Thank you to everyone who made Pentecost such a wonderful celebration. When I returned to the office on Monday, half a dozen people came by or called to tell me how great it was, and how proud they were of our parish. For those who couldn’t make it, we had twenty Vets from Lyons come for the Pig Roast; eleven Vets came to worship – one man even brought his mother and grandmother! And everyone pitched in together to make what was supposed to be an outdoor event move indoors quickly because of the chilly weather. Good job, everyone!
The more deeply we move into this Going Local “experiment” of getting to know our neighbors at the VA through the vehicle of the dinners/meals, the more we are understanding that this is all about building relationships and connecting with what God is doing in our wider community. There is mutuality involved – we all (Vets and parishioners) have things to offer and things to learn and receive.
Here’s a brief video about a similar sort of experience in the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island: "It's not about handing out a sandwich. It's about having a conversation...letting someone know they matter." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miNYcfx-Q2s . ~VGM+
Please see the following announcements:
- Youth Sunday - in Worship
- Cook Book Project – in Stewardship
- Diocesan Senior Ministries Award – in Events
- Christian Arts Camp – in Christian Formation
Baptism, May 22 at 10 am: Sydney Elizabeth Manning. Please keep Sydney and her family in your prayers.
Youth Sunday, June 5, 10 am – Parish children will present a skit in place of the sermon, our eighth graders will celebrate their Rite-13 Ceremony, the children who have completed their Eucharistic Instruction Class will be recognized, and there will be certificates for the Sunday School students. Please come and celebrate the children of our parish! Children wishing to participate in the skit should sign up on the sheet in the narthex, and come to the single rehearsal at 9:15 am, June 5 (before worship on Sunday).
Diocesan Senior Ministries Evensong, June 12 - This year’s honoree from All Saints’ is Suzanne Traub. Please come and support Sue, in thanksgiving for her many ministries at All Saints’. The Evensong will be at St. Peter’s, Morristown at 4 pm, preceded by a reception at 3 pm. Congratulations, Sue!
Joining Jesus on the Journey: A River-to-River Pilgrimage Across NJ. Monday, July 25, 2016 - Saturday, July 30, 2016. Walk with Bishop Beckwith across the diocese from the Delaware River to the Hudson River the week of July 25-30. This is an opportunity to be part of a prayerful pilgrimage in which we look for how we can join God in shaping the future of our diocese. You can participate for an hour of worship, a day of walking, a meal, or the whole pilgrimage. On Thursday, July 28 Mother Vicki will be walking the section from Mendham to Summit. Please consider joining the Journey for the day! For more info please see the diocesan website: http://www.dioceseofnewark.org/event/joining-jesus-journey.
Parish Baseball Outing - several people have asked about an All Saints’@ the Patriots Game again this summer. The answer is “Yes”, we are in the process of picking a date and will get the information out ASAP!
All Saints’ Cook Book Project date extended to May 29! Our parish has many wonderful cooks, and we’d like to share your recipes. We are looking for: Appetizers/beverages; Soups/salads; Vegetables/sides; Main dish; Desserts; and we particularly need the following categories: Breads/rolls; Kid's Corner - for kids to provide their favorite recipes and/or for parents to provide recipes that their kids enjoy. Feel free to include a story or memory you associate with your recipe and whether your recipe is dedicated in memory of someone. Email to the person from the committee who e-mailed you with the details; or you may hand your hard copy to Carol Berry at church or mail it to her: 14 Coppergate Drive, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920. We will need your recipes by May 29. Thanks!
The Rummage Sale is coming – Sept. 17! We’ll start collecting on Sunday, July 31. In the meantime, start setting aside your good, clean, rummage-able items. Please remember that we do not take cribs, tires, books for grown-ups, or tube TVs. The sign–up sheets for rummage workers are in the Narthex. Take a look and see how you can help! Questions? Speak to Kimberly Celeste.
This Sunday is the last Sunday School class for the year. Next week is Memorial Day weekend. Thank you to our teachers and students!
Christian Arts Camp- “All God’s Folk”, June 27-30 (Mon-Thurs), 9 am-12 noon.
For kids age 4 – Grade 5. Cost: $40 per child. We’ll have folk crafts, games, music and activities, as well as Bible stories. Middle School and High School students are welcome as helpers. Take a flyer, and tell your friends. Start the summer with some fun! Questions? Speak to Mother Vicki or Alison Siener Brown.
Bible Study Wed. 5/25, 10:15-11:30 am in the Rath House. Thisweek we are reading 2nd Thessalonians, chapter 2. Come join the learning, support and fun. You may use one of our Bibles or bring your own. Questions? Speak to Mother Vicki.
Summer Refreshment Hosts are needed for our fellowship after worship. 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
Emergency Food Assistance (EFA) Bags for the Homeless in Dover – Next Sunday, May 29, we’ll make up bags for distribution in Dover. Meet in the Parish Hall during Coffee Hour. If you would like to help with this ministry, please speak to Afsaneh Thursfield.
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5/25 Bible Study 10:15 am, Rath House
5/26 Holy Eucharist 7:00 am, Church
Small Saints & Junior Choirs 5:15 pm, Choir Room
Adult Choir 7:30 pm, Choir Room
For a full schedule of our buildings check the website calendar www.allsaintsmillington.org.
Parish Office Hours: Mon., Tues., Thurs. from 9:30 am-4:00 pm,
Rector’s Sabbath day: Friday
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Trinity Sunday ~ May 22, 2016
“[The] real point of the doctrine of the Trinity, and thus of the celebration of Trinity Sunday, is about relationships and thus about unity--God became man in order that man might become God, he in us and we in him….The relationships of the Three-in-One are always about being One-in-Three. So as we celebrate and accept the embrace of the Trinity, all of our human relationships must also be about unity.” ~ from the website http://fullhomelydivinity.org/
Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.
I bind unto myself the Name,
the strong Name of the Trinity,
by invocation of the same,
the Three in One, and One in Three.
Of whom all nature hath creation,
eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
praise to the Lord of my salvation,
salvation is of Christ the Lord.
~ St. Patrick’s Breastplate, Hymn 370
Question for Reflection: Do you experience God most as one of the Three Persons of the Trinity: Father? Son? Holy Spirit? Each one at different times? How can you reflect the unity of God’s love and relationality in the world around you?
The photo above is a very famous icon of the Holy Trinity, written by St. Andrei Rublev for the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Trinity Monastery, Sergiev Posad, Russia, c. 1410. It is based on the story of the three men/angels/divine persons who visit Abraham to announce Isaac’s birth, and who receive Abraham’s hospitality (Genesis 18:1-15). https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+18%3A1-15&version=MSG