We are being inundated by snow. Of course, all parish events are cancelled for today and tonight. There seems to be a possibility of more snow on Saturday! If we need to cancel any of the Sunday services there will be a message on the church voice mail, on the website home page and an e-mail letting you know of any cancellations or changes.
Now for some good news! We are very pleased to announce that Alison Siener Brown has accepted our offer to become our new Director of Music. Alison holds a Bachelor’s in Sacred Music from Westminster Choir College and a Master’s in Organ Performance and Sacred Music from Northwestern University. She grew up as a chorister at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in Buffalo and has long experience with the Royal School of Church Music program. She has served in a number of different churches in New Jersey and Illinois. Currently she has been serving at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Livingston. She teaches piano privately and maintains a Musikgarten studio for early childhood music and movement.
Alison lives in Bernardsville with her husband Tom who is the Associate Pastor at Chatham Township Presbyterian Church, and their children.
Alison will begin her work with Thursday choir rehearsals (both choirs) on February 27. Her first service with us will be on Sunday, March 9. We look forward to her ministry and music, and the new gifts and insights she will bring. Please be sure to welcome Alison to All Saints’!
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Baby Shower for North Porch Women & Infants’ Center, Sunday Feb. 23 at 3pm, in the Parish Hall. Come for tea and conversation, bring your items for donation, and support this very worthwhile ministry! North Porch, a diocesan ministry housed at St. John’s, Dover, helps to provide critical supplies for babies and toddlers in need.
Some of their specific needs are:
Enfamil 12.5 oz powdered baby formula (yellow label and purple label)
diapers (size 4, 5, 6),
jars of stage 2 baby food,
regular sizes of baby wash, lotion and diaper cream (no travel sizes or Costco sizes, please).
Carol Berry will be coordinating refreshments. RSVP by signing up on the sheet in the Narthex!
All God's Children, February 19 at 12 noon, is our monthly service for special needs kids and their families. It’s under 30 minutes long, very casual, with opportunity for movement, music, and optional Communion. Please extend an invitation to others in the wider community who might be interested; all are welcome! Contact Mother Vicki with questions.
Scout Sunday@All Saints’ - March 2 at 10 am. All Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Police Explorers and their leaders are invited to come and be part of the celebration of the Scouting movement. Wear your uniform – and pass the word to your fellow Scouts!
Ash Wednesday is March 5. Services will be at 9:30 am and 7:30 pm, with Imposition of Ashes and Holy Eucharist at both services.
Women's Book Group will meet February 19 at 7:30 pm at 7:30 pm in the Rath House. The book for discussion is "A Race to Splendor" by Ciji Ware, about the San Francisco earthquake in 1906. Come for a fun evening of conversation and friendship.
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, March 4 – 5:30 -7 pm in the Lower Room of the Parish House. Come for pancakes and sausage as a final fling before the start of Lent. Cost is $5 per person; kids under age 3 are free; maximum fee is $20 per household. Our pancake chefs Gary Stapperfenne and Geof Kimak welcome any and all “sous chefs.” Sign up oin the sheet in the Narthex.
The high school and middle school youth will decorate the room, set tables and serve – please sign your youth helpers up on the Narthex sheet, also.
The Bible Challenge-We Have Finished-Congratulations, Everyone! In the past year many All Saints’ folk have been engaged in spending time reading the Bible – some have even read the whole Bible. Whether you have been able to do that or to attend more deeply to the reading of Scripture in public worship, this is a big accomplishment. When we understand God’s story better, then we are more able to find ourselves in that story and listen more closely to what the Holy Spirit is saying to us. A short survey about your experience will be sent out in the next day or two. Please take a few minutes to respond – no matter how much or how little you felt you were able to participate. Thanks!
Bible Study meets Wednesday at 10:15 am in the Rath House. This coming week we’ll take a look at the Transfiguration as described in Matthew 17:1–9, Mark 9:2-8, and Luke 9:28–36. We’ll also be discussing what comes next. Newcomers and drop-ins are always welcome. Hope to see you there!
The Annual Parish Meeting was held last Sunday. Thanks to everyone for a good (and fun!) meeting. Copies of the Annual Report are available in the Narthex. A copy of the Rector’s Report is attached to this e-letter. Congratulations to our newly elected Vestry members and Convention deputies and alternates:
Warden, Jackie Sullivan; Vestry, Nancy Mink, Greg Story, Susan Dudzinski; Diocesan Convention Deputy, Louis Berry; Convention Alternate, Ellen Lewis. We also have 2 years of an unexpired Vestry term that is open, as well as our continuing need for a Clerk. If anyone is interested in further information about these opportunities, please speak to Toma Day, Jackie Sullivan, or Mother Vicki. Thanks.
Parish Calendar this Week
Does not include community and private groups that meet in our facilities. For a full listing check our Google calendar on the parish website www.allsaintsmillington.org.
Sun 2/16 All God’s Children 12 noon, Church; refreshments in Parish Hall
No Confirmation Class [School vacation]
Tues 2/18 Vestry 7:30 pm, Rath House
Wed 2/19 Bible Study 10:15 am, Rath House
Book Group 7:30 pm, Rath House
Thur 2/20 HE & Breakfast 7:00 am, Church
Junior Choir 5:00 pm, Choir Room
Adult Choir 7:30 pm, Choir Room
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Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, the day for hearts, flowers, chocolates and telling someone dear to you how much you love them. So where did this celebration come from? Here is a source from the Church of England that explains it well:
“The Church’s commemoration of Valentine has nothing to do with lovers! It originated with two separate people, both called Valentine. Valentine of Terni was a 3rd century bishop who was martyred at Rome in 273. Valentine of Rome was a priest who was also martyred for his faith in the mid 3rd century. It is likely that these two stories became confused over time, with the two martyrdoms becoming in effect one commemoration. The present-day custom of sending cards and flowers declaring love may owe its existence to John Donne who wrote a marriage song for Princess Elizabeth’s marriage to Frederick V, Elector Palatine on St Valentine’s Day in 1632. Donne’s marriage song merged the religious commemoration of Valentine with fertility symbolism. (Adapted from John Darch and Stuart Burns Saints on Earth, Church House Publishing, 2004).”
A prayer of thanksgiving for love
Lord God, we thank you that through our earthly lives you speak of your eternal life. We rejoice in the wonder of creation, the gift of life, the joy of love, and the many blessings that our relationships bring. Renew in us the fruits of your Holy Spirit; that we may know your love, joy and peace, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
(Adapted from New Patterns for Worship, Church of England)
Four years ago the BBC put together a Valentine’s Day special on “Songs of Praise” with many different readings, hymns, anthems, secular songs, reflections, and bits of history – an exploration of many different facets of love. The You Tube links are here. They are worth a look and listen. Much of it was filmed at All Saints’, Evesham (another All Saints’!). Enjoy…and remember to tell those dear to you how much you love them.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AG19I4pwcb0 – Part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRhXltBFsN4 – Part 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmJrMxbErdE – Part 3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzXmklXe8nI - Part 4