Happy All Hallow’s Eve (Hallowe’en), the eve of All Saints’ Day, which is November 1. We will celebrate All Saints’ on Sunday. Hope you can join us and learn more about some saints of ages past. And a blessed All Saints’ celebration to you!
Here are this week’s announcements.
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Please take a look at this week’s announcements, especially:
- Cabaret Night and Meeting (Parish Life)
- Annual Pledge Campaign (Stewardship)
- All Saints’ Sunday (Worship)
THIS SUNDAY - All Saints’ Sunday Worship at 8:00 & 10:00; Family Service at 10 am. Both our services will begin with the Necrology and include renewal of our baptismal vows. Children should come to worship with their families. No Sunday School. And the Coffee Hour will be a festive event hosted by the Vestry. Come have some delicious food, enjoy the company of your fellow parish Saints and “meet” some of the Saints from ages past!
Looking ahead – Thanksgiving Day worship on Nov. 28 is at 10 am. Come and give thanks to God for all your blessings.
All Saints’ Cabaret Night is coming on Saturday, November 23, 7:00 pm in the Parish Hall! Music, dessert, adult beverage (optional). Performances by some wonderful local talent. We need help with appetizers, desserts, set-up and clean-up. Sign up on the sheet in the Narthex to help. There will be a planning meeting (logistics, not music!) tomorrow night, Nov. 4 at 7:45 pm in the Rath House. If you are interested in party planning, you are welcome at this meeting. Questions? Speak to Alison Siener Brown or Melissa Pagliaro. Please RSVP to the e-vite (from Punch Bowl) in your e-mail, invite a friend, and plan to party!
Coffee Hour hosts are needed for November and December. You provide some snacks (e.g. baked goods, fruit, cheese & crackers), juice, and milk or half & half for coffee. If you are unsure about how to make coffee, John McGrath will show you how, or make it for you. Please sign-up on the sheet in the Narthex for this Sunday ministry of hospitality. Questions? Speak to John McGrath.
Annual Pledge Campaign for 2020 – We asked all parishioners to return their Pledge Commitment forms for their financial stewardship of All Saints’ by Sunday, Nov. 3. The theme of our campaign for the coming year is Building a Joyful Community. If you take your pledge to Church this Sunday, please place it in the offering plate. If you need a form, pledge packets are available in the Narthex. Thank you for reflecting on the ways that God is calling you to support God’s work and the mission of All Saints’ Church in our community.
Gracious God, you have blessed us with love and belonging, and companions in our journey of faith; your presence in our lives brings us joy, and you call us to share that joy with others. As we remember all you do for us, may our gratitude overflow in giving from our hearts, trusting always in your care for us and for all whom you have made. We ask this in Jesus’ Name and in the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Creation Care Team – our next meeting will be Wednesday, November 13 at 6:30 pm in the Rath House. As part of our delving into our stewardship of God’s creation we’ll discuss the short book Hundred Dollar Holiday: The Case for a More Joyful Christmas by Bill McKibben. Anyone who feels interested or called to be a part of this effort to be good stewards of creation (especially here at All Saints’) is welcome to this meeting.
ShopRite Cards – buy a ShopRite gift card for your own groceries or as a gift for someone else. You pay face value and All Saints’ gets 5%. See Barbara Barbeau.
This Sunday: Narnia Book Club discussion during Coffee Hour. We are reading Prince Caspian, from The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. This week’s discussion is on Chapters 7-9 and meets in the Parish Hall. There is also a Facebook discussion group: “One Parish/One Book (All Saints’, Millington)”. This is a wonderful way to engage both your imagination and your faith and share your ideas with others.
Next Week: Sunday Forum, Nov. 10, 11:15 am in the Parish Hall - “The Faith We Sing: The Hymnal.” Alison Siener Brown will offer a presentation and discussion on our hymnal and the place of music in Episcopal worship at our new monthly adult Christian formation/education opportunity during Coffee Hour. Get some coffee or tea, take a seat, and come learn something new!
Bible Study meets Wednesday at 10:15 am in the Rath House. We are currently studying the Book of Revelation; this week Chapter 7. Come learn more about the Bible and its connection to our lives. Questions? Speak to Mother Vicki.
Looking ahead – Advent Quiet Evening: Wed., Dec. 4. This will be a mini-retreat in the midst of the December hustle and bustle; time to catch your breath and prepare your heart for Christmas. It will be led by the Rev. Shawn Carty, and held here at All Saints’. Look for more information soon.
Forward Day by Day – the Episcopal Church daily devotional for the new quarter (Nov-Jan) is here and available in the Narthex, in both pocket-size and large-print. Please pick one up.
Family Promise at Trinity House – we’ll be serving at the homeless shelter on Friday, 11/1 and Saturday 11/2. We provide dinner, greeters, overnight staff (they get to sleep!), and breakfast. Please pray for this ministry, for the families, and for those who will be serving this week. For more information or to serve the next time be in touch with Afsaneh Thursfield, Faeritale@hotmail.com or 908-839-8158.
11/4 Cabaret Planning Meeting Rath House 7:45 pm
11/6 Bible Study Rath House, 10:15 am
11/7 Holy Eucharist Church, 7:00 am
Junior Choir Choir Room, 5:15 pm
Adult Choir Choir Room, 7:30 pm
For a full schedule of our buildings check the website calendar
Way of Love: Pray – When we pray, we do not pray alone – even if we are sitting, or walking, or kneeling by ourselves. Of course God is always with us, and is always hearing our prayers, but there are others who pray with us.
There are always people praying at any time of day or night – for themselves, for their loved ones, for the world at large – offering God praise, asking for healing or guidance, for material needs, to know God more deeply. And there are people who pray specifically for others - all those who can’t even find the words for own prayers. What a gift that ministry of prayer is.
Beyond that, the saints and angels whom we cannot now see are also engaged in a ministry or prayer and praise – prayer on our behalf, and praise to God.
That is a great current of prayer going right through the world and through the heart of every human person. It’s a blessing to know that we can step into that current of prayer, contribute to it, and draw from it strength, inspiration, and joy.