Argyle’s Fish and Chips dinner is tonight (Oct. 16), 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Walk-in tickets still available at the door. $20 per adult/$10 for kids under age 12. Come enjoy this wonderful; community hospitality event!
And Nancy Mink still needs some help with Sunday’s Art Show. Please take a look at the entry below.
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Community Art Show, October 19, 3-6 pm, All Saints’ Parish Hall. Come and enjoy the art work of your neighbors, fellow parishioners, and friends. Painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, mixed media. This event is free and open to the public. Light snacks will be available. Drop in or stay for the whole time. It’s a wonderful way to spend part of your Sunday afternoon. Nancy Mink needs help with the following things: fall-type desserts/baked goods, bottles of wine , savory appetizers. Please respond to Nancy by Saturday morning if you can help. Food donations can be brought to Church Sunday morning. Speak to Nancy Mink for more information.
Advent Theater Production - Save the date for a performance of The Other Wise Man, Friday, Dec. 5. It’s a Christmas tale in which a fourth Wise Man goes in search of the Christ Child, but at every turn encounters people in great need. Written by Henry Van Dyke, it has been adapted for the stage by William Ward, specifically for All Saints’. This costumed reading by professional actors will take place in the Church. Proceeds will benefit North Porch, which provides emergency supplies to babies and toddlers.
Trunk or Treat – All Saints’ very own Hallowe’en/All Hallows’ Eve celebration! Sunday School kids wear their costumes, and adults provide Hallowe’en treats. The kids trick-or-treat from car to car in the parking lot, and we have refreshments outside on Sunday, October 26 at 11:15 am. Please sign up in the Narthex to participate – kids and adults!
Coffee Hour hosts needed for Sundays after the 10 am service. What do you need to do? Provide sweet and/or savory snacks, juice, hot water for tea, and coffee. Instructions are available and John McGrath can walk you through a demo! Coffee Hour is a wonderful time to meet and greet fellow parishioners and newcomers. Please sign up on the sheet in the narthex.
Women’s Book Group meets Wednesday, November 19 at 7:30 pm in the Rath House. The book for discussion will be Love Anthony by Lisa Genova, a neuroscientist and novelist. Te book is a story about Autism and unconditional love. Come for a fun evening of friendship and discussion.
Wednesday Bible Study Group, 10:15-11:30 am in the Rath House. This fall we are reading the Gospel of John. Newcomers to Bible reading are welcomed and encouraged. We’ll provide you with a Bible if you need one. Come and try us out! Questions? Speak to Mother Vicki.
WORSHIP and MUSIC
Bell Choir for All Saints’ Sunday – anyone interested in ringing for All Saints’ should sign up on the sheet in the Narthex. The rehearsal schedule will be worked out when we see who is participating. Questions? Speak to Alison Siener Brown.
All God’s Children, this Sunday at noon - our monthly service for special needs kids and their families, meets the third Sunday of each month. 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! Contact Mother Vicki for more information.
All Saints’ Sunday, November 2 is our parish feast day. As always, we will begin both services with the chanting of the Necrology, the names of members of the parish and other loved ones who have died in the past year, and those you wish to have remembered. Please e-mail or call the Parish Office by October 27 with the names of those to be included in this year’s prayer.
Altar Guild is the ministry group that sets up the altar for worship and cares for the linens, vessels, etc. Members serve on a team once a month, and for special services. New members are welcome and encouraged. In particular, the Altar Guild is looking for someone to oversee maintaining our stock of candles (ordering, replacing, cleaning the candlesticks and processional torches). If you are interested or want more information please speak to Liz Gorny.
Save the date! December 7 at 4 pm we’ll have a festive Advent Evensong to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Mother Vicki’s ordination to the priesthood, followed by a Parish Pot-Luck Supper. Put the date on your calendar now.
Stewardship materials for 2015 were sent out this past Thursday. Please look for the letter, FAQ, and pledge card. Your support is vital to funding the mission and ministry here at All Saints’. We hope that you will prayerfully consider how you will do this, and then return your pledge card by Sunday, November 2. Thank you.
