I am back from vacation, and it’s been good to see some of you over the last two days, and I look forward to seeing others as we get closer to the start of school and end of vacations. I hope your summer has gone well, and that you are able to savor the last beautiful weeks.
In our worship this Sunday we will have prayers for August birthdays and anniversaries, since we missed them at the beginning of the month.
September and the start of the new program year are always filled with hope and the feeling of a fresh start. As you begin your fall routine, ask God to help you evaluate the way you use your time. Besides being productive, are you able to experience joy? Do you feel God’s presence interwoven throughout your day and week, even when you have to be busy? Is there some deeper connection that your heart yearns for? Offer these things to God, and see what priorities the Lord puts in your heart and mind.
This week’s announcements are below. Please look particularly at:
· Rummage Sale Collection Times– Fun & Fundraising
· Summer Choir This Week– Worship and Music
· Bible Study– Formation
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FUN & FUNDRAISING
The Rummage Sale Collection. Please bring your good, clean, useable items: toys, kitchen wares, boutique items, lawn & garden, tools, furniture, small electronics, lamps, linens & bedding, etc. What don’t we take? Tube TVs, cribs, tires, books for grown-ups, clothes/shoes, anything that is broken and belongs in the trash! You can drop off at the upper doors of the Parish House (facing Church Road) during the following times this week:
Sun. 12-2 pm
Tues. 6:30-8 pm
Wed. 6:30-8 pm
Thur. 6:30-8 pm
You may also drop off items during office hours by contacting the Parish Office first, 9:30 am-4 pm, Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday.
Sale date is Sept. 19. Can you help? Have questions? Speak to Kimberly Celeste.
Welcome Sunday Hot Dog Picnic – Sunday, Sept. 13, 11:15 on the Parish House lawn. We provide hot dogs, rolls, and drinks. You bring a side dish, salad, or dessert. Sign up on the sheet in the Narthex to let us know you are coming and what you can bring. Come and greet your fellow Saints...and meet some new ones!
Sunday School Ice Cream Social, Fri. Sept. 11@7 pm. This is a fun event to get together with friends, classmates and teachers before Sunday School begins. There’s a sign-up sheet in the Narthex. Friends are welcome, too!
WORSHIP and MUSIC
Summer Choir – This Sunday, August 30. Show up at 9:15 am to rehearse the anthem and then sing for the 10 am service. This will be a great time to “try on” choir – either for the day or as an intro to next fall.
Sunday Child Care is always available in the Nursery in the Church Undercroft (downstairs) during the 10 am service. The summer staff Nursery schedule is posted on the door. There are toys, books, games, etc. in a warm and caring environment, with Legos, & Lincoln Logs for older kids in the large classroom. Children in Grade 1 and older are expected to join their families at the Peace for Communion (on Communion Sundays). The Sunday School bell will ring when it is time to come upstairs.
Mid-Week Worship begins again on Thursday, September 10 at 7:00 am. Gather in the Church for a simple celebration of Holy Eucharist. Healing Prayer is available. Stay for a light breakfast in the Rath House, if you wish. A great start to your day, connecting with God and others.
Music for Kids – as you look to September, please keep these opportunities in mind for your children:
Junior Choir, Grade 2 and older, Thursdays 5:15 – 6:30 pm
Small Saints Choir, K/Grade 1, Thursdays 5:15 -5:45 pm ***NEW***
Both groups learn the basics of music and singing through games, activities, instruments and songs. They become part of a supportive community, make friends, and have fun.
Junior Choir sings at the 10 am Sunday service weekly.
Small Saints Choir sings at 10 am once a month.
The choir program starts on September 10 and meets in the Choir Room (lower level of the Church). Small Saints singers can be supervised until 6:30 pm if they have older siblings in Junior Choir.
Adult Choir Do you love to sing in the shower? in the car? Do you want to learn to sing better? Learn more about music? All Saints’ Adult Choir is all of that….and more! We serve God and our parish, and have fun in a loving and supportive community. Rehearsals are Thursdays at 7:30 pm (starting in September) and we sing Sundays at 10 am. We’d love to have you and a friend or neighbor sing love to have with us. Interested? Please speak to Alison Siener Brown.
Acolytes Needed to assist with Sunday worship. High School and Middle School students who are interested in serving in this ministry should speak to Janice Lettieri.
Musikgarten classes for children from birth through age 8 are also available at All Saints’ under the auspices of Music in the Somerset Hills. They are taught by Alison Siener Brown. For classes, registration, and fees, please go to http://musicsh.org/musikgarten/
Sunday School for age 3 through 8th grade starts again on September 13. You can pick up a Sunday School registration form and preliminary schedule on the table in the Narthex. We always need volunteer teachers and helpers. For more info e-mail the parish office: email@example.com.
