Here are this week’s announcements. Please note that next Monday through Wednesday I will be out of the office at the annual Clergy Conference. If you have a pastoral emergency, please call my cell phone. ~ VGM+
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Please take a look at this week’s announcements, especially:
- Narnia Book Club – Prince Caspian (Christian Formation)
- Trunk or Treat (Parish Life)
- Register for Breakfast with the Bishop (Diocesan News)
- Annual Pledge Campaign (Stewardship)
- Family Promise (Outreach)
Annual Pledge Campaign for 2020 – the theme of our financial stewardship for the coming year is Building a Joyful Community. Materials have been sent to your home. Please read them and reflect on the ways God is calling you to financially support God’s work and the mission of All Saints’ Church in our community. Then return your pledge commitment form by Sunday, Nov. 3. Thank you.
Gracious God, you have blessed us with love and belonging, and companions in our journey of faith; your presence in our lives brings us joy, and you call us to share that joy with others. As we remember all you do for us, may our gratitude overflow in giving from our hearts, trusting always in your care for us and for all whom you have made. We ask this in Jesus’ Name and in the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Necrology for All Saints’ Sunday – at both of our services on 11/3 we’ll remember all those in our parish family who have died in the past year, and all those you wish to name who have gone before us in the faith. Please send names to be included in this year’s Necrology to the Parish Office by 10/28.
Next Sunday: Trunk or Treat, Oct. 27 - kids wear their costumes, and adults provide Hallowe’en treats. The kids trick-or-treat from car to car in the parking lot, and we have refreshments outside. Please sign up on the sheet in the Narthex and join us for this fun annual event!
All Saints’ Cabaret Night is coming on Saturday,
November 23, 7:00 pm in the Parish Hall! Music, dessert, adult beverage (optional). Performances by some wonderful local talent. Would you like to perform or help with the event? Speak to Alison Siener Brown or Melissa Pagliaro. Save the date, invite a friend, and plan to party!
The Rev. Shawn Carty named as Priest Associate – at its October meeting the Vestry agreed to extend to Shawn Carty the title of Priest Associate. The role is that of an ordained person who is resident in the parish without ongoing Sunday responsibilities elsewhere. A Priest Associate is able to offer his or her gifts and abilities to assist with the ministry of the parish without being a member of the paid staff. Shawn Carty and Jeanne have been part of All Saints’ since the summer of 2018. As Priest Associate, Shawn will preach and preside at worship once a month. He will offer occasional adult ed/formation opportunities; the first will be an Advent Quiet Evening (mini-retreat). He will also explore the interest of the men in the parish in having a men’s group of some kind. Welcome, Fr. Shawn!
THIS SUNDAY : Narnia Book Club discussion during Coffee Hour. We are reading Prince Caspian, from The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. This week’s discussion is on Chapters 1-3. There is also a Facebook discussion group: “One Parish/One Book (All Saints’, Millington)”. Copies of the book are available for purchase in our Narnia corner at the back of the Church. Sign-up on the sheet in the Narthex to let us know you’ll be participating. This is a wonderful way to engage both your imagination and your faith and share your ideas with others.
Sunday Forum, Nov. 10, 11:15 am in the Parish Hall - “The Faith We Sing: The Hymnal”. Alison Siener Brown will offer a presentation and discussion on our hymnal and the place of music in Episcopal worship at our new monthly adult Christian formation/education opportunity during Coffee Hour. Get some coffee or tea, take a seat, and come learn something new!
Bible Study will not meet this week, 10/23. We’ll resume on 10/30 with Chapter 6 of the Book of Revelation. This group is for anyone interested in learning for about the Bible and its connection to our lives. Questions? Speak to Mother Vicki.
Breakfast with the Bishop – Saturday, Oct. 26, from 9:30-11:30 am – doors open at 9:00 am. Bishop Hughes will be here at All Saints’ to meet parishioners and some of our Episcopal brother and sisters from around the diocese. She’ll discuss the vision, hopes, dreams, and sense of where the Holy Spirit is leading us as Jesus’ disciples. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear from our bishop and ask questions. Hope to see you there! Registration by 10/22 is required here: https://dioceseofnewark.org/event/breaking-bread-bishop-hughes-millington
Family Promise at Trinity House – our next time to serve at the homeless shelter is Friday, 11/1 and Saturday 11/2. Here’s what we need to provide:
Friday dinner – tacos (beef & chicken), vegetable, black beans, chicken nuggets, salad, fruit, dessert.
Friday staff – 2 greeters (5:30-8:30 pm); 2 overnight volunteers (8:00 pm-7:00 am).
Saturday breakfast – hot breakfast casserole, cereal boxes/granola bars, fruit (can be from the night before), bagels or croissants, butter/cream cheese/jams.
Saturday staff – 2 greeter (8:00 am-12 noon)
Family Promise is the Morris County program for families who have become homeless and are working to regain their footing in life with jobs, education, and, most of all, housing. Several times a year these families are housed in Long Hill Township at Trinity House/Shrine of St. Joseph in Stirling. All Saints’ is a support congregation for this ministry.
To serve in this ministry, sign-up on the sheet in the Narthex or be in touch with Afsaneh Thursfield, Faeritale@hotmail.com or 908-839-8158.
The Rector will be away at the annual Clergy Conference in Shawnee, PA Mon-Wed of this week. If you have a pastoral emergency, please call or text her cell phone 973-886-4119.
10/24 Holy Eucharist Church, 7:00 am
Junior Choir Choir Room, 5:15 pm
Adult Choir Choir Room, 7:30 pm
For a full schedule of our buildings check the website calendar
Way of Love: Turn - usually with this practice we think of repentance; turning away from sin, from our bad habits, and less-than-holy attitudes and behavior. In their place we think of turning toward God instead, and making Jesus our model, as well as our Lord and Savior.
But we can also consider how we turn away from habits and practices that harm or degrade God’s Creation – the earth we share with all other people and creatures. Eucharistic Prayer C calls it, “this fragile earth, our island home.” Consider some ways you can turn away from adding to the harm and stress on the environment by reducing the amount of trash you create, or the chemicals you use in your home or yard. Can you walk, carpool, or ride a bike to some of the places you need to go? What about carrying a glass or stainless steel water bottle instead of buying single-use bottles of water? How can you slow down to enjoy and appreciate God’s creation, and notice the birds, animals, and plants all around you, and learn about their habits and life-cycles? Will you pray for the well-being of Creation and be grateful for the way it supports and sustains human life, knowing that all life is a gift from God?
As our Creation Care Team looks for ways we as a parish can have a softer imprint upon the earth, if you see something that we can be doing or paying attention to, please speak up!