Dear Friends in Christ,
Welcome back from summer! Here is some information about our fall schedule, as well as the Rummage Sale, and Hurricane Harvey Releif. Thank you to everyone who kept the parish life and worship going during the staff summer vacations. We look forward to seeing everyone soon! ~ VGM+
PARISH LIFE EVENTS
Welcome Sunday - Next Sunday, Sept. 10, is the official start of our fall schedule. The Choirs will be back at our 10 am service, Sunday School will start, and we will have our annual Welcome Sunday Picnic at 11:15 am. Hot dogs and veggie burgers will be provided. You bring your best potluck - a side dish, a salad, or a dessert.
This year, Sunday School classes PreK-Grade 5 will meet in the Undercroft at 10 am before all children join their families in Church at the Peace.
FUN & FUNDRAISERS
RUMMAGE DROP-OFF SUNDAY 9:00 am-12 noon
Tuesday 9/5--2:00-5:00 pm
Wednesday 9/6--6:30-8:00 pm
Our sale is Saturday, September 23. This is an event you want to be part of – our largest community event of the year, as well as our biggest fundraiser! Sign up in the Narthex to help – we need all hands on deck. For more info speak to the Rummage Queen, 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 proceeds go to our New Piano for the Choir Room Fund. There is a sign-up poster in the Narthex. Please speak to Director of Music Alison Siener Brown for details. Thanks!
Right now the agencies that are on the front lines of storm and flood relief in the Houston area need funds more than anything else because they are not able to receive, store, and distribute material donations. Episcopal Relief and Development is a great organization that works with local people on the ground. All monies received go directly to relief efforts; Charity Star Navigator gives ERD a 4-star rating. Here is the link to make an on-line donation: http://www.episcopalrelief.org/hurricane-harvey-response
AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD
September 11th Service of Remembrance at the Shrine of St. Joseph in Stirling. We are all invited to this inter-faith service for peace and hope at the 9/11 Memorial Tower, starting at 7:00 pm. Gather with your neighbors to pray for healing, hope, and peace.
Choirs Start this Week. Sept. 7! All Saints’ has choirs for three different age groups. They rehearse on Thursdays: Adult Choir – 7:30 pm
Junior Choir – 5:30 pm (Grade 2 and older)
Small Saints – 5:15 pm (K & Grade 1)
If you love to sing, we would love to have you in our choir. It’s a great way to meet others, have fun, learn more about music, and serve God and our parish. Want to know more? Speak to Alison Siener Brown, Director of Music.
Mid –Week Worship – our Thursday, 7:00 am simple service of Eucharist and Healing Prayer resumes this week, 9/7 in the Church. A light breakfast is available following the service. Come start your day with prayer and fellowship.
Parish Directory We are updating our Directory and will be including PHOTOS. Please send a photo of yourself or your family, and any changes to Susie Harris at her new email: firstname.lastname@example.org. A headshot is best! If you need your photo scanned, drop it off and we will scan and return it!
Bible Study meets on Wednesdays at 10:15 am in the Rath House, beginning Sept. 6. This is a lively, prayerful, and inquisitive group. You and your questions are welcome here. This fall we will be reading through Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians (New Testament). You can bring your own Bible, or use one of ours. Hope to see you there!
Pilgrim: A Course for the Christian Journey meets Monday nights at 7:00 pm in the Rath House, starting on Sept. 18. This is a group for people who want to grow more in Christian faith. There will be four six-week sessions throughout the year, and a short book accompanies each topic. We start the fall with The Creeds. Please sign up on the sheet in the Narthex so we can know to expect you and to save you a book. Questions? Speak to Mother Vicki.
Summer Pledges/Contributions During the summer many folks have been traveling and away from church on Sunday. Now would be a good time to get caught up on your pledges, as our expenses have continued throughout the summer. Every little bit helps. Thank you so much!
Bishop’s Search Listening Meeting: come and share your thoughts with the Search/Nominating Committee on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 6:30-8:30 pm at St. George’s, Maplewood. Our bishop, the Rt. Rev. Mark Beckwith, plans to retire in September 2018. Please give prayerful consideration to sharing your thoughts as As our diocese discerns candidates and then elects our next bishop we need everyone’s prayers and input.
9/4 Parish Office Closed for Labor Day
9/6 Bible Study Rath House, 10:15 am
9/7 Holy Eucharist Church, 7:00 am
Small Saints Choir Room 5:15 pm
Junior Choir Choir Room 5:30 pm
Adult Choir Choir Room 7:30 pm
For a full schedule of our buildings check the website calendar www.allsaintsmillington.org.
The Collect for Labor Day
Almighty God, you have so linked our lives one with another that all we do affects, for good or ill, all other lives: So guide us in the work we do, that we may do it not for self alone, but for the common good; and, as we seek a proper return for our own labor, make us mindful of the rightful aspirations of other workers, and arouse our concern for those who are out of work; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. ~ Book of Common Prayer