Confirmation Class for youth in Grades 9 & 10 will begin in October and meet two Sundays a month after coffee hour (most likely on the 2nd and 4th Sundays). The class will be taught by Mother Vicki. The service of Confirmation will then take place in April at the Cathedral in Newark. Older teens who have not yet been Confirmed may also be included in this class. More information will be coming at the end of August.
Adults wishing to be Confirmed or formally Received into the Episcopal Church by Bishop Beckwith next April should let Mother Vicki know of their interest and a group will be formed to meet several times in preparation for the rite.
Bible Study - Wed., 10:15-11:30 am in the Rath House. This week we’ll read and discuss Achsah, Deborah, and Jael, pages 113-125 in Bible Women, All Their Words and Why They Matter. We are always happy to have new people join the group. Questions? Speak to Mother Vicki.
Women's Book Group is on break for August. We’ll meet again September 16. The book for discussion will be All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr.
Buildings and Grounds – over the summer a number of projects in All Saints’ buildings have been completed.
· The rusting, leaking cellar doors to the Rath House (Bilco doors) have been repaired and painted.
· Energy efficient LED light bulbs and dimmer switches have been installed in the church Nave.
· The old halogen light fixtures around the church exterior have been replaced with new, more efficient LED fixtures and bulbs that are on photo-sensitive timers.
· New wrought iron benches were purchased for the front lawn of the Church and Parish House.
· The new food pantry storage in the Parish House is underway.
Thanks to everyone who was involved in making these happen!
Have you liked our parish Facebook page? There’s always an inspirational thought, prayer, photo, sometimes a short article, and also some parish information and news from the Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion. Share pictures of parish events, too! You can find us at “All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Millington, NJ.”
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9/2 Bible Study, 10:15 am Rath House
For a full schedule of our buildings check the website calendar .
Parish Office Hours: 9:30 am-4:00 pm, Mon., Tues., Thu.
Rector’s Sabbath day: Friday
FOR ALL THE SAINTS
August 27, Thomas Gallaudet, d. 1902 & Henry Winter Syle, d. 1890
"Ministry to the deaf in the Episcopal Church begins with Thomas Gallaudet. Without his genius and zeal for the spiritual well-being of deaf persons, it is improbable that a history of ministry to the deaf in the Episcopal Church could be written. He has been called “The Apostle to the Deaf.”
Gallaudet was born June 3, 1822, in Hartford, the eldest son of Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, founder of the West Hartford School for the Deaf, whose wife, Sophia, was a deaf-mute. After graduating from Trinity College, Hartford, Thomas announced his intention of being confirmed and becoming a priest in the Episcopal Church. His father prevailed upon him to postpone a final decision, and to accept a teaching position in the New York Institution for Deaf-Mutes. There he met and married Elizabeth Budd, a deaf-mute. Gallaudet was ordained deacon in 1850 and served his diaconate at St. Stephen’s Church, where he established a Bible class for deaf persons.
Ordained a priest in 1851, Gallaudet became Assistant at St. Ann’s Church, where he conceived a plan for establishing a church that would be a spiritual home for deaf people. This became a reality the following year, with the founding of St. Ann’s Church for Deaf-Mutes. The congregation was able to purchase a church building in 1859, and it became a center for missionary work to the deaf. As a result of this ministry, mission congregations were established in many cities. Gallaudet died on August 27, 1902.
One fruit of Gallaudet’s ministry was Henry Winter Syle, who had lost his hearing as the result of scarlet fever. Educated at Trinity; St. John’s, Cambridge; and Yale (B.A. and M.A.); Syle was a brilliant student, who persisted in his determination to obtain an education, despite his handicap and fragile health. He was encouraged by Gallaudet to seek Holy Orders, and, having moved to Philadelphia, was supported by Bishop Stevens, against the opposition of many who believed that the impairment of one of the senses was an impediment to ordination. Syle was ordained in 1876, the first deaf person to receive Holy Orders in this Church. In 1888, he built the first Episcopal church constructed especially for deaf persons. He died on January 6, 1890. ~ Holy Women, Holy Men
Question for reflection: If you have experienced some physical impairment, either temporary or permanent, has it changed the way you experience God or the world? What insight or learning did you gain from it?
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through the resurrection of your Son,
help us to face the future with courage and assurance,
knowing that nothing in death or life
can ever part us from your love.
Jesus, we believe you; all we have heard is true.
You break the bread; we recognize you.
You are the fire that burns within us.
Use us to light the world. ~ A Prayer Book for New Zealand