Here are the week’s announcements. In particular please see:
- Wednesday Walkabouts (Around the Neighborhood)
- Summer Projects (Buildings & Grounds)
- Summer Choir (Worship)
- Young Adult College, Work, Gap Year Blessings (Worship)
- The Way of Love (Christian Formation)
Last Wednesday Walkabout: July 18 – Getting to know the neighborhoods that All Saints’ serves. We’ll meet at 41 Mountain Boulevard in Warren. Then we’ll walk that neighborhood for about 45 minutes and finish up with dinner at Ye’s Asian (Vietnamese) Bistro. Sign up on the sheet in the Narthex or send an e-mail to the Parish Office to let us know you’ll be there.
Lunchtime Recital by our own Alison Siener Brown at Grace Church, Madison on Wednesday, August 8 at 12:15 pm. Alison will present both organ and handbell solo works. Lunch will be available in Grace Hall following the recital. Come and show Alison your support….and enjoy some wonderful music!
BUILDINGS & GROUNDS
- Solar Shade for Organ Window was installed this week. The shade will protect the organ and prevent further damage to the wooden supports holding the pipes. It can be raised and lowered as needed for acoustics.
- Emergency Egress Lighting for Church and Parish House will be installed by an electrician due to a state fire safety code before the township September deadline.
The largest concern is the stained-glass altar window. It is very wavy, and some of the stabilizing horizontal rods have been pushed out of place by heat-induced expansion and contraction of the leading and no longer do their job. If left unattended, pieces of the colored glass could begin to fall out and break. Here is what we know about the window so far. It was given by Thomas G. Clynes in memory of his wife Edith Seamans Clynes. She died of complications from the birth of their second son in 1917 at the age of 32. They lived on Long Hill Road, and Thomas continued to live there with his second wife, the two boys, and a daughter until his death in 1941. The window was installed for Christmas Day 1919, and was dedicated and blessed (along with the rest of the Chancel) by Bishop Lines on June 6, 1920 – so the window will have its centennial in 18 months.
The Vestry is actively investigating how best to care for, restore, and pay for the work on these windows. We’ll keep you updated on the process.
Summer Refreshments are available after the 10 am service on the Parish House lawn. Please join us for a cool drink and conversation.
Ladies Night Out: Planning Ahead! Tuesday, August 28, 7:30 pm. Stop by the Stirling Hotel (outdoor area) for conversation, catching up after the summer, and a cool beverage. Bring a friend, too! No need to sign up.
FUN & FUNDRAISING
Results from Ice Cream Night – Thanks to everyone who came out to Ava’s in Basking Ridge on June 29. We raised $153…and we had some great ice cream and fellowship!
Reminder from the Finance Committee – While you are traveling or away from Sunday worship this summer, please remember our parish expenses continue! You may always mail in or drop off your pledge contributions during the week. Or you can initiate a direct payment from your bank. Please speak with Barbara Barbeau if you would like information about this. Thank you. All of your support is needed and appreciated.
Rummage Sale! We need help on Aug. 4 to set up tables in the Parish Hall so we can begin accepting rummage Aug. 5, the First Sunday of Rummage. If you can assist, sign up on the poster in the Narthex. What do we take? Good, usable, clean rummage: furniture, housewares, tools, toys, holiday items, yard & garden, art work, kids’ books, small electronics, boutique, office supplies, sporting goods, etc. What don’t we take? Cribs, large appliances, large sofas, entertainment centers, tube TVs. Tell your friends and neighbors! This sale is our most visible community event, and our largest fund-raiser: September 29! Check the poster in the narthex to see how you can help. Questions? Speak to Kimberly Celeste.
Bible Study Wednesday, July 18 at 10:15 am in the Rath House. This week we’ll read and discuss Galatians chapter 5 & 6. Last meeting of the summer. Hope to see you there!
The Way of Love: Practices for a Jesus-Centered Life. This is the Rule of Life that Presiding Bishop Curry and the General Convention introduced last week. There are materials and resources on the table in the Narthex. Please take the home with you. You are welcome to start thinking and praying now about how you might like to shape your own Rule of Life. At the end of the summer we’ll have some opportunities to gather and learn more about how to do this. Here is the link to the digital resources supporting The Way of Love: https://www.episcopalchurch.org/explore-way-love And here is the link to the sermon Bishop Curry preached introducing this Rule of Life: https://www.episcopalchurch.org/general-convention-2018-media-hub . The sermon is the one that says “Opening Sermon.”
Forward Day by Day – the copies of Forward Day by Day, the quarterly devotional guide, for August-October are here and can be picked up in the Narthex. There are both pocket-sized and large print editions.
Come join the fun and sing in the All Saints' Summer Choir! Two different opportunities: July 22 & August 19! No experience is needed. You are welcome whether you sing in choir during the rest of the year or not. Meet in the choir room at 9:15 am to learn the anthem and then help lead worship at 10:00. Please talk to Alison Siener Brown for more information.
Blessings for College and Post-High School Students – is a young adult in your family going off to college, work, or a gap year at the end of the summer? Folks age 18-22 are invited to come July 22 at 10 am and receive a blessing for study, work, or travel.
Save the Date: Sunday, November 11 at 4:00 pm for a “Service of Peace and Remembrance: the Centennial of the End of World War I.”
EPISCOPAL CHURCH NEWS
The General Convention (GC) of the Episcopal Church finished on Friday, July 13. Bishop Beckwith and our diocesan deputies will be making a full report later in the summer; watch the diocesan website for when that might be happening. In the meantime, check Episcopal News Service for coverage: www.episcopalnewsservice.org.
7/18 Bible Study Rath House, 10:15 am
Wed Walkabout 41 Mountain Ave., Warren, 6:30 pm
7/19 Eucharist & Healing Church, 7:00 am
For a full schedule of our buildings check the website calendar www.allsaintsmillington.org.
A Rule of Life: What Do You Seek?
A Rule of Life is “an intentional pattern of spiritual disciplines that provides structure and direction for growth in holiness”, in becoming the people God wants us to be. A Rule of Life is not something new; it’s as old as Christian faith. Christians have written and followed Rules of Life for themselves as individuals and as communities for centuries. The most famous Rule is that of St. Benedict, upon which a great deal of Western monastic life is based. The religious community in our diocese, the Community of St. John Baptist, has its own Rule of Life. Now our Episcopal Church has created a Rule of Life and invited all Episcopalians (and others) to engage with it, adapting it according to each of our own needs and circumstances: The Way of Love.On the website describing this Rule of Life is a section called “What Do You Seek?” which is the ancient question Christian communities ask of visitors and those who aspire to join them. It’s an important question for all of us. Here is the material from that section:
Early in his ministry, Jesus of Nazareth was surrounded by crowds. He turned and asked, “What do you seek?” (John 1:38). For more than a thousand years, monastics have greeted pilgrims knocking on their doors by asking: “What do you seek?”
Today, each of us can pause with the same question. As much as the world has changed, the fundamental human hopes and yearnings that draw us to faith may not be so different. For many…
We seek love
To know God’s love, to love and be loved by others, and to love ourselves.
We seek freedom
From the many forces - sin, fear, oppression, and division - that pull us from living as God created us to be: dignified, whole, and free.
We seek abundant life
Overflowing with joy, peace, generosity, and delight. Where there is enough for all because we all share with abandon. A life of meaning, given back to God and lived for others.
We seek Jesus
The Way of Jesus is the Way of Love,
and that way has the power to change lives and change the world.