Hope to see you all at the Grateful Fun & Festivities (including a photo back-ground!) on Saturday night at 7:00 pm in the Parish House. Please bring a dessert or savory snack to share. There will be a free-will donation basket at the door. Come and join your fellow Saints for a fun evening!
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Please take a look at this week’s announcements, especially:
- Thanksgiving Day (Worship)
- Annual Pledge Commitment (Stewardship)
- Advent Quiet Evening and Reflection Materials(Christian Formation)
- Creation Care Team (Stewardship)
- Mother Vicki’s 25th Ordination Anniversary (Worship)
25th Ordination Anniversary, December 8. Join us to celebrate Mother Vicki’s anniversary at the 10 am service. It will be followed be a pot-luck lunch in the Parish Hall. We hope you can be part of the celebration on that day.
St. Nicholas Sunday – December 8: St Nicholas will visit our Parish House during the party after Mother Vicki's 25th Ordination Anniversary at the 10 am service. Party starts about 11:15 am. Oranges and chocolates for all!
Thanksgiving Day worship this week, Nov. 28 is at 10 am. A simple, warm service of Communion and hymns. Come and give thanks to God for all your blessings before you get on the road or put your turkey in the oven.
Greening of the Church after the 10 am service on Dec. 22 Come and help get the Church ready for our Christmas celebrations! There will be an opportunity to sing Christmas hymns and carols, as well.
Christmas Music & Christmas Flowers – envelopes to contribute for flowers and guest musicians at Christmas will be available in the pews next week. Please be sure to include the name(s) of those you are remember or giving thanks for. These names will be included in our Christmas bulletins. Thank you!
Children’s Nativity Pageant - 12/15 at 10 am: This is All Saints' traditional (and simple) telling of the birth of Jesus. We need kids to be Mary & Joseph, Gabriel, Kings/Magi, Shepherds, Angels, two older kids to be narrators, and the littlest ones can be animals. This does require a rehearsal. The main rehearsal is on Saturday, 12/14 at 9 am. There will be an additional/alternate rehearsal on Thursday 12/12 at 5:15 pm, if you can't make the Saturday. If neither rehearsal time is possible for your family, please speak with me about how else your child can participate - we don't want to leave anyone out! RSVP is required and essential; thank you!
Family Choir for Christmas Eve 4:30 pm Service - this is an opportunity for kids and adults to sing together on Christmas Eve (and it helps lead our congregation and visitors). Rehearsal for Family Choir is Sunday, 12/22, 11:30 am-12:30 pm in the choir room. On Christmas Eve the Choir should arrive at 3:45 pm to warm up and runt through the anthem again. Please RSVP to Alison Siener Brown (Director of Music) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christmas Eve Children's Procession to the Creche - kids are invited to carry Nativity figures to the Creche Table during the opening hymn of the 4:30 pm service, before going to sit with their families. If kids are singing with Family Choir they can participate in this! Kids should gather in the Narthex (lobby) at 4:20 to receive instructions and line up.
Annual Pledge Campaign for 2020: Building a Joyful Community – Thank you to everyone who has turned in their pledge commitment form. We are trying to wrap up our pledge campaign and still have a number of folks we have not heard from. If you need a pledge commitment form, please ask for one. You can even send your pledge in by e-mail, if that is more convenient. Thank you for being part of God’s mission here at All Saints’!
Creation Care Team: Christmas – as we look ahead to our preparations for Christmas it is easy to feel stressed and overwhelmed with trying to create and purchase “the perfect Christmas.” As you think back to holidays past, what Christmas memory do you most value – an event? a relationship? an activity with someone you love? certain music? Consider how you might focus on those sorts of things this year so that your celebration of the coming of Christ will be more joyful and less stressful.
Advent Quiet Evening: Wed., Dec. 4. This will be a mini-retreat in the midst of the December hustle and bustle; time to catch your breath and prepare your heart for Christmas. It will be led by the Rev. Shawn Carty in the Lower Room of the Parish House. Soup & Bread Supper, 6:30 pm; Reflection, Discussion, and Compline, 7:00-8:30 pm. Sign up on the sheet in the Narthex.
Advent Resources are available in the Narthex:
- Advent Calendar Poster - large Advent Calendar posters are available for free in the Narthex of the Church. They are great to put on your wall or fridge door at home and color in each day. Advent starts Dec. 1 this year.
- A Way to the Manger daily devotional
- Various short pamphlets for reflection in the tract rack on the bulletins table.
Bible Study will not meet this week. We’ll resume next Wednesday, 12/4 at 10:15 am in the Rath House. We’ll discuss Revelation, Chapter 12. Come learn more about the Bible and its connection to our lives. Questions? Speak to Mother Vicki.
