Weekly Announcements, Feb. 11, 2018

All Saints’ Episcopal Church Newsletter, February 11, 2018
God in all things, people of all kinds.
Vision and Mission Statement
Vision Statement
We, the community of All Saints’, endeavor to live the love of Christ, as we embrace and serve all of creation as one family.
Mission Statement
1. To become a community of people who worship together and live the Gospel of Christ to the fullest.
2. To become a community of people who practice the Baptismal Covenant and respect the dignity of all people.
3. To become a community of people who, on a daily basis, welcome, empower, and equip one another for the individual ministry to which one is called.
4. To become a people who incorporate the best from the past, embrace the best of the present and prepare for a better future.

Lent 2018 at a Glance

8 am Holy Eucharist
9:15 am Christian Formation
10:30 am Holy Eucharist
5 pm Spiritual Literacy: The Sacred in Everyday Life
5 pm Soup Supper and Program
6:30 pm Holy Eucharist
6:30 pm Stations of the Cross
Childcare Available for All Events
Spiritual Literacy: 
Recognizing the Sacred in Each Other and Everyday Life
Based on the Spiritual Alphabet developed by Frederic and Mary Brussat, this seven-week series will explore spiritual practices that cultivate our ability to see the sacred in our midst. Such practices are not the property of any particular religion; instead, they are the basis of a healthy spiritual life for people of all religions, those of no religion, and those who consider themselves “spiritual but not religious.” This series is open to everyone.
When: Sunday Afternoons from 5-6 pm, February 11th through March 25th
Where: All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 501 South Phoenix Avenue, Russellville
February 11:      Attention
February 18:      Beauty
February 25:      Compassion
March        4:    Forgiveness
March      11:     Gratitude
March      18:     Hospitality
March      25:     Justice

Ash Wednesday

February 14th
Holy Eucharist with the Imposition of Ashes
Noon and 6:30 pm
March 9-10: Winterstar
Winterstar is the Episcopal Diocese of Arkansas’ annual Spring Retreat for youth in the 6th-12th grade. The weekend begins on Friday March 9th at 8pm with registration and ends Sunday, March 11th at 11:00am. The weekend includes games, music, worship services, hiking, sports, hammocking.
Register at http://eycarkansas.org/winterstar/
Summer Camp
If your child is interested in going to camp this summer, please fill out an application form on the Camp Mitchell Website, https://www.campmitchell.org/
If a scholarship is need, please contact Kimby Tackett at the church office.

The Human Condition &

Centering Prayer as Divine Therapy
March 9-10, 2018 Fayetteville, AR Sequoyah United Methodist Church.
Fr. Matthew Flatley, Contemplative Outreach of Central Missouri.
Cost $35. For more information contact Catherine Crews,

A Note from Rev. Teri…

Ash Wednesday is one of my favorite days in the church calendar-a day when we stand before God as we truly are, human beings dependent upon the grace of God.  When ashes were first used in conjunction with this day in the history of the Church, the imposition of ashes was reserved for those undergoing public penance for “grave and notorious sins.”  After a period of repentance, these persons were once again allowed to receive communion in time for Easter.  Eventually, this practice was adopted by the entire congregation and Ash Wednesday developed into a day of atonement-much like the Jewish Yom Kippur.  The traditional fast of Ash Wednesday inaugurates the season of Lent, a time when we prepare for Easter “by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word” (BCP 265).
In today’s society, with our lives becoming busier and busier, there’s a tendency to see the observance of Lent as old-fashioned, irrelevant, or something we squeeze into our busy schedule the best we can.  But the truth is that’s it’s precisely in this fast-paced, media-soaked world that we need the season of Lent more than ever.  I’m reminded of this passage from A Hidden Wholeness by Parker Palmer:
There was a time when farmers on the Great Plains, at the first sign of a blizzard, would run a rope from the back door out to the barn.  They all knew stories of people who had wandered off and been frozen to death, having lost sight of home in a whiteout while still in their own backyards.
Today we live in a blizzard of another sort.  It swirls around us as economic injustice, ecological ruin, physical and spiritual violence, and their inevitable outcome, war.  It swirls within us as fear and frenzy, greed and deceit, and indifference to the suffering of others.  We all know people who have wandered off into this madness and been separated from their own souls, losing their moral bearings and even their mortal lives….[1]
I think Lent is the time when we find our way back to that rope, or maybe when we make an intentional decision to string a rope from the back door to the barn in the first place.  It’s a time to re-center, a time to re-order our lives, a time to let our lives become grounded once again in the faith that we hold dear.  And so I invite you to the observance of this holy season of Lent.  In the weeks ahead, may we recognize those places in our lives where we have wandered off into the blizzard, may we find our way back to the rope that is our spiritual center, and may the grace of God be ever real to us in the process.
Yours in Christ,

[1] Parker J. Palmer, A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2004) 1.
Join us on Sat. Feb. 17 for our weekly meal served from 12:00-1:00 PM
Thanks to those whose generosity helps us serve delicious, nutritious meals every Saturday.  We continue to welcome newcomers to Neighbors Table nearly every week.  Please remember Neighbors Table in your prayers.
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 shastingsbishop@gmail.com or by phone 231-349-3671.
Team Leaders and Members for Feb 17: Jeff Aulgur with Central Presbyterian.
Team Leaders and Members for Feb. 24: Melissa Simpson, Community Improvement Program (CIP) Chrys Ruiz and Leah.

Snacks Needed

If you would like to sign up to be a snack provider, please contact Marcia Van Horn. 479-967-4215.
Remember In Your Prayers
Weekly Prayers:
Diana Harvey, Betty Carpenter, Roy Staggs, John Rowe, Sharon Willenberg, Laura Beasley, Larry and Lois Amundson, Joy Anderson, Samantha Meredith, Bobbie Edwards, Mark Hlass, Jeffery Sherman, Dave, William Gillum, Susan Lyon, Irene Thuston.
Long Term Prayers:

Greg Tackett, Sandy Britt, Susan Shelton, Matthew Hlass, Ester Smith,   Dick and Nancy Smith, Don Lee Sr., Gib Bewley, Mac and Donna Van Horn, Pam Van Horn, Tom Munson, Larry Amundson, Jim Tischhauser, Betty Coffey, Robert Woods, Vernon Rylee, Barbara Johnson, Dr. Allison Hodge-Selig, Matt and Kaye Abbott, Mark Brandhorst, Alison Millsap, Caleb Judd, Aja Estes.

Weekly Service Times

Sundays: Holy Eucharist 8 & 10:30 am
Spiritual Formation on Sundays:
Sunday School 9:00 am
EfM 2:00 pm

Activities During the Week

 AA Meeting 12:00 noon
MOPS 9:00am (2nd Monday)
 Healing Prayer by appointment
Comfort Zone 12:30 (1st Tuesday)
Yoga 5:30 pm
 Fit Girls 5:30 am
Bible Study 10:00 am
Daughters of the King 4:30 pm. (1st. Wed.)
Diabetes Support: 11:00 am (2nd Wed.)
Holy Eucharist 6:30 pm
Choir Practice 7:15 pm
 Community Market 4:00 pm
 Fit Girls 5:30 am
AA Meeting 12:00 noon
 Neighbors Table: 12:00 noon

Contributions Statements: Please Check
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All Saints’ Episcopal Church
501 South Phoenix Avenue
Russellville, AR 72801
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