Here is this week’s e-letter. Take a look at the announcements below, especially these highlights.
- Fall Fish & Chips (Fun & Fundraising)
- Reception for Molly Faerber (Parish Life)
- Family Promise (Helping Hands)
- Millington Downtown Day (Around the Neighborhood)
- Construction (Vestry News)
- Stewardship (Christian Practices)
- Middle School Sunday School (Christian Formation)
- Twelve Baskets Food Pantry Walk-in Day (Helping Hands)
FUN & FUNDRAISERS
Fall Fish ‘n Chips with Argyle of Kearney Thursday, October 26, 5:30-7:30 pm! Eat in or Take-out. Tickets on Sale today! $18 for adults/$9 for kids. ($20/$10 for walk-ins at the door). Please tell your friends and neighbors! Take a flyer to distribute to local shops or give to friends. And take a look at the sign-up poster in the Narthex to let us know how you can help. We especially need people to bake desserts and to serve on the night. Thanks!
Reception for Molly Faerber, Sunday, Oct. 22 at 11:15 am. Molly has been our part-time book keeper and financial secretary, but full-time friend and support, for fifteen years. Due to her husband Ken’s health concerns, Molly has decided that it is time to retire. To thank Molly for her years of service to All Saints’, we will fête her with a finger food reception. Please sign-up to let us know what you can bring!
Trunk or Treat – Sunday School kids wear their Hallowe’en costumes, and adults provide the treats. The kids trick-or-treat from car to car in the parking lot, and we have refreshments outside on Sunday, October 29 at 11:15 am. Please sign up in the Narthex to participate – kids and adults!
AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Millington Downtown Day – Sunday, Oct. 15, 11 am-3 pm. All Saints’ will have a table at this street fair, selling our parish cookbooks, raffling off an antique hand-made coverlet from the Rummage Sale, and offering church brochures and information, and being a friendly face of All Saints’ in our community. We need another few people to staff the table for an hour on the day and be part of this ministry of connection and awareness. If you can help with this, please email Mother Vicki at email@example.com. Thanks!
Twelve Baskets Food Pantry Walk-in Day, Saturday, Oct. 21, 9 am-1:00 pm.
As a next step in our food ministry, we are experimenting with offering walk-in hours from our Parish House next Saturday morning. This kind of distribution also allows us to receive free dairy and produce from the Community FoodBank. We are contacting our regular clients, and we’ll also have flyers to distribute at Millington Downtown Day. We serve members of the Long Hill commmunity, friends and family of parishioners, and Veterans. We’d love to have you help for an hour or two on Saturday! Interested? Please speak to Jane Hayden or Mother Vicki.
FAMILY PROMISE, Monday, Oct. 30 – It’s All Saints’ turn to host this Morris County shelter for homeless families getting back on their feet. The families are housed for the week at Trinity House/Shrine of St. Joseph in Stirling. We are asked to provide dinner (Meatloaf, Vegetable, Starch, Chicken nuggets/something child friendly, Salad, Fruit, Dessert), two greeters (5:30-8:30 pm), and two people for overnight duty (7:30 pm-6:30 am) on this date. Here are more details from coordinator Afsaneh Thursfield: “The greeters for the meal help set up and talk with our guests as they come in, eat and get settled for the night. And we all pitch in to clean up after dinner. Please consider either making a dish, dropping it off and/or staying and meeting our guests. Or come stay overnight - the rooms are cozy, private and clean! The guests are so grateful for your contribution and it gives us great pride in being of service to others.” Please be in touch with Coordinators Afsaneh Thursfield & Kathy Pfeil if you can help with this ministry. Thanks.
The construction project to assist with our drainage and deteriorating steps is nearly finished. It turns out that large underground cistern was an old, abandoned septic tank. And the drainage leading away from the back of the church roof was so clogged and broken that the leader had standing water in it! For the short term, the path to the Memorial Garden in front of the Rath House is loose stone. The Vestry is looking into the possibility of eventually putting down commemorative pavers that can be inscribed with names. Thank you for your patience!
