This week’s announcements are below. Please look particularly at:
* Family Service, Rite-13 Ceremony, Sunday School & Junior Choir Recognitions, June 7
* Parish Picnic, June 7
* Farm-to-Table Dinner, June 20
* Going Local Process ~ Tom Hackett’s article near the end of this e-letter.
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FUN & FUNDRAISING
Annual Parish Picnic, This Sunday, June 7, 12 noon at the home of Barbara and Tim Erday. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided. You bring a salad, side dish, dessert and/or drinks…and we need a few volunteers to grill. The Erdays have a pool, so bring your suit and towel, too! Wear your picnic clothes to church. This is a wonderful fun event for all ages. Come enjoy spending time with your fellow Saints...and feel free to bring a friend!
Farm-to-Table Benefit Dinner “Fun”raiser, June 20th at 7 pm for Food for Friends food pantry in Dover. Multi-course meal (and wine) at All Saints’ Parish House, brought to you by chef Jane Hayden. Seating will be limited to 50 parishioners and their guests. Tickets are $50 per person and go on sale this Sunday after each of the services; a portion of the meal will be tax deductible. Put this on your calendar now, call your friends or neighbors and make an evening of it!
The Rummage Sale - The first day of rummage collection will be Sunday, August 2. What do we take? Housewares, toys, garden and yard equipment, tools, kid’s books, small appliances, furniture, lamps, electronics, boutique, table linens & bedding, etc. – anything clean, useful and workable. What don’t we take? Tube TVs, books for grown-ups, tires, clothes, shoes. Sale date is Sept. 19. Volunteer sign-up sheets are in the Narthex. Questions? Speak to Kimberly Celeste.
WORSHIP and MUSIC
June 7, Family Service - 10 am, Rite-13 Ceremony, Church School & Junior Choir Recognitions. This Sunday will be the final Family Service of the program year. We’ll recognize and thank our teachers, present certificates to our Sunday School kids, promote our Junior Choir members, and celebrate the Rite-13 ceremony with our two eighth graders. Hope to see you there!
June 14, Adult Choir Sunday – At our 10 am worship we’ll have the choir’s favorite hymns and anthems before they take a break for the summer, and we’ll recognize the choir members for their individual years of service to the parish and choir.
Summer Choir - We’ll be having an informal summer choir on July 19 & August 30. Show up at 9:30 to rehearse the anthem and then sing for the 10 am service. This will be a great time to “try on” choir – either for the day or as an intro to next fall. We are always happy to have new choir members! Interested? Please speak to Alison Siener Brown.
Special Needs Worship - All God's Children Service, at 12 noon, on the 3rd Sundays of the month – next service, June 21. Designed for children and families with a range of special needs - including anyone who has a hard time sitting still! A 30-minute service, no segment is longer than 3 minutes each; optional Communion. Pass the word to friends and neighbors who can benefit.
Bible Study - Wednesdays, 10:15-11:30 am in the Rath House. We have started new series, using a book to guide our study: Bible Women, All Their Words and Why They Matter, by Lindsay Hardin Freeman. This is a great book to read with the group or on your own over the summer. It’s very straight-forward, divided into small sections, and we’ve created a reading schedule, if that is helpful to you. The price is $22; also available on Kindle for $10. We have one copy left, and we can always order more. If you’d like a book, please speak to Mother Vicki.
Summer Refreshment Hosts are needed for our fellowship after worship starting June 21st. In the summer we have cool drinks and munchies on the Parish House lawn. Please take a turn by putting your name on the sign-up sheet in the Narthex. Questions? Speak to John McGrath.
Women's Book Group will meet on Wednesday, June 17 at 7:30 pm in the Rath House. The book for discussion is The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, by Daniel James Brown. Come for a time of fellowship, discussion, and learning.
Motorized Wheelchair Available – excellent condition. Charlie Hogan is looking for a good home for this wheelchair if you or a family member can use it. If you are interested, please call the Parish Office.
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PARISH CALENDAR THIS WEEK
6/9 Finance Committee 7:30 pm, Rath House
6/10 Bible Study 10:15 am, Rath House
6/11 HE & Breakfast 7:00 am, Church
Junior Choir 5:00 pm, Choir Room
Adult Choir 7:30 pm, Church
6/13 Going Local Mtg, 12:00 pm, Parish House, LR
Vestry & Guiding Team
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GOING LOCAL: Listening to God in Scripture, in One Another, and in Our Neighborhoods
Going Local is a process that Bishop Beckwith and the diocesan staff has invited us at All Saints’ to join in with, starting this summer.
What is the invitation? (from the diocesan website)
“We are inviting you to go on this journey with other congregations to both explore deeper what you are already doing and discover what God is doing in your church community and in the neighborhoods in which you live, work, play and worship.”
Who is involved?
The Guiding Team: Tom Hackett, Laurie Gaulke, Jean Kimak, Sean Ragiel, and Hugh Wallace; the Vestry; All Saints’ Parishioners; the clergy and staff.
