Thank you to everyone who hung in with the cold church last Sunday! The heat was back on Monday – a very simple connection that needed to be turned on. The food at our Epiphany Lunch was delicious, the soup and coffee hot (!), and the fellowship was fun and festive. The winners of the Fruitcake bake-off were neck and neck – Suzanne Kosempel and Mother Vicki. Congratulations, both!
This Sunday we will celebrate a baptism at 10 am (see Worship, below). Parish children will go to Sunday School classes, and then come into the church at the end of the sermon for the baptism.
Please see the rest of the announcements, especially:
- Community Dinner (Helping Hands)
- Choral Benefit Concert (Music Events)
- Rectory Changes (Stewardship)
Baptism and Baptismal Vows – this Sunday is the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord, the day we commemorate Jesus’ own baptism in the Jordan River. At 8 am we will renew our own baptismal vows. At 10 am we will baptize the three-month old son of a parish family. At this joyous occasion, the congregation will renew our vows, as well. Please be on hand to welcome our newest Christian!
Community Dinner for Vets and Friends: Jan. 19, 5:30 pm – we’ll be hosting a next dinner in the Lower Room of the Parish House for Vets from the V.A. in Lyons, those living in our communities, and their friends and families. If you can cook, set up, serve, clean up, or visit with our guets, please sign up on the sheet in the Narthex. Speak to Kerrie Stepko with questions.
Twelve Baskets Food Pantry – we have been blessed with an abundance of food from the Food Bank and need a little help with some organizing Sunday, Jan. 13 during coffee hour. Please stop by the Parish Hall and speak to Jane Hayden.
Family Promise – Jan. 28 is our next date for hosting homeless families with Family Promise at Trinity House in Stirling. We need volunteers to cook, serve the meal, act as hosts to the shelter guests, and spend the night. Sign up on the sheet in the Narthex to help out. Want to know more? Speak to Afsaneh Thursfield or Kathy Pfeil.
Bible Study meets on Wednesdays at 10:15 am in the Rath House. We are reading and discussing the Gospel of Mark – this week, Chapter 9. If you have been “cautiously curious” about Bible reading and would like to try it out, please know that you are invited. You don’t have to have any prior knowledge or experience. It’s a good way to start the New Year! Questions? Speak to Mother Vicki.
Sunday School Classes for children PreK through middle school will begin again on Jan. 13th. They meet in classrooms downstairs in the Church, starting at 10 am. The children then join their families in worship at the Peace.
Episcopal Church-wide Good Book Club reading of Romans - during the season after Epiphany people across the church are being invited to read Paul’s letter to the Church at Rome. There are daily passages (excluding Sundays) of Paul’s most mature thinking. The Good Book Club website has good background materials and discussion/reflection questions: http://www.goodbookclub.org/ . The readings in Forward Day by Day will also follow this schedule of reading Romans. To make it easy for you to participate, the text for each day will be e-mailed to you. Try to take some time each day to not only read the passage (a dozen verses at the most) but ponder and pray and “dwell” with the text, noticing what bubbles up for you, and how the Holy Spirit might be speaking to you.
Holy is the True Light: a Benefit Choral Concert, Sunday, February 24, 4:30 pm. The Choirs of All Saints' Episcopal Church will present a choral concert featuring music by William Harris, Howard Helvey, John Ferguson, Karen Marrolli, William Byrd, and more. No tickets are needed, but a free will offering will be accepted. All the money raised will go towards repairs to our Resurrection-themed stained glass altar window, which is 100 years old in 2019.
Pledge Envelopes – if you requested envelopes for your pledge of donations, they are available on the table in the Narthex with your name on them. Please pick them up. And if you have not yet made a pledge of financial support for 2019, it’s not too late! Pledge cards are available in the Narthex or in the Parish Office. Thanks.
ShopRite Cards– everyone needs groceries! You may purchase ShopRite cards on Sundays during Coffee House or at the parish office. You pay face value and 5% goes to All Saints’ ministries. Please speak to Barbara Barbeau.
Rectory Changes – our tenants in 37 Northfield Road, Millington have purchased a home of their own and moved out on Dec. 31. They had been renting for seven years. We are getting the house ready to list for rental again: painting, minor repairs, cleaning. Thank you to Tom Day and Roger Kosempel for spear-heading this. We’ll also give the parish an opportunity to take a tour of the house and see this important parish asset. It will be listed through Weichert Realtors in Morristown. If you know someone who might be a good tenant, please let one of the Wardens Tom Hackett or Roger Kosempel or Mother Vicki know. And please pray that God brings us the right tenant at the right time!
1/13 Confirmation Class PH Lower Room 1:30 pm
1/15 Vestry Rath House 7:30 pm
1/16 Bible Study Church 10:00 am
1/17 Communion & Healing Prayer 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 www.allsaintsmillington.org.
Baptism is the rite of initiation into the Christian Church and the Body of Christ. It is the way one commits to following Jesus and living a Christian life. Baptism can take place at any age – as an infant, presented by parents and godparents on the strength of their faith; or as a teen or adult, proclaiming faith and making promises for themselves.
Whenever we are present at a baptism, or renew our baptismal vows, we remember that God is the giver of second chances, fresh starts, the One who sees us as God’s beloved children – called, blessed, and sent to be in partnership with God in the world.
And every morning when we wash our face or take a shower, as the water splashes over us, we can remember that we are baptized into Christ and have been made whole.