Happy Easter! I hope that you all had a day full of blessing with friends or family. Thank you to all who made our Holy Week and Easter services so beautiful and inspiring – choirs, altar guild, office staff and volunteers, acolytes, LEMs, Lectors, everyone who came and worshiped, and everyone who prayed behind the scenes for our worship to touch hearts and minds and souls.
It is still Easter…and will be until Pentecost on June 12! So it is still the season of resurrection and new life.
Many of you may have seen all or part of the Royal Wedding. Apart from the excitement, glamour and pageantry of the day it was a service of worship in one of the most venerable churches in the Anglican Communion, and Prince William will one day be not only the King of England, but also head of the Church of England and will hold the title “Defender of the Faith,” as has every British monarch back to Henry VIII. Every wedding is an opportunity for all couples to renew their vows, and the Bishop of London’s sermon on marriage was very fine. Copies of it are available in the Narthex at Church. You can also read it online here: http://www.london.anglican.org/NewsShow_14548 .
Sunday at 11:15 is the Gala Kick-off Brunch for the Parking Lot Challenge. Please come and bring finger food: sandwiches, cheese and crackers, fruit salad, cookies, etc. This will be a fun and informative event. You’ll hear a few brief words from the parish leadership, the choir will sing a piece by contemporary composer (and NJ resident) Mark Miller, and commitment cards to support the parking lot project will be distributed. And we’ll have a good time socializing with friends and fellow parishioners! We hope everyone will be able to come to this event!
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Fish and Chips is Almost Here – Order Your Tickets Now! The dinner is Thursday, May 5, Eat-in or Take-Out. Two Seatings: 5:30 pm & 6:30 pm. $13 per person/$6.50 for kids under 12 (at the door prices are $14/$7). Ordering before Monday will help us give an accurate count to Argyle’s. You can e-mail or call the office if you need an order form. And we still need helpers, especially middle school/high school kids to help serve, even for part of the time. We also need dessert bakers. If you can do either of these things and have not yet let us know, please speak to Kimberly Celeste, Mother Vicki, or resply to this e-mail.
Communion Classes for children in Grades 1 or 2. May 3, 10 and 17 at 4 pm in the Rath House. This is an important part of our children’s Christian education. They will then be recognized on June 5 at the 10 am service for completing the class. To enroll your child please speak to Mother Vicki.
Women’s Book Group May 27 at 7:30 in the Rath House. This month’s book is Loving Frank, by Nancy Horan. It’s a fictionalized account of the relationship between Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Borthwick. Come for an evening of good conversation and fellowship.
And at last: the All Saints' Men’s Group!Saturday,May 7, 8-9 am in the Parish House. Come share coffee, doughnuts and an hour of fellowship on Saturday before the weekend to-do list kicks in! Questions? Speak to John McGrath.
Community Forum: Raising Spiritually Healthy Kids – Wednesday, May 18, 7:30-9 pm in the Parish Hall. The presenters will be Vicki McGrath and Beth Sciaino. Come for inspiration and conversation on your parenting journey. The approach to the evening will be open to parents of all faith commitments – not just Christian, and not just Episcopalian. Bring a friend or family member.
Bunco! Friday evening, May 20 in the Parish Hall. It’s a fun and easy dice game that you can play while you socialize. $20 donation, with proceeds going to All Saints’. Reserve your spot now, as space is limited. Contact Nancy Mink or Wendy DiSarno with questions.
Beth’s Ordination as a Deacon – June 4! Our seminarian Beth Sciaino will be ordained as a transitional deacon (last step before priesthood) on June 4 at 10 am in Trinity and St. Phillip’s Cathedral in Newark – and we are all invited. Plan to come and support Beth – and wear something red!
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The Christian is not therefore the person who has accepted a particular set of theories about the universe but the person who lives by the power of the joy that is laid bare in the event of the resurrection of Jesus. To be baptized ‘into’ Christ is to be given a lasting connection with joy.
- Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, from his Easter 2011 sermon