All Saints' Episcopal Church

Weekly Announcements January 27, 2019

All Saints’ Episcopal Church Newsletter
January 27, 2019
Our Vision Statement: A community living and growing in unity with God and all people through Christ.
Our Mission Statement: To seek God in reverent worship, service to neighbors, gracious hospitality, and the pursuit of wisdom.
Potluck Brunch!
January 27th, 2019
It’s time again to plan for the year. Bring your favorite dish to share and your ideas. We look forward to seeing you there!
A Note from Rev. Teri…
The Octave of Christian Unity
On the night before Jesus is crucified, the gospel of John tells us that Jesus prayed to God the Father that his followers may be one, as he and the Father are one: “The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me” (John 17:22-23).
Jesus knew human nature well; he knew that “being one” is much more easily said than done. After all, from almost the moment Jesus called the first disciples, his followers have failed to live into such unity. We have argued over who would sit on his right hand and his left hand in the kingdom to come, over transubstantiation and consubstantiation and mere symbolism, over baptism by full immersion and baptism by sprinkling, over whether to kneel or stand at communion, over the presence or absence of religious art in the worship space, over whether to worship in Latin or the “language of the people” … and the list goes on and on. We have split ourselves into various communions, churches, and congregations as if we were bacteria splitting ourselves endlessly in half.
And yet we are and always have been ONE, for our unity is not an achievement on our part but a gift given to us in Christ. If you and I are both joined to Christ in his humanity, then we are one. If the same Holy Spirit working in me works also in you, then we are one. If God is a Trinity (three yet one), then to be true to the nature of God we must be many yet one. This is why unity is one of the four marks of the Church, why we say each week in the Nicene Creed that we “believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.”
The doctrine of Christian unity is central to our Anglican identity. As Anglicans, we gather for Eucharist each week, and we acknowledge that our unity rests not in a conformity of beliefs but in the Body and Blood of Christ, in who Christ is and what Christ has done for and in us. One of the most prominent theologians in the history of the Episcopal Church, William Porcher DuBose (1836-1918), argued that it is precisely because unity is essential to the nature of the Church that the Church must stretch its boundaries:
…unity is so essential and so necessary a thing in Christianity that it must not be sacrificed to the demands of an impossible uniformity; that the limits of uniformity must be stretched to their utmost in the interest of even the lowest practicable unity. Why, so far as my own willingness goes, shall I not be visibly as well as invisibly in the one body of Christ with every devout Catholic and every devout Protestant; and with not only every devout Christian, but every one who calls himself Christian?[1]
This month the Church celebrates the Octave of Christian Unity, also known in ecumenical circles as The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. This week extends from January 18th through the 25th, encompassing eight days (hence, an octave). These days are not chosen randomly. January 18th is the Feast of the Confession of St. Peter, a day when we remember Peter’s exclamation to Jesus “You are the Messiah!” and Jesus’ response that Peter will be the rock upon whom he will build the Church. January 25th is the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, a day when we remember Paul’s dramatic conversion to Christianity on the road to Damascus.
These two saints in the Church were anything but carbon copies of one another. Peter the disciple who literally followed Jesus from the very beginning of his ministry, with him in the flesh day in and day out; Paul who was a “Johnny-come-lately” to the Way, persecuting early Christians until that one dramatic encounter with Christ while traveling to Damascus. Peter who seemed tied to traditional ways; Paul who fought for the inclusion of Gentiles without requiring either circumcision or adherence to Jewish food laws. Peter the “establishment” candidate; Paul the independent who boasted of receiving the gospel directly from Christ and not through the earlier apostles. If the early Church could make room for both Peter and Paul, can’t we find a place in our vision of the Body of Christ for the diversity that exists in our own time and place?
This month we focus on what binds us instead of what divides us. What might it look like for us to live outwardly the unity of the Church that exists within Christ?
Faithfully yours,

[1] DuBose, Turning Points in My Life (New York: Longman’s, 1912) 126-127.
Prayers and Best Wishes for the Rev. Pat Murray
Several All Saints’ parishioners have asked for Pat Murray’s address to send him best wishes as he experiences health difficulties. It is as follows:
14328 Chenal Parkway Apt. 3
Little Rock, Arkansas 72211-5837

All Saints’ Responds

Are you involved in the Neighbors Table and the Loaves and Fishes ministries? Or, would you like to know more and maybe help out as your schedule and budget allow? There will be an informational and planning meeting about these two ministries in Classroom 7/8 on Sunday, January 27 after the 10:30 service; you are invited to attend.
The Food Ministries of All Saints’ will be especially important during coming weeks because the partial government shutdown has necessitated changes in the schedule for distribution of SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program) benefits. The Arkansas Hunger Alliance has asked all those who tend to food insecure people to note that SNAP benefits intended for February will be distributed early, on January 17, and recipients will not receive further help until sometime in March. Our food insecure neighbors will need to plan ahead, and our capacity to offer assistance through Neighbors Table and Loaves and Fishes and the Clergy Discretionary Fund may be challenged.
Public Screening and Discussion of The Dhamma Brothers To Be Held at All Saints’
January 27th from 6-8pm
An overcrowded maximum-security prison is dramatically changed by the influence of an ancient meditation program.
All Saints’ is hosting an Interfaith Film Series this spring that is open to the public. Our first film in the series is The Dhamma Brothers. Here is the official description:
Behind the high security towers and double row of barbed wire and electrical fence at Donaldson Correction Facility dwells a host of convicts who will never see the light of day. But for some of these men, a spark is ignited when it becomes the first maximum-security prison in North America to hold an extended Vipassana retreat, an emotionally and physically demanding course of silent meditation lasting ten days. 
The Dhamma Brothers tells a dramatic tale of human potential and transformation as it closely follows and documents the stories of the prison inmates who enter into this arduous and intensive program. This film, with the power to dismantle stereotypes about men behind prison bars also, in the words of Sister Helen Prejean (Dead Man Walking), “gives you hope for the human race.”
Invite your friends to a movie, popcorn, and discussion at All Saints’.

