Today’s news is full of talk about Hurricane Joaquin. While it now looks as though the storm will head out to sea, there is still the chance of lots of rain and some wind. For us that means possible flooding and downed trees, and perhaps power outages. While it seems that any effects in New Jersey will be late Sunday and Monday, please keep a watch on the safety of travel. If the Church schedule has to be effected in any way, I’ll post notices on the parish website, the Facebook page, and leave a voice message on the answering machine, and send an e-mail…assuming we have power! Please remember to check on your neighbors – particularly if they are elderly or live alone.
This Sunday’s 10 am service will be a Family Service. All children will go to worship (no Sunday School), there will be a children’s homily, and prayers for birthdays and anniversaries. This will also be the first time our new Small Saints’ choir debuts, along with the Junior Choir! Come and support some of our youngest parishioners. We’ll baptize and welcome into the “household of God” Kathryn Velloso. And at 5 pm is our annual Blessing of the Animals in honor of St. Francis. A great day all around!
There are lots of things coming up in October. Please take a look at the announcements below, especially:
- Argyle’s Fish & Chips (“Fish Fright”) – Fun & Fundraising
- Blessing of the Animals – Worship and Music
- Community Art Show – Events
- A Christening Party – Events
- “Quiet Evening” Mini-Retreat & Compline - Formation
FUN & FUNDRAISING
It’s a “Fish Fright” on Thursday, Oct. 29. Our annual Fish & Chips Dinner catered by Argyle of Kearny. Our annual Fish & Chips Dinner catered by Argyle of Kearney. Tickets (in advance) are $18 for adults/$9 for kids under 12; available this week. Please spread the word! This is always a wonderful community event. Put the date on your calendar now, and invite your friends!
And sign up on the poster in the Narthex to let us know how you can help:
- Sell Tickets after Church
- Tickets/Door at the Dinner
- Publicity/Signs (change date on sign, submit application to town hall, place signs on approved lawns and intersections)
- Are you willing to have a sign on your lawn? Write name and address
- Bake Cookies & Desserts (especially pies & chocolate chip cookies)
- Serve Desserts; Package Take-out Cookies
- Provide & Serve Cold Drinks (Iced Tea/Lemonade) Set Up Room
- Set Up Eat-in Plates
- Pack Take-Out Bags
- Serve Tables ~ Teens & Adults
- Clean Up
WORSHIP and MUSIC
Blessing of the Animals in honor of St. Francis – Sunday, Oct. 4 at 5 pm in the Memorial Garden (in the Parish Hall in case of rain). Bring your pets (on a leash or in their cage) for this simple service giving thanks for the companionship of our animal friends. Your neighbors and their pets are welcome, too.
All God’s Children Service for kids and families with special needs. This service is 30 minutes long (no segment is more than 3 minutes), with a Bible story, singing, movement, prayers and Communion. All families and children of all abilities are welcome. Third Sundays of the month; next AGC is 10/18. For more information, speak with Mother Vicki.
All Saints’ Day Festive Evensong ~ November 1 at 4 pm. We will celebrate our parish feast day and mark the installation our new Presiding Bishop, the Most Rev. Michael Curry. Refreshments will follow. We’ll be joined by the Choir and People of All Saints’, Scotch Plains. The Christian Community group who worships in our Parish House has been invited as well. Put the date on your calendar now for this beautiful and festive service of music and readings.
“Quiet Evening” Mini-Retreat & Compline, Thurs., Oct. 19, 8:15 pm in the Church. Need a quiet break during the week? Want to de-stress? Come for 30 mins. of reflective activity – this month is Praying in Color; followed by 15 mins. of quiet prayer & meditation by candlelight; ending with the service of Compline, sung with members of our Choir. We’ll finish by 9:20 pm. Pick up the flyer in the narthex for more information and sign-up on the sheet to let us know you are coming.
Confirmation Class for youth in Grades 9 & 10 will begin in October and meet two Sundays a month after coffee hour (on the 2nd and 4th Sundays), from12 noon to 1:15 pm. The class will be taught by Mother Vicki and meet in the large classroom for the Church Undercroft. The service of Confirmation will then take place in April at the Cathedral in Newark. Older teens who have not yet been Confirmed may also be included in this class. Please e-mail the Parish Office to register your teen.
