This Sunday is our Parish Feast Day – All Saints’ Sunday! The information about the services is below. There will be a Family Service at 10 am. As we did in October, we are asking families with children to participate in the opening part of the service, carrying in some of the different objects and elements that we will need for our worship. Kids and parents should meet Mother Vicki in the Narthex at 9:50 am. After dressing the altar, they will return to their seats.
Time Change this Weekend!
Remember to set your clocks back before you go to bed this Saturday, Nov. 4, and get the extra hour's sleep!
And there are two parish life news items.
- Former parishioners Ann and Ted Bird are in the area visiting the Thursfield family and will be at Church at the 10 am service this Sunday. They’d love to see friends and parishioners.
- We have received word that former parishioner Bea Felsheim has died at the age of 95. For quite a number of years Bea was our Thursday morning office volunteer, folding our Sunday bulletins. Eventually she moved to Meadow Lakes in Hightstown, NJ. A sweet and faithful woman, may she rest in the peace of Christ and rise in the glory of God. A link to her obituary is here: http://obits.nj.com/obituaries/starledger/obituary.aspx?n=beatrice-felsheim&pid=187058978&fhid=21851.
Here is this week’s e-letter. Take a look at the announcements below, especially these highlights.
- Pledge Cards (Stewardship)
- All Saints’ Sunday Services (Worship)
- Staff E-mail Addresses (Parish Communications)
- Family Promise Update (Helping Hands)
THIS SUNDAY: All Saints’ Sunday, our Parish Feast Day!
8 am – the Chanting of the Necrology (names of those who have died), Renewal of Baptismal Vows, Birthday & Anniversary Prayers, and Holy Eucharist.
10 am – Family Worship, Renewal of Baptismal Vows (come and get wet!), Birthday & Anniversary Prayers, Communion. Come and be renewed in your spirit and commitment to Christ, and to All Saints’ Church.
Thanksgiving Worship, Two Opportunities this Year:
Neighborhood Thanksgiving Service
Sunday, Nov. 19 at 4 pm. Readings, prayers, Thanksgiving hymns, a chance to gather with our friends from the Christian Community, neighbors, and friends to give thanks to God for all the blessings of this life.
Thanksgiving Day - Thursday, Nov. 23 at 10 am.
Celebrate Thanksgiving with a simple, intimate service of Communion and Hymns. Put the turkey in the oven and then come and give thanks to God!
Pledge Cards for the coming year, 2018, have been mailed out. The packet includes a letter, a pledge card, and some information about All Saints’ mission, ministry, and finances. Your participation and support of our parish are very important. Please return your pledge card by Nov. 5. Thank you for your prayerful consideration as we work together to make our mission of following Jesus in our community and in our surrounding communities a reality.
The new installment of the Pilgrim study group begins Monday night – Nov., 6 at 7 pm in the Rath House. The topic is The Eucharist. This course is designed to help Christians who are new in their faith, as well as those with long experience, learn more about following and growing in Christ. If you are interested, please speak to Mother Vicki or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bible Study meets on Wed., Nov. 11 at 10:15 in the Rath House. We’ll be discussing 1 Corinthians, chapter 9. You are always welcome to join us whenever you can.
Parish Photos Wanted! We always need and welcome photos of All Saints’ events, people, and services throughout the year. They don’t have to be fancy or posed. Candids on your phone camera are great! You can e-mail them to the general address above and/or post them to the parish Facebook page.
E-mail Address Reminder: some of our e-mail addresses changed in July, due to a change in Verizon.
Parish Administrator Susie Harris’ address is
Mother Vicki’s address is
The general parish address remains
Please adjust your address books. Thanks!
AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Ann Golden to be honored at Good Scout Awards Dinner, Nov. 29. This Boy Scout Council dinner honors volunteers in our local community while raising funds for the Scouting program. One of this year’s honorees is Ann Golden – our neighbor, Charlie White’s guardian, and a BSA Troop 56 mother and grandmother. We are all invited. Flyers are available on the table in the Narthex. If you are interested in going, please speak to Mother Vicki and we will try to put together an All Saints’ table.
Family Promise Homeless Shelter Report - I just wanted to share my gratitude (and pride) with everyone. THANK YOU to all who contributed, or wanted to contribute, to the guests of Family Promise on Monday. They were extremely happy with the food - it was delicious - the variety, and of course, the hospitality.
