Memorial Garden Altar Dedication, July 7 after the 10 am service. Have you stopped in the Memorial Garden lately? A great deal of work has been done there. Last summer Michael Larkin built an outdoor altar, designed by Will Wallace, as part of his Eagle Scout project, Mark Stapperfenne repaired the fence after the damage during Hurricane Sandy, and now Charlie Hogan, Roger Mederos and Janice Lettieri have planted new flowering shrubs. Thank you one and all! The Garden is an important outdoor worship and meditation space for us, as well as the place where ashes of the deceased are interred. And July 4th weekend is an important date in All Saints’ history; ground was broken for the original Church on July 4, 1905. Please be on hand for this dedication and thanksgiving for the Garden’s refreshed state.
Music and Choirs –Looking toward the fall, we always welcome new members in our choirs. If you like to sing, we have a place for you! Adult Choir can really use some tenors and basses (but we won’t send you away if you’re an alto or soprano – we love you too!). Junior Choir is open to all kids in Grade 3 and older – boys and girls. Both choirs have one practice on Thursday and we go live on Sunday. You come to as many or all that you can. Speak to Dr. Jody for more information. And, if you play an instrument (adult or child) and would like to offer your gift in worship, please see Dr. Jody about that, also.
Picnic and Praise on Wednesday evenings. Come at 6:15 pm, bring a picnic supper to the Parish House lawn, and stay for a simple 30-minute Communion service in the Memorial Garden at 7 pm – or just come for the service!. A great way to connect with God and fellow-parishioners mid-week. For all ages!
All God's Children: Special Needs Worship is on break until the fall. Next service is September 15 at 12 noon.
Child Care is available during the 10 am service in the Nursery all through the summer. Kids are always welcome in worship, but if you or they need a break, our baby-sitters Natalie and Greer would be happy to see them.
fun & fundraising
The Rummage Sale is Coming! – September 21 (first rummage drop-off 8/4). Starting putting aside your good gently-used items now: housewares, furniture, boutique items, yard/garden equipment, toys, holiday decorations, sports equipment, etc. New feature this year – we are looking for white elephant items; they are always so much fun! Please also let your friends and neighbors know that we will accept their contributions. Drop-off is in the Parish Hall. Please look at the sign-up sheet in the Narthex to learn how you can help. There are lots of jobs for all ages – and we need your participation. Questions? Speak to Kimberly Celeste or Charlotte Davis.
Summer Refreshments – We need hosts for Sunday refreshments on the Parish Lawn (iced tea, lemonade, cookies, etc.). Please sign up on the sheet in the Narthex. Questions? Speak to John McGrath.
Hand Bells – We are almost ready to purchase a three-octave set of hand bells (37 in all) and the accompanying accessories to use in our music program! If you would like to sponsor a bell, with an inscription on the handle in memory or honor of a loved one, the cost is $30 a bell or $50 for two – we have 25 bells still available for sponsorship. Those individuals for whom funds have already been donated will, of course, have inscriptions on “their” bells. See the notice in the Narthex and speak to Dr. Jody. We have been saving up for hand bells for several years now, and we are really looking forward to using them in worship; they will expand our music program and the ways we can give praise to God. Thank you!
Blood Drive, Sunday July 14 from 11 am-3 pm in the Parish Hall. Blood levels are low in the summer and we need your help! We need the help of 4 people to volunteer for 2 hours each. They will welcome the donors, guide them thru the process and make sure they have juice and cookies. There is a sign up in the Narthex to donate blood, be a “welcomer” for our donors, or bake goodies to share with those who give blood. Call Susie Harris with questions. (908) 647-0067.
Food for Friends – continues to need donations of non-perishable food for the pantry. Summer months are difficult for low-income families whose children are out of school and not getting subsidized school breakfast and lunch. So “kid- friendly” items are greatly appreciated: peanut butter, jelly, whole wheat crackers, juices boxes, raisins, cans of tuna, granola bars, boxes of mac&cheese, etc. As always, bring your donations with you to Church, or leave them in the barrel in the side entrance. Thank you – you are helping to feed hungry families!
If you need a home health aide for a family member, Pam Lewis has two people she can highly recommend. You can speak to her or to Mother Vicki for more information.
Altar Guild Dinner - Tuesday, June 25 at 6:00 pm at Nancy Brigham’s home: 95 Highland Avenue, Basking Ridge, NJ. For more information please call Liz Gorny.
