There is snow predicted for this weekend – Saturday evening well into Sunday day time. There is also ice predicted. As of this writing (Thursday afternoon) it’s still too early to make a determination about Sunday services. But it seems likely that the 8 am service may be cancelled, and possibly the 10 am service, also. If one or both services are cancelled, that information will be sent to you via e-mail before 7 am Sunday. It will also be posted on the home page of the website, and on Facebook. In any case, please always use your best judgment about travelling safely to Church.
Please see the rest of the announcements, especially:
- Community Dinner Postponed (Helping Hands)
- Annual Parish Meeting (Annual Meeting)
- Choral Benefit Concert (Music Events)
- Rectory Changes (Stewardship)
Community Dinner for Vets and Friends: SNOW DAY POSTPONEMENT. This Saturday’s dinner will be postponed due to the expected Saturday night snowstorm. Speak to Kerrie Stepko with questions.
What’s up next? Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on March 5. This year we’ll be inviting our Veteran friends and Seniors in our community, as well as parishioners. Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday – traditionally a time for using up all the butter/oil/sweets in the house – hence the pancakes! More information to come, but save the date.
Family Promise – Jan. 28 is our next date for hosting homeless families with Family Promise at Trinity House in Stirling. We need volunteers to cook, serve the meal, act as hosts to the shelter guests, and spend the night. Sign up on the sheet in the Narthex to help out. Want to know more? Speak to Afsaneh Thursfield or Kathy Pfeil.
The Annual Parish Meeting of All Saints’ Church will be held on Sunday, February 10 at 11:15 am in the Parish Hall. This is an important time in our community life to hear from our leadership, to elect new Vestry members and diocesan convention deputies, and to gather for conversation with fellow parishioners. Please plan to be there. Childcare will be available during the meeting.
Bible Study meets on Wednesdays at 10:15 am in the Rath House. We are reading and discussing the Gospel of Mark – this week, Chapter 9. If you have been “cautiously curious” about Bible reading and would like to try it out, please know that you are invited. You don’t have to have any prior knowledge or experience. It’s a good way to start the New Year! Questions? Speak to Mother Vicki.
Our Narnia Book Club for families, kids, and adults is continuing this winter/spring. We’ll be reading “The Magician’s Nephew” from The Chronicles of Narnia. Look for more details soon!
And in the summer, our inter-generational Vacation Bible School will be Narnia-themed: Aslan On the Move (June 23-27, 6:00-8:30 pm).
All Saints’ Choirs and Friends will present a benefit choral concert on Feb. 24 at 4:30 pm. Titled “Holy is the True Light”, the program will include music by Bach, William Harris, Howard Helvey, John Ferguson, Karen Marrolli, traditional South African, William Byrd, Bruce Neswick, Nicholas Palmer, and others, all based on the theme of light. There will be selections for full choir, men’s voices, women’s voices, and children.
All proceeds from the concert will go towards the start of a repair and restoration fund for our Resurrection altar window, which will be 100 years old at Christmas 2019. It was given by parishioner Thomas G. Clynes in memory of his wife Edith Seamon Clynes who died in February 1917, shortly after the birth of their second child. Admission to the concert is by free will offering; minimum suggested donation is $10. Please invite your friends and neighbors!
Pledge Envelopes – if you requested envelopes for your pledge of donations, they are available on the table in the Narthex with your name on them. Please pick them up today. And if you would like information about making a pledge of financial support to the ministry of All Saints’, pledge packets are available in the Narthex.
ShopRite Cards– everyone needs groceries! You may purchase ShopRite cards on Sundays during Coffee House or at the parish office. You pay face value and 5% goes to All Saints’ ministries. Please speak to Barbara Barbeau.
Rectory Changes: Take Tour Sunday, 11:30-12:30 pm, 37 Northfield Road, Millington – assuming that the weather cooperates! This is an opportunity for you to visit the house that the parish owns. We are between tenants, and it is listed for rent with Weichert Realtors. Enter through the mud room/breezeway door next to the garage. Tom Day, Max Kosempel, and Roger Kosempel have been working on the house to make some minor repairs as well as having the interior freshly painted. Thank you to Tom, Roger, and Max for all their hard work! If you know someone who might be a good tenant, please contact our realtor, Beth Lohner at Weichert. And please pray that God brings us the right tenant at the right time!
1/23 Bible Study Rath House 10:00 am
1/24 Communion & 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.
Rest (Way of Love practice) – aside from sleep, how do you find and practice rest? Is it a challenge for you, or is it something you easily embrace? Rest is that state where we intentionally unplug from work, from screens and devices, from requirements. It’s an opportunity to still the noise in our heads and be open to receiving God’s love and care for us. Even music notation has rests in it!
Rest is connected to the Fourth Commandment: Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy. When we take time for rest we are acknowledging the fact that the world (including time) belongs to God, and that we are finite creatures who don’t run the world, but are dependent on God’s wisdom, guidance, and energy for life itself.
Practicing rest can take many forms: fishing, walking, gardening, having a conversation with a friend, reading, watching a sunset, doing a jigsaw puzzle, knitting or doing wood-working, singing or listening to music – anything that brings you restoration and wholeness.
Rest is a spiritual practice in the Christian Way of Love because it puts us in right relationship with God, with ourselves, and with others. How will you practice rest this week? And who will help you be accountable for it?