Here are this week’s announcements. Please see especially:
- Rummage Sale (Fun and Fundraising)
- BBQ with the Bishop (Parish Life Events)
- Parish Baseball Outing (Parish Life Events)
- Sponsor-a-Hymn Piano Fundraiser (Fun & Fundraising)
Property Update - The sink hole in the parking lot has been repaired. In the next week or two we’ll be having some safety pruning done on the trees around the Church and parking lot. We’ll also have two dead or dying trees taken down - an ash tree in our woods, and the maple tree on playground. Although it is sad to see trees come down, they have become a safety concern. The Vestry will also finish the parking lot light repair and replace the Church side door steps and sacristy door steps this summer. We’ll have more updates as we go along. Please thank our hard-working Vestry!
Thanks to everyone who helped with last Saturday’s Vets’ Dinner. We had sixty people in attendance – including new folks from Lyons, Vets from Long Hill, and Vests and their families from the Berkeley Heights VFW Post. It’s wonderful to connect with others in our wider community. Thanks to Kerrie Stepko and her crew!
Hymn Sing Preludes: During the summer, in place of an instrumental prelude we’ll have a simple hymn sing – the first verse of some of our favorite hymns. If you have a request, please be ready with the hymn number to call out! We’ll start this Sunday.
Come join the fun and sing in the All Saints' Summer Choir! Two different opportunities! No experience or commitment is needed. Meet in the choir room at 9:15 to learn a simple anthem then help lead worship at 10:00.
- July 9 we'll sing a setting of "Morning Has Broken"
- August 6, a setting of the tune Noel Nouvelet with the text "At the Name of Jesus.”
PARISH LIFE EVENTS
Coffee Hour Conversation Question – In the Epistle we’ll hear this Sunday, Paul talks about baptism, so - When and where were you baptized? Who are your godparents? Ask someone else after the service, and then listen for their answer!
Parish Baseball Outing, Sunday, July 9 @ 5:05 pm – We have 30 tickets available. And we’d like you, your neighbors, and friends to join us! The Somerset Patriots play the Sugar Land, TX Skeeters at the TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater. Tickets are $9.50 per person and we have field box seats reserved right behind home plate! Sign up on the sheet in the Narthex and bring your family and friends. There is also a baseball clinic for kids on the field at 4 pm.
B-B-Q with the Bishop, Thursday, July 13, 6 pm. Bishop Beckwith will be here for a dinner picnic: a relaxed time of conversation, and friendship. This is an event for the whole family – spend some time with your fellow parishioners. The main dish will be provided; you bring sides, salads, and desserts. A sign-up is in the Narthex. Put this on your calendar now and be sure to join in on the night. Questions? Speak to Susan LeVan or Barbara Barbeau.
FUN & FUNDRAISERS
Rummage Sale - The First Sunday of Rummage is August 6. This is the first day you can drop of your good, clean, useful items for donation. The Sale itself is September 23. This is an event you want to be part of – our largest community event of the year, as well as a fundraiser! There is a poster in the Narthex with all of the various ways to help – we need all hands on-deck. For more info speak to Kimberly Celeste.
“Sponsor-a-Hymn” - dedicate a hymn in honor of a birthday, anniversary, baptismal anniversary, graduation, or other special event. Cost is $35 per Sunday for one hymn, and your dedication will be printed in the bulletin, and the person being remembered will be included in the prayers. All the money raised will go toward the Choir Room Piano Fund. Please speak to Director of Music Alison Siener Brown for details. Thanks!
AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD
We had the first of our walks this past week on Main Aveue in Stirling, to see what we could learn about that neighborhood. We ended with a fun dinner at Biagio’s. Besides learning about Stirling, we got to know each other better! Come along for the next one! Sign up on the sheet in the Narthex.
Each walk will start at 6:30 pm and last about 45 minutes, with a meal afterwards to share fellowship and talk about what we have seen and learned. These Walkabouts are an experiment of our Going Local Guiding Team (see below) Questions? Ask Hugh Wallace, Afsaneh Thursfield, Pam Lewis, or Jane Hayden – members of the Guiding Team.
July 5 – Meyersville Circle (dinner at Long Hill Tavern)
July 19 – Basking Ridge River Walk (dinner at Ling Ling)
What is Gong Local and what is the Guiding Team?
Going Local is an effort by more than thirty parishes in our diocese to learn more about their own neighborhoods and communities; and to explore small ways the parish community and the wider community can work together as a team for the common good (in church language, the Kingdom of God).
The Guiding Team creates small experiments that gives parishioners an opportunity to connect with neighbors and each other; listen for God’s direction or nudges through conversation and reflection on Scripture and action; and evaluate what was observed and learned. Some of the experiments have been the Vets’ Dinners, the Community Garden in the parking lot, the Parish Community Maps in the Parish Hall, and the Wednesday Walkabouts.
Questions the Guiding Team reflects on are: Where is God in your life? Where do you see God around you? And how do we connect with others – whether we are using God language or not? Building our joyful community of faith in Christ is what Team Saints’ is all about!
Bible Study – Wed, 10:15 am, in the Rath House. This week, 6/28, we are reading Esther, chapters 9 & 10. You are invited to join us! Bible study will continue until July 19th.
Gentle Yoga Class in July and August, taught by Lori Vigliotti. Thursdays, 2 pm, July 6, 20 and 27; Aug. 3, 10 17. Price is $15 per session payable on the day to Lori. This is for both men and women, and combines chair yoga with meditation! Each week is completely different. Invite your friends. For information speak to Louise Easton from the Christian Community, or call the Parish Office.
6/26 Evening Prayer Church, 6:00 pm
Pilgrim Group Rath House, 7:00 pm
6/28 Bible Study Rath House, 10:15 am
Parish Life Planning Rath House, 7:00 pm
6/29 Holy Eucharist Church, 7:00 am
For a full schedule of our buildings check the website calendar www.allsaintsmillington.org.
Whenever we engage in any kind of ministry, or extend ourselves to others, it always helps us to pray before-hand – sometimes silently, sometimes aloud or with others. When the Vestry meets to do their work, here is what they pray together:
Gracious God, bless us with your presence as we meet together:
Help us to remember that you welcome us with your unfailing love,
not for what we might become but as we are, with all our faults and weaknesses; help us to bring our whole selves, and to look for the best in each other.
We ask your blessing on us as we gather in your name;
where we have difficult decisions to make and discussions to share in,
may we conduct them with grace, humility and courtesy;
where there is disagreement and difference,
may we agree to be united in the service of your Son;
where there is agreement, may it be confirmed by you and
discerned in the lives of faith we lead.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
~ adptd. from St. Mary’s, Broughty Ferry, Dundee, Scotland
Since our Vestry prayer is borrowed from the Episcopal Church of Scotland, here is a link to a contemporary Scottish hymn, based on Psalm 139: https://youtu.be/AW6AQe4KL3c?list=RDYNgBx9D5guU