This is a week of happy celebrations for many families, with school getting out for summer, and high school graduations. Congratulations to our parish high schoolers who graduated this week – Alexandra Constantinou, Max Kosempel, Kenzie McNulty, Alaina Phillips, and Sarah Sullivan. We are giving thanks for their accomplishments, and praying for the next steps in life to be blessed!
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This is also a week of turmoil and pain for some children and their families on our border. Whatever you may think about the wisdom and judgment of these parents bringing their children with them as they were (in many cases) fleeing violence and death threats in their home countries - primarily Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador - the separation of babies, toddlers, and children from their parents has caused trauma and emotional harm. The process of reuniting these families is unclear. While we may take different political perspectives on how to solve this crisis, from the perspective of Christian faith to cause harm to children and to break families apart is immoral. Please pray for the safety and well-being of these children – physical, mental, emotional, spiritual – and pray that our country will be able to find a just, equitable, and compassionate legal solution. ~ VGM+
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Here are this week’s announcements:
- Ice Cream Fundraiser (Fun& Fundraising)
- Harry Potter Family Vacation Bible Camp (Christian Formation)
- Parish Hall Floor Work (Buildings & Grounds)
- Summer Choir & Hymn Sings (Worship)
- Snow Plowing Overage Updates (Buildings & Grounds)
FUN & FUNDRAISING
Ice Cream Fundraiser – On Friday, 6/29 Ava’s Ice Cream in Basking Ridge is holding an All Saints’ Church Fundraiser! Take an All Saints’ coupon with you (attached to the email) and 10% of your purchase will be donated by Ava’s to All Saints’. Take the family…take the team…take the whole neighborhood! Thanks, Ava’s Ice Cream!
Rummage Sale! The Sale is coming September 29! We’ll begin accepting rummage August 5, “The First Sunday of Rummage.” What do we take? Good, usable, clean rummage: furniture, housewares, tools, toys, holiday items, yard & garden, art work, kids’ books, small electronics, boutique, office supplies, sporting goods, etc.
What don’t we take? Cribs, large appliances, large sofas, entertainment centers, tube TVs. Tell your friends and neighbors! This sale is our most visible community event, and our largest fund-raiser. Check the poster in the narthex to see how you can help. Questions? Speak to Kimberly Celeste.
This Sunday Evening: Vacation Bible Camp: “Wizards and Wonders – A Hero’s Journey with Harry Potter.” Sunday June 24-Thursday, June 28, 6:30-8:30 pm. This will be an inter-generational experience for kids, adults, and families, starting with a simple dinner. Invite friends and neighbors. Check the homepage of the website for a registration form and email Mother Vicki or Alison Siener Brown to let us know you are coming if you haven’t yet registered.
Bible Study Wednesdays at 10:15 am in the Rath House. This week we are discussing the New Testament book of Galatians – Paul’s letter to the Christians in Galatia (part of modern-day Turkey), chapter 3. Bible study is for everyone, whether you own a Bible or have ever read it, or not! Hope to see you there!
Hymn Sing - During the summer, in place of an instrumental prelude at 10 am, we’ll have a simple hymn sing – the first verse of some of our favorite hymns, starting this week. If you have a request, please be ready with the hymn number!
Come join the fun and sing in the All Saints' Summer Choir! Two different opportunities: July 22 & August 19! No experience is needed. Meet in the choir room at 9:15 to learn the anthem and then help lead worship at 10:00. Please talk to Alison Siener Brown for more information.
Summer Fishing Trip – would you be interested in a day of fishing at the Shore? Steve Kowalik is willing to organize an outing on a boat this summer. Please put your name on the sheet in the Narthex if you would like more information, and Steve will be in touch with you.
Summer Refreshments are available after the 10 am service on the Parish House lawn, starting June 17. Please join us for a cool drink and conversation. If you can host a Sunday (iced tea, lemonade, cookies), please sign up on the sheet in the Narthex or speak to John McGrath.
If you are interested in seeing the consecration of Carlye Hughes as the 11th Bishop of Newark and hearing the Presiding Bishop Curry speak, let Suzanne Kosempel know! We are thinking about obtaining a bus to take a group from All Saints to the NJPAC on Saturday, 9/22/18 and it would be very helpful to get an idea of how many people are interested. Please either email Suzanne at firstname.lastname@example.org with the name and number of people interested or sign up on the sheet in the Narthex of the Church.
BUILDINGS & GROUNDS
Snow Plowing Overage - Thank you everyone who has made donations to our snow plowing fund. We are at about three-quarters of our goal, with $1400 still outstanding! If you can assist us with making up the snow plowing overage, please make a check out to “All Saints’ Church” and put “Snow 2018” in the memo line. Or you may use the PayPal portal on our website. Thank you!
The Parish Hall Floor and the floor outside the bathrooms is finished! The original hard wood under the tile in the hallway was good enough to be repaired and refinished. Some touch-up painting will also be done, which means that our Parish Hall is now in very good shape!
One of the Parish House furnaces was replaced this week. It is part of the energy conservation retro-fitting program from the state of New Jersey that also covered our Parish House lights. This will both conserve energy and give us savings on our energy bill.
There are other property and buildings projects being worked on this summer. Stay tuned for more information. Thank you to the Vestry for moving these projects along!
AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Act of Loving-Kindness Idea: Cyclists’ Water Station? At Charlie White’s funeral people were asked to do some act of loving-kindness for another person in their day-to-day life. Here’s an idea that we as a parish might be able to do - provide water for bikers who pass the church on the weekends. We could fill a cooler on summer Saturday and Sunday mornings with gallon jugs of water, and have a sign to let cyclists know the water is available. It would take about 15 minutes, and volunteers would sign up to cover a day. If this is something you’d be interested in, please let Mother Vicki know. Thanks!
Wednesday Walkabouts - How well do you know the neighborhoods that All Saints’ serves? No matter how often you drive through a place, you never see it the same way as when you walk it. This summer we’ll have evening Walkabouts in parish neighborhoods at 6:30 pm. Each walk will last about 45 minutes, with a meal at a local restaurant afterwards to share fellowship and talk about what we have seen and learned. Details are on the sign-up sheet in the Narthex.
July 11 – Gillette (meet and then have dinner at Chimney Rock)
July 18 – Warrenville Center (meet at 41 Mountain Boulevard and then dinner at Ye’s Asian Bistro)
6/24-28 Vacation Bible Camp Parish House, 6:00 pm
6/27 Bible Study Rath House, 10:15 am
6/28 Eucharist & Healing Church, 7:00 am
For a full schedule of our buildings check the website calendar www.allsaintsmillington.org.
Prayers for Children and Young People
For the Care of Children
Almighty God, heavenly Father, you have blessed us with the joy and care of children: Give us calm strength and patient wisdom as we bring them up, that we may teach them to love whatever is just and true and good, following the example of our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
For Young Persons
God our Father, you see your children growing up in an unsteady and confusing world: Show them that your ways give more life than the ways of the world, and that following you is better than chasing after selfish goals. Help them to take failure, not as a measure of their worth, but as a chance for a new start. Give them strength to hold their faith in you, and to keep alive their joy in your creation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
~ Book of Common Prayer, p. 829