Alleluia. Christ is risen. The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia! Here are this week’s announcements:
- Team Saints Treasure Hunt (Fellowship)
- Argyle Fish & Chips (Fun & Fundraising)
- Rummage Sale Meeting (Fun & Fundraising)
- Reception for Bishop & Reflection Questions (Parish Visitation)
THIS THURSDAY! Spring Fish & Chips by Argyle of Kearny, April 26 – 5:30-7:30 pm. This is our spring fund-raiser, and we’ll need a variety of help: setting up tables, decorating, selling tickets, making up plates, serving, working the door, making desserts & drinks, clean-up. There is a sign-up poster in the Narthex. Tickets $18 for adults/$9 for kids. Ticket Sellers this Sunday after Church – 8 am: Sue Traub; 10 am: Laurie Gaulke. Or call the Parish Office 908-647-0067. Jackie Sullivan is the person to see with questions or to volunteer.
Rummage Sale Meeting: Sunday April 22, during Coffee Hour. Our first organizational meeting for pricers/sorters and anyone interested in rummage! The Sale is September 29; Collection begins on August 5 (aka ‘The First Sunday of Rummage’). Questions? Speak to Kimberly Celeste.
Seek and ye shall find; Ask and it shall be given: Team All Saints’ Treasure Hunt; Saturday, May 5th. Team up with family, friends, fellow parishioners, or neighbors and head out to find, collect and discover our community! All ages welcome. How does this work?
1. Form a team of 2 to 5 people to work together.
2. Sign up your team on the poster in the Narthex; also write down what munchies you’ll bring to the party.
3. Pick up Treasure Hunt clues at church on Sunday, April 29 (if you can’t be in church to get your clues, we’ll leave an envelope with your name on it in the Narthex).
4. During the week collect all the items, information, and artifacts on your list. Each clue will help you get to know our local community better.
5. On Saturday May 5th at 4 pm gather in the Parish Hall to share what was discovered and collected. We’ll celebrate the winners, enjoy some delicious munchies, and award some prizes! Questions? Speak to Laurie Gaulke or Suzanne Kosempel.
Soup for All Seasons - Home-made Potato/Leek soup and Chicken Noodle soup is available in the Parish Hall freezer for purchase ($3/pint, $5/quart). If you have a family member or neighbor who is ill or shut-in, feel free to take them soup as an outreach. And if you would like to gather with others to help make soup, please see Barbara Barbeau.
Veterans Community Dinner, possibly May 19 at 5:30 pm - Vets and their families from our local community and from the V.A. in Lyons will be invited for fellowship, conversation, and friendship...and a wonderful home-cooked meal in All Saints' Parish House at no charge. How can you help? Set up, clean up, serving, cooking (side dishes, salads, desserts). And please get the word out and invite any Vets you know! A sign-up sheet for volunteering will go out soon. This ministry is a partnership with our friends in the Christian (Catholic) Community. For more information speak to Kerrie Stepko.
Bible Study/Adult Christian Ed meets weekly at 10:15 am in the Rath House. All are welcome – those new to Bible reading and those with long-time experience. We are currently reading and discussing Inwardly Digest: The Prayer Book as Guide to a Spiritual Life, by Derek Olsen. Hope to see you there!
Save the Dates – Sun., June 24 – Thur., June 28 for Vacation Bible Camp: “Wizards and Wonders –A Hero’s Journey with Harry Potter.” This will be an inter-generational experience for kids, adults, and families...and at a new time: 6:00-8:30 pm (Sun-Thu), starting with a simple dinner. This is something to invite friends and neighbors to. Look for more info soon!
Bishop Mark Beckwith will visit us on Sunday, May 13 (yes, we know it is Mother’s Day). He will be the celebrant and preacher at the 10 am service, and at the Peace he will also have a children’s homily. During Coffee Hour he will lead an Adult Forum (child care will be provided), after which Bishop Beckwith will meet with the Vestry and deputies to Diocesan Convention.
The Coffee Hour will be a festive reception/lunch. Please sign up to bring finger foods – sandwiches, appetizers, fruit, cheese & crackers, cookies, etc.
Bishop Beckwith has asked us to be thinking ahead of time about the following questions:
- What do you do as a congregation that Jesus would recognize and love?
- What is your congregation’s purpose?
- What are your challenges? What gets in the way of living out your mission?
- What would you like to ask me or want me to know so that the Diocese can be of assistance in supporting your mission and ministry?
The election for our new Bishop will take place on Saturday, May 19, at St. Peter’s, Morristown starting at 9 am. The deputies from All Saints’ are the people who will vote in the election: Tom Day, Jean Kimak, and Ellen Lewis; as well as Mother Vicki. The deputies vote according to their conscience and (we hope and pray!) the prompting of the Holy Spirit. However, it will be very helpful for them to hear from each of you. Please read the statements of each of the three candidates: the Rev. Carlye Hughes; the Rev. Lisa Hunt; the Rev. Canon Scott Slater. Please also consider attending one of the “walk-abouts” on May 4, 5, and 6 - public meetings to hear from all the candidates and ask questions. Look at the diocesan website for details: www.dioceseofnewark.org. And then talk with one or more of the deputies from All Saints’. Here are their email addresses: Tom Day email@example.com; Jean Kimak firstname.lastname@example.org; Ellen Lewis email@example.com. Your input and prayers are important!
AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD
The Long Hill Township Robotics Team will hold a fundraising concert here at All Saints’ on Sunday, May 6 at 4:30 pm. Students from the team will perform on a variety of instruments. The money raised will help send them to the World Robotics Competition, representing New Jersey! Please come and support these talented students from our community!
4/23 Communion Class Undercroft, 4:00 pm
Pilgrim Group Rath House, 7:00 pm
4/24 District 3 Clergy Lower Room Parish House, 10:00 am
4/25 Bible Study Rath House, 10:15 am
4/26 Holy Eucharist Church, 7:00 am
Junior Choir Choir Room, 5:15 pm
Fish & Chips Parish House, 5: 30-7:30 pm
Adult Choir Choir Room, 7:30 pm
For a full schedule of our buildings check the website calendar www.allsaintsmillington.org.
Praying the Collects
The Collects or the compact, single sentence prayers that “collect” the prayers and attention of the congregation, and touch on one or more of the themes in the readings for a given Sunday; there’s one for every Sunday of the year; and for saints’ days and other holy days, also.
There are other Collects that have a particular focus, for example: the Collect for Purity (in the Eucharist, which asks God to make us ready for worship); the Collects for Peace, or Guidance (in Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer).
A standard collect has five components (the examples are from the Collect for Purity):
- An Address (Almighty God)
- A Relative Clause, descriptive of the Person of the Trinity to whom the prayer is addressed (to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid)
- A Petition – what we are asking for (Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit)
- The Effect (that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name)
- The Doxology, which means “praise” (through Christ our Lord). Everyone joins in the Amen, which means “Yes; I agree; So be it.”
The Collect of the Day, i.e. for the main Sunday service, is a wonderful vehicle for daily prayer and meditation. These Collects are found in the Prayer Book beginning on pages 159 or 211. If you pray these Collects throughout the year in a focused, intentional way, they can help to shape our character and behavior as Christians.
This week’s offering is the Collect for the Fourth Sunday in Easter:
O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people;
Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who
calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with
you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever
and ever. Amen. ~ BCP, page 225
Easter blessings, Vicki+