Knitting for Seafarers All Saints’ has a dedicated group of volunteers who knit scarves and caps for Seamen’s Church Institute’s Christmas-at-Sea ministry. If you are interested in knitting for this ministry, please speak to Janet Mansfield. She can give you directions and yarn, and then you work on the project on your own time. Your gift will help keep a seafarer warm this winter!
PARISH CALENDAR THIS WEEK
Tues 10/21 Vestry 7:30 pm, Rath House
Wed 10/22 Bible Study 10:15 am, Rath House
Thur 10/23 HE & Healing Prayer 7:00 am, Church
Choir (kids) 5:00 pm, Church
Choir (adults) 7:30 pm, Church
And be sure to check our full on-line calendar on the parish website www.allsaintsmillington.org.
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For All the Saints – The people being remembered today (Oct. 16) are Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley, Bishops and Martyrs, 1555.
“Hugh Latimer was the outstanding English preacher of the Reformation. His sermons against ecclesiastical abuses led to several trials for heresy, but no proof could be established against his orthodoxy. Latimer was little interested in the refinements of doctrine; his zeal was concentrated on the moral life of Christian clergy and people.
Born of yeoman stock about 1490 in Leicestershire, Latimer graduated from Clare College, Cambridge, and became a Fellow in 1510. Though a conservative, he was attracted to the new currents of reform stemming from the Continental Reformation of the 1520’s. King Henry VIII made him a royal chaplain in 1530, and five years later appointed him to the See of Worcester, a position he relinquished in 1539 in opposition to the king’s reactionary policies against the
progress of the Reformation. In the reign of Edward VI, Latimer became prominent again as a preacher, but he refused to resume his see. With the accession of Queen Mary in 1553 he was imprisoned, and on October 16, 1555, he was burned at the stake in Oxford alongside Bishop Nicholas Ridley.
Nicholas Ridley was born in Northumberland, and was educated at Pembroke College, Cambridge. While there he belonged to a circle of young men deeply attracted to the currents of reform inspired by the Continental Reformation. A supporter of Archbishop Cranmer’s reforming agenda, Ridley became the Archbishop’s Chaplain in 1537, and vicar of Herne, Kent, in 1538. He was chosen Master of Pembroke in 1540, and chaplain to Henry VIII and Canon of Canterbury in 1541. Two years later he was acquitted of a charge of heresy. Early in the reign of Edward VI, Ridley was made Bishop of Rochester and participated with Cranmer in the preparation of the first Book of Common Prayer. He was translated to the See of London in 1550, where he was a strong advocate for and administrator of the principles of the Reformation. His unwillingness to recant of his Protestant theology and his opposition to the accession of Queen Mary led to his condemnation and his execution at the side of Bishop Latimer.” ~ Holy Women, Holy Men.
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Prayer for Autumn Days ~ Author Unknown
God of the seasons, there is a time for everything; there is a time for dying and a time for rising. We need courage to enter into the transformation process.
God of autumn, the trees are saying goodbye to their green, letting go of what has been. We, too, have our moments of surrender, with all their insecurity and risk. Help us to let go when we need to do so.
God of fallen leaves lying in colored patterns on the ground, our lives have their own patterns. As we see the patterns of our own growth, may we learn from them.
God of misty days and harvest moon nights, there is always the dimension of mystery and wonder in our lives. We always need to recognize your power-filled presence. May we gain strength from this.
God of harvest wagons and fields of ripened grain, many gifts of growth lie within the season of our surrender. We must wait for harvest in faith and hope. Grant us patience when we do not see the blessings.
God of geese going south for another season, your wisdom enables us to know what needs to be left behind and what needs to be carried into the future. We yearn for insight and vision.
God of flowers touched with frost and windows wearing white designs, may your love keep our hearts from growing cold in the empty seasons.
God of life, you believe in us, you enrich us, you entrust us with the freedom to choose life. For all this, we are grateful.