Tomorrow is Welcome Sunday and there are several things you need to know:
- Both 8 am & 10 am services will mark the 15th anniversary of 9/11 with a Litany for Peace.
- Sunday School starts at 10 am – children in PreK-Grade 1 meet in the Lower Room of the Parish House with Barbara Erday; Grades 2-5 put in the Undercroft of the Church with Jackie Sullivan; Grades 6-8 normally meet in the Rath House with Joyce Kulzer – but tomorrow the class will go to worship with their families.
- Hot Dog Picnic at 11:15 am. Please a salad, side dish, or dessert to share. There will also be some sample foods from our parish cookbook!
- Our Adult Choir will sing at the 10 am service.
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The Rummage Sale is Sat., 9/17. Please bring your rummage donations to the Parish House tomorrow after Church or by Monday at the latest! If you have to bring anything later, please make sure it is already priced and marked. On Saturday we’ll need everyone’s help: setting up, selling, and clean-up at 2 pm! and we need your rummage to help get us to 10K! We also need some help with rummage transportation. If you have a truck and would be willing to help make some deliveries on the day of the sale, please e-mail the Parish Office. And do look at the Rummage Sale poster in the Narthex to see what other tasks need a volunteer – our Sale benefits the whole parish and needs everyone’s effort.
Tell your friends and neighbors we’ll take their good, clean, rummage, too! Thanks for all your help. Questions? Speak to Kimberly Celeste.
Parish Cookbook: All Saints’ Can Cook! Over a Century of Faith, Fellowship and Food. It includes 250 recipes from our parishioners in eight different categories. There are also some fun vintage recipes from each decade of our history. It will be available for sale at the Rummage Sale. It makes a great gift for Christmas, birthdays, etc. Come check it out!
Fall Fish & Chips – October 6! Argyle of Kearney will be back on Thursday, October 6 for a great Fish & Chips Dinner! Save the date!
Acolytes – all students in Grade 7 and older are welcome (and needed) to serve as acolytes – adults, too! For more information, speak to Janice Lettieri or Mother Vicki.
Music at All Saints’- We have a place for those who love to sing – all ages, all voice parts! We would love to have you be part of All Saints’ music ministry! Choir Rehearsals are on Thursdays ~ 5:15-5:45 Small Saints Choir (K-Grade 2); 5:30-6:30 Junior Choir (Grade 3 and up); 7:30-9:00 Adult Choir. Please speak to Alison Siener Brown for more information, either about choirs or handbells or instruments.
Mid-Week Communion and Healing Prayer – every Thursday morning at 7:00 am in the Church. A simple service before your work day starts. A light breakfast is available in the Rath House afterward. This fall will be a great time to make a little more room in your life for God, so that you may have a little more life in your day!
Episcopal Church Bumper Stickers are available in the Narthex. They say: “We Are the Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement” and have the Episcopal shield on them. The saying is a quotation from a short and very inspiring video that our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry made about the Episcopal way of being Christian in God’s world. Here’s a link to the video; please be sure to watch it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RC4SIVvPuE . Take a sticker and display it proudly!
Bible Study this Wed., September 14 at 10:15 am in the Rath House. We’ll be reading Acts, Chapter 2 – the story of the first Christians and the way they learned to listen to the Holy Spirit as they followed Jesus in their communities and beyond. Come learn and grow!
And coming soon... Pilgrim - a Course for the Christian Journey. Christian formation is the lifelong process of growing in relationship with God, self, others and all creation. In this process, we are transformed into the people God wants us to be, equipped and strengthened to serve Christ in the world. This new resource from the Episcopal Church meets in six-week segments and covers the following broad questions: What do Christians believe? How do Christians know and worship God? How do Christians live? What is the Christian vision for the world? More information will be available in September. For now it would be helpful to know if Monday or Wednesday evenings would work best for you. Please indicate your availability on the sign-up sheet in the Narthex.
Do you know the date of your baptism and/or your child’s? We are collecting these baptismal anniversary dates for a parish project. Please take a few minutes to look for this information and send it in to the office via e-mail, with the subject line: Baptismal Anniversary. Thanks!
Sunday School – we are always happy to have adults and teens who are interested in helping with this ministry, working with the children of our parish to help support their spiritual development and growth in faith. Think you don’t know enough? This is a great way for adults to learn and grow also! Speak to Jackie Sullivan for more information!
Twelve Baskets Food Pantry Ministry – we have two dates coming up: 9/24 and 9/25.
· Next dinner for Veterans will be Saturday evening, 9/24 and we invite all those interested to help with any of the following: set-up, cooking, serving, clean-up, and especially sitting and visiting with our guests. Want to help? Speak to Candy Pecoraro, Hugh Wallace, Steve Kowalik, Afsaneh Thursfield, Betsy Wallace, or Jane Hayden.
· Next Day to Assemble Take-out Meal Bags for the Homeless is Sunday, 9/25 during Coffee Hour. Need info? Speak to Afsaneh Thursfield.
Musikgarten for Young Children Looking for parent/child music classes or group piano for beginners? Alison Siener Brown offers a range of Musikgarten classes here at All Saints’. For information, please speak with her, or go to the Music in the Somerset Hills website: http://musicsh.org/musikgarten/
- Mondays at 6:15 pm - Bring your own mat and wear comfortable clothes. Cost is $15 per session. No need to register in advance; just come to class.
- Thursdays at 5:30 pm - Chair Yoga and Meditation for Seniors. No floor work, no mats needed. Starts 9/22 and runs for 6 weeks. Cost is $15 per class.
AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Ecumenical Candlelight Vigil for 9/11 - Sunday, September 11, 2016 at 7:00 pm at the Shrine of St. Joseph in Stirling. A Gratitude Reception for the area’s first responders and their families who serve the community daily will precede the Vigil at 6 pm. All are welcome.
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9/13 Finance Committee Rath House, 7:30 pm
9/14 Bible Study Rath House, 10:15 am
9/15 Holy Eucharist Church, 7:00 am
9/15 Small Saints’ & Junior 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.
Parish Office Hours: Mon., Tues., Thurs. from 9:30 am-4:00 pm,
Rector’s Sabbath day: Friday
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Christian Spiritual Practices
Care for Creation
We know that part of our stewardship is our care for God’s creation. But that care goes beyond our appreciation for the beauty of the earth, love for animals, or enjoyment of the natural world. When we really stop and ask “How can I be a good steward of this gift God has given me and the human community?” we find that there are many ways to exercise wise stewardship. Not everyone can do everything, of course; and there are practices which you may already be doing, but here are a few suggestions:
- Conscious recycling – recycling as much of your household and workplace paper, plastic, metal, etc. as possible; look for packaging that is made from recycled material.
- Reduce the use of pesticides and toxic cleaning products that get into our ground water and rivers, streams, and oceans.
- Plant flowers and shrubs that are friendly to bees, butterflies, and other insects that help pollinate fruit trees and vegetables.
- When possible, walk, bike, carpool, or take public transit to reduce carbon emissions.
- Check to see that faucets (inside and out) are not leaking and wasting water.
- For more information, check out GreenFaith, the interfaith environmental ministry here in New Jersey at www.greenfaith.org. It was started in 1992 as Partners for Environmental Quality by Christian and Jewish leaders. One of the founders was the Rev. Skip Vilas, who was a supply priest here for two weeks this summer.