All Saints' Episcopal Church

Weekly Announcements November 25, 2018

All Saints’ Episcopal Church Newsletter, November 25, 2018
Vision and Mission Statement
Vision Statement: A community living and growing in unity with God and all people through Christ.
Mission Statement: To seek God in reverent worship, service to neighbors, gracious hospitality, and the pursuit of wisdom.
All Saints’ is self-funded by our parishioners. We count on pledges from our annual stewardship campaign to fund about 85% of our day-to-day operations, with the remaining portion coming from plate offerings. We are fortunate to receive funding from the Diocese to pay a portion of the Curate’s salary for the 2-year duration of her contract, with the remainder being funded by the Capital Campaign.
Financial giving is about your relationship with God and All Saints’ Church.  Pledging to All Saints’ is different from financial contributions you might make to your alma mater or charitable organizations.  A pledge acknowledges that everything we have comes from God.  It allows you to share your many blessings while simultaneously furthering God’s mission of love and compassion in the world.  Pledging gives you an opportunity to put your faith in action and deepen your connection with God.
All Saints’ depends on your financial contributions to do its work and ministry.  Making a pledge enables our Vestry and Finance committee to better plan how to use our resources.  The Vestry establishes an annual budget based on the total amount pledged during the stewardship campaign.  This work will begin on November 27. While regular non-pledged giving is important, a pledge helps the Vestry plan more accurately and better enables our ministries to thrive and grow.
THANK YOU! to the individuals and families who have already made their 2019 commitment to the financial support of All Saints’. Special thanks to those who stretched their pledge for 2019, faithfully transforming their generosity. For those of you who have not yet made your pledge, we ask that you complete and return your pledge card to the office or drop it in the offering plate by SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25. Pledge cards are available in the office or on the information table in Shoemaker Hall.
Episcopal Trails and Travelers

You are invited to join the All Saints’ Trails and Travelers Group on an adventure to Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs on December 1st. To get a head count, please use the sign up genius link or email The group will meet at All Saints’ at 2:30pm to carpool and plans to enjoy a stroll through the Christmas lights with an optional dinner afterward. Admission to Garvan Gardens opens at 5:00pm and is $15 for adults, $5 for children ages 4-12, and free for 3 and under. Suggested items to bring: warm clothes, sturdy walking shoes, travel snacks, water bottle, and an adventurous attitude. Can’t make it this time? Join us January 12th for an Eagle Watch Tour on Lake Dardanelle.

You are Invited!

Pat Applebaum and Mike Roys are getting married on December 2 at 2pm at Central Presbyterian Church and invite friends to help celebrate their special day. A reception will follow the ceremony. In lieu of presents, those who wish are invited to make donations to Neighbor’s Table or All Saints’ in celebration of their marriage.

Retirement Reception for Kaye Staggs

The Rev. Kaye Staggs is retiring December 2, 2018. In order to celebrate and thank her for her many years of faithful ministry as a Deacon at All Saints’, all are invited to attend a Retirement Reception Sunday afternoon at 4:00pm on December 2nd. For questions, contact

Jesse Tree Program

All children and youth are invited to attend a special Sunday School class presentation of the Jesse Tree on December 2nd at 9:15am in Shoemaker. The Jesse tree helps us connect the custom of decorating Christmas trees to the events leading to Jesus’ birth. The Jesse tree is named from Isaiah 11:1: “A shoot shall come out of the stock of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots.” Jesse was the father of King David. We adorn a Jesse tree with illustrated ornaments that represent the people, prophesies, and events leading up to the birth of Jesus. The ornaments of the Jesse tree tell the story of God in the Old Testament, connecting the Advent season with the faithfulness of God across four thousand years of history.

Blue Christmas Service

For those experiencing grief, loss or hardship, the Christmas season is far from the most wonderful time of the year. Typical holiday festivities-merry carol singing, decorating, gathering with family and purchasing gifts-emphasize joy and cheer, leaving little room for pain and grief. In response, All Saints’ will offer a special service on Sunday, December 16th at 5:00 pm to accommodate those for whom the season is trying and difficult. This service, called Blue Christmas, will emphasize the pain of loss felt by many at this time of year, and offer a somber, gentle space to gather. Please join us.

