Mother Vicki will be away from Monday afternoon through Wednesday of this week (10/22-24) at the annual diocesan Clergy Conference at the Shawnee Inn in Shawnee, PA. If you have a pastoral emergency during that time, please call her cell phone at (973) 886-4119. This event is always part-continuing education, part-rest and relaxation, and part-time for the clergy and Bishop to meet together. This year we’ll be getting to know Bishop Carlye, and she’ll be getting to know us.
Here are the week’s announcements. In particular, please see:
- Service of Peace & Remembrance (Worship)
- All Saints' Day Necrology (Worship)
- Fish & Chips Dinner and Historical Society Show (Fun and Fundraising)
- Trunk or Treat (Parish Life)
- Service of Peace & Remembrance (Worship)
Argyle Fish ‘n Chips: November 1st - Dinner & a Show!
Fish and Chip Dinner from 5:30-7:30 pm.
“The Letter” Show at 7:30 pm
Plan to celebrate All Saints’ Day with a fish dinner, in the Parish Hall, and then go across to the street to the Church to enjoy a show! Fish 'n Chips tickets are $20 for adults/$10 for children (before 10/30); Walk-ins are $22/$11.
The Long Hill Historical Society will host The Letter with our own Laurie Gaulke. The Letter is a talk/one woman show about Mary Hudspeth Benson--one of All Saints’ founding members and a witness at the Lincoln assassination trial. The show is free and open to all. Come and invite a friend!
Sign up - Take a look at the Fish ‘n Chips board in the Narthex to see how you can help. We need volunteers to set up the room, sell tickets, work the doors, make up plates, bake desserts, serve the meals, and clean up. Invite your friends and neighbors, and get ready for a fun evening! Tickets are available in the Parish Office. Speak to Jackie Sullivan to volunteer.
ShopRite gift cards are available in $25 increments. Buy gift cards at the parish office or on Sundays to purchase your groceries. It does not cost you any more than what you would have spent at the store and 5% goes to All Saints’ ministries. Cards are usually available at Church on Sundays. Please speak to Barbara Barbeau.
Trunk or Treat, October 28, 11:15 am – kids, adults, and families are invited to bring Hallowe’en candy and goodies to share out of their car trunks in our parking lot after church. Wear your costumes!
Grateful Gathering: November 17th, Murder Mystery Dinner Night! This is a fun event to gather together as a parish and spend an evening together. Primarily for adults, it’s appropriate for youth in middle school and older, also. Table teams will work together to solve the mystery of a murder drama titled: Thou Shalt Not Kill, set in an English country church. Laurie Gaulke is our organizer, and she needs help: seven people to play roles, folks to set up and decorate the Parish Hall, and other to organize appetizers and desserts (the entrée will be catered). There is a sign-up sheet in the Narthex to volunteer.
All Saints’ Sunday: Necrology, November 4 – As part of our celebration of All Saints’ Sunday we will remember in prayer all those of this parish who have died since last year. And if you have family and loved ones who have died that you would like to have included in the Necrology please send their names into the office before Oct. 31.
A Service of Peace & Remembrance: The Centenary of the End of World War I
November 11 at 4 pm. Come for a service of readings, music, and prayers in remembrance of the end of World War I, and as a commitment to peace in God’s world. If you have family members who served in that war, please send us their names and we will include them in the prayers.
CHRISTIAN FORMATION & SPIRITUAL PRACTICES
Narnia Book Club for kids, adults, families, and singles. We are reading C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (set in the fictional land of Narnia where the Lion Aslan is the Christ figure). This week we have been reading chapters 6-8. We’ll meet in the Parish Hall during Coffee Hour today to discuss our responses to the reading. All are invited to be part of this conversation.
Bible Study will not meet this week on Wednesday at 10:15 am in the Rath House. We will pick up again on 10/31 with the second half of Mark, chapter 5. We’d love to have you join us. Questions? Speak to Mother Vicki.
