Alleluia. Christ is risen. The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia! It seems that spring is finally here, adding the joy of unfolding creation to our continuing Easter celebrations.
Take a look at the announcements below, especially:
- Baptism & Guest Musician (Worship)
- Co-op Coffee Hour (Fellowship)
- Team Saints Scavenger Hunt (Fellowship)
- Argyle Fish & Chips (Fun & Fundraising)
- Communion Class (Christian Formation)
FUN & FUNDRAISING
Spring Fish & Chips by Argyle of Kearny, April 26 – 5:30-7:30 pm. This is our spring fund-raiser, and we’ll need a variety of help: setting up tables, decorating, selling tickets, making up plates, serving, working the door, helping with publicity, making desserts & drinks, clean-up. There is a sign-up poster in the Narthex. Tickets $18 for adults/$9 for kids after church. Or call the Parish Office 908-647-0067. Jackie Sullivan is the person to see with questions or to volunteer.
Rummage Sale – Yes, it is on the horizon! September 29; Collection begins on August 5 (aka ‘The First Sunday of Rummage’). We’ll have a first organizational meeting for pricers/sorters on Sunday 4/22 during Coffee Hour. Look for more information from Kimberly Celeste, but put these dates on your calendar now!
Team All Saints’ Scavenger Hunt: Seek and ye shall find; Ask and it shall be given; Saturday, May 5th. Team up with family, friends, fellow parishioners, or neighbors and head out to find, collect and discover our community! A fun way to Go Local. Teams can be created with all ages involved. How does this work? On Sunday, April 29, scavenger hunt clues will be given to each team, and you will have a week to collect all the items, information, and artifacts. Each clue will help you get to know our local community better. Then on Saturday May 5th we’ll gather in the Parish Hall in the late afternoon to share what was discovered and collected during the week. We’ll celebrate the winners, enjoy some delicious munchies, and award some prizes! Details and clues are coming soon. Questions? Speak to Laurie Gaulke or Suzanne Kosempel.
Soup for All Seasons - Home-made Potato/Leek soup is available in the Parish Hall freezer for purchase ($3/pint, $5/quart). If you have a family member or neighbor who is ill or shut-in, feel free to take them soup as an outreach. And if you would like to gather with others to help make soup, please see Barbara Barbeau.
Veterans Community Dinner, possibly May 19 at 5:30 pm - Vets and their families from our local community and from the V.A. in Lyons will be invited for fellowship, conversation, and friendship...and a wonderful home-cooked meal in All Saints' Parish House at no charge. How can you help? Set up, clean up, serving, cooking (side dishes, salads, desserts). And please get the word out and invite any Vets you know! A sign-up sheet for volunteering will go out soon. This ministry is a partnership with our friends in the Christian (Catholic) Community. For more information speak to Kerrie Stepko.
Bible Study/Adult Christian Ed meets weekly at 10:15 am in the Rath House. All are welcome – those new to Bible reading and those with long-time experience. We are currently reading and discussing Inwardly Digest: The Prayer Book as Guide to a Spiritual Life, by Derek Olsen. Hope to see you there!
Communion Class – 2nd graders (and older children who may have missed it previously) are invited to join a 3-week class to learn more about the Eucharist, even if they have already been receiving Communion. We’ll meet Mondays 4/16, 4/23, & 4/30, 4-5:15 pm with Mother Vicki in the Rath House. On 5/6 the children who have completed the class will be recognized at the 10 am service. To enroll your child, please e-mail the Parish Office. If you want your child to participate but have a scheduling conflict, please speak to Mother Vicki. This is an important aspect of your child’s Christian education.
Bishop Beckwith will be with us on Sunday, May 13, for his official parish visitation. He will preach and celebrate at the 10 am service, have a time specifically with the children, lead an Adult Forum discussion during Coffee Hour, and meet with the Vestry and deputies to Diocesan Convention. This is always an inspiring and important time in the life of All Saints’. Please plan on being with us May 13 (and yes, we know it is Mother’s Day…).
Election of Our Next Bishop of Newark - The election will take place on Saturday, May 19. How does this work? The bishop is elected by the Diocesan Convention – the three lay deputies from every congregation, as well as all the clergy. In order for a candidate to be elected, he or she must have a majority in each “order”, i.e. a majority of lay votes and a majority of clergy votes on the same ballot. It usually takes at least several ballots to reach an election. When Bishop Beckwith was elected, there were three ballots; Bishop Croneberger before him took six ballots.
The deputies from All Saints’ are the same people who attended Diocesan Convention in January: Tom Day, Jean Kimak, and Ellen Lewis; as well as Mother Vicki. The deputies vote according to their conscience and (we hope and pray!) the prompting of the Holy Spirit. However, it will be very helpful for them to hear from each of you. Please read the statements of each of the three candidates: the Rev. Carlye Hughes; the Rev. Lisa Hunt; the Rev. Canon Scott Slater. Follow this link for short bios of each person, and their answers to questions put to them. Please also consider attending one of the “walk-abouts” on May 4, 5, and 6 - public meetings to hear from all the candidates and ask questions. Look here for details. And then talk with one or more of the deputies from All Saints’. Your input and prayers are important!
Easter is the season of new life: Where do you see God’s new life in your experience? Ask someone else this question after worship or at home; listen to their answer; share your answer with them; and be encouraged in your faith.
4/16 Communion Class Undercroft, 4:00 pm
Pilgrim Group Rath House, 7:00 pm
4/17 Vestry Rath House, 7:30 pm
4/18 Bible Study Rath House, 10:15 am
4/19 Holy Eucharist 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.
Thy Kingdom Come – Once again this year, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has called the whole Anglican Communion, and other Christians, into ten days of prayer for God’s kingdom to come more fully and more joyfully on earth and in human life. The ten days of prayer start with Ascension Day and end with Pentecost: May 10-20. You can go to the website for this effort and sign up as a participant in Pledge2Pray: https://www.thykingdomcome.global/
In addition to praying for God’s Kingdom in a general way, you might pray for five friends or family members who need to know the love and presence of Christ in a powerful way. Here is a link with some resources and ideas about that: https://www.thykingdomcome.global/resources/9
Here’s a general prayer to get started with:
in the face of Jesus Christ
your light and glory have blazed forth.
Send your Holy Spirit that I may share with my friends [here, name your friends]
the life of your Son and your love for all.
Strengthen me as a witness to that love
as I pledge to pray for them,
for your name’s sake. Amen.
And here is an approach to praying for others that is helpful.:
Using the BLESS acrostic can help us to focus on all of the felt needs of those we are praying for:
— Body – health, protection, energy
— Labour – employment/unemployment, retirement, adequate income
— Emotional – inner peace, joy, wisdom, insight, patience
— Social – healthy relationships between spouses, parents, children, friends, reconciliation; love
— Spiritual – repentance, salvation, obedience, faith
Why would we want to do this? To share the hope, peace, and joy that we have though our faith in Jesus with someone else we care about. Our prayers have power, and really do make a difference.
Here is a short video from the Thy Kingdom Come website with our own Presiding Bishop Curry telling a story about someone who had prayed for him in his childhood: https://vimeo.com/264099397
Easter blessings, Vicki+