Advent Program: Soup and Soul Care

For the Advent Season, all are invited to join for Soup and Soul Care on Wednesday evenings at 5:15pm in the Conference Room. Each week, we will explore a different way to care for our souls. We will explore the practice of Soul Collage on December 5th, Music Expressions on December 12th, and Walking the Labyrinth on December 19th. Please sign up on the bulletin board in Shoemaker to bring soup.

EYC November Events
The entire All Saints’ EYC is invited to attend the Central Convocation Youth Lock-In from 7:00pm November 30th – 9:00am December 1st at St. Mark’s in Little Rock. Each youth is encouraged to bring either $10 OR a pack of diapers to donate. Contact for more details or to register.

Cooking Dinner for @TheTable

All are invited to cook dinner for @TheTable, which is All Saints’ new ministry for college students and young adults (20s-30s). They meet at the Garage Arcade for coffee and conversation the first Sundays of the month, but at All Saints’ church for dinner and discussion on the third Sundays from 6:00pm – 7:30pm. You are invited to provide a simple meal (soup, salad, bread) for this small group of seekers. Sign up online with Sign Up Genius here to contribute a meal or contact
Like us at “At The Table” on Facebook.

EYC Service Project

The Episcopal Youth Community (EYC) of All Saints’ will be putting out collection boxes throughout the month of November to gather donated items for Christmas gift boxes that will be handed out at the Neighbors Table Christmas meal. Please help us collect the following items:
1. shoe boxes (to be used as gift boxes)
2. nonperishable individually wrapped snacks (e.g. slim jim/jerky, cracker snacks, protein or granola bars, gummy fruit snacks)
3. packs of gum
4. chapstick
5. travel size hygiene products (e.g. toothbrush/paste, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, deodorant, mouthwash, lotion, comb/hairbrush)
6. warm hats
7. warm scarves
8. warm gloves
9. warm socks
10. coloring books / large print puzzle books

Loaves and Fish

Most of the guests who join us on Saturday for lunch face many challenges; the members and friends of All Saints’ can provide a few essential items to help them out.
Please place items in the little red wagon in the Nave. Gifts received at Sunday Worship Service will be available for our Neighbors Table guests the following Saturday.
Nov. 25th: Detergent and Dish Soaps
Advent Dates to Remember
Advent 1
Sunday, Dec. 2
8:00 am
9:15 am
10:30 am
HE Rite 1
Kids decorate the Jesse Tree
HE Rite 2
Wed., Dec 5
5:15 pm
Advent Soup Supper
Saturday, Dec. 8
Practice for Christmas Pageant
Advent 2
Sunday, Dec. 9
8:00 am
9:00 am
10:30 am
After Service
6:30 pm
HE Rite 1
Practice for Christmas Pageant
HE Rite and Christmas Pageant
Pot Luck Lunch
Service of Lessons & Carols
Wed., Dec. 12
5:15 pm
Advent Soup Supper
Advent 3
Sunday, Dec. 16
8:00 am
10:30 am
5:00 pm
HE Rite 1
HE Rite 2
Blue Christmas Service
Wed., Dec. 19
5:15 pm
Advent Program and Soup Supper
Advent 4
Sunday, Dec. 24
8:00 am
10:30 am
5:30 pm
10:30 pm
HE Rite 1
HE Rite 2
Family Christmas Eve Service
Midnight Mass
Tuesday, Dec. 25
No Service
Sunday, Dec. 30
8:00 am
10:30 am
HE Rite 1
HE Rite 2
Monday, Dec.31
11:00 pm
New Year’s Eve Service
Sunday, Jan. 6th.
7:00 pm
Epiphany Chalking the Door and Bonfire

Wednesday Night Eucharists

All are invited to join for Wednesday Night Eucharists. Services begin at 6:30pm and each week features a different style of worship, but most are candlelit services that provide a meditative worship experience. The first Wednesday of the month is a Eucharist with prayers for healing. The second is a Sung Evening Prayer and Eucharist. The third is a Celtic Eucharist, utilizing Trinitarian language and creation imagery. The fourth is a Taizé Eucharist, which features repetitive sung prayers.

