Here is this week’s e-letter. Please take a look.
- Rummage Sale Count-down: Drop-Off Times and Help Needed (Fun and Fundraisers)
- Choirs & Bells (Worship)
- Pilgrim Group (Christian Formation)
FUN & FUNDRAISERS
Ready to RUMMAGE! The last two collection days:
Friday, Sept 15, 2-5pm
Sunday, Sept 17, Noon-2pm
Our sale is Saturday, September 23, and we need help in the following ways:
- Set up rummage on tables day of the Sale 6-8:30 am – Very Important!
- Clean up after Sale, move and box leftovers – 3-6 pm – Very Important!
- Bake for Bake Sale table
Sponsor-a-Hymn. Dedicate a hymn in honor of a birthday, anniversary, baptismal anniversary, graduation, or other special event. Cost is $35 per Sunday for one hymn, and your dedication will be printed in the bulletin, and the person being remembered will be included in the prayers. All proceeds go to our New Piano for the Choir Room Fund. There is a sign-up poster in the Narthex. Please speak to Director of Music Alison Siener Brown for details. Thanks!
Sunday School at 10 am – Children in PreK–Grade 1 meet in the Rainbow Room and Grades 2-5 meets in the large classroom, both downstairs in the Church Undercroft. Both classes will join their families in worship at the Peace.
Nursery Care for babies through three-year olds is available during the 10 am service downstairs in the Church Undercroft.
Bible Study meets on Wednesdays at 10:15 am in the Rath House. This is a lively, prayerful, and inquisitive group. You and your questions are welcome here. This week: First Corinthians, Chapter 3. You can bring your own Bible, or use one of ours. Hope to see you there!
Pilgrim: A Course for the Christian Journey meets Monday nights at 7:00 pm in the Rath House, starting on Sept. 18. This is a group for people who want to grow more in Christian faith. There will be four six-week sessions throughout the year, and a short book accompanies each topic. We start the fall with The Creeds. Please sign up on the sheet in the Narthex so we can know to expect you and to save you a book. Questions? Speak to Mother Vicki.
Parish Directory We are updating our Directory and will be including PHOTOS. Please send a photo of yourself or your family, and any changes to Susie Harris at her new email: firstname.lastname@example.org. A headshot is best! If you need your photo scanned, drop it off and we will scan and return it!
Music Ministry: Choirs & Bells - All Saints’ has choirs for three different age groups. They rehearse on Thursdays:Adult Choir – 7:30 pm
Junior Choir – 5:30 pm (Grade 2 and older)
Small Saints – 5:15 pm (K & Grade 1)
If you love to sing, we would love to have you in our choir. We also have a Handbell Choir seasonally. Music ministry is a great way to meet others, have fun, learn more about music, and serve God and our parish. Want to know more? Speak to Alison Siener Brown, Director of Music.
Mid –Week Worship - We have two opportunities:
6:00 pm – Evening Prayer; Scripture reading and prayers: calm at the end of the day.
7:00 am - Communion & Healing Prayer. A light breakfast is available following the service. Come start your day with prayer and fellowship.
Our Next Dinner for Vets from the V.A. Hospital in Lyons and Vets in our wider community is Sat., Oct. 7 at 5:30 pm in the Parish House. We invite parishioners to offer hospitality through cooking, serving, sharing dinner table conversation, clean-up, as we connect and build bridges and relationships with others in our community. Want to participate? Sign up on the sheet in the Narthex or speak to Kerrie Stepko.
Harvey & Irma - Episcopal Relief and Development is a relief organization that works with local churches and agencies on the ground in both Texas and Florida. All monies received go directly to relief efforts; Charity Star Navigator gives ERD a 4-star rating. Here is the link to make an on-line donation: http://www.episcopalrelief.org/hurricane-harvey-response. There is also a blue flyer on the bulletin table in the Nathex with donation information.
Bishop’s Search – Bishop Beckwith is retiring in September 2018, and the Search/Nominating Committee is in full swing as we seek, and ponder, and pray for God to guide us in our search for the next bishop of our diocese. The Search Committee is made up of both lay and clergy from all parts of the diocese. They will present a slate of 3-5 women and men.Once the candidates have been announced, they will have several public opportunities to meet with all of us. In the meantime, all information about the proess and progress can be found here: http://dioceseofnewark.org/bishop-search.
If you are interested in knowing about a bishop’s role and ministry, a great place to start is by reading the service for the Ordination of a Bishop in the Book of Common Prayer, page 512, and especially at the Examination on pages 517-519. We will pray for our Bishop’s Search each week.
9/19 Evening Prayer Church, 7:00 pm
Pilgrim Group Rath House, 7:00 pm
9/19 Vestry Rath House, 7:30 pm
9/20 Bible Study Rath House, 10:15 am
9/21 Communion & Church, 7:00 am
Small Saints Choir Room 5:15 pm
Junior Choir Choir Room 5:30 pm
Adult Choir Choir Room 7:30 pm
9/23 Rummage Sale Lawn & Parish Hall 9 am–2 pm
For a full schedule of our buildings check the website calendar www.allsaintsmillington.org.
“‘Tis the gift to be simple, ‘tis the gift to be free…” so starts the old Shaker hymn. Simplicity as a Christian practice is all about the inner freedom that comes having our vision and our priorities shaped by Christ. Our relationship with our possessions, our time, our family and friends, our schedules, our finances, our memories and emotions, all can get quite complicated – especially when what we carry from the past ceases to be life-giving, and instead, becomes a burden. Someone has defined simplicity as “De-cluttering our lives so we can be present to God and to one another.” When we let go of a thing, or an attitude, or a habit that has weighed us down, we become free to embrace the new, life-giving gift God wants to give us.
But simplicity can be scary. It means we let go of all those things that were buttresses for us. It means letting go of the familiar, the known, the well-practiced so that we can make room for unknown gift. This is, in part, what Jesus means in his parable of the Pearl of Great Price (Matthew 13:45-46).
Action for reflection: For today or this week, choose one aspect of your life that you feel needs to be simplified – a habit, an attitude, a closet, a part of your schedule. Ask God to give you the wisdom and insight (and maybe persistence!) to stop, change, or let go of that thing. See how that feels. Then rather than filling that space (literal or metaphoric) immediately, thank God for the breathing room.
Here is a link to a version of Simple Gifts, performed by Yo-Yo Ma and Allison Krauss: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYi9Vr8bHJY