Here are the week’s announcements. In particular please see:
- Blessing of the Animals (Worship)
- Family Service (Worship)
- Rummage Huzzah! Party (Fun and Fundraising)
Blessing of the Animals in honor of St. Francis this Sunday, October 7 at 5 pm. 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 to the Memorial Garden for a prayer and a blessing. Invite your neighbors, too.
Family Service this Week at 10 am – children worship with their families; birthday and anniversary prayers for October; inter-generational homily; no Sunday School, but nursery care available. Children are asked to gather in the Narthex at 9:55 to be part of the procession.
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.
CHRISTIAN FORMATION & SPIRITUAL PRACTICES
Narnia Book Club for kids, adults, families, and singles. We are reading C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (set in the fictional land of Narnia where the Lion Aslan is the Christ figure). There are questions to ponder and discuss in the bulletin insert. There is also One Paris/One Book Facebook group. Go to the parish FB group to find it.
Reading this book (part of The Chronicles of Narnia series) is a way approach faith from a different angle – with imagination, creativity, and curiosity.
Check out our Narnia Corner at the rear of the church – books, brochures, bookmarks, pins/badges, and other goodies. Look for the Lamppost, and join in!
Narnia Readers will gather during coffee hour to discuss this week’s reading questions – others are invited to come, too.
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 4. No experience is needed or expected, only a desire to learn, ask questions, laugh, and grow with others. Questions? Speak to Mother Vicki.
FUN & FUNDRAISING
The Rummage Sale raised over $10,000. The money is still trickling in and we will have a total next week. Thank you, everyone!
To our fellow Rummagers – please join us for a Rummage Hazzah! on Wednesday, October 10 at 7 pm in the Parish House. This is a way to celebrate all the hard work together--pricing, boxing, schlepping, sorting, advertising and more. Please bring some random snack (whatever you can rummage from your kitchen or pantry) and your favorite story from the rummage sale and we will feast Rummage-style. Hope to see you there! ~ Kimberly Celeste
ShopRite gift cards are available in $25 increments. Buy gift cards at the parish office 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. Cards are available at Church on Sundays. Please speak to Barbara Barbeau.
Argyle Fish ‘n Chips: November 1st. Plan to celebrate All Saints’ Day with a fish dinner! Take a look at the Fish ‘n Chips board in the Narthex to see how you can help. Invite your friends and neighbors, and get ready for a fun evening! Tickets go on sale soon. Speak to Jackie Sullivan to volunteer.
Grateful Gathering: November 17th 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.
Last Sunday at the Millington Street Fair attendees generously donated over $400 and a carload of canned/shelf-stable foods (about 300 pounds) to our Twelve Baskets Food Pantry. Thank you to all who donated. Thank you to the Chamber of Commerce for designating us as the recipients of this effort. And thank you to Hugh Wallace, Barbara Barbeau, and Jane Hayden for representing All Saints’ and helping the community learn about our food ministry.
The theme of our Annual Pledge Campaign is Transforming Generosity. It has a double meaning – both the way that generosity can transform us and the lives of others, and transforming the way we think about and practice generosity. There will be a Transforming Generosity insert in your bulletin this Sunday. Please make sure to take it home and read it. Stewardship packets will be mailed out soon. Please begin thinking and praying about how your generosity can join in All Saints’ mission in our community.
ALL SAINTS’ PRIDE
You can still order All Saints’ embroidered shirts!
Order your red polo shirts (short or long sleeve) with our name and the Episcopal shield by filling in the Order forms in the Narthex. Costs are $26 and $30. Wear them for parish events, or whenever you want to send a simple message about our parish! Order forms are in the display in the Narthex.
10/9 Finance Committee Rath House, 7:30 pm
10/10 Bible Study Rath House, 10:15 am
Rummage Huzzah! Party Parish Hall, 7:00 pm
10/11 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. Francis of Assisi, October 4 – St. Francis is one of the most popular saints. People are drawn to his valuing of creation, his identifying with the poor, his desire to live a simple and honest lifestyle in his Christian faith. Here is a link to a short biography of St. Francis: http://satucket.com/lectionary/Francis_Assisi.htm
Sometimes in our warm feelings about Francis we forget how difficult life could be for him, and how often he suffered hunger and pain, and yet he was filled with joy.
Question for Reflection
What in your faith gives you joy? What do you struggle with? Can you see God in both the joy and the struggle?
And here’s link to a setting of the Prayer of St. Francis by Sarah McLachlan https://youtu.be/IFkjdFgqOY4