Here are the worship links and announcements for the week ahead. Please take a look; we want everyone to be “in the loop” about All Saints’… even while we are physically apart.
Registration link to sign up for all our in-person services and our Rummage Shoppe times. It’s one spot with clearly marked events and services. https://reopen.church/r/bloP83YN. Rummage Shopping Times
- Sunday 8 am, 10 am, 5 pm bulletins, and Zoom info
- Rector “away” at Clergy Conference
- Stewardship: Pledge Reminders
- All Saints’ Day: Communion & Necrology
- Food Pantry Update
1. Sunday 8 am Rite 1 Morning Prayer, Outdoors In-person in the Memorial Garden and Sunday 5 pm Rite 2 Evening Prayer on the Church Side Lawn (weather permitting). Reservations are required; see link above. Bring a lawn chair, the copy of the service leaflet (attached to this e-mail or on the website www.allsaintsmillington.org) or your own Book of Common Prayer; wear your mask.
2. Sunday 10 am Service of the Word – online via Zoom. If you would like to join us for this service, please send an e-mail to email@example.com for the log-in information.
3. Here are the guidelines for attending in-person services, please them before making a reservation for the first time: http://www.allsaintsmillington.org/uploads/1/2/5/1/1251925/outdoor_worship_at_all_saints_gudelines.pdf .
Rector Attending Clergy Conference this Week. Bishop Hughes has asked all the clergy of our diocese to participate in this year’s (mostly) virtual Clergy Conference – worship, speakers, in-person small-group outdoor meetings with the Bishop, time for reading, reflection, rest, and getting outdoors. Mother Vicki will not be doing regularly parish work on Monday-Wednesday this week but is available if there is a pastoral emergency.
Music – our dedicated and talented parish musicians continue to exercise their ministry and glorify God each week through the creativity, hard work, and leadership of Director of Music Alison Siener Brown. The Adult Choir meets each week on Zoom for fellowship and rehearsal, and records choir anthems for us to use in our Sunday on-line worship. Different members of the choir serve as the cantor to lead hymns and chant the psalm. You can always listen to the Sunday service on our website if you are not able to be on Zoom. And now the Junior Choir is meeting in-person for outdoor handbell choir rehearsals. Music is such an important part of our worship and our life here at All Saints’. We are grateful for the many ways our musicians have continued to offer their time and talent to God and to our parish family.
All Saints’ Rummage Shoppe: Sales Times – Friday, 10/16 2:30-4:30 pm. Tell your friends. Come see all the wonderful treasures that are available! Reserve a 30-minute shopping time at the link at the top of the newsletter. Items are also being sold on-line here: https://www.facebook.com/AllSaintsRummageShoppe/
This is an on-going fund-raiser for All Saints’ ministries. The Shoppe will operate until the middle of December, so now is a good time to look for Christmas gifts! Thank you to our Rummage Team for their creativity and resourcefulness!
Bible Study will not meet this week. Our study and discussion of Paul’s Letter to the Philippians – Ch. 1 (second half), will meet again on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 10:15-11:30 am. We’d love to have you join us – no prior Bible study experience is necessary. You don’t even need to own a Bible! If you would like to participate in this Zoom meeting or want more information, please e-mail Mother Vicki at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Saints Day: Sunday, November 1st. We will celebrate our parish feast day and this this very important day in the Church year with two outdoor, in-person celebrations of Holy Eucharist, at 8 & 10 am. We have all been missing seeing one another in person and worshiping together. This will be a wonderful opportunity to gather as a parish. Please plan to attend. The 10 am service will be live-streamed for those who need to remain at home.
All Saints’ Day Necrology – at both of our services on November 1st we’ll remember our loved ones and those of our parish who have died and gone before us in the faith. You are invited to submit the names of those you would like included in the prayers on that day. Please send names to our Parish Administrator Susie Harris by Oct. 27: email@example.com.
Food Ministry – Did you know? Our food pantry currently serves close to 150 people each month! That includes families and individuals in town, formerly homeless Vets in the Valley Brook apartments, and even the CSJB convent in Mendham. We’ve even been able to share our resources with the pop-up pantry at St. Bernard’s in Bernardsville. Our team of volunteers extends beyond our own congregation, and we are always happy to welcome new volunteers to this ministry. Your prayers and donations help to make all this possible; thank you!
Stewardship: Pledge Reminders – this is a very challenging time - for us as a parish, and for some of you personally. About $30,000 of our budgeted income comes from Parish House use rentals and fundraisers (Rummage Sale, Fish & Chips). This year that income has been drastically reduced because of the pandemic. Our income is now lagging substantially in comparison to our expenses. Parishioners’ pledges and donations are the backbone of our financial support, and this year they are more important than ever. Many of you have stayed current with your pledge; thank you! Some of you have been able to give more than you pledged; thank you! If you need to get caught up on your pledge, or you are unsure of your pledge status, or you need to make an adjustment, please send an e-mail to Parish Administrator Susie Harris, firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your partnership in doing God’s work here at All Saints’ and in our wider community. We couldn’t do it without you!
Christian Practices: St Luke the Physician
Luke was a physician who travelled and worked with St. Paul. He wrote the Gospel f Luke and the Book of Acts as a two-volume account of Jesus’ ministry and the life of the earliest Christians. His Gospel of full of accounts of Jesus’ healing ministry, as well as some of the most well-known and well-loved parables, such as the story of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32). You can read further about Luke here: https://episcopalchurch.org/library/glossary/luke-evangelist-saint
The Collect for St. Luke
Almighty God, who inspired your servant Luke the physician to set forth in the Gospel the love and healing power of your Son: Graciously continue in your Church this love and power to heal, to the praise and glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.