Dear Friends in Christ,
The fall program year begins this Sunday, September 9: Welcome Sunday picnic, Adult Choir at 10 am, Sunday School and Nursery Care. All the details are below. Please take a look at the e-letter, and I hope to see you all this Sunday or the next!
Here are the week’s announcements. In particular please see:
- Welcome Sunday Picnic (Parish Life)
- Rummage Collection this Week (Fun & Fundraising)
- Sunday School, Bible Study, Way of Love for Families (Christian Formation)
- Choirs for Adults and Children (Worship)
- Blessing of the Backpacks (Worship)
Welcome Sunday Picnic, This Sunday, Sept. 9 at 11:15 am. Come greet your fellow Saints after the summer; invite a friend! We’ll provide hot dogs, rolls, and soft drinks. You bring a salad, side dish, or dessert. Looking forward to seeing you there!
Blessing of the Backpacks: this Sunday. Sept. 9, at the 10 am service . As the new school year starts, bring your backpack (or briefcase!) to church to be blessed, and to receive a backpack prayer tag!
Choirs for Adults and Children are a wonderful way to offer your time and voice to God and our Christian community, and to get to know others in our parish. Rehearsals are on Thursdays – Junior Choir at 5:15 pm and Adult Choir at 7:30 pm in the Choir Room in the Undercroft. Anyone who enjoys singing is welcome and wanted! For more information, speak to Alison Siener Brown.
Mid-Week Worship – a simple service of Communion and Healing Prayer on Thursdays at 7 am, starting Sept. 6. A light breakfast is available afterwards
CHRISTIAN FORMATION & SPIRITUAL PRACTICES
Sunday School begins Sunday, Sept. 9 for children PreK through middle school. Classes meet in the Undercroft (lower level of the church.) Kids go to Sunday School first, then join their families at the Peace. Children and babies are always welcome in worship, but we also have a staffed nursery in the Undercroft of the Church for parents who prefer this option.
Bible Study starts Wed., Sept 12 at 10:15 am in the Rath House (stone and stucco house next to church). We will be reading and discussing the Gospel of Mark. This is a great way to start Bible reading – the shortest version of Jesus’ life and teaching. No experience is needed or expected, only a desire to learn, ask questions, laugh, and grow with others. Questions? Speak to Mother Vicki.
Narnia Book Club Comes to All Saints’ Oct. 7: Bring your imagination, creativity, and curiosity to faith in Jesus as a child, an adult, or a family in this home-based effort. We’ll read C.S. Lewis’ book The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and have opportunities for conversation and activities. Pick up a brochure with full information, and a copies of the book are available for $5—both are in our Narnia Corner at the rear of the church!
The Way of Love: Adult Forum
Next week, Sunday, Sept. 16 at 11:30 am in the lower room of the Parish House. Mother Vicki will present an overview of the “practices for a Jesus-centered life” and ways you can use them for yourself. Get coffee or tea, join the circle and conversation.
FUN & FUNDRAISING
Rummage Sale collection this week:
Sunday–noon-2 pm; Monday–10am-2pm; Tuesday–6-8 pm (during the day, call the office to make sure someone is here); Thursday–10 am-2 pm and 6:30-8 pm. Please bring your clean, working items. And tell your friends and neighbors. We can still use more rummage! We can still use more volunteers to for sort, price, as well as working on the sale day! Check the poster in the narthex to see how you can help.Questions? Speak to Kimberly Celeste.
Reminder from the Finance Committee – Over the summer while you have been traveling and on vacation, our regular parish expenses have continued, and our cash flow has dipped a bit, as it does every summer. Please make sure your financial contributions are up-to-date. If you have a question about your donation, please speak with Barbara Barbeau. All of your support is needed and appreciated. Thank you.
ALL SAINTS’ PRIDE
Get your All Saints’ Shirts! Red polo shirts (short or long sleeve) with our name and the Episcopal shield are available for purchase. Cost is $26 or $30. Wear them for parish events, Rummage Sale, whenever you want to send a simple message about our parish! Order forms are in the display in the Narthex.
Shop-Rite in Stirling partners with our food ministries in many ways. Here are two events at Shop-Rite that you can support which help to fight hunger:
- 7th Annual Motorcyle Ride to Fight Hunger, Saturday, Sept. 15 at 11 am starting at Shop-Rite. Cost is $20. Mother Vicki will be there at the start of the ride to bless the bikes. For more info and registration call Colleen at Shop-Rite: 908-604-2129.
- Help Bag Hunger, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 10-11 am. Be part of Shop-Rite’s annual fund-raising efforts for local food pantries. Bag groceries at a cashier station for one hour, and be a friendly face and voice. This is a contest with Shop-Rite stores in other communities. If the Stirling store wins, their cash prize will be donated to our food ministries. For more information about this, please speak to Jane Hayden.
AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Musikgarten: Early Childhood Music Classes – for babies & toddlers; preschoolers; and young elementary group piano lessons. Taught here at All Saints’ by our director of Music Alison Siener Brown, under the auspices of Music in the Somerset Hills. Classes star the first week in October. For information speak to Alison or check the website http://musicsh.org/musikgarten/.
Bishop-elect Carlye Hughes’ consecration and celebration on Sept. 22 at NJPAC are in place and we are all invited. If you are still interested in attending but have not yet registered, there may still be individual seats available by registering here: https://dioceseofnewark.org/form/consecration-tickets-general-public. And for a good article on what happens at the consecration of a bishop in the Episcopal Church, look here: https://dioceseofnewark.org/content/celebrating-consecration-episcopal-bishop
9/11 Finance Committee Rath House, 7:30 pm
9/12 Bible Study Rath House, 10:15 am
9/13 Eucharist & Healing Prayer 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 www.allsaintsmillington.org.
Welcoming – Hospitality is a very important part of traditional cultures, including the ancient Jewish and Christian cultures of the Bible. Hospitality is not about serving a lavish meal or hosting a perfect social event. True Christian hospitality is about inviting others – particularly strangers – to share your time, your attention, your space, your meal, your prayer. It’s about making room to be able to receive whatever gift of wisdom, presence, truth, or story the guest offers. It’s about seeing and being seen as Jesus sees us, and drawing refreshment from that.
As we start this new program year on Welcome Sunday, we have an opportunity to practice welcoming and hospitality. When we meet after church be aware of someone else you may not know, or you know only by sight. He or she may be new, or visiting, or just not able to get to church often. Please introduce yourself. Ask them to tell you something they enjoyed about the day’s worship. And try to ask several different people the following conversation question: When you are new in a place or group of people, what makes you feel welcomed and included? Ask someone this question, listen for their answer, then share your answer with them.
And following up from last week’s post about listening, here is a link to a podcast about listening to God in the Psalms. Radio journalist Krista Tippett interviews author and pastor Eugene Peterson on her show “On Being.” The segment is called “The Bible, Poetry, and Active Imagination.”Peterson is the translator of The Message version of the Bible, as well as the author of many books. In his 80s, he has much wisdom about being honest with God, and about ways to pray. Take a listen! https://onbeing.org/programs/eugene-peterson-the-bible-poetry-and-active-imagination-aug2018/