Summer is here, school is almost out, and our high school seniors are graduating! (see Parish Life below for a listing of those graduates). But both worship and parish life and ministry continue! Take a look at the offerings below and see if there is something you’d like to participate in this summer.
Here are this week’s announcements. Please see especially:
- Rummage Sale (Fun and Fundraising)
- Dinner with Vets (Helping Hands)
- BBQ with the Bishop (Parish Life Events)
- Father’s Day (Worship)
- Parish Baseball Outing (Parish Life Events)
THIS SATURDAY - Dinner for Vets – June 17, 5:30 pm, All Saints’ Parish House. Join us for a meal with our friends from the V.A. in Lyons and Vets from our local community. We need help with set-up, clean-up, side dishes and desserts. Speak to Kerrie Stepko to help with this ministry.
Fathers’ Day – this Sunday at both 8 & 10 am we’ll offer prayers for all of our fathers. Carnations will be available for you to take to honor or remember your Dad.
Hymn Sing Preludes: During the summer, in place of an instrumental prelude we’ll have a simple hymn sing – the first verse of some of our favorite hymns. If you have a request, please be ready with the hymn number to call out! We’ll start this Sunday.
Come join the fun and sing in the All Saints' Summer Choir! Two different opportunities! No experience or commitment is needed. Meet in the choir room at 9:15 to learn a simple anthem then help lead worship at 10:00.
- July 9 we'll sing a setting of "Morning Has Broken"
- August 6, a setting of the tune Noel Nouvelet with the text "At the Name of Jesus.”
PARISH LIFE EVENTS
Coffee Hour Conversation Question – we started this last Sunday. After worship, talk to someone else (preferably another parishioner) about this question that is related to sone aspect of our service. Here is this week’s question: When have you laughed because of something unexpected in your life? – like Sarah laughing in today’s reading from Genesis? Ask someone else after the service, and then listen for their answer!
Summer Refreshments are available after the 10 am service on the Parish House lawn. Please join us for a cool drink and conversation. If you can host a Sunday (iced tea, lemonade, cookies), please sign up on the sheet in the Narthex or speak to John McGrath.
Parish Baseball Outing, Sunday, July 9 @ 5:05 pm – Come for a fun evening with your fellow Saints and watch the Somerset Patriots play the Sugar Land, TX Skeeters at the TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater. Tickets are $9.50 per person and we have field box seats reserved right behind home plate! Sign up on the sheet in the Narthex and bring your family and friends. There is also a baseball clinic for kids on the field at 4 pm.
B-B-Q with the Bishop, Thursday, July 13, 6 pm. Bishop Beckwith will be here for a dinner picnic, conversation, and friendship. This is an event for the whole family. The main dish will be provided; you bring sides, salads, and desserts. A sign-up sheet with specific meal contributions is in the Narthex. Put this on your calendar now and be sure to join in on the night.
Questions? Speak to Susan LeVan.
Congratulations to our High School Grads: Graham Gaulke, Audrey Godwin, Amy Hackett, Katrina Howard, Kayla McNulty, Nick Mink, Gabby Pecoraro, & Amelia Stapperfenne, Blessings to all!
FUN & FUNDRAISERS
Rummage Sale - The First Sunday of Rummage is August 6. This is the first day you can drop of your good, clean, useful items for donation. The Sale itself is September 23. This is an event you want to be part of – our largest community event of the year, as well as a fundraiser! There is a poster in the Narthex with all of the various ways to help – we need all hands on-deck. For more info speak to Kimberly Celeste.
“Sponsor-a-Hymn” - dedicate a hymn in honor of a birthday, anniversary, baptismal anniversary, graduation, or other special event. Cost is $35 per Sunday for one hymn, and your dedication will be printed in the bulletin, and the person being remembered will be included in the prayers. All the money raised will go toward the Choir Room Piano Fund. Please speak to Director of Music Alison Siener Brown for details. Thanks!
AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Wednesday Walkabouts How well do you know the neighborhoods that All Saints’ serves? No matter how often you drive through a place, you never see it the same way as when you walk it. This summer we’ll have evening Walkabouts in three parish neighborhoods: Stirling Main Street, Meyersville Circle, and Basking Ridge/Warren River Walk.
Each walk will last about 45 minutes, with a meal at a local restaurant afterwards to share fellowship and talk about what we have seen and learned. More details to come, but here are the dates. You are invited to come to one or all three! Questions? Speak to Jane Hayden, Hugh Wallace, or Afsaneh Thursfield.
June 20 – Stirling (dinner at Stirling Hotel)
July 5 – Meyerville Circle (dinner at Long Hill Tavern)
July 19 – Basking Ridge River Walk (dinner TBA)
And how well do you know your fellow Saints? Help us find out! In the Parish Hall we have street maps for Long Hill, Warren, and Basking Ridge. Please add a push pin to the maps for the places you live (red), play (purple), and spend money (green). If you live off the map, put in a pin in the general direction!
Bible Study – Wed, 10:15 am, in the Rath House. This week, 6/7, we are reading Esther, chapter 8. You are invited to join us! Bible study will continue until July 19th.
Gentle Yoga Class in July and August, taught by Lori Vigliotti. Thursdays, 2 pm, July 6, 20 and 27; Aug. 3, 10 17. Price is $15 per session payable on the day to Lori. This is for both men and women, and combines chair yoga with meditation! Each week is completely different. Invite your friends. For information speak to Louise Easton from the Christian Community, or call the Parish Office.
The Community Garden is on the back island of the parking lot. We have participants from the parish, the Christian Community, groups that meet in the Parish House, and neighbors – each with their own plot. It’s a great, visible way to connect with our neighborhood, as well having the joy of gardening – an idea of the Guiding Team. Any interested gardeners are welcome to a plot. To get started, speak to Jane Hayden.
6/19 Evening Prayer Church, 6:00 pm
Pilgrim Group Rath House, 7:00 pm
6/19 Vestry Rath House, 7:30 pm
6/20 Bible Study Rath House, 10:15 am
Walk-about Stirling, 6:30 pm
6/21 Holy Eucharist Church, 7:00 am
For a full schedule of our buildings check the website calendar www.allsaintsmillington.org.
As we travel and spend more time outdoors in the warmer weather, we have the opportunity to appreciate more of God’s creation – from the tiny honeybee to an incredible sunset. While the Episcopal Church for many years has embraced the study of science and the practice of faith, not all Christian traditions have done so. There is a recent organization called BioLogos that draws together faith and science in a particular way. Here is their mission statement: “BioLogos invites the church and the world to see the harmony between science and biblical faith as we present an evolutionary understanding of God's creation.”
Here is a short video from BioLogos that tells the story of creation and evolution and time with both Biblical and biological language. Take a look: https://youtu.be/ZqgnJ1GR8ms
Every creature, every plant,
every rock and grain of sand
proclaims the glory of its Creator,
worships through colour, shape,
scent and form.
A multi-sensory song of praise.
Creator God, may we join
with the whole of your creation,
in praising you, our Creator,
through the fragrance
and melody of our lives. Amen.
Read more at: http://www.faithandworship.com/creation_prayers.htm#ixzz4kD2pBYld
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