Save the Date – September 29 @ 11 am (following the 10 am service)! Dedication of the new Parish House Entryway! The Rev. Canon Gregory Jacobs (Canon to the Ordinary for the Diocese of Newark) will be with us that day. We’ll also be inviting friends and neighbors to an Open House from 11 am-1 pm. Why September 29th? In 1906 on 9/29 the original church was dedicated and blessed by Bishop Lines. And then in 1956 the addition to the church was dedicated and blessed on 9/29 – so it is an important date in the life of All Saints’, as well as being the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels. In addition, it is near Delano May’s birthday – and it is she in whose memory the funds for the construction were given. So all the way around, September 29 is a good day!
Women’s Book Group meets July 17 at 7:30 pm in the Rath House. Our next book for discussion is The Offering, by Angela Hunt. Hope you can join us!
The Bible Challenge /Bible Study groups meet as follows:
Wednesday morning at 10:15 am in the Church Narthex.
Wednesday evening at 7:45 pm in the Rath House - June 26 & July 10. Where are we now in our year-long reading schedule? Monday, June 23 is Day 134 and the readings are 2 Kings 16-18, Psalm 111, and Acts 26. How does this work? We are reading three chapters of the Old Testament, a Psalm and a chapter of the New Testament every day except Sundays. Jump in and give it a try! You don’t have to be part of a group, and you don’t have to do the whole program. Any Bible reading you do is a positive step forward. Questions? Speak to Mother Vicki.
Sunday School is on summer hiatus! See you in September! As we look to the new program year in September, we need a co-teacher for the high school class. And we can always use support for the younger grades. Interested? Speak to Jackie Sullivan or Mother Vicki.
Looking Ahead: Ice Cream Social – September 6 at 7 pm. For all Sunday School kids, families and teachers!
Parish House Construction Update - We are nearing the end of this journey! The entire main room of the Parish House has been painted-- from the popcorn ceiling to the baseboard molding. The wooden entry floor has been stained and the final electrical work will be done this coming week. Tom Day has also been painting the spots that had gotten disturbed by the construction (e.g. the new cinder block in the Lower Room where the exterior doorway had been).We expect the chair lift to be installed in July – it is still being manufactured for us.
This Sunday - Organizers: Start Your Engines! After the 10 am service for about 45 minutes. We are going to empty the cabinets in the Parish Hall (the built-in ones) and get some of that ready for Rummage Sale, and empty the metal craft cupboards in the Parish House Lower Room. Most of the contents will go to the Undercroft of the Church, and eventually those metal cabinets will go in the new PH basement. We also need to make a start at organizing Kitchen and kitchenette (what makes sense where and putting away the new donated items). We won't get it all done on Sunday, but at least we can make a start. Helpful kids are welcome, too! And we need some strong people to move the wooden credenza from the Hall to the Lower Room for the youngest Sunday School class.
Stewardship - Tis the gift to be simple, ‘tis the gift to be free, ‘tis the gift to come down where we ought to be, and when we find ourselves in the place just right, ‘twill be in the valley of love and delight. ~ Joseph Brackett, Shaker hymn (Hymnal 554)
Worship Attendance (Combined Services)
Pentecost 4 (June 16) 67
YTD Sunday Total 2292
YTD Sunday Avg. 96
Financial Support (as of 5/31/13)
YTD Pledges Expected $56,325
YTD Pledges Received $58,436
YTD Net Income $101,159.71
YTD Net Expense ($106,783.45)
YTD Deficit/Surplus ($5,623.74)
Our deficit is the result of lower than budgeted income in these basic areas: loose plate offerings, holiday donations, and fund-raisers that were re-scheduled until later in the year.
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The reference to the King and the King’s son here means The Lord God and his Messiah/Son Jesus.
Give the King your justice, O God, *
and your righteousness to the King's son;
That he may rule your people righteously *
and the poor with justice.
That the mountains may bring prosperity to the people, *
and the little hills bring righteousness.
He shall defend the needy among the people; *
he shall rescue the poor and crush the oppressor.
He shall live as long as the sun and moon endure, *
from one generation to another.
He shall come down like rain upon the mown field, *
like showers that water the earth.
In his time shall the righteous flourish; *
there shall be abundance of peace till the moon shall
be no more.
He shall rule from sea to sea, *
and from the River to the ends of the earth.
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