This Saturday is the Rummage Sale and its all hands on deck! This is always a wonderful event in our community, with so many people stopping by as shoppers, guests, and visitors – another opportunity t practice our ministry of Community Hospitality. Please keep the Sale, the workers and the guests in your prayers.
This week’s announcements are below. Please look particularly at:
· All God’s Children Special Needs Service – Worship and Music
· Argyle’s Fish & Chips (“Fish Fright”) – Fun & Fundraising
· Blessing of the Animals – Worship and Music
· Community Art Show – Events
· A Christening Party - Events
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FUN & FUNDRAISING
The Rummage Sale is September 19, 9 am- 2 pm! We are ready to go! Here are some last-minute reminders about the help we need:
· Move rummage out Saturday at 6 am
· Take a shift selling
· Bake for bake sale – bring your baked goods to the sale table before 10 am.
· Make chili – deliver to the food table by 11 am.
· Staff bake sale/food table
· Help with clean-up/boxing up left-overs (at 3 pm)
· Pray for good weather, good attendance, and a great event as we meet our friends, neighbors, and community members!
· And come to coffee hour on Sunday where we’ll have a party to celebrate success.
Thanks for all your support. Got questions? Speak to Kimberly Celeste.
It’s a “Fish Fright” on Thursday, Oct. 29. Our annual Fish & Chips Dinner catered by Argyle of Kearny. There will be more information next week about how you can help – setting tables, staffing the door, serving meals, making desserts, putting out signs, clean-up, etc. Put the date on your calendar now, and invite your friends!
WORSHIP and MUSIC
All God’s Children Service our monthly worship service for kids and families with special needs returns this Sunday, September 20 at 12 noon and lasts for 30 minutes. It’s a casual, calm service in a safe and supportive environment. The Church is wheel-chair accessible. Please let someone know who can benefit from this service. This service is 30 minutes long (no segment is more than 3 minutes), with a Bible story, singing, movement, prayers and Communion. All families and children of all abilities are welcome. For more information, speak with Mother Vicki.
Blessing of the Animals in honor of St. Francis – Sunday, Oct. 4 at 5 pm in the Memorial Garden. Bring your pets (on a leash or in their cage) for this simple service giving thanks for the companionship of our animal friends. Your neighbors and their pets are welcome, too.
Sunday School Sunday School Classes meet as follows:
Nursery (infant- age 3) Church Undercroft (downstairs)
PreK-Grade 1 Parish House Lower Room
Grades 2-5 Church Undercroft (downstairs)
Grades 6-8 Rath House (parish office/next to Church)
Children in Grades 2 and older start in Sunday School and then join their families in worship at the Peace. Younger children remain in their class for the entire time. Babies & toddlers are always welcome in worship! We need one or two high school helpers with the youngest class. Please speak to Barbara Erday or Jackie Sullivan to volunteer. Thanks!
On the first Sundays of the month we have Family Worship for all ages at 10 am – no Sunday School on these days.
Confirmation Class for youth in Grades 9 & 10 will begin in October and meet two Sundays a month after coffee hour (most likely on the 2nd and 4th Sundays). The class will be taught by Mother Vicki. The service of Confirmation will then take place in April at the Cathedral in Newark. Older teens who have not yet been Confirmed may also be included in this class. More information will be coming soon.
Bible Study - Wed., 10:15-11:30 am in the Rath House. This week we’ll discuss Ruth, the women of Bethlehem, and Hannah, pages 155-171 in Bible Women: All Their Words and Why They Matter. We are always happy to have new people join the group. Questions? Speak to Mother Vicki.
Women's Book Group will next meet Wednesday, October 21, 7:30 pm in the Rath House. The book for discussion will be A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail, by Bill Bryson. Come for a relaxing and informative evening. Feel free to bring a friend.
A Christening Party - and you are invited! On October 4 at the 10 am service Katherine Velloso, daughter of Shea and Jody (Doktor) Velloso, will be baptized! The parish is invited to celebrate with them and stay for a potluck lunch in the Parish House after Coffee Hour. Sign up on the sheet in the Narthex to let us know you are coming, and what you can bring.
