This weekend is Labor Day weekend – back to school and work and the regular routine for most of us. It also marks the start of the program year here at All Saints’: choirs, Sunday School, mid-week worship. If you are travelling over the weekend, I hope it will be a safe and relaxing time. If you are home for the weekend, think about cleaning out the garage, basement, playroom for anything that could go in our Rummage Sale! At worship on Sunday we’ll have birthday and anniversary prayers for September. Wherever you are this weekend, please remember to give thanks to God for the opportunity and ability to work, rest, and play; and pray for those who are out of work, under-employed, or are seeking better opportunities, that their gifts and talents may be used wisely and well to sustain themselves and their families, and in service to others.
This week’s announcements are below. Please look particularly at:
· Rummage Sale Collection Times – Fun & Fundraising
· Choirs Starting – Worship and Music
· Sunday School – Formation
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FUN & FUNDRAISING
The Rummage Sale We are coming to the home stretch! The last day for collection is September 13. Please gather your things, tell your friends and neighbors, and drop your items off in the Parish House on the schedule below:
Sun. during refreshments after worship (about 11:15-12:30)
Tues. 6:30-8 pm
Wed. 6:30-9 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, Tuesday & Thursday. What other help do we need? Bakers for the bake sale table, contributions of chili for the food table, people to work various shifts on the day. Please sign up on the poster in the Narthex! Thanks for all your support. Sale date is Sept. 19. Got 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....or reply to this e-mail. 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-or reply to this e-mail. Friends are welcome, too!
WORSHIP and MUSIC
Choirs Start this Week, Thursday, Sept. 10
Junior Choir, Grade 2 and older, Thursdays 5:15-6:30 pm
Small Saints Choir, K/Grade 1, Thursdays 5:15-5:45 pm
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 program 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 is open to anyone in the parish and wider community who likes to sing. Don’t think you know much about music? No worries ~ learning about music and how to sing is part of the program! We rehearse Thursdays at 7:30 pm and would love to have you sing with us in a fun and supportive group. Interested? Please speak to Alison Siener Brown, Director of Music.
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/
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 soon.
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.
Food Pantry Update – We are moving forward with getting the storage area in the Parish House ready and inspected for the contents of the take-out bags for the homeless. Once that is completed we will also be able to start the new donation system for needy people who have cooking facilities. In the meantime, please continue your contributions of non-perishable food items to go be taken to the food pantry at St. John’s in Dover. Thank you!
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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9/7 Labor Day Parish Office closed
9/8 Finance Committee 7:30 pm, Rath House
9/9 Bible Study 10:15 am Rath House
9/10 Holy Eucharist 7:00 am Church
Small Saints Choir & Junior Choir
5:15 pm Choir Room
Adult Choir 7:30 pm Choir Room
For a full schedule of our buildings check the website calendar www.allsaintsmillington.org.
Parish Office Hours: 9:30 am-4:00 pm, Mon., Tues., Thu.
Rector’s Sabbath day: Friday
FOR ALL THE SAINTS
September 9, Constance, Nun, and Her Companions, died 1878 Commonly called “The Martyrs of Memphis”
In August, 1878, Yellow Fever invaded the city of Memphis for the third time in ten years. By the month’s end the disease had become epidemic and a quarantine was ordered. While 30,000citizens had fled in terror, 20,000more remained to face the pestilence. As cases multiplied, death tolls averaged 200 daily. When the worst was over ninety percent of the population had contracted the Fever; more than 5,000 people had died.
In that time of panic and flight, many brave men and women, both lay and cleric, remained at their posts of duty or came as volunteers to assist despite the terrible risk. Notable among these heroes were Constance, Superior of the work of the Sisters of St. Mary in Memphis, and her Companions. The Sisters had come to Memphis in 1873, at Bishop Quintard’s request, to found a Girls School adjacent to St. Mary’s Cathedral. When the 1878epidemic began, George C. Harris, the Cathedral Dean, and Sister Constance immediately organized relief work among the stricken. Helping were six of Constance’s fellow Sisters of St. Mary; Sister Clare from St. Margaret’s House, Boston; the Reverend Charles C. Parsons, Rector of Grace and St. Lazarus Church, Memphis; and the Reverend Louis S. Schuyler, assistant at Holy Innocents, Hoboken. The Cathedral group also included three physicians, two of whom were ordained Episcopal priests, the Sisters’ two matrons, and several volunteer nurses from New York. They have ever since been known as “The Martyrs of Memphis,” as have those of other Communions who ministered in Christ’s name during this time of desolation.
The Cathedral buildings were located in the most infected region of Memphis. Here, amid sweltering heat and scenes of indescribable horror, these men and women of God gave relief to the sick, comfort to the dying, and homes to the many orphaned children. Only two of the workers escaped the Fever. Among those who died were Constance, Thecla, Ruth and Frances, the Reverend Charles Parsons and the Reverend Louis Schuyler. The six martyred Sisters and priests are buried at Elmwood Cemetery. The monument marking the joint grave of Fathers Parsons and Schuyler bears the inscription: “Greater Love Hath No Man.” The beautiful High Altar in St. Mary’s Cathedral, Memphis, is a memorial to the four Sisters.~ Holy Women, Holy Men
Question for reflection: When someone else has a crisis or a calamity, what is your first instinct? Do you turn toward that person, or away? If you turn toward, do you take the time to assess whether you will be of help or hindrance – given your capabilities, training, etc.? (i.e. not everyone can be a first responder). If your first instinct is to turn away, do you ever reconsider and turn around? Even if you cannot provide physical, material or financial aid, can you and do you offer your time and effort in prayer?
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A Collect for Labor Day
Lord Jesus, we give thanks for work, and for the many works you have given us to do. Hear our prayers on this day of rest, and strengthen us for the week ahead. We pray that you would be present with those who work by day, and those who work by night; those who work near, and those whose work carries them far away; and we pray for those who in this uncertain time have no job. We pray all of this knowing that your labors on our behalf never cease, and that your yoke is easy, and your burden is light. Amen. ~ The Rev. Rick Morley, St. Mark’s, Basking Ridge
For the Unemployed
Heavenly Father, we remember before you those who suffer want and anxiety from lack of work. Guide the people of this land so to use our public and private wealth that all may find suitable and fulfilling employment, and receive just payment for their labor; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.~ BCP p. 824