Dear Friends in Christ,
This Sunday is Trinity Sunday, the day we celebrate “God in Three Persons, blessed Trinity”, as the hymn says. At 8 am we return to using the Rite I version of the service (more traditional language). And at the 10 am service the Handbell Choir will play two pieces – an Introit at the beginning and the Offertory. Come and hear them! At both services we’ll also remember and pray for all our fathers (in heaven or on earth) with Father’s Day carnations.
Following the 10 am service the Coffee Hour will be hosted by David Thursfield and his family to celebrate David’s 70th birthday…and we are all invited! Please be on hand to offer David your birthday greetings.
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Christian Arts Camp – Christian Arts Camp – July 7-11! 2:00-5:00 pm. We’ll spend the week working on a musical: “Table for 5…Thousand”. Sets, rehearsals, costumes, songs, with speaking parts and solos for those who are interested. For kids who have completed Grades 1-8. Cost is $40 per family and includes the cost of a CD to help you learn the music. We can also use the help of older students! There is a flyer/registration form on the Narthex table. Pass it along to friends or neighbors who might be interested. For more information speak to Alison Siener Brown firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women’s Book Group will meet on Wednesday, Wednesday, June 18 at 7:30 pm in the Rath House. The book for discussion is The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd. Come for a fun evening of friendship and discussion.
Wednesday Bible Study Group, 10:15 am in the Rath House. We are currently learning about where all the different branches of Christian faith come from and how they differ from each other. We finish this up this week and then will choose another topic for the four weeks 6/25-7/16. Come and try us out!
Refreshment Hosts Needed! During the summer months we hold our refreshments outdoors under the trees on the Parish House Lawn. We have a table, cloth and cups, You provide iced tea, lemonade and cookies. Please sign up for this on the sheet in the Narthex. Thank you to Barbara and Tim Erday for hosting our Parish Picnic last Sunday. We had a wonderful time!
June 15 at 12 noon – Special Needs Worship: All God's Children - For children and families with a range of special needs – including anyone who has a hard time sitting still! 30 minutes with singing, movement, Bible story and communion. Share the word with those who can benefit.
Joe Hall to be honored at Diocesan Senior Ministries Evensong & Lifetime Achievement Award - Sunday, June 22, 2014, 3:00 pm at Christ Church, East Orange. Each year the diocese asks every parish to honor one member over the age of 60 who has made significant contributions to the life of the congregation. This year’s honoree is Joe Hall. Joe has served on Vestry, been the Chair of the Organ Campaign, served as Major Gifts Chair for the Centennial Campaign, devised our system of counters and tellers (processing the Sunday collection) when he was the Head Teller, and has sung in our Adult Choir for 21 years! Congratulations to Joe, and please consider attending the Evensong at 4 pm, preceded by a reception at 3 pm.
A.A. Gratitude Mass Saturday, June 14 at 12 noon – for all members of Alcoholics Anonymous and their families, in thanksgiving for sobriety and the A.A. program. The service in the Church will be followed by a fellowship lunch in the Parish Hall.
Commemoration Day at Community of St. John Baptist, June 21 – the Sisters have invited us to their annual festive event at the Convent in Mendham at 10:30 am. It will include Eucharist, a short address by Sister Eleanor Francis about the work of the Community over the past year, and a celebratory lunch outside in the cloister. If you’ve never been to the Convent, this is a great chance to see what it is all about. If you have been there before, you know that walking their lovely grounds or labyrinth, worshiping with the Sisters, or just sitting in a quiet corner can be very peaceful and restorative. Want to know more? Contact Sr. Monica Clare at email@example.com.
Summer Worship at All Saints’ continues with our regular services: 8 am and 10 am. The Church is air-conditioned and child-care is available for young children in the Nursery. Although our choirs are finished for the season, Alison Siener Brown is looking for adults or kids who would like to play an instrument (solo, duet, small ensemble) or sing once during the summer at the 10 am service. Share your musical talents with God and the rest of us! If you have questions about this, Alison’s e-mail is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rummage Sale – September 20! Our annual parish fundraiser needs all hands on deck…and we need your rummage! Rummage Drop-off will begin Sunday, August 3 in the Parish Hall. What do we collect? Furniture, house wares, sports equipment, bikes, toys, linens, kids’ books (none for grown-ups, thanks), tolls, gardening items, lamps, small appliances, boutique items, holiday decorations – almost anything as long as it is clean and in working condition. Note – we do not take clothes, shoes, large TVs or tires. Sign-up sheets for volunteers are in the Narthex. If you help with sorting and pricing you can now do it in air-conditioning the Parish Hall! If you have questions please speak with Kimberly Celeste.
Snow and Heating – Recently we sent out a letter to the parish outlining the cost of snow removal and heating for the Church buildings that went over budget for the past winter – due to the extreme cold and snowfall; it was $7000. We are asking each household (if possible) to make a donation of $80 to offset this expense. We know that not everyone will be able to do this, and that some can do a bit more. However you can help is very much appreciated. Checks can be sent to the Parish Office or put in the offering plate, marked “Snow.” Thank you to everyone who has already contributed. If you have any questions about this, please speak to the Wardens – Tom Day and Jackie Sullivan, or to Mother Vicki.
Buildings and Grounds Update – There are several items to mentions: 1) over the winter we had ice and water damage to the roof over the Church’s side entrance (facing Basking Ridge Road). Our insurance company has put a new rubber membrane on the roof, and they will soon be scheduling plaster and paint repairs to the interior walls. We are also waiting to hear about what they might do with the carpeting in that entrance. 2) The very tall Ponderosa Pine tree on the lawn next to the Church has finally succumbed to the fungus that had been affecting it over the past few years. The work to take it down has already begun. The wood will be taken away by a company who shreds it to make bedding for horses. 3) The trees in the parking lot had their roots damaged in last summer’s re-paving. They are being monitored closely. Throughout the summer we’ll be watering them as needed. Our tree service has told us not to put any more chips or mulch on the islands, nor to put weed-killer or vinegar on the wood chips. Weeds will be controlled by weed-whacking.
Summer Food Pantry Needs – as summer comes on and school lets out children won’t have access to school breakfast and lunch programs, stressing family food budgets even further. Please remember, as you do your own grocery shopping, to pick up things that will appeal to kids and their nutritional needs: cereal, parmalaat milk, juice boxes, whole grain crackers, peanut butter, jelly, canned tuna and chicken, canned vegetables and fruit, raisins, etc. Thank you! Your contributions help so much!
PARISH CALENDAR THIS WEEK
Sun 6/22 David Thursfield’s “Birthday Bash” l1:15 am, Rath House
All God’s Children 12 noon, Church
Tues 6/24 Vestry 7:30 pm, Rath House
Wed 6/25 Bible Study 10:15 am, Rath House
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For Trinity Sunday
Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.
I bind unto myself the Name,
the strong Name of the Trinity,
by invocation of the same,
the Three in One, and One in Three.
Of whom all nature hath creation,
eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
praise to the Lord of my salvation,
salvation is of Christ the Lord.
~ from St. Patrick’s Breastplate.
This You Tube video is a version of the hymn we have in our hymnal. the photos are of St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Cathedral in Armagh, Ireland. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxA2zOSAuxc