Accounting/Financial System – We have made the decision to switch to Quick Books, which will be much more streamlined and will produce simpler, more easy-to-access financial reports than our old system. There may be a few hiccups (as there always are with software), so please bear with us. If you have any questions, please speak to Barbara Barbeau, our new Financial Secretary.
Middle School Sunday School Class for Grades 6-8 – Suzanne Kosempel (with assistance from Joyce Kulzer) will be teaching this class in the Rath House Living Room, on Sundays at 10 am. Students will go to their class before joining their families in worship at the Peace. All Middle Schoolers are welcome and encouraged to participate.
Bible Study meets on Wednesdays at 10:15 am in the Rath House. This is a lively, prayerful, and inquisitive group. You and your questions are welcome here. This week: First Corinthians, Chapter 7. You can bring your own Bible, or use one of ours. Hope to see you there!
Parish Directory We are updating our Directory and will be including PHOTOS. Please send a photo of yourself or your family, and any changes to Susie Harris at her new email: firstname.lastname@example.org. A headshot is best! If you need your photo scanned, drop it off and we will scan and return it!
Necrology for All Saints’ Sunday – at the start of our services on November 5 we’ll read the names of parishioners and loved ones who have died in the past year...or previous years; we’ll also print a list of all the names. If you would like to have someone included on the Necrology list, please e-mail the names to Susie Harris in the parish office at email@example.com by October 30.
Diocesan Website – here’s the link for news and information from our Diocese of Newark: http://dioceseofnewark.org/
10/16 Evening Prayer Church, 6:30 pm
Pilgrim Group Rath House, 7:00 pm
10/17 Finance Committee Rath House, 7:30 pm
10/18 Bible Study Rath House, 10:15 am
10/19 Communion & 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
10/21 Food Pantry Open Parish Hall 9:00 am-1:00 pm
For a full schedule of our buildings check the website calendar www.allsaintsmillington.org.
Why Do People Give?
(adapted from Cathy Clement, retired Director of Philanthropy at Five Acres &board member at The Episcopal Network for Stewardship)
“Why do people give? Here’s why I give to my parish”:
No. 10: It’s a habit. It’s how I was raised. From my earliest days in Sunday school at Holy Faith in Inglewood, California, I remember folding little blue mite boxes for depositing my weekly offering every Lent.
No. 9: The Bible tells me so. From kindergarten in a little Christian School to my master’s at Fuller Theological Seminary, I learned that the Bible teaches us to give back. Sharing my resources is clearly a biblical value.
No. 8: Giving to my parish is fun. Stewardship at All Saints, Pasadena always involves a party. As our rector said in a recent sermon, Jesus’ parables often ended in a party. And as I understand it, heaven is going to be one mega-party.
No. 7: Giving to my parish feels good. I think Jesus was on to something when he said it is more blessed to give than to receive. And studies show that people who give live longer.
No. 6: I give to change the world. My parish is plugged in to where I can make the most difference in addressing the world’s greatest needs. My parish stretches me.
No. 5: My parish is my community. I have made lifelong friends there; I was married there, and will be buried there. At my parish I’m part of something larger than myself.
No. 4: My parish is inclusive and not only with a capital “I.” I was tenderly included when I was out of work, when I battled cancer, and when my husband died.
No. 3: I’ve been blessed and want to be a blessing to others. I am blessed to be able to continue to tithe my income in my retirement. My parish is a priority in my budget.
No. 2: I want to leave a legacy. I am indebted to visionary parishioners from whom I inherited the church I love. I owe the same to future generations.
No. 1: I give because I was asked. In turn I’d like to ask you. Won’t you join me in pledging your financial support on this awesome journey of faith?
- Why do you give?
- Is giving to your parish different than giving to other ministries? to other charities? How?
Prayer for our Parish Stewardship
Holy and Loving God,
in the midst of the uncertainties of life and the anxious times in which we live,
you call us to renew our trust in you each day.
As we make plans and provisions for
our church and ministries in the coming year,
help our trust to grow, and our generosity to be joyful;
and all in thanks and praise through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.