Here are the week’s announcements. In particular please see:
- Service of Peace & Remembrance (Worship)
- Altar Guild Dinner (Worship)
- Fish & Chips Dinner and Historical Society Show (Fun and Fundraising)
FUN & FUNDRAISING
Argyle Fish ‘n Chips: November 1s - Dinner & a Show!
Fish and Chip Dinner from 5:30-7:30 pm.
“The Letter” Show at 7:30 pm
Plan to celebrate All Saints’ Day with a fish dinner, in the Parish Hall, and then go across to the street to the Church to enjoy a show!
The Long Hill Historical Society will host The Letter with our own Laurie Gaulke. The Letter is a talk/one woman show about Mary Hudspeth Benson--one of All Saints’ founding members and a witness at the Lincoln assassination trial. The show is free and open to all. Come and invite a friend!
Sign up - Take a look at the Fish ‘n Chips board in the Narthex to see how you can help. We need volunteers to set up the room, sell tickets, work the doors, make up plates, bake desserts, serve the meals, and clean up. Invite your friends and neighbors, and get ready for a fun evening! Tickets are available in the Parish Office. Speak to Jackie Sullivan to volunteer.
The Rummage Sale raised $10,800 – huzzah! Thank you, everyone, for all your hard work, and for the joy we offer to the wider community with this wonderful event!
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 usually available at Church on Sundays. This week they are not available until Monday. Please speak to Barbara Barbeau.
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.
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.
A Service of Peace and Remembrance for Armistice Day – Sunday, Nov 11 at 4 pm. Mark the centennial of the end of World War One with this service of readings, hymns, prayers and choral anthems in the beautiful Vesper light of All Saints’ Church.
CHRISTIAN FORMATION & SPIRITUAL PRACTICES
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 5. No experience is needed or expected, only a desire to learn, ask questions, laugh, and grow with others. Questions? Speak to Mother Vicki.
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.
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.
10/16 Vestry Rath House, 7:30 pm
10/17 Bible Study Rath House, 10:15 am
Altar Guild Gathering Rath House, 6:00 pm
10/18 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.
The Seven Practices of the Way of Love:
Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, Rest – The Way of Love is a set of spiritual practices that help us to have a Jesus-centered life...if we practice and embrace them. Learn is the second practice, in which we reflect daily on Scripture, especially the life and teachings of Jesus.
There are many ways to do this, and you are probably very familiar with some of them:
- Reading the devotional booklet Forward Day by Day, either the print version or on-line
- The link for the day’s Bible readings come to you every day in the daily prayer e-mail.
- Choosing a book of the Bible and read through it on your own – especially one of the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) since they are the books that tell Jesus’ story.
- Read a translation that is very different from what you are used to hearing. On Sunday’s we use the NRSV (New Revised Standard Version), so try The Message or The Common English Bible, in order to hear Scripture in new and fresh ways.
- Read through the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew, chapters 5-7) a verse or two a day. Maybe even write the verse on a small card or on your phone’s notepad so you can take it with you during the day, and read and pray through it several different times.
The more time we take to read the Bible, and the more often we do it (even when we struggle with it), the more we will absorb Jesus’ message to us. That, in turn, shapes our thoughts, our character, and our behavior to be more Christ-like.
Question for Reflection
- Is there a Bible story or passage that makes you glad when you hear it read in Church?
- What does it touch within you?
- How might God be speaking to you, or prodding you through that passage?
- Who can you tell about your favorite Bible story?