Dear Friends in Christ,
At this Sunday’s 10 am service we will formally commission our new and continuing Vestry members, and offer our thanks to those who are going off the Vestry. One additional Vestry member (since the Annual Meeting) is Barbara Barbeau. Please come and offer your thanks and support to our parish leadership!
Here are the announcements for this week. Please see especially:
- Food Ministry (in Helping Hands)
- Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper (in Christian Formation)
- Celtic Heart Concert (in Christian Formation)
School Superintendant Dr. Edwin Acevedo has also been in touch with me; the Long Hill School district has counselors available for conversation and support if any of the children in the district need it.
Please keep the Goldens in your prayers, as I know you will. Hug your children or your spouse or someone else close to you, and tell them that you love them. ~ VGM+
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Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper (pancakes, sausage, applesauce) February 28 in the Parish House Lower Room, 5:30-7:15 pm (continuous servings); cost is $5 per person; kids under age 3 free; $20 maximum per household. This year’s dinner will include our festive piñata for the kids (held over from Epiphany).
Come and have a good time with your fellow parishioners in a relaxed, casual setting; invite a friend or neighbor.
We need some help! 1 more person to cook pancakes, heat sausage; 2 people to help with kitchen set-up & clean-up; 1 person to shop; middle school and high school kids to set tables, put up decorations and serve.
There’s a sign-up sheet in the Narthex – both to RSVP for dinner, and sign up to help. Thanks!
Save the Date! Spring Fish & Chips by Argyle of Kearny April 27 – 5:30-7:30 pm.
Lenten Daily Prayer in Virtual Community – during the season of Lent participate in daily prayer with your Rector and others via e-mail. You can do this a number of different ways:
- use a Daily Office (i.e. Morning/Evening Prayer) app or website;
- use your own Prayer Book;
- use the short BCP forms in the Daily Office brochure available in the Narthex;
- follow your own structure of prayer.
Lenten Devotional Booklets – this year we have a variety of booklets from Forward Movement and from Episcopal Relief and Development. They are available in the Narthex. Please take one for your Lenten meditation.
The Celtic Heart @ All Saints’ - Irish singer/songwriter Carmel Boyle returns to New Jersey to share her spiritual tradition with original spiritual songs, stories and rituals inspired by the Celtic tradition. Her mystic voice touches the heart and opens it to prayer and healing. There are two opportunities to hear Carmel.
Concert ~ The Singing Heart: Sunday, Mar. 5, 7:30 pm –9 pm: Goodwill offering
A night of song and spirit; bring a friend and be refreshed at the start of Lent ~ in the Church.
Retreat Day ~ The Open Heart: Wednesday, Mar. 8, 9:15 am– 2:30 pm: $50/hot lunch
Be enriched by Carmel’s unique presentation of the Celtic Christian Tradition that offers inspirational and creative ways of prayer. Broaden your spiritual life by connecting with this ancient tradition ~ in the Parish House.
To register for the retreat call Pat Hughes: 908-608-3160.
Carmel comes to us through the kindness of Sacred Thread Ministries and the Christian Community.
Bible Study – Wed. at 10:15 am, in the Rath House. We are reading through the Book of Acts; this week, 2/15, we’ll discuss Chapter 22.
Scout Sunday – On Sunday, March 5 at the 10 am service we will recognize all Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and their leaders. Scouts should wear their uniforms to Church. All Saints’ is the chartering organization for BSA Troop 56 and Cub Pack 56; we are also the host site for the monthly LHT Girl Scout Leader meetings, as well as many Den and Troop gatherings. If you know a Scout family, invite them to Church that day. All are welcome!
Ash Wednesday – Lent starts on March 1. There will be two services that day: 9:30 am & 7:30 pm. Both will include Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes.
Twelve Baskets Food Ministry – Please remember to check out the Food Pantry donation display in the side hallway in Church. Pick an envelope with the type of food you would like to contribute; put cash or a check in the envelope; put the envelope in the offering plate to help purchase food from the Community FoodBank for distribution. In addition to kitchen staples and homeless take-out bags for Dover and some local families, we also provide healthy weekend snacks for Vets in the transitional housing program at Lyons and assist with a meal at the monthly Vets’ Recovery retreat at the Shrine. Thank you!
Make Sleeping Mats for Homeless – Our Next Night to Make Sleeping Mats for Homeless is March 8th at 7:30 pm in the Parish Hall. We make “plarn” (plastic bag yarn) out of used grocery and newspaper bags, and then crochet a 3’ x 6’ mat out of it. Friends and neighbors are invited to be part of the effort and fellowship Questions? Speak to Susie Harris.
Winter Soup is available to take home after Church on Sundays during coffee hour ($5 quart/$3 pint – frozen). It is also available to take to sick or shut-in parishioners. If you buy soup, please write your name on the sheet posted on the Parish Hall fridge, and leave your payment into the box in the freezer. Thanks.
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2/20 Parish Office Closed for Presidents’ Day
Evening Prayer Church, 6:00 pm
Pilgrim Study Group Rath House, 7:00 pm
2/21 Vestry Rath House, 7:30 pm
2/22 Bible Study Rath House, 10:15 am
2/23 Holy Eucharist Church, 7:00 am
Small Saints’& Jr Choirs 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.
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Christian Spiritual Practices
Prayer Surrounding Death
O God, whose beloved Son took children into his arms and blessed them: Give us grace to entrust those we love and pray for to your never-failing care and love, and bring us all to your heavenly kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Most merciful God, whose wisdom is beyond our understanding: Deal graciously with those who mourn in their grief. Surround them with your love, that they may not be overwhelmed by their loss, but have confidence in your goodness, and strength to meet the days to come; through
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Here is a link to “The Lord is My Shepherd” from John Rutter’s Requiem. The entire work is worth listening to, as well.
* Image above by Julien Dupre.