Enneagram Class

If you are interested in taking a journey into self-understanding and deeper relationships with others, please join facilitator Sheila Jacobs for a class designed to explore the wisdom of the Enneagram. The Enneagram is one tool to help us understand how we and others meet the world, what motivates us, what hinders our growth, and what moves us toward wholeness. In this class, you will identify your Enneagram type and journey into your type and the types of others.
The class began on January 24 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church. There will be a total of 12 classes which will convene every other week. The wisdom of the Enneagram is best learned in community as we share our thoughts, questions, and stories. Even if you’ve never heard about the Enneagram, please consider joining us. Students of all levels are welcome.
Participants will be asked to purchase The Path Between Us: An Enneagram Journey to Healthy Relationships by Suzanne Stabile prior to the first class.  (This book is $16.76 on Amazon.) Participants will also be asked to bring the Stabile book and a notebook/journal or laptop for note-taking and reflective writings.
Please contact Sheila Jacobs at if you have questions.

First Thursday Book Talks at All Saints’

Each month, readers gather in the Faith and Reason Classroom to discuss a book by or about marginalized persons. In February, our book is Rising Out of Hatred by Eli Saslow. We will meet on February 7 from 12-1. Please see our Facebook page for more information.

Episcopal Trails and Travelers

Join us February 2nd as we search for ground hog (read sausage) in Altus to celebrate Groundhog Day. For more information contact,
EYC Returns and Meal Volunteers Needed
EYC Meal Volunteers Needed
This group’s time together always begins with dinner and weekly meal  from 5:00-7:00 pm. Volunteers are needed. Please use SignUpGenius to volunteer to provide a meal.

Practicing Prayer

Practicing Prayer is a gathering for those interested in deepening their friendship with God. Each week we explore a practice that supports contemplative awareness and pray in silence for 20 minutes. This week we will discuss the role of acceptance in spiritual life, and practices that support acceptance. Please come. All are welcome.

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.

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.
January 27th: Detergent and Dish Soaps
Feb. 3rd: Cereal, Shelf Stable or Powered Milk

Coffee with the Curate

After the holidays, The Rev. Michaelene Miller will be taking appointments to meet her for coffee on Friday mornings at Midtown.
Neighbors Table
Join us on Sat. Feb. 2, 2019 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.
February 2 Mary Ellen Patton (AS Lead) Karen Family’s of All Saints.  Menu will be planned by them. (Full for Volunteers)
February 9 Catherine Crew/Suzanne Alford-Hodges (AS Lead) CIP Community Involvement Program.  (Full for Volunteers) Menu: To be determined.
February 16 Carol Lee (AS Lead) and Central Presbyterian Church (Full for Volunteers)
 February 23 Sue Hastings-Bishop (AS Lead) with Rikki, Jasper and Paul Duffee and Sherrie will need one more volunteer.
Remember In Your Prayers
Weekly Prayers:
Bernice Delabra and Family, Mary Lu Garrett, Henry Wilkinson, Pam Van Horn, Eduardo Ezquerro, Sara, Robert Woods, Jim Tischhauser, Hampton Hudson, Amy Staggs, Deborah Wilson, Candy Welcher, The Espinosa Family, Israel Delabra, Dodie Lamb-Roberts, The Simpson Family, Sheree Hodge, Jeni Green, Susan Shelton, Edi Wood, Mike, and for Mexico.
Long Term Prayers:

Sandy Britt, Gib Bewley, Tom Munson, Caleb Judd, William Gillum, Lillian Tweed, Aaron Tackett, Mike Miller, Herb, Michelle, Barbara Johnson, Jeannie McCabe, Arthur Hastings, Isaac, Sarah Lee, The Kellner Family, Christine Ivy, Gordon Cotton Jr., Jack and Carol Lee, Donna Van Horn.
Weekly Service Times
Sundays: Holy Eucharist 8 & 10:30 am
Sunday School for All Ages 9:15am
Kids Connection 10:15 am
Wednesdays: Holy Eucharist 6:30 pm
Activities During the Week
EfM 12:30 pm
Practicing Prayer 4:30-5:30 pm
@TheTable 6:00 pm (1st and 3rd Sundays)
 AA Meeting 12:00 noon
 Healing Prayer by appointment
ACOA Meeting 8:00 am
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.)
Episcopal Youth Community 5:00 pm
Choir Practice 7:15 pm
Vestry 6:00 pm (3rd 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
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.
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Weekly Announcements January 27, 2019
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