The theme of our Annual Pledge Campaign is Transforming Generosity. It has a double meaning – both the way that generosity can transform us and the lives of others, and transforming the way we think about and practice generosity. There will be a Transforming Generosity insert in your bulletin this Sunday. Please make sure to take it home and read it. Stewardship packets were mailed out on October 19. Please thinking and praying about how your generosity can join and support in All Saints’ mission in our community.
Thanks to Tom Day, Bill Smullen, Max Kosempel, and Roger Kosempel for getting the Vesting Room in the Church all cleaned up and put back to use after the ceiling collapse. We are investigating repairs to the flat roofs with our original roofing contractor who installed the roof ten years ago.
AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD
This Sunday at 11:30 am St. Bernard’s Church in Bernardsville will hold the ribbon-cutting for its brand-new Parish House. The Rev. Beth Rauen Sciaino, our former seminarian and Curate, invites All Saints’ parishioners to stop by and wish our brothers and sisters at St. Bernard’s well in this next chapter of their life. Historical Note – in 1904 the Bishop of Newark appointed the Rev. Thomas Conover, Rector of St. Bernard’s (in the Diocese of New Jersey), to provide spiritual oversight and counsel to the group of Episcopalians who were forming to start a new church in Millington that became All Saints’. So we are very much a “daughter church” of St. Bernard’s. Congratulations and blessings to our friends!
ALL SAINTS’ PRIDE
You can still order All Saints’ embroidered shirts!
Order your red polo shirts (short or long sleeve) with our name and the Episcopal shield by filling in the Order forms in the Narthex. Costs are $26 and $30. Wear them for parish events, or whenever you want to send a simple message about our parish! Order forms are in the display in the Narthex.
10/21 Narnia Book Club Discussion Parish Hall, 11:15 am
10/22-10/24 Rector away at Clergy Conference
10/24 No Bible Study today
10/25 Eucharist & Healing Prayer Church, 7:00 am
Junior Choir Choir Room, 5:15 pm
Adult Choir Choir Room, 7:30 pm
For a full schedule of our buildings check the website calendar www.allsaintsmillington.org.
The Seven Practices of the Way of Love:
Turn, Learn, PRAY, Worship, Bless, Go, Rest – The Way of Love is a set of spiritual practices that help us to have a Jesus-centered life...if we practice and embrace them. PRAY is the third practice. It’s the way we dwell intentionally with God daily. When we pray (as individuals or with a group) we invite and dwell in God’s loving presence. Prayer can take many forms and styles; there is no wrong way to pray! But here are some ideas:
- Use the All Saints’ Daily Prayer Collects that your receive via e-mail each day.
- Follow one of the forms of Morning, Evening, or Noonday Prayer or Compline in the Prayer Book (there are short versions and longer versions).
- Sit quietly with a lighted candle and icon (prayer picture) and offer God your thoughts and feelings; or come and sit in church when it is quiet and empty.
- Make a list of people for whom you want to pray each day. Visualize them whole, happy, and healthy, being blessed by Jesus.
- Pray while you walk, or run, or wash dishes.
- Keep a prayer journal in which you write down your gratitudes at the end of each day, and the things for which you are sorry or wish you had done better. Offer them all to God.
- Memorize a few prayers that really speak to you.
- Walk a labyrinth – there’s a large outdoor labyrinth at the Convent of St. John Baptist in Mendham.
- Use Anglican Prayer Beads.
- Draw and color your prayers in an imaginative way.
- Remember that prayer can include: adoration/praise of God; confession of ways you have fallen short of God’s best for you; thanksgiving for the ways God has blessed you; intercession on behalf of others; petition/praying for the things you need.
- What intentional prayer practices center you in God’s presence, so you can hear, speak, or simply dwell with God?
- How will (or do) you incorporate intentional prayer into your daily life?
- With whom might you agree to pray daily – either in person, or remotely, or virtually/online?