Many of you remember our former deacon, the Rev. Bill Bailey. Sadly, Bill’s health has continued to decline and he is now on Hospice at home. He would love to have cards or notes from All Saints’ parishioners. Bill and Evelyn are being well cared for by the clergy of St. Peter’s, Morristown (their home parish), and three of their four children live close by. Bill speaks often of how much his time at All Saints’ meant and how dear the people of this parish are to him. Please keep Bill, Evelyn and the Bailey family in your prayers as they walk this final journey.
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This Week is First Sunday in Lent - there are several changes in our worship to reflect the season. We’ll be using Rite I with the older, more formal language at both services (8 a.m. will use the first Eucharistic Prayer), and we omit the acclamation “Alleluia.” The brass cross and candles, and the pottery or glass altar vessels are used, instead of silver. We have greens, rather than flowers, and we don’t sing or say the Gloria. These are all ways that we mark the penitential nature of Lent.
Lenten Taizé Services – Weds., 7 pm, starting 2/20. Come for 30 mins. of candlight, chanting, prayer, silence and Scripture reading. Connect with God.
Special Needs Worship - All God's Children Service – This Week, Feb. 17 - at 12 noon. Designed for children and families with a range of special needs – including anyone who has a hard time sitting still! It’s 30 mins. long, with lots of movement, music and participation. Pass the word to friends and neighbors who can benefit from this. We need volunteers to provide a gluten-free snack for the kids and some munchies for adults. Please respond to this e-mail to help out.
“All Manner of Things Shall Be Well”- at the 10 am service Feb. 24, our own Laurie Gaulke (actress/storyteller) will present a meditation based on the writings of Julian of Norwich, the 14th century English mystic. Please be on hand for worship this day.
Scout Sunday, March 3 at 10 am – all Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts should wear their uniforms to church and participate in the Scout Exercises (the different Scout Laws, Promises and a prayer). All Scouts in Long Hill Township are invited to attend.
Women’s Book Group will meet on Tuesday, February 26 at 7:30 pm in the Rath House. The book for the evening will be a classic - “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” by Harriet Beecher Stowe. It was written in 1852 and was the most popular novel of the 19th century. This was the book that first brought anti-slavery sentiment to the general public. Come for a fun evening of discussion and good company.
Thanks to our Pancake Supper Chefs: Gary Stapperfenne , Geof Kimak and Jean Kimak. And to all the kids who decorated and served, and all the adults who helped with the clean-up. We had a fun and delicious time.
Sunday School Schedule
2/17: Sunday School as usual (Lent I)
2/24: Sunday School – Grades 1-8 will be in worship for the “All Manner of Things” play. Kids in Pre-K and K go to class, as usual. Laser Tag Party after Church at the Bounce Factory in Warren.
3/3: Family Service; no Sunday School. Scout Sunday – all Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts should wear their uniforms to church and participate in the Scout Exercises.
Laser Tag Party– Sunday, February 24 at The Bounce Factory in Warren, 12 noon-2:30 pm, for all kids age 7 and up. $15 includes game, pizza and drinks. We have 24 spots only; first come, first served. Sign up on the sheet in the Narthex.
The Bible Challenge is off to a good start! There is still time to join this program of devotional Bible reading. There is information on the table in the narthex, or you can speak to Mother Vicki. And even if you feel you can’t formally be a part of the program, we can all make a commitment to listening and attending to the Bible passages as they are read aloud in Church. The Bible Challenge is a way to strengthen your faith and grow in your knowledge and love of God.
Bible Study/“Bible Buddies” on Wednesday – 10:15 am in the Narthex; 7:45 pm in the Rath House. Bring your questions, thoughts, insights and wonderings from your Bible Challenge reading .
OTHER EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Stewardship – Take care of yourself. You never know when the world needs you. ~ Rabbi Hillel.
Parish House Construction Update – The upper level landing is in place where there will be a half-wall and a gate for the wheel chair lift. The exterior trim detail was worked on, and more of the plans for the wheel-chair lift were decided on. Many photos of the project are available on the Church’s Facebook page in the album marked “Parish House Construction.” Take a look!
Save the Date – Twice! Jody Doktor, our Director of Music, will marry Shea Velloso on May 4, 2013 at 10:30 am at All Saints’ and everyone is invited to the service. And on Sunday, April 7 at 1 pm there will be a shower for Jody and Shea in the Parish Hall. It’ll be a pot-luck luncheon. More details will be forth-coming soon, but put this on your calendar now!
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Lent 2013 ~ Day 2
The Psalm for Day 4 of the Bible Challenge. It is also one of the appointed Psalms for the bed-time service of Compline (BCP, page 127).
1 Answer me when I call, O God, defender of my cause; *
you set me free when I am hard-pressed;
have mercy on me and hear my prayer.
2 "You mortals, how long will you dishonor my glory; *
how long will you worship dumb idols
and run after false gods?"
3 Know that the LORD does wonders for the faithful; *
when I call upon the LORD, he will hear me.
4 Tremble, then, and do not sin; *
speak to your heart in silence upon your bed.
5 Offer the appointed sacrifices *
and put your trust in the LORD.
6Many are saying,"Oh, that we might see better times!" *
Lift up the light of your countenance upon us, O LORD.
7 You have put gladness in my heart, *
more than when grain and wine and oil increase.
8 I lie down in peace; at once I fall asleep; *
for only you, LORD, make me dwell in safety.