I had a 2018 planning meeting there last night and I am blessed to say that the guests were not just guests anymore, they are friends. The families all are appreciative and grateful for our involvement and had nothing but warm things to say.
So thank you for sharing your time and hearts, and if I haven't said it enough, it is an honor and a privilege to be a part of such a proactive and caring congregation. Team Saints strikes again!!!! Mark your calendars for January, March and December of 2018... (our next opportunities to be of service). With love, Afsaneh Thursfield.
Winter Soup is now available to take home after Church on Sundays during coffee hour ($5 quart/$3 pint – frozen; please return the containers). It is also available to take to sick or shut-in parishioners. The current offering is turkey rice, and two kinds of applesauce.
FUN & FUNDRAISERS
Thanks to everyone who came and helped out with last week’s Fish & Chips. We had a great time, welcomed our neighbors and friends, and raised some funds for All Saints’. Great job, everyone!
MAH JONGG, ANYONE?
Mahjong is a game of skill, strategy, and calculation and involves a degree of chance, akin to rummy, that originated in China. It offers mental stimulation, camaraderie, and fun. Kathy Pfeil is offering beginning lessons (a series of three) to All Saints’ folk for a small fee. A group would gather at a mutually convenient time: week days, week nights, or weekends – and could grow into monthly or weekly games. You will need to purchase outdated American Mah Jongg cards (2017-2017) to learn on. They can be found at the National Mah Jongg League here: https://www.nationalmahjonggleague.org/store.aspx#
Please e-mail or phone Kathy with comments or questions, including preferred times and days for meeting – 908-350-8012 or email@example.com.
Last year we experimented with celebrating the last two Sundays after Pentecost as the Second and First Sundays before Advent. Why? December in our culture is so full of Christmas preparations that we have little space to keep the Advent themes of judgment, preparation for Christ’s Second Coming, and hope for a renewed Creation in the Age to Come; all as important as preparing for the Holy Child. This also connects with the ancient Celtic Christian practice of Advent as a seven-week season that a number of different churches are moving towards recovering.
What does this look like? On 11/19 we’ll use the Advent colors, move to Advent service music and Prayers of the People, and include one Advent hymn. The Advent Wreath and greens on the altar will wait until the start of Advent Season proper (12/3).
Our hope is that we will have time to be more reflective and prayerful during this spiritually rich and important season, knowing that Christ comes to us as the Lord of Creation at his Second Coming, as well as the Baby in the Manger.
Diocesan Website – here’s the link for news and information from our Diocese of Newark: http://dioceseofnewark.org/
Evening Prayer Church 6:30 pm
Pilgrim Discussion Group Rath House 7:00 pm
Bible Study Rath House 10:15 am
Communion & Healing Prayer Church, 7:00 am
Small Saints Choir Room 5:15 pm
Junior Choir Choir Room 5:30 pm
Adult Choir Choir Room 7:30 pm
For a full schedule of our buildings check the website calendar www.allsaintsmillington.org.
Praying with the Communion of Saints
Q. What is the communion of saints?
A. The communion of saints is the whole family of God,
the living and the dead, those whom we love and those
whom we hurt, bound together in Christ by sacrament,
prayer, and praise. ~ The Catechism, Book of Common Prayer, p. 862
Those who have gone before us in the faith - who rest now in the love, grace, and peace of God – not only are at rest from their labors (as the hymn says) but also have a job to do. They pray for us and with us for the good of God’s creation, for the growth and development of God’s people, and for the spread of God’s Kingdom on earth. Some of these saints (holy ones) are people we know – family, friends, and neighbors; some of these are saints we know about by their reputation for faithful living; and some are known to God alone.
By reading, remembering, and telling the stories of the saints (capital “S” or small “s”) we can gain strength, wisdom, and inspiration in our own life of faith., seeing more of Jesus through their eyes and actions.
Question for Refection: Who is a saint who inspires you or whose story you feel drawn to? What is it about their practice of Christian faith that appeals to you or challenges you? Spend time this week meditating on his or her story, and ask the Holy Spirit to help you develop some of the same characteristics or faith traits that particular saint has: patience, holy boldness, wisdom, generosity, courage, prayerfulness, forgiveness, cheerful good humor, etc. And remember to thank God for the gifts and strengths you already have!
A link to a performance of the hymn “For all the saints.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_UvXe-of-s