Bible Study - Wed., 10:15-11:30 am in the Rath House. This week we’ll discuss the Girls Fetching Water, the Women of Israel, and Michal: pages 178-189 in Bible Women: All Their Words and Why They Matter. We are always happy to have new people join the group. Questions? Speak to Mother Vicki.
Women's Book Group will next meet Wednesday, October 21, 7:30 pm in the Rath House. The book for discussion will be A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail, by Bill Bryson. Come for a relaxing and informative evening. Feel free to bring a friend.
A Christening Party - and you are invited! This Sunday, October 4 at the 10 am service Kathryn Velloso, daughter of Shea and Jody (Doktor) Velloso, will be baptized! The parish is invited to celebrate with them and stay for a potluck lunch in the Parish House after Coffee Hour. Please bring something and join the party!
Community Art Show, Sunday, October 18, 3-6 pm, All Saints’ Parish Hall. Artists of all ages are invited to enter their work! Painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, mixed media...whatever your art is, please share it with us. And invite your friends to share their work also. The entry fee is $20 and will allow you to submit up to three pieces. There is a flyer with information on the Narthex table. Speak to Nancy Mink for more information.
Knitting for Seafarers – All Saints’ has a dedicated group of volunteers who knit scarves and caps for Seamen’s Church Institute’s Christmas-at-Sea ministry. If you are interested in knitting for this ministry, please speak to Janet Mansfield. She can give you directions and yarn, and then you work on the project on your own time. Your gift will help keep a seafarer warm this winter!
“Stewardship us all that we do, with all that we have, all of the time” – this is one of the classic definitions of Christian stewardship, how we care for what God has given us with glad and generous hearts. Over the next six weeks our Sunday bulletins will include reflections from the Episcopal Network for Stewardship, written by various lay people, clergy, and bishops. Please take these inserts home to read, as you begin to reflect and pray about how you will support God’s mission in and through All Saints’ Church for 2016. Thanks!
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10/6 Altar Guild Meeting/Dinner 6:00 pm Rath House
10/7 Bible Study 10:15 am Rath House
10/8 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: 9:30 am-4:00 pm, Mon., Tues., Thu.
Rector’s Sabbath day: Friday
FOR ALL THE SAINTS
October 6, William Tyndale, Translator of the Bible, 1536.
“Change, even the most innocent and constructive, comes hard to men and societies. When William Tyndale, a careful and competent scholar and priest, prepared a translation of the Bible into English, he suddenly found himself treated as a scoundrel and a radical, even by those from whom he had expected the most support, the intellectuals and churchmen of England.
At Oxford, as a student, and at Cambridge, as a teacher, he had found great truth and guidance for his life from the scriptures, which were then available only to those who could read Latin, or in the partial and sometimes inaccurate version of John Wycliffe. Tyndale wanted to make the Bible available to the English in their native tongue. When his bishop got word of the project, he chastised Tyndale for such revolutionary activity and eventually made things so uncomfortable for the scholar that he had to leave England and flee to Germany, where the first edition of the Tyndale version of the Bible was published.
In spite of Tyndale's piety, scholarship, and good intentions, his work brought nothing but wrath from the English authorities. He was captured, tried as a heretic and schismatic, strangled, and publicly burned at Vilvorde, Belgium, in 1536.
Help us to proclaim your eternal Word in our time with bravery and clarity. Amen.” ~ Lesser Feasts and Fasts
Question for reflection: How does the Bible offer truth and guidance in your life? How does the Holy Spirit speak to you through the words of Scripture?
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Sunday, October 4th is the Feast of St. Francis. In honor of the things he valued, and particularly in light of the news of yet another school shooting, here is the Prayer of St. Francis.
Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is
hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where
there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where
there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where
there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to
be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is
in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we
are born to eternal life. Amen. ~ Book of Common Prayer, p. 833
And a link to a hymn whose words are also attributed to Francis (All creatures of our God and king):