What will we do?
The Guiding Team will work on listening exercises – to one another, to Scripture, to God in the neighborhood (see Tom’s article on the facing page), and meet with Guiding Teams from other parishes and diocesan staff. The Vestry will support them in this. Mother Vicki will be reading material provided by the diocese about leadership and our changing culture, and meeting with a clergy study group. Parishioners and staff will listen to and reflect on a passage of Scripture (Exodus 2:23-3:12) throughout the summer in many different venues, including meetings, social events, and volunteer gatherings. This style of Biblical reflection is called “Dwelling in the Word” and takes about fifteen minutes. We will end every service with hearing this passage. As we move into the fall, we’ll change to a different passage.
How long does this Going Local process last?
About 15-18 months.
Why are we doing this?
In order to become more faithful, and to equip ourselves to see and hear more clearly how the Spirit of God is at work in the places we live and work and worship.
From the Guiding Team... To horribly misquote Charles Dickens “it’s the best of times; it’s the worst of times. It’s the age of wisdom, it’s the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it is the epoch of incredulity.”
Sorry Charles – but those words are perfect for describing the times in which we live. Society, culture, life is all definitely going through a period of rapid transition, rushing from the comfort of the way things have always been and hurtling towards…well, we have absolutely no idea.
One thing we can be sure of is that God is out ahead of us. In an effort to follow and discover what God is up to and where, Mother Vicki together with an intrepid group of parishioners (Laurie, Jean, Hugh, Sean, and myself) and the Vestry have set out on an adventure, an exciting process called Going Local. This adventure is something we’d like to share with everyone. It’s an adventure because Going Local is a process initiated by the church that is all about helping us to think differently. Changing the way we think is fundamental to helping us seek God in our changing times. It’s unusual. It’s unsettling.
It’s like nothing we’ve ever done before. It’s not just another form of church outreach. It’s more of a personal reaching within and becoming open and curious and vulnerable. What do we do? The first thing is to listen. Listening is the key. Listening, really listening to what scripture is telling us. Listening, really listening to what our community is telling us. The better we listen the more sensitive we can be to what God is doing beyond the walls of our church. From there we can begin to see and experiment in responding to the opportunities God is opening up for us. Listening is the first step of a journey and as we go through this process we, the Going Local Guiding Team, will share with you every step of way. We may not be able to define a destination but we certainly will describe the view as we go along. By sharing we can then all come to recognize that not only is God out there in our neighborhoods but inviting us to come and join in. And our hope is that by embracing a hopeful future we can make ourselves a vital part of it. God bless us one and all. ~ Tom Hackett
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FOR ALL THE SAINTS
June 9 - Columba, Abbot of Iona, died 597
Many legends have gathered about Columba, but there are also some historical data concerning his many works in the writings of Bede and Adamnan. According to one story, Patrick of Ireland foretold Columba’s birth in a prophecy:
He will be a saint and will be devout,
He will be an abbot, the king of royal graces,
He will be lasting and for ever good;
The eternal kingdom be mine by his protection.
Columba was born in Ireland in 521, and early in life showed scholarly and clerical ability. He entered the monastic life, and almost immediately set forth on missionary travels. Even before ordination to the presbyterate (priesthood) in 551, he had founded monasteries at Derry and Durrow.
Twelve years after his ordination, Columba and a dozen companions set out for northern Britain, where the Picts were still generally ignorant of Christianity. Columba was kindly received, allowed to preach, convert, and baptize. He was also given possession of the island of Iona, where, according to legend, his tiny boat had washed ashore. Here he founded the celebrated monastery which became the center for the conversion of the Picts. From Iona, also, his disciples went out to found other monasteries, which, in turn, became centers of missionary activity.
Columba made long journeys through the Highlands, as far as Aberdeen. He often returned to Ireland to attend synods, and thus established Iona as a link between Irish and Pictish Christians. For thirty years, he evangelized, studied, wrote, and governed his monastery at Iona. He supervised his monks in their work in the fields and workrooms, in their daily worship and Sunday Eucharist, and in their study and teaching. He died peacefully while working on a copy of the Psalter. He had put down his pen, rested a few hours, and at Matins was found dead before the Altar, a smile on his face. He is quoted by his biographer Adamnan as having said, “This day is called in the sacred Scriptures a day of rest, and truly to me it will be such, for it is the last of my life and I shall enter into rest after the fatigues of my labors.” ~ Holy Women, Holy Men
Question for reflection: Do you ever encounter people who are ignorant of Christian faith? What are they most curious about if you mention to them that you are a Christian?
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The Prayer of St. Columba
Be a bright flame before me, O God
a guiding star above me.
Be a smooth path below me,
a kindly shepherd behind me
today, tonight, and for ever.
Alone with none but you, my God
I journey on my way;
what need I fear when you are near,
O Lord of night and day?
More secure am I within your hand
than if a multitude did round me stand. Amen.