up sheet in the Narthex. Questions? Speak to John McGrath
Emergency Food Assistance (EFA) Bags for the Homeless in Dover – This Sunday, May 29, we’ll make up bags for distribution in Dover. Meet in the Parish Hall during Coffee Hour. If you would like to help with this ministry, please speak to Afsaneh Thursfield.
Dinners for Vets – our next dinner for our neighbors from the VA hospital in Lyons will be Saturday, June 11 at 5:30 pm. This time it will be a simple cook-out – outside! Ribs, London Broil and Chicken and baked beans provided…you are invited to come and bring a side dish. We are also blessed that some of our friends from the Christian Community are coming alongside us in this work. Thanks be to God! We’ve gotten our gas grill working. Now we need a propane tank. If you have one to donate, please speak to Candy Pecoraro or Steve Kowalik. If you would like to help out by bringing a side dish, please let Jane Hayden know.
Going Local Conversation on June 12 – Our work with the Vets from Lyons has been part of an experiment in connecting with our community neighbors that the Guiding Team of our Going Local journey has been trying out. The team is working with coaches from the diocesan Going Local effort – Kathy Seabrook and Joanne O’Neill. They will join us at coffee hour on June 12 to help us reflect on our efforts so far. If you have been part of any of the dinners, or are interested in learning more about what we are doing, please join us for the conversation!
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6/1 Bible Study 10:15 am, Rath House
6/2 Holy Eucharist 7:00 am, Church
Small Saints & Junior Choirs 5:15 pm, Choir Room
Adult Choir 7:30 pm, Choir Room
For a full schedule of our buildings check the website calendar www.allsaintsmillington.org.
Parish Office Hours: Mon., Tues., Thurs. from 9:30 am-4:00 pm,
Rector’s Sabbath day: Friday
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A Prayer for Memorial Day
Almighty God, we remember those who have laid down their lives in the armed services of our country. We thank you for those who have sacrificed their lives in the cause of freedom and justice. We pray for military families who have mourned their father and mothers, daughters and sons. We pray for those who have returned home from war wounded in mind, body, and spirit, that they may know your grace. We pray for real peace in this world, that governments be based upon justice, the common good, and respect for the rights of all. We pray that charity replace hatred, that wisdom replace greed, and that forbearance replace aggression. Amen.
~ from the website of the Church of the Holy Communion (Episcopal), University City, MO
The photo above is of Arlington National Cemetery, from their website.