Tomorrow is our Fall Fish & Chips Dinner, catered by Argyle of Kearny. I hope to see many of you there, and that you’ll be able to welcome and visit with our friends and neighbors. On Friday and Saturday (Oct. 27-28) I will travel to Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. to officiate at the graveside funeral of my aunt (and godmother). Then on Sunday after the 10 am service, which will be Morning Prayer (because it is the fifth Sunday of the month), we will have our annual Trunk or Treat – always a fun event. ~ VGM+
Photo is from a trail along the west side of the Delaware River in Shawnee, PA.
Here is this week’s e-letter. Take a look at the announcements below, especially these highlights.
- Fall Fish & Chips (Fun & Fundraising)
- Trunk or Treat (Parish Life)
- Annual Pledge Campaign (Stewardship)
- All Saints’ Day & Necrology (Worship)
FUN & FUNDRAISERS
TOMORROW - THURSDAY: Fish ‘n Chips with Argyle of Kearny, October 26, 5:30-7:30 pm! Eat in or Take-out. Tickets at the door! $20 for adults/$10 for kids. Please tell your friends and neighbors! And we need some more folks to help serve, and to help clean up! We especially need people to set-up, serve, and clean-up. Thanks!
Trunk or Treat – Sunday School kids wear their Hallowe’en costumes, and adults provide the treats. The kids trick-or-treat from car to car in the parking lot, and we have refreshments outside on Sunday, October 29 at 11:15 am. Please sign up in the Narthex to participate – kids and adults!
Annual Pledge Materials for the coming year, 2018, have been mailed out. The packet includes a letter, a pledge card, and some information about All Saints’ mission, ministry, and finances. You participation and support of our parish are very important.
This year, instead of printing a brochure listing all our various ministries and groups to which you can offer time and talent, we have put a list on the parish website, with a brief description of each group. Take a look at the list, then circle the ministries on the back of the pledge card with which you’d like to be involved. The link to the ministries list is here: http://www.allsaintsmillington.org/programs--ministries.html. Thank you for your prayerful consideration as we work together to make our mission of following Jesus in our community and in our surrounding communities a reality.
Prayer for our Parish Stewardship
Holy and Loving God,
in the midst of the uncertainties of life and the anxious times in which we live,
you call us to renew our trust in you each day.
As we make plans and provisions for
our church and ministries in the coming year,
help our trust to grow, and our generosity to be joyful;
and all in thanks and praise through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Video of Sister Monica Clare from the Community of St. John Baptist – here’s a link to a short video about Sr. Monica Clare’s ministry in Times Square: https://news.vice.com/story/the-money-habits-of-a-times-square-nun . The film was made by Vice News Money and is called “The Money Habits of a Times Square Nun.” Many of you will remember Sr. Monica from a few years ago when she sang in our choir and did pastoral visiting here at All Saints’.
Necrology for All Saints’ Sunday – at the start of our services on November 5 we’ll read the names of parishioners and loved ones who have died in the past year...or previous years; we’ll also print a list of all the names. If you would like to have someone included in the Necrology list, please e-mail the names to Susie Harris in the parish office at firstname.lastname@example.org by October 30.
All Saints’ Day Worship, Wed. Nov. 1, 9:15 am – this year we’ll mark All Saints’ Day itself with a simple celebration of the Eucharist and hymns. This will be before the regular Wednesday Bible Study. Hope you can join us, and start our parish feast day off right!
Next week the Pilgrim group resumes on Monday, Oct. 30 at 7 pm in the Rath House. This is the final session of the current series on The Creeds. On Nov. 6 the new six week series will begin. The topic is The Eucharist. Please sign up on the sheet in the Narthex to participate and receive the discussion book.
Bible Study meets on Nov. 1 at 10:15 in the Rath House (after the All Saints’ Day Eucharist). We’ll be discussing 1 Corinthians, chapter 8. Come and learn more about some of the issues and concerns that followers of Jesus had in this Greek city around the year 50 AD – and how are lives might be similar and different, and yet we, too, follow Jesus. You are welcome to join us whenever you can.
Diocesan Website – here’s the link for news and information from our Diocese of Newark: http://dioceseofnewark.org/
10/27-10/28 Rector in Washington, DC for a family funeral
Holy Eucharist Church 8:00 am
Morning Prayer Church 10:00 am
Trunk or Treat Parking Lot 11:15 am
Evening Prayer Church 6:30 pm
Pilgrim Discussion Group Rath House 7:00 pm
10/31 - All Hallow’s Eve (Hallowe’en)
11/1 - All Saints’ Day
Communion and Hymns Church 9:15 am
Bible Study Rath House 10:15 am
Communion & Healing Prayer Church, 7:00 am
Small Saints Choir Room 5:15 pm
Junior Choir Choir Room 5:30 pm
Adult Choir Choir Room 7:30 pm
For a full schedule of our buildings check the website calendar www.allsaintsmillington.org.
In this season of stewardship, as we are called to be on a journey of gratitude, one of the things that many of us are grateful for is our health…understood broadly. Others of us are facing challenges and disappointments with our health, mobility, and energy. And yet, we are still able to live with Christ-like attitudes, habits, and speech; and to give thanks for what we do have, rather than what we don’t have.
The following prayer from the Prayer Book, comes from the section on ministry to the sick (page 461), but it is a good prayer for all of us as we start our day, intending to be mindful and grateful for God’s presence and gifts.
In the Morning
This is another day, O Lord. I know not what it will bring
forth, but make me ready, Lord, for whatever it may be. If I
am to stand up, help me to stand bravely. If I am to sit still,
help me to sit quietly. If I am to lie low, help me to do it
patiently. And if I am to do nothing, let me do it gallantly.
Make these words more than words, and give me the Spirit
of Jesus. Amen.
Question for Refection: How can you practice gratitude during a health challenge for you or a loved one?