Welcome Sunday is this Sunday – the kick-off for our program year! Choirs, Sunday School, mid-week services all begin this week. And the best part is – we start with a party, our annual Hot Dog Picnic! There is more information below; please take a look. This is always a time when we welcome visitors and newcomers to All Saints’, and have the opportunity to greet fellow parishioners after summer travels.
One note of concern and request for assistance: This past week Frank McGrath was in a bicycle accident in New York – a hit-and-run while he commuting to Penn Station. His leg was broken in three places and required surgery. While he will be fine eventually, he has a lot of healing to do and will have to stay off his leg for six weeks. Please keep Frank and Bonnie in your
prayers. Frank has often been our Hot Dog Sunday griller, so we need two or three people to step up and
take over for this Sunday’s picnic. If you can do this, please e-mail or call me by Friday: 973-886-4119. Thanks!
Work on the parking lot is continuing, and will for several weeks. Please be careful as you walk in the parking lot. The ground is quite rough, and parking will continue to be tight. Thank you for your patience over the next few weeks.
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Welcome Sunday Hot Dog Picnic – This Sunday, September 8th at 11:15 am. We look forward to seeing old friends
and meeting new ones. Plan to bring a salad, side dish or dessert. See you there!
Dedication of the New Parish House Entryway and Open House - September 29th at 11 am. The Rev. Canon Greg
Jacobs from the diocese will be here to help us celebrate, and we will hold an Open House for our neighbors and friends.
Ice Cream Social – This Friday, September 6th at 7-8 pm on the Parish House lawn. All Sunday School kids, families and teachers! Come and greet one another after the summer, meet your teachers and see where your classrooms are, and make a name tag for Sunday School.
Sunday School starts this week – September 8! Pre-K-Grade 1 meets in Parish House-Lower Room; Grades 2-5 meet in the
Undercroft large classroom; Grades 6-8 in the Rath House living room; High School class meets (until after Rummage Sale) in the Undercroft-Rainbow room. Calendars are attached to this e-mail; there will also be some to pick up on the Narthex table, and registration forms for new families. And we are always happy to have parents who want to help with this ministry. Speak to Jackie Sullivan for more information 732-469-9116.
The Bible Challenge /Bible Study: Wednesday morning group meets at 10:15 am in the Rath House. The Wednesday evening group meets at 7:45 pm in the Rath House on the 2nd & 4th weeks, preceded by Evening Prayer at 7:15 pm. Where are we in our Bible Challenge? Today (9/5) is Day 207! The readings for today are Ecclesiastes 1-3, Psalm 19, and Philippians 4. If you’d like to jump in with either group, you are most welcome to do so. You may also follow this program on your own; there is an accompanying guide book available from Mother Vicki. No previous experience with Bible study needed!
Women’s Book Group meets on Wednesday, September 18th at 7:30 pm in the Rath House. We will be discussing The Beautiful Mystery, by Louise Penney. “An entire mystery novel centering on Gregorian chants (whose curiously hypnotic allure is called the “beautiful mystery”)? Yes, indeed, and in the hands of the masterful Penny, the topic proves every bit as able to transfix readers as the chants do their listeners.” — Booklist Hope to see you then; happy reading!
Welcome Sister Monica Clare who will be worshipping at All Saints’, in addition to being a member of the Community of St. John Baptist in Mendham. Sr. Monica Clare will sing in the choir and serve as a Eucharistic Visitor, along with Joyce Kulzer, assisting Mother Vicki in taking Communion to sick and home bound parishioners .Many of you remember when Sr. Eleanor Francis served here as a seminarian; Sr. Monica Clare’s role will be as a member of the congregation. She’d written a short bio to introduce herself:
I am originally from Georgia, where I was raised as a Southern Baptist. I
graduated from NYU with a degree in acting and moved to Los Angeles in 1989,
then got a job in movie advertising in 1991 to pay the bills. Twenty-two years
later, I was still working in advertising as a photo editor but I had given up
acting in the mid-nineties and started to pursue my true heart's desire since I
was a child - becoming a nun. I joined All Saints Episcopal Church in Beverly
Hills in 1999 and was confirmed as an Episcopalian in 2000, then started
visiting religious orders around the U.S. I became an Associate of the Sisters
of the Holy Nativity and visited their Retreat House in Santa Barbara twice a
year for many years, and I worked at All Saints Beverly Hills as a LEM,
Eucharistic Visitor, Acolyte, prayer team member, Alpha table leader and
discernment group leader. In 2010 I moved my membership to a smaller parish -
St. Alban's Westwood - and served as a LEM, Acolyte and choir member there. In
2009 I made my application to be a Sister at the Community of St. John Baptist
in Mendham and I spent the next couple of years getting out of debt so that I
could try my Vocation. I have been at CSJB since July 2012 and I was received as
a Novice on April 9, 2013. We’re glad you are here Sr. Monica Clare!
