The Rummage Sale is here! If you didn’t sign up to help in some way, we still need you. Help put rummage out on the tables and generally “fluff” the merchandise during the day; home for clean-up at 2 pm and help pack up left-overs for Salvation Army, etc.; stop by our Blessings-to-Go table which has lots of All Saints’ and Episcopal Church literature, prayer cards, and will be staffed from 9:30-11:00 am by Sisters Monica Clare and Deborah Frances; or just come and mingle with the crowd and be part of the great All Saints’ welcoming and Spirit-filled presence!
Here are the week’s announcements. In particular please see:
- Narnia Book Club Starts Sunday (Christian Formation)
- Shop-Rite Gift Cards (Fun and Fundraising)
- Social Media Sunday (Good News Sharing)
CHRISTIAN FORMATION & SPIRITUAL PRACTICES
Narnia GO! (One Parish: One Book) - Sunday we kick off our Narnia Book Club. Narnia Readers will be commissioned during the announcement time at the 10 am service. Kids, adults, families, and singles are invited to be part of this intergenerational read. Each week the group will read two or three chapters of C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (set in the fictional land of Narnia where the Lion Alsan is the Christ figure). There will be questions to ponder and discuss in the bulletin, as well as posted to the Club’s Facebook group. Go to the parish FB group to find it.
Why are we doing this? C.S. Lewis was a writer who put his Christian faith into stories that call on our imagination, creativity, and curiosity. Reading his books in The Chronicles of Narnia series is a way approach faith from a different angle – and share it with a child you love, or your own inner child.
Copies of the book are available for just $5— along with brochures and bookmarks in our Narnia Corner at the rear of the church. Look for the Lamppost, and join in!
Bible Study meets on Wednesdays at 10:15 am in the Rath House. We are reading and discussing the Gospel of Mark. This week we’re covering Chapter 3. No experience is needed or expected, only a desire to learn, ask questions, laugh, and grow with others. Questions? Speak to Mother Vicki.
GOOD NEWS SHARING
This Sunday is Social Media Sunday - Check in at All Saints’ on Facebook, post a selfie at Church to Instagram, Tweet a line of the sermon or Gospel or a favorite hymn, post a short video to YouTube. Share the Good News of God’s love here at All Saints’. This is a national effort that the Episcopal Church is strongly behind. Be sure to include the hashtags #sms2018 #episcopalevangelism.
FUN & FUNDRAISING
NEW! ShopRite gift cards are available in $25 increments. Buy gift cards at the Rummage Sale (at the check-out table) to purchase your groceries. It does not cost you any more than what you would have spent at the store and 5% goes to All Saints’ ministries. The cards will also be available at the Parish Office and Church on Sundays (but we are looking for one or two volunteers to be our Sunday “sales people”). Speak with Mother Vicki or Jane Hayden if you have questions.
Morning Prayer at 10 am this Week (Eucharist at 8 am) – It’s the fifth Sunday of the month and we’ll worship using the service of Morning Prayer at our later service.
Blessing of the Animals in honor of St. Francis. This is our annual service in celebration of God’s creation and the saint who showed us how to love it. Bring your leashed or caged pet on Sunday, October 7 at 5:00 pm to the Memorial Garden for a prayer and a blessing. Invite your neighbors, too.
Altar Guild Dinner, October 17 at 6 pm in the Rath House. The Altar Guild is the parish ministry that sets up the altar and church for our services each week, and cares for the vestments, linens, sacred vessels, and interior of the church. It is open to anyone who is interested in working with others in this kind of behind-the-scenes effort which supports our worship. Interested? Speak to Liz Gorny.
ALL SAINTS’ PRIDE
Get your All Saints’ Shirts! Red polo shirts (short or long sleeve) with our name and the Episcopal shield are available for purchase. Cost is $26 or $30. Wear them for parish events, Rummage Sale, whenever you want to send a simple message about our parish! Order forms are in the display in the Narthex.
Save the Date – Nov. 17 for Grateful Gathering: Murder Mystery Dinner Night! Save the Date – Nov. 17 for Grateful Gathering: Murder Mystery Dinner Night! This is a fun event to gather together as a parish and spend an evening together. Primarily for adults, it’s appropriate for youth in middle school and older, also. Table teams will work together to solve the mystery of a murder drama titled: Thou Shalt Not Kill, set in an English country church. Laurie Gaulke is our organizer, and she needs help: seven people to play roles, folks to set up and decorate the Parish Hall, and other to organize appetizers and desserts (the entrée will be catered). There is a sign-up sheet in the Narthex to volunteer. More information to come.
There was a monumental ‘Saints’ Sighting’ at ShopRite in Stirling at the Sept 19 Help Bag Hunger event, as more than a dozen All Saints’ parishioners helped bag groceries. A Part of ShopRite’s Partners in Caring outreach, this is their annual fund-raising effort for local food pantries like our 12 Baskets Food Ministry. Thanks to all who volunteered!
Drivers Needed for FoodBank Pick-up – Once a month we need volunteers to drive to the Community FoodBank in Hillside to pick up our food pantry order. This is a day-time opportunity because that is when the CFBNJ operates. If you can help, or would like to know more, speak with Kerrie Stepko.
AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Musikgarten: Early Childhood Music Classes – for babies & toddlers; preschoolers; and young elementary group piano lessons. Taught here at All Saints’ by our director of Music Alison Siener Brown, under the auspices of Music in the Somerset Hills. Classes star the first week in October. For information speak to Alison or check the website http://musicsh.org/musikgarten/.
The Rt. Rev. Carlye J. Hughes was ordained and consecrated as the 11th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark at 11 AM on Saturday, September 22, at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ. More than 2000 people attended the consecration service, and nearly 200 others from around the world joined the service by live-streaming video. Twenty-five folks from All Saints’ participated or attended. Thanks to Suzanne Kosempel for arranging our parish bus, and to Alison Siener Brown for rehearsing our choir members. Here is the link to the sermon from the service: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGBnJGzHw6o&feature=youtu.be
And here is the link to the diocesan website for all the coverage, including wonderful photos: https://dioceseofnewark.org/content/consecration-coverage
We look forward to the time when Bishop Carlye will come and visit us at All Saints’!
10/2 Good Scout Award: Carol Prasa
ticket required The Primavera, Stirling
10/3 Bible Study Rath House, 10:15 am
10/4 Eucharist & Healing Prayer Church, 7:00 am
Junior Choir 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.
For All the Saints: St. Michael & All Angels, September 29 – this is one of the Church’s major feast days, celebrating the presence of God’s angelic servants in creation. Michael is thought to be the captain of the angelic hosts, and in Revelation 12 he defeats the Devil (“And there was war in heaven…”). Many churches in England, particularly, have icons or paintings of St. Michael near the church door – an image of protection. All Saints’ has a St. Michael icon on the wall behind the choir stalls, near the big door.
This feast day is important to All Saints’ for another reason. It is the day that our church building was first dedicated and consecrated by Bishop Lines – September 29, 1906. We are officially 112 years old!
The Collect for the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels
Everlasting God, you have ordained and constituted in a wonderful order the ministries of angels and mortals: Mercifully grant that, as your holy angels always serve and worship you in heaven, so by your appointment they may help and defend us here on earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
~ Book of Common Prayer
You can read more about this feast here: http://satucket.com/lectionary/Michael.htm
Coffee Hour Conversation Starter
At coffee hour on Sunday, ask someone: Where did you see God at work at the Rummage Sale? Listen to the other person’s answers, and then share yours.