During my summer time away (serving as chaplain at a Royal School of Church Music choir camp 7/24-7/30, and on vacation 7/31-8/27), the Sunday worship schedule will be as follows for both 8 & 10 am:
7/30 Morning Prayer & Sermon Lay led
8/6 Holy Eucharist & Sermon The Rev. Skip Vilas
8/13 Morning Prayer & Sermon Lay led
8/20 Holy Eucharist & Sermon The Rev. Fletcher Harper,
8/27 Morning Prayer & Sermon Lay led
Skip Vilas is a retired priest. He was the Rector of St. Paul’s in Chatham. Fletcher Harper is the Executive Director of GreenFaith, NJ’s inter-religious environmental ministry. Both men have served at All Saints’ before. Please make sure to welcome them warmly!
And for pastoral emergencies, the following are clergy will be covering:
7/24-8/7: The Rev. Susan Sica 973-887-5879 (St. Gregory’s, Parisppany)
8/8-8/11: The Rev. Beth Sciaino 908-766-0602 (St. Bernard’s, Bernardsville)
8/12-8/27: The Rev. Paul Olsson 973-285-0884 (St. Paul’s, Morris Plains)
For all other questions or concerns call Parish Administrator Susie Harris or the Wardens Tom Hackett and Roger Kosempel. Thank you!
Here are the announcements. Please see especially:
- Bishop Search Profile Survey (Diocesan News)
- Rummage Drop-off (Fun & Fundraising)
- Property News (Stewardship)
- Summer Choir (Worship)
FUN & FUNDRAISERS
RUMMAGE DROP-OFF Aug. 6: The First Sunday of Rummage Collection - 11:30 am-2:00 pm in the Parish Hall
We’ll need help on Sat., Aug. 5 to set up pricing tables.
What do we take? Dishes, linens, costumes, boutique, furniture, yard & garden, tools, small appliances, toys...anything clean and usable. What can’t we take? Tires, cribs, clothing, shoes, books for grownups, tube TVs, & large entertainment consoles. The drop-off schedule after Aug. 6 will be coming soon!
What help do we need? Sorting and pricing in August and September.
The sale is 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! 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.
Son/Sun Party, Sunday, July 30 - Please join us after 10 am worship for a Super Sunny Summer-themed Refreshment Hour! On 8/21 a total solar eclipse will be visible in the United States for the first time since 1979! In New Jersey a 75% partial eclipse will be visible. In order to view the eclipse safely, you will need ISO certified eye protection: Eclipse glasses. They will be available at the Son/Sun Party for a donation to the piano fund. Get a pair for everyone in your family! Hosted by Alison Siener Brown and Afsaneh Thursfield.
AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Wednesday Walkabouts - We had our final walkabout of the summer on a hot evening at Riverwalk in Basking Ridge. This walk was very different from the previous ones, as we strolled through the big corporate office park across Martinsville Road. In addition to the many different companies that are there, and the beautifully kept grounds, we got to see the beautiful vista along the power lines that seemed to stretch for miles, filled with wild flowers. The traffic on the road was very busy, with people leaving work for home, and we were surprised by how developed and commercial it was, so close to much quieter and residential areas. We finished with a delicious dinner at LingLing. There is some interest in doing another walkabout in the early fall – so stay tuned!
Property Update – The safety pruning and removal of two trees around the Church and parking lot has been completed. The Vestry is getting estimates to replace the storm water drainage between the Church and the Rath House that is causing underground erosion and sinking. We’ll have more updates as we go along. All the work being done this summer is to address safety issues on our property. Please thank our hard-working Vestry! Speak to Roger Kosempel, Linda Kestler, or Steve Kowalik for more information.
Summer Pledges/Contributions During the summer as folks travel and are not in church on Sunday, they sometimes miss out on their pledges and contributions. Our expenses continue, however. If you are going out of town please mail in your check, or drop it by the Parish Office. Every little bit helps. Thank you so much!
Summer Choir - our next Sunday to sing is August 6. Meet in the choir room at 9:15 am to learn a simple anthem then help lead worship at 10:00. We’ll sing a setting of the tune Noel Nouvelet with the text "At the Name of Jesus.” Music and recordings are available ahead of time. Anyone who enjoys singing is welcome! Please talk to Alison Siener Brown for more information.
Summer Hymn Sings - We are starting our 10 am service every Sunday during the summer with an informal hymn sing. Come a few minutes early, find the number of your favorite hymn in the hymnal, and we'll sing the first verse! We'll do four or five every week...a different flavor to our worship. And Alison has now posted on the main Nave door a list of all the favorites we have sung so far. See if you share a favorite with anyone else.
Directory Photos Needed – the Parish Office is preparing the new Parish Directory, and we’d like a photo of you or your family! It doesn’t have to be a formal picture, just a nice snap (maybe even a selfie!). You can email the photo to Susie Harris at email@example.com. Thanks!
New Email Reminder – back in June All Saints’ stopped using our various Verizon.net email addresses. Please remember to use our new ones:
Susie Harris: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mother Vicki: email@example.com
The general email stays the same: firstname.lastname@example.org, as does Alison Siener Brown’s: email@example.com. Thanks!
Gentle Yoga Class in July and August, taught by Lori Vigliotti. Thursdays, 2 pm, July 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.
Autism-Friendly Summer Bible Camp at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Chatham, August 21-25; ages 4-14. for children on the spectrum. For more information see: http://stpaulschatham.org/content/its-my-turn-vacation-bible-camp.
And in September....
- Welcome Sunday Picnic – 9/10
- Sunday School – 9/10
- Bible Study – 9/6, starting with First Corinthians
- Pilgrim: A Course for the Christian Journey, Year 2 – 9/11
Our bishop, the Rt. Rev. Mark Beckwith, plans to retire in September 2018 and has called for the election of a new Bishop of Newark. You are invited to take a survey to share your thoughts as the Search & Nominating Committee begins working on our diocesan profile. The survey is on-line: www.dioceseofnewark.org and click on the Bishop Search tab at the top of the page. We also have paper copies in the Narthex that can be filled out and returned to the Parish Office by Monday, 8/7. Please give prayerful consideration to sharing your thoughts as our diocese discerns who will be our next bishop.
There will also be a number of Listening Meetings throughout the diocese in which the Search & Nominating Committee has invited parishioners to participate. The opportunities are listed here:
New Diocesan Staff – Two new members of diocesan staff have been announced. Sam Reckford, a parishioner at Christ Church in Short Hills, will be the new CFO. He follows Paul Shackford who is retiring on 8/7/2017. The Rev. Sheelagh Clarke will be Interim Coordinator for Youth & Young Adult Ministries, starting 9/1/2017. Sheelagh has served as Rector of St. Stephen’s, Millburn for the last six years. We look forward to working with them both.
This summer as you walk – on the beach, on a hiking trail, in your neighborhood – notice how many different kinds of birds, or animals, or plants/flowers/trees you see. Take a little time to appreciate the distinctiveness and beauty of each one. Give thanks to God for all of his creative and varied beauty. And don’t forget to give thanks for yourself – God made you, too!
This is a recording of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Lark Ascending: a Romance for Violin and Orchestra”, performed by Tasmin Little and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Colin Davis. https://youtu.be/8AMA3DRhRFY
This piece is a walk through the countryside in music.