Monday, February 18, the parish office will be closed for Presidents’ Day. If you are traveling for the three-day weekend, prayers for a safe and worthwhile journey. The week’s announcements are below. Please take a look:
- Holy is the True Light: Altar Window (Benefit Concert)
- Year-End Statements Ready (Stewardship)
- Narnia Book Club (Christian Formation)
- Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper (Prayer & a Party)
- Breaking Bread with the Bishop (Diocesan News)
BENEFIT CONCERT FOR ALTAR WINDOW
NEXT WEEK - All Saints’ Choirs and Friends will present a choral concert on Feb. 24 at 4:30 pm. Titled “Holy is the True Light”, the program will include music by Bach, William Harris, Howard Helvey, John Ferguson, Karen Marrolli, traditional South African, William Byrd, Bruce Neswick, Nicholas Palmer, and others, all based on the theme of light. There will be selections for full choir, men’s voices, women’s voices, and children.
A reception will follow in the Parish Hall. Please sign up to contribute an appetizer, cheese & crackers, or fruit, help with set-up or clean-up.
All proceeds from the concert will go towards the start of a repair and restoration fund for our Resurrection altar window, which will be 100 years old at Christmas 2019. Admission to the concert is by free will offering; minimum suggested donation is $10. Please invite your friends and neighbors!
Thanks, everyone, for a great Annual Meeting last week – the best turn-out in a long time! It was important to hear everyone’s questions and insights, and to share some reflection together on where we have experienced joy connected to our faith or the Church. Please pick up a copy of the Annual Report on the table in the Narthex. Congratulations to all those who were elected. Our Vestry, deputies, and officers are:
- Tom Hackett & Roger Kosempel, Wardens
- Barbara Barbeau, Jeanne Carty, Wendy Clarkson, Randy Gaulke, Linda Kestler, Steve Kowalik, Janice Lettieri, Susan LeVan, Anthony Saitta, Vestry
- Bob Jackson, Treasurer; Patricia Vovchansky, Clerk
- Carol Berry, Jean Kimak, Ellen Lewis, Convention Deputies; Waring Webb, Convention Alternate
Our Narnia Book Club for families, kids, and adults kicks off again next week. We’ll be reading “The Magician’s Nephew” from The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, with the first discussion after the 10 am service on March 3. Brochures with a reading schedule are on the book case in our Narnia Corner near the choir stalls. You can also participate on-line via the One Parish/One Book group on All Saints’ Facebook page.Copies of the book are available there for $5. Hope you’ll jump in and read with us!
And in the summer, our inter-generational Vacation Bible School will be Narnia-themed: Aslan On the Move (June 23-27, 6:00-8:30 pm). Save the week!
Bible Study meets on Wednesdays at 10:15 am in the Rath House. We are reading and discussing the Gospel of Mark – this week, Chapter 11. We’d love to have you join us. Questions? Speak to Mother Vicki.
2018 Year-End Pledge/Contribution Statements are printed and ready for you. They are on the table in the Narthex. Please pick yours up today and save us the cost of mailing it to you. Thanks!
ShopRite Cards– everyone needs groceries! You may purchase ShopRite cards as a gift or for yourself on Sundays during Coffee House or at the parish office. You pay face value and 5% goes to All Saints’ ministries. Purchase with check or cash. Please speak to Barbara Barbeau.
PRAYER & A PARTY
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper: March 5, 5:30-7:30 pm. This year we’ll be inviting our Veteran friends and Seniors in our community, as well as parishioners. Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday – traditionally a time for using up all the butter/oil/sweets in the house – hence the pancakes! $5 per person/$20 maxmum per husehold/kids under age 3 are free. Sign up on the sheet in the Narthex so we know you are coming. And if you would like to help cook/set-up/serve, please also indicate that on the sign-up sheet.
Sunday Night Supper: Chili Cook-Off & Game Night – March 31, 5 pm-7 pm in the Parish House Lower Room. Bring your best chili, cornbread, and favorite board game! For the whole family. A great time to have some fun and relaxation with your fellow parishioners. Sign up on the sheet in the Narthex and put it on your calendar...and bring a friend or neighbor!
SHARE OUR STORY
Photos Welcome! Please take photos of parish events and Sunday services – with your camera phone or a regular digital camera, and then sharing the file with us. We use these photos for our website, Facebook page, and print communications. These pictures help us tell the story of All Saints’ in images. Questions? Speak to Parish Admin Susie Harris. And remember to check-in at All Saints’ on Facebook and Instagram!
Shop-Rite Donations - We have received a $3500 grant from Shop-Rite in Stirling on our account at the Community FoodBank, to support our food ministry. In addition, the Stirling is awarding us $500 directly to use in our Twelve Baskets Food Pantry & Food Ministry. That check will be presented to us in the store on March 13 at 10:30 am as part of their Partners in Caring awards. Please plan to be there for the brief event and photos. Wear your All Saints’ polo shirt or a church apron. Thank you, Shop-Rite, for your genrous support!
Breaking Bread with the Bishop – Bishop Carlye wants to get to know you! You, your family and your congregations are invited to partake of a light meal and then engage in a relaxed exchange of information, ideas and dreams with each other and with Bishop Carlye. You can select from one of these four gatherings, each with a light supper at 6:30 PM, program at 7-9 PM:
Thursday, Feb. 28 at Epiphany/Christ Church, Orange
RSVP deadline Feb. 21
Thursday, Mar. 7 at St. Michael’s, Wayne
RSVP deadline Feb. 28
Tuesday, Mar. 19 at St. Paul’s, Chatham
RSVP deadline Mar. 12
Thursday, Apr. 4 at Messiah, Chester
RSVP deadline Mar. 28
2/17 Finance Committee PH Lower Room 11:15 am
Confirmation Class PH Lower Room 12 noon
2/19 Vestry Rath House 7:30 pm
2/20 Bible Study Rath House 10:15 am
Sunday School Teachers Rath House 1:00 pm
2/21 Communion & Healing Prayer Church 7:00 am
Junior Choir Choir Room 5:15 pm
Adult Choir Choir Room 7:30 pm
For a full schedule of our buildings check the website calendar www.allsaintsmillington.org.
In remembrance of Presidents’ Day on Monday, pray for our elected leaders.
(Prayer for Sound Government, Book of Common Prayer, page 821)
O Lord our Governor, bless the leaders of our land, that we
may be a people at peace among ourselves and a blessing to
other nations of the earth.
Lord, keep this nation under your care.
To the President and members of the Cabinet, to Governors
of States, Mayors of Cities, and to all in administrative authority,
grant wisdom and grace in the exercise of their duties.
Give grace to your servants, O Lord.
To Senators and Representatives, and those who make our
laws in States, Cities, and Towns, give courage, wisdom, and
foresight to provide for the needs of all our people, and to
fulfill our obligations in the community of nations.
Give grace to your servants, O Lord.
To the Judges and officers of our Courts give understanding
and integrity, that human rights may be safeguarded and justice served.
Give grace to your servants, O Lord.
And finally, teach our people to rely on your strength and to
accept their responsibilities to their fellow citizens, that they
may elect trustworthy leaders and make wise decisions for
the well-being of our society; that we may serve you faithfully
in our generation and honor your holy Name.
For yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as
head above all. Amen.