Alleluia. Christ is risen. The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!
This Sunday is the Fast of Pentecost – the celebration of the giving of the Holy Spirit, the “birthday” of the Church, and one of the four major baptismal feast days. This is always an important and fun Sunday in the life of the parish. Please plan on joining us for worship, wearing red, and bringing something yummy for coffee hour after the 10 am service.
We’ll also be acknowledging our Sunday School students and thanking our teachers.
Here are this week’s announcements. Please see especially:
- Rummage Sale (Fun and Fundraising)
- Dinner with Vets (Helping Hands)
- BBQ with the Bishop (Parish Life Events)
- Pentecost (Worship)
Pentecost, this Sunday, June 4! Wear red!
As we celebrate the giving of the Holy Spirit, we’ll hear the Gospel in a number of different languages, and renew our Baptismal Covenant. At the 10 am service we’ll start with a Pentecost procession with our Christian (Catholic) Community friends, starting in front of the Parish House. After worship we’ll join forces for a celebratory coffee hour. Please be sure to make yourself a name-tag as we gather at the Parish House. The Christian Community have been our partners in the V.A. Dinners, and we have supported them in some of their work with the Hezekiah Project street ministry in Baltimore. Fr. Joe McDonough will be here from Baltimore and will share at coffee hour a little bit about the ministry there.
Parish Baseball Outing, Sunday, July 9 @ 5:05 pm – Come for a fun evening with your fellow Saints and watch the Somerset Patriots play the Sugar Land, TX Skeeters at the TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater. Tickets are $9.50 per person and we have field box seats reserved right behind home plate! Sign up on the sheet in the Narthex and bring your family and friends. There is also a baseball clinic for kids on the field at 4 pm.
B-B-Q with the Bishop, Thursday, July 13, 6 pm. Bishop Beckwith will be here for a dinner picnic, conversation, and friendship. This is an event for the whole family. The main dish will be provided; you bring sides, salads, and desserts. A sign-up sheet will be coming soon. Put this on your calendar now and be sure to join in on the night. Questions? Speak to Susan LeVan.
FUN & FUNDRAISERS
Rummage Sale on the Horizon! The First Sunday of Rummage is August 6. This is the first day you can drop of your good, clean, useful items for donation. The Sale itself is September 23. This is an event you want to be part of – our largest community event of the year! You’ll be hearing and seeing more from Kimberly Celeste soon, but get these dates on your calendar.
Choir Room Piano/Sponsor-a-Hymn - dedicate a hymn in honor of a birthday, anniversary, baptismal anniversary, graduation, or other special event. You may choose the hymn in consultation with Alison, or sponsor a hymn that is already chosen for the day. Cost is $35 per Sunday for one hymn, and your dedication will be printed in the bulletin, and the person being remembered will be included in the prayers. All the money raised will go toward the Choir Room Piano Fund. Please speak to Director of Music Alison Siener Brown if you have any questions. Thanks!
Summer Service Camp, June 26-30; 9:00-11:30 am. Kids age 5&6 - three days; Kids age 7 and older - five days. We’ll learn about different ways of serving in our community – feeding people, tending a “giving garden”, caring for the environment. We’ll have lots of hands-on projects, including two field trips. Cost is $40. For more info, registration, and questions about younger children, pick up a flyer in the Narthex.
Bible Study – Wed, 10:15 am, in the Rath House. This week, 6/7, we are reading Esther, chapter 5. You are invited to join us!
Pilgrim, a Course for the Christian Journey: The Beatitudes. Monday at 7:00 pm in the Rath House, through 6/19. You are welcome to drop-in when you can or come every week
Nursery Care during worship continues during the summer months for children (through age 4) in the Undercroft of the Church.
Dinner for Vets – June 17, 5:30 pm, All Saints’ Parish House. Join us for a meal with our friends from the V.A. in Lyons and Vets from our local community. We need help with set-up, clean-up, side dishes and desserts. Speak to Kerrie Stepko to help with this ministry.
Make Sleeping Mats for Homeless - Wednesday, June 14 at 7:30 pm in the Parish House Lower Room. We make “plarn” (plastic bag yarn) out of used grocery and newspaper bags, and then crochet a 3’ x 6’ mat out of it to be distributed to the homeless through the Bridges feeding program. Friends and neighbors are invited to be part of the effort and fellowship Questions? Speak to Susie Harris.
Wednesday Walkabouts How well do you know the neighborhoods that All Saints’ serves? No matter how often you drive through a place, you never see it the same way as when you walk it. This summer we’ll have evening Walkabouts in three parish neighborhoods: Stirling Main Street, Meyersvile Circle, and Basking Ridge/Warren River Walk. Each walk will last about 45 minutes, with a meal at a local restaurant afterwards to share fellowship and talk about what we have seen and learned. More details to come, but here are the dates. You are invited to come to one or all three! Questions? Speak to Jane Hayden, Hugh Wallace, or Afsaneh Thursfield.
June 21 – Stirling Main Street (dinner at Stirling Hotel)
July 5 – Meyerville Circle (dinner at Long Hill Tavern)
July 19 – Basking Ridge River Walk (dinner location TBA)
Community Garden – on the back island of the parking lot has raised beds with plots (4x4, and 3x4) that are now ready for planting. Any interested gardeners – parishioners and neighbors, kids and families – are welcome to a plot. What should you plant? Flowers, herbs, vegetables, pollinator-friendly plants – whatever suits your fancy and your ability to tend a plot! You can take your produce home, or share it with Seniors in town through Long Hill Senior Center. To get started with a plot, speak to Jane Hayden, 770-855-3754.
DIOCESE OF NEWARK….AND BEYOND
Prayer for the Bishop’s Search - Gracious God, we, your people in the Diocese of Newark, give you thanks and praise for your work among us and through us, generation to generation. Lead us in the months ahead as we prayerfully search for our next Bishop. Raise up for us a steadfast steward who will embrace our broad and blessed diversity and uphold the apostolic heritage of your Church. Guide us to a faithful witness who speaks the Gospel truth in love and joy, and intimately knows your Word and world. Direct us, your disciples, in our discernment so our faith may increase and our works glorify your Name. All this we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.
For more information about the Search or for other diocesan matters, check the Diocese of Newark website: www.dioceseofnewark.org
6/5 Evening Prayer Church, 6 :00 pm
Pilgrim Group Rath House, 7:00 pm
6/7 Bible Study Rath House, 10:15 am
6/8 Holy Eucharist Church, 7:00 am
Small Saints’& Jr Choirs 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.
Pentecost in Two Minutes
Take a look at this short, snappy video which describes Pentecost. it was produced by a Roman Catholic group, and is equally true for Episcopalians! https://youtu.be/J5tr4pqWIo4
Come, Holy Spirit, and enkindle the hearts of your faithful.
Thy Kingdom Come, Day 6
Ascension and Pentecost blessings,