A Happy Labor Day weekend to you all! This Sunday is the first Sunday of the month, and we will be adding birthday and anniversary prayers back into our worship – at both 10 am and 5 pm. If you have a birthday or some other special anniversary in September, please join us for a special prayer. Also, at this week’s 5 pm service we’ll have a Blessing of the Backpacks for students and teachers. Whether you will be going to school in-person, virtually, or in some hybrid plan, come and have your school bag and yourself blessed!
Here are this week’s announcements, especially:
- Sunday Worship Link & Bulletin Attachment
- Sunday In-person Evening Prayer & Registration Link
- Rummage/Thrift Pop-up Shop
- Food Ministry
- Family Faith Formation
Worship: Sunday 10 am Morning Prayer. You are invited to join us on Zoom. Please send an e-mail to email@example.com and we will be happy to send you the log-in. If you know someone in the parish or even a neighbor or friend who does not have a computer, smart phone, or tablet to get on-line, but would appreciate having an audio phone-link for the Sunday service, please share the number above with them.
Worship: Outdoor In-Person Service - Sunday 9/6 at 5 pm (weather permitting), reservations required. We gather on the side lawn (between the Church and the parking lot). Bring a lawn chair, the copy of the service leaflet (on the website www.allsaintsmillington.org) or your own Book of Common Prayer, your mask, and maybe some bug spray.
If you are interested in attending, please read the guidelines on our website (http://www.allsaintsmillington.org/uploads/1/2/5/1/1251925/outdoor_worship_at_all_saints_gudelines.pdf) before making a reservation here: https://reopen.church/r/bloP83YN. Our outdoor worship will continue to adapt and evolve as we evaluate the experience. And of course, we look forward to the time in the future when we can all gather for worship as a parish in person and safely!
Worship: Compline & Livestreaming – some of you join us for our daily time of prayer on Facebook Live each evening at 9:30 pm. It has developed into a wonderful community of prayer and support, both for parishioners and for those far from our community. We know that part of our next steps as a parish is to be able to reliably livestream worship from the Church building for those who must remain at home, even once we are ready to have a congregation in the building (current state guidelines are for 25% capacity). To move in that direction, we have a new livestreaming camera, and we gave it a test run this past week by streaming Compline in the Church, rather than at home. The video is posted to our website and the parish YouTube Channel; take a look! https://youtu.be/Hx9xkp0D6cc
All Saints Rummage: Pop-up Thrift Store – our thrift shop is in full swing with receiving items, sorting, and pricing in the Parish Hall. Thank you to everyone who has been working so hard to make this come together. To donate, make an appointment with Kimberly Celeste firstname.lastname@example.org or Bonnie Stocker email@example.com. Please let your friends and neighbors know. We’ll be ready to go live in person (by appointment) and on-line soon! Thank you to our Rummage Team for their creativity and resourcefulness!
Sunday School/Family Faith Formation – since kids can’t yet come to Sunday School, Sunday School materials are coming to you! Activity sheets connected to each Sunday’s Bible readings have been mailed home for each child in the family. This is a great opportunity for parents and kids to talk together about Scripture readings and the way they intersect with our faith and our daily lives.
Bible Study meets Wednesdays at 10:15 am. We are studying parts of the Book of Psalms in the Old Testament – a central part of our worship and prayer life. If you haven’t been part of Bible study before, we’re always happy to have new people join us. We meet via Zoom. If you would like to participate or want more information, please e-mail Mother Vicki at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food Ministry – our Twelve Baskets food pantry has been in full swing this summer. We have been serving families and individuals in the Long Hill Township area in several different ways: with donated food from the wider community, items we have been able to purchase in large quantity from the Community FoodBank of New Jersey (with financial support from ShopRite, the Elks, and individuals), and direct donations of produce and bakery from ShopRite. In particular, we have some volunteers who have been making meal kits each week for the Vets in the Valley Brook apartments in Lyons, as well supplying them with basic items. Some of our FoodBank deliveries have been shared with the Pop-Up Food Pantry at St. Bernard’s in Bernardsville. Our reach has even extended to the Community of St. John Baptist. The Sisters’ income has been severely curtailed because they have not been able to open their Retreat House for guests and programs. Thank you to everyone who is a part of this much-needed ministry!
Christian Practices: A Prayer for Labor Day
Almighty God, whose Son Jesus Christ in his earthly life
shared our toil and hallowed our labor: Be present with your
people where they work; make those who carry on the industries
and commerce of this land responsive to your will; and give
to us all a pride in what we do, and a just return for our labor;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with
you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
~ A Collect for Commerce and Industry, BCP, p. 259