Adult Choir & Junior Choir start Thursday, September 5.
If you like to sing, please consider giving choir a try; newcomers are always welcome! Junior Choir is open to all boys and
girls in grade 3 and older. They meet weekly on Thursdays from 5:00-6:15pm to rehearse in the choir room in the Undercroft of the church. Adult Choir is open to all voice parts and practice on Thursdays from 7:30-9:00 pm. The show goes live on Sundays
at 10:00 am! For more information, email Dr. Jody: firstname.lastname@example.org
All God’s Children, our service for special needs kids and their families, will resume on Sunday, September 15th at 12
noon. We welcome the community to this non-denominational Christian service designed to engage children with Autism,
ADHD, ADD, Down syndrome or any other developmental, emotional or physical challenges. Please extend an invitation to those who might be interested; all are welcome! We also need help with the following things: being a greeter at the service, reading the Bible lesson, being a Communion minister, bringing gluten-free, sugar-free snacks. Sign up on the sheet in the Narthex to help. Contact Mother Vicki with questions.
Mid-Week Services – Evening Prayer, Wednesdays at 7:15 pm (2nd& 4th weeks); Eucharist and Healing Prayer, Thursdays at 7 am (followed by a light breakfast). Come for a mid-week faith boost!
Fun & Fundraising
RUMMAGE! The Rummage Sale is Saturday, September 21st.
Last day to drop off donations is September 15th. Let your neighbors and friends know—we’d love their treasures too! You can also drop off your donations after church on Sundays or Drop by during these times:
Monday 9/9 night from 7-9pm
Tuesday 9/10 2:00-3:30pm
Also: when the church office is open on Monday, Tuesday & Thursday mornings from 9am to 2pm.
The last drop off day is Sunday 9/15 from 10am-2:00pm
And if those dates don’t work, give Kimberly Celeste a call; she’ll set up a time that works for you!
Rummage - YES:
Toys, furniture, small appliances, house wares, holiday decorations, electronics, boutique items, wall art, yard/garden equipment…almost anything that is clean and in working order. Remember to pick up a charitable deduction receipt when you
Rummage - NO: Clothes, shoes, tires, children’s car seats, large tube TVs, VCR tapes, books for grown-ups.
Other ways to help - Please sign-up in the Narthex to help with sorting, pricing, baking, set up, food sale and cleaning up. Your time and help make this our most profitable fundraiser! Questions? Speak to Kimberly Celeste or Charlotte Davis.
Argyle Fish & Chips is Thursday, October 17th. Suzanne Traub and Betsy Wallace will co-chair this event. We aim to raise over $2000 this year; please help it be a success again this year. Look soon for a sign up for ways to help out. Hold the date and be sure to invite your friends and neighbors.
Call for Artists: All Saints’ Community Art Show – We welcome parish artists and their friends – adults and children – to exhibit at our second annual show on October 20th. Each artist may contribute 2 or 3 pieces in whatever medium they
choose; all artwork must be ready for hanging or presentation. There will be a nominal entry fee.
Please let Nancy Mink know if you are interested in participating: email@example.com
Our deliveries to the food pantry Food for Friends (at St. John’s, Dover) have continued throughout the summer. Thank you – your support has been critical! Please remember to pick up some non-perishables for the food barrel when you shop. Need some suggestions? Rice, beans, vegetables/fruit, Parmalaat milk, peanut butter, whole wheat crackers, pasta, cooking oil, dried fruit, canned tuna, soups, stews, juice boxes, etc.
We are looking for a new Clerk for the Vestry. The job entails taking the minutes at
monthly Vestry meetings (3rd Tuesdays of the month) and the Annual
Meeting, then e-mailing them to the Vestry. This is an important role. If you are interested, please speak to
Tom Day or Mother Vicki.
The front step and wheelchair ramp should be poured this coming week. We are nearing completion of the Belgium block curbing. Then the parking lot will be graded. Once that is finished the paving can be done, taking about two days. Parking will continue to be tight or scarce. Please carpool or park off-site and walk. We can’t wait to have a new parking lot to compliment the new addition!
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A prayer for the start of the school year:
At the beginning of this new school year
teach us to be
your hands and feet where we are,
At the beginning of this new school year
teach us to love
as you love us
At the beginning of this new school year
teach us to pray
for those in need
So that You are honoured and glorified. Amen
~ Annie Barnsdale, Supporting Schools Through Prayer, United Kingdom