Narnia Book Club discussion during Coffee Hour this Sunday; Chapters 13-15 of Prince Caspian, from The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. This group is a wonderful way to engage both your imagination and your faith and share your ideas with others.
See the full listing of events at the Community of St. John Baptist at the end of this e-letter.
11/23 Narnia Discussion Parish Hall, 11:30 am
11/28 Holy Eucharist Church, 10:00 am
The Parish Office will be closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday.
For a full schedule of our buildings check the website calendar
Way of Love: Worship – Thursday morning at our 7:00 am service a small group was gathered at the altar for Communion and healing prayer. As the service went on we noticed that the light streaming through the window next to the altar was projecting the image of the descending dove (Holy Spirit) on the rear wall of the church, as it does several times a year.
But then the sun was moving behind a building or some other object, and the image disappeared. After the service we looked again, and the image came through once more. We moved some of the prayer desks and a chair that impeded the view, and then we spent about ten minutes watching the dove move across the back wall, change shape, color, and size as the angle of the sun and the strength of the light changed, and brought out new details of the image.
As we talked about this experience we reflected on how true this is to our experience of God the Holy Spirit, as he works in our lives – sometimes visibly, and often invisibly yet effectually. In particular, we were reminded that our experience of God, who is always present, changes in tone, clarity, strength, and color.
As you look to God with steady and patient attention, what do you notice? How does that affect you?
CONVENT CORNER – continued
Fall Associates’ retreat:
From Commotion to Contemplation
Saturday November 23 2019 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
At the Convent
Leader: Sister Josita Marks, SCC - Sisters of Christian Charity https://scceast.org
Topic: “From Commotion to Contemplation.”
RSVP to Sr. Eleanor Francis 973-543-4641 ex.3 or email@example.com.
Please contact Sister Eleanor Francis if you're interested in becoming a CSJB Associate.
Cultivating Compassion for the Environment
Sunday December 1, 2019
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
At the Retreat House
Compassion is a core belief in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. How do our traditions define compassion? How are we told to behave in order to live a life of compassion for ourselves and others? We will explore texts, stories and historical examples from our faith traditions that teach compassion and discuss how contemporary society presents challenges to us as we try to live a life of compassion. Join Sister Eleanor Francis, Rabbi Debra Smith and Dr. Shabiha Sheikh for an intriguing text study and discussion.
Contact Rabbi Debra Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org
Or Sister Eleanor Francis at 973-543-4641 x3 email@example.com.
THE HARMONIUM OUTREACH CHORUS
Sunday December 1, 2019
4:00 PM At the Convent - Main Chapel
Conductor: Dr. Anne Matlack
Discover new female composers, songs about peace, works of Marian devotion, some Christmas wassail carols, and spirituals in this delightful presentation.
Contact Sister Pamela at firstname.lastname@example.org Or call at 973-543-4641 x9
ADMISSION - any voluntary donation. All proceeds benefit our Capital Campaign to replace our 100+ year old roof at the Retreat House.
The Epiphany Party!
Sunday January 5, 2020
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM At the Convent
This event is for old and new friends of the Community. Enjoy an evening of music and fellowship with the Sisters.
Vespers and Reception of Associates 4 p.m. Informal Supper and Hymn Sing at 5. Come when you can! RSVP to Sr. Eleanor Francis 973-543-4641 ex.3 or email@example.com.
Celtic Journeys: Spring Retreat on Holy Island (Lindisfarne)
February 21-February 29, 2020
Steeped in history going back as far as the Saxon period, many well-known saints were associated with Lindisfarne, the island almost taking on an aura of its own (Aidan, Cuthbert, King Oswald, the Lindisfarne Gospels!). Lindisfarne is famous internationally for its medieval religious heritage, its picturesque 16th century castle, and for its wildlife. But many are simply attracted to the peace and tranquility which pervades this very special island.
For more information, contact Sister Margo Elizabeth:
Phone:973 543 4641 ext 4 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.celticjourneys.org/lindisfarne
Celtic Journeys: Ireland
May 20-May 31, 2020
From the ruggedness of Connemara to the spectacular seascapes of the Dingle Peninsula, from the buzz of Dublin to the silence of the Wicklow Mountains... Ireland is truly a magical land, filled with wonderment and delight. And the traditional music is truly the soul of this special country. We hope you can join us!
For more information, contact Sister Margo Elizabeth:
Phone:973 543 4641 ext 4 Email: email@example.com https://www.celticjourneys.org/ireland