Coffee with the Curate

Coffee with the Curate will not meet November 9th, 16th, or 23rd.
After the holidays, The Rev. Michaelene Miller will return to regularly being available at Midtown Coffee (407 N. Arkansas Ave) on Friday mornings from 8:00am – 10:00am. Please drop by to chat. She would love to get to know you more and meet others in the community.
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Office File

The church office is in need of a lateral file in good working condition, preferably with three or four drawers. Our old cabinets are wearing out and need to be replaced. Contact Sherrie Cotton for more information. Thanks!!
Christmas Dinner for Neighbor’s Table Dec. 22nd.

Neighbor’s Table will hold its annual Christmas Dinner for the community on Saturday December 22. To assist us in providing in this meal we are seeking Ham donations (will need 12) and Seasonal Cookies or Cakes for our Desserts. Donated hams may be left in the kitchen refrigerator or freezer by 12/18 and cookies or cakes can be dropped off Thurs. 12/20 to morning of Dinner December 22. Please see signup sheets on bulletin board over information table. Thank you for your support. if you have Questions contact Sue Hastings-Bishop or Carolyn McLellan

Neighbors Table
Join us on Sat. December 1, 2018 for weekly meal served from 12:00 to 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 or by phone 231-349-3671.
December 1 Need Lead from A.S. to join the 2 Volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints with Tracy and Eva Cole, and Mary Ann King. need at least one more volunteer. Mexican Casserole, hot vegetable, and salad with fruit for dessert.
December 8 Sue Hastings-Bishop (AS Lead) with Community Involvement Program Youth, Chrystal and Leah.   Menu to be determined.
December 15 Melissa Simpson (AS Lead) with Central Presbyterian Church.
Menu to be determined.
December 22 Annual Neighbor’s Table Christmas Dinner.
Scheduling and Submitting Announcements
Scheduling for the Church Calendar
If you would like to schedule an event or book a room for a meeting, please contact Kimby Tackett at the church office (479-968-3622, during office hours) or send an email request to to secure your appointment in the church calendar and to avoid double booking with another group.
Submitting an Announcement for the Newsletter
If you would like to have an announcement appear in the bulletin and/or in our church email, please submit your announcement to no later than 10am on the Tuesday before the Sunday you would like it to appear.
Remember In Your Prayers
Weekly Prayers:
Bernice Delabra and Family, Jack and Carol Lee, Herb, Michelle, Barbara Johnson, Mary Lu Garrett, Jim Tischhauser, Patrick, Jeannie McCabe, Tyler Faulkner, Henry Wilkinson, Mike Miller, Jacob Franks, Arthur Hastings, Edger McGee Jr., Gordon Cotton Jr., Kaitlin Fauria, Pam Van Horn, Christine Ivy, Isaac, Bill and Sheree Hodge, Jeanitta Head, Sarah Lee, Barbara Stoltz, The Kellner Family, Angel Zeimantz, Jeffrey Sherman, Kristin Reed.
Long Term Prayers:

Sandy Britt, Gib Bewley, Tom Munson, Robert Woods, Caleb Judd, Irene Thuston, William Gillum, Lillian Tweed, Anne Hartschlag, Donna Van Horn, Aaron Tackett.
Weekly Service Times
Sundays: Holy Eucharist 8 & 10:30 am
Spiritual Formation on Sundays: 9:15 am
Adult Sunday School 9:15 am
Children’s Sunday School 9:15 am
Kids Connection 10:15 am
Wednesdays: Holy Eucharist 6:30 pm
Activities During the Week
EfM 12:30 pm
Practicing Prayer 4:30-5:30pm (Third Sunday)
 AA Meeting 12:00 noon
 Healing Prayer by appointment
ACOA Meeting 8:00 am
Comfort Zone 12:30 (1st Tuesday)
Yoga 5:30 pm
 Fit Girls 5:30 am
Bible Study 10:00 am
Diabetes Support: 11:00 am (2nd Wed.)
ACOA Meeting 12:00 noon
Daughters of the King 4:30 pm. (1st. Wed.)
Choir Practice 7:15 pm
Practicing Prayer 6-7pm. (First Thurs.)
Courage to Heal 6:30 pm. (2nd and 4th Thurs.)
 Fit Girls 5:30 am
AA Meeting 12:00 noon
 Neighbors Table: 12:00 noon
Contributions Statements: Please Check
Your contribution statements are now available online anytime you want to check on the fulfillment of your pledges or contributions. Click on the MEMBERS tab to login to your account. You will find all your gifts separated by designations on the giving tab. Please go to
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