A very heartfelt thanks to all of you who supported and participated in the calling hours for Louis Berry Thursday evening, or in the funeral service and reception Friday. The love and care you showed Carol and her family, to visitors to our church, and to one another was inspiring – Christian community fully alive and active. Despite the sadness, I hope that you caught some of the joy and deep faith of the events, and felt renewed and enlivened by them.
And thank you to everyone who participated on our Mid-Lent, Simnel Cake Bake-off at Coffee Hour today. It was so hard to choose among all the yummy cakes, but when the votes came in the winner was Jackie Sullivan. Congratulations, Jackie! Her prize: a reserved parking spot with her name on it for Easter Sunday! If you’d like to know a little more about the history of Simnel Cake on Mid-Let, take a look here: http://fullhomelydivinity.org/ and click on the March 26 date on the calendar at the left of the page. This website is full of old-fashioned traditions and customs of English country parish life for each season of the year.
Please take a look at the announcements below, especially:
- Dinner for Vets (Helping Hands)
- Argyle Fish & Chips (Events)
- Piano concert for Robotics Team (Around the Neighborhood)
- The Road to Character Book Group (Christian Formation)
Dinner for Vets from Lyons, Saturday, April 1st at 5:30 pm. Many hands are needed to make this as successful as our last event. There is a sign-up sheet in the church Narthex listing the areas where volunteers are needed: set-up, food dishes, servers, clean-up, etc. Set up and food drop off will be at 4:00 pm on Saturday. Dishes needed: sides, salads, desserts. Please bring all hot dishes in a half pan that will fit on the sterno trays. If you don't have pans, we will be happy to provide them. Our main dishes will be venison stew and roasted pork loin. Questions? Speak to Kerrie Stepko.
Family Promise Homeless Shelter, Monday, March 27 is our turn to serve at the shelter program when it is here in town at Trinity House of the Shrine of St. Joseph in Stirling. Please pray for the families in the shelter and our shelter ministers.
Sleeping Mats for Homeless Wednesday, April 19 at 7:30 pm in the Parish Hall. We crochet mats out of “plarn” (plastic bag yarn). The mats are distributed in NYC and Newark through the Bridges program in Summit. Friends and neighbors are invited to be part of the effort and fellowship Questions? Speak to Susie Harris.
AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Concert for Long Hill Robotics Team, Sunday, April 2, 4 pm at All Saints’. CMS 7th Grade pianist Sophia Chen will play Beethoven, Bach, Chopin and Schumann. The concert will raise money through free-will offerings for the Robotics Team’s travel to Kentucky and Nebraska for international competition. All are welcome! The concert will be followed by a reception, so an RSVP is appreciated to go.LH.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maundy Thursday Agapé Meal, April 13, 6:00 pm
Agapé is the Greek word for God’s love – and the way we share it in community. We’ll gather for a simple pot-luck meal, as Jesus and his disciples did, before our Maundy Thursday worship. We’ll be sharing this meal with the Christian (Catholic) Community in the Parish House Lower Room. Sign up on the sheet in the Narthex. Hope to see you there!
Foot Washing at Maundy Thursday Worship, 7:30 pm
This action is a symbol of the loving service to others that Jesus calls us to – basic, humble, prayerful, vulnerable. It is part of Maundy Thursday worship in churches all over the world. During the singing of a chant, the congregation is invited to come forward, have one foot washed, and then wash the foot of the person who comes after them. This care for one another is deeply moving. Wearing shoes and socks that are easily removable makes this easier.
Prayer Watch, anytime Maundy Thursday night, 8:30 pm to 12 am.
Come and keep watch in the Church with Jesus for thirty minutes on the night of his trials in the Garden of Gethsemane (Altar of Repose with the Reserved Sacrament). Although this is a time for personal prayer and meditation, it is something done on the part of our whole parish community, even if you haven’t been able to attend worship earlier. The watch will conclude at midnight. Sign up for a half hour prayer time on the sheet in the Narthex.
Evening Prayer, Mondays, 6 pm in the Church during Lent. Stop in on your way home from work and have a peaceful half hour with God and others.
“The Road to Character” Book Discussion, Wed. 3/29 & 4/5. Join us for this 2-part discussion of David Brooks’ important book (available through the library or Amazon). It highlights a variety of different notable people and the way they developed traits such as honesty, goodness, altruism, loyalty and faith.7:30- 9 pm in the Rath House. Sign-up on the sheet in the Narthex.
Pilgrim, a Course for the Christian Journey:
The Commandments. Monday nights at 7 pm in the Rath House. This discussion group is a great way to learn about the Ten Commandments, Jesus’ teaching about them, and putting our faith into daily action.
Bible Study – Wed., 10:15 am, in the Rath House. We are reading through the Book of Acts; this week, 3/29, we’ll discuss Chapter 27. Newcomers welcome!
Spring Fish & Chips by Argyle of Kearny, April 27 – 5:30-7:30 pm. This is our spring fund-raiser, and we’ll need a variety of help: setting up tables, decorating, selling tickets, making up plates, serving, working the door, helping with publicity, making desserts & drinks, clean-up. A sign-up poster will be up in the Narthex soon. Jackie Sullivan is the person to see with questions or to volunteer.
3/27 Evening Prayer Church, 6:00 pm
Pilgrim Group Rath House, 7:00 pm
3/29 Bible Study Rath House, 10:15 am
Book Discussion Group Rath House, 7:30 pm
3/23 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.
Reconciliation is an important Christian practice. It is fundamentally about joining God’s movement to heal and bring people into relationship across differences. While we may think of reconciliation in a personal, private way that finds its expression in an act of private Confession (see the Prayer Book, p. 447), Reconciliation as a practice and way of living life is much broader. There is a Rwandan proverb that says: "To go fast, walk alone. To go far, walk together." And the authors Emanuel Katangole and Chris Rice say: "When we learn how to slow down to make room for walking together across divides, we become more Christian."
With whom do you need to be reconciled in this season of Lent? What stands in your way? What action or attitude do you need to take? How can God help you with this, as you follow in Jesus’ Way?
Here is a recording of “The Peace of God” by John Rutter, sung by the Vogliam Cantare choir, and recorded at the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore: https://youtu.be/vtnJiIMpTjE