Nursery/Pre-K Classroom Remodel
Volunteers are needed to clean out, paint and put back together the nursery on Dec. 17th (after church), 18th and 19th (9am-3pm). Also a seamstress is need to make items for the kids. If you would like to volunteer, please contact the church office. 479-968-3622.
Simplicity in the Cistercian Tradition, December 3 at 9 am in the Sutherland Hall.
Cistercian monasticism began in 1098 as a reform of the Benedictine monastic tradition. One of the hallmarks of Cistercian monasteries is simplicity. Simplicity for Cistercian monks is not about austerity for its own sake; it is about creating space for God, leaving empty space in our lives to experience and recognize and reflect on the presence of God. Advent is a perfect time to think about whether our lives our too cluttered, too full, to welcome Jesus. In Rector’s Forum this Sunday, we will hear a brief overview of the history of Cistercian monasticism and its key features before launching into a discussion of what simplicity might look like in our own lives.
Donations for Holiday Office Gift
At this time of the year we request an annual donation from the congregations to provide the staff and clergy with a holiday gift from All Saints’. Those who wish to contribute may leave donations in the Senior Warden’s, Sue Hastings-Bishop, office mailbox or in the Sunday offering by December 20. Please make sure to mark the check or envelop with donation as designated for Staff Holiday Gift. Thank you for remembering our staff and clergy at this time of the year.
Practice for the All Saints’ Pageant will be held in 2 parts –
- Saturday, December 9 at 10:00 AM, followed by lunch with Neighbors’ Table
- Sunday, December 10 at 9:00 AM, followed by the Pageant during the 10:30 service.
All children and youth are invited to join in the fun, and parents are asked to help with costumes. Following the pageant, the kids will decorate the Christmas tree in Kids’ Connection and have a Christmas party.
The Comfort Zone, a support group for those grieving the loss of a loved one or caring for a friend or family member, will meet Tuesday, December 5th, at 12:30pm at the home of Joyce Desiderio, 1005 S. Phoenix. Please bring a brown bag lunch, drinks will be provided. For information please call Pat Applebaum, 968-0915 or Joyce at 968-7625.
Art and Faith – Wednesday Evenings during Advent
Join us each Wednesday during Advent (December 6, 13, & 20) at 5:15 pm in Sutherland Hall . We will have a soup supper followed by Art and Faith, a study in which we examine a work of art through the lens of that week’s scriptures and then participate in an exercise of “imaginative prayer” central to Ignatian spirituality. There will be a nursery available, and youth are invited to participate in the program along with the adults.
All Saints Episcopal Church Advent Lessons and Carols 2017
The All Saints Adult Choir will present a service of Advent Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 10 at 7:00 pm in the nave of All Saints Episcopal Church, 501 S. Phoenix Avenue, Russellville. This simple and timeless service of readings and music is intended to prepare people for the anniversary of Christ’s birth at Bethlehem. The program will also include a children’s choir and a wide variety of instrumentalists. Admission to the service is free and all are welcome and invited to attend.
Volunteers are welcome to join the teams on Saturdays from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM or for a couple hours during this time to help prepare food, serve or clean up after lunch. Schedules and dates are listed on the sign-up white boards in Sutherland Hall. Anyone with questions or would like to serve in other ways contact Sue Hastings-Bishop at email@example.com or by phone 231-349-3671.
Team Leaders and Members for Dec. 9: Sue Hastings-Bishop, David Williams, Rikki and Jasper Duffee.
Team Leaders and Members for Dec. 18 (NT Christmas Dinner): Sue Hastings-Bishop, CIP Youth, Chrys and Leah, David Williams (decorations). Will need two additional people to help serve and clean-up.
Christmas Neighbor’s Table
Join us for the annual Christmas Neighbor’s Table on Sat. Dec. 18. From 12:00-1:00 PM. We will be serving a Roast Pork and Ham Dinner with all the fixings. Music and other extras to celebrate the Holidays.
We are requesting donations of Christmas candy and cookies for the meal; with delivery Friday Dec. 15 or morning of Dec. 16 by 10 AM. Contact Sue Hastings-Bishop,firstname.lastname@example.org or 231-349-3671 for more information or questions.
Sunday Morning Snacks
Volunteers are needed for snacks on Sunday mornings. If you can help with this ministry, please contact Marcia Van Horn, 967-4215.