THANK YOU!! Our Rummage Sale this year was the best ever! We couldn’t have done it without you. The money supports our parish, and our ability to reach out into our wider community. A special thank you to Kimberly Celeste and Charlotte Davis for their leadership, and for all those who responded to our call for “rummage remainder” help this past week.
This week launches our 2013 Annual Stewardship Pledge Campaign. For the next seven weeks a reflection on our Christian stewardship will printed in the Sunday bulletin, as provided by The Episcopal Church. Please take these reflections home, read them, pray about them and consider your own sense of gratitude for God’s love and provision in your life. How is the Holy Spirit is inviting you to participate in God’s mission with your time, your talent and your treasure? What portion of your gifts will you return to God for his use? May our season of stewardship draw you closer to God and be a reason for joy.
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Worship and Study- Come Get a Mid-Week Faith Boost
Holy Eucharist and Healing Prayer:
Wednesday at 9:30 am and Thursday at 7:00 am
Wednesday at 7:15 pm (Our October services are 10/3 and 10/10).
Bible Study this Week, Wednesday, October 3.
The passages for discussion this week are (10:15 am – in the Narthex) Hebrews 3; (7:45 pm in the Rath House) Genesis 4 & 5. Both groups welcome all levels of Bible readers. You can use our Bible, or bring your own. Come and deepen your faith in a friendly and helpful setting.
Blessing of the Animals in Honor of St. Francis - Sunday, October 7 at 5 pm in the Memorial Garden. Bring your pet (on a leash or in a cage for their own comfort) and celebrate the goodness and companionship of our animal friends. Each animal will be blessed individually. Friends and neighbors are invited, too!
All Saints' Community Art Show - October 14th Noon-5 pm! Our parish and our community are full of talented, creative people - adults and children alike. We will be hosting our first annual Community Art Show at the Parish House. We'd love to display your art - photography, painting, sculpture, drawing, or whatever medium you work in. Art sales are optional. If you would like to be part of the show or have questions, contact Nancy Mink firstname.lastname@example.org . And please come on the 14th to view the art, meet the artists, chat with others from the community, and have a creative afternoon.
BUNCO - Friday, October 12. Doors open at 7:00pm - Roll of the Dice at 7:30 - 12 People to a team. Come with your team or join one with us! $20.00 entry donation to play. Snacks, Prizes. Call or email Nancy Mink to reserve your spot! email@example.com or 908-647-7039. Come for a fun evening! And if you can help with food, beverages or a card table, please sign up in the Narthex. Thanks.
Retreat – “Margin: Making Time for the Things That Matter” with Richard Swenson, MD on October 13 at the Convent of St. John Baptist in Mendham. This one-day retreat is all about making room for relationships, for rest, for health and for God. There are also a few overnight spots with an additional Sunday morning session with Dr. Swenson. Registration details are on our website homepage, or you can pick up the flier in the Narthex.
Do You Like to Knit (or want to learn)? Do You Like Giving of Your Time and Talent to Others? The All Saints’ Knitters Need YOU! We have a great group of people who knit caps and scarves for the merchant seafarers, as collected by the Seaman’s Church Institute at Port Newark. We have patterns and yarn. You can knit at your own pace, on your own schedule. Return the items to Janet Mansfield and they will be shipped off to Newark and given to those who move the goods that we import and export. If you want more information, please speak to Janet Mansfield 908-604-8423.
Women's Book Group - is a relaxed group, open to all women of the parish. We have lively discussions of books that we read, and the group chooses the selection each month. We will meet on Wednesday, October 17 at 7:30 pm in the Rath House. The book for discussion is "The Kitchen House" by Katherine Grissom.
All God's Children at All Saints' Starting in October - All God's Children is a non-denominational Christian worship service designed to appeal to children of any age, and especially appropriate for children with autism, PDD-NOS, ADHD, ADD, Down's Syndrome or any other developmental/physical challenges. It is 30 minutes long, with optional Communion. We'll be offering an All God's Children (AGC) service monthly on the third Sunday of every month, at 12 noon, starting on October 21. This will be not just for parish families, but for anyone in the wider community. If you know a family who might be interested in this time for worship and fellowship, please let them know about it. We'll be making the information available to some of the schools and support groups in the area. There will also be opportunities for high school students (and adults) to volunteer - we'll need some extra hands! If you want to know more or would like to get involved, speak to Kathy Hunt or Mother Vicki. And please keep this ministry in your prayers. Thanks!
Save the dates – more information to come!
October 28 – Kids’ Trunk or Treat and Ministry Fair, 11:15 am
November 1 – All Saints’ Day Pot-Luck Supper, 6 pm & Worship, 7:30 pm
If you have the names of friends or family who have died that you would like to have remembered in the Necrology, please give the names to the Parish Office by 10/29.
January 26 – Grateful Gathering Dinner & Trivia Night, 6 pm
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September 29 is the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels
In 1906, All Saints’ Church was dedicated and consecrated by Bishop Edwin S. Lines on September 29. Fifty-one years later, on the same date, Bishop Benjamin Washburn dedicated and consecrated the expansion of the Church, which more than doubled its seating capacity. So St. Michael’s Day (September 29) is an important anniversary in the life of All Saints’. Included below is a little bit of information about the feast day, and then the collect for Michaelmas. Happy Anniversary, All Saints’!
“On the Feast of Michael and all Angels, popularly called Michaelmas, we give thanks for the many ways in which God's loving care watches over us, both directly and indirectly, and we are reminded that the richness and variety of God's creation far exceeds our knowledge of it.
The Holy Scriptures often speak of created intelligences other than humans who worship God in heaven and act as His messengers and agents on earth. We are not told much about them, and it is not clear how much of what we are told is figurative. … Michael (the name means "Who is like God?") is said to be the captain of the heavenly armies. He is mentioned in the Scriptures in Daniel 10:13,31; 12:1 , in Jude 9, and in Revelation 12:7 (where he is said to have led the heavenly armies against those of the great dragon). He is generally pictured in full armor, carrying a lance, and with his foot on the neck of a dragon.” ~ James Kiefer
Everlasting God, you have ordained and constituted in a wonderful order the ministries of angels and mortals: Mercifully grant that, as your holy angels always serve and worship you in heaven, so by your appointment they may help and defend us here on earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. ~ Book of Common Prayer, page 244