Community Art Show, Sunday, October 18, 3-6 pm, All Saints’ Parish Hall. Artists of all ages are invited to enter their work! Painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, mixed media...whatever your art is, please share it with us. And invite your friends to share their work also. The entry fee is $20 and will allow you to submit up to three pieces. There is a flyer with information on the Narthex table. Speak to Nancy Mink for more information.
Knitting for Seafarers – All Saints’ has a dedicated group of volunteers who knit scarves and caps for Seamen’s Church Institute’s Christmas-at-Sea ministry. If you are interested in knitting for this ministry, please speak to Janet Mansfield. She can give you directions and yarn, and then you work on the project on your own time. Your gift will help keep a seafarer warm this winter!
Food Pantry Update – We are having our site inspection for our partnership with the Community Food Bank of NJ on Sept. 28. Soon we’ll be able to purchase non-perishable food directly from the Food Bank at a cost of $.09-$.16 a pound. Some of that food will come to the Parish House and be made into take-out bags for the homeless in Dover – a hands-on project for parishioners to be involved in. Kitchen and pantry staples will be purchased by us and transported directly to the pantry in Dover for those with cooking facilities. In the meantime, please continue to bring your food donations and leave them in the basket by the front door of the Church. Thank you! Your efforts are helping to feed hungry people.
Financial Update – we appreciate and need all of your pledge contributions and non-pledged donations! If you have been away over the summer or have gotten behind, please try to bring your pledge up-to-date. Everyone’s contribution is valuable and important. To be clear, the Rummage Sale estimated income is already anticipated in our budget. We are very grateful for a significant contribution that was received this week, and some building rental income came in that was a bit more than we had anticipated. But we still need everyone to do their share. Supporting the mission and ministry at All Saints’ is the responsibility of everyone who calls this their spiritual home. Thank you!
Musikgarten classes for children from birth through age eight are available at All Saints’ and other area locations, offered by Music in the Somerset Hills. They are taught by Alison Siener Brown. For classes, registration, and fees please go to http://musicsh.org/musikgarten/.
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9/23 Bible Study 10:15 am Rath House
9/24 Holy Eucharist 7:00 am Church
Small Saints & Junior Choirs 5:15 pm Choir Room
Adult Choir 7:30 pm Choir Room
For a full schedule of our buildings check the website calendar www.allsaintsmillington.org.
Parish Office Hours: 9:30 am-4:00 pm, Mon., Tues., Thu.
Rector’s Sabbath day: Friday
FOR ALL THE SAINTS
September 20, John Coleridge Patteson and his Companions, Bishop of Melanesia, Martyrs, died 1871
“The death of Bishop Patteson and his companions at the hands of Melanesian islanders, whom Patteson had sought to protect from slave-traders, aroused the British government to take serious measures to prevent piratical man-hunting in the South Seas. Their martyrdom was the seed that produced the strong and vigorous Church which flourishes in Melanesia today.
Patteson was born in London, April 1, 1827, of a Devonshire family. He attended Balliol College, Oxford, where he took his degree in 1849. After travel in Europe and a study of languages, at which he was adept, he became a Fellow of Merton College in 1852, and was ordained the following year.
While serving as a curate of Alphington, Devonshire, near his family home, he responded to Bishop G. A. Selwyn’s call in 1855for helpers in New Zealand. He established a school for boys on Norfolk Island to train native Christian workers. It is said that he learned to speak some twenty-three of the languages of the Melanesian people. On February 24, 1861, he was consecrated Bishop of Melanesia.
On a visit to the island of Nakapu, in the Santa Cruz group, Patteson was stabbed five times in the breast, in mistaken retaliation for the brutal outrages committed some time earlier by slave-traders. In the attack, several of Patteson’s company were also killed or wounded. Bishop Selwyn later reconciled the natives of Melanesia to the memory of one who came to help and not to hurt.” ~ Holy Women, Holy Men
Question for reflection: Whom do you feel called by God to protect or stand up for?
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As we think about the Rummage Sale, remember that one of its ministries is helping us de-clutter so that we can enjoy and inhabit what is truly important.
As Jesus said: ‘Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust - consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust -consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21