Thank you to everyone who helped with the service and reception Thursday night for Charlie White’s funeral. It was wonderful to have so many people turn out to honor Charlie’s life and to give thanks to God for his presence among us, and the way he touched all our lives. Particular thanks to Susie Harris, Helen Mederos, and Barbara Barbeau for taking the lead on the reception; to Alison Siener Brown and the choir for their beautiful anthem; and to Matt and Greta DiGiorgio from Ava’s Ice Cream. The photo is of the bicycle decoration at the reception (not Charlie’s actual bike). It was a blessing for the parish and the whole community to be together.
Father’s Day will be recognized this Sunday at both services. We’ll have prayers and carnations to remember and honor our fathers. Please join us for worship.
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Here are this week’s announcements:
- Wednesday Walkabouts (Around the Neighborhood)
- Harry Potter Family Vacation Bible Camp (Christian Formation)
- Parish Hall Floor Work (Buildings & Grounds)
- Snow Plowing Overage Update (Buildings & Grounds)
- Summer Choir & Hymn Sings (Worship)
Wednesday Walkabouts - How well do you know the neighborhoods that All Saints’ serves? No matter how often you drive through a place, you never see it the same way as when you walk it. This summer we’ll have evening Walkabouts in three parish neighborhoods. Each walk will last about 45 minutes, with a meal at a local restaurant afterwards to share fellowship and talk about what we have seen and learned. Details are on the sign-up sheet in the Narthex. You are invited to come to one or all three!
June 20 – Spring Ridge: meet at the gazebo at Dewey Meadows Village (dinner at Café Figaro)
July 11 – Gillette Station (dinner at Chimney Rock)
July 18 – Warrenville Center (dinner at Ye’s Asian Bistro)
In the Evening – Sunday June 24-Thursday, June 28, Vacation Bible Camp: “Wizards and Wonders – A Hero’s Journey with Harry Potter.” This will be an inter-generational experience for kids, adults, and families...and at a new time: 6:00-8:30 pm, starting with a simple dinner. Invite friends and neighbors. Check the homepage of the website for a registration form or pick up a flyer in the Narthex!
Bible Study Wednesdays at 10:15 am in the Rath House. This week we are discussing the New Testament book of Galatians – Paul’s letter to the Christians in Galatia (part of modern-day Turkey), chapter 2. Bible study is for everyone, whether you own a Bible or have ever read it, or not! Hope to see you there!
Hymn Sing - During the summer, in place of an instrumental prelude at 10 am, we’ll have a simple hymn sing – the first verse of some of our favorite hymns, starting this week. If you have a request, please be ready with the hymn number!
Come join the fun and sing in the All Saints' Summer Choir! Two different opportunities: July 22 & August 19! No experience is needed. Meet in the choir room at 9:15 to learn the anthem and then help lead worship at 10:00. Please talk to Alison Siener Brown for more information.
Summer Fishing Trip – would you be interested in a day of fishing at the Shore? Steve Kowalik is willing to organize an outing on a boat this summer. Please put your name on the sheet in the Narthex if you would like more information, and Steve will be in touch with you.
Summer Refreshments are available after the 10 am service on the Parish House lawn, starting June 17. Please join us for a cool drink and conversation. If you can host a Sunday (iced tea, lemonade, cookies), please sign up on the sheet in the Narthex or speak to John McGrath.
Good News from Sister Monica Clare – her work in New York has come to a conclusion and she and Sr. Laura Katherine will be moving back to the Mendham convent. That means that she’ll be a regular Sunday worshipper at All Saints’ starting in mid-September. We’ll be glad to have her back!
FUN & FUNDRAISING
Ice Cream Fundraiser – On Friday, 6/29 Ava’s Ice Cream in Basking Ridge is holding an All Saints’ Church Fundraiser! Take an All Saints’ coupon (will be available in the Narthex on Monday, June 18) with you and 10% of your purchase will be donated by Ava’s to All Saints’. Take the family…take the team…take the whole neighborhood! Thanks, Ava’s Ice Cream!
Rummage Sale! The Sale is coming September 29! We’ll begin accepting rummage August 5, “The First Sunday of Rummage.” What do we take? Good, usable, clean rummage: furniture, housewares, tools, toys, holiday items, yard & garden, art work, kids’ books, small electronics, boutique, office supplies, sporting goods, etc.
What don’t we take? Cribs, large appliances, large sofas, entertainment centers, tube TVs. Tell your friends and neighbors! This sale is our most visible community event, and our largest fund-raiser. Check the poster in the narthex to see how you can help. Questions? Speak to Kimberly Celeste.
Bus to Newark for the consecration of our new Bishop Carlye J. Hughes. The service will be September 22 at 11 am at NJPAC. If you are interested in traveling to the service by bus, please speak to Suzanne Kosempel.
BUILDINGS & GROUNDS
Snow Plowing Overage Update - This past winter we had the unexpected expense of snow removal for 20 inches of snow about our contracted amount. Some of the A.A. groups that meet here have helped us with this bill, and we have received about $1000 from parishioners so far. The reminder we need is $3,600. We are asking every active parish household to contribute $60, which will enable us to cover this expense. Some can do more, some can do less; but everyone’s contribution is important and welcomed. If you can assist us with making up the snow plowing overage, please make a check out to “All Saints’ Church” and put “Snow 2018” in the memo line. Or you may use the PayPal portal on our website. Thank you! (*Note – the summer buildings & grounds projects are paid for out of Legacy/Capital funds set aside for these purposes, and not out of the annual operating budget).
The Parish Hall Floor was refinished this week. It needs an additional week to cure before it can be walked on. The tile floor in the hall outside the bathrooms was pulled up and the original hard wood was good enough to be repaired and refinished (there had been termite damage some years ago). Both floors have three coats of polyurethane which will provide a strong. Lasting protective finish. Thanks to your Vestry for moving this project along!
Parish House Furnace Upgrade this Week – as part of the energy savings efforts that the Vestry has undertaken, the Parish House furnace (gas-fired hot air) will be replaced with a smaller, high efficiency unit. 70% of the cost of this retro-fitting is covered by a program from the state of New Jersey! As soon as the heating season begins in the fall we will start to see savings, and it is estimated that our investment will be recouped in 15 months.
6/19 Vestry Rath House, 7:30 pm
6/20 Bible Study Rath House, 10:15 am
Walkabout Spring Ridge-Basking Ridge, 6:30 pm
6/21 Eucharist & Healing Church, 7:00 am
For a full schedule of our buildings check the website calendar www.allsaintsmillington.org.
Loving-Kindness – At Charlie White’s service those who attended were asked in Charlie’s memory to do an act of loving-kindness for another person in their day-to-day life; that speaks to the essence of Charlie’s life and faith. What simple act of loving-kindness and courteous generosity might you be able to make this coming week? When have you been on the receiving end of kindness and courtesy? As Christians, our lives should contain both giving and receiving; we should know how to extend ourselves to others, and how to express gratitude – to God and to others through whom God’s blessings come.
The final hymn at Charlie’s service was “When the Saints Go Marching In.” Here’s a Louis Armstrong version of it: https://youtu.be/17nXsv7o64k